Baltic Sea Tours & Trip Packages

Baltic Sea Tours & Trips

18 Baltic Sea trips. Tours from 5 tour companies. 12 reviews. 5/5 avg rating.

18 Trips match your criteria (1 - 18 shown)

Baltic Experience
4.7/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Why we love them
They’re very committed to sustainable and responsible tourism and contribute to important initiatives like climate action.
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Visits

Berlin, Helsinki, Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius, Warsaw

Highlights

  • With its perfectly preserved medieval wall and watchtowers, Tallinn's quaint Old Town is a great place to explore on foot.
  • Explore 13th-century Turaida Castle on a guided tour, then wander through pristine woodlands and along the winding Guaja River.
  • Aukstaitija National Park offers unique opportunities for both action and relaxation. Kayak across pristine lakes, indulge in home-cooked meals or cleanse yourself in a traditional sauna.
  • Cycle along the endless dunes and stunning beaches of Lithuania's Curonian Spit National Park on a full-day bike tour, making a visit to charming Nida village.
  • See the whimsical and ornate architecture of Riga’s Old Town, where the narrow and pastel-coloured buildings house bars and restaurants.

Themes

Cultural, High Adventure, Local Immersion & Homestays

What travelers are saying

"We joined the Intrepid “Real Italy Food Tour” and enjoyed it thoroughly. Our tour guide, Micol, was very knowledgeable and provided us with lots of good information. It seems Micol knew many of the staff of the venues we visited, including the pasta making class we attended. Our group of 11 travelers was extremely compatible, which greatly added to the fun and enjoyment."

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Oslo to Vilnius
4.5/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Why we love them
They’re very committed to sustainable and responsible tourism and contribute to important initiatives like climate action.
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Visits

Bergen, Berlin, Helsinki, Oslo, Riga, Scandinavia, Stockholm, Tallinn, Vilnius, Warsaw

Highlights

  • Norway's fjords feature some of the most stunning scenery on Earth. Cruise past waterfalls and snow-capped peaks through the narrow Naeroyfjord.
  • Discover Stockholm's maritime history at the Vasa Museum, which houses an original wooden war ship from 1628. This impressive vessel gives you a rare glimpse into the naval power Sweden was once famous for.
  • Visit up to ten local villages with an expert guide leading the way and introducing you to the culture and local traditions in the area around Lake Siljan. A truly memorable experience, you'll even get a chance to meet and mingle with the locals living in these villages.
  • Aukstaitija National Park offers unique opportunities for both action and relaxation. Kayak across pristine lakes, indulge in home-cooked meals or cleanse yourself in a traditional sauna.
  • Cycle along the endless dunes and stunning beaches of Lithuania's Curonian Spit National Park on a full-day bike tour, making a visit to charming Nida village.
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Themes

Cultural, High Adventure, Local Immersion & Homestays

What travelers are saying

"We joined the Intrepid “Real Italy Food Tour” and enjoyed it thoroughly. Our tour guide, Micol, was very knowledgeable and provided us with lots of good information. It seems Micol knew many of the staff of the venues we visited, including the pasta making class we attended. Our group of 11 travelers was extremely compatible, which greatly added to the fun and enjoyment."

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Scandinavia & Baltic Circuit
4.5/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Why we love them
They’re very committed to sustainable and responsible tourism and contribute to important initiatives like climate action.
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Visits

Bergen, Berlin, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Riga, Scandinavia, Stockholm, Tallinn, Vilnius, Warsaw

Highlights

  • Join a local guide and cafe-hop your way around Alingsas, a town known as the Capital of Fika (Swedish cafe and food culture). Learn of the local love affair with coffee, discover the story behind the cafe culture and, of course, treat your tastebuds to sweet Swedish delicacies.
  • Take a ferry to Vrango Island, a stunning fishing town in the Gothenburg Archipelago, and discover this rocky nature haven by kayak (summer months only).
  • Aukstaitija National Park offers unique opportunities for both action and relaxation. Kayak across pristine lakes, indulge in home-cooked meals or cleanse yourself in a traditional sauna.
  • Norway's fjords feature some of the most stunning scenery on Earth. Cruise past waterfalls and snow-capped peaks through the narrow Naeroyfjord.
  • Follow your local guide along the narrow, winding roads through genuine villages, past the typical red painted cottages and explore unique sights around Siljan lake rural settlements. You'll even get a chance to meet and mingle with the locals living in these villages.
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Themes

