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UNESCO Heritage in the Baltics & Beyond

Get your bucket list for UNESCO World Heritage Sites and compare it with our itinerary! Undoubtedly, you will find everything worth visiting throughout the Baltic region and some of its neighbors in it. This 20-days tour takes you to the capital cities of Belarus, the Baltic countries, and Finland with detours and stops you won't regret. The charming old towns of Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn, which cast centuries of history. Postcard-perfect countryside palaces like Nesvizh in Belarus or Rundale in Latvia. The Kaunas open-air ethnographic museum brings Lithuanian rural history to life. The stunning military fortification from the early 12th century at Suomenlinna at the entrance to Helsinki. These are all present on our list, along with the breathtaking intact natural wonders in the national parks of Trakai and the Curonian Spit, which stretches along the borders of the Baltic Sea.

This travel plan connecting lesser-known destinations with grand highlights of the Baltic States, Belarus, and Finland presents a once in a lifetime experience ideal for couples and families with older or adult kids. You will travel by private transfer to encounter every site along the way. Centrally located accommodations, city tours, and day trips are included in the comprehensive package.

In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea of what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide. One of our team members in the region will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange additional local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon your arrival, we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 star accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our first-hand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.
Route for Minsk, Vilnius, Klaipeda, Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki tour

3 Nights in Minsk

3 Nights in Minsk

4 days in Minsk
4 days in Minsk

3 Nights in Minsk

Minsk, Belarus' capital can feel bombastic. Think wide avenues lined with monolithic Soviet buildings. The vast squares have monumental centerpieces. Modern skyscrapers and shiny new gold-tipped orthodox churches are everywhere. The streets are clean and well maintained. Everything is in its place in Minsk. Belarus is the capital of a dictatorship after all, so none of this should come as a surprise. Minsk has a full set of everything you'd expect from a former Soviet Republic. But it has the added advantage for the visitor that it hasn't been abandoned, ignored, or torn down. Instead it has been revered, or even celebrated. Among the city's highlights are the striking new National Library building, main market hall, and the shining, newly finished All Saints Church.

Minsk, Belarus' capital can feel bombastic. Think wide avenues lined with monolithic Soviet buildings. The vast squares have monumental centerpieces. Modern skyscrapers and shiny new gold-tipped orthodox churches are everywhere. The streets are clean and well maintained. Everything is in its place in Minsk. Belarus is the capital of a dictatorship after all, so none of this should come as a surprise. Minsk has a full set of everything you'd expect from a former Soviet Republic. But it has the added advantage for the visitor that it hasn't been abandoned, ignored, or torn down. Instead it has been revered, or even celebrated. Among the city's highlights are the striking new National Library building, main market hall, and the shining, newly finished All Saints Church.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Minsk

A driver will be waiting to meet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation in the center of Minsk. Duration of the drive is about 1 hour.

Visit the Belarusian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War

Suggestion to explore on your own

Opened in 1944, before the end of WWII, the Belarusian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War features everything from reconstructed trenches, to tanks, planes, uniforms, and gear. This sprawling museum features an impressive war memorial, and sections with topics ranging from partisans to Auschwitz. Next to heroes square, the museum's collection has nearly 150,000 items, many on display.

Visit the Belarusian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Minsk

Minsk City Private Walking and Driving Tour

Delve into Minsk's history

Included in your vacation package price.

This three-hour tour is a great way to see the best of Minsk. With an expert local guide, you'll see the most important points of interests and monuments of the city, including the City Gate, the Red Cathedral, monumental Stalin Empire-style buildings along Independence Avenue, as well as Liberty square. Then you'll go to other, non-touristic places, like fascinating October Street, which is full of old industrial buildings being converted into art galleries and street art sites. Upon request, the tour can be amended to focus on your interests, like World War II or Soviet history. Your guide will meet you at your accommodation and drop you off there at the end of the tour.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park Tour

Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park Tour

Also known as the Bialowieza Forest, the Bielaviezskaza Pusca is Europe's largest and most primeval forest, a vast, ancient reserve home to nearly 1,000 bison, as well as many other large mammals, and hundreds of species of birds. Here you'll experience beauty that has always been untamed, and will visit a nature museum, as well as the residence of Grandfather Frost, the Belarusian equivalent of Santa Claus.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 13 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Minsk

Private Day Trip to Nesvizh and Mir Castles

Private Day Trip to Nesvizh and Mir Castles

Included in your vacation package price.

