Have a twin-centre of the Baltic region, in the most unique way possible: by hotel stays and by sea.
You’ll start your break with two nights in Helsinki. Whilst some hotels can appear bare and a little soulless, others manage to reflect a true sense of history and a service of traditional values, the Hotel Katajanokka is one such retreat. Housed in a converted prison dating back to 1837 and summed up as “a hotel with a different set of rules”, the Katajanokka is more than a hotel. It’s a way of life. Rather than doing time, you’ll be free to enjoy an exclusive sense of luxury and striking surroundings that cleverly plays on its authoritarian past. And while the architecture still retains barred windows, the intact prison walls outside and the staircases dividing each wing might sound a little daunting, it’s all in jest and exudes an air of contemporary and distinctive luxury.
You’ll then take to the water and sail for one night to enchanting Tallinn on the elegant Baltic Queen Cruise ship, complete with sparkling wine breakfast and A Class Premium personal cabin. Praised by Lonely Planet as a city that has “charm by the bucketload”, Tallinn is laden with baroque palaces wearing orange coned domes, Hansel and Gretel houses, the best preserved Hanseatic town centre in the world and brooding battlements galore.
You’ll indulge in a generous dose of cosy atmosphere and modern accommodation at the Hotel Bern in the Old Town for two nights. The hotel provides a personal service and is the most helpful host to deliver you into the heart of Estonia’s beautiful capital.