Explore the highlights of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on this fabulous journey through the Baltics. Along the way you’ll discover historic cities and ancient castles, stunning scenery and a majestic Baroque palace. You’ll also learn about the region’s history with visits to an open-air museum and an underground soviet bunker.
Prices per person starting from $3,399 CAD
International airfare additional cost
Make your own way to Vilnius, where we’ll meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. You’ll meet your travelling companions over a drink and dinner this evening.
Lithuania’s capital Vilnius, is a charming and beautiful city and we’ll see its highlights on a sightseeing tour today. The UNESCO-listed Old Town is home to a maze of narrow streets and a wealth of historic buildings. At its centre lies Vilnius Cathedral, and on our tour we’ll also pass by St Anna’s Church – a Gothic masterpiece, St Peter and Paul’s Church and the ruins of the Upper and Lower Castle.
We’ll leave Vilnius this afternoon and head to Kaunas. En route we’ll stop at Trakai, the former capital of Lithuania. We’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour and visit the castle, a 14th century fortress which sits on an island connected to the shore by a footbridge. Later, we’ll take a leisurely boat trip on Galve Lake. We’ll arrive in Kaunas and dinner will be served in the hotel this evening.
This morning we’ll explore Kaunas. Left unscathed by the Second World War, it boasts many ancient architectural monuments, particularly in the Old Town. On our guided tour we’ll see highlights including Kaunas Castle, the Vytautas Church and the fabulous Old Town Hall with its 53-metre tower and beautiful Baroque façade. Leaving Kaunas we’ll travel to Sauliai and visit the remarkable Hill of Crosses, a pilgrimage site where hundreds of crosses are planted as memorials and in devotion to Christianity.
Our journey continues to Klaipėda, the main seaport of Lithuania. It boasts a harmonious mix of old and new buildings, and a city tour will introduce us to highlights including the Old Town and the neo-classical Drama Theatre. We’ll stay in Klaipėda overnight.
Today’s included excursion will begin with a sightseeing tour of the National Park of the Curonian Spit, a 98-kilometre stretch of sand washed by the Baltic Sea to the west and the Curonian Lagoon to the east. We’ll see spectacular sand dunes and visit the small fishing village of Nida, where Nobel Prize-winner Thomas Mann built a summer house, a place where he could relax and spend time writing.
Next we’ll attend an amber workshop where we’ll learn about the history of Baltic amber and see ancient and modern processing tools. As our journey continues we’ll cross the border into Latvia and continue on to Liepāja.
After breakfast, join your Tour Manager on a city tour of Liepāja, Latvia’s third-largest city. We’ll begin with a short walk around the city centre and then visit the naval port – Karosta – which occupies about a third of the city’s area. During the Soviet era, this area was a closed territory but today visitors are welcome to visit the St Nicholas Orthodox Maritime Cathedral and see the prison and punishment cells at Karosta Prison, which was built at the beginning of the 20th century.
After lunch we’ll depart Liepāja and drive to Kuldīga. Considered to be one of the most beautiful towns in Latvia, it boasts one of the longest brick bridges in Europe. There’s also a medieval centre with well-preserved 17th and 18th century buildings set around the Alekšupīte River. We’ll visit the Venta Rapid, the widest waterfall in Europe, before continuing onto the Latvian capital Riga. We’ll stay here for three nights.
Today we’ll explore Riga, a medieval Hanseatic town. Our tour takes us to highlights such as St Peter’s Cathedral, where you can admire spectacular views of the city from the steeple, Riga Castle and the Dome Cathedral, which has one of the world’s largest pipe organs. We’ll also visit Riga’s Central Market, which occupies a series of buildings once used as Zeppelin hangars and sells a variety of produce including meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. We’ll have an opportunity to enjoy a tasting of some of the goods on offer before we move on to Jurmala, a seaside resort with a lovely white-sand beach. Why not take a stroll with your travelling companions before we return to Riga.
After breakfast we’ll head to Rundale Palace, which is considered by many to be the most magnificent piece of Baroque architecture in the Baltic states. It was built as a summer residence for the Duke of Courland Ernst Johann von Biron in the first part of the 18th century and has been restored after suffering extensive damage during the two world wars. You’ll have plenty of time to explore inside the palace, where highlights include the Golden Hall, the White Hall and the Duke’s bedroom. Outside, why not take a stroll through the beautiful French-style park surrounded by a canal. We’ll head back to Riga this afternoon where you are free to explore at leisure with your travelling companions.
Our journey continues after breakfast when we head to Tallinn in Estonia. On the way we’ll stop at Turaida Museum Reserve, an area rich in monuments of historical interest. Visit the church and the delightful Folk Song Garden here, before we head to the picturesque town of Sigulda, situated in the Gauja National Park.
Our next stop is at the Līgatne Soviet Bunker. Built nine metres below ground during the Cold War, it was intended to be a secret hiding place for elite members of the Communist Party in the event of a nuclear war. On arrival in Tallinn we’ll check in to our hotel for a two-night stay.
Tallinn is a picturesque old city, where whole districts date back to the Middle Ages. On today’s city tour we’ll explore the Old Town with its quaint narrow streets and gothic-styled merchants’ houses and see Toompea Castle, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky and the 15th century Town Hall. Later, we’ll visit the Estonian Open Air Museum. Discover how rural families lived in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries as you wander around the village’s farm buildings, watermills, church, school and shop.
This evening we’ll gather as a group and enjoy a farewell dinner in a medieval restaurant in Tallinn.
At the end of your tour, you can join your fellow travellers on a transfer to the airport or choose to make your own arrangements.