Cultural, High Adventure, Local Immersion & Homestays

What travelers are saying

"We joined the Intrepid “Real Italy Food Tour” and enjoyed it thoroughly. Our tour guide, Micol, was very knowledgeable and provided us with lots of good information. It seems Micol knew many of the staff of the venues we visited, including the pasta making class we attended. Our group of 11 travelers was extremely compatible, which greatly added to the fun and enjoyment."

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Focus on Scandinavia
4/5 Great
100+ reviews
Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Strenuous
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Visits

Bergen, Copenhagen, Oslo, Scandinavia, Stockholm

Themes

50 plus, Cultural

What travelers are saying

"We've taken over 10 group tours using Cosmos and Gate1. This trip last month, 9000 was not very good. -During booking, incorrect information was given about airport-hotel transfers -The whispers (listening devices) didn't work from the get-go, so no whispers were used during the 13 day trip. - Porters are no longer hired to bring your luggage to and from your room. (Very elderly had to handle their own luggage. Our friends had to help many of them.) -A few days into the trip one couple left. At the end of the trip we found out they had covid. Cosmos did not let us know; a few people weren't feeling well and two of our friends then tested positive. -One hotel was awful and not even up to "budget" standards -Many of the stops had castles, churches... but were not included, so be sure to count that in when pricing.  don't plan to use Cosmos ever again. Gate1 is the best in my opinion. When my husband's passport was stolen, they assigned someone to go with him to the embassy, translate, etc...It was above and beyond what we expected  "

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The Baltic States & Scandinavia
4/5 Great
100+ reviews
Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Very Easy

Visits

Berlin, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Riga, Scandinavia, Stockholm, Tallinn, Vilnius, Warsaw

Themes

50 plus, Cultural

What travelers are saying

"We've taken over 10 group tours using Cosmos and Gate1. This trip last month, 9000 was not very good. -During booking, incorrect information was given about airport-hotel transfers -The whispers (listening devices) didn't work from the get-go, so no whispers were used during the 13 day trip. - Porters are no longer hired to bring your luggage to and from your room. (Very elderly had to handle their own luggage. Our friends had to help many of them.) -A few days into the trip one couple left. At the end of the trip we found out they had covid. Cosmos did not let us know; a few people weren't feeling well and two of our friends then tested positive. -One hotel was awful and not even up to "budget" standards -Many of the stops had castles, churches... but were not included, so be sure to count that in when pricing.  don't plan to use Cosmos ever again. Gate1 is the best in my opinion. When my husband's passport was stolen, they assigned someone to go with him to the embassy, translate, etc...It was above and beyond what we expected  "

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Scandinavia 2025
4.2/5 Great
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Moderate

Visits

Bergen, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm

Highlights

  • Sweden offers a modern take on history
  • combining its medieval heritage and maritime treasures with an urban-cool ambiance and staggering scenic beauty. Denmark is a rainbow of islands
  • gardens
  • schooners and crowning gems where mermaids and storytellers inspire new stories. Fjords head up a parade of natural wonders in coastal Norway
  • ferrying you aboard boats
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Themes

Cultural

What travelers are saying

"Sad to see a once good tour company stumble and fall into mediocrity. That’s Tauck post-Covid. My May 2023 tour of Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley was done on the cheap by Tauck, yet cost me thousands of dollars extra as a solo traveler on a special small-group tour. 

5-star hotels switched to 3 and 4 (without any compensation or explanation)… many more meals “on your own”… lots of “self-guided” tours of museums and chateaux and castles we knew nothing about… airline quality “rubber chicken” dinners, not in hotel restaurants, but in sad and isolated business convention spaces… poorly-trained newer Tour Directors (like the one on this tour) with limited experience traveling outside her tiny Canadian village or dealing with people from diverse backgrounds. She even confessed that this was a second gig job that took her away from her own business back home! You get what Tauck pays for, but unfortunately, not what YOU pay for. 

