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Northern Explorer

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Our ever-popular Northern Explorer tour covers ten countries across Scandinavia, eastern and central Europe! Absorb the culture, beautiful landscapes and hip cities from Amsterdam and Copenhagen to Berlin and back again. Experience the Scandinavian sophistication of Oslo, Norway. Explore the world’s happiest cities. Stockholm and Helsinki. Journey through Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania - Baltic states where the rhythm of life has remained unchanged. Connect with ancient culture in Warsaw and drink authentic German beer in vibrant Berlin. Want to travel Scandinavia and the Baltics? This Northern Explorer tour will more than scratch the surface!  


  • Visit Scandinavia and the Baltic states
  • Local-guided tours through Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn and Warsaw
  • Orientation tours of Copenhagen, Riga, Vilnius and Berlin
  • Explore Poland including the iconic cities of Warsaw and Poznań

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Start Point

Hotel in Amsterdam | 10:00 AM

End Point

Hotel in Amsterdam | 10:00 AM
DAY 1: Start of tour in Amsterdam

Welcome to Amsterdam and the start of your Northern Explorer tour! Meet your tour leader at the accommodation this morning. After everyone's checked in, get ready to experience the gorgeous Dutch countryside. Visit a local Dutch farm and see how clogs and local cheese are made! You will also have the opportunity to join an optional excursion which further explores the Dutch countryside. Later this evening, enjoy a canal cruise of Amsterdam - one of the best ways to see this amazing city and its sights! Afterwards, enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. The rest of the night is free. Stroll around the canals (keep an eye out for bicycles!), visit Dam Square or the famous red light district.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 1: Start of tour in Amsterdam

Welcome to Amsterdam and the start of your Northern Explorer tour! Meet your tour leader at the accommodation this morning. After everyone's checked in, get ready to experience the gorgeous Dutch countryside. Visit a local Dutch farm and see how clogs and local cheese are made! You will also have the opportunity to join an optional excursion which further explores the Dutch countryside. Later this evening, enjoy a canal cruise of Amsterdam - one of the best ways to see this amazing city and its sights! Afterwards, enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. The rest of the night is free. Stroll around the canals (keep an eye out for bicycles!), visit Dam Square or the famous red light district.


Cheese and clogs demonstration: See how these famous shoes are traditionally made by hand, and taste a variety of fantastic Dutch cheese. Purchase some unique and authentic Dutch souvenirs during the visit!

Amsterdam canal cruise: Sail along Amsterdam's stunning canals at twilight and admire the top attractions along the waterside as you go. This is the perfect introduction to Amsterdam, as you take in the city's well-known and iconic sights from the water.

Welcome dinner: Celebrate the first night of the tour with a welcome dinner at a restaurant in the centre of town. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know more about your fellow travellers.



On Tour Excursions
Volendam & Zaanse Schans

Get a taste of local life in the Dutch countryside! Explore Volendam fishing village and see the iconic historic windmills of Zaanse Schans.

DAY 2: Amsterdam - Hamburg - Northern Germany

Depart Amsterdam this morning and travel towards a new country, Germany! Arrive in Hamburg in the late afternoon and embark on an orientation tour with your tour leader. Hamburg is an impressive harbour town and top cultural destination home to over 50 museums! Your tour leader will show you some of the city’s highlights and give you some tips for what to explore during your free time. Enjoy some time to grab dinner, why not eat a hamburger in the city they were named after? Later, travel on to the accommodation for the night situated in a quaint town in Northern Germany. Get some rest tonight as tomorrow we make our way to Denmark where more adventures await!


Orientation tour of Hamburg: Discover Germany’s second biggest city (and the birthplace of Hamburgers) on an orientation tour with your tour leader. Hamburg is an important harbour town, lying on three rivers and home to more bridges than any other city in the world! Your tour leader will point out some top sights such as the Miniatur Wunderland and St. Michael’s Church which you can explore more during your free time.