Visit two of Minsk's most popular day trip hubs. Mir Castle, still known as the "Medieval Flower", which is an impressive architectural monument, included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. The excursion continues in Nesvizh, a delightful historic town and one of the oldest in the country. You will visit Belarus' most popular museum, the magnificent Nesvizh Palace, the former residence of the aristocratic Radzivilli family, which also includes a beautiful park and the Farny Roman-Catholic Church from the 15th century.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 9 hours

Gastronomic tour "Belarusian cuisine"

Fall in Love with Belarusian Food

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Belarus’ food is focused on pork, vegetables, and bread, and combines influences from all of its neighbors. Belarusians take their time preparing food, often making stews or slowly cooking ingredients. We recommend exploring Belarus' tastier traditions with a private market and cooking tour. This way, you'll not only taste some of the most popular dishes, but visit the Komarovka, Minsk's main market. You'll then learn to cook the ingredients you buy from the market, and get to know the lives of traditional Belarusian families.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 4 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Vilnius by Airplane

We'll arrange for a driver to meet you at your accommodation and take you to the airport in plenty of time for your departing flight to Vilnius, which we will provide economy class tickets for. Duration of the transfer to the airport is about 1 hour.

3 Nights in Vilnius

3 Nights in Vilnius

4 days in Vilnius
4 days in Vilnius

3 Nights in Vilnius

With one of the oldest surviving Old Town neighborhoods in Europe, as well as a collection of classic architecture from Baroque to Gothic and everything in between, Vilnius is sure to astound you. Walking around the city and marveling at the sites is a pleasure in itself, but there’s much more to do here because Vilnius is also a vibrant cultural epicenter, with concerts and art exhibitions happening regularly. There are also numerous outdoor activities and day trips to enjoy while you stay in the city. It might surprise you, but hot air balloons are a popular pastime in and around Vilnius, and the city is one of the few in Europe that allows hot air balloons to float directly over the city, so you’re guaranteed a spectacular view whether you opt for a flight over the city or nearby Trakai. There’s also a rich Jewish heritage to explore here, including the former synagogue and the larger and smaller ghetto. We’d also recommend delving into the darker areas of the city’s past and exploring the communist era and the history of the KGB in Vilnius at the KGB Museum. Don’t miss Uzupis, a bohemian neighborhood of galleries, restaurants, and cafes that doubles as a tongue-in-cheek sovereign state, complete with its own charming constitution, three-boat navy, and flags (one per season).

With one of the oldest surviving Old Town neighborhoods in Europe, as well as a collection of classic architecture from Baroque to Gothic and everything in between, Vilnius is sure to astound you. Walking around the city and marveling at the sites is a pleasure in itself, but there’s much more to do here because Vilnius is also a vibrant cultural epicenter, with concerts and art exhibitions happening regularly. There are also numerous outdoor activities and day trips to enjoy while you stay in the city. It might surprise you, but hot air balloons are a popular pastime in and around Vilnius, and the city is one of the few in Europe that allows hot air balloons to float directly over the city, so you’re guaranteed a spectacular view whether you opt for a flight over the city or nearby Trakai. There’s also a rich Jewish heritage to explore here, including the former synagogue and the larger and smaller ghetto. We’d also recommend delving into the darker areas of the city’s past and exploring the communist era and the history of the KGB in Vilnius at the KGB Museum. Don’t miss Uzupis, a bohemian neighborhood of galleries, restaurants, and cafes that doubles as a tongue-in-cheek sovereign state, complete with its own charming constitution, three-boat navy, and flags (one per season).

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Vilnius

A driver will be waiting to meet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation in the center of Vilnius.

Our representative will then meet with you to answer any questions you have and to get you settled for the rest of your trip.

Unique Uzupis

Suggestion to explore on your own

Take the opportunity to explore one of Vilnius’ most colorful neighborhoods, Uzupis. It goes back to 1995, when a group of artists erected a statue of Frank Zappa in the area and declared Uzupis an independent republic. Soon flags were being created and the energy of the place seemed to attract eccentrics from all over the country. Today the mayor of Vilnius actively supports the republic and often takes part in the many activities going on there. There’s plenty to do in the neighborhood, so don’t be afraid to explore, here you’re bound to find some very photogenic people and places.

