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This holiday explores seven countries and the varying cultures of the Baltic area, from the elegance of Russia to colourful Scandinavia, as well as historic Latvia and Estonia. Discover these Baltic gems and UNESCO World Heritage sites by rail.


From £2945

Duration: 15 days
Departures: Various departures May to September
Start point: London
End point: London

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As part of our series of Greentraveller's Guides to European cities easily reachable by train from the UK, we have produced a guide to Cologne.

This exciting European rail journey starts at London St Pancras International. If you have some time to explore before boarding your train, we have a comprised a wonderful collection of Greentraveller's Facebook fan suggestions of what to do in the area. Some excellent recommendations include King's Place for a relaxing atmosphere and a cup of coffee, the free exhibitions at the British Library and a tasty lunch at Acorn House. 

Overview of Baltic Explorer

We meet at our dedicated Departure Office at St Pancras and take the Eurostar to Brussels, continuing via Cologne to Bremen where we spend the night.

Copenhagen is home to the world's oldest monarchy. Day three is for you to explore this historic town. Start the morning enjoying a tour, admiring all the sights. Pass the Amalienborg Palace, surrounded by four rococo palaces, one being home of the Queen Margrethe II, as well as visiting the Little Mermaid statue and enjoying a cruise in the canal area of Nyhayn.

Day four commences with a high-speed train service to the Capital of Sweden, Stockholm, staying for two nights at the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel. The next day, take the tour around the beautiful city, admiring the Royal Palace, the cathedral and the Old Town. Stroll through the waterways and parks as you please, all afternoon.

In the evening of day six we board a ferry for an overnight cruise to Riga. This trip has magnificent views of the Stockholm archipelago and out to the Baltic Sea. The next day we will arrive in Riga after breakfast. Here there will be a coach tour of the city, spot the stunning St Jacob's Cathedral, Art Nouveau architecture and discover the Old Town. After the tour, check into the Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel. Day eight is for you to explore Riga, visit the expansive Central Market or why not hop on the elevator for a bird's eye view of the city from the top of St Peter's church. You could go to the Maskavas Forstate to see some unique wooden houses.

Day nine starts with a trip along the Gulf of Riga to Tallinn, the Capital of Estonia. Enjoy a guided tour of the city, including the Medieval Dome Church, the Town Hall Square and views of Toompea Castle. The hotel for the next two nights will be the Radisson Blu Tallinn. The day after, spend the day wandering round the historic city. The hill of Toompea has many winding cobbled streets with Medieval houses. Why not visit the House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads.

Day eleven starts with a ferry trip to Helsinki, the Finnish Capital. Hop on the coach tour, which includes the famous Senate Square and Lutheran Cathedral. The hotel for the next two nights will be Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel. Spend the next day exploring the wonderful Finnish city, you could also take a ferry to a smaller island, or visit the Church in the Rock.

St Petersburg
Day thirteen starts with a train journey over the Russian border to St Petersburg, visiting the Hermitage. This is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, and is in the infamous Royal Winter Palace. Your hotel for the next two nights is the 5 star Radisson Royal Hotel. The next day, explore this cosmopolitan city, with a tour including a visit to St Isaac Cathedral and the Church on Spilled Blood. Also see the Nevsky Prospect. The highlight of this holiday is the magnificent Peterhof Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with beautiful grounds full of waterways and fountains.

Travelling Home
We leave our hotel this morning, transfering to the airport in St Petersburg for the flight back to London.

There is an option to extend the holiday to 18 days and return by train. 

What price includes

  • First and Standard Class rail, coach and ferry travel
  • City tours
  • 2 nights in ferry cabins to Travemunde and Riga.
  • 4/5 * hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • selected suppers
  • All transfers (flight charges included with flight option)



Plan your journey by train

Meeting point:
London St Pancras International

Nearest train station to meeting point:
London St Pancras International Station

Transfer to meeting point:
Guests make their own way to meeting point
St Pancras station is connected both to the national and international train network and London underground (Kings Cross St Pancras station)

Plan your journey by train to London St Pancras

Plan your journey by train

Finish point:
London St Pancras International

Nearest train station to finish point:
London St Pancras International Station

Transfer to finish point:
Operator drops guests off at station

Plan your return train journey from London St Pancras