Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Stockholm & The Baltics in Winter tour
Riga Stockholm Stockholm & The Baltics in Winter Trip
Tallinn Vilnius Stockholm & The Baltics in Winter Trip

Stockholm & The Baltics in Winter

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit Sweden, Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania
  • Experience traditional Christmas markets
  • Visit the Hill of Crosses and Trakai Castle

Short Description

As cold winter nights descend over Northern Europe, the pretty capitals of Sweden, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia come alive. We start our tour in Stockholm, here there is a delightful old town to explore; alternatively there are plenty of galleries and museums to enjoy. The highlight being the Vasa Museum, housing the 18th century warship of the same name which sank on her maiden voyage, raised in 1961 and painstakingly restored to its former glory. The fairy-tale old towns of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn take on a charming quality, filled with market stalls selling everything from hand crafted wooden decorations to local tipple. However these markets are not the only highlight of this trip. In each city we will enjoy fantastic guided tours, learning how they have changed through the ages. From leading centres of commerce, to closed communist states for a large part of the 20th century, to the proud modern independent nations they are today. Outside the cities we visit the unique Hill of Crosses, the spectacular Rundale Palace and Trakai Castle. For any fans of Tolstoy’s War and Peace and the recent hit TV series, this trip offers a fantastic opportunity to wander through some of the spectacular filming locations which were used throughout the show. The beautiful old town of Vilnius was used extensively throughout filming and many of the locations visited on our city tour are immediately recognisable. The Rundale Palace was also a popular location for the show as the grand interior acted as the perfect backdrop for many scenes.Explore some of Europe's prettiest old towns and festive markets

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Stockholm
End City Vilnius

Travel Theme

Cultural

Cities & Attractions

Riga Stockholm Tallinn Vilnius

Age Requirement

16

No Single Supplement
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Trip Includes

  • Flights (if booking flight inclusive)
  • All accommodation 
  • 1 night overnight ferry crossing from Sweden to Estonia 
  • Transfer by air-conditioned coach
  • All breakfasts 
  • Walking tours of Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn and Stockholm
  • All listed excursions 
  • English speaking guide throughout

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Itinerary

Flight Inclusive

Day 1 Explore Stockholm.

The tour starts at our hotel in Stockholm where the guide will meet you in the evening. * *

Day 2 Stockholm city tour; overnight ferry to Tallinn.

After breakfast you will have a guided tour around the fascinating city of Stockholm. The tour will start in the Gamla Stan (old town) passing through the narrow streets and alleyways of the mediaeval part of the city. The afternoon is free to enjoy the city at your own pace. You can re-visit areas from the morning's tour, or we recommend the spectacular Vasa Museum, housing the 17th century war ship which sank in Stockholm harbour in 1628 before being salvaged from the mud in 1961. Or you can take one of the harbour cruises, these are a great way to see the city even in winter. You will board the overnight ferry to Tallinn at 17.30pm and enjoy dinner on board. * *

Day 3 Arrive in Tallinn; afternoon city walking tour.

The overnight ferry will arrive in Tallinn at around 10.45am. Your luggage will be transported to the hotel whilst you enjoy a guided walking tour around Tallinn. This compact capital city dates back to as early as 1154, and was a notable settlement during the time of the Hanseatic League, much like Riga. Walking through medieval cobbled streets we will explore the Town Hall Square, Toompea Palace, and castle, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, St Nicolas Church and a 15th century pharmacy – one of the oldest in Europe. The afternoon is free for shopping at the Tallinn Christmas market; here you will find a great selection of handmade gifts, traditional Christmas decorations and delicious festive treats. Overnight in Tallinn City, just outside the old town. * *

Day 4 Free morning in Tallinn; transfer to Riga.

After breakfast you will have some free time for some shopping, or further sightseeing around Tallinn. You will then have a scenic transfer via the seaside resort of Parnu to the historic city of Riga and its central market, the largest of its kind in Eastern Europe. You will arrive in Riga at about 6pm and have the option to eat at the hotel or go for a stroll through the city to a restaurant. Overnight in Riga where you will be staying in a historic town house in the old town. * *

Day 5 Guided tour around Riga, afternoon at your leisure.

Riga is the largest city in the Baltic States and is most well-known for its art nouveau architecture and historic UNESCO old town, dating back to the time of the Hanseatic League. Your morning tour will take in Riga Castle, The Dome Cathedral, St Peter’s Church, the buildings of the Great and Small Guild Halls, and the Monument to Freedom. You will then have a free afternoon to enjoy one of the largest Christmas markets on the tour. This is the perfect opportunity to try some local specialties including smoked sausage, caraway cheese, local fruit and Kvas the local beer made from rye bread. For the braver souls there's home-made liqueurs and vodka! Overnight in Riga. *Comfortable hotel*

Day 6 Transfer to Rundale and the Hill of Crosses; overnight in Vilnius.

