Route: Helsinki St Petersburg Tallinn Riga Vilnius
Duration: 7 nights
Group Size: 5-20 people
Age Range: 18-35
Transport: Bus and ferry transport included between cities, including 2 nights in a 4-bed night ferry sleeper cabin. Excludes flights to and from the start and finish.
Accommodation: 5 nights in top-rated hostels, and 2 nights in a sleeper compartment on the night ferries.
Activities Included: There’s a must-do included activity in every city on the trip. Check out the itinerary below to see the activities in each city.
Sustainability: This trip only creates 169kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 487kg ♻️
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Our Russia & The Baltics route is a fast-paced tour of Northern Europe’s most popular 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 between one and two nights in each city, making this the ultimate way to experience lots of famous European landmarks in a short amount of time. 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 Northern Europe 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!
Tick off some of Europe’s most famous cities with our 1 week Group Tour!
You’ll have one to two nights in each location, with plenty of time to explore historic sights, culture, nightlife and more. There’ll be unmissable activities which are included in your price – but there will also be other optional activities on offer. We’ve also included a few free days throughout your trip, so that you can chill out and do whatever you fancy.
Throughout the trip we’ll hang out as a group at least once in each city for drinks – you’ll be travelling with other likeminded travellers, as well as your dedicated tour leader.
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. Petersburg- 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 hipster coffee shops, bustling markets and breathtaking art installations before you head for your night ferry to Russia.
If you’d like to stay one or two nights in Helsinki before your tour starts just select either of these options at check-out!
Included: Sky Wheel
Included: Island Hopping
Optional: Pools and Saunas
Night Ferry to St Petersburg – 15 hours
Your stay in Russia begins with a guided tour of the city, giving you the perfect opportunity to marvel at classic Russian architecture. You’ll also have the chance to visit the 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.
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!
Included: Dackniki Meal
Included: Half-day Private Tour
Optional: St. Petersburg Pub Crawl
Optional: Hermitage Museum
Optional: Northern Venice Boat Tour
Night Ferry to Tallinn – 14 hours
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 pop in for a drink in the local pubs.
Included: TV Tower
Optional: KGB Prison Cells
Bus to Riga – 4.5 hours
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!
Included: House of the Blackheads entrance
Optional: Riga Explorer Bike Tour
Optional: Riga Beer Bike (includes 3 x 0.5l beers)
Bus to Vilnius – 4.5 hours
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!
If you’d like to have some extra time in Vilnius, or to fit in with the most convenient flight times, then you can include a night of post-trip accommodation before heading to the airport the following day.
Included: Farewell dinner
Optional: Museum of Illusions
Optional: Electric Scooter Tour