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Discover the contrasting cultures of Scandinavia and the Baltic states from glorious palaces and colorful architecture to warm welcomes and appetizing cuisine

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About the tour

Embark on an amazing exploration of five incredible countries. Travelling through Denmark and Sweden, cross the Baltic Sea to explore the idyllic charms of Latvia, Estonia, and Finland.

Experience the history and distinct culture of these attractive capital cities, taking in the colorful waterways of Copenhagen and medieval Stockholm in Scandinavia. Uncover the enchanting streets of beautiful Riga and fairytale Tallinn in the Baltic countries, and the imaginative architecture of Finland's capital, Helsinki.

*Please speak to your rail specialist about beginning and ending this tour in London.*

Unforgettable Experiences

Uncover beautiful Copenhagen on a charming canal ride
Uncover beautiful Copenhagen on a charming canal ride
Tour the Danish capital’s main attractions including the Little Mermaid statue and the Amalienborg Palace, before viewing the picturesque buildings of the Nyhavn Canal by boat.
Be enchanted by Riga’s gorgeous Old Town
Be enchanted by Riga’s gorgeous Old Town
Enjoy discovering the eye-catching sights of Latvia’s historic capital on a guided tour, admiring the ornate medieval houses, grand halls and impressive churches that line the chocolate-box cobbled streets.
Explore medieval Tallinn, Estonia’s picturesque capital
Explore medieval Tallinn, Estonia’s picturesque capital
From hilltop Toompea’s shimmering domes and spires to the lower city’s ancient squares ringed by picture-perfect historic buildings, uncover the timeless charm of Tallinn on a tour and during free time.
Admire vibrant Helsinki’s impressive architecture
Admire vibrant Helsinki’s impressive architecture
Exuding style and inventiveness, Finland’s capital brims with interesting sights, from the majestic Senate Square and elegant cathedral to the modern Rock Church and abstract art.
See Stockholm’s delightful sights on a guided tour
See Stockholm’s delightful sights on a guided tour
Set on a small island, the Swedish capital’s beautiful Gamla Stan is one of the best-preserved medieval centers in Europe. Discover this UNESCO World Heritage site with an expert guide.

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - To stylish Copenhagen by high-speed rail

Arrive into Copenhagen and make your way independently to your centrally located hotel to meet your Tour Manager and fellow travelers.

Copenhagen exudes a dynamic spirit amid its classical appearance and was at the forefront of the recent craft beer boom. Today, its regenerated Meatpacking District boasts an array of celebrated breweries and eateries. After time to relax, we head out to enjoy a three-course dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Discovering the delights of the Danish capital

This morning, we get to know our new surroundings better as we embark on a guided tour of Copenhagen, seeing the city's most famous sights.

Arriving at the stunning Amalienborg Palace, we can admire this large octagonal structure surrounded by four identical classical palaces - one of which is home to Denmark's monarch, King Frederik X. By the waterside, we discover the world-famous bronze statue that honors Hans Christian Andersen's much-loved fairytale Little Mermaid. Afterwards, we cruise along the Nyhavn Canal, the delightful 17th-century waterfront bedecked by colorful buildings, charming bridges and historic boats that was once the home of Hans Christian Andersen. Today it buzzes with visitors and people relaxing at the many restaurants and café bars.

For lunch, we sample a traditional Danish smørrebrød - an open sandwich traditionally made with rye bread and filled with cod, beef, or egg. The evening is free to explore at leisure and you might like to try new Nordic cuisine in one of Copenhagen's illustrious restaurants or opt for something more traditional, such as the national dish stegt flæsk - fried pork belly.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 3 - Copenhagen to Stockholm via the Øresund Bridge

Leaving Copenhagen after breakfast at our hotel, we also wave farewell to Denmark as we cross the iconic Øresund Bridge that links Copenhagen with the Swedish city of Malmö. Europe's longest combined road and rail bridge was notably featured in the TV series The Bridge, which played a key role in introducing the world to the 'Nordic noir' crime fiction genre.

Travelling through Sweden's atmospheric interior, we delve deep into scenic scenes of picturesque red wooden houses, thick boreal forests and peaceful lakes dappling the landscape. After leaving Norrköping look out for the shimmering Bråviken, an attractive inlet that spills out into the chilly Baltic Sea.