Speaking to a “Guest Relations” agent was comically pointless. She tried to make everything my fault, which I now understand is par for the course with the “new” post-Covid Tauck. Please reconsider spending huge amounts of your hard-earned money on a tour company that has lost its way and no longer delivers."

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Scandinavia 2024
4.2/5 Great
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Moderate

Visits

Bergen, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm

Highlights

  • Sweden offers a modern take on history
  • combining its medieval heritage and maritime treasures with an urban-cool ambiance and staggering scenic beauty. Denmark is a rainbow of islands
  • gardens
  • schooners and crowning gems where mermaids and storytellers inspire new stories. Fjords head up a parade of natural wonders in coastal Norway
  • ferrying you aboard boats
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Themes

Cultural

What travelers are saying

"Sad to see a once good tour company stumble and fall into mediocrity. That’s Tauck post-Covid. My May 2023 tour of Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley was done on the cheap by Tauck, yet cost me thousands of dollars extra as a solo traveler on a special small-group tour. 

5-star hotels switched to 3 and 4 (without any compensation or explanation)… many more meals “on your own”… lots of “self-guided” tours of museums and chateaux and castles we knew nothing about… airline quality “rubber chicken” dinners, not in hotel restaurants, but in sad and isolated business convention spaces… poorly-trained newer Tour Directors (like the one on this tour) with limited experience traveling outside her tiny Canadian village or dealing with people from diverse backgrounds. She even confessed that this was a second gig job that took her away from her own business back home! You get what Tauck pays for, but unfortunately, not what YOU pay for. 

Speaking to a “Guest Relations” agent was comically pointless. She tried to make everything my fault, which I now understand is par for the course with the “new” post-Covid Tauck. Please reconsider spending huge amounts of your hard-earned money on a tour company that has lost its way and no longer delivers."

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Scandinavia 2023
4.2/5 Great
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Moderate

Visits

Bergen, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm

Highlights

  • Sweden offers a modern take on history
  • combining its medieval heritage and maritime treasures with an urban-cool ambiance and staggering scenic beauty. Denmark is a rainbow of islands
  • gardens
  • schooners and crowning gems where mermaids and storytellers inspire new stories. Fjords head up a parade of natural wonders in coastal Norway
  • ferrying you aboard boats
Show more

Themes

Cultural

What travelers are saying

"Sad to see a once good tour company stumble and fall into mediocrity. That’s Tauck post-Covid. My May 2023 tour of Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley was done on the cheap by Tauck, yet cost me thousands of dollars extra as a solo traveler on a special small-group tour. 

5-star hotels switched to 3 and 4 (without any compensation or explanation)… many more meals “on your own”… lots of “self-guided” tours of museums and chateaux and castles we knew nothing about… airline quality “rubber chicken” dinners, not in hotel restaurants, but in sad and isolated business convention spaces… poorly-trained newer Tour Directors (like the one on this tour) with limited experience traveling outside her tiny Canadian village or dealing with people from diverse backgrounds. She even confessed that this was a second gig job that took her away from her own business back home! You get what Tauck pays for, but unfortunately, not what YOU pay for. 

Speaking to a “Guest Relations” agent was comically pointless. She tried to make everything my fault, which I now understand is par for the course with the “new” post-Covid Tauck. Please reconsider spending huge amounts of your hard-earned money on a tour company that has lost its way and no longer delivers."

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Baltic Sea Reviews & Ratings

5/5  Excellent
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Sandra

Oct 2015

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Great places to see, fantastic guide &

Great places to see, fantastic guide & overall terrific experiance

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Marilyn

Oct 2015

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This style of travelling is not for

This style of travelling is not for everyone so there are some people I know who travel - but only want the VERY best of everything - especially when it comes to hot...

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Maureen

Oct 2015

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This trip was just what I expected

This trip was just what I expected of an Intrepid Original trip.

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Michael

Sep 2015

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Why not, you earned it

Why not, you earned it

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William

Sep 2015

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As always for me, the trip was

As always for me, the trip was well organized, fascinating,...

