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Baltic Tour

Hi, hoping to get some advice.......

I'm trying to plan a trip with my wife to take in some of the main cities in the Baltic area probably next May/June. Couldn't find a forum for Baltic but the Finland forum seems the most active, so thought I would post here!

The four main cities I had in mind were Vilnius, Riga, Tallin and Helsinki. Having said that I would love to visit St. Petersburg but don't know if it would be too much. I was thinking of a couple of days in each city, that way I could probably do the tour in week may be a bit longer. If I take in St. Petersburg that it would definitely have to be two weeks.

It seems pretty easy for me to fly into any of the 4 cities from the UK although the Helsinki route appears much more expensive on first look.

I was thinking of flying to Helsinki, boat to Tallin, bus to Riga, bus to Vilnius, fly from Vilnius home? Or I could do it the other way around, not sure it matters?

Could someone suggest the best order to visit the cities particularly if I decide to take in St.Petersburg? I like boat travel but also happy with train. The boat trip from Helsinki to St. Petersburg could be interesting but no idea how I would get back on route without a long journey from St. Petersburg - not sure I fancy doing that by bus!

Thanks for any pointers


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1. Re: Baltic Tour

The Baltic capitals and Helsinki you can do in either order, it won't make a big difference (except that on Finnair it's cheaper to book a return flight than a oneway ticket. Norwegian flies LGW-HEL route on which you may be able to find cheap offers).

Budget at least 3 days for St. Petersburg. You can take the ship there ( www.stpeterline.com/en/OnBoard/News.aspx ) from Helsinki or Tallinn (return journey only to Helsinki). If you want to benefit of the up to 72 h visa freedom, you'll have to arrive and depart from Russia by a ship. The fastest option would be to take the Allegro train ( vr.fi/en/…allegrotimetables.html ) from Helsinki (visa required). From St. Petersburg you can take a bus to Tallinn ( http://www.luxexpress.ee/en ), or a train back to Helsinki and a boat to Tallinn.

Edited: 15 September 2013, 22:03
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2. Re: Baltic Tour

I reckon two days in each of the 4 capital cities you mention would be quite gruelling and superficial. I'd cut one city out if you only want to spend a week. You might, for example, postpone Helsinki for a later trip, maybe in combination with St. Petersburg.

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Second JohnThe Finn. Your time will seriously be eaten by traveling from A to B. A week for 4 cities is a bit short. Stick to Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius or Helsinki and St Pete.

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4. Re: Baltic Tour

Thanks everyone.

Zam72....I hadn't realised there was a visa free option for St. Petersburg but I guess I would probably benefit by a longer stay here to make sure I take in all the major attractions in.

johnthefinn and polarbearfin.......I think you are right, not giving myself enough time to do the cities justice, I think I will split this into two trips, although could possibly do it all in two weeks but might need a holiday when I get back!

Thanks again

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