DAY 3: Northern Germany - Odense - Copenhagen

The journey continues to Scandinavia after breakfast. Cross the border into Denmark and head towards the Danish capital, Copenhagen. The drive offers fantastic views as well as a crossing of Europe's longest bridge. En route, enjoy a visit to Odense, the birthplace of fairytale author Hans Christian Andersen! Arrive in Copenhagen and enjoy an orientation tour of the city. It'll soon be evident why this charming city has been voted one of the world's most liveable so many years in a row! It's clean, safe, and very easy to get around and blessed with cosy cafés and world-famous restaurants!


Visit Odense: Enjoy lunch and free time to find a spot for lunch during a visit to Odense. This is the third-largest city in Denmark and is known for hosting many cultural events and festivals. It’s most well-known for being the home of famous fairytale author Hans Christian Andersen!

Orientation tour of Copenhagen: Join your tour leader on an orientation tour of the Danish capital, Copenhagen which is colourful, charming and the definition of “Scandi Cool”. Tour the city and see top sights including the impressive Frederick's Church (popularly known as the Marble Church), Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen Town Hall, and the bronze Little Mermaid statue.



DAY 4: Copenhagen - Helsingør - Gothenburg - Oslo

The tour will visit three countries today; Denmark, Sweden and Norway! Depart Copenhagen and take a short drive to the port town of Helsingør this morning. This town is home to Kronborg Castle, the setting for Shakespeare's Hamlet. See the castle from the water as we take a short ferry ride to Sweden. Then, enjoy a drive from the port of Helsingborg through the stunning rural Swedish scenery while travelling towards Gothenburg, Sweden’s second city and the home of Volvo. Here, join your tour leader for an orientation tour and find a spot to enjoy lunch. Next, cross the border into Norway and travel north to Oslo. Norway’s capital city is full of Scandinavian culture and charm! Enjoy a free evening to explore the city.


Ferry trip from Helsingør to Helsingborg, Sweden: Hop aboard a ferry for a short trip across the Øresund (“The Sound”) to Helsingborg in Sweden. Admire the views of Kronborg Castle on the Danish side of the bay as you cruise! 

Scenic drive through the Swedish countryside: Admire the views of Sweden’s beautiful rural scenery during a drive from Helsingborg to Gothenburg. 

Visit Gothenburg: Enjoy a visit to Gothenburg. This is Sweden’s second-largest city and is well-known for its rich heritage, historical sites and for being the birthplace of Volvo cars!



DAY 5: Oslo: Free Day

Look forward to exploring Oslo today! Begin with a locally guided tour of Norway’s cool, compact and captivating capital city. Oslo is surrounded by stunning scenery and is famous for its green spaces and museums. A local expert will showcase the city’s highlights including Akershus Castle, the Royal Palace and the Oslo Opera House. After the city tour, the rest of the day is free to explore as you wish. Why not visit one of the city’s famous museums or galleries, stroll around town admiring the architecture or choose a local spot to enjoy lunch and dinner?


Guided tour of Oslo: Join a local guide for a walking tour of Oslo. Explore the city and gain deeper insight into Oslo and its history. Highlights include the Oslo Opera House, Kvadraturen, the Parliament building, Akershus Castle and the Royal Palace.



On Tour Excursions

Explore top Oslo sights with your tour leader! Visit Vigeland Sculpture Park, the scenic Bygdøy peninsula and the Fram and Kon Tiki museums.

DAY 6: Oslo - Sigtuna - Stockholm

Wave farewell to Norway as the tour travels back to Sweden. Find out why Sweden is ranked as one of the most naturally beautiful countries in Europe on a drive through various landscapes. Pass Karlstad on the shores of Lake Vänern before arriving in Örebro where the group has free time for lunch. After lunch, it’s time to visit Sigtuna. This beautiful mediaeval town is the oldest in Sweden. It’s home to old church ruins as well as the oldest main street in Sweden - Stora Gatan. Next, the tour continues to Stockholm, Sweden’s gorgeous capital! Arrive in the evening and absorb the vibrant atmosphere of the Scandinavian capital city. Enjoy an included dinner with the group tonight.