This morning you will leave Riga and head south towards Vilnius. The first stop will be at the Rundale Palace, this palace was designed for the Duke of Courland in the 18th century by Italian architect Rastrelli, who also designed the Winter Palace and Peterhof in St. Petersburg. Today, the palace is the most magnificent example of baroque architecture in the Baltic States. After a tour of the palace you will have a transfer across the border into Lithuania and to the Hill of Crosses, near Siauliai. This site has become a place of pilgrimage for Catholics all over the world and an estimated one hundred thousand crosses, crucifixes, carvings and rosaries engulf the small hill. During the Soviet Occupation the site also became a symbol of the nation’s struggle for independence, so much so the communist government attempted to bulldoze the site on at least two occasions, but with no luck. Overnight in Vilnius. * *

Day 7 Vilnius City tour and Trakai Castle.

Morning walking tour of Vilinus Old Town, the area was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, and is one of the largest in Northern Europe. The tour will encompass all the main attractions including: Vilnius Cathedral and Square, The Gate of Dawn, and the city’s historic university. After lunch you will travel out of the city to Trakai, the capital of the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The town is best known for its stone castle situated on a small island in the nearby lake, dating back to the early part of the 14th century. Overnight in Vilnius. * *

Day 8 Trip ends in Vilnius.

After breakfast the trip ends in Vilnius. **



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Day 1 Explore Stockholm.

The tour starts at our hotel in Stockholm where the guide will meet you in the evening. * *

Day 2 Stockholm city tour; overnight ferry to Tallinn.

After breakfast you will have a guided tour around the fascinating city of Stockholm. The tour will start in the Gamla Stan (old town) passing through the narrow streets and alleyways of the mediaeval part of the city. The afternoon is free to enjoy the city at your own pace. You can re-visit areas from the morning's tour, or we recommend the spectacular Vasa Museum, housing the 17th century war ship which sank in Stockholm harbour in 1628 before being salvaged from the mud in 1961. Or you can take one of the harbour cruises, these are a great way to see the city even in winter. You will board the overnight ferry to Tallinn at 17.30pm and enjoy dinner on board. * *

Day 3 Arrive in Tallinn; afternoon city walking tour.

The overnight ferry will arrive in Tallinn at around 10.45am. Your luggage will be transported to the hotel whilst you enjoy a guided walking tour around Tallinn. This compact capital city dates back to as early as 1154, and was a notable settlement during the time of the Hanseatic League, much like Riga. Walking through medieval cobbled streets we will explore the Town Hall Square, Toompea Palace, and castle, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, St Nicolas Church and a 15th century pharmacy – one of the oldest in Europe. The afternoon is free for shopping at the Tallinn Christmas market; here you will find a great selection of handmade gifts, traditional Christmas decorations and delicious festive treats. Overnight in Tallinn City, just outside the old town. * *

Day 4 Free morning in Tallinn; transfer to Riga.

After breakfast you will have some free time for some shopping, or further sightseeing around Tallinn. You will then have a scenic transfer via the seaside resort of Parnu to the historic city of Riga and its central market, the largest of its kind in Eastern Europe. You will arrive in Riga at about 6pm and have the option to eat at the hotel or go for a stroll through the city to a restaurant. Overnight in Riga where you will be staying in a historic town house in the old town. * *

Day 5 Guided tour around Riga, afternoon at your leisure.

Riga is the largest city in the Baltic States and is most well-known for its art nouveau architecture and historic UNESCO old town, dating back to the time of the Hanseatic League. Your morning tour will take in Riga Castle, The Dome Cathedral, St Peter’s Church, the buildings of the Great and Small Guild Halls, and the Monument to Freedom. You will then have a free afternoon to enjoy one of the largest Christmas markets on the tour. This is the perfect opportunity to try some local specialties including smoked sausage, caraway cheese, local fruit and Kvas the local beer made from rye bread. For the braver souls there's home-made liqueurs and vodka! Overnight in Riga. *Comfortable hotel*

Day 6 Transfer to Rundale and the Hill of Crosses; overnight in Vilnius.

This morning you will leave Riga and head south towards Vilnius. The first stop will be at the Rundale Palace, this palace was designed for the Duke of Courland in the 18th century by Italian architect Rastrelli, who also designed the Winter Palace and Peterhof in St. Petersburg. Today, the palace is the most magnificent example of baroque architecture in the Baltic States. After a tour of the palace you will have a transfer across the border into Lithuania and to the Hill of Crosses, near Siauliai. This site has become a place of pilgrimage for Catholics all over the world and an estimated one hundred thousand crosses, crucifixes, carvings and rosaries engulf the small hill. During the Soviet Occupation the site also became a symbol of the nation’s struggle for independence, so much so the communist government attempted to bulldoze the site on at least two occasions, but with no luck. Overnight in Vilnius. * *

Day 7 Vilnius City tour and Trakai Castle.

