ESCORTED – 14 GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
Tallinn | Cesis | Vilnius | Klaipeda | Riga | Tallinn
English Language Tours start in Tallinn on Fridays
Guaranteed Departures May 10 – Sep 6, 2019
This 26-person max small group tour allows you to experience the vibrant beauty of the Baltic nations from its popular capitals to its country jewels: roam the Estonian, Lithuanian, and Latvian countryside and visit ancient Hanseatic cities, the grounds of the stunning Rundale Palace, and the medieval capital of Lithuania. You’ll be able to charter an optional visit to the golden sand dunes of the Curonian Spit on the Baltic Sea, as well as taste a different region of the Baltics every night!
Day 01: Arrival Tallinn
Arrive in Tallinn and transfer on your own to your hotel for check-in, as well as a welcome meeting. Overnight in city-center Tallinn, outside Old Town.
Hotel Radisson BLU Olympia
NOTE: Optional transfer to your hotel is available; please see the end of this tour for more information.
Day 02: Tallinn – Cesis
After breakfast we drive to Lahemaa National Park, where we visit the Manor Houses in Palmse and Vihula. We continue to Tartu, the university town, where Estonia gained its statehood. We see the charming Old Town and the University founded in 1632. From Tartu we drive onwards into Latvia to Cesis, a Hanseatic city with winding streets, castle ruins and beautiful gardens.
Check-in at your hotel, and overnight.
Day 03: Cesis – Vilnius
Today we drive through the Gauja National Park to Sigulda, a popular holiday resort. We see the ruins of the Episcopal Castle and the ruins of the Castle of the Knights of the Sword before we drive around Riga to hit the highway down to Vilnius. En route we reach the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Following a guided tour of the palace we travel through Lithuania to reach Vilnius at late afternoon.
Check in to your hotel, right across the river from Old Town Vilnius, and overnight.
Hotel Radisson BLU Lietuva
Day 04: Vilnius – Klaipeda
Vilnius is known for its more than 1,200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. This morning’s 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. Anna’s Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn.
After the tour we continue to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania and we see the well-preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve. The balance of the day is spent en route to Klaipeda, where we arrive at late afternoon.
Check-in at your city-center hotel and overnight.
Day 05: Klaipeda
Today you have the option to take a full-day tour to the Curonian Spit, a thin, 100-km stretch of land between the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon with small fishing villages, pine forests and endless sand dunes. Our first stop is the Hill of Witches in Juodkrante. After that we continue to Nida, where we visit the High Dunes, Thomas Mann’s summerhouse and get acquainted with the charming resort town before we drive back to Klaipeda.
The evening offers an optional Lithuanian dinner at Restaurant 19th Century.
Day 06: Klaipeda – Riga
Klaipeda first became a part of Lithuania in 1923 and had a long history as a German town called Memel. A short sightseeing tour takes us to the Old Town with its narrow, cobblestone streets and old guild houses and we visit the Theatre Square and the Aennchen von Tharau Fountain.
We’ll continue to Samogitia National Park, where we embark on a walking tour around the picturesque Lake Plateliai. After that we continue to Siauliai and the Hill of Crosses, one of the holiest sites of Catholic Lithuania. We head north into Latvia and reach Riga in the afternoon, checking in at your city-center hotel a few minutes from Old Town.
The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.
Hotel Tallink Riga or similar
Day 07: 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 is reserved for an optional visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. In the evening you can enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest.
Hotel Tallink Riga or similar
Day 08: Riga – Tallinn
The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Pärnu. We do a short tour of the resort before we continue through the North Estonian land of forests and arrive in Tallinn early afternoon, checking in at your city-center hotel—only 20 minutes’ walk outside of Old Town Tallinn.
Hotel Radisson BLU Olympia
Day 09: Tallinn
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 cafés and restaurants. This morning’s 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 to visit 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.
Hotel Radisson BLU Olympia
Day 10: Depart Tallinn
This morning after a final breakfast, optional transfer to the airport for your departure back home.
NOTE: Optional transfer to airport is available; please see the end of this tour for more information.
- Fully escorted 10-day coach tour with a bilingual English/German speaking tour escort
- 9 nights’ accommodation in centrally-located 3 & 4-star hotels including (9) breakfasts
- All listed sightseeing tours are conducted in a private coach and in English only (German speaking guests will have own coach for all city tours), all entrances included as outlined
- Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
- Personalized welcome package
- Entrances to Palmse Manor House, Rundale Palace, Old University in Vilnius and medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn
- 1st-class motor coaches or 1st-class minivans throughout the itinerary
- Luggage handling at hotels
NOTE: Prices do not include international airfare, extra beverages, extra items, travel insurance, or any services/items not listed in the program above. Hotel accommodations may change subject to space and/or availability.
Optional services available for pre-booking: : Private car transfer (1-3 persons) from airport to Radisson BLU Olympia $43; private minivan transfer (4-7 persons) from airport to Radisson BLU Olympia $68 (prices are the same for return transfer from Hotel Radisson BLU Olympia to the airport). Half board at all hotels (9 3-course dinners with coffee/tea): $352.
