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Baltics Encompassed - 14 days map

Explore Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia on our most in depth tour of the Baltics, taking in the highlights and hidden gems of these three beautiful countries. Spend time in the charming Baltic capitals of Tallinn, Vilnius and Riga. Visit the Estonian university town of Tartu, Latvia's second largest city Daugavpils and Kaunas, the former capital of Lithuania. Stroll through Aukstatija National Park, soak up the scenery on Lithuania's beautiful Curonian Spit, discover magnificent Rundale Palace and more on this 14 day tour.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Reviews

Trip Highlights

Tallinn - Learn about the history of this charming medieval city and explore the picturesque Old Town
Daugavpils - Tour the historic city centre and visit the 19th century Daugavpils Fortress
Nida - Take a ferry over to the beautiful Curonian Spit and spend a night in the picturesque resort town of Nida
Rundale Palace - Enjoy a tour of this magnificent palace, a former summer residence of the Duke of Courland
Aglona - Visit the revered Aglona Basilica, one of the most important Catholic spiritual centres in Latvia.
Paluse - Stop at this pretty lakeside town, famous for its unique wooden church
Tartu - Spend a night in the Estonian university town of Tartu, see the charming Old Town and the university founded in 1632
Vilnius - Explore Lithuania's charming capital which has one of the largest surviving medieval old towns in Northern Europe
Liepaja - Visit Jurmala Park and the former Naval Port area and explore the Old Town of this Latvian port city
Riga - Uncover the highlights of Riga, Estonia's vibrant capital, with a tour of the Art Nouveaux District and Old Town
Aukstatija National Park - Take a leisurely walk through the picturesque park with its many lakes, rivulets and streams scattered between forests and hills

Included

11 nights 4 star hotels, 2 nights 3 star hotels
Sightseeing tours of Tallinn, Daugavpils, Vilnius, Klaipeda, Rundale Palace, Liepaja and Riga
Escorted by a bi-lingual (English and German speakiing) tour leader, with English speaking guides for city tours
All relevant transportation in a private modern vehicles
Welcome meeting with a champagne-cocktail or juice
13 breakfasts and 1 dinner at Grasi Manor restaurant
Entrance to Stameriena Palace, Talava cider brewery in 2024 / Cesvaine beer brewery (in 2025), Aglona Basilica, ceramics show-room in Preili, Mark Rothko Art Centre in Daugavpils, Peter and Paul Church in Vilnius (in 2024), Trinity Church in Liepaja and Rundale Palace
One arrival transfer on Day 1 and one departure transfer on Day 14 included per booking
Minimum group size 2 - maximum 21 (in 2024), 26 (in 2025). For optional excursions the maximum group size is 36.

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Tallinn

Welcome to Estonia and the capital Tallinn. Upon arrival at Tallinn airport you'll be met and transferred to your hotel in the heart of the city. The rest of the day is at leisure. A welcome meeting will be held this evening, in the hotel lobby, at around 7pm.
Overnight: Tallinn

Day 2

Tallinn Tour

With its exciting blend of medieval tranquility and modern urban life, Tallinn is a fantastically interesting capital city. The medieval Old Town is unsurprisingly a bustling place during the summer months with people going in and out of the various shops, galleries and cafes. Our sightseeing tour today starts by exploring the old city walls before we head into the heart of the Old Town, visiting the Toompea Castle, now home to the Estonian Parliament, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Great Guild Hall.

