Baltic Sea Region Fam Trip

Check out the itinerary I just received for my Baltic Sea Region Fam Trip I get to take as a travel agent! I leave on June 4th which is coming up soon. I haven’t been to any of these cities or the Baltic Region in general and I’m so excited! I’ll try to take a ton of pictures

I will be going to Hamburg, Germany, Warsaw, Poland, Riga, Latvia and Helsinki, Finland

Comments/suggestions etc. are all appreciated!


Fabulous Cities of the Baltic Sea Region:
Hamburg, Warsaw, Riga and Helsinki


June 4 – 13, 2014

Date/Time      HAMBURG

June 4 Flights from the USA to Hamburg

June 5 Arrive Hamburg

7:30                        Transfers from Hamburg airport to 25 Hours Hafencity Hotel by minibus and taxis

– 10:30 am          Guide: Nadja Biebow, Hamburg Tourismus GmbH, tel. +49-170-8026308


10:30 am              Hotel Atlantic, small breakfast incl. site inspection

12 noon                Sight inspection of 25 Hours Hotel HafenCity


1:30 – 3 pm          Check-in at the hotel “25 Hours HafenCity”, Überseeallee 5, 20257 Hamburg,

tel. +49-40-257777-0 and free time


3:00 pm                Coffee reception in the restaurant “Heimatküche”, 25Hours Hotel HafenCity and site inspection

4 – 6 pm                Visit museum Miniatur Wonderland,


6 – 7:30 pm          Free time


7:30 pm                Dinner at restaurant “Krameramtsstuben“

Visit Tower of St. Michaelis Church (“Michel”)


Overnight 25 Hours Hafencity Hotel


June 6            

Breakfast at the hotel

9:00 am                Meet in the lobby for a guided tour of the city center (highlights, shopping)

11 – 12 am            Boat trip on Alster Lake



– 1:30 pm            Lunch in restaurant Brauhaus Johann Albrecht


1:30 pm                Take public transportation (S-Bahn Veddel) to Emigration Museum Ballinstadt


2 – 3:30 pm          Visit emigration museum Ballinstadt, Veddeler Bogen 2, 20359 Hamburg, tel. +49-40-31979160


3.30  -5:30 pm    Free time


5.30 – 7 pm          Beatles-Tour “On the tracks of the Beatles” with Stefanie Hempel,; tel. +49-151-11221570,, (start: Beatles –Platz)


7:30 pm                Dinner in the restaurant “Nil”

Overnight at 25 Hours Hotel Hafencity


Date/Time      WARSAW

June 7

                                Breakfast at the hotel


Morning Flight from Hamburg to Warsaw

9:10 am – 10:35 am

LOT Polish Airlines LO 400


Arrive in Warsaw

Transfer by private bus to Polonia Palace Hotel
Guide: Anna Przyluska +48 501 34 25 77

12:00 noon         Transfer to the Old Town of Warsaw

12:30 pm              Lunch at the Old Town Market Square
Bazyliszek restaurant   (


1:30 pm                Guided walk in the Old Town area


2:30 pm                Transfer to the hotel


3:00 pm                Brief meeting with representatives of the Warsaw tourism market
5:00 pm                River Cruise

6:30 pm                Walking tour “Warsaw – the city of Fryderyk Chopin”
Visit to the Fryderyk Chopin Museum

8:00 pm                Dinner in Tamka 43 restaurant (

10:00 pm              Transfer back to the hotel

Overnight at the Polonia Palace Hotel


June 8            

Breakfast at the hotel

9:00 am                Meeting with a guide in the hotel lobby

9:30 am                “Jewish Warsaw” tour of the Museum of History of Polish Jews

11:45 am              Transfer to Tazienki Park

12:00 noon          Piano concert of Fryderyk Chopin music in Łazienki Park

1:00 pm                Lunch at Belvedere restaurant ( in area of Łazienki Królewskie Park

2:30 pm                Visit in Museum of Warsaw Uprising (

4:30 pm                Free time

7:00 pm                Dinner – Stary Dom restaurant (

Overnight Polonia Palace Hotel


Date/Time      RIGA

June 9                        

Transfer to Chopin Airport
Morning flight from Warsaw to Riga

06:10am – 08:35 am

Air Baltic BT 464

9:00 am                Meeting with the guide and minibus transfer to the hotel and check-in (check-in is upon availability, as the check in starts at 14:00). There will be a possibility for the guests to leave their luggage and use the hotel facilities to freshen up before the program starts

