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Baltic Highlights Deluxe


from £795 pp - 8 days / 7 nights

(5/5) based on 3 reviews
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The Baltic Highlights tour is an excellent opportunity to visit the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, explore the capitals of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn and get introduced to some of the history and culture of the area. Join this professionally guided, English speaking tour, staying in boutique and 5* hotels and travelling on quality coaches throughout your holiday. Standard version of the same tour is also available with accommodation in centrally located 4 star Radisson Blu Hotels.

Package prices per person based on the best flight availability and two people sharing a standard twin or double room: 

  • Deluxe Tour - £850 pp
  • Standard Tour - £795 pp
  • Single supplement is £280 pp

 

2015 Departure Dates:

Deluxe Tour - 5 Star Hotels

Departure Return Departure Return
7 Jun 14 Jun 19 Jul 26 Jul
21 Jun 26 Jun 02 Aug 09 Aug
05 Jul 12 Jul 16 Aug 23 Aug

2015 Departure Dates:

Standard Tour - 4 Star Hotels

Departure Return Departure Return
26 Apr 3 May 19 Jul 26 Jul
25 May 31 May 26 Jul 02 Aug
31 May 07 Jun 02 Aug 09 Aug
07 Jun 14 Jun 09 Aug 16 Aug
14 Jun 21 Jun 16 Aug 23 Aug
21 Jun 28 Jun 23 Aug 30 Aug
28 Jun 05 Jul 30 Aug 06 Sep
05 Jul 12 Jul 06 Sep 13 Sep
12 Jul 19 Jul 13 Sep 20 Sep
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Package includes


  • Flights London to Vilnius and return from Tallinn (We can arrange flights from alternative UK airports upon request)
  • 1 piece of check-in luggage per traveler
  • Airport transfers in Vilnius and Tallinn
  • 7 nights' accommodation at centrally located 4 or 5 star hotels:
    (Deluxe tour: Radisson Blu Astorija, Radisson Blu Ridzene, Radisson BLU Sky)
    (Standard tour: Radisson Blu Lietuva, Radisson Blu Latvija, Radisson Blu Olympia)
  • Breakfast adaily
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Entrances to Old University in Vilnius, Rundale Palace and medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn
  • English speaking guide throughout the itinerary
  • First class motor coaches throughout the itinerary
  • Portage at hotels
  • 24 hour emergency service
  • ATOL protection
  • Service and VAT

 

Optional tours and meals:

- 3-hour excursion to Trakai Castle: £37 pp
- Folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas: £37 pp
- 4-hour excursion to Gauja National Park: £47 pp
- 3-hour excursion to Open Air Museum: £37 pp
- Organ concert at Dome Cathedral: £33 pp
- 4-hour excursion to Jurmala with city museum: £37 pp
- Latvian dinner at Restaurant La Boheme: £37 pp
- 3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU: £37 pp
- Medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack: £37 pp
- Half board at hotels (standard tour) (7 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea): £196 pp

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival in Vilnius

Arrive in Vilnius, and transfer to Hotel Radison Blu Astorija***** (Deluxe Tour) or Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva**** (Standard Tour).  Welcome meeting at the hotel with the rest of the tour group. If your flight arrives late, your information pack will be left at the hotel reception.

Day 2 (Monday): Vilnius

Vilnius is known for having more than 1,200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. The morning sightseeing tour includes a panoramic tour of the city and a walking tour of the Old Town with Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, Peter and Paul Church, St. Anne’s Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania, with the well preserved Trakai Castle beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve. In the evening enjoy an optional folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas. 

Day 3 (Tuesday): Vilnius - Riga

Heading for Riga, the first stop is the Hill of Crosses, one of the most holy sites in Catholic Lithuania. After crossing into Latvia we soon reach the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. After a guided tour of the palace we travel through the rolling hills of Southern Latvia to reach Riga late afternoon, and check-in at Hotel Radison Blu Ridzene***** (Deluxe Tour) or Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija**** (Standard Tour).

Day 4 (Wednesday): Riga

Before we get acquainted with Riga we’ll have the possibility to discover medieval Latvia. The optional tour for this morning takes us to the stunning scenery of Gauja National Park and the town of Sigulda. We’ll 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 we return to Riga. The afternoon offers an optional visit to the Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th century country life.  In the evening we offer an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.

Day 5 (Thursday): Riga

Riga, founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, 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 summer resort town famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. In the evening, enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant La Boheme. 