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Vilnius

Vilnius Private Walking Tour

Discover the Best of Vilnius

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll be getting in touch with the real Vilnius, with help from an expert local guide. Your guide will show you the ins and outs of the city, regaling you with stories from the past and present. You’ll learn more about Vilnius’ Jewish, Polish, Russian and Lithuanian heritage while discovering the city’s most impressive sites, including Old Town, St. Stanislovas and Vladislovas Cathedral, Vilnius University, the Presidential Palace and more. Your guide will pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation, or can suggest areas for further exploration after your tour concludes.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Soviet Vilnius Private Tour

Soviet Vilnius and the KGB Museum

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Communism is an important part of Lithuania’s history, even if it was a dark time. If you’re interested in learning more about this aspect of Lithuania’s recent past, the Genocide Victims’ Museum and the KGB Museum are places you need to see. Today we recommend exploring, combined with a 3-hour private walking tour led by a local guide who will show you the main places relevant to communism. You’ll get a better idea of what it was like to live under communism as the past comes alive for you. Your guide will pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Vilnius

Trakai Private Tour

Trakai Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Trakai, a string of lakes within forests, is Lithuania's ancient capital, and the medieval home of its Grand Dukes, who ran a kingdom extending from the Baltic to the Black Sea. The town still draws visitors thanks to its picturesque castle on its own island, unique Karaite community (Crimean Tatars following their own form of Judaism), and its famous Kibinai meat pies. Explore this unusual combination with a walking tour, followed by sailing around a lake, exploring the castle, or learning to make your own Kibinai.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Kaunas Private Day Trip

Kaunas Private Day Trip

Don't limit your Lithuanian adventure to Vilnius. Branch out and discover the country's second largest city, Kaunas. A 90-minute drive from Vilnius, this city is a center of Lithuania's economic, academic and cultural life, and was its early 20th century capital. Your tour will start at Kaunas Castle and St. George's Church before continuing on to City Hall. Churches, historic architectural styles (especially during the city's early 20th century zenith), plus a vibrant atmosphere give Kaunas a distinct flavor that contrasts nicely with Vilnius' old-style charms. On the way to or from Kaunas you can stop at the Rumsiskes Open-Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Activity Level : Strenuous
Duration : 7-8 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Klaipeda by Private Transfer

Today you're off to Klaipeda, with stops at the Kernave Archaelogical Site (which has 10,000 years of history) and the famed Hill of Crosses. Based on your preferred departure time, a driver will pick you up at your accommodations in Vilnius. With stops, this non-guided journey takes about seven hours. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.

Klapeida by Private Transfer with Kernave and Hill of Crosses Stops

2 Nights in Klaipeda

2 Nights in Klaipeda

3 days in Klaipeda
3 days in Klaipeda

2 Nights in Klaipeda

Is an atmospheric port city that features a variety of beautiful architecture that attests to its history as a meeting place for various cultures. Here you’ll see evidence of historic influence from Prussia, and also countries farther east. The city wasn’t incorporated into Lithuania until 1945, so its past is as rich and varied as it is long. Klaipeda’s Old Town is particularly interesting, with picturesque Germanic architecture known as Fachwerk, or half-timbered. But it isn’t all past history here. Close to Old Town you’ll also find numerous bars, restaurants and cafes to enjoy, as well as a ferris wheel that will afford you lovely views over the Baltic and the urban landscape. You’ll definitely want to sample some of the local seafood. It doesn’t get any fresher! After exploring the city on foot, either on your own or with the help of a knowledgeable local guide, you’ll want to go farther afield. Hop aboard a ferry to the Curonian Spit, a sand dune spit that features incredible beaches. Here you can enjoy the natural landscape as well as get a taste of local history, as the Nobel-Prize-winning German writer Thomas Mann had his summer home here, which is now a venerable museum. Klaipeda is a unique destination with an atmospheric charm you’ll love exploring at your own pace.

Is an atmospheric port city that features a variety of beautiful architecture that attests to its history as a meeting place for various cultures. Here you’ll see evidence of historic influence from Prussia, and also countries farther east. The city wasn’t incorporated into Lithuania until 1945, so its past is as rich and varied as it is long. Klaipeda’s Old Town is particularly interesting, with picturesque Germanic architecture known as Fachwerk, or half-timbered. But it isn’t all past history here. Close to Old Town you’ll also find numerous bars, restaurants and cafes to enjoy, as well as a ferris wheel that will afford you lovely views over the Baltic and the urban landscape. You’ll definitely want to sample some of the local seafood. It doesn’t get any fresher! After exploring the city on foot, either on your own or with the help of a knowledgeable local guide, you’ll want to go farther afield. Hop aboard a ferry to the Curonian Spit, a sand dune spit that features incredible beaches. Here you can enjoy the natural landscape as well as get a taste of local history, as the Nobel-Prize-winning German writer Thomas Mann had his summer home here, which is now a venerable museum. Klaipeda is a unique destination with an atmospheric charm you’ll love exploring at your own pace.