This afternoon is free for you to further explore Tallinn independently or to join an optional visit to Kadriorg Park and the newly built KUMU. This evening there will be the opportunity to join an optional medieval dinner at the 'Maikrahv' restaurant.
Overnight: Tallinn  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Optional Lahemaa National Park

Enjoy a free day in Tallinn or take an optional excursion to Lahemaa National Park. Located just 70km from the Estonia capital this national park encompasses 475 sq km of stunning pine forest, lakes and cultural attractions. On the excursion visit Palmse Manor, a beautiful baroque mansion which dates back over 300 years with a fascinating history, a memorial to the von Pahlen family and Sagadi Manor. The tour ends with a visit to the charming 16th century Vihula Manor and the Vodka Museum.
Overnight: Tallinn  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Tartu

Tallinn - Tartu. Bidding farwell to Tallinn we travel on to Tartu this morning, a university town which holds great significance in Estonian history. Here we see the charming Old Town as well as the university which was founded in 1632. This afternoon there's an optional tour of the Estonia National Museum, which is dedicated to Estonian cultural history and everyday life, from the Ice Age to present day.
Overnight: Tartu  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Grasi Manor

Tartu - Grasi (Latvia). Heading south from Tartu we cross the border into Latvia and visit Stameriena, the pearl of European romanticism having close links with Italian writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. Next stop today is a Talava cider brewery in Gulbene where we can sample their produce. Then we travel on to Grasi Manor, a picturesque classicism style estate where we spend the night, with dinner included at the manor.

2025 itinerary change: Departing from Tartu, we head south and in Latvia our first stop is in Aluksne. From there soon we reach Stameriena - the pearl of European romanticism having close links with Italian writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. After the visit, we continue to Cesvaine where we visit the small, private Cesvaine beer brewery and are invited to test the produce. Then we travel on to Grasi Manor, a picturesque classicism style estate where we spend the night, with dinner included at Grasi Manor.
Overnight: Grasi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Aglona & Daugavpils

Grasi - Daugavpils. Departing Grasi we travel on to Aglona this morning to visit the baroque Aglona Basilica and a ceramics workshop. Then we continue our journey to Latvia's second largest city, Daugavpils. Here we enjoy a tour of the historical city center, visit the 19th century Daugavpils Fortress and the Mark Rothko Art Centre where we can see original masterpieces of the famous founder of abstract expressionism. This evening we stay at the lovely Sventes Manor just outside the city.
Overnight: Daugavpils  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Aukstatija National Park & Paluse

Daugavpils - Vilnius (Lithuania). We travel south across the border into Lithuania, our second Baltic country today. Around midday we arrive at picturesque Aukstatija National Park with its many lakes, rivulets and streams scattered between forests and hills. Here we enjoy a leisurely walk and visit the pretty lakeside town of Paluse, famous for its wooden church. Late afternoon we continue our journey to Vilnius, Lithuania's capital.
Overnight: Vilnius  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Vilnius

Known for its medieval architecture and home to over 1,200 buildings and 48 churches that date back to this period, Vilnius is a beautiful capital and one that's bursting with fascinating history. This morning we'll enjoy a sightseeing tour of the highlights, visiting the old town we'll explore Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, the Peter and Paul Church, St Anne's Church, the Old University and the Gates of Dawn.

This afternoon there's a optional tour of The Palace of Grand Dukes of Lithuania where you will learn about the fortifications and the collection of armaments of the castle and palace.
Overnight: Vilnius  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Optional Trakai excursion

Spend the day at leisure in Vilnius today or join our optional excursions. This morning there's an optional tour of the Uzupis district - the smallest district in Vilnius which over years has transformed from troublesome neighboring into place where intellectuals and artists gather. This is followed by a visit to Lithuanian National Museum of Art.

This afternoon there's an optional excursion to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania, with its well preserved Trakai Castle, scenically set on an island in Lake Galve. In the evening there's an optional traditional Lithuanian dinner.

