Baltics: 1 Week

Duration
7 Nights
Transport

This route is an 8 day trip taking you from stunning Scandinavia to the Baltics. You’ll spend 7 nights in your accommodation. Otherwise, you’ll travel by ferry or bus during the day.

Route
  • Helsinki
  • Tallinn
  • Riga
  • Vilnius
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Trip Style

The Baltics are some of Europe’s most intriguing nations. The combination of Russian, Eastern European and Scandinavian influences makes them some of the best undiscovered gems in the region. Take our 1 week Baltics travel adventure to discover the best of Europe’s North East; this is the perfect route if you’re after something a little different, particularly if you’re on a budget, and the snowy climate makes it a perfect winter escape.

Trip Description

Start your Northern Europe holiday bright and early to enjoy the Finnish capital’s stylish boutiques and cafes. Helsinki is also the capital of Finnish Culture, with enough museums and galleries to keep you busy all day long.

Cross the sea and kick off the truly Baltic part of your trip. Tallinn’s old town has plenty of Scandinavian influence, as well as Slavic style – think a mixture of Stockholm and St Petersburg. It’s also full of trendy cafes and bars, with a blossoming foodie scene to check out that rivals any European hipster capital.

Next up the beautiful cities of Riga and Vilnius – although they might often be known as Stag do destinations, there’s plenty of culture to be found in these Baltic gems.

Each city is home to a beautifully preserved old town, but beyond this each carries its own individual personality. Riga with it’s distinctive Soviet influences feels much more Eastern European, with plenty of architectural and cultural contrasts between old and new. Be sure not to miss Riga TV tower which is the tallest tower in the whole of the EU and the third tallest in Europe overall. Take a trip up to the machine room near the top (over 300m up!) and admire the incredible views of the city and beyond.

Vilnius will surprise you with it’s grand and ornate buildings – reflecting more of the old Russian influence that has played such a big part in this region’s history. Orthodox churches with colourful frescoes, beautiful market squares and pavement cafes make this small city the perfect place to chill out after a hectic week exploring the Baltics.

What's included?

  • All overland transport tickets from the first to the last city, as shown in the key.
  • Any Interrail or Eurail passes if required, based on the best value for you.
  • Compulsory seat reservations on high-speed rail, night trains or ferries.
  • Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hostels or hotels, tested by us.
  • Walking directions between the stations and your booked accommodation.
  • Optional walking tours, pub crawls and other activities at our partner hostels.
  • 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.

The Route

Itinerary

This is a mid-paced trip offering a great combination of Scandinavian and Baltic cities. Journeys are fairly short, usually  2-4 hours each, generally travelling by ferry and coach. We’ll always ensure that you arrive in good time to make the most of each city.

Helsinki (2 Nights)

Helsinki is understated elegance – sophisticated and arty. Here is where you’ll find Finland’s national gallery and museum, as well as an array of day trip options further afield. Take a boat out to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress or visit the world famous Rock Church, a space age cathedral carved right into the stone in Toolo, Helsinki.

Helsinki Guides
Highlights

  • Visit the Finnish folk museum with live actors
  • Stroll through the magnificent Sibelius Park
  • Take a boozy sightseeing tour on the red pub-tram

Tallinn church

Tallinn (2 Nights)

At once a modern, stylish city and a medieval maze of passageways and cobbled streets, Tallinn is a great combination of old and new. Recently the city has become a centre for contemporary art and design, with loads of independent boutiques and ateliers springing up – perfect for whiling away slow summer days.

Tallinn Guides
Highlights

  • Visit the museum of (both) occupations
  • See the sumptuous Aleksander Nevsky cathedral
  • Drink at numerous pubs with local Estonians

Riga Latvia

Riga (1 Night)

Riga may be austere and gracious on the surface but dig deeper and you’ll discover awesome nightlife and a wealth of Baltic culture. Wind your way around the cobbled streets by day, come evening go underground to seek out some of the Baltic region’s best music venues.

