Northern Europe

The Route
  • Copenhagen
  • Stockholm
  • Helsinki
  • St Petersburg
  • Tallinn
  • Riga
  • Vilnius
Duration

13 Nights / 14 Days

Group Size

Between 5-20 people

Accommodation

10 nights in top-rated hostels and 3 nights in a 4-bed night ferry sleeper.

Activities

Unmissable activities included for every city on the route as well as a library of incredible optional extras to choose from.

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Route Map

Map for Northern Group Tour

Trip Style

Our Northern 2020 route is a fast-paced tour of Northern Europe’s most awe-inspiring destinations. Experience authentic European backpacking, travelling with a small group of likeminded people, staying in hostels and travelling on public transport with an experienced guide.

You’ll have either one or two nights in each city, making this the ultimate fast-paced tour of Northern Europe. With unmissable included activities and an exciting library of optional excursions as well as plenty of opportunities for self-guided exploring, this is the ultimate way to experience all that Scandinavia and the Baltics have to offer.

Travelling with you throughout, your tour leader will ensure your trip goes smoothly; making sure you arrive in each destination safely. They’ll also co-ordinate essential and optional activities such as walking tours and pub crawls- not to mention making sure you’ve got a cold beer waiting for you upon arrival in each hostel. 

Euroventure take all the stress out of travelling so that you’re free to relax and enjoy your trip!

Itinerary

Copenhagen (2 Nights)

Your tour begins in the magical city of Copenhagen- Danish capital and the home of ‘Scandi cool’. You’ll meet your Euroventure tour guide and the rest of your group before heading out to explore. Wander down to the harbour to experience the colourful heart of Copenhagen or drink at one of the city’s many bustling microbreweries. In the evening, you’ll join your new travel buddies to take on the Copenhagen pub crawl– be sure to sample a traditional Danish Pilsner or two along the way!

Kick off your second day with either free time exploring the city or one of our two incredible optional activities- marvel at the luxury of the renaissance Rosenborg Castle or enjoy stunning aerial views of the city from the viewing platform of Our Saviour’s Church. Then, why not grab some lunch at the Reffen Street Food Market before exploring the weird and wonderful Superkilen Urban park? In the evening, the group will take a river cruise where you’ll get the chance to see the famous ‘Little Mermaid’ statue before heading to Tivoli Gardens– the world’s second oldest and most exciting amusement park.

For your last morning in the city, why take an optional trip to Amalienborg Castle, home to the Danish Royal family? Not your thing? We recommend using your free time to pay the city’s lush botanical gardens a visit, grabbing some snacks there before your train ride to Stockholm that afternoon.

Copenhagen Guides
Highlights

  • Included: Copenhagen Pub Crawl
  • Included: 1-Hour Canal Cruise including a visit to the Little Mermaid Statue
  • Included: Entrance to Tivoli Gardens, one of the worlds oldest theme parks
  • Optional: Visit Rosenborg Castle
  • Optional: Visit Our Saviour’s Church for aerial views of the city
  • Optional: Visit Amalienborg Castle

Stockholm Sweden

Stockholm (2 Nights)

Hej Stockholm! Home to cobbled streets, breath-taking architecture and unmissable activities, this vibrant city is not one to miss. After checking in to your hostel you’ll have time to explore your latest destination, wander the streets of the Old Town down to the harbour or head into central Stockholm to grab something to eat.  

The next day begins with an included trip to the Skansen open-air museum and Nordic zoo, giving you the perfect opportunity to lap up some old Swedish culture before optional activities begin that afternoon. From there visit the Vasa Museum and learn the bizarre history of the world’s most sophisticated 17th-century warship or live your Swedish popstar fantasy with a trip to the world-famous ABBA museum. That evening, take some time to chill out in the hostel bar and chat with your group or go for food at Mälarpaviljongen, a floating restaurant on the Riddarfjärden waterfront*. 

