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7 days - Independent tour from Tallinn to Vilnius with three day tours

The Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia offer warmth, charm and a fascinating history. The Old Towns of their magical, medieval cities represent the kind architectural beauty that can move you without you quite understanding why.

This independent tour offers all the highlights, with private guided tours of the capitals, private airport transfers, and luxury bus/mini-bus transfers between the countries.

Highlights include

  • Visit Lahemaa National park for a return day trip
  • Day trip to Druskininkai, to visit Grūtas Park, a sculpture garden of Soviet-era statues and an exposition of other Soviet ideological relics from the times of the Lithuanian SSR place
  • Day tour to Sigulda and Turaida Castle
Day 1
Arrive in Tallinn from either the ferry from Helsinki or airport, guided walk in the Old town in the afternoon.
Day 2
Tallinn with a day trip to Lahemaa National Park
Day 3
Travel between Tallinn and Riga, then afternoon guided tour of Riga
Day 4
Day tour to Sigulda and Turaida Castle
Day 5
Travel from Riga to Vilnius, then afternoon walking tour of Vilnius
Day 6
Day trip to Druskininkai, Lithuania's premier spa town.
Day 7
Transfer to airport
Start Place
Tallinn, Estonia tours
End Place
Vilnius, Lithuania tours
Destinations Visited
Estonia tours
Latvia tours
Lithuania tours
Duration
7 Days
Suitability
Easy independent holiday suitable for singles & couples
Code
BBS001

Details

Transportation

Service of 1st class public motor coach (reclining seats, TV, wifi and drinks) between Tallinn and Riga, Riga and Vilnius as well as portage at hotels. Transfers from the airport and private transfers from the bus terminals to your hotel. We can arrange for private transfers between the capital cities if you would prefer.

Included
  • 6 nights at centrally located hotels, twin share with private facilities
  • 6 x buffet breakfast, 3 x lunches
  • 3 day tours; Lahemaa National Park - Estonia, Day tour to Sigulda and Turaida Castle - Latvia and Druskininkai, to visit Grūtas Park - Lithuania
  • Service of English speaking private guide in Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius with city walking tours
  • Meet and Greet in Tallinn on your first day
  • Portage at hotels
  • Private airport transfers
  • Luxury public bus between Vilnius and Riga and between Riga and Tallinn
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fees
Not Included
  • Flights
  • Items of personal nature
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Tallinn from either the ferry from Helsinki or airport, guided walk in the Old town in the afternoon.

Arrive on the morning ferry from Helsinki or airport and have a private transfer to your hotel to drop off luggage. Your guide will meet you here for a short 'meet and greet' to make your arrival comfortable.

After lunch, meet your private guide for a 1.5-2 hour walking tour which goes through the two sharply contrasting parts of the Old Town: the Lower Town, once a free trading town and member of the Hanseatic League with its guild houses, warehouses, a unique Gothic Town Hall, dwellings of prosperous merchants, and churches with charming slender towers; and Toompea or the Upper Town, the seat of German landlords and their houses from the 18th-19th centuries. You also visit the biggest churches: the Alexander Nevski cathedral, an active Russian orthodox church, built just over 100 years ago, and the Dome church, the church of the local German nobility for centuries, which contains a valuable collection of their family coats of arms. The church itself is one of the oldest in Estonia and is built in the Gothic style. From the viewing platform you can see a panoramic view of not only the Old Town but also the rest of the city.

Accommodation
St.Petersbourg Hotel

Day 2 - Tallinn with a day trip to Lahemaa National Park

After breakfast, depart to Lahemaa National park for a return day trip. This is opportunity to learn about the diverse Estonian cultural history and see the Lahemaa nature preserve situated at the Gulf of Finland east of Tallinn. The most attractive part of Lahemaa is indeed the nature - bays, forests, bogs, limestone cliff and huge boulders. Lunch is included during the day.

Enjoy a short walk at Oandu along the 'beaver trail'. It passes through the Altja River valley, in which you will see a diversity of plant and animal life. You will spy beaver activity in the valley too: the dams they build, their dens on the banks of the river and the trees whose trunks they gnaw through. We will visit beautiful manor houses of German landlord families dating back to the 18th centuries (Palmse or Sagadi manor). At the idyllic captain's village of Käsmu we introduce you to Estonian seafaring past. The village was home to a maritime school, and virtually every family had its captain or coxswain..

Return mid-afternoon to your hotel.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
Accommodation
St.Petersbourg Hotel

Day 3 - Travel between Tallinn and Riga, then afternoon guided tour of Riga

This morning, private transfer to the bus station at 8am for a four hour drive to Riga with a lounge pass. On arrival, again private transfer to your hotel.