Morning walking tour of Vilinus Old Town, the area was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, and is one of the largest in Northern Europe. The tour will encompass all the main attractions including: Vilnius Cathedral and Square, The Gate of Dawn, and the city’s historic university. After lunch you will travel out of the city to Trakai, the capital of the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The town is best known for its stone castle situated on a small island in the nearby lake, dating back to the early part of the 14th century. Overnight in Vilnius. * *

Day 8 Trip ends in Vilnius.

After breakfast the trip ends in Vilnius. **

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Stockholm & The Baltics in Winter

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This holiday was like 5 mini adventures in 1!

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All very different experiences enhanced by the winter scenes and family
atmospheres - and of course, the company of a really fun group and competent
leader.
Stockholm - a cosmopolitan city with lots going on (Vasa Museum is a must)
Tallin, Riga and Vilnius - so interesting and sombering to learn of their
struggles in the past but now
their happy and proud approach to life. Narrow alleyways lead out to the
fortified walls around the quaint Old Town Squares and in contrast now high
end shops in modern pedestrianised shopping malls.
Vilnius had the largest market I've ever seen - you could buy almost anything
there and the quality of foodstuffs excellent.
The Christmas Markets were in full swing with the little huts selling lots of
interesting local products and varying types of Grogg/Glogg and other
mysterious alcoholic concoctions!
Several : The Vasa Museum in Stockholm - amazing how they salvaged this huge
vessel
The KGB Museum in Riga - learning of those sad times under Soviet occupation
The opulence of The Rundale Palace in Vilnius, The Hill of Crosses &
beautiful Trakai Castle
Experiencing Roasted Beaver !!!!

....but the best:
The magical scene coming out of the restaurant on our last night into the Old
Town Square
snow falling steadily caught in the Christmas Tree lights - another photo
opportunity!
- but more magical seeing the delight of one of our fellow travellers who had
never seen
snow like this before - priceless! Needless to say he was the victim of our
snowball fight.
Sorry Arun!


Jolita - caring, considerate, clear and concise - passionate about her
homeland.
After checking into our hotels she would always stay around the reception
area for
half an hour or so to deal with any questions/issues we may have had.
.....and she bought us chocolates!!
Jolita is a true credit to Exodus.


Time is precious and limited and if you should see anything you may wish to
buy - get it when you see it. Clothing wise, yes it was said many times by
Jolita - dress like a cabbage - i.e. layers!
The walking tours of the towns obviously do spend time standing around
talking/questioning/explaining - so wrap up warm and make sure you have
adequate footwear for the cobbled streets. Whilst we enjoyed snow and
freezing temperatures a shot of the local tipple will warm your body, mind
and spirits - well it did ours! Happy travelling in The Baltics!


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A good Baltic overview

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Stockholm plus the Baltic capitals and a few stops between them. It gives you
some sense of the history of the Baltic republics, their similarities and
differences, and what life was like when they were Soviet Socialist
Republics.

The trip notes describe this as a Christmas markets trip, but most of them
didn't open till the first weekend of December - our late November departure
was too early. We caught the one in Tallin, which was pretty and pleasant but
not exactly impressive. Stockholm deserves extra time. Arrive two or three
days early if you've never been there, and don't worry about changing money -
they don't even like cash. The ferry is sort of a low-end cruise ship - bar,
buffet, entertainment, that sort of thing.

Clothing: layers layers layers! We had temps right around freezing the whole
time, which is very manageable if you plan properly.
Probably the Hill of Crosses and the history behind it.


Jolita was outstanding!


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The Baltics in Winter

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A great way to get a taster of Sweden, Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania; to learn
about the history of the Baltic region; and if you go in December, to get in
the mood for the festive season.
Taking a ferry across the Baltic Sea was quite exciting for me as I'd never
done anything like that before - including sitting on deck in the freezing
cold night air!
First seeing the fairy tale medieval centre of Tallinn.
The afternoon excursion to Trakai in Lithuania - I loved the combination of
woods, lakes and traditional wooden houses. The air smelled of wood smoke,
the setting sun showed off the landscape to perfect effect and there's a
lovely café with a view of the castle where you can warm up with a hot drink
and freshly-baked ginger bread.


She was enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and really helped the group to gel.
She couldn't have done any more to make us feel comfortable and get the most
from the trip.