Visit Sigtuna: Enjoy a visit to Sweden’s oldest town! Founded by King Erik the Victorious in 970 AD, Sigtuna is home to the oldest Main Street in the country.

Swedish meatballs for dinner: It’s time to tuck into a Swedish classic - meatballs! Join the group and enjoy this included dinner tonight.



DAY 7: Stockholm: Free day

Discover the highlights of Stockholm today! Discover the top attractions and learn all about Sweden’s capital city on a locally guided tour. See the Royal Palace, the AF Chapman Ship and take a walk through Gamla Stan; Stockholm’s famous Old Town. Enjoy free time from lunchtime onwards. The Royal Sweden & Vasa Museum optional, which takes place over two days, is a great way to learn more about Sweden’s royal history and see relics of its past! Today, the optional visits the Vasa Museum. Alternatively, relax in one of Stockholm’s green spaces or sample some local cuisine!

Please note: Today’s optional excursion will take place over day 7 and day 8 due to the timing of the tour's schedule.


Guided tour of Stockholm: Join a local guide and see the top sights of Sweden’s capital city. Highlights of this cosmopolitan Scandinavian city include the Royal Palace, the AF Chapman ship as well as the old town Gamla Stan which is the beating heart of the city.



On Tour Excursions
Royal Sweden & Vasa Museum

Experience Sweden’s royalty and history! Visit Drottningholm Palace, including the Chinese Pavilion, and the Vasa Museum to see the warship Vasa.

DAY 8: Stockholm - Helsinki (Overnight Ferry)

Spend time this morning exploring the city of Stockholm! The numerous islands that make up the town offer fascinating walks, especially through the Djurgården. If you’re joining part two of the Royal Sweden & Vasa Museum optional, look forward to visiting the stunning Drottningholm Palace this morning! Otherwise, spot beautiful old ships in the harbour and visit some of the many world-class museums and art galleries. See if you can catch the changing of the guards at the Royal Palace! This afternoon it's time to travel to the next destination - Finland! This afternoon, take an overnight ferry, arriving in Helsinki, Finland, tomorrow morning.


Overnight ferry trip to Finland: Travel from Stockholm to Helsinki and spend the night on the water! Hop on board and enjoy the stunning scenery while it’s still light out, as well as the onboard entertainment. Arrive in Finland the following morning.



On Tour Excursions
Ferry Buffet Dinner

Indulge in a delectable Swedish buffet dinner aboard the overnight cruise during the trip from Stockholm to Helsinki!

DAY 9: Helsinki

Arrive in Helsinki in the late morning and head off on a tour of the city with a local guide. See the highlights of Helsinki including the Helsinki Cathedral and Senate Square. You will have the afternoon to explore the Finnish capital at your own pace. An effortlessly cool city, Helsinki prides itself on being slightly off-the-wall, playing with decor and design traditions to humorous effect. Elegant cafés, magnificent museums and impressive Art Nouveau architecture all combine to create a city that is certain to leave an impression! Enjoy an included dinner with the group tonight.


Guided tour of Helsinki: Discover the highlights of Helsinki with a local guide. Visit the Havis Amanda, the famous Art Nouveau fountain features a lady in the nude. It is said to symbolise the birth of the city of Helsinki. Also explore the famous Senate Square and its buildings, a beautiful example of neoclassical architecture. In the city’s historic centre, visit Helsinki Cathedral - Finland's most photographed building and yet another neoclassical marvel. Set foot in Uspenski Cathedral, the largest orthodox church in Western Europe. Finish with a walk through Kauppatori Market, the ideal place to pick up some keepsakes and well-priced Finnish crafts.