Day 6 (Friday): Riga - Tallinn

The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu, with a short tour of the resort. The rest of the day is spent going through the North Estonian land of forests to Tallinn, with check-in at the Hotel Radisson BLU Sky***** (Deluxe Tour) or Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia**** (Standard Tour).. 

Day 7 (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 get to see Toompea Castle, Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the medieval Old Town Hall and the Great Guild Hall. In the afternoon an optional excursion is offered to Kadriorg Park, as well as a 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 8 (Sunday): Departure from Tallinn

Free time in Tallinn. Transfer to airport.

Radisson Blu Astorija

Vilnius, Lithuania - 5 stars
Hotel Radisson Blu Astorija is a 5 star hotel situated on the edge of the Old Town, this Baroque building is one of the most impressive in Vilnius. The traditional interior combined with modern luxury makes this a top class place to stay in Vilnius.

Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija

Riga, Latvia - 4 stars
Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija is perfect for a business and leisure travellers alike. Guests enjoy access to two incredible restaurants, the trendy Skyline Bar and an on-site casino and nightclub and comfortable, plush rooms provide relaxation for travellers and include amenities like Free high-speed, WiFi and a work desk.

Radisson Blu Lietuva

Vilnius, Lithuania - 4 stars
Radisson Blu Lietuva is a large, modern, 4 star hotel  centrally located next to the Neris river overlooking the Old Town with opportunities for testing the restaurants and shopping within a very short distance.

Radisson Blu Olympia

Tallinn, Estonia - 4 stars
Radisson Blu Olympia Hotel is a large 4 star hotel located in the business centre of Tallinn.



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August 2015
Overall rating: (5/5)

We had a great Baltic holiday. Everyone in my family really enjoyed it!

We don't have any negative comments. The Radisson Blu hotels were all excellent. The tour guides were all very good. The tour was very well organized. And we loved the various cities that we visited, especially Riga.

The only small comment we do have is regarding the lunch stop on the journey between Vilnius and Riga. We stopped for one hour or so in a quiet, dull shopping mall. Perhaps it would be better to stop at a nice village restaurant, or provide a picnic stop in a nice park?

Anyway, thanks again for a great holiday. Keep up the good work!

Ed


July 2015
Overall rating: (5/5)

I would like to compliment Daina on her excellent organisation of our holiday to the Baltic.  It was perfect.  When there was an odd hiccup she responded immediately with all the necessary information.  The fault lay with the guide and not Daina.  She will be the reason why I wil be booking further holidays with your company.  Please complement her on our behalf.
janet


September 2014
Overall rating: (5/5)

Dear Inga
We have just returned from our Baltic Highlights Tour (with Helsinki addon) booked through yourself. As with our previous trip to Iceland arranged by Baltic Travel Company the service was once again exceptional and an example to other travel companies of how to provide clear and excellent customer service.At every point in our trip arrangements were as specified and we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday, knowing that we were being taken care of by a company who is clearly an expert in their field.Many thanks once again for all your patience and assistance. We would not hesitate to recommend you to others planning the same trips and indeed have already done just that.Should we be looking at any of the other destinations you offer, we will definitely use your company again.Other organisations within the travel industry should take note of the work that you do.

Visas

For your holidays to Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia or Ukraine, you will not need a visa if you have a valid passport from any EU country, Australia, Canada, USA, Japan (there are more, so check with us to make sure). Please note that your passport should be valid for at least six months after the date of your return.

However, if you plan to travel to Russia, you will need a visa, which we can help organise for you.

Insurance

Travel insurance is required and also advisable. If you do not have a valid policy, please check our Insurance link on the bottom of our homepage or http://www.baltictravelcompany.com/insurance. We can offer quotes for all nationalities.

Our recommended partner is FS Ball who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Language

You will be able to communicate quite well with the locals, as most people in the service industry are quite adept at speaking English. If English doesn't work, then try Russian (if you can), or German. The further you go from the major cities, the less English you will hear. However, do not let the language barrier keep you from exploring the beauty of the country side. We can always arrange English speaking guides to accompany you wherever you wish to go.

The Estonian language is similar to Finnish and is unrelated to Latvian, Lithuanian or Russian. Latvian and Lithuanian are two of the oldest languages, with roots traceable to Sanskrit. This makes them quite challenging to learn, but attempting a few words will put a smile on the local faces. Russians use the Cyrillic alphabet, so reading street signs and tube maps will be a challenge in St Petersburg .

