9 Day Tour from Warsaw to Helsinki
Day 1: Warsaw, Poland
Welcome to Warsaw! At 6.00 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
Day 2: Warsaw
Hear about the tormented, often tragic history of this important gateway between East and West during your guided sightseeing tour. Visit the medieval Stare Miasto (Old Town) with its market square and the 14th-century St. John’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of post-war reconstruction. Sightseeing also features the “wedding cake” Palace of Culture and Science, the remnants of the Jewish ghetto, and a picture stop at the Ghetto Monument. Later, attend a Private Chopin Concert.
Tonight, why not join an optional Polish dinner? (B)
Day 3: Warsaw–Vilnius, Lithuania
The next days are dedicated to the three small Baltic countries that quite recently regained their independence. Each has its own language and distinct culture. First, travel to Lithuania, the largest and southernmost of the three. Arrive in the capital, Vilnius, once the splendid center of the mighty Grand Duchy of Lithuania, where dinner with wine and regional specialties, like Borscht (beet) soup and Cepelinai (stuffed potato dumplings), awaits you at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 4: Vilnius
Vilnius’ picturesque historic nucleus is clustered around the remains of a castle built by Prince Gediminas in 1323. Your Local Guide will accompany you on a walk from Cathedral Square through narrow, winding lanes to the Old University, founded by Jesuits in 1569. Also visit the KGB Museum, and end your tour with a special visit to Vilnius’ artist quarter, Užupis. (B)
Day 5: Vilnius–Riga, Latvia
Enjoy a scenic drive from the Neris River through a landscape of alternating dark forests, swamps, and lush pastures. Stop at the Hill of Crosses memorial site on your way to the Baltic port of Riga, the Latvian capital. (B,D)
Day 6: Riga
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the historic center on the right bank of the Daugava River and a walking tour of the Old Town and the Art Nouveau Quarter. Afternoon and evening at leisure; exciting optional excursions are available. (B)
Day 7: Riga–Tallinn, Estonia
Trace the coastline of the Gulf of Riga past the Estonian health resort of Pärnu, a site inhabited since the early Stone Age, on your way to Tallinn, capital of the smallest of the Baltic countries. This afternoon, sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Hanseatic Old Town with its 15th-century LühikeJalg Gate, and visits to the Town Hall and the onion-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Balance of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 8: Tallinn–Helsinki, Finland
This morning, travel by Ferry across the Baltic Sea to Helsinki, proud capital of Finland. Guided sightseeing features the City Hall and Parliament House, the Presidential Palace, the monumental railroad station, the great Lutheran Cathedral, the Olympic Stadium, and the Sibelius Monument. Browse for souvenirs in Helsinki’s local arts and crafts Open-Air Market. At night, a farewell dinner at your hotel. (B,D)
Day 9: Helsinki
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Warsaw: Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit Stare Miasto, St. John Cathedral, Private Chopin concert.
Vilnius: Dinner with Lithuanian specialties at a local restaurant; guided walking tour, visit the Old University and the KGB Museum, and Vilnius’ artist quarter, Užupis.
Riga: Guided sightseeing, including a walking tour of the Old Town and a visit to the Art Nouveau quarter.
Tallinn: Guided sightseeing, visit the Town Hall and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
Tallin-Helsinki: Ferry crossing.
Helsinki: Guided sightseeing to visit Lutheran Cathedral, Sibelius Monument, and the open-air market; farewell dinner.
Headsets throughout the tour
Notes: Slight changes to the day-by-day itinerary cannot be excluded.
Meals: Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine.
Warsaw: Sofitel Victoria (Deluxe)
Vilnius: Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva Vilnius (Superior First-Class)
Riga: Radisson Blu Elizabete (Superior First-Class)
Tallinn: Original Sokos Hotel Viru (First-Class)
Helsinki: Radisson Blu Royal or Similar (Superior First-Class)
The price listed does not include your airfare, taxes or fees.
Popular Departure – due to itinerary and time of year, this departure historically sells out quickly.
Early booking is encouraged.
Prices in USD based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement: $400
Extra nights per person in Warsaw:
In single room: $82-$131
In twin: $46-$70
In triple: $58-$90
Extra nights per person in Helsinki:
In single room: $131-$180
In twin: $73-$98
In triple: $60-$76