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.
This trip only creates 194.4 kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 391.6 ♻️
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.
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.
- 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.
- Exclusive discounts on attractions across Europe.
- Peace of mind with alternative travel included if there is a strike or similar disruption.
- Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.
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
- 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 (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
- Visit the museum of (both) occupations
- See the sumptuous Aleksander Nevsky cathedral
- Drink at numerous pubs with local Estonians
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
- 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 (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
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.
2 weeks ago
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2 weeks ago
I had an amazing time on the iron curtain tour which was well organised so I could see a lot in a short space of time. Our tour leader was great; very knowledgeable and made good recommendations in each city. I was also pleased with the quality and location of the hostels. I will definitely consider booking with euroventure again.
2 weeks ago
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3 weeks ago
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3 weeks ago
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