Riga Guides
Highlights

 

  • earn about the varied and fascinating history of Latvia in a walking tour of the old town.
  • Dance the night away, Latvian style, at Folksklub Ala Pagrabs
  • Marvel at the Art Nouveau style buildings – like famous building at 2a, Alberta Iela

 

Vilnius

Vilnius (2 Nights)

Vilnius is home to one of Europe’s largest Baroque old towns. The spires and coloured facades have a distinctly continental feel – not surprising since you’re only a few hours away from the North of Poland. Enjoy exploring the hub of Lithuania’s culture and arts scene – and don’t forget the hearty local cuisine once the sun sets.

Vilnius Guides
Highlights

How to get there

The easiest way to reach Helsinki and Vilnius is to purchase a budget flight – try using Kayak or Skyscanner to find the cheapest fares. We can also look into this for you. Looking to make your trip a loop and go away for longer? Check out the Northern Loop 4 and 5 week packages.

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2 weeks ago

The team at Euroventure was outstanding! Not only were they knowledgeable and helpful, but they were always quick to respond, very accommodating, and made every part of our trip personal and meaningful. Highly recommend Euroventure and would definitely work with them again.

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3 weeks ago

I have just returned from my 1 week interrailing trip! Me and my boyfriend went on the “Iron curtain” package and it was amazing. Euroventure organised everything and made it so easy. I would highly recommend anyone that wants to see more of Europe to go with this company.

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3 weeks ago

My sisters and I had the best trip, we did a variation to the 4 week eastern traveller route and Euroventure were so helpful in making the trip suit our needs. Each hostel was great and in a good location. The info pack was such a great help and an amazing keepsake. The fact all of our travel was booked and set out meant we could spend all our efforts on experiencing everything! We truly had the best time and would 100% recommend to anyone. We’re already looking for our next trip! Thanks again for all your help - Alice, Kailey and Harriet :)

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1 month ago

The trip was amazing. The organisation and selection of hostels and type of travel was exceptional allowing for an outstanding memory

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OB14844 Absolutely amazing trip. Took alm the hassle out of booking trains myself. The travel pack is really good too.

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Questions & Answers

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Question:
Are transfers to Europe included?
Answer:
Our packages do not include flights to the start and from the end of the trip. We have plenty of trips however that do include Eurostar trains from London, and with most of these you are able to start from any mainland UK train station at no extra cost, as well as return there at the end of your trip. We just need to take into account the amount of time it takes you to travel from your UK home station to London to catch the Eurostar to Paris or Brussels, and your onward connections if necessary.
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Do I travel as a group or with somebody from Euroventure?
Answer:
With our independent Interrai packages, you’ll travel on your own or in your own group of friends. We don’t add other customers to your trip and you won’t have a guide with you. That’s not to say you won’t meet people – travelling in hostels you’re bound to meet loads of cool people, but by travelling with us you’re free to do that at your own pace. Euroventure trips are all about independence – you just follow the itinerary and do your own thing, knowing that we’re only a phone call away if you run into difficulty. If you'd prefer to travel with a group, we also run group tours in Europe and Asia. For these trips, you'll travel with a group of likeminded backpackers and at least one guide from Euroventure. With these tours, we'll travel in a group and stay together in hostels, however in each location you will have some free time to explore independently.
Question:
What are the hostels like?
Answer:
For a detailed article about what travelling in hostels is like go to our hostels guide It’s every traveler’s worst nightmare to arrive in a foreign city with nowhere to stay – that’s why we book and all your accommodation in every city in advance. Booking with us means no nasty surprises – you won’t have to worry about hostels being full or even just being a bit dodgy! All our handpicked hostels are centrally located and within easy reach of public transport.  We only use the best, most modern and sociable hostels along the way which we have personally visited to make sure they’re suitable. Most travelers stay in dorms with other backpackers, unless you’ve specified that you want private rooms, with all the facilities you would expect from a top hostel. Most will have free wifi and lockers. Breakfast is often free and you can also get involved in various activities put on by the hostels, such as pub crawls and city tours. Once you’ve booked your package, we will send you your travel pack, which includes all the information on the specific hostels and how to get to each one.
Question:
When do I receive my tickets?
Answer:
Once we receive your final payment we will get to work on purchasing your train tickets which don’t become available as early as the accommodation. In some cases, we can’t get hold of tickets until four weeks in advance, so we normally say you should expect your travel pack around 2-4 weeks before you depart.
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