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Highlights of the Baltics

Explore the best of the Baltics: Historic Vilnius in Lithuania; beautiful Riga, the “Paris of the North” in Latvia; Tallinn, the medieval capital of Estonia.

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Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of no more than 24 likeminded travelers (and often much fewer), escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures April – October 2021 Group Size 16 travelers max
Themes History & CultureNature & Wildlife
Activity Level Moderate
What to Expect This moderately-paced, escorted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking and requires an average level of physical fitness
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Explore the absolute best of northeast Europe on our 11-day journey to the Baltics: Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. Although small in size, these countries are full of amazing experiences, picturesque landscapes, delectable cuisine, and so much more. Start your adventure discovering the timeless charm and unique architecture in Vilnius, Lithuania, home to one of the oldest preserved Old Towns in Northern Europe. Be sure to complete your trip with a visit to the fairy-tale Trakai Castle and enjoy a traditional savory Lithuanian pastry, the Kibinai! Wander your way through the treetops in Anyksciai before arriving in Riga, Latvia. Known as the “Paris of the North”, Riga is home to cobblestoned streets lined with intricately designed buildings in its ornate Art Nouveau district, open air museums, and marvelous cathedrals. Venture outside of the city to Gauja National Park, a hidden gem recognized as the “Switzerland of Latvia.” The last stop on your journey is Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia. Step back in time as you walk along the winding streets past 14th and 15th-century walls, towers, and soaring church spires. Then, leave the city behind for the breathtaking natural landscape that covers over half of Estonia with wetlands, bogs, and forests. Visiting this region offers travelers sights and activities not found anywhere else in Europe, so get your bags packed, cameras ready, and meet us in the Baltics!

Package includes

  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round-trip flights from NYC (JFK or EWR) including fuel surcharges, taxes & fees
  • All ground transportation and transfers
  • 9 nights accommodation in superior first class hotels
  • 15 Meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners including welcome and farewell dinners
  • Professional, English-speaking tour director and local guides
  • Comprehensive touring program and entrance fees

Optional add-ons

  • Private guided tour of the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights
  • Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum
  • Gauja National Park, Turaida Castle & a secret Soviet bunker with lunch

Why you'll love it

  • Discover the Old Town, Cathedral Square, the Orthodox Cathedral of All Saints, and Vilnius University on a walking tour of Vilnius.
  • Learn how to create a a traditional Kibinai, a savory Lithuanian pastry.
  • Take a walk on Laju Takas, a spectacular treetop walking path in Anyksciai.
  • Tour Riga, the "Paris of the North", including the Old Town, the Swedish Gate, the Monument of Liberty, Riga's Castle, and the Art Nouveau district.
  • En route to Tallinn, Estonia, visit an eco-farm and engage in an organic horticulture workshop.
  • Stop at a cider house in Kaelase, enjoying a tasting as you learn about the process of making cider.
  • See the Town Hall, Dome Cathedral, and the Toompea Palace in Tallinn.
  • Visit Kardriorg Palace, the jewel of Tallinn.
  • Enjoy the fresh air as you walk along the boardwalks of an Estonian bog at Lahemaa National Park.
  • Explore the enchanting 400-year-old fishing village of Altja.

Itinerary at a Glance

Highlights of the Baltics map

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If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when (or after) you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Highlights of the Baltics
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Oct 14, 2021 $399
All other dates $449
Optional Excursions1
Museum of Occupations & Freedom Fights $40
Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum $47
Gauja National Park, Turaida Castle, & a secret Soviet bunker with lunch $235

1. The optional Gauja National Park, Turaida Castle, and a secret Soviet bunker with lunch require a minimum of 4 passengers to operate

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc. Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York City (NYC)1 included

1. NYC departures will be from either JFK or EWR based upon availability when you make your reservation.

This package includes round-trip flights from the city listed above.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA

  • Depart the United States on your overnight flight to Vilnius, Lithuania.