DAY 10: Helsinki - Tallinn

Today it’s time to travel to the Baltic States! Catch a ferry from the port in Helsinki, cross the Gulf of Finland and arrive in Tallinn, Estonia. With the strong mediaeval influence combined with modern structures, Tallinn is one of Europe's most enchanting cities! Enjoy an included group lunch at a local restaurant before seeing the highlights and wonderful historic sights of Tallinn with a local guide on a walking tour. Explore the UNESCO-listed historic centre, see Town Hall Square, St Olav’s Church and more! Enjoy a free evening to discover more of the city.


Helsinki to Tallinn ferry crossing: Hop aboard and enjoy a cruise across the Gulf of Finland, from Finland to Estonia. Be sure to take in the scenic views as the ferry makes its way to Tallinn.  

Lunch at a medieval restaurant in Tallinn: Enjoy lunch at a restaurant in the heart of Tallinn’s Old Town Square.  

Guided tour of Tallinn: Join a local guide for a tour of Tallinn, Estonia’s lively capital! Filled with mediaeval churches, cobbled walkways and a vibrant, contemporary culture, Tallinn is a photographer's dream. Highlights include St Olav's church, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tall Hermann Tower, Town Hall Square and more.



DAY 11: Tallinn - Riga

Travel onwards to Latvia today! Depart Tallinn and head towards Riga, Latvia’s capital city. En route, sightsee in scenic Pärnu, a resort town in Estonia, and visit the seaside town of Saulkrasti in Latvia before a sombre visit to the Latvian War Cemetery, dedicated to the soldiers who fought in WWI. Later, arrive in Riga which is possibly the most vibrant of the Baltic cities and blessed with a culture that you'll find irresistible! In contrast to its smaller neighbours, Riga goes all out with a buzzing atmosphere and impressive Art Nouveau architecture. Join your tour leader on a walking tour. Explore some of its most notable landmarks and sights, including the famous central markets and many beautiful churches.


Visit Pärnu: Enjoy a stop in the resort city of Pärnu in southwestern Estonia. Pärnu is a seaside city overlooking Pärnu Bay and is renowned for its street art, colourful houses and scenic beach.

Enjoy a stop in Saulkrasti: The seaside town of Saulkrasti is a great place to drink in the beauty of the Latvian shoreline without huge crowds. This is where Latvian locals spend days by the beach.

Visit the Latvian Military Cemetery: Also called the Brothers' Cemetery or Cemetery of the Brethren, the Latvian Military Cemetery is a national monument that commemorates the sacrifice of 2,000+ Latvian soldiers who gave their lives for their country during 1915-1920, fighting in World War I and the Latvian War of Independence.

Orientation tour of Riga: Embark on an orientation walking tour of Riga, Latvia’s exciting capital city. See the impressive architecture and learn more about Latvia’s history and culture. Riga boasts a cosmopolitan atmosphere combined with Gothic and Art Nouveau architecture. The city is home to popular landmarks like the Riga Dom Cathedral, the Houses of the Black Heads, Parliament House, the Three Brothers, the Old City Wall and the Freedom Monument.



DAY 12: Hill of Crosses - Vilnius

Lithuania is calling today! The first stop of the day is the Hill of Crosses - a pilgrimage site loaded with around 100,000 crosses which is an impressive sight to behold. Arrive in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital, and set off on an orientation tour of the city before enjoying some free time. Lithuania's capital exudes Old Town charm, so much so that it's been added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. In contrast to the medieval history, there are also reminders of Vilnius' more recent and darker past, including remnants of the ghettos where the Jewish community lived during Nazi occupation, and the influence of the Soviet Union. It is an intriguing city to discover.


Visit the Hill of Crosses: Experience a visit to the Kryziu Kalnas Hill of Crosses in Lithuania which has been one of the world’s most singular expressions of human faith and sacrifice for over 100 years. Pilgrims have been flocking to the sight for centuries and today there are 200,000+ crosses, carvings and shrines. The tradition of leaving crosses on the hill began only in 1831 by relatives of rebels who died fighting the Russian tsar of the time. 