Opera Hotel & SPA, 4 Raiņa bulvāris 33, Rīga


10:00 am              Guided walk to the Old Town with a visit to the Latvian National Opera for a backstage tour including Riga sparkling wine welcome drink

12:00 noon          Lunch at Melnie Mūki (Black Monks) restaurant

1:30 pm                Old Town walking tour, visiting Dome square and Latvian National Art Museum Affiliate in Riga Bourse, namely exhibition of Latvian born American artist Vija Celmiņa. Information about Riga  as the  2014  European Capital of Culture project

Proceed to the Old Town of Riga for a sightseeing walk through the medieval part of Riga, surrounded by historical stories and legends, an introduction into Riga’s history starting with the 13th century

4:00 pm                Boat tour along the Riga Canal and the Daugava river, a perfect way to observe the historical fortification system of the town, as well as get acquainted with the  recreational possibilities of Riga

5:30 -7:00 pm     Free time to enjoy Riga and visit souvenir shops at Jekaba kazarmas

(Medieval Army Barracks), Stenders’s soap or chocolate shops


7:00 pm                Dinner at Melnā Kaķa (Black Cat) restaurant

After dinner explore  the Riga nightlife, visit of the Old Riga night clubs, Latvian local beer tasting at Ala (The Cave) club. Return back to the hotel

Overnight Opera Hotel & Spa

June 10          

Breakfast at the hotel

09:00 am              Riga sightseeing tour with guide including the Art Nouveau buildings in Riga Centre (stop at Alberta street), UNESCO heritage wooden architecture in Pārdaugava area, driving by the new National Library building and Lucavsala park, to experience Riga’s unique architecture and culture

12:00 noon          Riga Dome organ concert

12:45 pm              Visit to the newly opened KGB museum


1:30 pm                Visit of the Creative workshop of Saules (The Sun) museum

2:30 pm                Lunch at Valtera restaurant (Old town).


3:30 pm                Latvian Cooking classes with the Chef of Avalon hotel restaurant including  a visit to the Riga Central market to buy produce, cooking with the Chef and enjoying the self-made dinner at Avalon Hotel restaurant. Walk back to the hotel

Overnight Opera Hotel & Spa


Date/Time      HELSINKI

June 11          

Morning flight from Riga to Helsinki
11:05 am -12:20 pm
AY 2124

12:20 pm              Transfer to hotel and check in at Holiday Inn City Centre

2.00 pm                Lunch at restaurant Lasipalatsi

3:30 pm                                Meet your guide in the lobby

Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour which introduces you to the main sights and attractions of Helsinki, eg. the legendary Market Square and the Senate Square including the Tori Quarter – “the new old town”. Discover also the beautiful Töölönlahti bay area and some architectural gems of Helsinki such as the Temppeliaukio Church build into the  rock as well as the recently opened wooden Chappel of Silence. Experience also one of the city’s Market Halls full of local flavours

6:30 pm                Dinner cruise around the beautiful Helsinki Archipelago

Overnight Holiday InnCity Centre



June 12          

Breakfast at the hotel

9:00 am                Hotel inspection

Meet your guide at your hotel lobby

10.00  am             Visit to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress

12.00 noon          Lunch at brewery restaurant Suomenlinnan Panimo

2.00 pm                Design Walk

5.00 pm                Free time to explore Helsinki

7.00 pm                Spårakoff Pub Tram

8.00 pm                Dinner

Tips for free time in Helsinki (ask your guide for additional recommendations :
Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

–          Kiasma Hits: Classics of Finnish contemporary art are presented alongside famous international artworks as well as the latest acquisitions from the Kiasma collection.

–          Together: Top names of Finnish contemporary art, design and fashion meet in the Together exhibition. Produced jointly by Marimekko and Kiasma, the boundary-breaking exhibition opens new views into the world of art and design.

Ateneum Art Museum

–          Tove Jansson: To mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson, Ateneum hosts a major centenary exhibition presenting Jansson’s impressive career as an artist, illustrator, political caricaturist, author and creator of the Moomin characters and stories.


Overnight Holiday Inn City Centre


June 13                               Morning flights back to the USA






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