Day 2 Arrive Vilnius, Lithuania

  • Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel
  • Enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travelers at a local restaurant

Hotel Vilnia Dinner

Full Day Itinerary

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel for check-in. This evening join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 3 Vilnius

  • Discover Vilnius on a walking tour through the city
  • Visit the city's Jewish Quarter, and unique U┼żupis District
  • Optional visit to the Museum of Occupations & Freedom Fights

Hotel Vilnia Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Gate of Dawn, Vilnius
This morning, join your guide on a walking tour of Vilnius. Your tour begins in one of the oldest preserved Old Towns in Northern Europe. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Town boasts a rare mix of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassical architecture. Visit the Gates of Dawn, opened in 1522, it is the city’s only remaining defensive wall still standing. With the splendid image of Virgin Mary painted to protect the city, the wall stands as an important spiritual landmark. Your tour continues to Cathedral Square, the outstanding Orthodox Cathedral of All Saints, and Vilnius University, one of the oldest schools in Europe. 

Next, learn more about two distinct areas that make up Vilnius: the Jewish Quarter and the Užupis District. Learn more about Lithuania's strong connection with Jewish heritage, and discover why Vilnius was once referred to as the "Jerusalem of the North." Then, explore the city’s Užupis District, a self-proclaimed “republic” inside the Old Town thriving as a creative and artistic community with its own constitution, anthem, and president. 
 
The rest of your day is free at leisure or you may choose an optional visit to the Museum of Occupations & Freedom Fights.
Optional Excursion: Museum of Occupations & Freedom Fights, $40
Museum of Occupations & Freedom Fights Photo by Wilson44691 on Wikipedia

Reflect on Lithuanian history with a guided tour of the Museum of Occupations & Freedom Fights. Once a former gymnasium, it was the headquarters of the Gestapo during occupation in WWII and then taken over by the Soviet KGB. Learn more about Lithuania’s complex history of occupation that only ended in 1990, when Lithuania declared independence from the USSR.

Day 4 Vilnius

  • Pay a respectful visit to the Memorial of Paneriai
  • Visit Trakai Castle, picturesquely situated on the middle of a lake
  • Sail the surrounding waters of the castle by boat
  • Learn how to create a a traditional Kibinai, a savory Lithuanian pastry

Hotel Vilnia Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary
Trakai Castle, Vilnius

After breakfast, pay a respectful visit to the Memorial of Paneriai on the outskirts of Vilnius. It is this exact site where over 100,000 Jews lost their lives during WWII. Today it is a place of commemoration and remembrance.

Continue to Trakai Castle, picturesquely situated on the middle of a lake. Standing tall with a medieval-style appearance, the castle exudes a fairy-tale-like essence and can only be accessed by wooden drawbridge. Explore the castle grounds, visit the museum, and view the myriad of ancient artifacts.

Afterwards, discover the magical blue waters surrounding the castle by boat. Relax to the sound of the calming waters as you pass through the neighboring islands. Following your time on the water, make your way to a local restaurant where you will learn how to make a traditional savory Lithuanian pastry called Kibinai. Follow time-tested Lithuanian cooking methods with your host before sitting down to taste your own wonderful creation! Return to Vilnius and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 5 Anyksciai, Birzai & Riga, Latvia

  • Depart for Riga, en-route stop in Anyksciai & Birzai
  • Take a walk on Laju Takas, a treetop walking path overlooking the beautiful forests and river
  • Enjoy lunch at Birzai Castle and learn more about traditional Lithuanian beer making
  • Arrive in Riga, Latvia and check into your hotel

Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary
Laju Takas observation tower

Say goodbye to Vilnius, and begin your journey to Riga! En route, stop in the town of Anyksciai and take a walk on Laju Takas, a spectacular treetop walking path. This one-of-a-kind structure meanders through the trees and offers a unique perspective to the surrounding area.

Continue to the town of Birzai and visit Birzai Castle for an included lunch. After lunch, visit the cellar of the castle to learn more about traditional beer making traditions accompanied by song. Afterwards, continue to Riga and check into your hotel.