Orientation tour of Vilnius: Join your tour leader for an orientation tour of Vilnius. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers centuries of history to explore, and has a long and storied past. Learn about the history and see more of this city’s Baroque-style architecture and medieval buildings and monuments. Highlights include the Vilnius Cathedral, the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, the Vilnius Town Hall and the Adam Mickiewicz statue. You can also cross the river into the Užupio Respublika, a self-proclaimed republic within Vilnius which has its own constitution and an army of 11 men.



DAY 13: Trakai - Warsaw

This morning, travel to the final destination in Lithuania - Trakai National Park. The main attraction is undoubtedly a view of the iconic brick-built castle at its centre, which lies on an island surrounded by crystal-clear water. Next, head towards the Polish border. En route to Warsaw, your tour guide will offer insights into the city and its surroundings on a driving tour. As the cultural hub of Poland, Warsaw is a city of energy and action, racing to replace what was lost after being utterly destroyed in World War II. Arrive at the hotel, check in and join the group for an included dinner this evening.


Visit Trakai National Park: Make a stop at Trakai National Park, Europe's only historic national park. It is home to beautiful monuments, lakes and forests with the crowning jewel being Trakai Island Castle, located in the centre of a beautiful lake.  

Warsaw driving tour: Glimpse some of Warsaw’s most iconic sights on a driving tour of the historic city! Warsaw’s top sights include The National Museum in Warsaw, the Palace of Culture and Science, Piłsudski Square and the Warsaw Uprising Museum.



DAY 14: Warsaw: Free Day

Enjoy a city tour of Warsaw’s Old Town with a local guide this morning. Meet your guide at the hotel and then embark on the tour, taking in a number of highlights and seeing the bustling square at the heart of the old town. This afternoon is yours to spend as you wish! Visit some of the highly regarded museums, such as the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, the Chopin Museum, or the extensive collections of the National Museum. On a Sunday, you can enjoy free entry to the Royal Palace and the occasional free music concert in Łazienki Park. Alternatively, you can further explore the Old Town and make the most of your time in this charming city.


Guided tour of Warsaw’s Old Town: See the highlights of Warsaw’s Old Town with a local guide. This area is made up of bustling market squares, quaint cobblestone alleyways and mediaeval architecture. The historic centre was nearly completely destroyed during the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 but after a careful reconstruction campaign, has been rebuilt and is now inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



DAY 15: Poznań - Berlin

Heading west through Poland, stop in Poznań, a city famous for its historic old town. Enjoy your free time to have lunch and admire the colourful buildings and beautiful architecture of the Old Market Square. Cross the border into Germany and continue to the city of Berlin! The German capital rose in power under Nazi rule leading up to the Second World War and then endured division during the Cold War, which is symbolised in the infamous Berlin Wall. Reminders of the past are everywhere, but Berlin has been reborn and is filled with vibrant modern culture today. Take a driving tour through the city and see some famous landmarks, including Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie.


Visit Poznań: Enjoy free time to sample some delicious Polish cuisine and explore the Old Market Square in Poznań. Faithfully reconstructed following the Second World War, this beautiful square is home to many of the city’s most famous landmarks and monuments, including the Town Hall, colourful townhouses and the Pranger, a 16th-century punishment device. Did you know that Poznań was once used as the coronation city of the early Polish kings?

Driving tour of Berlin: Join your tour leader for an exciting driving tour of Berlin. Learn the fascinating history of this vibrant city and see the top sights, including the Berlin Wall, Alexanderplatz, Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, and the Reichstag. Take note of those you want to explore further on your free day tomorrow!



DAY 16: Berlin: Free Day

Today is a free day in Berlin. Revisit some of the sights from yesterday's driving tour, or strike out on your own to discover more of the city for yourself. Alternatively, choose to join the fascinating Berlin+ tour for a trip into the past. For an incredible bird's eye view of the city, head up the Berlin TV tower - located close to Alexanderplatz, it has become an icon of the capital. If you fancy some museum action, head over to museum island, a collection of five world-famous museums in the heart of Berlin’s city centre. Want to let your hair down after a day of exploring? Berlin has you covered, offering an incredibly vibrant nightlife complete with bars, clubs and shows - from theatre to cabaret.