Day 7

Day 7 - Arrival in Klaipeda

Your driver will bring your directly to your accommodation in the centre of Klaipeda.

Seek Out Statues

Suggestion to explore on your own

Upon your arrival in Klaipeda, we suggest walking around the Old Town's narrow streets and delving into its outstanding German architecture. You can even make a game of finding the small statues that have been appearing in the center since 2006. These playful statues include a bag of money, a canine "Guardian of the Old Town", a small mouse that supposedly makes wishes come true and a dragon climbing a building wall. Finish your day with a lovely walk along the Dane River and sip a drink and eat dinner in its numerous restaurants.

Day 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Klaipeda

Curonian Spit Private Day Trip

Conquer the Curonian Spit

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you'll be venturing with a driver guide to the Curonian Spit, a 100-kilometer sandbar stretching to Russia, whose beaches are the source of most of the world's amber. There, you will visit the scenic town of Nida, next to the tallest drifting sand dune in Europe, which provides a stunning vista of the Baltic Sea, the Curonian Lagoon, and Russia. Nearby is the Hill of Witches, which features wooden statues and WWII trenches. The town itself has had an artist's colony since the 19th century, which attracted Germany's brightest, including Thomas Mann, whose house you will be able to visit. This visit will also feature a stroll along a section of beach known for its amber. Who knows, you might find a unique souvenir!


Activity Level : Strenuous
Duration : 8 hours

Day 9

Day 9 - Traveling to Riga by Private Transfer

A private driver will pick you up today for your trip to the intriguing Latvian capital, Riga. Along the way you'll stop in the charming town of Kuldiga, famous for its long waterfall. With the stop, this non-guided transfer takes about seven hours. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.

Riga by Private Transfer with a Stop in Kuldiga

3 Nights in Riga

3 Nights in Riga

4 days in Riga
4 days in Riga

3 Nights in Riga

Riga's story is one of resurrection. After being damaged by fighting in World War II, the city has returned to beautiful prominence after two decades of independence. Riga really has come a long way, earning UNESCO World Heritage status and being named the European Capital of Culture for 2014. This is a lovely city that takes art and culture seriously, with a packed classical music calendar and events held nightly. You’ll find plenty to enjoy in this Baltic capital. Exploring the city, you’ll have the largest market and bazaar in Europe on-hand, as well as the largest collection of Art Nouveau architecture in the world. You could spend days wandering around admiring these beautiful buildings. But there’s more to do. The city is rich in museums, galleries and concert halls, so your cultural calendar will be full during your stay. And the nightlife is excellent too, with fine restaurants, boutique bars and cute cafes. Rundale and Sigulda are both gorgeous castles and palaces reachable for a day trip.

Riga's story is one of resurrection. After being damaged by fighting in World War II, the city has returned to beautiful prominence after two decades of independence. Riga really has come a long way, earning UNESCO World Heritage status and being named the European Capital of Culture for 2014. This is a lovely city that takes art and culture seriously, with a packed classical music calendar and events held nightly. You’ll find plenty to enjoy in this Baltic capital. Exploring the city, you’ll have the largest market and bazaar in Europe on-hand, as well as the largest collection of Art Nouveau architecture in the world. You could spend days wandering around admiring these beautiful buildings. But there’s more to do. The city is rich in museums, galleries and concert halls, so your cultural calendar will be full during your stay. And the nightlife is excellent too, with fine restaurants, boutique bars and cute cafes. Rundale and Sigulda are both gorgeous castles and palaces reachable for a day trip.

Day 9

Day 9 - Arrival in Riga

Your driver will bring you directly to your accommodation in the center of Riga.

Riga From On High

Suggestion to explore on your own

What better way to start your visit to a new city than admiring the view from above? From St. Peter's Church in the old town, the stalinist Latvian Academy of Sciences, mountainous National Library (also known as the Mountain of Light), or the Riga Radio and TV Tower (the tallest structure in the EU), extraordinary views of Riga and even the sea are easy to find. If you'd like to accompany great views with excellent drinks, we can recommend the best rooftop bar in the city so you can kick back with cocktails.