Day 6 Riga, Latvia

  • This morning, discover Riga on a walking tour of the city
  • Explore the medieval architecture of Riga's Old Town
  • Walk through the ornate Art Nouveau district

Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary
Old Town of Riga

After breakfast, depart on a walking tour of Riga. Hailed as the "Paris of the North" immerse yourself among the cobblestone streets and magnificent architecture of this grand Baltic capital. Take in Riga's most interesting sites including the Old Town, the Swedish Gate, the Monument of Liberty and Riga's Castle. Continue to the Dome Cathedral home to one of the largest organs in Europe (6,768 pipes!). Next, enjoy a wonderful walk through the Art Nouveau district, a staple to any visit to Riga. Look out for the brilliantly decorated facades and intricately designed buildings as you take in one architectural masterpiece after another.

Following your walking tour, the rest of the day is free at leisure to explore on your own, or take an optional tour to the Latvian Open Air Museum.

Optional Excursion: Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum, $47
Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum

Transfer from Riga to one of the largest and oldest open air museums in all of Europe. Explore the vast array of historical buildings dating from the 17th-century through the 1930's. Stroll through traditional farmsteads and look back on the tools and crafts that made up everyday living.

Day 7 Riga

  • Free day to explore Riga on your own, or take part in a full-day optional excursion to Gauja National Park!

Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel Breakfast

Optional Excursion: Gauja National Park, Turaida Castle & a secret Soviet bunker with lunch, $235
Turaida Castle, Gauja National Park

Swap the city for the crisp fresh air of Gauja National Park, also known as the "Switzerland of Latvia." Visit the incredible Turaida Castle situated in the heart of the park. Built in the 13th-century as a residence of the Bishop of Riga, the castle stands firm today welcoming visitors and offering a great view of the surrounding landscape. Next, visit a former secret underground Soviet bunker. Built as a place of refuge in case of a nuclear war, step back in time and witness a piece of history only recently discovered in the early 2000's. Today's optional excursion also includes lunch at a local restaurant.

Note: This private tour requires a minimum of 4 passengers to operate.

Day 8 Pärnu, Kaelase, Tallinn, Estonia

  • Transfer to Tallinn, Estonia
  • En route, visit a local eco-farm and engage in an organic horticulture workshop
  • Continue to a cider house and enjoy a tasting of five different ciders accompanied by cheese and snacks

Kreutzwald Hotel Tallinn Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Estonian table apples

This morning, depart for Tallinn, Estonia. En route, visit an eco-farm that specializes in organic gardening. Meet with the friendly owners who will take you to their herb yard and greenhouse. During this time, learn more about the difference between eco-growing and chemically fertilized plants, and how each affect human health. Partake in planting your own seed in their greenhouse before sitting down and enjoying homemade smoothies and lemonade made with herbs picked from their garden.

Next, continue towards Tallinn and stop at a cider house in the town of Kaelase. Tour the factory and the apple orchard and learn more about the process that goes into making cider. Enjoy a tasting of five different delectable ciders with accompanying cheese and snacks. Later this evening, arrive in Tallinn and check in to your hotel.

Day 9 Tallinn, Estonia

  • Walking tour of Tallinn
  • Visit the magnificent Kadriorg Palace and art museum

Kreutzwald Hotel Tallinn Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary
Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral, Tallinn

After breakfast, begin your first full day in Estonia with a walking tour of Tallinn, one of the best preserved medieval cities in Northern Europe. Feel the aura of the 14th and 15th-century walls, towers, and soaring church spires as you walk along the winding streets. Visit the 14th-century Gothic Town Hall, the Dome Cathedral, and the magnificent pink Baroque-style Toompea Palace. Then, stand in awe at the outstanding architecture of the Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral.

