Best Of Scandinavia And Baltics

Best Of Scandinavia And Baltics

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$4380

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Best Of Scandinavia And Baltics

20 Days Starting in Copenhagen and ending in Warsaw

Visiting: Copenhagen, Odense, Aarhus, Hirtshals, Bergen, Gudvangen, Flam, Borgund, Oslo, Karlstad, Sigtuna, Stockholm, Lidingö island, Helsinki, Helsinki, Tallinn, Pärnu, Latvian Military Cemetery, Riga, Hill of Crosses, Vilnius, Trakai, Gdansk, Malbork Castle, Toruń, Warsaw

Tour operator:

Expat Explore Travel

Tour code:

ESHW

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

10 - 51

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

10-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
From:
$4380
$3231 (USD) Operator discount: -$1149

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-26%

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Tour Overview

20 Days, 8 countries and countless incredible experiences. This is what awaits on this jam-packed tour of Scandinavia and the Baltic States! Begin in Denmark, travel through Norway’s stunning natural scenery, experience Sweden’s captivating charm and explore Finland’s capital. Next, the Baltics are calling! Experience the old-world atmosphere of Tallinn, Estonia, marvel at the mysterious Hill of Crosses and explore lesser-known destinations in Latvia and Lithuania. Wrap up this European adventure in Warsaw, Poland. Follow in the footsteps of expert local guides, visit off-the-beaten-track spots and see unforgettable historic sights - this tour will have you reminiscing for years to come! 

Highlights

  • Free days in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Bergen, Helsinki and Gdansk

  • Marvel at the views while cruising towards Norway

  • Guided tours of Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn, Gdansk and Warsaw 

  • Enjoy overnight ferry cruises to Norway and Finland

  • Visit the mysterious Hill of Crosses monument in Lithuania

Itinerary

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Day 1: Start Of Tour In Copenhagen
Location: Copenhagen
Meals Included: Dinner


Welcome to Copenhagen! Today is the beginning of this exciting Best of Scandinavia and the Baltics tour! Arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital city and meet up with your tour leader and the rest of the tour group this morning. Later, it’s time to head off on an exciting city tour of Copenhagen with an expert local guide! Complete the first day of the tour with an included group dinner this evening in the city centre. It’s the perfect opportunity to get to know more about your tour leader and fellow travellers. Adventure definitely awaits over the next 20 days!


Guided tour of Copenhagen: Enjoy a walking tour of Copenhagen with a local guide. Highlights include the famous Nyhavn Waterfront, Rosenborg Castle, the Town Hall, the Little Mermaid statue and Amalienborg Palace.

Day 2: Copenhagen: Free Day
Location: Copenhagen
Meals Included: Breakfast


Explore Copenhagen at your leisure during the free day today! Copenhagen is a colourful and creative city, home to ornate royal palaces and modernist buildings. There is no chance of boredom setting in today. You could enjoy a visit to Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen’s famous amusement park, and see the Rundetaarn which is an astronomical observatory which offers stunning views of the city and is home to a unique equestrian staircase (a ramp designed to give a horse and carriage access to the library at the top). The best way to soak up Copenhagen’s history and culture is with today’s optional excursion. Start with a canal cruise, visit the Freedom Museum, Reffen market and more!


Day 3: Copenhagen - Odense - Aarhus - Hirtshals (Ferry Port)
Location: Copenhagen, Odense, Aarhus, Hirtshals
Meals Included: Breakfast


Take in the marvellous views of the Danish countryside as the coach travels to Hirtshals - a seaport town on the coast. Along the way, enjoy a stop in Odense and embark on an orientation tour before enjoying free time. Denmark’s third-largest city has the claim to fame of being the birthplace of fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen. Next, hit the road and arrive in Aarhus, Denmark’s second-biggest city, and set off on an orientation tour of this lively city. Aarhus is a mix of contemporary artwork and architecture, Viking exhibits and an old town, open-air museum! Later on, arrive in Hirtshals and hop aboard the overnight ferry which will cruise to Bergen in Norway.


Orientation tour of Odense: Explore the highlights of Odense, the hometown of Hans Christian Andersen. Join your tour leader and learn more about Odense’s history as well as its most famous inhabitant. Try and see if you can identify some of the inspiration for his fairytales!