Want to squeeze as much as possible out of your Stockholm experience? Why not take an optional sightseeing tour of the city’s coastline on an amphibious bus? Or, if you’re hoping for something a little more chilled to end your time in the city, drop by Nystekt Stromming for a taste of traditional Scandinavian food before your night ferry to Helsinki.  

*Summer tours only.

Stockholm Guides
Highlights

  • Included: Skansen: Open Air Museum & Nordic Zoo
  • Included: 24hr Stockholm Transport Card
  • Optional: Vasa Museum, home to one of the only remaining 14th Century War Ships
  • Optional: ABBA Museum
  • Optional: Land & Water Tour by Amphibious Bus

Helsinki Crossroads

Helsinki (1 Night)

Arrive in the world’s happiest city feeling refreshed after chilling out in the night ferry’s onboard sauna. 

After dropping your bags at the hostel, your group will head to the Helsinki Skywheel to experience breathtaking 360-degree views of the city skyline. You’ll then head to the small islands of Suomenlinna, Vallisaari and Lonna on an included island-hopping tour. Discover hidden underground passages, impenetrable sea fortresses and rare wildlife native to the Helsinki coast. That evening wind down with some free time and go and grab a beer or two at the traditional Liberty or Death pub.

Are you a nature lover? Us too! Join our optional half-day tour of Nuuksio National Park on your second day in Helsinki with a dedicated biologist as a tour guide- if you’re lucky, you might even get to catch a glimpse of one of the local Siberian flying squirrels. Or, why not try a relaxing Finnish sauna experience at Kotiharjun, the only traditionally wood-heated sauna in Helsinki? Alternatively, take some free time to further explore the city before catching the night ferry to St. Petersburg that evening.

Helsinki Guides
Highlights

  • Included: 360 degree views of the city from the Skywheel
  • Included: Island-hopping to Suomenlinna, Vallisaari and Lonna
  • Optional: Nuukiso National Park half-day trip from Helsinki with biology guide
  • Optional: Finnish Sauna Experience at Kotiharjun Sauna or Yrjönkatu swimming hall

St Petersburg (2 Nights)

One of the best things about travelling to Russia from Finland with Euroventure is that you’re able to visit for 2 days without going through lengthy visa processes! This is by far one of the easiest ways of seeing this fantastic country without the stress of sifting through official paperwork forms!

Your stay in Russia begins with a guided boat tour of the city, giving you the perfect opportunity to marvel at classic Russian architecture from the water. Your Euroventure tour leader will then take you on a walking tour of the city, visiting Mikhailovsky Castle, the Saviour on the Spilled Blood and the Summer Gardens before stopping off for borscht at Dachniki– a traditional Russian restaurant. Those who want to fully immerse themselves in the Russian experience then have the option of two further fantastic experiences: Sample local vodkas and beers on the St. Petersburg City Pub Crawl or take a night-time boat trip around the city to wonder at the raising of the Drawbridges.  

You’ll start the next day with some free time to explore. Visit Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, Winter Palace, The Hermitage, Marble Palace and end the afternoon at the stunning Field of Mars Park. Lovers of ballet will already know that St. Petersburg is home to some of the world’s most incredible displays. That evening, take an optional trip to the renowned Hermitage Theatre to see one of the most famous compositions of all time, Swan Lake.

On your final morning in the city, take some free time to chill in Yusupov Gardens, enjoy the flora of the garden and have lunch in the surrounding restaurants. Then, check-in for your night ferry to the first of the Baltic states- Estonia!       

St Petersburg Guides
Highlights

  • Included: “Northern Venice” Day Boat Tour
  • Included: Walking tour visiting Mikhailovsky Castle, Savior on the Spilled Blood and Summer Garden
  • Included: Dinner at Dachniki traditional Russian restaurant
  • Optional: St. Petersberg City Pub Crawl
  • Optional: Raising Drawbridges Night Boat Tour

Tallinn church

Tallinn (1 Night)

Welcome to Tallinn! A fairytale town of red-bricked rooftops, historic Estonian culture and incredible food. 

