2018 Tour Details
Experience a kaleidoscope of architectural delights and medieval streets on this 8-day eye-opening journey through three of the Baltics. Discover the medieval walled city of Tallin in Estonia. Experience Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia and discover a bewitching mix of ancient pine forests, medieval cities and vibrant modern culture. Visit Vilnius, the charismatic capital of Lithuania. This quirky city has baroque church spires, medieval alleys, art galleries and a KGB Museum. In enchanting Latvia, see onion-domed Orthodox cathedrals and atmospheric castle ruins.
Sightseeing:In Vilnius, Tallinn, Riga, Trakai, Turaida Castle, Kadriorg Art Museum, Museum of Ethnography, and the castle museum of Trakai. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.Guides:
English-speaking guide on tour
Scenic Highlights: Gauja National Park, Rigulda, Parnu, medieval Tallinn, Dome Hill, Dome Cathedral, St Nicholas' Church, resort town of Jurmala, Rundale, Baroque Palace, Siauliai, and Red Brick Castle on Galve Lake.
NOTE:Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard
Transportation: Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
Vilnius. Fly to Vilnius where you will check-in to your hotel. (D)
Vilnius–Sigulda. A treat is in store today as you are introduced to this UNESCO World Heritage Site on a walking tour which starts in the Old Town. Here you'll find a maze of beautiful winding narrow streets which boast a variety of architectural styles from Gothic to Baroque. Some of the sightseeing highlights include the Cathedral, St Anne's Church, the Gate of Dawn with its chapel and the painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There'll also be time to take in the Market Square, a striking meeting point in the middle of the city. After lunch in Vilnius, depart for Sigulda in Latvia for one night. (B,L,D)
Sigulda–Turaida–Tallinn. Located in the heart of the Gauja National Park, Rigulda is home to a selection medieval castles and is set amidst some mesmerising scenery made up of elegant hills, valleys and dramatic cliffs, which has inspired its comparison to Switzerland. Next is a sightseeing tour of TURAIDA CASTLE before departing for Tallinn for one night, but not before a short stop in Parnu, a colourful Estonian coastal town. (B,L,D)
Tallinn. Today it's all about discovering medieval Tallinn, another fascinating city on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Known as 'museum' town, Tallinn has preserved many features of the 15th century trading city that it started life as and shows off many fine and well-preserved buildings, including the Hanseatic Merchant houses at its heart. Key sights on your tour today include the Dome Hill, the Dome Cathedral, the Town Hall and St Nicholas' Church. Lunch at a city centre restaurant is followed by a visit to the KADRIORG ART MUSEUM which is home to an array of wonderful pieces of art. This former palace was built for Catherine I of Russia by Peter the Great. (B,L,D)
Tallinn–Riga. After breakfast it's time to leave Tallinn for the Latvian capital of Riga for two nights, arriving in time for lunch. The afternoon is spent on a sightseeing tour of this, one of the biggest capitals in the Baltic States. Riga, situated on the mouth of the Daugava once belonged to the Hanseatic League, a powerful economic and political alliance formed in the 14th century. Today the city is known for its Gothic, Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture with stunning examples seemingly everywhere you turn. Your tour highlights include the Old Town, university, opera and the charming cathedral. (B,L,D)
Riga–Jurmala–Riga. Today starts with a drive to Jurmala, famous for its wonderful Art Nouveau wooden architecture and Blue Flag beaches on a quite stunning part of coast stretching for 20 miles. Between the Gulf of Riga and the Lielupe River, Jurmala is the largest resort town in the Baltics and has gained a reputation as a health spa. Lunch in the city centre is followed by a visit to the MUSEUM OF ETHNOGRAPHY before returning to Riga. (B,L,D)
Riga–Rundale–Siauliai–Vilnius. Leave Riga en route to Rundale, a city famous for its splendid Baroque Palace built in 1736-1767 as the summer residence of the Duke Ernst Johann of Courland. The Palace was regarded as the Latvian counterpart to the Versailles in France and the Sans Souci in Germany. Next stop is Siauliai for lunch. This is an important religious centre and home to the pilgrimage site, the Hill of Crosses which is on the UNESCO Heritage list. Over the centuries, not only crosses but giant crucifixes, carvings of Lithuanian patriots, statues of the Virgin Mary and thousands of tiny effigies and rosaries have been brought here by Catholic pilgrims. It's estimated that there are nearly 200,000 crosses on the mountain. The day ends in Vilnius for your final night. (B,L,D)
Vilnius–Trakai. This morning depart for the peaceful small town of Trakai, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. A sightseeing tour of this absolutely amazing location is included and you can marvel at the lakeside setting and the red brick castle on Galve Lake; a sight you won't quickly forget. The CASTLE MUSEUM of Trakai offers an exhibition of the history of Lithuania and its prehistoric origins. As you go through the castle's main gates it will feel like entering a fairytale with a spectacular view of the picturesque surrounding area. Hear about the fascinating stories and legends that bring this ancient site alive. Your holiday ends with lunch. (B,L)