Orientation tour of Aarhus: Enjoy a tour and learn more about the bustling city of Aarhus. Aarhus is home to Den Gamle By, an Old Town that doubles as an open-air museum offering insight into the Danish way of life from centuries ago.


Overnight ferry to Norway: Arrive in Hirtshals seaport and hop aboard the ferry. Get ready to enjoy an overnight cruise to Bergen, Norway.

Day 4: Overnight Ferry - Bergen
Location: Bergen
Meals Included: Breakfast


Say hallo to Norway! This is the second Scandinavian country of the tour. Admire the natural scenery as the ferry cruises towards Bergen. Arrive in Bergen and set off on an orientation tour of the city. Bergen is home to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Bryggen Quay and is known as the gateway to Norway’s spectacular fjords - seeing the fjords is a highlight of any Norway tour package! This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore the city. Alternatively, join the optional excursion to some of the picturesque fishing villages around Bergen. Get a taste of peaceful local life before enjoying a Norwegian dinner at a historic trading post turned café!


Cruise through Norway’s fjords: Cruise to Norway on the overnight ferry and marvel at views of the country’s famous fjords as you arrive in Bergen. Norway is home to over 1,000 fjords! The striking, winding waterways offer views which are guaranteed to leave you speechless!


Orientation tour of Bergen: Become familiar with this city that is known as “the city among the seven mountains” on an orientation tour with your tour leader. There are great things to see and do in Bergen including an acclaimed aquarium as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed quay.

Day 5: Bergen: Free Day
Location: Bergen
Meals Included: Breakfast


Bergen is yours to explore on this free day. There are a number of fun things to see and do around the city! The Bergen+ optional excursion is highly recommended to get a true taste of the city. This excursion includes a ferry cruise, a guided tour of Bryggen and a trip on the Fløibanen, the Bergen funicular railway, which will hoist you one thousand feet up Fløyen mountain! Look forward to some breathtaking views of the city. Finally, enjoy a drink at Bergen’s unique Magic Ice Bar! Alternatively, spend more time in the city centre; admire the medieval architecture, see markets and warehouses and explore more of the historic area. The choice is all yours today!


Day 6: Bergen - Gudvangen - Flam - Borgund - Oslo
Location: Bergen, Gudvangen, Flam, Borgund, Oslo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner


Journey into the scenic heartland of Norway today! Depart Bergen in the morning and travel towards Gudvangen. This popular village is located at the end of Nærøyfjord, one of Norway’s most famous fjords! Arrive in Gudvangen and choose to join today’s exciting optional excursion to a Viking Village followed by a sightseeing cruise through the Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjorden fjords. Marvel at the striking views before arriving in Flam to meet up with the coach again. Travel onwards and enjoy a stop at Borgund’s famous Stave Church. Next, continue the journey to Oslo. Arrive in Oslo in the late evening and enjoy an included group dinner at the hotel.


Experience Norway’s scenery: Enjoy a scenic trip through the Norwegian countryside. Look forward to views of mountains, forests and fjords!


Visit Gudvangen: Make a stop in Gudvangen, a village nestled at the end of one of the most famous fjords in Norway. When you arrive in Gudvangen, you will have the opportunity to join the Viking Village and Sightseeing Fjord Cruise optional excursion.


See Borgund’s Stave Church: Enjoy a stop at this famous Norwegian church. Have your cameras ready as the striking building offers great opportunities for photos.

Day 7: Oslo - Karlstad
Location: Oslo, Karlstad
Meals Included: Breakfast


It’s time to discover Oslo, Norway’s compact and captivating capital city. Head out for a walking tour of Oslo with a local guide. Learn more about the city which is surrounded by mountains and water and is home to Norway’s royal family. Highlights include the Royal Palace and the Akershus Castle. Afterwards, enjoy free time or discover some of Oslo’s gorgeous green spaces and fascinating museums with the Oslo+ optional excursion. This afternoon, travel onwards to a new country. The tour makes its way to Karlstad in Sweden - tonight’s overnight destination. Located halfway between Oslo and Stockholm, Karlstad sits on the shores of Lake Vänern and is a hot spot for fun outdoor activities plus great culture and Swedish cuisine.



