Baltics: Best of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania & More
This Baltic states trip-of-a-lifetime includes a visit to Kaliningrad. The Baltic states, where medieval meets modern, is a geopolitical term typically used to group the three sovereign states in Northern Europe on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The majority of people in Latvia and Lithuania are Baltic people, the majority in Estonia are Finnic. The three countries do not form an official union, but engage in intergovernmental and parliamentary cooperation, including being members of NATO the European Union. All three countries were formerly in the Soviet Union. Your best tour in the Baltics starts in Estonia, a country whose history is discovered in its songs. Estonia lacks military might and has always been surrounded by much larger countries with intimidating armies. Russia, Germany, and Sweden all vied for its control, creating a tug of war that lasted centuries. Inspired by the fall of the Iron Curtain, Estonia symbolically overcame its latest suppressor, the U.S.S.R., when country-wide choir jam-bands launched their Singing Revolution. Here, choirs outrank sports as a national pastime—some attracting as many as 30,000 singers. Song festival fairgrounds, with their signature bandshell arches, are everywhere.
Latvia is a tiny country with a big heart, Latvia has been free from Soviet occupation since 1989. Its ridiculously photogenic capital, Riga, has a reputation in Europe as being the perfect inexpensive getaway to let your hair down. You’ll also visit Lithuania, the southernmost of Europe’s Baltic states bordering Poland, Latvia and Belarus. Its capital, Vilnius, near Belarus’ border, is known for its medieval Old Town. It also has Gothic, Renaissance and baroque architecture, and 18th-century cathedral built on a pagan temple site. Hilltop Gediminas’ Tower, a symbol of the city and the nation, offers sweeping views. The amazing architecture that defines the Baltics is complimented by the hard-working and friendly locals who welcome their new way of Western living — as well as you!
Ps, You’ll also enjoy a city tour of Kaliningrad, the most western administrative center of Russia and not a Baltic country. What a bonus!
- City tour of gorgeous Tallinn’s historical heart
- Explore Latvia’s amazing Gauja National Park
- City tour of Riga — including the fabulous Riga Castle
- Lithuania’s Hill of Crosses, a unique example of Christianity in Lithuania
- Kaliningrad’s Hill of Witches, an unforgettable wooden folk-style sculptures park
- City tour of Kaliningrad, the most western administrative center of Russia
- Lithuania’s Sugihara House, where a Japanese Diplomat saved thousands of Jewish lives during WW2
- Visit Vilnius University, the oldest university in the Eastern Europe (1579)
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- Upon landing in Tallinn, you'll will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Welcome to Estonia -- a very special place!
- Breakfast at the hotel.
- Today you'll enjoy a city tour of Tallinn. This walking tour provides an introduction to Tallinn's historical heart, which was a rich and prosperous town of Hansa merchants in the 15th century. The tour starts at the Dome Hill (Toompea) at Castle Square where Toompea Castle was the seat of the Estonian Parliament which also faces the 19th-century symbol of the Tsar's power in Estonia, Alexander Nevski Cathedral.
- After visiting the 13-century Dome Church and enjoying a breathtaking view from a viewing platform, the tour continues with a stroll along the narrow cobblestone streets down to the Town Hall Square that features the Gothic Town Hall from the 13-14th centuries, one of Northern Europe's oldest. You'll also visit the Estonian Open air museum.
TALLINN / PARNU / SIGULDA / RIGA
- Breakfast at the hotel.
- We'll trasfer to Riga (Latvia) via Paru and Sigulda with a short stopover in Parnu.
- After visiting Sigulda, a historically rich town dominated by castle ruins and unspoiled nature, we'll explore Gauja National Park. The Park has been established along the sandstone banks of the River Gauja, Latvia's most striking river. The 900-sq-km park has beautiful forests, hills, deep ravines, old castles, and caves. One of the "must see" places is Turaida castle where you'll hear a famous story of Turaida's Rose.
- Today, after breakfast at the hotel, you'll enjoy a city tour of Riga, which includes Riga Castle, Dome Cathedral, the Church of St. Peter, the buildings of the Great and Small Guild Halls, the fortification wall of Riga, the Swedish Gate, the building of Parliament of Latvia-Saeima, and the Monument of Liberty. Wow.
