Code:PBSBeautiful Baltic Capitals 10 Days

Cobbled squares, fairytale castles and historic cities: this scenic 10-day tour takes you on an unforgettable journey around Europe's Baltic capitals, all at a leisurely pace.

Explore Finland's captivating capital Helsinki before riding a ferry to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Soak up the medieval charms of this UNESCO-listed Old Town before tracing the coastline to Riga, Latvia's capital.

After discovering Riga's eclectic architecture and rich cultural heritage, travel by royal palaces and picturesque countryside to Vilnius for a final two nights, with time to admire this lovely city's handsome churches, medieval buildings, and nearby Trakai Castle.

 

 

 

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Day 1 | USA – Helsinki, Finland  

Depart the US today on your international flight to Helsinki, Finland's stylish capital.

Day 2 | Helsinki  D

Relax aboard your flight and upon arrival at Helsinki International Airport, greet your Peony Tours representative in the arrivals hall. Then, relax on your comfortable coach transfer to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day as you please, perhaps enjoying the amenities at your hotel or exploring Helsinki independently. This evening, sit down to a delicious dinner in the restaurant.

Day 3 | Helsinki  B,D

Finland's capital stands on a Baltic archipelago surrounded by many small islands, giving it a charming maritime backdrop and atmosphere. Boasting a 450-year-old history, the city is an eclectic mix of old and new, with stately squares and art-nouveau architecture co-existing with trendy galleries, cutting-edge restaurants and green parks. After breakfast this morning, set out on a half-day tour to get acquainted with this lively and exciting capital. Take in the elegant buildings around Senate Square, including the imperious Helsinki Cathedral, and the famous Temppeliaukio Church, also known as the Church-in-the-Rock for being hollowed out of solid bedrock. Other sights including the Parliament Palace, City Hall, Finlandia Hall, the Opera House and the Sibelius Monument, an abstract sculpture dedicated to Finland's best-known composer. As you explore, hear tales about past and present life in the city from your guide, and enjoy time to stroll around the bustling food market and Esplanade Park, whose leafy gardens adjoin the waterfront. After your morning tour, enjoy the afternoon free to spend as you wish, perhaps shopping for souvenirs, having lunch at one of the hip restaurants or discovering the city's harbours or museums. Your day finishes with a fine dinner together with your fellow tour members.

Day 4 | Helsinki – (Ferry) –Tallinn, Estonia  B,D

After breakfast this morning, transfer to the departure pier for your ferry trip to the Estonian capital, Tallinn. Settle into a reserved deck seat and relax on the 2-hour cruise over the Baltic Sea to this delightful city, home to a UNESCO-listed Old Town of great charm. On arrival, enjoy a comfortable coach transfer to your 4-star hotel and get the remainder of the day free to rest and relax as you wish. Perhaps make your first forays into the city or simply relax at your hotel before dinner.

Day 5 | Tallinn  B,D

Start your explorations after breakfast with a comprehensive 3-hour tour of Tallinn's many sights. An enchanting maze of cobbled streets, pretty squares and medieval churches and civic buildings, this lovely town never fails to impress visitors. With your guide, explore Toompea Hill, with its 13th- to 14th-century Danish-German castle, the seat of Estonia's Parliament, and the richly decorated, onion-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Take in the views of the medieval walls with their many towers and then descend to the lower part of the old city. Stroll around photogenic Town Hall Square with its 15th-century Town Hall and old Pharmacy and admire the beautiful Renaissance-style Guild Hall and the House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads, home to a medieval guild of unmarried merchants and foreigners. This evening, join us for an included dinner at a famous medieval-themed restaurant set in a 14th-century townhouse that specializes in hearty Estonian cuisine.

Day 6 | Tallinn – Parnu – Riga, Latvia  B,D

After breakfast this morning, enjoy a scenic coach journey southward to Riga, the capital of Latvia. Soak in Estonia's pretty countryside as you take the road to the summer resort of Parnu, and make a brief stop here to admire the views of this charming town from the waterfront facing the Gulf of Riga. From here, continue through the beautiful, castle-dotted region of Sigulda and stop at Turaida Castle* for a guided tour. Dating from the 13th century, this restored castle stands on the Gauja River and has a fairytale-like appearance with its red-brick walls, turrets, and tall cylindrical tower. After arriving in Riga in the afternoon, check into your 4-star hotel.

Day 7 | Riga  B,D

A full day devoted to Riga awaits today. Founded in the 13th century, this strategically located city became an important Baltic trading port and has seen periods of occupation by the Polish, Germans, Swedish and Soviets, all of whom left their mark on it. One result is a striking variety of architecture, including, most famously, an array of stunning, Germanic art-nouveau buildings considered unparalleled anywhere else. On your tour, take a stroll through the UNESCO-protected Old Town to see highlights such as Riga Castle, the ornate St. Jacob's Cathedral, St. Peter's Church, and other signature sights. As you explore, listen as your guide brings Riga's past alive with colorful stories and intriguing historical facts. Having explored old Riga, this afternoon is free for you to discover and enjoy the city on your own, perhaps scouting out souvenirs in the shops. In the early evening, come with us to a historic restaurant, deep in the Old Town, to savor a traditionally Latvian 3-course dinner.