Guided tour of Oslo: Join a local guide for a walking tour of Oslo. On the tour, gain deeper insight into the city and its history. Highlights include the Oslo Opera House, Kvadraturen, the Parliament building, Akershus Castle and the Royal Palace.


Day 8: Karlstad - Sigtuna - Stockholm
Location: Karlstad, Sigtuna, Stockholm
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner


Swedish adventure is on the agenda today! Sigtuna is the first stop of the day. This picturesque mediaeval town is the oldest in the country! Arrive and enjoy an orientation tour and free time. Next, it’s time to travel onwards to Stockholm, Sweden's vibrant capital which encompasses 14 islands. Arrive in Stockholm and join an expert local guide for a driving and walking tour of the city. See the Royal Palace, AF Chapman ship and enjoy a walk through Gamla Stan - Stockholm’s Old Town. Enjoy an included group dinner in the city centre tonight - Swedish meatballs are on the menu - delicious!


Visit Sigtuna: Enjoy a visit to Sweden’s oldest town! Founded by King Erik the Victorious in 970 AD, Sigtuna is home to the oldest Main Street in the country. 


Guided tour of Stockholm: Join a local guide and see the top sights of Sweden’s capital city. Highlights of this cosmopolitan Scandinavian city include the Royal Palace, the AF Chapman ship as well as the old town Gamla Stan which is the beating heart of the city.


Swedish meatballs for dinner: It’s time to tuck into a Swedish classic - meatballs! Join the group and enjoy this included dinner tonight.

Day 9: Stockholm: Free Day
Location: Stockholm
Meals Included: Breakfast


See more of the city during this free day in Stockholm. Spend time exploring Gamla Stan - the old town complete with terracotta-coloured buildings and cobblestoned lanes. Spend a few hours in one of the city’s museums and learn about Vikings, Abba and more! Or visit one of the numerous islands that make up Stockholm which offer great walks. Djurgården, home to Skansen, the open-air Swedish history museum, is a great destination. Alternatively, join today’s optional excursion which includes a scenic drive en route to Drottningholm Palace for a guided tour and a visit to the world-famous Vasa Museum. Experience the best that Stockholm has to offer!


Day 10: Lidingö Island - Overnight Ferry To Helsinki
Location: Lidingö island, Helsinki
Meals Included: Breakfast


Today, it’s time to say farewell to Sweden and continue with the next leg of the trip. Journey onwards to Helsinki in Finland. Take a late morning drive to Lidingö Island in the Stockholm archipelago along the way and enjoy a driving tour and free time to explore. Afterwards, travel onwards to the port and get ready to catch the overnight ferry to Helsinki. Hop on board and look forward to great onboard entertainment as well as stunning views as you cruise along. Why not choose to indulge in a Swedish buffet dinner tonight?


Explore Lidingö Island: Visit the island located in the inner Stockholm archipelago and enjoy a driving tour as well as free time to explore. Did you know that Lidingö Island is home to Millesgården - an outdoor sculpture park and museum?


Overnight ferry to Helsinki: Cruise your way to a new country - Finland! Catch an overnight ferry ride from Sweden, to Helsinki in Finland. Enjoy the onboard entertainment plus an optional buffet dinner this evening.

Day 11: Arrive In Helsinki
Location: Helsinki
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Welcome to Helsinki, the capital of Finland! This vibrant, seaside city is known for its beautiful islands and gorgeous green spaces. Dock at the port, travel to the harbourside hotel and get ready to meet up with a local guide this morning for a Helsinki driving and walking tour. See famous sights including the Havis Amanda, Senate Square and Helsinki Cathedral. Not forgetting Uspenski Cathedral and Kauppatori Market! Helsinki offers a wealth of things to see and experience! Tonight, enjoy an included dinner with the group.


Guided tour of Helsinki: Enjoy an insightful driving and walking tour of Helsinki with a local guide this evening and see the city’s top sights and attractions. See the Havis Amanda, the famous art nouveau fountain which is said to symbolise the birth of the city of Helsinki, visit Senate Square, see Helsinki Cathedral which is Finland's most photographed building, and marvel at Uspenski Cathedral which is the largest orthodox church in Western Europe. Finish off the guided tour with a walk through Kauppatori Market where you can shop for souvenirs, keepsakes and well-priced Finnish crafts!