On Tour Excursions
Berlin Food Tour

Go on a walking food tour of Berlin and enjoy food inspired by the city’s vibrant and varied communities! Try kebabs, beer, “berliners” and more.


Discover Berlin’s fascinating history and vibrant modern culture. Visit the East Side Gallery, the Hackescher Markt, the Berlin TV Tower and more.

DAY 17: Berlin - Amsterdam

After breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to Berlin and travel back to the Netherlands, enjoying the beautiful German and Dutch landscapes during the drive. Arrive back at the Amsterdam hotel for tonight, and the evening is free to do as you wish. To celebrate the last night of the tour, and say farewell to your tour leader, driver and fellow passengers, join in for the optional farewell dinner.



On Tour Excursions
Diversely Dutch Dinner

Enjoy a delicious two-course dinner and wine tasting with diverse dishes at a local restaurant in Amsterdam.

DAY 18: End of tour in Amsterdam

Today, the tour concludes after breakfast. By now, you will have enjoyed 18 days on tour, visiting amazing countries and making unforgettable memories! Be sure to share your contact details with your fellow travellers. We hope you've enjoyed your Northern Explorer Tour as much as we have!



What's Included


  • 16 nights' accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities, 1 night's accommodation in twin share cabin with private en-suite facilities
  • Single travelers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room/cabin


  • 17 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 6 Dinners
    *Vegetarian options available for all meals on request


  • Modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and toilet onboard
  • Overnight ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki
  • Any public transport used as part of the tour days (excludes free days)

Tour Leader

  • Fully guided tour with experienced tour leader
  • Tour leader will accompany group throughout and manage all logistical details

29 Experiences!

  • Visit a local Dutch cheese farm and clog factory
  • Enjoy a cruise along Amsterdam’s iconic canals
  • Welcome dinner in Amsterdam
  • Explore Hamburg; Germany’s second-biggest city
  • Visit Odense; birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen
  • Discover Copenhagen; capital of Denmark
  • Cruise from Helsingør to Helsingborg by ferry
  • Enjoy a scenic drive through the Swedish countryside
  • Visit Gothenburg; Sweden’s second city
  • See the highlights of Oslo with a local guide
  • Visit Sigtuna; Sweden’s oldest town
  • Eat Swedish meatballs in Stockholm
  • Explore Stockholm with a local guide
  • Catch an overnight ferry to Finland
  • Discover the highlights of Helsinki with a local guide
  • Catch a ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn
  • Enjoy lunch at a medieval restaurant in Tallinn
  • Discover Tallinn with a local guide
  • Sightsee in Pärnu; a resort city in Estonia
  • Visit Saulkrasti; a Latvian seaside town
  • Learn about Latvian history at the Latvian War Cemetery
  • Discover Riga; Latvia’s vibrant capital
  • Visit the famous Hill of Crosses in Lithuania
  • Explore Vilnius; capital of Lithuania
  • Stop at Trakai, Europe's only historic national park 
  • See Warsaw’s highlights on a driving tour
  • Discover Warsaw’s Old Town with a local guide
  • Explore Old Market Square in Poznań 
  • See iconic sights on a driving tour of Berlin


Hotels are chosen closer to departure date. We do use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here.


Photos of the tour

Volendam & Zaanse Schans

Explore more of the Dutch countryside and get a glimpse of local life! Start with a visit to the quaint fishing village of Volendam. Wander the main street filled with charming cafes and local souvenirs and admire the sprawling views. Your next stop is the historical windmill village of Zaanse Schans. Here, learn about how these iconic symbols of the Netherlands were vital to the industrial development of the country. This is the perfect opportunity to capture some classic Dutch photos! The coach will then take you back into the city centre.

Optional Excursions

All optional excursions are booked on tour and paid in cash to your tour leader, unless stated otherwise. Prices and availability are subject to change.