Please note: In 2025 the morning optional excursion will be a visit to the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights. The former office of the KGB Deputy Chief of Internal Prison on the museum’s first floor includes an exhibition of documents, photographs, maps and other items depicting the Sovietisation of the region in 1940-1941
Overnight: Vilnius

Day 10

Kaunas & Nida

Vilnius - Kaunas - Nida. Bidding farewell to Vilnius we travel west to Kaunas, the former capital of Lithuania, where we visit the beautiful Old Town and elegant white Baroque Town Hall. Travelling on to coastal Klaipeda we have a short walking tour of the town before taking the ferry to the Curonian Spit where we stay in the pretty resort town of Nida. This evening there's an optional authentic fisherman dinner.
Overnight: Nida  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Optional Curonian Spit Tour

Nida - Liepaja (Latvia). This morning there's an optional half-day tour of the beautiful 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. On the tour we'll see the spectacular Parnidis Dune and Naglis Dune, the Hill of Witches in Juodkrante and Thomas Mann’s summerhouse.

After the optional tour we head across the border to Liepaja in Latvia, where we arrive in the early afternoon. The evening there's the option of a casual dinner at a beach café Red Sun Buffet, right on the wide sandy beach.
Overnight: Liepaja  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Liepaja & Rundale Palace

Liepaja - Riga. Liepaja takes its name from the numerous lime trees in the city. We start the day with a short stroll through the Old Town with its Trinity Church. We visit Jurmala Park and the former Naval Port area with its famous Orthodox Cathedral. Then we continue through Southern Latvia to the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. After a guided tour of the palace we travel on to Latvia's charming capital Riga, arriving late afternoon.
Overnight: Riga  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Riga city tour

Today we explore Riga, the largest of the Baltic capitals it boasts a fantastic array of architectural styles and practices. Riga's foundation dates back to 1201 when the German bishop Albert arrived. On our walking tour of the Old Town this morning we'll see Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, St. Peter's Church and the Swedish Gates along with other fascinating parts of the city which demonstrate its rich history.

This afternoon is free for you to further explore Riga independently or to join an optional visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian seaside resort. The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.
Overnight: Riga  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Riga

Our tour ends today with a transfer to Riga airport.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

All departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable those who don’t have anyone to share a room with or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

Guaranteed Departure
2024
Twin Share
Single Room
09 Aug - 22 Aug 20% off G
USD $2,555
USD $2,044
USD $3,545
USD $2,836
16 Aug - 29 Aug 20% off G
USD $2,555
USD $2,044
USD $3,545
USD $2,836
23 Aug - 05 Sep 20% off G
USD $2,555
USD $2,044
USD $3,545
USD $2,836
30 Aug - 12 Sep 20% off G
USD $2,555
USD $2,044
USD $3,545
USD $2,836
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
30 May - 12 Jun 20% off
USD $2,725
USD $2,180
USD $3,885
USD $3,108
13 Jun - 26 Jun 20% off
USD $2,725
USD $2,180
USD $3,885
USD $3,108
20 Jun - 03 Jul 20% off
USD $2,725
USD $2,180
USD $3,885
USD $3,108
27 Jun - 10 Jul 20% off
USD $2,725
USD $2,180
USD $3,885
USD $3,108
11 Jul - 24 Jul 20% off
USD $2,725
USD $2,180
USD $3,885
USD $3,108
18 Jul - 31 Jul 20% off
USD $2,725
USD $2,180
USD $3,885
USD $3,108
25 Jul - 07 Aug 20% off
USD $2,725
USD $2,180
USD $3,885
USD $3,108
01 Aug - 14 Aug 20% off
USD $2,725
USD $2,180
USD $3,885
USD $3,108
08 Aug - 21 Aug 20% off
USD $2,725
USD $2,180
USD $3,885
USD $3,108
22 Aug - 04 Sep 20% off
USD $2,725
USD $2,180
USD $3,885
USD $3,108
29 Aug - 11 Sep 20% off
USD $2,725
USD $2,180
USD $3,885
USD $3,108
05 Sep - 18 Sep 20% off
USD $2,725
USD $2,180
USD $3,885
USD $3,108

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Post tour accommodation - Tallinn
USD $115
USD $195

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia, Tallinn

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

This centrally located hotel offers tastefully decorated guestrooms with modern conveniences such as high-speed WiFi, 24-hour room service and tea and coffee making facilities. Guests can enjoy an elegant Mediterranean dinner at the on-site Senso Restaurant or lighter bites at the delightful Café Boulevard. On the top floor you’ll find Club 26, where you can take a refreshing swim in the pool, work out in the well-equipped gym or relax in the sauna, all whilst admiring magnificent views over Estonia’s capital.

