TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Arrival. Transfer to the hotel.
Reception. Transfer to hotel and free time. You will receive information about the start of the circuit during the afternoon, or you can check the informative panels in the hotel reception area.
IMPORTANT - IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS on arrival at the hotel you will have your booking made but the guide of your trip will normally not arrive until the start of the included activities. YOUR TIME BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS THEREFORE FREE. At your hotel they can help you with all the information you need.
NB: The schedules you will find in this itinerary are approximate. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the circuit, may adjust the schedules.
Sightseeing tour of this gorgeous capital city built on 13 interconnected islands. Water is everywhere. We will visit Gamla Stand or the "City between the Bridges", Stockholm’s Old Town full of life where many of the monumental buildings are located such as the Nobel Museum, located next to Stortorget main square, which pays tribute to the winners of the Nobel Prizes , the Cathedral or the Royal Palace. When possible we can have a nice view from the Fjällgatan viewpoint.
Free time. We advise taking a walk through the centre and seeing the museum island. In the afternoon, we offer visitors an optional visit to the Town Hall and the Royal Ship Vasa.
Stockholm - Ferry Boarding.
Stockholm (boarding) .-
Scenery: Very beautiful landscapes from the boat leaving Stockholm.
Notes: Tonight we embark on a night cruise; Carry your documentation (will be required when boarding) and prepare hand luggage (luggage will remain in the coach). Do not forget warm clothing to enjoy on the deck of the boat. In Finland, the currency used is the euro, if you have Swedish Crowns, there are convinient exchange offices on the ship.
Free day in the most beautiful of the Scandinavian capitals. We recommend walking around the historic center and the island of museums.
17.00hrs.- Transfer to the port of Stockholm. We embark on the modern ferry of the Silja Lines company. Restaurants, bars, nightclub, casino, shops, ample rooms ... cruise conditions. Our ship leaves at 19.30 hrs (estimated time at the time of writing this itinerary).- The landscapes you can see at the exit of Stockholm are of great beauty (lots of islands). We recommend to enjoy on the deck. Do not forget your camera !. Night on board, double cabins.
Turku - Naantali - Helsinki.-
Total distance: 195 km.
Scenery: Forests, lakes. Pleasant landscapes.
Note: Upon arrival in Finland you will have to change your watch; When in Sweden it is 12 o´clock in Finland it is 13 o´clock.
We recommend you to go on the ship deck at dawn; The arrival in Finland is done by outlining the Aland archipelago. Hundreds of islands covered with forests. Breakfast is included in your trip.
07:30 hrs. - TURKU. Disembark in the second Finnish city with strong Swedish influence. A time for a walk in the center.
08:30 hrs. Turku, departure.
09:20hrs- NAANTALI, very picturesque village of wooden houses by the sea. Lots of tourist life. Time for a stroll.
10:45 hrs. - Naantali-Departure.
13:00 hrs. - HELSINKI. Time for lunch. Afternoon free, you will be able to know this city with, its old market, the Russian influence in its buildings and churches.
(Note: a boat trip to Suomenlina scheduled on Friday morning can be made at this time according to the routes of the participating passengers).
Helsinki - Tallinn.-
Scenery: Stage by sea with beautiful landscapes on the way out of Helsinki.
Note: Carry your documentation, it will be required when boarding.
Leaving the hotel about 09.00 hrs, this morning we include a boat trip (regular line water local transport) to Suomenlinna islands, six islands where we highlight a great fortress that used to protect the sea entry to the city and that has been declared World Heritage - Time to stroll around (we will be able to cross island through its small pedestrian bridges). Our guide will accompany you to the islands and will explain how to use your free time; With your return ticket, you will decide the time you wish to remain in this beautiful archipelago.
Later, we shall board a ferry to Estonia; Ferry trip of around 2h30 duration which departure is expected around 15.30hrs; we suggest to admire the departure from Helsinki and the surrounding islands.
17.45 hrs. - Tallinn - Arrival, disembarkation and accommodation.
Tallinn – The capital of Estonia, a country with strong Scandinavian influence and a language similar to Finnish, is a wonderful city, whose medieval centre is still intact.
09.00hrs- We will participate in a comprehensive tour through the city streets, and admire its walls, churches, squares and mediaeval streets filled with tourist attractions.