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222 reviews
Roam Verified Buyer2023-09-08
a Must for any traveler
Amazing experience, Great guide and driver teamwork !!
Jma Verified Buyer2023-09-07
Good experience
The tour is very fast paced. If you want to see a lot of countries in a short period of time then this is your tour. There is a lot of walking and the bus rides can be long. Be prepared to pack and go. Branden our tour leader is good. He kept us on time and the tour is well organized.
Jim Verified Buyer2023-09-05
Very informative tour
The tour provided a very comprehensive coverage of Northern Europe and allowed us to see all the key sights.
Graham Verified Buyer2023-08-24
This tour really delivered!
Overall the tour delivered on our expectations. This was our second Expat tour. Our guide (Aaron) and driver (Gabriel) were just terrific! Both professional and congenial and punctual and everything one would want in a guide and driver. :-) This tour was an amazing way to get a taste of ten countries. We left with a solid appreciation of everything we experienced and have a good idea of places we might like to return to if time and $$$ permit!
Tom Verified Buyer2023-08-23
I really enjoyed visiting and learning about all the cities and countries we visited. It would be nice to spend two or three days at each city. I learned enough to decide where I want to revisit.

Why this tour?

If you are looking to experience the beauty, culture and history of northern Europe and the Baltic states, the Expat Explore Northern Explorer tour is an excellent option! Over 18 days, you’ll be transported through ten different countries starting in the Netherlands, followed by Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

This northern Europe trip boasts an exciting number of highlights for you to look forward to!  

  • Take in the scenic beauty of Scandinavia as you travel to the best places to visit in northern Europe. Did you know that Helsinki and Copenhagen rank highly on the list of the happiest cities in the world? The colours, charm and unique Scandi culture will leave you smiling!
  • Enjoy a Northern Explorer cruise across the Gulf of Finland on an overnight ferry to Helsinki.
  • Enjoy free days to relax and spend as you please in Oslo, Stockholm, Warsaw and Berlin.
  • Journey through the mesmerizing landscapes of the Baltic States and see the famous Hill of Crosses in Lithuania and pay a sobering visit to the Latvian War Cemetery.
  • Admire the magical views of a castle in the middle of a lake in the beautiful Trakai National Park in Lithuania.
  • Embark on locally guided tours of Tallinn and Warsaw which offer deep insight into the history, traditions and modern life in each city.
  • Join your tour leader for orientation tours of Copenhagen, Riga, Vilnius and Berlin. These tours offer a great overview of each destination!
  • Visit the towns of Saulkrasti on Latvia’s coast and Poznan - a Polish town famous for hosting the coronations of many early Polish kings.

Is this the right tour for me?

What is the accommodation like?
On our Northern European tours, travellers will share twin rooms. One night will be spent in a twin-share cabin aboard a ferry. If you are travelling solo, you’ll be paired with a fellow traveller of the same gender. Looking for some privacy and a room of your own? No problem! Simply pay for a single supplement when booking your trip.

How much walking will there be?
There will be a fair amount of walking on orientation and locally guided tours. The pace will not be strenuous and travellers should be sure to pack comfortable walking shoes. 

Are the Baltic states worth visiting?
Definitely! The Baltic States are home to unique cultures, traditions and sites! They are full of history and many cities proudly bear the scars of tumultuous pasts while embracing a modern cosmopolitan charm! Enjoy discovering the fascinating rhythms of life here - some of which remain unchanged for many years! 

Is it safe to visit the Baltic states?
Yes, safety concerns in the Baltic States are similar to visiting western and eastern Europe. 

Which Baltic country is the best to visit?
All of them! Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are all excellent travel destinations in their own right. A visit to each will reveal the magic behind each destination. 

This 18-day tour covers a number of amazing travel destinations. With Expat Explore you can look forward to enjoying an exciting mix of attractions, experiences, history and fun! All in an affordable and convenient way, with accommodation, transport, most meals and a number of great included experiences!