Day 1: Riga. Accommodation at Reval Hotel Latvija. Arrival in Riga, Arrival transfer to Hotel Reval Latvija. Welcome meeting in the evening with a champagne cocktail or juice.
Day 2: Riga-Sigulda. Accommodation at Reval Hotel Latvija. Before we get acquainted with Riga we’ll have the possibility of discovering medieval Latvia. The tour for this morning takes us to the stunning scenery of the Gauja National Park and the town of Sigulda. We’ll listen to the medieval Latvian legend of the Rose of Turaida, and see Maja’s Tombstone, the ruins of the Episcopal Castle, the ruins of the castle of the Knights of the Sword and the mysterious Gutman Cave before we return Riga. The balance of the day is reserved for exploring Riga on your own.
Day 3: Riga-Jurmala. Accommodation at Reval Hotel Latvija. 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, St. Peter’s Church, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guilds and the Freedom Monument. The afternoon is reserved for a visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. In the evening, enjoy a Baltic seafood dinner at the stylish Restaurant La Boheme.
Day 4: Riga-Parnu-Tallinn. Accommodation at Reval Hotel Olympia. The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Pärnu, with a short tour of the resort and a leisurely stroll along the beach. The balance of the day goes through the North Estonian land of forests to Tallinn.
Day 5: Tallinn. Accommodation at Reval Hotel Olympia. Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquility and modern urban life. The medieval Old Town is a busy place in the summer with its many shops, galleries, souvenir markets, outdoor cafes and restaurants. The sightseeing tour takes us around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we see Toompea Castle, the Dome Cathedral, Alexander Nevsky Church and the medieval Old Town Hall. In the afternoon an excursion to Rocca-Al-Mare Parkmuseum, a spacious exposition of 18th century Estonian countryside life.This evening enjoy a genuine medieval dinner at the Restaurant "Peppersack".
Day 6: Tallinn-Helsinki. Accommodation at Sokos Hotel Helsinki. In the morning we take the hydrofoil from Tallinn to Helsinki and enjoy a refreshing tour through the Finnish archipelago before arriving in Helsinki. Transfer to the Hotel Sokos. The balance of the day is free to explore the Finnish capital.
Day 7: Helsinki. Accommodation at Sokos Hotel Helsinki. Helsinki is truly located at the crossroads of Western and Eastern European cultures and it is reflected everywhere in the lively and green Finnish capital. The sightseeing tour takes us around the harbors, up the central Mannerheim street and by the Parliament Building, the Finlandia Hall, the Sibelius Monument and a visit to the Church in the Rock. In the afternoon an excursion with water buses to the historic Suomenlinna Fortress is offered.
Day 8: Helsinki-St. Petersburg. Accommodation at Azimut Hotel. Today we continue eastbound to St. Petersburg. Shortly after crossing the border into Russia we arrive in Vyborg where we take time for a sightseeing tour and a visit to the Vyborg Castle. In the late afternoon we arrive in St. Petersburg and check in at the hotel.
Day 9: St. Petersburg. Accommodation at Azimut Hotel. St. Petersburg is an amazing city. Its imperial palaces and museums enjoy world fame while the Neva River and the many canals deservedly have given the city the title: "The Venice of the North". During the morning sightseeing tour we get acquainted with all the splendors of the city, the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, the St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent and much more. In the afternoon there is a three hour escorted visit to the Hermitage Art Museum. This evening a visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an exiting Russian folklore show is on the program.
Day 10: St. Petersburg. Accommodation at Azimut Hotel. Today an excursion to Zarskoye Selo with the impressive Catherine's Palace and its Amber Room which vanished during World War II and was restored for St. Petersburg's tercentennial celebrations. The afternoon is free for shopping. In the evening enjoy a Russian dinner at the restaurant "Na Zdoroviye".
Day 11: St. Petersburg. Tour ends after breakfast with a transfer to the airport.
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