Scandi-Baltic Adventure

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The above dates are Tallinn departures. Vilnius departures will be shown during the booking process.

Adult $969.00
Student $939.00
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Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Sweden & Finland

Welcome to the wonderful north and our Scandi-Baltic Adventure - a funky, vibrant, sun-drenched, elegant romp through the three Baltic countries, plus Sweden and Finland and their über-cool capital cities, all joined up by the glittering blue Baltic Sea. Expect some cool Scandinavian glitz, sublime sea cruises and loads of lavishly larger than life places that really make this part of the world one of the sexiest of Europe.

There are two ways to go:

1. Vilnius to Tallinn

2. Tallinn to Vilnius

Highlights

  • Baltic capital cities – Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn
  • Cruise through Stockholm’s archipelago
  • The sun drenched beach of The Curonian spit
  • 2 overnight Baltic sea cruises
  • The Hill of Crosses, Lithuania
  • Get steamy in a Finnish sauna

What's included

  • Your fantastic Busabout Guide
  • All coach transport and cruise ships
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 2 Baltic sea cruise nights
  • 7 breakfasts
  • All orientation walks
  • Stockholm’s Viking walk

Free time

Take time out with one of our optional extras. Full details from your Busabout Guide

  • Bike tour of Stockholm and Tallinn
  • Visit the ABBA Museum

Getting to / from Vilnius:

Vilnius has an international airport that is well connected with various European destinations. Ryan Air offer cheap direct flights from Rome, Paris Beauvais, Milan Bergamo, London, Dublin and Barcelona too. Air Baltic offer cheap flights to Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam and London, many via Riga with brief changes. Polish Airlines (LOT) offer a connection via Warsaw to many European destinations too.

Getting to / from Tallinn:

Tallinn also has an international airport that is well connected with various European destinations. Easyjet now offers a direct service from London Stansted to Tallinn whilst Ryan Air offer direct flights from Barcelona, Dublin, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, London Luton and Milan amongst others. Air Baltic also offers cheap connections via Riga all over Europe too.

Vodkatrain:

If you are continuing further in to the East from either Vilnius or Tallinn we recommend checking out our friends Vodkatrain with their Vilnius and Tallinn Vodkapacks to St Petersburg (Russia), and trans-Siberia to Beijing on the Vodkatrain!  For more information please click here: Vodkatrain

Accommodation:

Accommodation in the cities will be based on small dorm share in Hostels and Guesthouses, however the overnight cruises (Riga – Stockholm and Stockholm - Helsinki and the reverse) will be in quad share cabins in large Baltic cruise ships (with restaurants, bars and shops too!) operated by Tallink / Silija Lines.

Private twin accommodation upgrades for the tour are available to purchase through MyTrip via the Add Ons tab too.

Meeting Points and Times:

All Vilnius to Tallinn tours will meet at Litinterp Vilnius Guest House at 9am on day 1

LITiNTERP Vilnius Guest House
Bernardinų str. 7
LT-01124 Vilnius
Tel.: 370 5 2123850

All Tallinn to Vilnius tours will meet at the Monks Bunks Hostel at 9am on day 1

Monks Bunk Hostel,
Tatari 1,
10116 Tallinn,
Estonia

Pre and Post tour accommodation can be booked through MyTrip by confirming with a 10% deposit online at our pick up and drop off recommendation, the balance is then due on arrival.

Need to bring:

In addition to passport, E Ticket and your normal travel accessories don’t forget your swimwear and a towel. There’s a beach at our stop on the Klaipeda sandspit in Lithuania so certainly a chance for a dip!  

Currency:

The Scandi-Baltic Adventure goes through 5 different countries so below are the currencies you’ll need and their values to the Euro (as of February 2012)

1 EUR = 3.45 Litas (Lithuania)
1 EUR = 0.7 Lats (Latvia)
1 EUR =  8.8 Krona (Crowns) (Sweden)
Estonia and Finland both use the Euro

We recommend taking a cash card to withdraw local currency and changing as you go (the overnight ferries have currency exchanges too) and maybe taking some Euros to exchange along the way. Some places will also accept Euros in Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden too.

Day 1: Vilnius to KIaipeda

Lithuania’s little gem lies waiting. We begin our trek with an inspiring morning walk through the UNESCO listed old town, taking in Neo-Gothic spires and Baroque brilliance. There is a curious charm about the city; the KGB museum stands alongside palatial residences once occupied by the likes of Napoleon. After the walk we travel out to Trakai Castle, the once former bastion of the Duchy of Lithuania. The castle is set in the stunning lake district. Finally it’s on to Klaipeda on the Baltic Sea coast and the Curonian Spit.

Day 2: Klaipeda to Riga

After a good breakfast we’ll travel north to Riga. The drive isn’t long, but we will stop to visit the eerie ‘Hill of Crosses’, a Mecca type place in the Baltic’s. Thousands and thousands of crosses adorn the hilltop, acting as a place of pilgrimage for local people. Then it’s time for Riga, another UNESCO listed old town full of the best eateries and drinkeries in the Baltic’s. We’ll go on an orientation walk to stretch the legs, taking in the toy town cuteness and all its main sights before an exciting evening of Baltic revelry.

Day 3: Riga to Stockholm

Today is yours to delve a little deeper into life in Riga. The central market is one of the largest in Europe with an array of local produce to taste. The Freedom monument stands proudly for all to see and St Peter’s with its famed viewpoint from its spire. Eating is never a problem in Riga, so make the most of the vibrant cafe scene, people watching, trying to decipher whose Latvian and who’s Russian. The population is split 50/50 between the two ethnicities. In the late afternoon, we’ll board our first Baltic cruise, headed for Stockholm, Sweden…Roulette, shows, the endlessly lit hours of sunlight, topped off with a late sunset over the Baltic sea.

Day 4: Stockholm

A Swedish awakening in Stockholm. This is a really beautiful city, its saffron coloured buildings and cobbled streets of Gamla Stan (Old Town), surrounded by little avenues of blue water making it an entrancing picture. The best way to see all of this is by foot and bike, so after check-in well introduce you to our Viking friends, who will illuminate Stockholm’s past and present. After you’ve roared like a Viking, on their old town rampage, grab a local bike and go exploring the many islands, museums and green space, singing Abba songs, learning the history and gathering a hunger for some local food....meatballs anyone? This evening we’ll catch some live bands as Sweden does have a funky music scene.

Day 5: Stockholm to Helsinki

Today is yours to explore Stockholm: you could kayak the archipelago of islands that lie on Stockholm’s doorstep, take a revitalising spa or take the Stockholm bike tour to get you around all the canals and islands of the city. Stockholm has lots to do, so you have until mid-afternoon to enjoy, before we board our second Baltic sea cruise, this time to the capital of Finland, Helsinki. The buffet on board this cruise ship is a must have!

Day 6: Helsinki

Wake up as if you’ve never slept, it’s so light here, and the sun just doesn’t get lazy. Sitting out on the deck watching famous cities appear and enjoying breakfast is really something special. Helsinki is a cool city and the people have a great care-free attitude. After check-in we’ll walk the city, learning, before ambling out to Suomenlinna and the fabulous ‘fortress of Finland’ where the Russians seized the town from the Swedes. Tonight, we’ll eat well, enjoy some Vodka and toast our Scandi adventure.

Day 7: Helsinki to Tallinn

Today we cruise the Baltic sea for the last time. After a nice lie in, we’ll board the cruiser for a two hour trip to Tallinn. The city is enchanting. This is where the art scene lives and is a shopper’s paradise with a cafe culture to die for. Combine all these things in one day of excitement, accompanied by our Guide giving quirky little facts of history and it will leave an indelible mark in your travelling diary. Tonight we’ll make the most of this Baltic hotspot by immersing ourselves in the slinky, steamy nightlife that Tallinn is world famous for. Good night Baltics!  

