Russia & the Baltics

The Route
  • Helsinki
  • St. Petersburg
  • Tallinn
  • Riga
  • Vilnius
Duration

7 Nights / 8 Days

Group Size

Between 5-20 people

Accommodation

5 nights in top-rated hostels and 2 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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Trip Style

Our Russia & The Baltics 2020 route is a fast-paced tour of some 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 Russia and the Baltics. 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 this amazing region has 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

Helsinki Crossroads

Helsinki

Your tour starts in Helsinki- the happiest city in the world! Meet your Euroventure Group Tour leader as well as the rest of your group before setting sail for St. Petersburg- the Venice of the North!

Why start in Helsinki? Well, usually entering Russia requires a VISA which has to be acquired before departure. This process can be incredibly lengthy and in most cases requires a trip to the embassy to process paperwork. However, entering from Helsinki or Tallinn is possible without when travelling by Ferry to St. Petersberg- meaning you can take in this magical city with less stress!

Take some time to get to know your group whilst wandering the city, checking out hipstery coffee shops, bustling markets and breathtaking art installations before you head for your night ferry to Russia.

Helsinki Guides
Highlights

  • Check out the Helsinki Cathedral
  • Walk the Market Square
  • Grab some snaps of the Sibelius Monument

ST petersburg church cathedral

St. Petersburg (2 Nights)

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

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 overland and night ferry 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.
  • Walking directions between the stations and your booked accommodation.
  • Unmissable included activities in every city.
  • Free time to either explore with the rest of your group or alone.
  • Optional activities suggested by local guides.
  • A personalised travel booklet with maps, language guides, top tips, and more.
  • Access to your itinerary, tickets and documents on the Euroventure App.
  • Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.

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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