Day 12: Helsinki: Free Day
Location: Helsinki
Meals Included: Breakfast


Enjoy a free day to experience Helsinki today! Explore the diverse city at your leisure. Helsinki is a quirky city which is a centre for design, architectural innovation and Finnish culture. It is also a hub for delicious Finnish food! You could spend some time relaxing and soak in one of the saunas around town. Beautiful natural spots surround the city offering great escapes into nature. Discover more on the Suomenlinna walking trails and museum. Take a trip back in time and see how Finnish life would have been centuries ago with a visit to the Seurasaari open-air museum or marvel at modern masterpieces at the Kiasma contemporary art museum. Make the most of your time in Helsinki today!


Day 13: Helsinki - Tallinn
Location: Helsinki, Tallinn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Today, it’s time to travel onwards to the Baltic States! First stop is Tallinn in Estonia. Catch a ferry and sail across the Gulf of Finland. Arrive in Tallinn, Estonia’s wonderful capital city, and enjoy an included lunch at a medieval restaurant in the atmospheric Old Town Square.  Afterwards, get ready to embark on a walking tour of Tallinn, led by an expert local guide! See the city’s highlights and historic sites including St Olav’s Church and Tall Hermann Tower. Later, enjoy free time to explore before settling in for the night.


Helsinki to Tallinn ferry crossing: Hop aboard and enjoy a cruise across the Gulf of Finland, from Finland to Estonia. Be sure to take in the scenic views as the ferry makes its way to Tallinn.  


Lunch at a medieval restaurant in Tallinn: Enjoy lunch at a restaurant in the heart of Tallinn’s Old Town Square.  


Guided tour of Tallinn: Join a local guide for a tour of Tallinn, Estonia’s lively capital! Filled with mediaeval churches, cobbled walkways and a vibrant, contemporary culture, Tallinn is a photographer's dream. Highlights include St Olav's church, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tall Hermann Tower, Town Hall Square and more.

Day 14: Tallinn - Pärnu - Latvian Military Cemetery - Riga
Location: Tallinn, Pärnu, Latvian Military Cemetery, Riga
Meals Included: Breakfast


Wave goodbye to Tallinn and get ready to visit a brand new country today! The tour continues to Riga in Latvia. Along the way, make a stop in the resort city of Pärnu in Estonia to sightsee and shop for keepsakes and souvenirs. Next, cross the border into Latvia and enjoy a visit to Saulkrasti, a scenic, coastal beach town on the Gulf of Riga. Arrive in Riga, Latvia’s capital city, and experience the Brothers' Cemetery before checking into the hotel for tonight. Once settled in, it's time for an orientation walking tour of Riga’s old town and its popular attractions. Highlights of this historic and cosmopolitan Baltic capital city include Riga Dom Cathedral, the Old City Wall and more!


Visit Pärnu: Enjoy a stop in the resort city of Pärnu in southwestern Estonia. Pärnu is a seaside city overlooking Pärnu Bay and is renowned for its street art, colourful houses and scenic beach.


Enjoy a stop in Saulkrasti: The seaside town of Saulkrasti is a great place to drink in the beauty of the Latvian shoreline without huge crowds. This is where Latvian locals spend days by the beach.


Visit the Latvian Military Cemetery: Also called the Brothers' Cemetery or Cemetery of the Brethren, the Latvian Military Cemetery is a national monument that commemorates the sacrifice of 2,000+ Latvian soldiers who gave their lives for their country during 1915-1920, fighting in World War I and the Latvian War of Independence.


Orientation tour of Riga: Embark on an orientation walking tour of Riga, Latvia’s exciting capital city. See the impressive architecture and learn more about Latvia’s history and culture. Riga boasts a cosmopolitan atmosphere combined with Gothic and Art Nouveau architecture. The city is home to popular landmarks like the Riga Dom Cathedral, the Houses of the Black Heads, Parliament House, the Three Brothers, the Old City Wall and the Freedom Monument.