Day 8: Tallinn

Trek finishes after breakfast. Alternatively make your way into Russia with our optional St. Petersburg link.

Day 1: Tallinn to Helsinki

Our tour starts at 9am, shortly thereafter, we’ll board the cruiser to Helsinki arriving just after lunch, we’ll hit the ground running in the Finnish capital with a super cool walk around the centre. Tonight will be the chance to get to know your guide and the group with some dinner and drinks.

Day 2: Helsinki to Stockholm

Wake up to breakfast in Helsinki. Today is your chance to head out to Suomenlinna and the fabulous fortress of Finland where the Russians seized the town from the Swedes. Alternately relax the morning away in a Finnish sauna before checking out the quirky art and design scene in Helsinki. This afternoon we’ll board the overnight cruise to Stockholm, dance at the onboard nightclub, enjoy top shows and restaurants whilst sailing the Baltic sea. Just relaxing on deck enjoying the never ending sunlight of the north is certainly a highlight. Tonight’s buffet dinner is to behold.

Day 3: Stockholm  

A Swedish awakening in Stockholm. This is a really beautiful city, its saffron coloured buildings and cobbled streets of Gamla Stan (Old Town), surrounded by little avenues of blue water making it an entrancing picture. The best way to be introduced to Stockholm is by a local Viking, learning the history and psyche of the Swedish people, gathering a hunger for some local food....meatballs anyone? After roaring through the old town, the best way to see the rest of Stockholm’s islands and sights is by bike. Its a real highlight this city, so much to see and sing about...ABBA come to mind. Tonight we’ll check out Stockholms music scene. 

Day 4: Stockholm to Riga

Today is yours to explore Stockholm: you could kayak the archipelago of islands that lie on Stockholm’s doorstep, take a revitalising spa or the Stockholm bike tour to get you around all the canals and islands of the city. Stockholm has lots to do, so you have until late afternoon to enjoy before we board our second Baltic sea cruise, this time to the capital of Latvia - Riga.

Day 5: Riga

Riga’s UNESCO listed old town is full of the best eateries and drinkeries in the Baltic’s. We’ll go on an orientation walk to stretch the legs, taking in the toy town cuteness and all its main sights. This afternoon is yours to delve a little deeper into life in Riga. The central market is one of the largest in Europe with an array of local produce to taste the hours away. The freedom monument stands proudly for all to see and of course St Peter’s with its famed viewpoint from its spire. Eating is never a problem in Riga, so make the most of the vibrant cafe scene, people watching, trying to decipher whose Latvian and who’s Russian. The population is split 50/50 between the two ethnicities. Tonight we’ll enjoy an exciting evening of Baltic revelry. You must try the Riga black balsams tonight!

Day 6: Riga to Klaipeda

After a good breakfast we’ll travel south to Klaipeda and Lithuania. The drive isn’t long, but we will stop to visit the eerie ‘Hill of Crosses’, a Mecca type place in the Baltic’s. Thousands and thousands of crosses adorn the hilltop, acting as a place of pilgrimage for local people. Finally it’s on to Klaipeda on the Baltic Sea coast and the Curonian spit.

Day 7: Klaipeda to Vilnius

Lithuania’s little gem lies waiting. We begin our last day with a lovely drive to Trakai castle the once famous home of the Lithuanian Polish commonwealth. It’s a fairy-tale castle surrounded by water with lots of medieval artefacts. . It’s then on to Vilnius, on arrival we’ll set off for a walk taking in Neo-Gothic spires and Baroque brilliance. There is a curious charm about the city; the KGB museum stands alongside palatial residences once occupied by the likes of Napoleon. This evening is our last, we’ll sit back enjoy some more good Baltic food and reminisce at some great moments and places.  

Day 8: Vilnius

Trek finishes after breakfast.