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Poland & the Baltics: Warsaw to Tallinn

12 days |  15 days with Helsinki extension
12 days |  15 days with Helsinki extension
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Immerse yourself in history one river float, cider tasting, and Zeppelin hangar visit at a time.

In the Baltics, time travel is (almost) a real thing. The region’s present-day scene is as fascinating as its past, thanks to its rebirth at the end of Communist rule. Whether you’re strolling through UNESCO-listed centers in every capital or bar-hopping to taste 18th-century liquors, this small group Adventure Tour is full of moments that’ll make you say “wow.”

Your tour package includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 cider tasting
  • 1 liqueur tasting
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Included highlights

  • Warsaw Rising Museum
  • Masurian Lake District
  • Krutynia River float
  • Old Town Vilnius
  • Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Warsaw today.

Warsaw2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Warsaw
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Poland! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Warsaw
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

On a guided tour, get to know Warsaw, a city all but destroyed during World War II and painstakingly rebuilt since 1944.

  • See the Chopin Monument at Lazienki Park
  • View the Palace of Culture and Science, the tallest building in Poland commissioned by Stalin
  • Visit the Jewish Ghetto and the Jewish Memorial
  • Enter the Warsaw Rising museum to learn about the city’s history
  • Walk through the Old Town and pop into a local bakery for a paczki tasting

Enjoy a free afternoon in Warsaw or add an excursion.

Warsaw Cooking Class & Dinner

From $125 per person

Masurian Lake District1 night
Day 4: Masurian Lake District via Mikołajki & Krutynia River float
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to the UNESCO-recognized biosphere of the Masurian Lake District. Stop in Mikolajki, a resort town on Lake Sniardwy, to enjoy free time for lunch. Then, embark on a leisurely scenic river float down the Krutynia River with a local guide. They’ll help you spot everything from rare orchids to lynx.

Sit down for an included dinner with your group this evening.

Vilnius2 nights
Day 5: Vilnius via Wolf's Lair
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Leave Poland behind as you travel to Vilnius, Lithuania. En route, stop to enter the infamous Wolf's Lair, which served as Hitler's Eastern Front headquarters during World War II.

In Vilnius, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Day 6: Walking tour of Vilnius
Included meal: Breakfast

Embark on a guided tour of Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital.

  • Discover the Baroque, UNESCO-listed Old Town on a walking tour with a local guide
  • See Gediminas Castle, Vilnius Cathedral, St. Anne’s Church, and Vilnius University
  • Hear about life during the time of the Soviet Union and how nonviolent protests paved the way to independence
  • Enter the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights, the former KGB headquarters, for a guided tour

Enjoy a free afternoon in Vilnius or add an excursion.

Trakai Castle & Kybin Pastry Tasting

From $105 per person

Riga3 nights
Day 7: Riga via the Hill of Crosses & Rundale Palace
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Dinner

Travel to Riga, Latvia, stopping en route to visit the Hill of Crosses, a Lithuanian pilgrimage site. You’ll also stop for a guided tour of Rundale Palace and its gardens. The site is distinguished as the largest Baroque castle in the Baltics and is the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland.

In Riga, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Riga
Included meals: Breakfast, Liqueur tasting

Get an insider’s perspective of Riga, the center of Latvian politics and culture, with a local guide leading the way.

  • Explore the city’s striking, UNESCO-recognized Art Nouveau district
  • View the Latvian Freedom Monument and the Latvian National Opera
  • Enter Central Market, housed inside an old Zeppelin hanger, and learn about local favorites and specialties
  • See the Gothic House of the Blackheads in Vecriga, Riga’s Old Town
  • Enter Riga Cathedral, the city's massive medieval centerpiece, before continuing on to Riga Castle
  • Drop into a local bar for a tasting of Riga Black Balsam liqueur, an herbal drink first created in 1752

Enjoy a free afternoon in Riga or add an excursion.

Kemeri National Park Scenic Walk

From $65 per person

Day 9: Free day in Riga
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Riga on your own or add an excursion.

Latvian Countryside: Castles, Valleys & Villages

From $145 per person

Tallinn2 nights
Day 10: Tallinn via Pärnu County
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

En route to Tallinn, stop in Pärnu County and visit a cider distillery where you’ll tour the orchard, learn about the production process, and enjoy a tasting of five hard ciders.

Enjoy a free evening in Tallinn or add an excursion.

Tallin Medieval Dinner

From $99 per person

Day 11: Walking tour of Tallinn
Included meals: Breakfast, Beer tasting, Farewell dinner

Uncover the charms of Tallinn on a guided sightseeing tour.

  • Travel through the ancient stone gates of the Old Town
  • See Town Hall Square and Toompea Castle, home of the Estonian Parliament
  • Visit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, once controversial for it’s location, now revered as the grandest orthodox church in Tallinn
  • Walk through the Balti Jaama Turg Market, home to over 300 vendors across three floors
  • Enjoy a tasting of an Estonian microbrew

Then, join your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your trip to explore Helsinki, Finland.