Day 15: Riga - Hill Of Crosses - Trakai - Vilnius
Location: Riga, Hill of Crosses, Vilnius
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Wake up bright and early today as the journey continues into the next country - Lithuania! Few people know much about this intriguing Baltic state which makes it the perfect place to explore! The first stop is the Hill of Crosses, a famous religious sight. Next, visit Trakai. This small town is known for its magical island castle! Finally, arrive in Vilnius, Lithuania’s historic, cultured and quirky capital city. Explore Vilnius on an orientation tour. This beautiful Baroque city is home to sights like the Vilnius Cathedral, the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania and the Church of St Anne. Enjoy free time after the city tour before enjoying an included dinner with the group tonight.

Visit the Hill of Crosses: Experience a visit to the Kryziu Kalnas Hill of Crosses in Lithuania which has been one of the world’s most singular expressions of human faith and sacrifice for over 100 years. Pilgrims have been flocking to the sight for centuries and today there are 200,000+ crosses, carvings and shrines. The tradition of leaving crosses on the hill began only in 1831 by relatives of rebels who died fighting the Russian tsar of the time.


Discover Trakai Castle: Discover the magical Trakai Island Castle located in the Trakai National Park. This Gothic castle was built on an island in Lake Galve and the beautiful scenery and lapping waters of the lake make it a truly scenic destination! Enjoy some time to explore the castle or get some lunch in the town of Trakai.


Orientation tour of Vilnius: Join your tour leader for an orientation tour of Vilnius. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers centuries of history to explore, and has a long and storied past. Learn about the history and see more of this city’s Baroque-style architecture and medieval buildings and monuments. Highlights include the Vilnius Cathedral, the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, the Vilnius Town Hall and the Adam Mickiewicz statue. You can also cross the river into the Užupio Respublika, a self-proclaimed republic within Vilnius which has its own constitution and an army of 11 men.

Day 16: Vilnius - Masurian Lake District - Gdansk
Location: Vilnius, Trakai, Gdansk
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Another exciting new country is on the agenda for today - Poland. Along the way, the tour will stop in the Masurian Lake District. This stunning region is home to over 2,000 lakes making it an idyllic place to enjoy some lunch and snap some pictures! Then, it’s time to travel onwards and cross the border in Poland. Take in the scenery of the countryside along the way. Later this evening, arrive in Gdansk and embark on an orientation tour of this beautiful, historic port city. Afterwards, enjoy an included buffet dinner.

Masurian Lakes scenic drive: Admire the gorgeous natural scenery of Poland’s Masurian Lake District before enjoying free time for lunch in the area. The 2,000 lakes and beautiful outdoor areas make this a popular tourist spot in Poland.


Orientation tour of Gdansk: See the highlights of Gdansk on an orientation tour with your tour leader. The harbour city boasts unique historic Dutch-style architecture, a beautiful “Royal Way” in the main town, great museums and scenic cobbled streets winding alongside the River Motława.

Day 17: Gdansk: Free Day
Location: Gdansk
Meals Included: Breakfast

Learn all about Gdansk on a full day in the city! Start off by joining a local guide for a walking tour of the city to see the highlights and important historic areas. Afterwards, the day is free to spend as you wish! Explore more of Gdansk - see the Old Town, Long Market square and admire the historic architecture with its unique Dutch influence. Meander along the waterfront areas or join tonight’s optional excursion and cruise to the nearby beach town of Sopot and experience the Polish Riviera!

Walking tour of Gdansk: Find out more about this unique port city on a walking tour. Join a local guide who will point out the top attractions and provide some historic insight into Gdansk’s past as well as its present. Gdansk underwent major reconstruction after most of the city was destroyed during WWII.

Day 18: Gdansk - Malbork Castle - Toruń - Warsaw
Location: Gdansk, Malbork Castle, Toruń, Warsaw
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Bid farewell to Gdansk as the tour continues. Today’s first stop is Malbork Castle - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest castle in the world! The 13th-century landmark is a castle lover’s dream. Next up is Toruń. This mediaeval town is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is well known for being the hometown of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus and, charmingly, it is renowned for its Museum of Gingerbread! Here, enjoy taking part in a fun and interactive traditional gingerbread workshop. Finally, it's time to head to Warsaw, the capital of Poland. Enjoy an included dinner at the hotel tonight.

Malbork Castle visit: Explore the world’s largest castle. The mighty fortress was completed in the early 1400s and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. 


Toruń Gingerbread Experience: Attend a fun gingerbread-making workshop in Toruń - a town famous for its Museum of Gingerbread!

