Stockholm & The Baltics in Winter

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Explore some of Europe’s prettiest old towns and festive markets

  • Reviews 7 Reviews
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
  • Activity Level Leisurely
  • Group Size Small Group
    6 - 20
All about the Stockholm & The Baltics in Winter.

As cold winter nights descend over Northern Europe, the pretty capitals of Sweden, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia come alive. We start our tour in Stockholm, here there is a delightful old town to explore; alternatively there are plenty of galleries and museums to enjoy. The highlight being the Vasa Museum, housing the 18th century warship of the same name which sank on her maiden voyage, raised in 1961 and painstakingly restored to its former glory. The fairy-tale old towns of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn take on a charming quality, filled with market stalls selling everything from hand crafted wooden decorations to local tipple. However these markets are not the only highlight of this trip. In each city we will enjoy fantastic guided tours, learning how they have changed through the ages. From leading centres of commerce, to closed communist states for a large part of the 20th century, to the proud modern independent nations they are today. Outside the cities we visit the unique Hill of Crosses, the spectacular Rundale Palace and Trakai Castle.For any fans of Tolstoy’s War and Peace and the recent hit TV series, this trip offers a fantastic opportunity to wander through some of the spectacular filming locations which were used throughout the show. The beautiful old town of Vilnius was used extensively throughout filming and many of the locations visited on our city tour are immediately recognisable. The Rundale Palace was also a popular location for the show as the grand interior acted as the perfect backdrop for many scenes.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* Airport transfers (at designated times)
* 6 nights in 3-star hotels, all ensuite
* 1 night overnight ferry crossing from Sweden to Estonia (shared facilities)
* Transfer by air-conditioned coach
* All breakfasts
* Walking tours of Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn and Stockholm
* All listed excursions
* English speaking guide throughout. Group normally 6 to 20, plus guide. Min age 16 yrs

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Upgrade to outside facing cabin on ferry (available on request)


  • Visit Sweden, Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania
  • Experience traditional Christmas markets
  • Visit the Hill of Crosses and Trakai Castle

  • 6 days guided sightseeing
  • Group normally 6 to 20, plus guide. Min age 16 yrs
  • 6 night’s in 3-star hotels, all en suite
  • 1 night on an overnight ferry with shared facilities
  1. Day 1 Explore Stockholm.

    The tour starts at our hotel in Stockholm where the guide will meet you in the evening.**

  2. Day 2 Stockholm city tour; overnight ferry to Tallinn.

    After breakfast you will have a guided tour around the fascinating city of Stockholm. The tour will start in the Gamla Stan (old town) passing through the narrow streets and alleyways of the mediaeval part of the city. The afternoon is free to enjoy the city at your own pace. You can re-visit areas from the morning’s tour, or we recommend the spectacular Vasa Museum, housing the 17th century war ship which sank in Stockholm harbour in 1628 before being salvaged from the mud in 1961. Or you can take one of the harbour cruises, these are a great way to see the city even in winter. You will board the overnight ferry to Tallinn at 17.30pm and enjoy dinner on board.**

  3. Day 3 Arrive in Tallinn; afternoon city walking tour.

    The overnight ferry will arrive in Tallinn at around 10.45am. Your luggage will be transported to the hotel whilst you enjoy a guided walking tour around Tallinn. This compact capital city dates back to as early as 1154, and was a notable settlement during the time of the Hanseatic League, much like Riga. Walking through medieval cobbled streets we will explore the Town Hall Square, Toompea Palace, and castle, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, St Nicolas Church and a 15th century pharmacy – one of the oldest in Europe. The afternoon is free for shopping at the Tallinn Christmas market; here you will find a great selection of handmade gifts, traditional Christmas decorations and delicious festive treats. Overnight in Tallinn City, just outside the old town.**

  4. Day 4 Free morning in Tallinn; transfer to Riga.

    After breakfast you will have some free time for some shopping, or further sightseeing around Tallinn. You will then have a scenic transfer via the seaside resort of Parnu to the historic city of Riga and its central market, the largest of its kind in Eastern Europe. You will arrive in Riga at about 6pm and have the option to eat at the hotel or go for a stroll through the city to a restaurant. Overnight in Riga where you will be staying in a historic town house in the old town.**

  5. Day 5 Guided tour around Riga, afternoon at your leisure.

    Riga is the largest city in the Baltic States and is most well-known for its art nouveau architecture and historic UNESCO old town, dating back to the time of the Hanseatic League. Your morning tour will take in Riga Castle, The Dome Cathedral, St Peter’s Church, the buildings of the Great and Small Guild Halls, and the Monument to Freedom. You will then have a free afternoon to enjoy one of the largest Christmas markets on the tour. This is the perfect opportunity to try some local specialties including smoked sausage, caraway cheese, local fruit and Kvas the local beer made from rye bread. For the braver souls there’s home-made liqueurs and vodka! Overnight in Riga.*Comfortable hotel*

  6. Day 6 Transfer to Rundale and the Hill of Crosses; overnight in Vilnius.

    This morning you will leave Riga and head south towards Vilnius. The first stop will be at the Rundale Palace, this palace was designed for the Duke of Courland in the 18th century by Italian architect Rastrelli, who also designed the Winter Palace and Peterhof in St. Petersburg. Today, the palace is the most magnificent example of baroque architecture in the Baltic States. After a tour of the palace you will have a transfer across the border into Lithuania and to the Hill of Crosses, near Siauliai. This site has become a place of pilgrimage for Catholics all over the world and an estimated one hundred thousand crosses, crucifixes, carvings and rosaries engulf the small hill. During the Soviet Occupation the site also became a symbol of the nation’s struggle for independence, so much so the communist government attempted to bulldoze the site on at least two occasions, but with no luck. Overnight in Vilnius.**

