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Baltic Highlights
8 Days

ITINERARY

8 Days: Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn

Tour Overview
The three Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are rich in culture and history. Their venerable capital cities can be discovered on this tour. Visit Vilnius with its UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Town; Riga with its diverse architecture and Tallinn with its medieval Old Town filled with shops, galleries, souvenir markets, outdoor cafés, and restaurants.

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival Vilnius

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


Day 2 (Monday): Vilnius

Vilnius is known for its more than 1.200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. The morning sightseeing tour includes a panoramic tour of the city and a walking tour of the Old Town with Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, Peter and Paul Church, St. Anne’s Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania, with the well preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve. In the evening enjoy an optional folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas. (B)


Day 3 (Tuesday): Vilnius-riga

Heading for Riga, the first stop is the Hill of Crosses, one of the most holy sites of Catholic Lithuania. After crossing into Latvia we soon reach the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Following a guided tour of the palace we travel through the rolling hills of Southern Latvia to reach Riga late afternoon, check-in at Hotel Wellton Riverside**** or similar. (B)


Day 4 (Wednesday): Riga

Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a real kaleidoscope of architectural styles. The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guilds and the Freedom Monument. The afternoon is reserved for an optional visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral. (B)


Day 5 (Thursday): Riga

After we got acquainted with Riga we have the possibility of discovering medieval Latvia. The optional tour for this morning takes us to the stunning scenery of the Gauja National Park and the town of Sigulda. We listen to the medieval Latvian legend of the Rose of Turaida and see the ruins of the Episcopal Castle and of the Castle of the Knights of the Sword before we return to Riga. The afternoon offers an optional visit to the Riga Motor Museum which has an impressive collection of vintage car including a very unique collection of old Soviet limousines from the Kremlin Garage. In the evening enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest. (B)


Day 6 (Friday): Riga-Tallinn

The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. We do a short tour of the resort before we continue through the North Estonian land of forests and arrive in Tallinn early afternoon, check-in at the Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia**** or similar. (B)


Day 7 (Saturday): Tallinn

Tallinn 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 8 (Sunday): Tallinn Departure

Transfer to airport. (B)


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2021
March-October 2021, 8 days/7 nights
Arrival/Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Mar 28 - 04 Apr, 2021 1095 1625
Apr 05 - 11, 2021 1095 1625
Apr 25 - 02 May, 2021 1095 1625
May 02 - 09, 2021 1095 1625
May 23 - 23, 2021 1095 1625
May 30 - 06 Jun, 2021 1095 1625
Jun 06 - 13, 2021 1095 1625
Jun 13 - 20, 2021 1095 1625
Jun 20 - 27, 2021 1095 1625
Jun 27 - 04 Jul, 2021 1095 1625
Jul 04 - 11, 2021 1095 1625
Jul 11 - 18, 2021 1095 1625
Jul 18 - 25, 2021 1095 1625
Jul 25 - 01 Aug, 2021 1095 1625
Aug 01 - 08, 2021 1095 1625
Aug 08 - 15, 2021 1095 1625
Aug 15 - 22, 2021 1095 1625
Aug 22 - 29, 2021 1095 1625
Aug 29 - 05 Sep, 2021 1095 1625
Sep 05 - 12, 2021 1095 1625
Sep 12 - 19, 2021 1095 1625
Sep 19 - 26, 2021 1095 1625
Sep 26 - 03 Oct, 2021 1095 1625
Oct 03 - 10, 2021 1095 1625
Oct 10 - 17, 2021 1095 1625
Optional Tours Price Per Person
3-hour excursion to Trakai and visit to Trakai Castle 60
Folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas 60
4-hour excursion to Gauja National Park 70
3-hour excursion to the Riga Motor Museum 60
Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral 50
4-hour excursion to Jurmala with City Museum 60
Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest 60
3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU 60
Medieval dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv 60
Half board at hotels (7 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea) 280

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions & Highlights

  • 7 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels
  • 7 x buffet breakfast
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Personalised welcome package
  • Entrances to Peter and Paul Church in Vilnius, Rundale Palace and medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn
  • Service of English and German speaking tour escort on all tours
  • Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
  • Portage at hotels

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