Day 10

Day 10 - Your First Full Day in Riga

Riga Private Walking Tour

Introducing Riga

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll be exploring the beautiful city of Riga and its UNESCO-listed Old Town. Historically an important trading port on the Baltic Sea, Riga had a strategic advantage for invaders, which resulted in periods of Polish, German, Swedish and Soviet rule all leaving their mark. You’ll walk through the winding streets of the Old Town to take in the sublime architecture as your guide makes the past come alive for you with stories. Your guide will meet you at your accommodation for this 2-hour tour, and will bring you back to your accommodation, or suggest places for further exploration.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Riga Canal Boat Group Tour

Riga Canal Boat Group Tour

Back in the old days, before the Daugava rider was bridged, small boats used to transport locals across the river, and Riga's smaller waterways. The larger boats made up the "river tramway," while the smaller ones were "river taxis." Step aboard one of these historic vessels, and see boulevards, parks, squares, fountains, bridges, markets, and the old harbor as you cruise the canal that once formed the city's moat. For the tour's climax, you'll head down the river, taking in majestic panoramas of Old Riga’s spires and the modern and Soviet buildings of the left bank.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 1 hour

Day 11

Day 11 - Your Second Full Day in Riga

Art Nouveau Private Tour

Art Nouveau Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Here's your chance to see why Riga is world-famous for its incredible Art Nouveau architecture. Put the medieval churches and Old Town to one side and have a look at what was happening at the beginning of the 20th century. Riga was at its peak, rich merchants were showing off their power and wealth, and the city was expanding at an alarming rate. The result was a phenomenal building boom that coincided with the growth of the Art Nouveau style across the world. No place in the world has more examples of Art Nouveau architecture than Riga, as you'll see for yourself on this delightful tour.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2-3 hours

Rundale Palace Private Day Trip

Rundale Palace Private Day Trip

One of Latvia’s hidden gems is the Baroque Rundale Palace. This is one of the most stunning buildings in the Baltic States, and makes a fantastic day trip from Riga. Your guide will drive you to the palace, where you'll have plenty of time to explore the palace and its beautiful gardens. On the way back, you'll have the opportunity to stop in one of the nearby towns. The tour will take around six hours in total, so an early start is recommended. For more info on Rundale, read our blog post.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 5-6 hours

Day 12

Day 12 - Traveling to Tallinn by Private Transfer

Get ready for Tallinn, with some visits along the way. Based on your preferred departure time, a driver will pick you up at your accommodations, beginning the seven-hour drive (counting stops) to the south. En route, you'll stop at Turaida Castle (near Sigulda) and Cesis Castle, in the town of Cesis. The vehicle used for this non-guided transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.

Tallinn by Private Transfer with Turaida and Cesis Castle Stops

3 Nights in Tallinn

3 Nights in Tallinn

4 days in Tallinn
4 days in Tallinn

3 Nights in Tallinn

A visit to Tallinn, the oldest capital city in Northern Europe, is a trip back in time. The cobblestone streets, UNESCO-listed medieval walls, and stunning church spires give it an Old World charm you’ll love exploring. But there are all the modern amenities here too, and today Tallinn is a truly unique destination with the best of the old and the new. You’ll also see influences of both the east and west in the architecture and cuisine, as Estonia is a short ferry ride from Helsinki. The restaurants, quaint cafes and chic boutiques are places you’ll love to linger, while the long coastline is ideal for strolling. There are so many different ways to see the city, because Tallinn is so rich in history. See how beer influenced local history, or explore the reminders of life under the Soviet regime. Take a walking tour of the beautiful Old Town, or a driving tour to see more of the city. There are distinct neighborhoods here and each one feels distinct. Tallinn is very tech-savvy, so the business district is always modern and bustling. The bohemian Kalamaja neighborhood is a great place to have a drink or a bite to eat. The picturesque Lahemaa National Park is one of the best day trips from Tallinn, and you’ll have fun wandering through nature here before returning to the city to find more of its charms.