  7. Day 7 Vilnius City tour and Trakai Castle.

    Morning walking tour of Vilinus Old Town, the area was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, and is one of the largest in Northern Europe. The tour will encompass all the main attractions including: Vilnius Cathedral and Square, The Gate of Dawn, and the city’s historic university. After lunch you will travel out of the city to Trakai, the capital of the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The town is best known for its stone castle situated on a small island in the nearby lake, dating back to the early part of the 14th century. Overnight in Vilnius.**

  8. Day 8 Trip ends in Vilnius.

    After breakfast the trip ends in Vilnius.**

Where you stay


We spend 6 nights in 3 star hotels, all properties are centrally located and within walking distance of all the main sights. Some hotels have sauna’s and swimming facilities.
The trip also includes one night on a ferry cruise from Tallinn to Stockholm, the atmosphere on the ship is fantastic making this a night to remember.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts included, these will be buffet style and taken in the hotel. They offer plenty of choice, including cold meat, cheese, eggs, bread, jams and juice.

Dinner is not included, but each city has a huge selection of restaurants to choose from. Our guide will be able to advise on venues that best fit your taste and budget.

Cuisine in the Baltic States is often centred around pork, veal, fish, potatoes, sauerkraut and soups such as borsch (beetroot soup – in Lithuania this is also served cold). Dumplings are also very popular and in Trakai, large baked dumplings called kibinai are traditionally served and are very good. In Stockholm you will find carefully prepared ingredients such as game, fish and shellfish, and the best that Swedish farms have to offer. Select a dish with the flavours of the Swedish sea or forest, or enjoy a traditional smorgasbord with herring, salmon and many other delicacies – and Swedish meatballs, of course!

Most mornings will be spent on historical walking tours, while the afternoons are free for you to enjoy each city at your leisure. The drives between each city are in modern air conditioned coaches and journey times between each destination can be up to 5 hours in length, but these will be broken up with adequate stops along the way. On board the ferry we stay in two or four berth inside cabins, with single or double accommodation. Upgrades to outside facing (A class) cabins are available on request, please enquire when booking for up to date prices. Entry to Trakai Castle, The Hill of Crosses and Rundale Palace are included. Any other excursions are optional and paid locally.

Overall Rating
Reviewed On 25/06/2020

The Baltics in Winter

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Taking a ferry across the Baltic Sea was quite exciting for me as I'd never done anything like that before - including sitting on deck in the freezing cold night air! First seeing the fairy tale medieval centre of Tallinn. The afternoon excursion to Trakai in Lithuania - I loved the combination of woods, lakes and traditional wooden houses. The air smelled of wood smoke, the setting sun showed off the landscape to perfect effect and there's a lovely café with a view of the castle where you can warm up with a hot drink and freshly-baked ginger bread.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    She was enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and really helped the group to gel. She couldn't have done any more to make us feel comfortable and get the most from the trip.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Wear very warm clothing and foot wear for the walking city tours - it can get pretty nippy standing in the Baltic wind, especially if it's accompanied by rain, hail, sleet or snow! Take sea sickness tablets - just in case of a choppy Baltic crossing on the ferry.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Whistle stop tours of regions such as this aren't for everyone so it's important to have realistic expectations about what you can see, do and achieve in each destination. Also, hitting the road early is sometimes inevitable, so there aren't many opportunities for a lazy morning or to make use of the very nice hotel facilities for example.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020

A good Baltic overview

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Probably the Hill of Crosses and the history behind it.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Jolita was outstanding!

Reviewed On 26/07/2019

Superb Winter Visit of 4 Charming Cities

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing to the top of the viewpoint over Tallinn at night time and seeing the city from above.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Jolita was excellent, really enthusiastic and generous. My hands were cold (despite already wearing gloves) so she very kindly gave me a couple of handwarmers. Touches like this, and giving us local sweets on the long drives, made us feel very welcome. With seemingly limitless knowledge and enthusiasm for the cities, it made the trip a pleasure having her guide us.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring two pairs of socks for each day, maybe two pairs of gloves too as a lot of the walking tours involve a lot of stopping so you'll get cold! Sea-sickness tablets for the ferry, as we hit a storm - you can never be too careful! Oh and make the most of the markets at night, they look so amazing but you need to get there before they close (8pm-9pm)!

Reviewed On 26/07/2019


  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    traditional dinners in local restaurants
  • What did you think of your group leader?


Reviewed On 26/07/2019

A whistle stop tour of the Baltics

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It's hard to capture one but Rundale Palace was magnificent and really interesting; the huge decorated Christmas trees in each city were works of art. Plus the mulled wine was always good! The local tour guides in each city were excellent and worth standing in the cold for several hours.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Lukas was a great tour leader, very knowledgeable and always on hand to help. Being from Lithuania his knowledge of his country's history is mind-blowing, and his English is faultless.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There are three walking tours on the trip so it really helps to go prepared for the cold weather. Layers are always useful and be prepared for rain and snow. There are plenty of cafes to go into in each place to warm up! In addition, the amount of free time you have in each place is limited, so it is probably useful to have an idea in advance of anything you particularly want to see. The hotels are all centrally located so finding your way around is very easy. There is obviously a lot of travel during this tour (take a book!) but it never felt too much as the journeys were always broken up by visits to various places, all of which were definitely worth seeing.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is a great trip for anyone wanting to learn a bit more about the Baltic states - I will definitely be visiting them again!


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