Tallinn - Parnu - Turaida - Riga.
Total distance: 365 km.
Scenery: Extensive plains covered with woods and small towns on the way.
08:30 h. - Tallinn – Departure-. Crossing forests and plains.
10:15 h. - Parnu.- A popular spa city where we will stop for coffee in the city centre.
11:00 h. - Parnu – Departure-. We cross the border to LATVIA and make a short stop near a beach on the Baltic coast. We will pass through attractive scenery with hills and forests and Gauja National park.
14:00 h. -Sigulda. We will pay a visit to this pretty tourist resort and then stop for lunch, included, at a local restaurant. Afterwards, we set out for Turaida Castle, which is close by. Also includes admission to this impressive medieval fortress and its enormous park.
18:00 h. - Turaida –Departure-.
19:00 h. - Riga –Arrival-.
In the morning we will go on a city tour of Riga, the capital city of Latvia and the most populated city from among the Baltic countries. The city is known not only for its cultural town center but, also, for its medieval old town, its Art Nouveau architecture and its well-preserved vestiges from the country´s time under the Soviet rule. We will include a quick transfer to the "Salapsil memorial”, located in what once was a Nazi´s Labour correctional camp. Built in 1967, this is one of the largest memorial complexes in Europe, built to commemorate the victims of Nazism. Free-time during the afternoon.
Note: depending on the season of year and sunlight, the visit to the Salapsil memorial can be on Sunday at the entrance to Riga or on Tuesday at the departure.
Riga - Rundale Palace - Hill of Crosses - Trakai - Vilnius.
Total distance: 410 km.
Scenery: Extensive plains with farmlands.
08:30 h. - Riga –Departure-. Extensive plains of Latvia.
10:00 h. – Rundale Palace .- Admission to this huge palace is included. It was built at the same time as the city of St. Petersburg. We will visit the interior of the palace and its gardens.
11:15 h. - Rundale Palace –Departure-.We leave for LITHUANIA, a country with a strong Catholic influence.
12:15 h. - Kryziu Kalnas (Hill of crosses). This impressive hill has thousands of crosses, which speak of the Catholic legacy of this country, which was for many years under the rule of the Soviet Union (the regime that repressed Catholicism). Perhaps you would like to leave a cross there? Today is Sunday, a particularly interesting day to visit it.
12:45 h. - Kryziu Kalnas –Departure-. Lunch included on the way. We travel to the centre of Lithuania, to the industrial regions of Panevezys.
17:00 hrs.- Trakai- A beautiful castle located on an island in the middle of a lake. This is a memorable site, with the castle on the lake, the village with its wooden houses on the bank and forests. Admission to the castle is included.
19.00hrs- Vilnius –Arrival-. We recommend strolling through its beautiful old town.
Note: Depending on the duration of sunlight, the visit to Trakai may take place on Wednesday after visiting the city.
Vilnius.- Sightseeing tour of the city erected on top of seven hills (like Rome, to which they like comparing it). Its baroque churches, its walls, its castle, its market streets in the centre, its 1,200 medieval houses…. Free afternoon.
Vilnius - Grutas Park - Augustow - Warsaw.-
Total distance: 490 km.
Scenery: Forests, lakes.
Note: You will need to change the clock; When in Lithuania it is 12.00 hrs in Poland it is 11.00 hrs.
08.00 hrs. Vilnius-departure. We travel to Poland.
10.00 hrs - Grutas Park. Arrival to the park known as "Stalin’s world", a park with 86 statues from Soviet times.
11.30 hrs - Grutas Park - departure.
12.30 hrs (13.30 hrs in Lituania) - Augustow - Arrival -. Lively tourist town next to a lake. Time for lunch.
14.30 hrs.- Augustow -departure. We travel through the interior of Poland. Small villages, agricultural areas.
18.30 hrs. - Warsaw - Arrival. We recommend a stroll through the market square, full of life.
Morning sightseeing tour of Warsaw included with a local guide of about two and a half hours. We know the cathedral of San Juan; The Rynek Starego Miasta, the old square with its buildings of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; The remains of the medieval wall; The road and the Royal Castle; The Lazienkowski park where the monument to Chopin is located and we will remember the old Jewish ghetto, which was the largest in Europe.
Free time to walk around.
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