Wear very warm clothing and foot wear for the walking city tours - it can get
pretty nippy standing in the Baltic wind, especially if it's accompanied by
rain, hail, sleet or snow!
Take sea sickness tablets - just in case of a choppy Baltic crossing on the
ferry.


Whistle stop tours of regions such as this aren't for everyone so it's
important to have realistic expectations about what you can see, do and
achieve in each destination. Also, hitting the road early is sometimes
inevitable, so there aren't many opportunities for a lazy morning or to make
use of the very nice hotel facilities for example.


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CES 2015

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Interesting and varied 1 week trip giving a good introduction to the 4 countries. Good mixture of activities sightseeing, Christmas Markets. Highlights of trip were Runsdale Palace, Hill of Crosses and Trakai Castle and beautiful capital cities visited
Overnight ferry from Stockholm to Tallin, ships official and unofficial entertainment was very memorable.

Excellent very good knowledge of all countries and activities, keep everything running smoothly

Baltic countries appear more expensive that Eastern European Countries e.g. Poland
Dress warmly and use coffee shops tactically to warm up, we were lucky with the weather (mild) but in cities you will out walking most of day

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Superb Winter Visit of 4 Charming Cities

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This was my first trip with Exodus and I chose it because how it seemed such an unusual and interesting area of the world to explore. I was not disappointed; each town was brimming with life, with good cultural visits to break up the long drives, good food and a superb leader made the trip unforgettable.
Climbing to the top of the viewpoint over Tallinn at night time and seeing the city from above.

Jolita was excellent, really enthusiastic and generous. My hands were cold (despite already wearing gloves) so she very kindly gave me a couple of handwarmers. Touches like this, and giving us local sweets on the long drives, made us feel very welcome. With seemingly limitless knowledge and enthusiasm for the cities, it made the trip a pleasure having her guide us.

Bring two pairs of socks for each day, maybe two pairs of gloves too as a lot of the walking tours involve a lot of stopping so you'll get cold! Sea-sickness tablets for the ferry, as we hit a storm - you can never be too careful! Oh and make the most of the markets at night, they look so amazing but you need to get there before they close (8pm-9pm)!

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The Baltics in Winter

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A great way to get a taster of Sweden, Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania; to learn about the history of the Baltic region; and if you go in December, to get in the mood for the festive season.
Taking a ferry across the Baltic Sea was quite exciting for me as I'd never done anything like that before - including sitting on deck in the freezing cold night air!
First seeing the fairy tale medieval centre of Tallinn.
The afternoon excursion to Trakai in Lithuania - I loved the combination of woods, lakes and traditional wooden houses. The air smelled of wood smoke, the setting sun showed off the landscape to perfect effect and there's a lovely café with a view of the castle where you can warm up with a hot drink and freshly-baked ginger bread.

She was enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and really helped the group to gel. She couldn't have done any more to make us feel comfortable and get the most from the trip.

Wear very warm clothing and foot wear for the walking city tours - it can get pretty nippy standing in the Baltic wind, especially if it's accompanied by rain, hail, sleet or snow!
Take sea sickness tablets - just in case of a choppy Baltic crossing on the ferry.

Whistle stop tours of regions such as this aren't for everyone so it's important to have realistic expectations about what you can see, do and achieve in each destination. Also, hitting the road early is sometimes inevitable, so there aren't many opportunities for a lazy morning or to make use of the very nice hotel facilities for example.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 20

Accomodations

6 days guided sightseeing
6 nights en suite hotels & 1 overnight boat cruise
Walking tours of UNESCO Old Towns
Excursions to The Hill of Crosses and Trakai Castle

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16

Additional Information:

  • 6 days guided sightseeing
  • Group normally 6 to 20, plus guide. Min age 16 yrs
  • 6 nights in 3-star hotels, all en suite
  • 1 night on an overnight ferry with shared facilities   

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Trip Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request) GBP220
  • Visas or vaccinations

Meals Included:

Dinner: All breakfasts included, these will be buffet style and taken in the hotel. They offer plenty of choice, including cold meat, cheese, eggs, bread, jams and juice. Dinner is not included, but each city has a huge selection of restaurants to choose from. Our guide will be able to advise on venues that best fit your taste and budget. Cuisine in the Baltic States is often centred around pork, veal, fish, potatoes, sauerkraut and soups such as borsch (beetroot soup – in Lithuania this is also served cold). Dumplings are also very popular and in Trakai, large baked dumplings called kibinai are traditionally served and are very good. In Stockholm you will find carefully prepared ingredients such as game, fish and shellfish, and the best that Swedish farms have to offer. Select a dish with the flavours of the Swedish sea or forest, or enjoy a traditional smorgasbord with herring, salmon and many other delicacies - and Swedish meatballs, of course!

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