Dorpat Hotel , Tartu

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located in the heart of the city, the hotel offers convenient access to Tartu's main attractions and cultural landmarks. The rooms are comfortable and well-appointed, featuring modern amenities and a cosy ambiance. Guests can indulge in delicious meals at the on-site restaurant, which serves a variety of local and international cuisines. The hotel's bar provides a relaxing atmosphere to unwind with a drink after a day of exploring the city. With its attentive staff, convenient amenities, and prime location, the Dorpat Hotel is an excellent choice for travellers seeking comfort, convenience, and a memorable experience in Tartu.

Hotel Grasi Manor, Grasi

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Situated in the picturesque countryside surroundings, this manor offers a unique and tranquil retreat for guests. The en-suite rooms are elegantly furnished, combining classic charm with modern amenities, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Explore the beautiful grounds, take leisurely walks, or relax in the serene garden. With its rich history, attentive service, and idyllic setting, the Hotel Grasi Manor provides a memorable and rejuvenating experience for visitors looking to immerse themselves in the beauty of Latvia's countryside.

Hotel Svente Manor, Daugavpils

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Nestled in a serene countryside setting, the Sventes Manor provides a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere. The rooms are beautifully decorated, combining classic elegance with modern comforts, ensuring a comfortable stay. The on-site restaurant serves a delightful array of traditional Latvian dishes. Enjoy a stroll through the lovely gardens or take part in outdoor activities such as cycling or hiking. With its serene ambiance, attentive service, and beautiful surroundings, the Hotel Sventes Manor is a perfect choice for those seeking a peaceful and rejuvenating getaway in Daugavpils.

Hotel Artis Centrum , Vilnius

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Set in the heart of Vilnius, Hotel Artis Centrum is 20 minutes from Vilnius International Airport. All Guestrooms are elegantly furnished and are equipped with Air conditioning, Highspeed WiFi and a mini bar. The hotel offers two restaurants where can enjoy a wide range of breakfast menu or have room service delivered. The hotel's recreation area is available to all guest which includes sauna, steam room, whirl bath and swimming pool.

Neringa Hotel, Vilnius

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Neringa Hotel, located in the heart of Vilnius, Lithuania, offers a harmonious blend of modern comfort and classic elegance. This historic hotel, recently renovated, provides guests with beautifully designed rooms featuring contemporary amenities and stylish furnishings. Enjoy the on-site restaurant, which is renowned for its exquisite Lithuanian and international cuisine, complemented by a welcoming atmosphere. Work out in the fully equipped fitness center, or order a cocktail at the cosy bar for relaxation. Party the night away in the basement bar or roof terrace, with magnificent views of the capital. Its central location makes it a perfect base for exploring Vilnius, with major attractions, shopping, and cultural sites just a short walk away.

Hotel Nerija, Nida

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Located in the picturesque town of Nida, Hotel Nerija is a charming seaside retreat. The hotel itself boasts comfortable and well-appointed en-suite rooms, ensuring a pleasant stay for guests. Indulge in delicious local cuisine at the hotel's restaurant, which serves up a delectable array of seafood dishes and traditional Lithuanian delicacies. Explore the surrounding area by renting bicycles or take a leisurely stroll along the sandy shores. Hotel Nerija is a true gem on the Baltic coast, offering a memorable and rejuvenating experience for those seeking a tranquil escape by the sea.

