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Highlights

  • Explore the Baltic capital cities. Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn
  • Cruise through Stockholm’s archipelago
  • 2 overnight Baltic sea cruises
  • Hike up to the Hill of Crosses, Lithuania
  • Get steamy in a Finnish sauna
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Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Sweden & Finland

Our Scandi-Baltic Adventure is a funky, vibrant, sun-drenched, elegant romp through the three Baltic countries, all joined up by the glittering blue Baltic Sea. Expect sublime sea cruises and loads of larger than life places that really make this part of the world one of the sexiest of Europe.




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

There are two ways to go:

  • Vilnius to Tallinn
  • Tallinn to Vilnius

Freetime

  • 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. Ryanair 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 Ryanair 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 Hostelgate Vilnius at 8am on day 1.

Hostelgate
Ausros Vartu 17 
01304, Vilnius
Lithuania

Phone: +370 63832818

All Tallinn to Vilnius tours will meet at the Alur Hostel at 8am on day 1

Alur Hostel
Lai 20
10116 Tallinn
Estonia

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

Day 1: Vilnius to Riga

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 this 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. Later that day we visit the eerie ‘Hill of Crosses’; a Mecca of the Baltics. 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 Baltics. 

Day 2: Riga

This morning head off to delve deeper into the communist past by visiting the Russian markets. 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

After a great weekend in Riga we have a chance to travel out to Riga's amazing beach suburbs, where you can check out the funky lifestyle along the Baltic coast. In the late afternoon, we’ll board our first Baltic cruise, headed for Stockholm, Sweden. You'll enjoy the long hours of sunlight, topped off with a late sunset over the Baltic sea.

Day 4: Stockholm

A Swedish awakening in Stockholm. This is a very beautiful city, its saffron coloured buildings and cobbled streets surrounded by little avenues of blue water are enchanting. After check-in we'll introduce you to our Viking friends who will illuminate Stockholm’s past and present. On the tour we'll grab a bike and go exploring the islands, museums and green spaces, while joyfully singing Abba songs, learning the history and gathering a hunger for some local food....meatballs anyone? In the evening we’ll get a taste of Sweden's 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, go for a revitalising spa or take the Stockholm bike tour around all the canals and islands of the city. Stockholm has lots to do, so you have until mid-afternoon to enjoy it, before we board our second Baltic sea cruise 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 8 am. We’ll board the cruiser to Helsinki and arrive just after lunch, we’ll hit the ground running and go on super interesting walk around the centre. Tonight is a great  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. 

Day 3: Stockholm  

A Swedish awakening in Stockholm. This is a very beautiful city, its saffron coloured buildings and cobbled streets surrounded by little avenues of blue water are enchanting. After check-in we'll introduce you to our Viking friends who will illuminate Stockholm’s past and present. On the tour we'll grab a bike and go exploring the islands, museums and green spaces, while joyfully singing Abba songs, learning the history and gathering a hunger for some local food....meatballs anyone? In the evening we’ll get a taste of Sweden's funky music scene.

Day 4: Stockholm 

Today is yours to explore Stockholm: you could kayak the archipelago of islands that lie on Stockholm’s doorstep, go for a revitalising spa or take the Stockholm bike tour  around  the canals and islands of the city. Stockholm is also home to the largest Ikea in the world, so a trip out to brouse the funishings and eat at the restaurant will surely save you a wealth of cash. Tonight we'll check out rhe music scene in the city. 

Day 5: Stockholm to Riga

Finish off your Swedish experience with a walk around the busy food markets of stockholm, or the large array of 2nd hand stores with a huge selection of cool and funky clothing all at great prices. Then in the early afternoon we'll board the cruise liner to Riga. The cruise out of Stockholm's harbour is one to relish, its one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. 

Day 6: 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 there's St Peter’s with its famed viewpoint from its spire or Tackle some optional activities such as racing down an Olympic Bobsleigh track in a 4 man bob, or honing your shooting skills at an old Russian shooting range, firing all sorts of lethal weaponery. Tonight we’ll enjoy an exciting evening of Baltic revelry. You must try the Riga black balsams tonight! 

Day 7: Riga to Vilnius

Lithuania’s little gem lies waiting. We begin our last day with a drive to the eerie hill of crosses. This unique and captivating sight is a pilgrimage destination for people from the world over. Then it's on to Trakai castle, the once famous home of the Lithuanian Polish commonwealth. You'll find it hard not to be captivated by this castle; it's both historically fascinating and fairy-tale-inspiringly beautiful. Next we visit 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.

Recommendations

Great value for what is included, tour guide was informative and made the trip fun. Hostels were good quality - overall great adventure trip.

Aaron, Australia