Take in the best of the Baltics on this 11 day tour which explores the three beautiful Baltic capitals and gets off the beaten track to discover more of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Travelling from Riga to Vilnius, via enchanting Tallinn, stop at the Estonian summer resort of Parnu and visit the pretty university town of Tartu. Explore Latvia's 19th century Daugavpils Fortress and admire the revered Aglona Basilica. Enjoy a scenic walk through Aukstatija National Park in Lithuania, see the lakeside town of Paluse and more on this small group tour.
Welcome to Latvia and the capital Riga. Upon arrival at Riga 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.
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 join an optional excursion to the Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th century country life. In the evening there's an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish restaurant.
Overnight: Riga | Breakfast
Parnu & Tallinn
Riga - Parnu - Tallinn (Estonia). Departing Riga we travel along the coastal highway and across the border to the pretty Estonian summer resort of Parnu. We have a short tour of the resort before continuing our journey through the North Estonian land of forests to Tallinn, arriving early afternoon. Spend the rest of the day at leisure in Estonia's enchanting capital.
Overnight: Tallinn | Breakfast
The capital city of Estonia is an alluring combination of the old and the new. Its fairytale-like Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with beautiful medieval architecture, cobbled streets and a wonderful array of 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 where we see Toompea Castle, the Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the medieval Old Town Hall 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's the opportunity to join an optional medieval dinner..
Overnight: Tallinn | Breakfast
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
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
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.
Overnight: Grasi | Breakfast, Dinner
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
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
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
Our tour ends today with a transfer to Vilnius airport.
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.
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 Latvija, Riga
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 Olympia, Tallinn
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
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
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
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
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.