Baltic Hiking

Baltic highlights with daily guided walking
10 days
Jun - Aug
Itinerary
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Enjoy travelling through the highlights of the Baltics whilst walking for part of each day with your guide. The tour is suitable for everyone of normal physical fitness aged 35-65 years.  All the fabulous excursions in the itinerary are included in the tour price. 

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Day 1 Tallinn: Arrival
Arrival in Tallinn, transfer from the airport to Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia or similar; check-in, welcome meeting.

Day 2 Tallinn -Cesis: Lahemaa National Park, Tartu the University Town, Hanseatic Cesis.
After breakfast we drive to the Lahemaa National Park, where we embark on a walking tour through the park (2 hours, medium). We continue to Tartu, the University Town, where Estonian 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 Hotel Kolonna Cesis or similar. 

Day 3 Cesis- Vilnius: Gauja National Park, Ligatne Wild-Life Park, Sigulda and Rundale Palace.  
Today we drive through the Gauja National Park to Ligatne Wild-Life Park. We enjoy a walking tour through the park, where bears, deer, elks and other wild animals live in a fenced-off enclosure of natural habitat (2 hours, medium). After a visit to Sigulda, a popular holiday resort, 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 late afternoon. Check in at Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva or similar.  

Day 4 Vilnius- Klaipeda: Old Town sightseeing & Trakai Castle
Vilnius is known for its more than 1,200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. The morning 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, where do a walking tour in the area around the well preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve (2 hours, light). The balance of the day is spent en route to Klaipeda, where we arrive late afternoon.  Check-in at Hotel National or similar. 

Day 5 Klaipeda: Curonian Spit
The day is reserved for 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 at the Hill of Witches in Juodkrante. After that we continue to Nida and embark on a walking tour around the High Dunes (3 hours medium) 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 6 Klaipeda - Riga: Memel, Samogita National Park & the Hill of Crosses
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 now continue to the Samogitia National Park, where we enjoy a walking tour around the picturesque Lake Plateliai (2 hours, medium). After that we continue to Siauliai and Cross Hills, one of the holiest sites of Catholic Lithuania. We head North into Latvia and reach Riga in the afternoon. Check-in at Radisson Blu Latvija or similar.  The evening offers a delightful organ recital concert at the historic Dome Cathedral.

Day 7 Riga: Medieval Old Town Walking Tour, Jurmala Sea Resort
Riga founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert is the largest of the 3 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 visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. We do a walking tour on the sandy beaches from Pumpuri to Bulduri (3 hours, light).In the evening enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest. 

Day 8 Riga-Tallinn:  Parnu Summer Resort, Forests and Landscapes
The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. We do a short tour of the resort before we continue through the North Estonian land of forests and arrive in Tallinn early afternoon, check-in at Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia or similar. 

Day 9 Tallinn: City Walls and Old Town sights, Kadriog Park & KUMU Art Museum. 
Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquillity 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. The 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 we do a walking tour through the Kadriorg Park and the area surrounding the Kadriorg Palace. The evening offers an optional medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack.

Day 10 Tallinn Farewell
Transfer from hotel to the airport.

Departures: 30 June; 14, and 28 July; 11 August 2017

Includes: Arrival transfer airport to hotel (Day 1 only); 9 overnights at centrally located 3-4 star hotels; 9 x buffet breakfast; Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice; Personalized welcome package; Entrances to Rundale Palace, Old University in Vilnius and medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn; Service of English speaking tour escort ; Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary; Ferry tickets Klaipeda-Smiltyne-Klaipeda and ecological fees at the Curonian Spit; Departure Transfer hotel - airport (Day 10 only); Portage at hotels Service and VAT.

Excludes: Lithuanian dinner at Restaurant 19th Century; Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest; Medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack, Tallinn; Half board at hotels (9 x 3 course dinners with coffee/tea).

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1619.00
Single AUD$ 2204.00

Includes: Arrival transfer airport to hotel (Day 1 only); 9 overnights at centrally located 3-4 star hotels; 9 x buffet breakfast; Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice; Personalized welcome package; Entrances to Rundale Palace, Old University in Vilnius and medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn; Service of English speaking tour escort ; Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary; Ferry tickets Klaipeda-Smiltyne-Klaipeda and ecological fees at the Curonian Spit; Departure Transfer hotel - airport (Day 10 only); Portage at hotels Service and VAT.