OK, we're about 70% decided that this will be our 2009 summer trip.
Leave STL on 17Jun. Arrive in Helsinki 18Jun.
Apartment rental. No car.
Eight nights in Helsinki. (The Midsummers Eve festival which will be on Seurasaari Island appeals to us.)
Overnight train to St. Petersburg on 26Jun.
Eight nights in St. Petersburg. Apartment rental. No car. (The White Nights Festival will be going on while we are here.)
Overnight train to Tallinn on 15Jul.
Eight nights in Tallinn. Apartment rental. And, maybe a car rental for trips into the countryside.
(The Ollesummer Festival will be in full swing while we are here.)
Ferry to Helsinki on 14Jul.
One night in Helsinki near airport.
Fly back to STL 15Jul.
I'd love to hear from anyone with thoughts on this plan. Suggestions on these cities. And especially apartment rental experiences.
I'd also be happy to have people offer alternative ideas. I'm well known for being easily influenced to change not only the small details but entire country destinations.