Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm
with Carol Meldrum
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Baltic Cities Christmas Markets Knitting Tour

26 November 2022

7 days from £1,825pp

Join Carol Meldrum on this real Christmas treat to Estonia and Latvia, learning about the region’s rich textile and knitting traditions and exploring some of Europe’s most magical Christmas markets.
  • Enjoy inspirational knitting workshops with Carol Meldrum
  • Take part in a local Latvian mitten knitting workshop 
  • Experience traditional Estonian arts & crafts workshops 
  • Discover the traditional old town of Tallinn on a guided walking tour 
  • Visit yarn shops and explore the sights of Riga 
  • Browse handmade gifts and soak up gingerbread and mulled wine at the Christmas markets 

Made for Knitters

Specially designed for knitters, this Stitchtopia knitting holiday is the ideal opportunity to meet like-minded knitters and indulge in your favourite hobby. Our talented knitting expert will be on hand throughout the holiday and host inspirational workshops with a beautifully designed project to get those needles clicking!

Baltic Cities Christmas Market Knitting Tour

This tour to Tallinn, in Estonia and Riga, in Latvia, is the perfect way to start your Christmas preparations.

Tallinn is one of Europe’s newest capitals and boasts a rich mix of architecture and culture. The Old Town was almost untouched by war and remains perfectly preserved. A fine Christmas tree will be the centre piece of Old Town Square, where we’ll have some time to explore the Christmas market. We’ll visit the highlights of the city with our local guide, learn about Estonian handicrafts and take part in a workshop with local experts.

Riga is the largest city in the Baltics and is a fascinating mixture of proud Latvian traditions and influences of the various countries that have occupied it. The Old Town’s architecture is stunning. We’ll visit the highlights of the city with our local guide and have time in some of the three Christmas markets that take place in the city at this time of year.  We’ll also explore the rich heritage of Latvian costume and take part in a mitten knitting workshop with a local expert.

The tour is accompanied by our Arena Travel expert Carol Meldrum, who has designed a project which captures the spirit of this Baltic Cities tour perfectly.

A message from our expert

Our project is inspired by the beautiful knitted mittens from Latvia and Estonia. Over the course of the trip we will work through the techniques needed to create a colourful slipper sock.

The project is worked in the round from the toe up using magic loop technique. For the foot upper, you will have a choice of traditional stranded knit patterns to work from or can go crazy with the stripes.

We will also look at adding embellishments such as embroidery or surface decoration to give your slippers their own personality! “ We aim to cover the following skills:

  • Turkish / Eastern cast on
  • Magic loop technique
  • Increasing
  • Changing colour - jogless stripe
  • Stranded knitting in the round
  • Carrying yarn over more than 3
- Carol Meldrum

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

Hotel Pullman, Riga Old Town


This 4-star hotel is ideally located in the centre of Tallinn just 100 yards from the Old Town. At it’s time the first skyscraper in Estonia, the hotel offers breathtaking views of Tallinn Bay and the UNESCO protected medieval Old Town.

Hotel Facilities & Amenities

This hotel is perfect for socialising, with a restaurant, Café and wine bar. Or, if you're looking for a spot of pampering, head to the spa centre which has a heated indoor swimming pool and sauna. The hotel also has a gift shop and free WiFi.

Room Facilities & Amenities

Superior Room

These lovely superior rooms are modern, spacious rooms and are available as a twin/double share or for sole use.

All rooms are equipped with the following:

  • LED Smart TV
  • complimentary mineral water
  • hair dryer
  • safe
  • minibar
  • tea & coffee making facilities


Nordic Hotel Forum, Tallinn


This recently renovated and re-opened modern 4-star hotel is ideally located in the heart of Tallin, just 150 metres from the picturesque Old Town.

The hotel has a restaurant, bar and Relaxation centre with indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi and steam bath.

Room Facilities & Amenities
All of the 258 bedrooms are spacious and elegantly furnished and come equipped with carefully selected allergen-free blankets, pillows and linens, air conditioning, blackout curtains, LCD TV, wireless internet, mini safe and hair dryer.