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This expertly curated tour ticks off some of the best-loved attractions across Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, and Poland. Cross the Gulf of Finland on a ferry from Helsinki. Visit the mysterious Hill of Crosses. Marvel at the rich tapestry of Baltic architecture that developed in the wake of multiple world wars. In between, enjoy locally guided tours of fascinating cities like Tallinn, Riga, Minsk, and Warsaw. This tour has been tailored for maximum travel exposure in a short amount of time and will keep you on the edge of your seat from Helsinki to Warsaw.
We use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here. Hotels are selected closer to departure date; you will receive a confirmed list one week prior to your departure date.
Welcome to Finland! Start in Helsinki, a vibrant seaside city known for its beautiful islands and great green parks. Settle in at your harbourside hotel and meet up with your tour leader for an orientation chat. Meet up with your tour mates this evening for a welcome dinner so you can all get acquainted in the lead-up to your epic adventure.
Join your Expat Explore tour leader on a walking tour of Helsinki that will introduce you to some of the city's most famous sights. This includes the likes of the Havis Amanda, as well as the Senate Square and Helsinki Cathedral. Not to mention Uspenski Cathedral and Kauppatori Market! The afternoon is yours to explore at your leisure.
Today we take this Baltic States group tour across the Gulf of Finland. Travel to the port and board the Helsinki to Tallinn ferry with your group. Upon arrival, we'll enjoy an included lunch in a local restaurant close to our hotel. After checking our bags in, your tour leader will be ready to introduce you to your local guide. A guided tour of Tallinn will introduce you to the city's major sights, including Tall Hermann Tower and St Olav's church. After the guided tour you'll have some free time to enjoy the delights of the Estonian capital.
Off to Riga in Latvia! Stop over in the resort city of Parnu in Estonia to sightsee and shop; and enjoy the beach in Saulkrasti after we've crossed the border into Latvia. Upon arrival in Riga, explore the Brothers' War Cemetery before check in. Once settled in, it's time for a walking tour of the old town and its popular attractions. This could include Riga Dom Cathedral, the Old City Wall & more.
After a bright and early start cross the border to a country that very few people know of - Lithuania, a beautiful Baltic state in northern Europe. First stop is a chance to explore a famous religious sight, the Hill of Crosses. Then continue onwards to the capital of Lithuania - Vilnius. Upon arrival this afternoon, embark on a sightseeing tour of the beautiful baroque city. The attractions will include iconic sights like the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, the Vilnius Cathedral and the Church of St. Anne. After the tour, take some free time to explore and then meet up with your fellow travellers for dinner.
Spend this morning discovering Vilnius. It’s one of the largest medieval towns in Eastern Europe and is often referred to as the baroque capital of Europe. There is plenty of landmarks and attractions to see including two botanical gardens, several churches and, of course, the Old Town. Depart for Minsk this afternoon, arriving in time for a tour of the city with a local guide. See sights such as Independence Square and the Palace of the Republic. This afternoon, take some free time to wander around Minsk by yourself. Dinner is enjoyed as a group.
Today you have the full day to explore Minsk at your leisure. Visit the Red Church - the Roman Catholic center of faith in Belarus. Seek out the Lenin statue outside of the Minsk Government House and find other Soviet sculptures, juxtaposed against the contemporary cityscape. See if you can catch a matinee at the National Academic Bolshoi Opera & Ballet Theatre. Explore the fascinating rhombicuboctahedron architecture of the National Library, or simply find a green space to relax and do some people-watching. The choice is yours!
Onward to Brest! Leave Minsk behind and travel to the border city on the cusp of Belarus and Poland. Visit Brest Hero Fortress Complex with a local guide. Check in and then enjoy some free time to explore the rest of the city as you wish.
Cross the border into Poland and make your way to the fascinating city of Warsaw, which played a pivotal role in World War II. A local guide is on hand to escort you on a walking & driving tour of Warsaw that features some of the city's foremost attractions. Warsaw's architecture pays testament to the gritty historical tapestry that shaped it. Gaze in wonderment at Gothic churches sidled up to neoclassical palaces and stark Soviet-era apartment blocks, juxtaposed against a tangle of modern skyscrapers. Explore by yourself this afternoon, before we meet for our final dinner.
Today is the final day of your small-group Baltic States tour and vacation in Warsaw. Enjoy a final breakfast with your tour group and get ready to head back home. We hope you to see you back on an Expat Explore coach very soon!
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