Continue with a short drive to Kadriorg Palace, founded in 1718 by Russian Tsar Peter I in honor of his wife Catherine I, it is considered a crown jewel of Tallinn. Stroll through the colorful gardens and flower park before entering the national art museum. Wander through the halls of the grandiose interior and admire an assortment of brilliant pieces from international artists. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Day 10 Tallinn, Lahemaa National Park

  • Venture outside the city to Lahemaa National Park
  • Walk along the boardwalks of an Estonian bog
  • Visit a 400-year-old fisherman's village
  • See the Baroque-style Palmse Manor and walk through the Open-Air Museum
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers

Kreutzwald Hotel Tallinn Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Fishermen huts, Altja village

This morning, leave the city behind for the breathtaking natural landscape of Lahemaa National Park. Nearly three-quarters of Estonia is covered in wetlands, bogs, and forests. Today provides you the opportunity to step outside and enjoy the fresh air that comes with it. Visit a traditional Estonian bog and walk along the boardwalks while taking in the sights and sounds of nature. Listen to the relaxing sound of water cascading at the Jägala waterfall. Take in the view of the shore and explore the enchanting 400-year-old fishing village of Altja. Then, visit the Baroque-style Palmse Manor and walk through the Open-Air Museum. This afternoon return to Tallinn and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

This evening, enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner with your fellow travelers at a local restaurant in Tallinn.

Day 11 Depart Tallinn/Arrive USA

  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight
  • Arrive in the USA later today

Breakfast

Hotels

Hotel Vilnia
First Class

Originally built in the 19th century, Hotel Vilnia is situated in the heart of the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, just opposite the entrance to the Bernardine Garden and within short walking distance of Cathedral Square, Vilnius University and Gediminas' Castle. This part of Vilnius is in a quiet, relaxing area surrounded by the extraordinary beauty of churches, parks, and monuments.On entering any one of the 79 rooms in this charming hotel in Vilnius, you will immediately sense its special, intimate atmosphere that makes you feel like being at home. You’ll enjoy perfect city views with lots of landmarks. Each detail has been chosen with a style that mixes classical and modern solutions. The rooms are equipped with a fully-stocked minibar and snacks, an air-conditioning unit, comfortable chairs, a makeup mirror, a huge wardrobe, and a bathroom. UPE is a 'sharing plates' restaurant serving a gastronomic feast in a relaxed atmosphere where every day becomes a celebration. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.The lobby bar has a full selection of wine, liquor, and cocktails and serves snacks so guests can enjoy an after-dinner drink, late-night bite, or a fun get together with companions to review an enjoyable day.

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Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel
First Class

Located in the historical center of Riga Old Town, the Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel is within walking distance from UNESCO world heritage attractions such as House of the Blackheads, Riga Dome Cathedral, and Latvian National Opera. The hotel also offers a full-service spa experience with services such as an Aqua Thermal Area, facials, scrubs, wraps, and specialized baths. There is a heated swimming pool, gym, and sauna on-site as well. The hotel has 222 rooms equipped with everything that makes the stay peaceful and relaxing. The muted tones of the walls, furniture, and bedding evoke a modern, minimal, comfortable atmosphere.TAPAS TAPAS has a classical contemporary Latvian lunch and dinner menu in a casual rustic atmosphere. Unwind and order from a full collection of wines, cocktails, and drinks. After... is an eclectic modern restaurant and bar that serves lunch, dinner, and drinks inspired by traditional European cuisine.Melna Bite offers a variety of contemporary Latvian and European dishes for lunch and dinner with a modern twist in a cozy, homey atmosphere. They also have an extensive menu of coffee, teas, cocktails, and snacks for a mid-afternoon or late-night bite. The hotel also offers a room-service menu for convenience.

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Kreutzwald Hotel Tallinn
First Class

The Kreutzwald Hotel Tallinn is centrally located in Tallinn in a beautiful historic building. It is a 6-minute walk from the National Library of Estonia, 12 minutes on foot from Kristiine Shopping Centre, 1km from Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and 4km from both the Seaplane Harbour maritime museum and Kadriorg Palace. The hotel has a full-service spa, sauna, hot tub, library, gift shop, and newsstand. There is complimentary Wi-fi throughout the property.

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