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Baltic Capitals 2018

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  • Date: May
  • Destination: Baltic Capitals
  • Duration: 10 nights
  • Price: 1679
Destination Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki, St. Petersburg
From Dublin
Date May – September 2018
Duration 9 Nights
Price €1,679 pp
Flight Details Dublin to Riga
St Petersburg to Dublin (indirect)

Details are for guidance only and are subject to change

Introduction to Baltic Capitals

This Travel Escapes tour brings you to the amazing capitals of the Baltic – Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki, & St. Petersburg on a 9 night, 4 star touring holiday. Starting in Riga you will discover the history, sights & culture of these wonderful cities with experienced guides on what is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

Itinerary

DAY 1 (WEDNESDAY): ARRIVAL RIGA
Arrival in Riga, transfer to Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.

DAY 2 (THURSDAY): RIGA
Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a real kaleidoscope of architectural styles. The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guilds and the Freedom Monument.  The afternoon is reserved for an optional visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. In the evening enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest.

DAY 3 (FRIDAY): RIGA-TALLINN
The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. We do a short tour of the resort before we continue through the North Estonian land of forests and arrive in Tallinn early afternoon, check-in at the Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia**** or similar.

DAY 4 (SATURDAY): TALLINN
Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquillity and modern urban life. The medieval Old Town is a busy place in the summer with its many shops, galleries, souvenir markets, outdoor cafés and restaurants. 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. In the afternoon an optional excursion is offered to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU, the award-winning new Estonian art museum, with its collections of classic and contemporary fine art. The evening offers an optional medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack.

DAY 5 (SUNDAY): TALLINN-HELSINKI
This day offers first 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 lunch break, we head back to Tallinn to take the ferry to Helsinki and enjoy a refreshing tour through the Finnish archipelago before arriving in Helsinki. Upon arrival we are transferred to our hotel and check-in at Hotel Glo Art**** or similar.

DAY 6 (MONDAY): HELSINKI
Helsinki is truly located at the crossroads of Western and Eastern culture and this is reflected everywhere in the green and lively Finnish capital. The sightseeing tour takes us around the harbours and the Senate Square with the Lutheran Cathedral, up central Mannerheim Street and by the Parliament Building, the Finlandia Hall, and the Sibelius Monument and for a visit at the famous Church-in-the-Rock. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, an oasis in the midst of the city with cottages, farmsteads and manors from all around Finland.

DAY 7 (TUESDAY): HELSINKI-ST. PETERSBURG
Today we continue eastbound to St. Petersburg. Shortly after crossing the border into Russia we arrive in Vyborg, where we take time for a short sightseeing tour and a photo-stop at Vyborg Castle. In the late afternoon we arrive in St. Petersburg and check-in at Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky**** or similar.

DAY 8 (WEDNESDAY): ST. PETERSBURG
St. Petersburg is an amazing city. Its imperial palaces and museums enjoy worldwide fame, while the Neva River and the many canals have deservedly given the city the title “The Venice of the North”. During the morning sightseeing tour we get acquainted with all the splendours of the city: the Peter-Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent and much more. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Zarskoye Selo with the impressive Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Room, which vanished during World War II and was restored for St. Petersburg’s tri-centennial celebrations. In the evening enjoy an optional visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an exciting Russian folklore show and Russian „champagne” and snacks.

DAY 9 (THURSDAY): ST. PETERSBURG
The morning is reserved for an optional visit to Peterhof, an uncontested masterpiece of the time of Peter the Great, with the impressive Grand Palace, Grand Cascade and Water Avenue and its wonderful parks. In the afternoon, an optional visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum is included. In the evening enjoy an optional Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch.

DAY 10 (FRIDAY): ST. PETERSBURG DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Ireland.

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Price inclusions

  • Fly Dublin to Riga
  • Return airport transfers
  • 9 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels
  • 9 x buffet breakfast
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Personalised welcome package
  • Entrances to medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn, Church-in-the-Rock in Helsinki and Peter-Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg
  • 3-hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum
  • Service of English speaking tour escort on all tours
  • Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
  • Ferry ticket Tallinn-Helsinki OW (2nd class)
  • Portage at hotels
  • Fly St Petersburg to Dublin (Indirect)
  • One 15 kg checked bag per person
  • Taxes and charges

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Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Russian Visa is not included and must be obtained for Irish Passport holders
  • Non refundable or transferable booking deposit €200 per person
  • Full payment due on confirmation
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit card
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Single room supplement €520
  • Prices are correct at time of going to press, flight supplements may apply depending on availability of negotiated airfares
  • FLIGHT TIMINGS are subject to change at any time until air tickets are issued.

Optional Excursions

  • 4-hour excursion to Jurmala: EUR 40.00 pp
  • Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest: EUR 40.00 pp
  • 3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU: EUR 40.00 pp
  • Medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack: EUR 40.00 pp
  • 6-hour excursion to Lahemaa National Park: EUR 70.00 pp
  • 3-hour excursion to the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum: EUR 45.00 pp
  • 4-hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo and visit to Catherine’s Palace: EUR 70.00 pp
  • Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace: EUR 50.00 pp
  • 4-hour excursion to Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace: EUR 75.00 pp
  •  Russian dinner at Restaurant Pryanosti & Radosti: EUR 50.00 pp

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Accommodation details

Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija**** or similar
Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia**** or similar
Hotel Glo Art**** or similar
Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky**** or similar

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Dates and Prices

Travel on 23rd or 30th May to experience “White Nights” when the night doesn’t get completely dark due to the high latitude of the region.

Date Price
23 May 2018 €1,779
30 May 2018 €1,779
11 July 2018 €1,679
18 July 2018 €1,679
25 July 2018 €1,679
01 August 2018 €1,679
08 August 2018 €1,679
15 August 2018 €1,679
22 August 2018 €1,679
29 August 2018 €1,679
05 September 2018 €1,679
12 September 2018 €1,679

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