Rīga, founded in 1201, has always been the political, economic, and cultural centre of Latvia. Nowadays, around one third of Latvia's population lives and works there. The Historical Centre of Rīga is listed by UNESCO as one of the world's most important cultural and architectural sites.

This afternoon, head out on a private walking tour of Riga including entrance to the Dome Cathedral and a visit to see the view from St. Peter's tower. The tour encompasses the most significant sights of Riga. Enjoy the beauty of this ancient Hanseatic city, while strolling through the cobble-stone, picturesque streets of the Old Town. Visit the Dome Cathedral, the Church of St. Peter, the old Guild-Houses, Riga Castle, and the Swedish gate, and view the many wonderfully restored Art Nouveau houses.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Hotel Grand Palace or similar

Day 4 - Day tour to Sigulda and Turaida Castle

This morning, meet your guide and head off on a 5 hour private day tour to Sigulda and Turaida Castle. In the ancient Gauja valley, shaped by the River Gauja and its tributaries, dozens of stone castles were erected and occupied in addition to the many castle mounds that were built by earlier locals. This area has the greatest concentration of castles not only in Latvia but also in Eastern Europe.

Experience a genuine whiff of the Middle Ages a time of romantic legends, castles and heroic figures. Travel through gently undulating farming lands to the beautiful Gauja River valley. On the outskirts of the old town of Sigulda are the ruins of the 13th century Crusader Castle, and fabled sandstone grottoes that are guarded by statuesque birch trees. The wild beauty of Turaida Nature Reserve stretches out below you and gaze from the tower of Turaida Castle.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Hotel Grand Palace or similar
Optional Add Ons
Countryside excursion to Sigulda

Day 5 - Travel from Riga to Vilnius, then afternoon walking tour of Vilnius

This morning, private transfer to the bus station for your luxury coach connection to Vilnius. Travel for approx. 4 hours with lounge pass, arrive around midday for lunch. Private transfer to your hotel and check in.

Vilnius, Lithuania's capital, is known for its baroque architecture, seen especially in its medieval Old Town. But the buildings lining this district's partially cobblestoned streets reflect diverse styles and eras, from the neoclassical Vilnius Cathedral to Gothic St. Anne's Church. The 16th-century Gate of Dawn, containing a shrine with a sacred Virgin Mary icon, once guarded an entrance to the original city. Join your guide for a 3-hour private guided tour of the old town.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Hotel Artagonist or similar

Day 6 - Day trip to Druskininkai, Lithuania's premier spa town.

Meet your guide and transfer to Druskininkai - Lithuania's premier spa and southernmost town located 140 km from Vilnius. Picturesquely set on Nemunas river and surrounded by pine forests with wonderfully fresh scented air. A one day trip to the town features its main attractions: neo-gothic Church of the Virgin Mary of the Scapular, Ciurlionis Memorial Museum, Jacques Lipchitz Memorial Gallery and Grutas Park, a unique park where pompous statues of soviet revolutionaries and political leaders, once dominating squares of Lithuanian towns and villages, have found their shelter after being removed more than 10 years ago. To date, no other museum or cultural institution has endeavoured to collect or duly exhibit Soviet relics. In Grūtas Park, monumental sculptures are positioned in a 2 km-long exposition, where guard towers, fragments of concentration camps and other details resemble Siberia. Grūtas Park is situated on a 20 ha area, exhibiting 86 works by 46 artists. Such a large concentration of monuments and sculptures of ideological content in a single out-door exposition is a rare and maybe even unique phenomenon in the world.

According to some sources, the site of present day Druskininkai was inhabited by local Yotvingian tribes in the early Middle Ages. In 13th century, the area was conquered by Lithuanian population where they have built a small castle to defend against the Teutonic Order (Order of the Teutonic House of St. Mary in Jerusalem). The castle was destroyed in 1308 and the area was soon depopulated. The first mention of present day Druskininkai dates back to 1636 with the root of name meaning "salt" (druska lt) which suggests that locals have been collecting this precious mineral. In late 18th century, the discovery of healthiness of Druskininkai areal water has started asthma treatment. In early 19th century, I. Fonberger, Vilnius University professor, focused on analysis of chemical composition of Druskininkai waters and discovered that it contains large amounts of calcium, sodium, potassium, iodine, bromine, iron and magnesium which has contributed to promoting Druskininkai as holiday resort for Lithuanians and their guests.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
Accommodation
Hotel Artagonist or similar

Day 7 - Transfer to airport

After breakfast, transfer to the airport with private van.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

All prices listed are per person, indicative as prices might be very strongly affected by hotel availability at high season (May - Sept).

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3 Apr 2020
31 Dec 2020
3 Apr 2020
31 Dec 2020
EUR 2,205
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If you would like to add the ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn, this is easily done.

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