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What to expect

Architecture & Culture

Explore the cities of Helsinki, Tallinn & Riga

Baltic Beaches

Experience the Baltic Jurmala Beach Resort

Untouched Nature

Get immersed in nature at Gaujas National Park

What you’ll be doing

Three capital cities in one week. From the world-renowned architecture and culture of the Scandic city of Helsinki, to crossing the gulf to Tallinn, with its fairy Old Town surrounded by medieval walls, to our final stop of our Baltic trip, Riga, capital of Latvia set on the Baltic Sea. Riga’s UNESCO World Heritage Site Old Town is a fascinating place, with gothic spires soaring above. We will also escape the cities to delve deep into nature, visiting the Gaujas National Park and beach resort of Jurmala. An eye-opening tour for those with an eye for history and nature.

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What's included?

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Room for sole use
  • Welcome drink
  • Solos Board - Breakfast daily, welcome dinner and farewell dinner
  • City tours of Helsinki, Tallinn and Riga
  • Ferry across the Gulf of Finland from Helsinki to Tallinn
  • Visit and tour of Estonian Open Air museum Rocca Al Mare
  • Head to Baltic Beach of Jurmala
  • Visit Sigulda and Gaujas National Park
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully financially Protected

Itinerary

  • Arrival into Finland
  • City tour of Helsinki
  • Ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn and a walking tour of Tallinn
  • Estonian Open Air museum Rocca Al Mare
  • Tallinn to Riga via Sigulda and Gaujas National Park
  • City tour of Riga
  • Baltic beach of Jurmala
  • Departure day

What you’ll be doing

DAY 1

Arrival into Finland

Today we head to the airport and board our flight to the Finnish capital of Helsinki. This evening, we will gather for a welcome drink and dinner to get to know our fellow travellers.

  • Dinner Included
DAY 2

City Tour of Helsinki

We wake up in the capital of Finland and today enjoy a city tour of Helsinki. We visit the historical centre with Senate Square, the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Parliament building, Finlandia Hall and the Opera House. The ‘Church in the Rock’, designed by Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen, was consecrated in 1969. The church is built into solid rock, with the inner wall left raw and unfinished, and is crowned with a solid copper dome. The wall surrounding the church is made from rock quarried on the site. Finlandia Hall is Helsinki’s conference and concert hub. The hall was built in 1971 and is one of Alvar Aalto’s most famous works. It is also home to the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, founded by Robert Kajanus in 1882. The hall is a great place for one to hear Finland’s finest musicians as well as appreciate the distinctive, angular architecture employed in Aalto’s buildings.

This afternoon we can enjoy a spot of free time and discover the city further. Maybe head to the dock and catch a boat to the Suomenlinna Fort, or relax and take in the city from one of the many coffee shops.

  • Breakfast Included
DAY 3

Ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn, with a city tour of Tallinn

After breakfast at the hotel, we get ready to leave Helsinki to board the ferry to Tallinn. We will sail across the Gulf of Finland and dock in the Estonian capital of Tallinn. We enjoy a tour of this city, which boasts a picturesque Old Town, where the districts date back to the Middle Ages. We wander the Old Town’s quaint narrow streets and beautiful merchants houses – wonderful examples of Gothic architecture. On the tour of Tallinn, we will also see the Toompea Castle, the 13th Century Dome church, the 19th Century Russian orthodox Cathedral of of Alexander Nevskij, the 15th Century Town Hall Square, the Old Guild built to celebrate Tallinn’s membership in the Hanseatic League, and St. Olaf’s Church.

  • Breakfast Included
DAY 4

Estonian Open Air museum Rocca Al Mare

Today we head to the Estonian Open Air museum, which showcases the country’s rural architecture and way of life and provides an overview of how families from different classes of society lived between the 18th-20th Centuries. The museum is made up of 14 farms and an onsite village consisting of a church, an inn, a schoolhouse, mills, a fire station, a shop, and fishing sheds by the sea.

  • Breakfast Included
DAY 5

Tallinn to Riga via Sigulda and Gaujas National Park

Today we make our way to Riga, Latvia, where we stop at Sigulda and Gaujas National Park. Sigulda, one of the most picturesque towns in Latvia. Situated in the Gauja National Park, it’s known as the most popular tourist and leisure destination, as well as a famous winter sports resort in Latvia due to its bob-sleigh track and down-hill skiing routes.

In Sigulda, we will experience the Middle Ages, a time of romantic legends, castles and heroic figures, visiting the ruins of the 13th Century, Crusader Castle, and the 19th Century Kropotkin’s Palace on the outskirts of Sigulda. By coach, we travel down into the river valley where we will enjoy the landscape and a walk to the sandstone grottoes on the ancient river bank.

We also head to the Turaida Museum Reserve, the historical centre of Turaida comprising archaeological, historical and art monuments that tell us about the events that have taken place since the 11th Century. The Turaida walled castle, is a medieval architectural monument and Turaida church, one of the oldest wooden churches built by the local rural craftsmen. We will continue onto Riga where we will check into the hotel.

  • Breakfast Included
DAY 6

City Tour of Riga

This morning, we head out into the city of Riga for a tour, taking in the beauty of the picturesque cobbled streets of the Old Town. We witness the Dome Cathedral which boasts one of the world’s largest pipe organs, St. Peter’s Church with magnificent views of the city from its steeple, the old Guild Houses, the Swedish Gate, the architectural ensemble Three Brothers, St. Jacob’s Church, the Parliament House, Old Riga Castle, and view the many wonderfully restored buildings, now housing cosy restaurants, cafes, bars and souvenir shops.

  • Breakfast Included
DAY 7

Baltic beach of Jurmala

Today we head to Jurmala, a seaside city and resort in Latvia well known for its natural resources – curative mud, mineral waters and pine forest. The white sand stretches for 24km, and  is home to one of the largest heritage sites of historical wooden architecture in Latvia.

This evening, we gather for a farewell dinner and share stories of the past week and the Baltic cities we explored.

  • Breakfast & Dinner Included
DAY 8

Departure day

We enjoy a final breakfast as a group and make our way to the airport for our flight back to the UK.

  • Breakfast Included

Accommodation

Hotels or similar on this tour:

  • Helsinki – Radisson Blu Hotel Aleksanteri (Four-star)
  • Tallinn – Park Inn by Radisson Meriton Conference & Spa Hotel Tallinn (Four-star)
  • Riga – Wellton Hotel Riga & Spa (Four-star) – 2024 departure
  • Riga – Wellton Hotel Centrum & Spa (Four-star) – 2025 departure

 

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