After dropping your bags at the hostel your group will embark on your first incredible included activity for the city- the TV Tower. Enjoy stunning aerial views of the country’s coastline and, if you’re feeling brave, get an optional ticket to do a tethered skywalk around the tower’s roof. Arrive back in the city to some free time- either explore the Stroll around the Old Town, seeing Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral, the view from Toompea Hill, and Kadriorg Palace or take an optional tour of the city’s KGB Prison Cells

In the evening, wander around the artistic Telliskivi Creative City area and line your stomach before the optional Tallinn pub crawl.       

Tallinn Guides
Highlights

  • Included: Tallinn TV Tower
  • Optional: Old Town Pub Crawl
  • Optional: KGB Prison Cells

Riga Latvia

Riga (1 Night)

Riga is a vibrant cosmopolitan city- with twisting gothic spires, cobbled streets and a vibrant youth culture, this is a city which has something for everyone. 

Kick off your tour with a trip to the House of the Blackheads, admire the opulence and decadence of the inner building before some free time to explore the city. Why not have lunch and chill at Zviedru Varti – a local Latvian restaurant, before wandering the Old Town and visiting Vermanes Garden, the oldest public garden in the city of Riga. Hoping to sample some local beers or explore beyond the Old Town? Book on to the optional Riga Explorer or Beer Bike tour before spending the evening chilling in the hostel bar.  

It’s then on to your final destination of the tour- the fabulous Vilnius! 

Riga Guides
Highlights

  • Included: House of the Blackheads entrance
  • Optional: Riga Explorer Bike Tour
  • Optional: Riga Beer Bike (includes 3 x 0.5l beers)

Vilnius

Vilnius (1 Night)

After arriving in the Lithuanian capital, drop your bags and head straight out to make the most of your last stop. To start, head to the Museum of Illusions, wander the upside-down rooms, marvel at the light shows and get lost in the hall of mirrors before making your way out for some free time. We recommend walking the city centre on foot to see landmarks such as Vilnius Cathedral, the Gate of Dawn, St. Anne’s Church, and the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania.

In the evening, you will head for an included farewell dinner at Berneliu Uzeiga, a traditional Lithuanian restaurant, before heading out for a few drinks around the old town with your group. Complete your last overnight hostel stay before saying goodbye to your travel buddies the next day- at least for now!

Vilnius Guides
Highlights

  • Included: Farewell dinner at Berneliu Uzeiga – a traditional Lithuanian restaurant
  • Optional: Museum of Illusions

What's Included?

  • All transport tickets from the first to the last city, as shown in the key.
  • Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hostels or hotels, tested by us.
  • An informed tour guide who is well travelled in the countries along the route.
  • Unmissable included activities.
  • Free time to either explore with the rest of your group or alone.
  • Optional activities suggested by local guides.
  • Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.
  • A complimentary drink to welcome you to each hostel which has an in-house bar.

Questions & Answers

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Question:
How do I pay for a group tour?
Answer:
You can book and pay online from the package page with either a £50 deposit per person or in full. We will then send you a booking summary confirming your booking. If you have not paid in full your booking summary will contain a link for you to pay the remainder balance (at least 90 days before departure). Alternatively you can call or email us to secure your place on the trip, and pay over the phone, via online bank transfer or over the counter at your bank.
Question:
What makes your Euroventure Group Tours different?
Answer:
Great question! It's all about the travel style. We are a small company run by enthusiastic and experienced travellers - we think this is reflected in our tours. You'll travel in small groups of between 4 and 20, with a Euroventure leader. Your tour leader will be with you throughout, making sure you get on the right trains/busses, get to your hostels safely and making sure everyone's having an awesome time. You'll travel by public transport, either by coach or train, rather than using private transfers. We run all our tours this way - it's better for the environment and a more authentic experience for you. The welcome drinks and included activities in each place bring the group together, but you also have plenty of time to do your own thing too. Different groups have different dynamics, but we often go sightseeing, for dinner and on nights out together.
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