As the train makes its way into Stockholm, we can enjoy delightful views of the waterways and charming Gamla Stan. Sweden's distinguished capital hosts a wealth of treasures, from palaces and museums to picturesque medieval streets. Our 4-Star hotel in Stockholm is centrally located near the station. We check in for three nights and have dinner in the hotel's restaurant this evening.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Uncovering old-world beauty in picturesque Stockholm

A guided coach tour of Stockholm introduces us to the Swedish capital this morning. Built across 14 islands, connected by 57 bridges, Stockholm has a fascinating 750-year history and a wide selection of world-class attractions. We see the Royal Palace in Gamla Stan, Stockholm's Old Town and one of the best-preserved medieval city centers in the world. Here, the small winding streets reveal craft shops, antique stores, art galleries and cafés. The impressive cathedral is also found in this historic area.

There is free time to lunch independently before we visit Stockholm's dominating red-brick City Hall this afternoon. Set on the eastern shores of Kungsholmen island, this is where the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held annually. During our time here, you have the option to climb the tower for panoramic views across the city. The rest of your afternoon and evening is free. Perhaps you might like to take a boat trip before discovering Stockholm's burgeoning reputation for stylish and creative cuisine at one of the city's many excellent restaurants.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 5 - Day at leisure in cultural Stockholm

Today is free for you to soak up the delights of the Swedish capital at your own pace. Stockholm brims with fascinating art galleries and museums, including Fotografiska which focuses on contemporary photography and has hosted exhibitions of some of the world's finest exponents.

On verdant Djurgården island, you might like to explore Sweden's seafaring history at the Viking Museum or view a salvaged 17th-century warship at the nearby Vasa Museum. The world's oldest open-air museum, Skansen, is a vast showcase of pre-industrial Swedish life. One of Sweden's most successful exports is pop group, ABBA. The joyous museum honoring the four-piece gives music-lovers the opportunity to view their costumes and memorabilia. You can also take a chance and sing along with them on stage - virtually! Alternatively, head into the Stockholm metro network to admire the stations along what has been dubbed the 'world's longest art gallery'.

Stockholm offers up some fantastic options for dinner tonight. You might want to try seafood, iconic kjøttboller meatballs, or perhaps the traditional Sámi dish 'renskav', a creamy reindeer stew.

Day 6 - Across the Baltic Sea to charming Riga

With a picnic breakfast provided by our hotel, we make an early start today for a short morning flight over the Baltic Sea to Latvia.

The Baltic countries of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania each have fantastic, individual cultures, but they came together to throw off the shackles of the Soviet regime in the late 1980s. In 1989, more than two million people from the three countries formed a human chain stretching more than 400 miles from Vilnius in Lithuania, through Riga, to Tallinn in Estonia. This peaceful act resulted in independence for the Baltic states and, consequently, the breakup of the Soviet Union. It is a historic moment commemorated in Riga by two footsteps in the middle of Kaku Street in the Old Town, close to our 4-Star hotel.

After checking in, there is a free afternoon to unwind or explore. In the expansive park opposite our hotel, you can find the national art gallery and natural history museum, while the monolithic Freedom Monument signifies the border of Riga's stunning Old Town. Dinner this evening is at our landmark hotel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Stepping back into history on a tour of Old Riga

Home to around a third of Latvia's population, Riga has embraced its importance during its 900-year history. After breakfast at our hotel, we embark on a three-hour coach tour of the Old Town's beautiful sights.

Built in 1334, the amazingly ornate House of the Black Heads acted as a meeting point for the city's merchants and visiting traders. Today, it stands proud in front of the town hall square. One of the biggest delights of Riga's Old Town is its charming streets, where chocolate-box delights await at every winding turn - such as the painted houses of Jauniela or the iconic medieval buildings known as the Three Brothers. Our tour concludes with entry to Riga's 13th-century cathedral.

With a free afternoon, you could uncover why Riga is considered to have more Art Nouveau buildings that any other city. Albert Street is the best showcase of these spectacularly elaborate buildings. Riga's restaurants cater for all tastes, and you may be tempted to try Latvia's warming national dish - a hearty stew containing grey peas and smoked ham.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 8 - Along the Gulf of Riga to Estonia’s enchanting capital

Making our way to our second Baltic country after breakfast, we travel by coach along the Gulf of Riga and enter Estonia. Enroute to its capital, we discover a country with around half of its land covered with forests.

