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Berlin & the Baltic States

Travel from Helsinki to Berlin on a 13 day adventure through the Baltic States. Sail to Tallinn, discover Riga's old town and the Berlin Wall memorial.

13 Day
From (AUD)
$ 7,295
  • 2018 Helsinki > Berlin

    Tour Code:

    IRBH

    Duration:

    13 Days

    Departure City:

    Helsinki

    Return City:

    Berlin

  • 13 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Helsinki
      Highlights:
      Welcome

      Welcome to Helsinki and enjoy an overnight stay.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Helsinki > Tallinn
      Highlights:
      City tour

      Relax on board your hydrofoil ride across the Baltic Sea to Tallinn.  Arrive in Tallinn and settle in your hotel, your home for the next two nights.                                                                                                                                                                                 

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Tallinn
      Highlights:
      Kadriorg Palace and Park

      Today you’ll discover Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Tallinn’s famed Town Hall.

      Freechoice

      Visit the Kadriorg Palace and Park. The area is home to some of Tallinn’s most prestigious residences. Alternatively, be seduced by the incredible exhibits at the Seaplane Harbour Museum.

      FreechoiceDining

      This evening, dine at one of three superb local restaurants.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Tallinn > Sigulda > Riga
      Highlights:
      Gauja River Valley

      Leave Tallinn behind, and journey to Sigulda, set in the Gauja River Valley and known as the Switzerland of Latvia. Explore the stunning landscapes of this region and visit Turaida Castle. Arrive in Riga and settle in your hotel, your home for the next two nights.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Riga
      Highlights:
      The Ethnographical Open-Air Museum

      This morning, embark on a discovery of Riga’s old town. Then, tour the Ethnographical Open-Air Museum for insight into Latvia’s heritage, followed by a delicious dinner and a traditional folk show.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Riga > Vilnius
      Highlights:
      Hill of Crosses

      This morning we leave Riga and travel to Vilnius. We’ll visit Rundale Palace and its magnificent gardens. Our next stop is at the extraordinary ‘Hill of Crosses’. This symbol of Christian resistance to the Soviets features millions of small Crosses, which were repeatedly bulldozed during the occupation. This evening we arrive in Vilnius for our two night stay. 

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Vilnius
      Highlights:
      Trakai Island Castle

      Relish in an insightful walking tour around the Old Town with its many famous examples of baroque architecture. You’ll see all the famous landmarks, including the University, the Gates of Dawn, with its remarkable chapel, and the famous Vilnius Cathedral. This afternoon visit the beautiful Trakai Island Castle, located only a short drive outside of Vilnius.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 8 - Vilnius > Warsaw
      Highlights:
      Mazurian region

      After breakfast we depart Vilnius. Our route will take us into the amazing Mazurian region, which encompasses 4,000 lakes in a pristine setting, where a great deal of the landscape remains virgin forest. We cross the border into Poland and continue on to the capital Warsaw. You can look forward to staying here for the next two nights.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Warsaw
      Highlights:
      Exclusive piano concert

      Warsaw was largely destroyed in World War II, but the historic centre has been rebuilt and since attained World Heritage status. Today you’ll visit the Jewish Ghetto with a local guide for a striking reminder of the suffering endured in WWII. You’ll also see the monument to the Ghetto heroes, the Palace of Culture and the Chopin Memorial – all remarkable landmarks of this diverse and history-rich land.

      Freechoice

      You have two vastly different but equally interesting options. Tour the opulent Royal Castle, or visit the Warsaw Uprising Museum for an interesting insight into this part of Polish history.

      Enrich

      This evening enjoy an exclusive piano concert of Chopin’s immortal music in a Manor House, followed by dinner. This is an experience with something for all the senses, so indulge to the full in all the wonderful sights, sounds and tastes on offer.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Warsaw > Berlin
      Highlights:
      Rail journey

      This morning you will be taken to the main train station where you board a train for the journey across the heart of Poland and into the German capital, Berlin. Upon arrival transfer to your luxurious hotel, for your three night special stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 11 - Berlin > Potsdam > Berlin
      Highlights:
      Parliamentary building

      Journey to Potsdam, where a local historian will share his insights on the town and its history. Later, visit the Cecilienhof Palace where the Potsdam Treaty was signed in 1945.

      Enrich

      You’ll gain special entry to explore the renovated parliamentary building that was set on fire in 1933. After the tour, enjoy coffee and cake under the famous glass dome.

      This afternoon, see the Brandenburg Gate, State Opera House and Alexander Platz. Then drive the famous ‘Unter den Linden’ and visit the former Checkpoint Charlie area.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Berlin
      Highlights:
      Berlin Wall memorial
      Freechoice

      Visit the moving Berlin Wall memorial and the Hackesche Höfe, then ride Berlin’s subway and learn the historic details of the city’s cold war period. Alternately, enjoy a cruise of the Spree River, and take in the city’s fine architecture from the comfort of the waterway.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 13 - Berlin
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      After breakfast you’ll be transferred to Berlin Airport for your onward or homebound flight with memories of a truly unforgettable trip.

      Meals included: Breakfast