baltic-state tour: Adventure in the Baltics

Regular Group Touring
Visit Tallinn, Vilnius, Klaipeda plus enjoy an extensive stay in 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 charming Baltic cities of Tallinn, Cesis, Vilnius, Klaipeda and Riga, but 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 1920's as a wealthy, Summer holiday destination. Many European Expressionist painters came here to capture it's beautiful light and fascinating seascapes, and it remains a lovely, unspoiled place of great natural beauty.

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

Day 1 Arrive 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 Lahemaa National Park, where we visit Manor Houses in Palmse and Vihula. On to Tartu university town, where Estonia gained its statehood. We see the charming Old Town and the University founded in 1632. From here, continue into Latvia to 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 both the Episcopal Castle and Castle of the Knights of the Sword ruins. 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 to Trakai, Lithuania's medieval capital and site of the well-preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve. Then 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
Today we continue to the Curonian Spit - a thin, 100km stretch of land between the Baltic Sea and 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.  

Days 6-11 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 - RigaMemel 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, Memel. A short sightseeing tour visits the Old Town with its narrow, cobbled streets and guild houses, Theatre Square and Aennchen von Tharau Fountain. Continue to Samogitia National Park, for a walking tour around picturesque Lake Plateliai (2 hours). Afterwards to Siauliai and the magnificent Hill of Crosses, one of 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 Depart Tallinn
Optional transfer from your hotel to the airport.

Group Size: maximum 26 persons

2018 departures:
Starting in Tallinn as shown in the above itinerary:
15, 22, 29 Jun;   06, 13, 20, 27 Jul;   03, 10, 17 Aug

Starting In Riga with slightly altered itinerary - 1 night less in Tallinn, 1 night more in Riga
13, 20, 27 Jun;   04, 11, 18, 25 Jul;   01, 08, 15 Aug

Starting in Vilnius with slightly altered itinerary - 1 night less in Tallinn, 1 night more in Vilnius
17, 24 Jun;   01, 08, 15, 22, 29 Jul;   05, 12, 19 Aug

Includes: (For the above itinerary starting in Tallinn) 15 nights in centrally located 3-4 star hotels including buffet breakfast daily; 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; services of English-speaking tour escort and 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$ 2080.00
Single AUD$ 2832.00

Includes: 15 nights in centrally located 3-4 star hotels including daily buffet breakfast; 2 x 3-course dinners at the hotel days 1 and 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.