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Baltic Sea Tour Selection Trips

  • The Baltic Sea cruising season runs from May-September, high season (with higher prices) is July- August. 
  • The summer solstice (June 20-21) means festival time in many Baltic countries, most notably in Sweden, Finland, and Russia. 
  • You do not have to get a Russia travel visa if you’ll be staying in St. Petersburg, Russia, for 72 hours or less. However, you’ll have to remain with a licensed tour guide for your entire stay in the city until you return to your ship. 
  • Look for cruises that spend at least two nights in St. Petersburg; you won’t regret it. But to explore on your own, you’ll need a visa. 
  • Even though distances are fairly short, Baltic cruises tend to run 10 days to two weeks in length because they spend more time in port. 
  • In general, expect to pay more for a small-ship Baltic cruise than on the Med; it’s a more pricey area. Along with small-ship luxury lines such as Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, Crystal and Silversea, a number of less expensive competitors operate here as well. 
  • Many of the Baltic countries (including Sweden, Denmark, and Russia) have their own currencies separate from the euro, so plan accordingly and bring cash (including some smallish bills) to exchange, as well as your ATM card. 
  • Pack a warm jacket for Baltic cruises, even in July-August, but especially in May, June, and September, when winds can whip off the sea in the evenings. 
  • Bring good walking shoes for negotiating cobbled streets; hiking sticks might be useful as well. 
  • Baltic cruises typically embark from Copenhagen, Denmark, or Stockholm, Sweden.

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Popular Baltic Sea Routes and Destinations

One of the best features of a Baltic Sea cruise is the opportunity to experience so much northern European culture in one vacation. Small-ship cruises tend to focus on smaller ports, where they easily slip in and out, offering the most time in your Baltic destination. Some of the most popular Baltic Sea cruise routes stop in St. Petersburg, Russia, Denmark, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland and more.

History lovers can indulge their passion in some of the Baltic region’s most culture-rich cities. Visit the the famous Little Mermaid statue, Tivoli Gardens and Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen, considered a Baltic capital along with Helsinki and Stockholm. In Estonia, visit the center of Tallinn, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then move on to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

The must-see sights in historic St. Petersburg include St. Isaac’s Square and its massive cathedral, Peterhof Palace, the Faberge Museum and the Hermitage Museum - and perhaps a night at the opera. Take a day excursion to Berlin to view Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate. In Helsinki, marvel at the Church of the Rock and in Stockholm, leave the cruise ship for a few hours to embark on an exhilarating RIB (rigid inflatable boat) ride through the country’s archipelago.

What Countries Will You See on a Baltic Sea Cruise?

Depending on your chosen Baltic Sea cruise tour company, you will stop in the following countries:

  • Sweden
  • Finland
  • Russia
  • Estonia
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Germany
  • Denmark

What to Pack for a Baltic Sea Cruise

You’re headed for the north when you embark on your Baltic Sea cruise. While others may prefer turquoise seas and white-sand beaches, you’re smitten with the history and culture the Baltic region has to offer. So, what to pack?

No matter the time of year, you should plan for cooler temperatures - layer, layer, layer. Really, we can’t stress the importance of packing the right outerwear for your Baltic cruise - better overpacked and warm than underpacked and miserable.

Clothing to Pack for a Baltic Sea Tour:

A variety of lightweight shirts

Shorts

Long pants or long skirts

Warm sweaters or fleece jackets

Thick parka

Waterproof jacket and/or rain poncho

Lightweight jacket

Comfortable walking shoes

Lightweight, casual shoes for onboard

Many, many pairs of warm socks

Evening wear (depending on your style of cruise)

Additional Items to Pack for the Baltic Sea:

Umbrella

A phrasebook for the various countries of the Baltic you’ll visit (or a language app)

Daypack

Phone, iPad, headphones, etc.

International charger

Baltic Sea Souvenirs

Pick up a few of these goodies on your Baltic Sea cruise or tour and help assuage the jealousy your friends and family are feeling over your amazing voyage.