A visit to Tallinn, the oldest capital city in Northern Europe, is a trip back in time. The cobblestone streets, UNESCO-listed medieval walls, and stunning church spires give it an Old World charm you’ll love exploring. But there are all the modern amenities here too, and today Tallinn is a truly unique destination with the best of the old and the new. You’ll also see influences of both the east and west in the architecture and cuisine, as Estonia is a short ferry ride from Helsinki. The restaurants, quaint cafes and chic boutiques are places you’ll love to linger, while the long coastline is ideal for strolling. There are so many different ways to see the city, because Tallinn is so rich in history. See how beer influenced local history, or explore the reminders of life under the Soviet regime. Take a walking tour of the beautiful Old Town, or a driving tour to see more of the city. There are distinct neighborhoods here and each one feels distinct. Tallinn is very tech-savvy, so the business district is always modern and bustling. The bohemian Kalamaja neighborhood is a great place to have a drink or a bite to eat. The picturesque Lahemaa National Park is one of the best day trips from Tallinn, and you’ll have fun wandering through nature here before returning to the city to find more of its charms.

Day 12

Day 12 - Arrival in Tallinn

Your driver will bring you directly to your accommodation in the center of Tallinn.

Go Bohemian in Kalamaja

Suggestion to explore on your own

Of all the neighborhoods in Tallinn, Kalamaja is one of the most exciting. This fast-growing area between Old Town and the scenic coast is known for its hip selection of cafes, shops, restaurants and bars. Once a closed-off Soviet border zone, it has seen a renaissance of development in recent years. Seaplane Harbour, the Estonian Maritime Museum, is very modern and quite interesting. It’s just one of the things worth seeing around here.

Day 13

Day 13 - Your First Full Day in Tallinn

Old Town Private Walking Tour

Discover Medieval Wonders

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll be exploring the wonders of Tallinn with a local guide who knows all the city’s secrets. You’ll be picked up from your accommodations to walk through the UNESCO-listed center of Tallinn, home to many of the city's unusual historic treasures. From Old Town cobblestones to stunning views, you’ll get a vivid encapsulation of all the city has to offer, along with the unique insights of a knowledgeable native. There’s no better way to get your bearings and learn about the city at the same time.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Baroque History: Kadriorg Palace and Park

Suggestion to explore on your own

One of the more regal sites in Tallinn is Kadriorg Palace, a Baroque palace built by Peter the Great for Catherine I of Russia. Today this stately palace, surrounded by well-kept gardens, houses the Kadriorg Art Museum, with foreign art from the 16th to the 20th century. There are a number of museums in the park, including Kumu (the Estonian Art Museum), Kadriorg Art Museum and the Mikkeli Museum, as well as monuments to such cultural figures as sculptor Amandus Adamson, author F. R. Kreutzwald, and artist Jaan Koort.

Baroque History: Kadriorg Palace and Park

Day 14

Day 14 - Your Second Full Day in Tallinn

Explore Nature and History Along the Coast

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

There's far more to see other than the insides of Tallinn's old town and its surrounding neighborhoods. Enjoy a day trip from Tallinn to explore rural fishermen’s villages, manor houses and bogs in Lahemaa National Park or bog-shoe hiking in picturesque Kõnnu Suursoo. For those looking for something a bit more alternative go to remains of the main Soviet naval training base, outside Paldiski. Feel free to head further west to Haapsalu, one of Estonia's most beautiful towns.

Lahemaa National Park Private Tour

Lahemaa National Park Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Lahemaa National Park is renowned for its diversity. It is home to the most beautiful manors in Estonia, unique, traditional fishing villages, and some of the country's most pristine natural landscapes. You'll visit everything from the country's largest natural waterfall, to hidden old manor homes in Kolga and Sagadi, from mesmerizing forests to romantic little coastal villages like Käsmu and Altja. Bring your sense of adventure and be ready to hike (or in summer even swim) through the Viru bog, on a 3.5 km boardwalk. Ethereal places full of berries, dark waters, and stunted trees, bogs occupy a strong place in Estonian folklore for a reason.


Activity Level : Strenuous
Duration : 8-9 hours

Bog-shoe Hiking Private Tour

Bog-shoe Hiking Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

For something a bit more unusual, walk across one of Estonia's largest bogs with special bog-shoes (otherwise, you would sink right in!) Bogs are very dear to Estonians, and have always been part of its culture, so a visit to Estonia is incomplete without a bog walk. Visiting an Estonian bog is a strangely unworldly experience, with their calm pools of black (but drinkable!) water, stunted trees, and endless berry bushes. With the help of equipment akin to snowshoes, you'll visit otherwise inaccessible places. This tour will take you beyond the boardwalks and observation towers to normally inaccessible areas, home to more wildlife. Have an unforgettable adventure in Estonia and come to a bog-shoe hike in the picturesque Kõnnu Suursoo, less than an hour east of Tallinn. This tour is available year-round, as the bog has a different face to show every season.


