8 days 7 nights - Baltic Highlights tour
Join us on a tour of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to experience the highlights of the Baltic.
Upon your arrival in Vilnius you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Vilnius is well known for its more than 1200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. In the morning you will enjoy a sightseeing 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.In the afternoon travel 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.
Vilnius – Riga (300km/4h)
Today our journey takes us to Riga via the Hills of Crosses, one of the most holy sites in 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.
Before we explore Riga we discover Medieval Latvia. This morning`s tour 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 Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th century country life and in the evening you can join in on the optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.
Riga was founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, it is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a real kaleidoscope of architectural styles. Today`s walking tour includes the Old Town, Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, St. Peter`s Church, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guilds and the Freedom Monument. This afternoon we visit Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches before returning to Riga and a chance to enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant La Boheme.
Riga – Tallinn (310km/5h)
Today your tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. We enjoy a short tour of this resort before continuing through the North Estonian land of forests. We arrive in Tallinn early afternoon.
Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquility and modern urban life. The medieval Old Town is a busy place in the summer with its many shops, galleries, souvenir markets, outdoor cafes and restaurants. Your sightseeing tour explores the old medieval city walls and the old Town where we see Toompea Castle, the Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the medieval Old Town Hall. In the afternoon we will visit Kadriorg Park with a visit to the Kadriorg Palace and its collections. Optional medieval dinner at restaurant Peppersack.
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.