Baltic Adventure

Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania

Tour Highlights

Beautifully preserved medieval towns, fascinating history, spectacular natural beauty and exceptionally friendly people are just some of the reasons why the Baltic States have, in recent years, become one of the most popular destinations in Europe.
Our tour begins in the wonderful old medieval town of Tallinn, Estonia’s largest city. Situated on the northern coast of the country on the banks of the Gulf of Finland, Tallinn's old town has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Tallinn we will, of course, tour the historic sites and enjoy a day at leisure to explore on our own. While in Estonia we also visit the National Park of Lahemaa with its wonderful views of the rugged Baltic Coastline, the “Summer Capital” of Parnu and the beautiful and lush Gauja Valley with its dense forests and rolling landscape.

Our first introduction to the next country on our itinerary, Latvia, will be Sigulda - a uniquely beautiful preserved medieval town situated on a picturesque stretch of the Gauja River with red sandstone forming steep cliffs and caves on both banks of the river. Latvia’s capital, Riga, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the city is notable for its extensive German Art Nouveau architecture, which UNESCO considers to be unparalleled anywhere in the world. In Latvia we also visit Rundale and its baroque palace, one of the major tourist destinations in the region.

We spend the final part of our tour in Lithuania’s beautiful capital, Vilnius. Although it is a modern city, this capital has also been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was named the European Cultural Capital in 2009. We will enjoy 3-nights in this glorious city, with its historic synagogues, churches and impressive monuments. Our city tour and a free day here will make a wonderful finale to our tour of the Baltic States.

***Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.

Tentative Itinerary

We depart for Tallinn with a change of planes in Frankfurt.
We arrive in Tallinn and transfer to our hotel. Tonight is our Welcome Dinner.
Our city tour of Tallinn begins at the Medieval Old Town. Declared as Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, it is divided in three parts: Toompea (or “Cathedral Hill”); the Old City and the City Estonia. After an included lunch we go to Kadriorg, just outside the city centre, to see the imposing 18th century Palace of Kadriorg, the old residence of Tsar Peter the Great, the current presidential palace and numerous villas and mansions of the local middle-class.
Today we drive to a picturesque forest near the coast to visit the open air “Rocca-al-Mare“ Museum, a splendid reconstruction of an 18th century Estonian village. The museum includes many small houses and typical wind and water mills. After lunch we continue to Lahemaa National Park, the first national park to exist in the Soviet Union. The park features wonderful landscapes and Baltic seascapes. While at the park we will visit the Forestry Museum and Nature Interpretation Centre.
A free day in Tallinn to stroll the cobblestone streets, do some shopping and enjoy one of the many outdoor cafes.
We depart for Parnu on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Known as the “Summer Capital”, this city comes alive in the spring and summer months with visitors attracted by the sandy beaches and beautiful forests that surround it. We then enter Latvia and continue to the National Park of the Gauja Valley with its flowing streams, thick forests and caves. We enjoy a tour of the beautiful city of Sigulda, including a visit of Turaida Castle and the Caves of Gutmanis, where the most famous legends of Latvia’s history took place. After our visit we proceed to Riga, Latvia’s capital.
We first visit Riga Central Market, one of the largest markets in Europe, with farmers from all over the country offering their products. We continue our tour at Riga Cathedral, a gothic pearl constructed in 1211. After lunch we see Riga’s Art Nouveau district, the largest collection of Art Nouveau buildings in the world, with facades of snaky lines and rich decoration. In the afternoon we visit the resort town of Jurmala, well-known for its natural treasures of the sea, healthy air, curative mud, mineral water and a 33 km. long white sandy beach.
A day at leisure in Riga. Perhaps visit one of the many museums or art galleries.
We depart for Rundale and visit the Palace, constructed in 1740 in baroque style with Italian inspiration by the same architect who built Saint Petersburg. We then enter Lithuania and proceed to Vilnius, the capital.
Our city tour begins with a walking tour of the historical area, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also declared the European Cultural Capital in 2009. During our visit we will see the Art Nouveau buildings, the synagogue in the centre of the Jewish community, the Cathedral of Vilnius and Peter and Paul Church. After lunch we enjoy an excursion to the historic town and lake resort of Trakai, which was built on water and surrounded by lakes. It was declared a National Historic Park in 1991.
A free day in Vilnius. Apart from exploring the historic area there is much to see and do here. Your Tour Manager will offer suggestions and assistance. This evening is our Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant including a traditional folk lore show.
We fly home via Frankfurt.

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