Art Hotel Roma , Liepaja

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Located in one of the most beautiful inner districts of the center of Liepaja and the stunning Baltic Sea coastline. Art Hotel Art Hotel Roma offers a delightful blend of comfort, style, and convenience. The ensuite rooms boasts a range of tasteful blend of classical values where ancient meets contemporary styled rooms, each designed with attention to detail and equipped with modern amenities to ensure a pleasant stay. The hotel has a well-equipped fitness centre, and a tranquil spa. The Liepaja Hotel Art Roma is a true gem, offering a memorable experience during each stay.

Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija, Riga

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Ideally situated in the centre of Riga just 400 meters from the historical old town, the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija offers impressive views over the city. The contemporary styled guestrooms are spacious and well equipped to cater for those visiting for leisure, business and even families with children. Guests can soak up the fabulous city views in the stylish Skyline bar located on the 26th floor. Or why not relax and visit the brand new and conceptually unique Spa Riga.

Hotel Radisson Blu Elizabete, Riga

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Hotel Radisson Blu Elizabete, situated in the heart of Riga, Latvia, is a modern and stylish retreat offering guests a blend of comfort and luxury. The hotel features contemporary design with spacious, well-appointed rooms equipped with all essential amenities, ensuring a relaxing stay. Enjoy exquisite dining at the in-house restaurant, which serves a variety of international and local dishes. Work out in the fully equipped fitness centre, or relax in the courtyard terrace with a cocktail. Its prime location provides easy access to Riga's historic sites, shopping districts, and vibrant nightlife, offering an exceptional experience for visitors.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.25 out of 5 based on 4 recent reviews

Tour guide (Janis) was fantastic - very professional, helpful and knowledgeable. We did not know that this was a combined English/German tour, so everything on the bus needed to be explained twice. There were multiple buses rather than a single bus for the whole trip, and there were three occasions where people joined or left the group, because of overlapping itineraries of tours being combined (this made it difficult to make social connections with everyone). The included and optional dinners were decent. Overall, a very enjoyable tour of a very interesting corner of the globe.

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Great guide and tour leader. He made the trip worthwhile with his knowledge, enthusiasm, and positive manner.

The hotels were good on the trip.

The problem with the tour was that it was too bare bones. Most things worth doing were optional tours and they were just a profit center for the tour companies. Greatly overpriced.

While On The Go may be good for some people. I didn’t think that the value was there for me.

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Janis was an excellent guide and clearly explained all the history details: This tour was unlike all other tours we have taken in that people joined and departed at two other starting points: It was also in 2 languages but very well done by the guide. When we joined our group on Day 1 the guide asked us to state where we were from but not our names so it took a while to know others. This was even more awkward when new people joined and left. There was no effort to build communication with other travelers which was unusual for us. We would recommend this trip especially our guide who is passionate about the Baltics, his job and caring about those he guides.

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Overall, good tour.

I found all the optional excursions very overpriced and I think should have been included in the itinerary (except for the optional dinners). I also did not like the rotating basis of the tour where new people were lost and added in the capitol cities. It would have been nice to have a cohesive group from beginning to end. It made for complications with the logistics which also ate into the tour itinerary and focus of the leader.

Transport was mostly very good and hotels were all passable. Hotel breakfasts are a mixed bag and too much mark up on the optional dinners.

The guide Janis was very good, very professional, very patient and very capable. I give him very high marks considering all he had to do.

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At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Tallinn
Ends
Riga
Departs
Fridays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 26
Hotel Rating
3-4 star hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 12, Dinner: 1
Countries
Minimum Age
5 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
Yes
Tallinn
Tallinn
Vilnius skyline with hot air balloons
Vilnius skyline with hot air balloons

Tour guide (Janis) was fantastic - very professional, helpful and knowledgeable. We did not know that this was a combined English/German tour, so everything on the bus needed to be explained twice. There were multiple buses rather than a single bus for the whole trip, and there were three occasions where people joined or left the group, because of overlapping itineraries of tours being combined (this made it difficult to make social connections with everyone). The included and optional dinners were decent. Overall, a very enjoyable tour of a very interesting corner of the globe.

Jean Pierre Verster
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