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Discover the Baltic States
Commences Helsinki 24 August and ends Copenhagen 18 September 2018

  • Talinn, Estonia
    Talinn, Estonia
  • Blackheads Museum, Riga
    Blackheads Museum, Riga
  • Sibelius Monument, Helsinki
    Sibelius Monument, Helsinki
  • Trakai - Lithuania
    Trakai - Lithuania
  • Helsinki, Finland
    Helsinki, Finland
  • Program Status Places Available
  • Price $TBA
  • Program Code GCTBS18
  • Single Supplement $TBA
  • Activity Rating Easy
  • Program Leader Mark Goodwin

Tour Itinerary

  • 25 Nights
    • 2 Helsinki
    • 3 Tallinn
    • 3 Riga
    • 3 Vilnius
    • 3 Warsaw
    • 3 Gdansk
    • 2 Szczecin
    • 3 Lubeck
    • 2 Jutland
    • 1 Copenhagen

Commences Helsinki 24 August and ends Copenhagen 18 September 2018

Tour Highlights

  • The charming Finnish capital, Helsinki, with its Sibelius Monument and National Museum 
  • The almost perfectly intact mediaeval walled city of Tallinn
  • The cosmopolitan and historic Latvian capital, Riga
  • Arguably Europe's largest and best preserved mediaeval city, Vilnius
  • The countryside of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia
  • The restored Polish city of Warsaw with Chopin concert
  • The historic Polish cities of Stettin and Gdansk
  • Imposing Malbork Castle, historic seat of the Teutonic Knights
  • The picturesque fairytale northern German Hanseatic city of Lubeck
  • Denmark's historic Jutland peninsula

Tour Overview

We have been asked by some of our regular participants to put together a special tour of Scandinavia and the Baltics. Our retiring CEO, Mark Goodwin, has agreed to develop and lead this program and we are inviting those of you who may want to join this very special event to register for details.

Our 25 night program studies the diverse histories of, and influences on, the Baltic States and studies how each of them has coped with its independence. We witness how Finland and the newer democracies of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia have become full members of the European Union and we examine the difficulties and the potential advantages of the new European situation. 

In Poland, we learn about the Teutonic knights at their mighty stronghold of Malbork, we study the history of the Polish capital Warsaw, view the historic city of Szczecin, which, as Stettin, marked the border between East and West, and explore the thousand year old port of Gdansk, with its powerful architecture and special place in history.

Finally we discover the charming mediaeval German, UNESCO protected old Hanseatic town of Lubeck before travelling through Schleswig-Holstein and Denmark's Jutland Peninsula for a final night in the Danish capital.

Please note that if you chose to combine this Scandinavian Discovery with our Discover the Baltic States tour, we include the overnight ferry (with cabin) from Stockholm to Turku in Finland as well as an overnight with sightseeing in the former Finnish capital, as well as all transfers to commence our Baltic tour in Helsinki!  

Tour Inclusions

  • 25 nights in en-suite hotel accommodation 
  • Typical local breakfast daily and 21 dinners 
  • Touring by comfortable and modern coach 
  • Ferry Helsinki-Tallinn
  • Transport, lectures and field trips as indicated
  • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides 
  • Services of a Program Leader
  • Gratuities and necessary tips
  • Detailed Program Information Booklet
 

Easy

Most of the cities and towns visited on this program can be explored by coach, where walking tours are relatively short and generally on the flat and all hotels have lifts with easily accessible rooms.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover better the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.

If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Register your interest early

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining and make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD14).
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompasstours.co.nz. If you prefer you can fax your form to +44 (0) 1494 431 144, or post it to our New Zealand postal address at:

  Golden Compass, P O Box 3452 Shortland St. Auckland 1140, New Zealand.

Please note we require a deposit of NZD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 70 days prior to the start of your program or programs in the UK, Europe, North Africa or Asia. 

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 70 days prior to the start of your tour. 

If you need any assistance please call our Freephone number on 0800 132 385.