Day 19: Warsaw
Location: Warsaw
Meals Included: Breakfast

Wake up in the historic city of Warsaw and, after breakfast, join a local guide for a walking and driving tour. See the highlights of the city and learn more about how Warsaw played a pivotal role during WWII. Admire the city’s architecture which is a testament to the gritty history that shaped Warsaw. See Gothic churches, Neoclassical palaces and stark, Soviet-era apartment blocks side by side with modern skyscrapers. The rest of the day is free to explore the city on your own and to make the most of your last night on tour.

Guided tour of Warsaw: Join a seasoned local guide for a city tour of Warsaw. Gain insight into the fascinating and turbulent history as you walk the streets. Admire Gothic churches, Neoclassical Palaces, modern skyscrapers and stark Soviet-era buildings. Highlights include the Royal Castle, the Palace of Culture and Science and the reconstructed Old Town which was rebuilt after the war based on 18th-century paintings by Italian artist Canaletto.

Day 20: End Of Tour In Warsaw
Location: Warsaw
Meals Included: Breakfast


Enjoy one last breakfast with the tour group as the trip comes to an end this morning. After 20 incredible, fun-filled days, you will have visited nine amazing countries in Scandinavia and the Baltic states! Be sure to swap contact details with your newly made travel friends so that you can stay in contact after returning home. We hope to see you back on an Expat Explore coach again very soon!


What's Included

  • Accommodation

    19 nights in 2, 3 & 4* hotel accommodation in twin rooms and cabins with private bathrooms
    Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room/cabin (subject to availability)

  • Transport

    Modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and toilet onboard
    Two overnight ferries
    Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)

  • Meals

    19 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 6 Dinners*Vegetarian options available for all meals on request

  • Experiences

    Enjoy a guided tour of Copenhagen; Denmark's capital city
    Explore Odense; hometown of Hans Christian Anderson
    Visit Aarhus; a captivating Danish city
    Catch an overnight ferry to Norway
    See Norway’s magnificent fjords
    Explore Bergen; known as “the city among the seven mountains”
    Marvel at Norway’s spectacular natural scenery
    Visit Gudvangen near Norway’s most famous fjord
    Enjoy a photo stop at Borgund’s Stave Church
    See the highlights of Oslo with a local guide
    Visit Sigtuna; Sweden’s oldest town
    Explore Stockholm with a local guide
    Tuck into Swedish meatballs in Stockholm
    Explore Lidingo Island
    Catch an overnight ferry to Helsinki, Finland
    See the sights on a driving tour of Helsinki; Finland’s capital city
    Join a local guide for a walking tour of Helsinki
    Catch a ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn
    Enjoy lunch at a medieval restaurant in Tallinn
    Discover Tallinn with a local guide
    Sightsee in Pärnu; a resort city in Estonia
    Visit Saulkrasti; a Latvian seaside town
    Learn about Latvian history at the Latvian War Cemetery
    Discover Riga; Latvia’s vibrant capital
    Visit the famous Hill of Crosses in Lithuania
    Discover Trakai Island Castle
    Explore Vilnius; capital of Lithuania
    Enjoy a scenic drive through the Masurian Lake District
    Discover Gdansk; a unique port city in Poland
    Explore Gdansk with a local guide
    Explore Malbork Castle; the largest castle in the world
    Visit Torun; a mediaeval town in Poland
    Enjoy a gingerbread workshop in Torun
    Explore Warsaw with a local guide

What's Not Included

International flights
Travel to the start point and from the endpoint is not included. We recommend using Skyscanner to find the best deals on international flights.


Travel insurance
For a relatively small price, travel insurance provides you with the peace of mind so that you can enjoy your tour without any worries. 


All passengers travelling on an Expat Explore tour are required to have valid travel insurance cover and you are responsible for arranging your own insurance. Click here for more information.

Mode of Transport


  • Modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and toilet onboard

  • Two overnight ferries

  • Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)

Accommodation


  • 19 nights in 2, 3 & 4* hotel accommodation in twin rooms and cabins with private bathrooms

  • Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room/cabin (subject to availability)

Traveller Comfort - *COACH* tours

We welcome all travellers on our tours but we would like to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible. In light of this, please ensure that you are happy with the below information and level of fitness required.


