Riga to Tampere
- A chance to explore the Baltic region
- Time for sightseeing in Riga, Tartu, Tallinn, Helsinki and Tampere
- City passes for travel in Riga and Helsinki
- Travel using varied forms of transport throughout the holiday
- 9 days from £1,570pp
Series 5, Episode 5, Great Continental Rail Journeys. In this episode Michael Portillo explores northern Europe and the Baltic coast region. This 9-day tour allows plenty of time to explore some important northern European cities that would not ordinarily feature highly as tourist destinations, but Riga in Lativia, Tartu and Tallin in Estonia and Helsinki and Tampere in Finland have lots to offer the holiday rail traveller.
Day 1 – To Riga
Morning flight from London to Riga. Stay 2 nights in city centre hotel.
Day 2 – Free Time in Riga
Spend the day sightseeing in Riga. The city is the capital of Latvia and commercially in northern Europe is second in importance after St Petersburg. The old town is a maze of winding streets and wonderful old buildings in the Hanseatic style, but in other parts you will sense a strong Russian feel to the city. We will provide a city pass which will cover all forms of public transport.
Day 3 – To Estonia
Leaving Riga behind we take the train via Valga and cross the border into Estonia. We travel as far as Tartu for an overnight stay.
Day 4 – Tartu
Free morning for sightseeing. Tartu is the chief university town and cultural capital of Estonia, hosting a Song Festival every year. Leave by train mid-afternoon for the 2 hour journey to Tallinn, where you have a 2-night stay.
Day 5 – Free Time in Tallinn
Free day based in Tallinn. The city is reputed to be the oldest city in northern Europe with a settlement dating as far back as 3000 years ago. Its medieval old town is a delight with cobbled streets, painted houses and part of the original fortifications still survive today.
Day 6 – Finland Beckons
Leaving Tallinn we cross the Baltic Sea on the ferry to Helsinki for a 3-night stay. Free afternoon for sightseeing. The city has a distinct Russian feel having been originally modelled on St Petersburg. It became the capital city in 1812 when Finland was part of the Russian Empire. We include a 3-day city card which offers excursion ideas and covers all public transport.
Day 7 – Free Time
Free day based in Helsinki.
Day 8 – Tampere
Day trip by train north to Tampere, Finland’s second city. The city is surrounded by numerous lakes and was once the industrial heartland with many read bricked factories. Today there are still some mills operating by water power.
Day 9 – To London
Free time in Helsinki prior to afternoon flight back to London.
Ibis Hotel Riga Centre, Riga
Hotel Lydia, Tartu
St Petersbourg, Tallinn
Original Sokos Vaakuna, Helsinki
Please note - hotels can be subject to change
- Flight to Riga and from Helsinki
- Standard class rail
- Ferry crossing
- City passes for Riga and Helsinki
- Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
Price per person
From £1,570 per person sharing
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