Currency

You can get local currency from ATMs at the airport where you land or in the major cities. Be aware that your bank will charge you a service fee and exchange rate fee for the transaction, but this is likely to be less than exchanging money in the UK before you depart. Please note that in Russia exchange bureau's and banks will not except Scottish bank notes.

We suggest choosing the right credit card for spending abroad. Most credit cards will have an additional cost (about 3%) to the bank exchange rates. You can avoid it by obtaining a specialist overseas card that does not add this % and will give you good exchange rates that are better than money exchange bureau rates. 

Credit cards charge you interest rates, but some debit cards (bank account cards) could have fees that could add up to £ 1.50 every time you spend.

We recommend checking with your bank what fees/interest rates will be applied to your card when using it abroad in order to make an educated decision on what card to use.

Most restaurants and shops will take credit/debit cards like Visa and Mastercard, however, many places will not accept AMEX. 

Traveller's cheques are difficult to cash, so we recommend not to use them.

Airport or ferry terminals in most cases will have the worst money exchange rates, so if you must get it from the airport, pre-order money for pick-up to get a better rate.

The local currencies are (alphabetic order):

Denmark - Danish Kroner
Estonia - Euro
Finland - Euro
Greenland - Danish Kroner
Iceland - Icelandic Kroner
Latvia - Euro
Lithuania - Euro
Norway - Norwegian Kroner
Poland - Polish Zloty
Russia - Russian Ruble
Sweden - Swedish Kroner
Ukraine - Hryvnia

Restaurants

Dining opportunities are plenty, from ethnic to exotic. We would suggest you to try some national dishes and get a real taste of the region. Note that most traditional dishes contain meat and are fairly heavy, but very tasty.

Reservations in advance are recommended for up-market restaurants, especially for Friday and Saturday evenings.

Tipping - many of the up-market establishments will let you know how good their service is by including it on the bill. Rounding up the bill is usually sufficient, unless you feel your server deserves an extra bit of recognition.

Mobile Phones

There are several mobile operators in each Baltic country, the Nordics ( Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland incl. Iceland and Greenland as well as Poland, Ukraine and Russia.  If you have an international connection, there shouldn't be any problems with your incoming and outgoing calls.

In case your phone doesn't work, please check in the local mobilephone shops and you can buy Calling cards etc. or ask in your hotel, they should be able to advise you too.

Internet Access

Internet access is available at Internet Cafés, which mostly are located in the central part of the city. Most hotels have internet access.

Postal Services

Stamps are available in the post offices and in most newspaper kiosks. Approximate price for a stamp to European Union countries will vary but between appx. £ 0.30 to £ 0.70. You'll see post boxes on the streets or you can ask hotel representative to send your post card, they'll gladly help you.

Emergency Numbers

Emergency telephone number for the police, ambulance services or fire department in Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine and Poland - 112.

Greenland uses 911 and for mobile phones only 112.


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8 days / 7 nights from £795 pp
Price includes:

  • Flights London to Vilnius and return from Tallinn (We can arrange flights from alternative UK airports upon request)
  • 1 piece of check-in luggage per traveler
  • Airport transfers in Vilnius and Tallinn
  • 7 nights' accommodation at centrally located 4 or 5 star hotels:
    (Deluxe tour: Radisson Blu Astorija, Radisson Blu Ridzene, Radisson BLU Sky)
    (Standard tour: Radisson Blu Lietuva, Radisson Blu Latvija, Radisson Blu Olympia)
  • Breakfast adaily
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Entrances to Old University in Vilnius, Rundale Palace and medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn
  • English speaking guide throughout the itinerary
  • First class motor coaches throughout the itinerary
  • Portage at hotels
  • 24 hour emergency service
  • ATOL protection
  • Service and VAT

 

Optional tours and meals:

- 3-hour excursion to Trakai Castle: £37 pp
- Folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas: £37 pp
- 4-hour excursion to Gauja National Park: £47 pp
- 3-hour excursion to Open Air Museum: £37 pp
- Organ concert at Dome Cathedral: £33 pp
- 4-hour excursion to Jurmala with city museum: £37 pp
- Latvian dinner at Restaurant La Boheme: £37 pp
- 3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU: £37 pp
- Medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack: £37 pp
- Half board at hotels (standard tour) (7 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea): £196 pp

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