Expat Explore tries to be as accommodating as possible, however, our tours are unfortunately not designed for people travelling with wheelchairs or severe mobility issues.


Our tours are fast paced because they are designed for you to see the most a destination has to offer. We also want to ensure that you explore as much as possible, which may require long periods without stops on the coach as we drive to a new destination.


We offer walking tours in most cities (up to 3 hours), and a wheelchair is not always a practical option as there are often cobbled streets and stairs on these tours.


For travellers in wheelchairs, you will only be able to store your wheelchair under the coach with the other luggage. Thus, on the long drives between cities you will not necessarily have access to your wheelchair if we make a quick bathroom stop along the way. Please note that travelling with a wheelchair could prove difficult as our coaches don't have wheelchair lifts, as such you will need to be able to board and alight the coach on your own.


With regards to our accommodation, not all hotels have lifts and this means potentially having to carry bags up and down stairs.


For more information regarding traveller fitness please see our Terms and Conditions.

Check out our Q&As

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our team.

  • Children on tour?

    Our tours are not suitable for young children which is why we have a minimum age limit of 10 years old. However, at the discretion of Expat Explore we may consider younger children on certain tours if they meet certain criteria and a request is received in writing via email. Minors (between 10 and 18 years of age) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who accepts full responsibility for them. Unaccompanied minors will not be accepted on tour. Expat Explore reserves the right to decline any booking at our discretion. Any minor (between 10 and 18 years of age) is priced the same as an adult.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    The health and safety of our travellers and employees are our top priority. Which means, when you travel with us, our enhanced hygiene protocols will ensure you do so in a safe and responsible way - ask for details of current policies.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 2005

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    At Expat Explore we value responsible travel and are committed to exploring the world consciously and kindly. We are proud to make responsible travel possible with a number of our sustainable travel practices!

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Relate is a South African based not-for-profit organisation that Expat Explore supports. The group aims to help those less fortunate create better lives for themselves through a variety of fundraising initiatives. On our South Africa tours, each passenger will receive an Expat Explore branded Relate bracelet. We donate the cost of these bracelets to our chosen Relate charity: the Nelson Mandela Sc

Reviews of this Operator

Roger  

Wonderful new addition

19-Oct-2022

Great new country and addition by Expat. One of the most interesting and beautiful countries I've ever been. Great food, scenery and lovely people.

Jamie the Kingslayer  

Everything I had expected and more

01-Oct-2022

It was my first time traveling to Europe so I was nervous about everything including finding my way around, speaking the languages, and finding lodging. It turned out to be an incredible experience, I couldn't ask for a better your guide. Luke truly is the best in the business and we were so lucky o have him on the last tour of the season. I am definitely going to recommend Expat to my family and friends when they want to travel to Europe. I am going to go as far as finding out when Luke will be the guide and have family/friends specifically book the tour with him.

Randy  

Outstanding!

25-Sep-2022

From orientation to farewell dinner Martina was always there to ensure that everyone was happy and enjoying the tour! It was fast paced, especially with the added excursions, but the tour covered the best of Italy and Martina was absolutely the best. She was entertaining and informative. Look forward to another tour with her!!

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CCY  

Good experience

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03-Apr-2024

Such a great trip and saw so many places, if we did this trip on our own I think we would only get half of what we did done in this time period. It definitely was busy with not much down time but we didn’t pay to go be bored. Beautiful and memorable trip!

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Tash  

Really nice experience

26-Oct-2022

Loved the small country towns. Very beautiful MARTY AND ALEX THE DRIVER , made the tour experience perfect for me. She is a brilliant guide.

Disappointed  

Totally exhausted

05-Oct-2022

I need a holiday to recover from this full-on, insufficient down time, tour. Late hotel arrivals, late city tours, late dinners and excessive walking due to public transport use and then early morning starts. And to top it off, no seat rotation (tour leader advised on day 2 for covid reasons) which made sense on day 2 but not by day 3 or 4 when we had been grouped together at meals, on walking tours, and sharing rooms with people we had just met...merrily spreading our germs between our group anyway! This seating rule however was waived for a special few...those who insisted that they get travel sickness (and must sit in the front seat) and..those who think the rule is not for them and aren't challenged by the tour leader anyway. No seat rotation also meant not getting the opportunity to get to know everyone on the tour on an equal basis.

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