Discover Baltic Jewels
12 Days/ 11 Nights
Day 1 Start Tallinn.
The tour starts at our hotel in Tallinn, Estonia’s capital. Those travelling on the group flights will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel (approx. 25-30 mins). This evening we will have a welcome briefing with our leader. The evening is free to explore Tallinn, an optional welcome group meal will be organized Shnelli Hotel or Similar
Day 2 Tallinn guided tour and free time to explore this fascinating city at your own pace.
Today we will explore the vibrant city of Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, and largest city. The Old Town, framed by old city walls, is full of architectural gems. In the morning we will have a guided tour of the city taking in some of the main attractions like the Toompea palace and castle, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Dome Church and the St. Nicholas church. We then have a free afternoon to explore the picturesque old town. Unlike most European cities, Tallinn’s old town is completely free from modern buildings. You can leave modern life behind as you explore the cobblestone alleys with spluttering torches and secret stairways; the old town holds new surprises around every corner, even for its old residents. We overnight in Tallinn’s old town.Go Shnelli Hotel or Similar
Day 3 Explore the pine forests and sandy beaches of Lahemaa N.P. before a guided tour around Tartu City.
In the morning, we leave Tallinn and start the journey to Tartu stopping off at the Lahemaa National Park, the largest in Estonia. The park is a popular tourist destination due to its untouched sandy beaches, waterfalls, cascades, and mossy pine forests, and it offers a variety of cultural sights like Palmse Manor and the 400-year-old fisherman’s village of Altja. After lunch, we transfer to Tartu for a guided tour. Tartu is Estonia’s second-largest town and the capital of Southern Estonia and is rich with Estonian culture offering festivals, concerts, and theatre exhibitions. We spend the night in a hotel in the centre of Tartu.Hotell Tartu or Similar
Day 4 Tour of Cesis and Gauja National Park; transfer to Riga.
Cesis is an old town with a long history and is now known as a centre of art and culture. Situated on the Gauja River valley, its old town is one of the finest in Latvia. Its cobbled streets have retained a timeless appearance since the Middle Ages as the fine buildings have kept their red-tiled roofs and the façades have been restored, making this a charming place to while away some time. The city is famed for its Medieval castle, a partly preserved fortification that has been knocked down and rebuilt in various forms. We will visit the castle and the museum in the morning and take a guided tour of the buildings.We then transfer to Gauja National Park, the region known as Latvian Switzerland. Afterward, transfer to Riga.Rixwell Old Riga Palace Hotel or Similar
Day 5 Guided tour of Riga Old Town; free afternoon to explore at your own pace.
This morning the magnificent old town of Riga awaits! We will have a guided tour of the city to discover its winding alleys, elegant boulevards and 800 renovated art nouveau buildings. We then have a free afternoon to soak up the charming and romantic atmosphere of the city and enjoy a relaxing lunch before exploring some of the town’s great shops. Rixwell Old Riga Palace Hotel or Similar
Day 6 Explore the seaside town of Jurmala.
In the morning we transfer from Riga to Jurmala. Jurmala is the largest seaside and spa resort in the Baltic States and is known for its unique natural resources such as its healing mineral waters, pine forests and sand dunes. The town is also famous for its unique wooden Art Nouveau architecture. After exploring the town we will transfer back to Riga for the night. Those who wish to stay a little longer in Jurmala can do, a local train back to Riga costs between 2-4EUR per person. Rixwell Old Riga Palace Hotel or Similar
Day 7 Explore Rundale Palace, the Hill of Crosses and the port of Klaipeda.
Firstly we visit Rundale palace which was designed for the Duke of Courland in the 18th century by Italian architect Rastrelli, who also designed the winter palace in St. Petersburg. Today, the palace is the most magnificent piece of architecture in the Baltic States, surrounded by impressive gardens. We then cross the border to Lithuania and have some time to explore the famous Hill of Crosses before transferring to Klaipeda Port for a short tour around the small old town. The tour is a perfect chance to explore the old town with its reconstructed merchant houses and the remains of Klaipeda Castle. We spend the night in the centre of Klaipeda.Dange Hotel or Similar
Day 8 Transfer to the Curonian Spit and explore the sand dunes.
We start the day with a short ferry ride across the lagoon to the Curonian Spit, a UNESCO world heritage site situated between the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea. Here we have the day to explore the largest drifting sand dunes in Europe. There will also be a visit to the Hill of Witches and an excursion to the Lithuanian sea resort of Nida to climb the Great Dune for the views. We transfer back to Klaipeda where we spend the night.Dange Hotel or Similar
Day 9 Visit the Plokstine Cold War Museum; city tour around Kaunas.
We transfer to the Plokstine forest and visit the Cold War Museum located in the former Soviet Union’s complex of ballistic missile launch. Today, this secret base is open to the public. We can view the internal control facility and see former missiles as well as listen to expositions about the five decades of the Cold war, one of the most famous and dangerous military conflicts in human history. We then travel to the town of Kaunas, and here we take a walking tour around the beautiful old town. The old town of Kaunas has a collection of important monuments like the 13th century castle, the old town hall, the Cathedral Basilica and the church of St. Francis Xavier. We stay overnight in Kaunas.Best Western Santaka Hotel or Similar
Day 10 Visit Trakai Castle and transfer to Vilnius.
We stop in Trakai, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Here we will go on a tour around the incredible 14th century castle, which is situated on a small island in the middle of the lake.We then transfer to Vilnius where we stay the night.Comfort Hotel LT – Rock’n’Roll Vilnius or Similar
Day 11 Guided tour of Vilnius; free time to explore.
Today we have the whole day to explore Vilnius. There is a guided tour of the city in the morning and then plenty of time to explore the city at your own pace. The city was developed around its Town Hall and there is a great deal of diverse architecture to explore. There are many narrow streets that lead to intimate courtyards, in addition to the larger landmarks of the castle complex, Cathedral square, and the Royal Palace. There are also plenty of museums to while away some hours. We overnight in Vilnius.Comfort Hotel LT – Rock’n’Roll Vilnius or Similar
Day 12 End Vilnius.