On arrival in compact Tallinn, we take a guided sightseeing tour by coach. One of the city's most iconic sights is the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral with flowing arches topped by five onion domes. Located in the hilltop Toompea district - one of the country's few hills - we find more historic buildings here, including the Danish-German castle which now houses Estonia's parliament and the 13th-century St Mary's Cathedral, known as the Dome Church, which we enter.

In the Hanseatic-era lower city, we view northern Europe's oldest surviving town hall. The surrounding square is lined by beautiful cafés, restaurants, and a historic pharmacy where it is claimed marzipan was invented. Before our tour concludes, we visit the mercantile House of the Blackheads - Tallinn's only preserved Renaissance building. Dinner this evening is in our hotel's restaurant.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 - Discovering the beauty of medieval Tallinn

This friendly, fairytale city is yours to explore on a free day after breakfast at the hotel. A leisurely stroll through the cobblestone streets of the lower and upper towns reveals Tallinn's historic beauty at every turn - especially in the hidden alleys of Master's Courtyard and Katariina käik.

There is also a fine array of interesting museums, including the Niguliste art museum and the unusually named Kiek in de Kök - translating as 'peek into the kitchen'. This ancient tower got its name thanks to its height, which allowed those inside to see into the windows of surrounding buildings. Today, it's home to a permanent exhibition of Estonia's military history and serves as an entrance point to the Bastion Tunnels, a subterranean network built during Swedish rule in the 17th century.

With the opportunity to dine independently, you might like to experience the unique Olde Hansa restaurant. Diners here can enjoy hearty medieval fare and performances - it is worth going in just for a look at the museum exhibits.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 10 - Ferry across the Gulf of Finland to captivating Helsinki

We leave the beautiful Baltic countries after breakfast today as we board a morning ferry across the calm waters of the Baltic Sea to the capital of Finland. On arrival, we set out to discover the city on a guided coach tour.

Helsinki is a wonderful blend of the old and new and among the attractions we uncover is Senate Square - the oldest part of the city. Surrounded by noble neoclassical buildings, this attractive square is dominated by the green-domed cathedral. Finland hosted the Summer Olympics in 1952 and we view the stadium that held the Games and explore the city's contemporary architecture. From Helsinki University Library and the modernist national opera house to the abstract steel pipe monument honoring composer Jean Sibelius, we uncover inventive and stylish design. One of the most astounding sights is the 1960s Temppeliaukio church - hewn out of solid rock with a copper dome.

Checking in to our hotel amid the Art Nouveau buildings of charming Katajanokka, the rest of the afternoon is at leisure until dinner in the on-site restaurant.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11 - Free time to explore Helsinki

The Finnish capital lies across an archipelago and is surrounded by more than 300 islands. Many of them are connected by regular ferry services and scenic boat cruises, which you could enjoy at leisure after breakfast in our hotel. One island attraction is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress, with bastion walls, tunnels, cannons, and an array of historic exhibits.

Our historic neighborhood of Katajanokka also oozes charm and interest as it is home to the magnificent Uspenski Cathedral, the largest Greek Orthodox church in northern Europe and adorned with numerous golden finials. Finns are renowned for their sauna culture and the brave might like to embrace the local lifestyle and take a dip in the nearby Allas sea pool. At the other end of our urban island, you can see the fleet of immense icebreakers that keep Baltic shipping lanes clear during winter.

Helsinki boasts a wide range of eateries where you could enjoy lunch or dinner - from attractive market halls to seafood specialists along the waterside and Michelin-starred restaurants.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 12 - Depart Helsinki

Say farewell to your Tour Manager and fellow travelers after breakfast as you make your way to the airport for your onward journey.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Scandic Grand Marina, Helsinki

Scandic Grand Marina, Helsinki

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Radisson Blu Senator, Lubeck

Radisson Blu Senator, Lubeck

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Clarion Hotel Sign

Clarion Hotel Sign, Stockholm

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The Square, Copenhagen

The Square, Copenhagen

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Radisson Blu Latvija, Riga

Radisson Blu Latvija, Riga

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Nordic Forum Hotel, Tallinn

Nordic Forum Hotel, Tallinn

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