Helsinki Old Town pier - Finland - On The Go Tours
FROM: R24,120 pp
Gulf of Finland Explorer - 8 days map

Discover three incredible cities on this 8 day tour around the Gulf of Finland. Begin in the enchanting Estonian capital of Tallinn, with its picturesque, medieval Old Town. Continue across the sea to explore Helsinki, Finland's vibrant seaside capital, which is renowned for its beautiful bays, cutting edge design and mouth-watering cuisine. End in the historic Russian city of St Petersburg, with its exquisite palaces of the tsars, ornate churches and world-famous Hermitage Museum.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Tallinn - Walk around the old city walls and explore the enchanting Old Town with its beautiful medieval buildings and spires
Take a scenic ferry ride through the beautiful Finnish archipelago en route to the seaside city of Helsinki
St Petersburg - Explore Russia's beautiful City of Tsars, visit Peter & Paul Fortress, see the exquisite Church on Spilled Blood and magnificent St Isaacs Cathedral
Take an optional day trip to Lahemaa - Estonia's largest national park and visit Palmse and Sagadi Manor
Helsinki - Discover the sleek & stylish design of the city which is coupled with magnificent architecture as we visit the Lutheran Cathedral, Mannerheim Street and the famous Church-in-the-Rock
Enjoy optional excursions to Peterhof and Tsakoe Selo to explore the lavish palaces of the tsars and opt to visit the world famous Hermitage Museum

Included

7 nights 4 star hotels
One arrival transfer on Day 1 and One departure transfer on Day 8 included per booking
Entrance to the Great Guild Hall in Tallinn, the Church-in-the-Rock in Helsinki and Peter and Paul Fortress in St Petersburg
All relevant transportation in private modern vehicles
Porterage at hotels
Note: This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go. Minimum group size 2 - maximum 31.
7 breakfasts
Sightseeing tour of Tallinn, Helsinki and St Petersburg
Escorted by a bi-lingual English and German speaking tour leader, with English speaking guides for city tours
One way ferry ticket Tallinn-Helsinki (2nd class)
Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Items of a personal nature and additional meals
Entrance Fees: Yes for included sightseeing

Itinerary

Day 1

Tallinn

Friday. Welcome to Estonia. Upon arrival you'll be met and transferred to your hotel in the heart of the city. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore the city. Late afternoon a welcome meeting will take place in the lobby of the hotel.
Overnight: Tallinn

Day 2

Tallinn Old Town

Today we take in the highlights of Estonia's beautiful capital city, which is a charming blend of medieval tranquillity and modern urban life. Our guided tour takes us about the old medieval city walls and into the enchanting Old Town where we see Toompea Castle, Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, medieval Old Town Hall and Great Guild Hall.

Spend the afternoon at leisure or join an optional excursion to Kadriorg Park and KUMU, an award-winning Estonian Art museum, which has a wonderful collection of classic and contemporary fine art. This evening there's an optional medieval dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv.
Overnight: Tallinn  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Tallinn to Helsinki

Tallinn - Helsinki (Finland). Spend the morning at leisure in Tallinn or join an optional excursion to Lahemaa National Park, where we visit Palmse Manor and Sagadi Manor. The tour ends with a visit to the charming 16th century Vihula Manor and the Vodka Museum. This afternoon we travel by ferry through the Finnish archipelago to Helsinki, Finland's charming coastal capital.
Overnight: Helsinki  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Helsinki city tour

This morning we explore Helsinki, the green and lively Finnish capital. Our guided tour takes us around the harbours and Senate Square with its Lutheran Cathedral, we will also see the Parliament Building, the Finlandia Hall and the Sibelius Monument before visiting the famous Church-in-the-Rock.

In the afternoon there's an optional excursion to the 18th century Suomenlinna Fortress, a cultural gem set on an island. For the final night of our tour there's an optional Finnish dinner at Restaurant Salve.
Overnight: Helsinki  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Helsinki to St Petersburg

Helsinki - St Petersburg (Russia). Bidding farewell to Finland we travel eastbound today, crossing the border into Russia and driving through Vyborg en route to St Petersburg. Arriving late afternoon, check in to our hotel and spend the evening at leisure.
Overnight: St Petersburg  |  Breakfast

Day 6

St Petersburg city tour

With its rich history, elegant architecture and a distinctly European feel, the beautiful city of St. Petersburg is one of Russia's most alluring destinations; home to world-class museums and galleries, exquisite palaces and impressive monuments. This morning we take in the highlights of St Petersburg on a sightseeing tour. Explore Peter & Paul Fortress and admire the grand facade of St Isaac's Cathedral, Nevsky Convent, the Winter Palace and the exquisite Church on Spilled Blood.

This afternoon there's an optional excursion to Catherine Palace at Tsarkoe Selo, which was the tsars summer residence. Catherine the Great's lavish palace is most famous for its spectacular Amber room, bedecked in gold and amber. This evening enjoy an optional visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace to watch a Russian folklore show, with Russian champagne and snacks.
Overnight: St Petersburg  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Optional Peterhof & Hermitage Museum

Spend today at leisure independently exploring St Petersburg or join our optional excursions. This morning there's an optional excursion to Peterhof and the Grand Palace on the Gulf of Finland. Often referred to as the 'Russian Versailles’, Peterhof is most famous for its gardens with the spectacular Grand Cascade, gold fountains and sweeping vistas.

Returning to the city centre there's an optional tour of the Hermitage Museum this afternoon, which houses one of the biggest and best art collections on earth. Then this evening there's the opportunity to enjoy some traditional Russian cuisine and an optional dinner at Restaurant Pryanosti & Radosti.
Overnight: St Petersburg  |  Breakfast

Day 8

St Petersburg

Friday. Our tour comes to an end today with an included transfer to St Petersburg airport for your onward flight.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

All departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable those who don’t have anyone to share a room with or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

Guaranteed Departure
Available
Contact us to book
Not Available
2022
Twin Share
Single Room
R24,120
R36,520

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre tour accommodation - Tallinn
R1,520
R2,810
Post tour accommodation - St Petersburg (01 May - 25 Jul)
R1,960
R3,720
Post tour accommodation - St Petersburg (26 Jul - 31 Oct)
R1,560
R2,700

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia, Tallinn

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

This centrally located hotel offers tastefully decorated guestrooms with modern conveniences such as high-speed WiFi, 24-hour room service and tea and coffee making facilities. Guests can enjoy an elegant Mediterranean dinner at the on-site Senso Restaurant or lighter bites at the delightful Café Boulevard. On the top floor you’ll find Club 26, where you can take a refreshing swim in the pool, work out in the well-equipped gym or relax in the sauna, all whilst admiring magnificent views over Estonia’s capital.

Solo Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky, St Petersburg

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Solo Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky is a stylish hotel in a desirable location on Vasilievsky Is­land, close to the Neva Embankment and a five minute drive from Nevsky Prospect and the Hermitage. As St Petersburg's first gallery hotel, it hosts art exhibitions year round. Guest rooms are distinctively decorated with beautiful colours and luxury hard wood floors. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout and there is a popular restaurant serving delicious French-Russian fusion food. Head to the Irish Pub, the 8th Line for a relaxed evening and a few refreshing beverages.

In Brief

Range
Starts
Tallinn
Ends
St Petersburg
Departs
Fridays, May - Sep
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 31
Hotel Rating
4 star
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 7
Countries
Estonia, Finland, Russia
Tallinn
Helsinki
Helsinki
Attractive buildings lining the canals of St Petersburg
Attractive buildings lining the canals of St Petersburg
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