Activity Level : Strenuous
Duration : 4-5 hours

Coastal Cliffs and Soviet Paldiski Group Tour

Coastal Cliffs and Soviet Paldiski Group Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Discover hidden wonders amidst the wilderness along the coast west of Tallinn, including the Soviet Union's main naval training base. On this tour, you'll see Estonia's most romantic waterfall, coastal cliffs, the former garrison town of Paldiski, the otherworldly prison quarry of Rummu, and much more, such as the interior of a Soviet aircraft. You'll find places and stories you'd never stumble across on your own while learning what it's like to grow up in this area.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 7 hours

Western Coast and Haapsalu Private Tour

Western Coast and Haapsalu Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Enjoy a beautiful journey down Estonia's picturesque coast to the historic resort town of Haapsalu (a favorite of the czars). Along the way, you'll pass through towering pine forests, and visit mysterious castle ruins, finding stories and places you'd never stumble across on your own. You'll learn about the Coastal Swedes at Noarootsi, and discover Estonia's medieval history amid the ruins of the Padise Monastery. You'll better understand the Soviet era's influences by visiting Ungru, where an abandoned manor and air base sit side-by-side. You'll visit several other manor homes, some restored and offering drinks, some offering hidden stories instead. Haapsalu itself is probably Estonia's most romantic city, with its ruined medieval castle in the center, next to unique wooden villas, and a charming seaside promenade and quiet coastline. Before leaving, you'll visit the local train museum, and the world's longest covered platform, built to keep the czar's entire retinue dry as they disembarked from his personal train during summer visits.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 9 hours

Day 15

Day 15 - Traveling to Helsinki by Ferry

The energizing modern city of Helsinki is just a short ferry ride away. We'll arrange for a transfer from your accommodation to the port in Tallinn and provide standard class tickets for the 2-hour ferry ride to Helsinki. For an extra fee it is possible to upgrade to comfort class tickets.

By Ferry to Helsinki

2 Nights in Helsinki

2 Nights in Helsinki

3 days in Helsinki
3 days in Helsinki

2 Nights in Helsinki

Helsinki offers an eclectic mix of architecture, activities, and moods. It’s the buildings you’ll notice first, as the city features design from Nordic Minimalism, Byzantine-Russian, Austrian-influenced Art Nouveau, Neoclassical and striking modernist influences. Amidst this stunning architectural medley, you’ll find a hip and energetic city with world-class gastronomy and cultural offerings. You’ll definitely want to spend time exploring the city, and the incredible churches are some of the most impressive structures in Helsinki. The Esplanade offers excellent window shopping and also a park that’s perfect for relaxing. Don’t miss the monument to Sibelius, the famous Finnish composer, and the bustling South Harbor market. Our top recommendation for Helsinki isn’t even in the city however: the UNESCO-listed maritime fortress island of Suomenlinna. The city is rather spread out, so you might want to take a private driving tour. Just 30 minutes from Helsinki, Porvoo is an idyllic UNESCO-listed town that feels out of a fairytale. You can also hop aboard a boat and enjoy a guided tour of the city’s canals.

Helsinki offers an eclectic mix of architecture, activities, and moods. It’s the buildings you’ll notice first, as the city features design from Nordic Minimalism, Byzantine-Russian, Austrian-influenced Art Nouveau, Neoclassical and striking modernist influences. Amidst this stunning architectural medley, you’ll find a hip and energetic city with world-class gastronomy and cultural offerings. You’ll definitely want to spend time exploring the city, and the incredible churches are some of the most impressive structures in Helsinki. The Esplanade offers excellent window shopping and also a park that’s perfect for relaxing. Don’t miss the monument to Sibelius, the famous Finnish composer, and the bustling South Harbor market. Our top recommendation for Helsinki isn’t even in the city however: the UNESCO-listed maritime fortress island of Suomenlinna. The city is rather spread out, so you might want to take a private driving tour. Just 30 minutes from Helsinki, Porvoo is an idyllic UNESCO-listed town that feels out of a fairytale. You can also hop aboard a boat and enjoy a guided tour of the city’s canals.

Day 15

Day 15 - Arrival in Helsinki

Upon arriving at the Helsinki port, you'll meet your driver who will be holding a JayWay sign or a sign with your name. The driver will take you to your accommodation in Helsinki's city center. The journey time is around 10-15 minutes.

