1 Arrive Helsinki
Arrive in Helsinki and be transferred to your hotel. Get to know your APT Tour Director and fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception this evening. Stay Three Nights: Helsinki, Hotel Kämp
Enjoy a private guided tour of Helsinki's best sites. Take an insider's access to Temppeliaukio, the famous ‘Rock Church'. Built into solid rock, the church's inner wall has been left unfinished, and is crowned with a solid copper dome. You will also visit the Helsinki Central Library Oodi, and you will feel a sense of awe as you enter this striking modern building. Each floor is designed for a distinct purpose, making it a remarkable concept. Continue to Hakaniemi Market Hall, a 100-year-old building brimming with fresh fish, home-baked bread and delicious pastries. This evening, head to an island for dinner at a local restaurant, offering the freshest seafood with superb views of Helsinki's city skyline. (B/D)
3 Helsinki, Nuuksio National Park
During your time in Nuuksio National Park, learn about the importance of nature to Finnish culture, including learning about the benefits of the authentic Finnish sauna experience. You can also take a guided educational walk, sit back and relax, or play a game of Mölkky. (B/L) Signature Experiences:
- Spend a day in stunning Nuuksio National Park and cook salmon by an open fire, followed by lunch at a Lappish-style teepee. Sip wild herb tea accompanied by a Sámi singer.
4 Helsinki, Tallinn
Relax as you enjoy a ferry ride across the Baltic Sea to Estonia's Tallinn. To help make the journey an enjoyable one, you will enjoy the benefits of seating in the Business Lounge on the ferry, which offers more luxurious seating, as well as food and drinks in the buffet. Arrive at your accommodation in Tallinn, where the hotel's building dates back to medieval times. Since then, significant luxurious enhancements have been made to create a fine boutique establishment. Stay Two Nights: Tallinn, Schlössle Hotel (B/D)
Today you will embark on a guided city discovery of Tallinn. Along the way, you'll visit Tallinn's Raeapteek, one of Europe's oldest continuously running pharmacies, in business since the 15th century. (B)
6 Tallinn, Pärnu, Dikli
On your way to Latvia, visit Pärnu, known for its 19th-century timber villas and Pärnu Beach. Tonight's accommodation is special, housed in a former 19th-century villas built for the nobles of Russia, as well as a former miltary hospital built in 1918. The property has since been restored to its former glory and features a spectacular bridge house. Tonight's dining experience is at your hotel's restaurant, serving fine Mediterranean cuisine with a touch of nostalgic Latvian flavours. Stay: Dikļi, Villa Santa Hotel (B/D)
7 Dikli, Sigulda, Riga
Stop in Sigulda to visit to the Turaida Museum Reserve, which houses Turaida Stone Castle. This remarkable monument's construction began in 1214 for Albert of Riga, with its name meaning 'Thor's Garden' in Livonian. Long after being abandoned in 1776, regular archaeological excavations were carried out from 1976, which were followed by restoration and conservation works. To gain first-hand experience, your local expert showing you around the castle was took part in the excavations. Afterwards, see Sigulda's bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track, before arriving in Riga. Stay Two Nights: Riga, Grand Hotel Kempinski (B/D)
After your Signature Experience, savour lunch at the Beer Embassy, including a tasting. (B/L) Signature Experiences:
- Explore Riga's culinary highlights with one of Latvia's most famous food bloggers. Get to know them over coffee, where they will share with you their passion for Latvian cuisine as they show you around the Central Market.
9 Riga, Siauliai, Vilnius
Travel to Siauliai and stop at the Hill of Crosses. Later, arrive in Vilnius. Stay Two Nights: Vilnius, Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square (B)
Tour Vilnius and discover the Old Town. Later, choose your sightseeing inclusion. Tonight, savour a farewell dinner. (B/D) Freedom of Choice:
- Visit Trakai Island Castle, a stone castle which began construction in the 14th century by Kęstutis, and around 1409 major works were completed by his son, Vytautas the Great. Alternatively, embark on a Soviet exploration, including a visit to the Vilnius TV Tower, the tallest structure in Lithuania. The tower played a major role in 1991, where lives were lost opposing the Soviet military seizing the tower.
11 Depart Vilnius
Transfer to the airport for your flight. (B)