Jewels at the Baltic Gates
Tallinn and Helsinki
Departing: Sunday 22 September 2019
Returning: Saturday 28 September 2019
Duration: 7 days
Visiting Tallinn and Helsinki is a wonderful opportunity to witness the birth of national identities in a relatively short period of time. Indeed, Finland only acquired its unique identity in just a hundred years and its culture is now ‘a European brand’.
Estonia has a more complex history. Tallinn is a well preserved medieval city whose many ‘invaders’ have left their traces. The city is a charming mixture of Gothic, Baroque, and classical monuments. But it is also exciting to see the formation of a new Tallinn with its inventive contemporary architecture. Helsinki’s development began in 1817 and its core is classical, reminiscent of St Petersburg. But the 19th century brought growth of a national conscience and its artistic expression was a neo-Romanticism, a fascinating mixture of Art Nouveau and a northern national folklore. Both countries, though, are united in their passion for classical music – an important theme in itinerary.
- The stunning new KUMU Art Museum in the grounds of the Tallinn’s baroque Kadriorg Palace
- Visit Estonia’s second city, Tartu, home to one of the most important and oldest universities in Europe
- Visit the beautiful Finnish village of Ainola and surrounding forest, home to Jean Sibelius and his musical inspiration
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ACTIVITY LEVEL: LOW
Price per person, includes international flights from London. Single room supplement is £250.
$3,010 - please note that this US Dollar price is based on the exchange rate in May 2018. Contact the relevant operator for the most up-to-date price information.