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Autumn Colors of National Parks
7 Days

ITINERARY

7 days: Tallinn, Vihula, Tartu, Cesis, Riga

Tour Overview:
Take in the beautiful Autumn colors as you travel through Estonia and Latvia. This 7-day program starts in the Estonian capital, Tallinn with its medieval Old Town. Travel to Lahemaa National Park with its beautiful untouched nature and charming manor houses; the University town of Tartu; Cesis, a Hanseatic city with winding streets, castle ruins and beautiful gardens; Gauja National Park; and the capital of Latvia, Riga with its various architectural styles.

Day 1: Arrival Tallinn

Arrival in Tallinn, transfer to Hotel Radisson Blu Olumpia**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.


Day 2: Tallinn

The Estonian capital is a charming blend of medieval tranquillity and modern urban life. The medieval Old Town is a busy place in the summer with its many shops, galleries, souvenir markets, outdoor cafés and restaurants. The sightseeing tour takes us around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we see Toompea Castle, Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, medieval Old Town Hall and Great Guild Hall. In the afternoon an optional excursion is offered to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU, the award-winning new Estonian Art museum, with its collections of classic and contemporary fine art. The evening offers an optional medieval dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv. (B)


Day 3: Tallinn – Vihula

After leaving Tallinn we drive eastbound. We visit Lahemaa National Park with its wide stretches of beautiful untouched nature and many charming manor houses. We embark on a delightful walking tour through the park (2 hours, medium) see the impressive Manor House in Palmse, a testament to the industrious von Pahlen family. In the early afternoon and check-in at Hotel Vihula Manor Country Club & Spa****, a charming 16th century estate located in the heart of the park. The dinner at Kaval- Ants Tavern features a genuine Estonian countryside meal in the rustic ambience of the old ice-cellar. (BD)


Day 4: Vihula – Tartu – Cesis

We continue to Tartu, the University Town, where Estonia gained its statehood. We see the charming Old Town and the University founded in 1632. Shortly after arriving to Latvia we make a stop at picturesque Koni Watermill to learn about the watermill and the wool factory, which is still operative today. We arrive to Cesis in the afternoon and check in at Hotel Cesis*** or similar. (B)


Day 5: Cesis – Riga

In the morning we visit Cesis, a Hanseatic city with winding streets, castle ruins and beautiful gardens. We continue to Ligatne, a former paper mill town, visiting a former paper mill worker’s factory before continue with a hike along Ligatne nature trail admiring the autumn colours of Gauja National Park. We arrive to Riga in the afternoon and check in at Hotel Wellton Riverside**** or similar. (B)


Day 6: Riga

Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a true kaleidoscope of various architectural styles. The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, Swedish Gates, Three Brothers, Large and Small Guild House and the Freedom Monument. The afternoon offers an optional visit to Kemeri National Park which is special for its great biological diversity, the unique Kemeri Bog, mineral waters and therapeutic mud found here. The evening is free for exploring more of the vibrant Latvian capital. (B)


Day 7: Riga Departure

Transfer to airport. (B)


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2021
Arrival/Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Oct 01 - Oct 07 1140 1560
Oct 15 - Oct 21 1140 1560
Optional Tours Price Person
3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU 60
Medieval dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv 60
4-hour excursion to Kemeri National Park with a visit to Great Kemeri Bog boardwalk 60
5 x 3 course dinners at hotel 200
Small groups:
Max. 16 guests in the group
Min. booking of 2 guests

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:

  • 6 overnights at centraly located 3-4 star hotels
  • 6 x buffet breakfast
  • 1 x 3 course dinner at Kavel-Ants Tavern at Vihula Manor
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Personalised welcome package
  • Entrances to medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn and Koni watermill
  • Service of English speaking tour escort
  • Service of 1st class cars or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
  • Porterage at hotels

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