Extension to Helsinki
What makes “the Pearl of the Baltic Sea” such a lustrous prize? Helsinki combines astounding architecture, stunning surroundings, and nation-defining culture in a tremendously livable, eminently visitable metropolis. If you aren’t ready to bid the Baltics farewell, spend some time in this Scandinavian hub. (Odds are, you might not want to go home after.)
Helsinki3 nights
Day 12: Ferry to Helsinki
Included meal: Breakfast

From Tallinn, board a ferry and cross the Gulf of Finland, making a straight shot for the Finnish capital of Helsinki. After docking, transfer to your hotel and get settled in, then use the rest of your day as you see fit. Maybe take a few hours to roam the halls of the Ateneum—Finland’s leading art exhibit—or get a crash course in Scandinavian aesthetics at the Design Museum.

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Helsinki
Included meal: Breakfast

Sprawling atop a peninsula and spilling out over 315 islands, the port city of Helsinki is Finland’s gift to the world. Dive into the history and culture of the country’s capital on a guided tour of its highlights.

  • Pass through the Neoclassical Senate Square. Bounded by the triple domes of Helsinki Cathedral and the pale yellow walls of the Government Palace, this public plaza constitutes the oldest part of the city.
  • See the modern Olympic Stadium, a 36,000-seat arena distinguishable from a distance by its white tower. Reaching 238.5 feet above Helsinki’s Töölö district, the tower commemorates Matti Järvinen’s gold medal-winning javelin throw at the 1932 Summer Olympic Games.
  • Stop to enter Temppeliaukio Church: Carved down into a rocky hillside and topped by a squat copper roof, this Lutheran house of worship is one of Helsinki’s most popular tourist attractions. One look around its circular, exposed rock walls is all it takes to understand why.
  • Recall Finland’s most famous composer at seaside Sibelius Park, crowned by a hauntingly beautiful sculpture reminiscent of a pipe organ.

From there, add an afternoon outing to eat your way through Helsinki’s culinary scene. Or, make the walk to Kaisaniemi Park and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the presence of some of the city’s oldest monuments.

Food of Helsinki Walking Tour

From $115 per person

Day 14: Free day in Helsinki
Included meal: Breakfast

Today, join your group on an optional outing to neighboring of Porvoo and revel in the sights of one of the National Landscapes of Finland. If you’d rather stay in Helsinki, try to make the trip to Suomenlinna. Guarding the maritime approach to the city, the “Gibraltar of the North” is an 18th-century island fortress, built by the Swedish to defend against Russian encroachment. Nowadays, it’s honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and locals regularly visit for scenic picnics.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

A Day in Porvoo

From $129 per person

Flight Home
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews

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    Four interesting countries
    5/27/23 by 16th-time traveler Sidney

    My brother and I had planned this trip earlier, but it was canceled due to Covid. We were so glad it went off well this time. Our excellent tour director, Pawel, provided us all with not only an interesting but educational experience. Getting to add four countries to our list we have visited was re...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 8/10/23

    Hi Sidney! Thank you so much for your kind review....

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    Poland & The Baltics
    5/27/23 by 6th-time traveler Douglas

    Overall, a fine tour. The 4 hotels were excellent choices. One of the points that keeps me traveling with Go Ahead is the policy of maintaining a good price point by avoiding iconic and luxury hotels (which are not needed when so little time is spent at the hotels) in favor of more moderately-priced...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 6/21/23

    Thank you for your review and suggestions! We hope...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Mercure Warszawa Grand
    Mercure Warszawa Grand

    This contemporary hotel is located in the city center. Guests enjoy two on-site restaurants, a gym, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll find the Fryderyk C...

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    Mercure Mrągowo Resort & Spa
    Mercure Mrągowo Resort & Spa

    This picturesque hotel is located on the Czos Lake in Masuria. Guests enjoy the Spa & Wellness zone, various sports facilities and private beach area....

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    Crowne Plaza Vilnius
    Crowne Plaza Vilnius

    This contemporary hotel is located in Naujamiestis. Guests enjoy a wellness center, outdoor pool, and public Wi-Fi. Nearby, you'll find Vingis Park, O...

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    Mercure Riga Centre Hotel
    Mercure Riga Centre Hotel

    This contemporary hotel is located in the historic heart of Riga. Guests enjoy a fitness center, restaurant and bar, as well as free Wi-Fi. Nearby, yo...

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    Sokos Hotel Viru
    Sokos Hotel Viru

    This artsy hotel is located in the Kesklinn neighborhood. Guests enjoy free WiFi, a sauna, and a gym. Nearby, you’ll find Hellemann Tower and Town Wal...

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    Center Hotels Midgardur Reykjavik
    Center Hotels Midgardur Reykjavik

    This modern hotel is located in the Hlemmur neighborhood. Guests enjoy a spa, bar, and restaurant. Nearby you’ll find the Sun Voyager sculpture, Hallg...

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