Day 8 | Riga – Rundale Castle – Hill of Crosses, Lithuania – Vilnius  B,D

Set out after breakfast today for Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, and known as the ‘Pearl of the Baltics,' for its leafy parks, lovely squares, and handsome baroque, Gothic, and neo-classical architecture. Have your camera ready as you venture southward through lush countryside and stop to admire the exterior of Rundale Castle, a stunning baroque palace built for the Dukes of Courland during the 18th century. Hear the story behind the grand palace and after crossing the border into Lithuania, pause to see the incredible Hill of Crosses in Siaulai. This hill is covered in thousands of hand-made crosses planted here by ordinary people as a mark of their spiritual beliefs, and makes an extraordinary sight. This afternoon, arrive in Vilnius, and after checking in at your hotel, enjoy time at leisure before dinner.

Day 9 | Vilnius  B,D

Today, get acquainted with Lithuania's relaxing and beautiful capital. Enjoy a full day of sightseeing, starting with a morning panoramic and walking tour around the highlights as your guide shares stories of its past. Head into the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is Vilnius' Old Town and admire signature sights such as Vilnius Cathedral, Vilnius University, the Presidential Palace, and more. Learn about the city's Jewish, Polish, Russian and Lithuanian heritage while you walk and explore, and hear snippets about present-day life in the city from your local guide. Later today, leave Vilnius on a 1.5-hour journey to Trakai Castle*, a 14th-century castle set on an island in Lake Galvė. Drink in the gorgeous setting of the lake and take a guided tour of the stone fortifications, whose cluster of towers is reflected in the mirror-glass waters. Finally, return to Vilnius and relax over a dinner at a medieval-themed restaurant within strolling distance of your hotel.

Day 10 | Vilnius – USA  B

After breakfast, enjoy the morning at leisure in Vilnius today, perhaps using the time for shopping or last photo stops at the landmarks. Afterward, enjoy a convenient transfer to Vilnius Airport to catch your return flight to the US.

Meal Code:
AB=American Breakfast, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner at Local Restaurant, DH=Dinner at Hotel, DP=Dinner Party, DS=Dinner & Show
Advertised land only prices are per person in double occupancy, not including any air tickets.
Airfares included in the advertised Land + Air package prices are from New York (JFK), including fuel surcharge and taxes/fees, excluding seat assignment fees.
Departure from other gateway cities, please add appropriate U.S. domestic add-on fares. For the time zone of your specific cities please call Peony Tours.

LAX (Apr-Oct) / SFO (Apr-May, Sep-Oct) ...............................$350
SFO (Jun-Aug) .....................................................................$450
Eastern Standard Time Zone ……………………………………………$250
Central Standard Time Zone ……………………………………………$250
Mountain Standard Time Zone ………………………………………..$400
Pacific Standard Time Zone ……………………………………………..$450

Air carrier and routing are at the sole discretion of Peony Tours. For your preferred int'l carrier please call for pricing.
For child (2-11) rates and out airfare policy, please refer to our website or this brochure page 40-43.
Prices are subject to change at any time without prior notice. For the most up-to-date prices, please check our website.

Package Features & Notes

  • Mandarin Chinese and English-speaking tour manager throughout tour

  • All deluxe 4-star hotel accommodations as listed or similar:
    Helsinki: Scandic Grand Marina (4*) 
    Tallinn: Sokos Hotel Viru (4*)
    Riga: Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel (4*)
    Vilnius: Neringa Hotel (4*)

  • Overseas airport transfers on arrival and departure

  • Specialist local guides in each city
     

  • 8 breakfasts and 8 dinners at hotels or local restaurants

  • Sightseeing tours as shown in itinerary: Helsinki, Tallinn, Turaida Castle, Riga, Vilnius, and Trakai Castle tours

  • One-way ferry ride from Helsinki to Tallinn, with reserved deck seat

  • Deluxe air-conditioned tour coach with professional driver

  • English-speaking assistant for all airport/pier transfers

Helsinki
Skatuddskajen 7, 00160 Helsingfors, Finland
+358 9 1666 1
Helsinki
Mannerheimintie 46, 00260 Helsinki, Finland
+358 9 47371
Helsinki
Lönnrotinkatu 29, 00180 Helsinki, Finland
+358 1034 44100
Tallinn
Viru Väljak 4, 10111 Tallinn, Estonia
+372 6 809 300
Tallinn
Lai 5, 10123 Tallinn, Estonia
+372 6161 180
Tallinn
Liivalaia 33, 10118 Tallinn, Estonia
+372 6315 333
Riga
24 Kugu Street, 1048 Riga, Latvia
+371 67 061 111
Riga
Dzirnavu 2, 1010 Riga, Latvia
+371 6782 8288
Vilnius
Konstitucijos Pr. 14, 09308 Vilnius, Lithuania
+370 5273 9595
Vilnius
Highway A-2, the 19th km 03005 Karvys, Lithuania
+370 5273 9700

When the hotel listed above is not available under certain circumstances, a similar category hotel will be substituted.

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