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2019 Optional Tours Available for Pre-Booking
Klaipeda – Excursion to the Curonian Spit
The Curonian spit – a land of mighty dunes and unspoiled nature, a paradise for nature-loving holidaymakers in search of calm and relaxation. The landscape was created by the sea, the wind, and by man, and it spills over with high dunes, large bathing beaches, and dense forests. You will quickly fall under its spell. According to Baltic mythology, the Curonian Spit was formed by a strong girl, Neringa, who played on the shore of the sea. This child also appears in some other myths (in some of which she is shown as a young strong woman, similar to a female version of the Greek Heracles).
Details: 8 hours, 9AM – 5PM, $99 per person.
Klaipeda – Traditional Lithuanian Dinner, Restaurant XIX Century
For many years Klaipeda has been closely related to Germany, and the spirit of Germany can still be found in this city. Restaurant Devynioliktas Amžius, or Restaurant XIX Century, is located in a historical building designed in 1898 as a narrow-gauge railway station. It became an important part of the city when the city was experiencing growing pains and lacked a newer infrastructure. The building was completed in 1907 and a century later it continues to breathe new life into the city’s gastronomic culture, offering 19th-century spirit and Lithuanian hospitality. The menu this evening will consist of vegetable cream soup, traditional Lithuanian pork steak baked with vegetables and potatoes, and a traditional carrot cake for dessert. House wine and local beer is also an option.
Details: 8PM, $43 per person.
Riga – Organ Concert at Dome Cathedral
The Dome Cathedral is a unique church of cathedral type with a monastery, and it’s also the oldest and grandest church in Latvia. The first stone was placed in 1211. The church owns one of the most valuable historic organs in Europe. You’ll experience a beautiful organ concert that will leave you breathless! You’ll also be able to visit Cross Gallery of the Riga Dome, a remarkable masterpiece of early Gothic in the Baltics. The 118-meter long, three-part gallery is spanned with 29 cruciform arches, and its arcade with limestone columns faces the yard.
Details: 7PM, $43 per person.
Riga – Excursion to Jurmala Sea Resort
Jurmala—the largest resort city in the Baltic countries —is well-known for its natural treasures: the mild climate, sea, healthy air, curative mud and mineral water. The attraction of Jurmala hides in its almost-33-km-long white sand beach, large pine forest, and the natural border of the city—the river Lielupe. In Jurmala, you’ll discover a combination of charming wooden houses built in the beginning of the last century and modern resort buildings. You’ll also be able to visit Jurmala City Museum. The Museum collection contains many pieces telling visitors about life in the health resort from the end of the 19th century until today, the largest swimwear collection in Latvia, old postcards of Jurmala, works of famous painters, pieces of underwater archaeology, as well as a gift shop.
Details: 4 hours, 2PM – 6PM, $49 per person.
Riga – Traditional Latvian Dinner at Restaurant Forest
There can be no denying that Latvia’s “green gold”, its timber and forest resources, has become the number one industry in Latvia and is continuing to grow. But the forests also play an important role in the folklore and contemporary culture of the country. The wide variety of wildlife in Latvia is a testament to the quality of environment. Clean waters, forests, and meadows form a safe haven for many species endangered elsewhere. For this dinner, we have created a meal that consists of local food, at the same time giving a modern approach to Latvian cuisine. We call it ‘new tendencies of Latvian cuisine’. You will be able to start with amuse-bouche and then try season vegetables cream soup, cod fillet with spinach praline, served with layered vegetables and lemongrass sauce, and for dessert one of the traditional Latvian specialties: carrot cake! As a supplement to dessert, you will have a chance to taste Latvian black balsam.
Details: 8PM, $49 per person.
Tallinn – Excursion to Kadriorg Palace Park and KUMU Art Museum
The Kadriorg Palace and Park is a resplendent summer residence, built by Tsar Peter I in the 18th century for his empress Catherine. Italian architect Niccolo Michetti was flown from Rome especially, to make sure that the Palace was the gleaming red Ferrari of stately homes – with plenty of baroque splendor, stucco ceilings and landscaped gardens all round. KUMU is a place for those who are interested in culture, the main building of the Art Museum of Estonia, serves both as Estonia’s national gallery and as a center for contemporary art. The complex itself is a work of art: it was opened in 2006 after nearly a decade of planning and construction, and is considered a modern architectural masterpiece. Arches and sharp edges mark out the copper and limestone structure, which is built into the side of a limestone cliff. KUMU’s exhibition aim to appeal simultaneously to a diversity of audiences. Exhibitions display both classical and contemporary art and everything in between.
Details: 3 hours, 2PM – 5PM, $49 per person.
Tallinn – Medieval Dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv
Located in an interesting historical house dating to the 15th century in the heart of Tallinn’s Old Town Hall Square, Restaurant Maikrahv is a romantic venue with a unique medieval atmosphere and delicious food. Elegance and a varied international menu offer the opportunity to sample an authentic medieval feast with a modern twist: dine on traditional Estonian specialties consisting of roast beef, Baltic herring fillet, mulgi-style cabbage and more.
Details: 8PM, $49 per person.