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Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki & Karelia - 10 days map

Explore Latvia, Estonia and Finland on this 10 day escorted tour. Take in the highlights of two Baltic capitals, cosmopolitan Riga, with its flamboyant Art Nouveau architecture, and Tallinn, with its picturesque, medieval Old Town. Then cross the Gulf of Finland to explore the vibrant Nordic capital of Helsinki before heading to the picturesque resort town of Lappeenranta in South Karelia. set on the shores of spectacular Lake Saimaa, Finland's largest lake.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Riga - Uncover the highlights of Riga, Estonia's vibrant capital, with a tour of the Art Nouveaux District and Old Town
Tallinn - Learn about the history of this charming medieval city and explore the picturesque Old Town
Lappeenranta - Explore this charming resort town in South Karelia and a scenic night cruise on Lake Saimaa and to the Saimaa Canal.
Rundale Palace - Marvel at this magnificent palace, a former summer residence of the Duke of Courland
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

Included

9 nights in 4 star hotels
Sightseeing tours of Riga, Helsinki and Tallinn.
Ferry ticket Tallinn-Helsinki
One arrival transfer on Day 1 and one departure transfer on Day 10 included per booking
Welcome meeting with a Champagne-cocktail or juice
9 breakfasts
Entrances to Medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn and Church-in-the-Rock in Helsinki
Escorted by a bi-lingual tour leader, with English speaking guides for city tours
All relevant transportation in private modern vehicles
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 36.

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Riga

Upon arrival at Riga airport you'll be met and transferred to our hotel in the heart of Latvia's capital. The rest of the day is at free for you to independently explore. A welcome meeting will be held this evening, in the lobby, at approx. 7pm.
Overnight: Riga  |  Breakfast

Day 2

Riga Old Town

This morning we explore Latvia's charming capital, Riga. Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, it is the largest of the three Baltic capitals. On a walking tour of the city we take in some of the Old Town's beautiful architecture and multi-coloured buildings. Our first stop is Riga Castle which sits on the banks of the River Daugava. Next we'll see the Dome Cathedral and St Peters Church. Continuing on we'll explore the areas that are home to the Three Brothers as well as the Large and Small Guild buildings.

This afternoon is free for you to explore Riga independently. Alternatively you can join an optional excursion to Jurmala, a vibrant Latvian seaside resort, famed for it's sandy beaches and pretty wooden architecture.

This evening there is an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.
Overnight: Riga  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Riga optional excursions

Today offers free time to further explore Riga independently or join our optional excursions. In the morning you can discover medieval Latvia on an optional tour of stunning Gauja National Park and the town of Sigulda. We listen to the medieval Latvian legend of the Rose of Turaida and see the ruins of the Episcopal Castle and of the Castle of the Knights of the Sword before returning to Riga.
Overnight: Riga  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Parnu

Riga - Parnu - Tallinn (Estonia). We continue along the coastal highway this morning, crossing the border into Estonia and making our way to the beautiful summer resort town of Parnu. We enjoy a short tour of Parnu before making our way through the lush forests of Northern Estonia. Arriving into Tallinn this afternoon the rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Tallinn  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Tallinn

This morning we embark on a sightseeing tour of Tallinn, the third Baltic capital. This picturesque city offers a charming blend of medieval and modern. The beautiful Old Town is a friendly, bustling place during the summer months with locals and tourists sampling the many fantastic cafes, galleries and shops. The sightseeing tour takes us around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we see Toompea Castle, Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, medieval Old Town Hall and Great Guild Hall.

This afternoon is free to explore Tallinn independently or you may wish to join an optional excursion to Kadriorg Park and a visit to the KUMU, the award winning new Estonian art museum.