- The tour continues by car along the central boulevards of Riga, passing by city canal parks, the Bastion Hill, the Powder Tower, the Latvian National Theater, the Fine Arts Museum, the Art Nouveau buildings of the beginning of the 20th century, the Freedom Monument, University of Latvia, the Opera House, and the Daugava River and its cool bridges. Yup there's more: Riga market, which is amazing.
- In the afternoon we'll visit Jurmala and Jurmala beach. What a day!
RIGA / RUNDALE / LITHUANIA / HILL OF CROSSES / KLAIPEDA-PALANGA
- After breakfast at the hotel, we'll visit Rundale Palace. Then you'll continue to to Klaipeda or Palanga via the Hill of Crosses -- its believed that the first crosses were placed here just after the 1831 uprising. Today the hill is home to thousands of crosses of all different sizes and colors. Interspersed among the crosses are traditional Lithuanian koplytstulpis wooden figures and magnificent stone statues of Christ. It's a unique example of Christianity in Lithuania.
KLAIPEDA / PALANGA / KALININGRAD
- After breakfast at the hotel, you'll transfer from Klaipeda/Palanga to Kaliningrad via Curonian Spit. Then you'll board a ferry to Curonian Spit with a stop in Juodkrante to visit the Hill of Witches, an unforgettable wooden folk-style sculptures park. Then, you'll explore Nida, a popular resort famous for its golden beach, white sand dunes and 60-meter-tall pine forests.
- Today you'll enjoy a city tour of Kaliningrad, the most western administrative center of Russia and a truly unique city. Throughout history, the city has been inhabited by different people with diverse cultures and value systems. Many times the name of the city changed along with its architectural styles. For more than 600 years the city was a fortress surrounded by fortifications with gates, towers, and bastions. Today, these fortifications have become large museums as well as the world-famous Konigsberg Cathedral, which was renovated at the end of the 20th century. In the afternoon, you'll enjoy a tour to the nearby small village of Yantarny, which is known to be the world's center of amber production. Visitors can sit inside the amber pyramid to enhance their wellness and dig into the sand to obtain their own piece of Baltic amber. You can also buy amber souvenirs at the souvenir store. Lucky you!
KALININGRAD / KAUNAS
- Today, we'll venture to Kaunas for a city tour of its Old Town featuring Catholic churches, narrow streets, cobbled squares, cozy cafes, and art galleries. You'll continue walking along the main pedestrian street, Laisves aleja, with its 2-3 story buildings, restaurants, and shops -- all just as they looked before the war. We'll visit the Sugihara House where Japanese Diplomat Chiune Sugihara saved thousands of Jewish lives during the Second World War. Sugihara helped Jews flee Europe by issuing transit visas to them so that they could travel through Japanese territory -- by doing this he risked his job and the lives of his family. His story reminds the present generations about the threats that can within human nature, and sets a good example of kindness and righteousness.
KAUNAS / TRAKAI / VILNIUS
- Today, after breakfast at the hotel, we'll transfer to Vilnius via Trakai, a national park with pine forests, lakes, and the ancient Lithuanian capital which was the residence of the country's Grand Dukes. You'll visit the 15th-century insular castle that now hosts the Museum of Lithuanian History.
- Lunch in Trakai will be followed by a transfer to Vilnius for a city tour. You'll start the tour at the Cathedral Square, a place full of myths and legends. Later, you'll visit Vilnius University, the oldest university in the Eastern Europe (1579), the Town Hall of Vilnius built in the end of 18th century, the beautiful ensemble of the Orthodox Monastery, St. Theresa church, and Gates of Dawn's holy image of the Virgin Mary. The city tour of Vilnius will conclude at St. Anne's church which represents the peak of Gothic architecture in Lithuania -- and finally St. Peter and Paul's church, wonderful examples of Lithuanian baroque. Dinner at a restaurant or the hotel.
- You are doing the Baltics right!
DEPARTURE FROM BALTICS
- Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and then transfer to Vilnius Airport for your departure.
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- Prices are per person based on double occupancy.
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- One person traveling alone will incur a higher price due to private tour.
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- Please note: Prices for 5 & more travelers available upon request.