Warsaw, the Baltics & Helsinki (RQ) - 2016

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9 Day Tour from Warsaw to Helsinki


Warsaw, the Baltics & Helsinki
The historic centre of Warsaw
The historic centre of Warsaw
Stroll along the streets of Old Town in Warsaw, Poland
Tallinn is the capital of the smallest of the Baltic countries
The Chopin Monument in Warsaw

Vacation Overview

On this Baltics and Northern Europe tour, you'll journey from Poland to Finland traveling through the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. Along the way, you'll enjoy UNESCO World Heritage Sites, old cities, beautiful scenery, and fascinating historical sights—with overnights in Warsaw and the capital cities of Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, and Helsinki.

In each city, enjoy guided sightseeing of the must-see attractions. Warsaw's sightseeing includes the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in the 13th century, and 14th-century St. John Cathedral, once the spot for weddings, coronations, and royal funerals. In Vilnius, visit the Old University, founded in 1569 by Jesuit monks, and the KGB Museum, founded in the former KGB building and telling about the occupation regimes that took over Lithuania from 1942-1990. In the museum, there is the KGB interior prison, the former KGB execution cell. In Riga, walk through the Art Nouveau Quarter and the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a variety of architectural styles—romanticism, gothic, baroque, classicism, and modernism.

Tallinn's Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its watch towers, cobbled lanes, and medieval houses. Here, visit its Town Hall, built in 1402–1404, and the onion-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Estonia's opulent Russian Orthodox cathedral built in 1900. Helsinki's sightseeing features a visit to the Lutheran Cathedral, completed in 1852, and the open-air market, Helsinki's most famous market where you can browse for local arts, crafts and food.

Globus has also included some unique experiences for you, such as a private Chopin concert in Warsaw, his hometown. Or how about a dinner with Lithuanian specialties at a local Vilnius restaurant? All of this—and much more—await you on this fantastic Baltics and Northern Europe tour.

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Headsets throughout the tour

NOTES:

  • Slight changes to the day-by-day itinerary cannot be excluded.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.


DAY 1Warsaw, Poland

Welcome to Warsaw! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

The historic centre of Warsaw 
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DAY 2Warsaw

Hear about the tormented, often tragic history of this important gateway between East and West during your guided sightseeing tour. Visit the medieval STARE MIASTO (Old Town) with its market square and the 14th-century ST. JOHN CATHEDRAL, a masterpiece of post-war reconstruction. Sightseeing also features the “wedding cake” Palace of Culture and Science, the remnants of the Jewish ghetto, and a picture stop at the Ghetto Monument. Later, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite attend a private Chopin concert. Tonight, why not join an optional Polish dinner? (Breakfast)

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DAY 3Warsaw–Vilnius, Lithuania

The next five days are dedicated to the three small Baltic countries that quite recently regained their independence. Each has its own language and distinct culture. First, travel to Lithuania, the largest and southernmost of the three. Late-afternoon arrival in the capital, Vilnius, once the splendid center of the mighty Grand Duchy of Lithuania, where Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite dinner with wine and regional specialties, like Borscht (beet) soup and Cepelinai (stuffed potato dumplings), awaits you at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 4Vilnius–Riga, Latvia

Vilnius’ picturesque historic nucleus is clustered around the remains of a castle built by Prince Gediminas in 1323. Your Local Guide will accompany you on a walk from Cathedral Square through narrow winding lanes to the OLD UNIVERSITY, founded by Jesuits in 1569. An interesting visit has been included to the KGB MUSEUM. Enjoy a scenic drive from the Neris River through a landscape of alternating dark forests, swamps, and lush pastures. Stop at the Hill of Crosses memorial site on your way to the Baltic port of Riga, the Latvian capital. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 5Riga

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the historic center on the right bank of the Daugava River and a walking tour of the OLD TOWN and the ART NOUVEAU QUARTER. Afternoon and evening at leisure; exciting optional excursions are available. (Breakfast)

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DAY 6Riga–Tallinn, Estonia

Trace the coastline of the Gulf of Riga past the Estonian health resort of Pärnu, a site inhabited since the early Stone Age, on your way to Tallinn, capital of the smallest of the Baltic countries. This afternoon, sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Hanseatic Old Town with its 15th-century Lühike Jalg Gate, and visits to the TOWN HALL and the onion-domed ALEXANDER NEVSKY CATHEDRAL. (Breakfast)

Tallinn is the capital of the smallest of the Baltic countries The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a memorial church dedicated to the Russian soldies who died during the Russo-Turkish War 
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DAY 7Tallinn–Helsinki, Finland

Today, travel by FERRY across the Baltic Sea to Helsinki, proud capital of Finland. Balance of the day at leisure. (Breakfast)

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DAY 8Helsinki

Guided sightseeing of Helsinki features the City Hall and Parliament House, the Presidential Palace, the monumental railroad station, the great LUTHERAN CATHEDRAL, the Olympic Stadium, and the SIBELIUS MONUMENT. Browse for souvenirs in Helsinki’s local arts and crafts OPEN-AIR MARKET. Tonight, a farewell dinner awaits at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 9Helsinki

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach; ferry cruise. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.



Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Warsaw and a farewell dinner in Helsinki


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

THEO VAN DER MEER

Years of Experience: 12 years

As a Tour Director, it is my mission to give passengers the time of their life and an unforgettable vacation. With every tour, I give it more than 100%, and my passion and enthusiasm help me to achieve these goals.

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Transportation
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Warsaw, the Baltics & Helsinki:

  • Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallin
  • Historic Centre of Warsaw
  • Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg
  • Vilnius historic centre
  • Historic Centre of Riga