Welcome to Helsinki

Suggestion to explore on your own

If you're all settled in, head to the Old Market Hall, strategically located by the sea, and the Market Square. If you want to sample Finnish gourmet delicacies, or have lunch in lovely surroundings, this is the place for you. After some lunch, you can relax in one of the nearby parks with views of the sea and do some people watching. The best way to finish the night is by admiring the view from one of the rooftop bars in Helsinki. Don't worry, we'll recommend the best.

Day 16

Day 16 - Your First Full Day in Helsinki

Taste of Helsinki and Suomenlinna Private Tour

Taste of Helsinki and Suomenlinna Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

You'll have a lot of fun getting to know Helsinki on this informative tour. You'll learn about the unique history that makes the place what it is today, and also have the chance to taste characteristic local dishes. And of course you'll see the city from a new point of view, the UNESCO-listed fortified archipelago of Suomenlinna, the whole reason Helsinki exists. There's no better way to get the lay of the land, especially if this is your first time in Helsinki.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3-4 hours

Porvoo Group Tour

Porvoo Group Tour

Less than an hour from Helsinki, Porvoo is a popular place for day trips, with its winding, narrow streets lined with cafes, eateries, and museums. The town's center is composed of brightly painted historical wooden buildings, many of which line the riverbanks. This guided tour will help you come to understand life in Finland's second-oldest town. You'll be introduced to the best restaurants, as well as the town's chocolate workshop.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Day 17

Day 17 - Departure Day

On the day of your departure, we will arrange for a driver to take you from your accommodation to the airport.

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Minsk

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Minsk Airport Transfer
Minsk City Private Walking and Driving Tour
Private Day Trip to Nesvizh and Mir Castles
Minsk - Vilnius Flight
Minsk Airport Transfer

Vilnius

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Vilnius Airport Transfer
Vilnius Private Walking Tour
Trakai Private Tour
Vilnius - Klaipeda Private Transfer with Kernave and Hill of Crosses Stops

Klaipeda

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Curonian Spit Private Day Trip
Klaipeda - Riga Private Transfer with a Stop in Kuldiga

Riga

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Riga Private Walking Tour
Art Nouveau Private Tour
Riga - Tallinn Private Transfer with Cesis and Turaida Castle Stops

Tallinn

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Old Town Private Walking Tour
Tallinn Ferry Port Transfer
Tallinn - Helsinki Ferry

Helsinki

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Helsinki Port Transfer
Taste of Helsinki and Suomenlinna Private Tour
Helsinki Airport Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of vacation packages including these destinations
Review by John, Kathleen, MaryAnn & Ron

John, Kathleen, MaryAnn & Ron

North Carolina

If you are looking for a travel experience that exceeds your expectations, than JayWay Travel is the only way to go! Professional and knowledgeable - they deliver on what they promise!"

If you are looking for a travel experience that exceeds your expectations, than JayWay Travel is the only way to go! Professional and knowledgeable - they deliver on what they promise!"

Year : 2019
Visited : Lithuania, Latvia
Itinerary : Vilnius, Esperanza Hotel and Spa, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Riga
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Lithuania, Latvia
Itinerary : Vilnius, Esperanza Hotel and Spa, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Riga
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Leonore & Truman

Leonore & Truman

A great way to travel independently! Very helpful and responsive to our group.

A great way to travel independently! Very helpful and responsive to our group.

Year : 2019
Visited : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
Itinerary : Tallinn, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Gdansk, Krakow
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
Itinerary : Tallinn, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Gdansk, Krakow
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Robert & Sara

Robert & Sara

Massachusetts

JayWay Travel does a great job in preparation of your trip and assures things are in place before you depart on your trip. While there you are greeted and given great support throughout your stay. The thrill of meeting family in Latvia and see where my parents were born, experiencing the beauty of the Baltics from City to Sea and all the beautiful green in between! Wonderful job!

JayWay Travel does a great job in preparation of your trip and assures things are in place before you depart on your trip. While there you are greeted and given great support throughout your stay. The thrill of meeting family in Latvia and see where my parents were born, experiencing the beauty of the Baltics from City to Sea and all the beautiful green in between! Wonderful job!

Year : 2019
Visited : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
Itinerary : Tallinn, Riga, Klaipeda, Vilnius
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
Itinerary : Tallinn, Riga, Klaipeda, Vilnius
Rating :
5 / 5
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