Top Latvia Souvenirs

1. Balzams: Look for Latvijas Black Balzams, an herbal beverage with reputed healing properties and perfectly refreshing when added to an icy beverage.

2. Honey: A variety of flavors can be found throughout Latvia. Latvian honey comes in myriad flavors and forms and has long been used for medicinal and culinary purposes. Grab apple blossom honey for everyday use and some linden blossom honey for fighting off the common cold.

Top Estonia Souvenirs

1. Marzipan: A typical northern European treat, marzipan originated in Reval, Estonia. Look for it in candy shops in Old Town.

2. Dolls: A great gift for children or doll lovers, Estonian dolls dressed up in traditional folk costumes - typically handmade - are found all over the country.

Top Lithuania Souvenirs

1. Basketball gear: Really! Pick up some hoops gear in Lithuania, known for its talented basketball players. If you’re visiting during the summer, you’ll find ample jerseys, balls, clothing, candy, toys and more at shops around the country.

2. Trejos Devynerios: Monks have been sampling this herb- and spice-infused traditional Lithuanian alcoholic beverage for more than a thousand years. Look for bottles labeled “999” - there are three different varieties to choose from.

Top Finland Souvenirs

1. Marimekko fabrics: Pick up some colorful, original Marimekko fabrics in Finland, their country of origin. Wall hangings of this internationally renowned fabric make great gifts.

2. Littala glassware: Known for their eye-catching design, this original glassware from Finland can be found in many forms, from votives and tumblers to vases and whimsical objects.

Top Sweden Souvenirs

1. Lovikkavantar (Lovikka mittens): Keep those mitts warm with typical Swedish mittens made in the Lovikka region of Norrbotten. You’ll likely recognize the yellow, blue and red embroidery.

2. Salt Licorice: Bring home some of this favorite Swedish candy, a great souvenir for the sweet tooths in your life. They’ll either love or hate its distinctive flavor - a true taste of Sweden

Top Russia Souvenirs

1. Samovar: Follow in old Russian tea tradition and purchase a samovar for your own tea parties at home. Choose from electric ones and authentic styles, even as small as five liters (easier to take home!).

2. Caviar: Bring home some red caviar (or salmon caviar), a Russian national delicacy. Check it out at the Yeliseevsky food store, the oldest in Moscow.

Top Poland Souvenirs

1. Bison grass vodka: Yes, you read that right. One of the things you can only buy in Poland is this regional specialty. It is so called because of an infusion of herbs from the primeval forests of Białowieża. Look for it by the bottle or as a shot in a vodka specialty bar.

2. Wieliczka salt: A souvenir worth its (forgive us) salt, this iconic Polish souvenir hails from the salt mines of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wieliczka. Long ago, it was mined and then carried all across the continent to royal tables and far-away kingdoms as a necessary and respected culinary accompaniment.

Top Souvenirs from Germany

1. Christmas pyramids: Otherwise known as that wooden Christmas decoration that spins because of candles. You’ve seen it and you can find it and bring it home from Germany’s many Christmas markets and souvenir shops. Pay special attention to the country of origin, however, to be sure you are bringing home an official German-made souvenir, not one manufactured in China.

2. A chunk of Berlin Wall: if you’re staying at the Westin in Berlin, the staff will provide tools to carve off a chunk of the wall by yourself. Or, for the less physical route, stop in to the Berlin Wall Memorial and purchase pieces of wall, along with a certificate of authenticity.

Top Souvenirs from Denmark

1. Royal Copenhagen dinnerware: Listen to the “oohs” and “aahs” at your next dinner party when you break out the iconic Royal Copenhagen dinnerware that you picked up on your Denmark tour. It doesn’t come cheap, with the most favored items running from $45 to over $600 a piece. Look for the original Blue Fluted design, which dates back to 1775, or the popular updated design by karen Kjældgaard-Larsen.

2. LEGO: OK, so you can purchase this favorite age-old toy in the United States, too, but who doesn’t want to bring back a bought-in-Denmark LEGO set for the kid (or young-hearted adult) in their life! Check out the LEGO flagship store in Copenhagen or the original LEGOLAND in Billund.

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