baltic-state tour: Impressions of the Baltics

Regular Group Touring
Tallinn, Cesis, Vilnius, Klaipeda & Riga
10 days
May - Sep
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This tour takes you not only to the main Baltic cities of Tallinn, Vilnius and Riga but also through the countryside to the charming smaller towns of Cesis and Klaipeda.

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 Old Town & Hanseatic Treasures
After breakfast we drive to the Lahemaa National Park, where we visit the Manor Houses in Palmse and Vihula. We continue to Tartu, where Estonia gained its statehood to see the charming Old Town and the University founded in 1632. From here 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.

Day 3 Cesis - Vilnius: Gauja National Park, Sigulda, Castles and Rundale Palace  
Today we drive through the Gauja National Park to Sigulda, a popular holiday resort. We see the ruins of both the Episcopal Castle and Castle of the Knights of the Sword. We drive around Riga 
before we take the highway to Vilnius. En route we reach magnificent Rundale Palace, a 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: Medieval Old Town & Trakai Castle
Vilnius is known for having over 1200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. 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. Continue to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania to visit the well preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve. 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 Curonian Spit: Sand Dunes, Sea & Forest, Thomas Mann Summerhouse
The day is reserved for a full-day optional excursion to the Curonian Spit, a thin, 100km 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 the Hill of Witches, Juodkrante. After that we continue to Nida, where we visit High Dunes, Thomas Mann’s summerhouse 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: Old Town & Guild Houses, Samogita National Park & Hill of Crosses
Klaipeda first became a part of Lithuania in 1923, after a long history as a German town called Memel. A short sightseeing tour takes us to the Old Town's narrow cobbled streets, old Guild Houses and also Theatre Square and the Aennchen von Tharau Fountain. Continue to the Samogitia National Park and embark on a walking tour around the picturesque Lake Plateliai. After that we continue to Siauliai and the wondrous Hill of Crosses, one of the holiest sites of Catholic Lithuania. Head north into Latvia and reach Riga in the afternoon, check-in at Hotel Radissson Blu Latvija or similar. The evening offers an optional organ recital at the historic Dome Cathedral.

Day 7 Riga Old Town Exploration & Jurmala Seaside Resort
Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a true kaleidoscope of various architectural styles. Your Old Town walking includes Riga Castle, Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, Swedish Gates, Three Brothers, Large and Small Guild House, and the Freedom Monument. The afternoon offers an optional visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for wooden architecture and sandy beaches. In the evening enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at stylish Restaurant Forest. 

Day 8 Riga - Tallinn: Parnu Summer Resort, Forest Landscapes
Today we continue onwards along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. After a short tour 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: Old Town, 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 medieval city walls and into the Old Town to see Toompea Castle, the Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, medieval Old Town Hall and Great Guild Hall. Afternoo, optional excursion to Kadriorg Park and KUMU, the new Estonian art museum. The evening offers an optional medieval dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv.

Day 10 Depart Tallinn 
Optional private transfer from hotel to airport and end of arrangements.

2018 Departures: 11, 25 May;   08, 15, 22, 29 Jun;   06, 13, 20, 27 Jul;   03, 10, 17, 31 Aug

Group Size: Maximum 26 persons

Includes: 9 nights at centrally located 3-4 star hotels including buffet breakfast, welcome meeting with juice or champagne cocktail, entry to Palmse Manor House, Rundale Palace, Old University Vilnius and the medieval Great Guild Hall Tallinn; services of English-speaking tour escort; transport in 1st class motor coaches or minivans throughout the itinerary, portage at hotels.

Excludes: optional private arrival and departure transfers;optional excursions being 8hr excursion to the Curonian Spit, Organ concert at Dome Cathedral, 4hr excursion to Jurmala, 3hr excursion to Kadriorg Park and KUMU visit; optional special dinners being Lithuanian dinner at Restaurant 19th CenturyLatvian dinner at Restaurant Forest; Medieval dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv; half board at hotels (9 x 3 course dinners with coffee/tea).

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1495.00
Single AUD$ 2080.00

Includes: 9 overnights at centrally located 3-4 star hotels including buffet breakfast, welcome meeting with champagne cocktail or juice, personalised welcome package, entry to Palmse Manor House, Rundale Palace, Old University Vilnius and the medieval Great Guild Hall Tallinn; services of English-speaking tour escort; transport in 1st class motor coaches or minivans throughout the itinerary, portage at hotels.

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

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