This evening there's an optional medieval dinner in the Old Town.
Overnight: Tallinn  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Tallinn to Helsinki

Tallinn - Helsinki (Finland). This morning there's an optional day excursion to Lahemaa National Park, where we visit Palmse Manor, a memorial to the von Pahlen family, and Sagadi Manor. The tour ends with a visit to the charming 16th century Vihula Manor and the Vodka Museum. After a break for lunch we head back to Tallinn to take the ferry to Helsinki. Enjoy the scenery en route as we travel through the Finnish archipelago en route to Finland's seaside capital. Upon arrival we are transferred to our hotel.
Overnight: Helsinki  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Helsinki

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.
Overnight: Helsinki  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Lappeenranta & Canal Cruise

Tallinn - Lappeenranta. This morning we board a train to Lappeenranta in South Karelia, arriving shortly after midday. Set on the shores of beautiful Lake Saimaa, Lappeenranta was an important Swedish fortress town in the 18th century. In the recent years, the picturesque town has become a popular resort. We explore Lappeenranta on a walking tour, taking in the historical Old Town, the port area, Lappeenranta fortress, wooden Orthodox Mary the Virgin Church and more.

Late afternoon we walk to the pier and embark on a 3 hour long evening cruise on Lake Saimaa and the Saimaa Canal. The ship has a restaurant, where you can enjoy drinks and snacks or a meal while enjoying spectacular views of the lake.
Overnight: Lappeenranta  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Back to Helsinki

Lappeenranta - Helsinki. Today is free to spend at leisure exploring this resort town. Our hotel is located between the Old Town and the port area which are both easily accessed. Check out the small boutique shops in the Old Town and grab a Karelian lunch at one of the local restaurants or simply enjoy the atmosphere and the picturesque views at the port. In the late afternoon we transfer to the train station and travel by train back to Helsinki for our final night.
Overnight: Helsinki  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Helsinki

Our tour ends after breakfast today with an included transfer to Helsinki airport.
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
2024
Twin Share
Single Room
11 Jun - 20 Jun 20% off
R37,475
R29,980
R50,415
R40,332
25 Jun - 04 Jul 20% off
R37,475
R29,980
R50,415
R40,332
09 Jul - 18 Jul 20% off
R37,475
R29,980
R50,415
R40,332
23 Jul - 01 Aug 20% off G
R37,475
R29,980
R50,415
R40,332
06 Aug - 15 Aug 20% off
R37,475
R29,980
R50,415
R40,332
13 Aug - 22 Aug 20% off
R37,475
R29,980
R50,415
R40,332

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Post tour accommodation - Helsinki
R2,395
R4,495

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 Latvija, Riga

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Ideally situated in the centre of Riga just 400 meters from the historical old town, the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija offers impressive views over the city. The contemporary styled guestrooms are spacious and well equipped to cater for those visiting for leisure, business and even families with children. Guests can soak up the fabulous city views in the stylish Skyline bar located on the 26th floor. Or why not relax and visit the brand new and conceptually unique Spa Riga.

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.

Hotel Scandic Patria, Lappeenranta

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located in the heart of Lappeenranta, South Karelia, the Hotel Scandic Patria is a perfect place to explore the resort town. With its modern and well-appointed rooms, the hotel ensures a comfortable and cosy atmosphere, complete with essential amenities like free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Guests can savour a scrumptious breakfast buffet at the on-site restaurant, which also serves delectable Finnish and international dishes. The hotel's bar is a relaxing space to unwind with a refreshing drink. Fitness enthusiasts can take advantage of the well-equipped fitness centre and sauna facilities.

GLO Hotel Art, Helsinki

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located in the trendy Design District of Helsinki and housed in a 1900s Art Noveu Castle, the GLO Hotel Art is a fantastic place to stay in this buzzing city. In the Glo Art's restaurant you'll find a delicious menu taking inspiration from both European and Nordic influences. All rooms are stylish in decor and offer comfortable beds and furnishing along with en suite bathrooms.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Riga
Ends
Helsinki
Departs
Tuesday
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 36
Hotel Rating
4 star hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 10
Countries
Minimum Age
15 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
Yes
Tallinn
Tallinn
Helsinki
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