Adventure in the Baltics

Tallinn, Vilnius, Klaipeda and Nida
16 days
May - Aug
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This tour offers something very special - not only will you have the chance to explore the charms of the Baltic cities of Tallinn, Cesis, Vilnius, Klaipeda and Riga, you also spend 5 nights enjoying the delightful seaside resort town of Nida. Located on the Curonian Spit between a large lagoon and the Baltic Sea, the town came to prominence during the 1920s as a wealthy summer holiday destination. Many European Expressionist painters came to Nida to capture it's beautiful light and fascinating seascapes, and it remains a lovely and unspoiled place of great charm and natural beauty.

You can start this tour from Tallinn, Riga or Vilnius. 

Day 1 Arrival Tallinn
Arrival in Tallinn and optional private transfer from the airport to Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia or similar; check-in and early evening welcome meeting. Time at leisure.

Day 2 Tallinn-Cesis: Manor Houses, Tartu University Town & Hanseatic Delights
After breakfast we drive to the Lahemaa National Park, where we visit the Manor Houses in Palmse and Vihula. 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 and Cesis, a Hanseatic city with winding streets, castle ruins and beautiful gardens. Check-in at Hotel Cesis or similar. Dinner this evening at the hotel is included.

Day 3 Cesis-Vilnius: Gauja National Park, Sigulda, Castles & Rundale Palace
Today we drive through Gauja National Park to Sigulda, a popular holiday resort and visit the ruins of the Episcopal Castle and the Castle of the Knights of the Sword. Drive around Riga’s outskirts to meet the highway down to Vilnius. En-route we reach magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland, for a guided tour. Continue through Lithuania before reaching Vilnius in the late afternoon. Check-in at Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva or similar. 

Day 4 Vilnius-Klaipeda: Medieval town &Trakai Castle
Vilnius has more than 1200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. Morning sightseeing 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.  Continue on to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania, for the well-preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve. Travel onwards to Klaipeda, for late afternoon arrival and check-in at Hotel National or similar. 

Day 5 Klaipeda-Nida: Curonian Spit, Hill of Witches & Nida Resort Arrival
Today we continue 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. The first stop is at the Hill of Witches in Juodkrante, an outdoor folkloric sculpture gallery located on a forested sand dune just west of the  Lagoon. After that we continue to Nida where we visit the High Dunes, Thomas Mann’s Summer House and get acquainted with this charming resort town. Check-in at Hotel Nidos Banga or similar.  

Day 6 - Day 11 Nida - Paradise on the Curonian Lagoon
Spend this time at leisure in this small paradise, located at the Curonian Lagoon. With a great mix between an old-fashioned fishing village and a highly fashionable sea resort, Nida is one of the most attractive places along the Baltic Sea coastline. You can just relax or find plenty to do - the choice is your own. Optional activities include bike riding along the spit, hiking in the dunes, boating on the lagoon, swimming in the sea, lying on the sandy beach, playing tennis in the sun, lunching on smoked fish or attending any of the various, summer concerts.

Day 12 Nida-Klaipeda
On your final day here, there is still time to take a swim in the Baltic Sea, stroll through the local village, enjoy views of the Curonian Lagoon, bargain for amber and other souvenirs, or simply relax. In the late afternoon, board the coach to take you back along the Curonian Spit, and on to Klaipeda. Check-in at Hotel National or similar. This evening, an optional Lithuanian dinner at Restaurant 19th Century is offered.

Day 13 Klaipeda-Riga Memel Old Town, Lake Plateliai & 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 visits the Old Town with its narrow, cobbled streets and guild houses, Theatre Square and Aennchen von Tharau Fountain. Then continue to Samogitia National Park, for a walking tour around picturesque Lake Plateliai (2 hours). After that, on to Siauliai and the magnificent Hill of Crosses, one f the holiest sites of Catholic Lithuania. Heading North into Latvia, we reach Riga in the afternoon. Check-in at Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija or similar. This evening enjoy an optional organ recital at the charming old Dome Cathedral.

Day 14 Riga: Old Town Walking Tour, Jurmala Sea Resort
Riga was founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert and is the largest of the three Baltic capitals. Boasting a true kaleidoscope of various architectural styles, our 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.  In the afternoon there is an optional trip to Jurmala, a vibrant, Latvian sea resort, famous for it's quirky wooden architecture and sandy beaches. This evening, you might like to enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest

Day 15 Riga-Tallinn: Parnu Summer Resort, Land of Forests
The tour today continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. After a short tour, we continue through the North Estonian land of forests for an early afternoon arrival in Tallinn. Check-in at Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia or similar.  Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquillity and modern urban life and the Old Town is a busy place in summer with shops, galleries, souvenir markets, outdoor cafés and restaurants. Our afternoon sightseeing tour takes us around the medieval city walls and into the Old Town to see Toompea Castle, the Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and medieval Old Town Hall.

Day 16 Tallinn: Farewell
Transfer from the hotel to the airport.

Maximum Group Size 26 persons

Departures 2018:

Starting in Tallinn, as above itinerary above: 15, 22 and 29 June; 06, 13, 20 and 27 July; 03, 10 and 17 August 

Starting In Riga with slightly altered itinerary - 1 night less in Tallinn, 1 night more in Riga; 13, 20 and 27 June; 04, 11, 18 and 25 July; 01, 08 and 15 August 2018

Starting in Vilnius with slightly altered itinerary- 1 night less in Tallinn, 1 night more in Vilnius; 17 and 24 June; 01, 08, 15, 22 and 29 July; 05, 12 and 19 August 2018

Includes:  (For the stated itinerary starting in Tallinn as above) 15 nights in centrally located 3-4 star hotels including daily buffet breakfast; 2 x  3 course dinners at the hotel Days 1& 5; welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice; entry to Palmse Manor House, Rundale Palace, Vilnius Old University and Thomas Mann’s summerhouse Nida; services of English speaking tour escort except Days 06-12 whilst staying at Nida; transport in 1st class motor coaches or minivans except Days 06-12 whilst staying at Nida; Ferry tickets Klaipeda-Smiltyne-Klaipeda; ecological fees for the Curonian Spit; portage at hotels

Excludes: optional private arrival and departure transfers; optional excursions being organ concert at the Dome Cathedral and 4 hour excursion to Jurmala; optional activities Days 06-12 whilst staying at Nida; optional special dinners Lithuanian dinner at Restaurant 19th Century and Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest; half board at hotels (13 x 3 course dinners with coffee/tea)

Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2063.00
Single AUD$ 2809.00

Includes:  15 nights in centrally located 3-4 star hotels including daily buffet breakfast; 2 x  3 course dinners at the hotel Days 1& 5; welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice; entry to Palmse Manor House, Rundale Palace, Vilnius Old University and Thomas Mann’s summerhouse Nida; services of English speaking tour escort except Days 06-12 whilst staying at Nida; transport in 1st class motor coaches or minivans except Days 06-12 whilst staying at Nida; Ferry tickets Klaipeda-Smiltyne-Klaipeda; ecological fees for the Curonian Spit; portage at hotels. Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel.