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.
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.
- Access to your itinerary, tickets and documents on the Euroventure App.
- 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.
1 day ago
Fabulous trip around Europe. Very well planned out with plenty of extra information. The hotels they chose were brilliant value for money and all in easy and close locations. Anyone planning a rail trip we would thoroughly recommend Euroventure.
1 day ago
I took my granddaughter around Europe using euroventure to book everything. They were amazing from train reservations to hostels it all went to plan. We even prebooked tickets for attractions with Bogi our euroventure contact. From Paris to Rome to the hot baths in Budapest, castles in Prague and shopping in Berlin. Who knew there was still C &A on the high st! We ended in Amsterdam tired but fulfilled. euroventure took all the guesswork and worry although travelling independently you knew they were always a phone call away if needed. I loved it so much I’m going to do it all again very soon. Ty Euroventure for the trip of a lifetime.
1 day ago
We had an amazing time on our trip! I am so grateful for the assistance I received from Richard and Bogi. They helped me put together the perfect trip. I had only a short time, but was able to visit all the places I wanted to. All train tickets and reservations were in order and everything went smoothly. I was traveling with my daughter, so I opted to stay in hotels. They were in good locations, nice and clean. We also received a package before our trip with all tickets, hotel reservations and useful tips for places to visit, foods to try, how to say certain phrases in each country we visited, etc. - it was very helpful! Overall, we are so happy we booked with Euroventure! They made it all very easy. We will definitely book with them again soon...
2 days ago
Highly recommend Euroventure to any traveller, as a first time traveller, Euroventure made the whole process hassle and stress free from start to end! I can’t thank our tour leader, Tom enough, as if it wasn’t for him I’d still be lost! He was very organised, as well as having a laugh with us! I’ll definitely be recommending to a friend!
2 days ago
I am a first time traveler that just finished up a group tour, and it was perfect for me! Our tour leader was excellent and I really enjoyed visiting all of the cities. All of the hostels we stayed in were great and the choices for activities in each city were awesome. Everything was planned out really well which made it very easy to enjoy. Definitely would recommend this to any first time travelers like myself!
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