Highlights of the Baltics
A decadent display of history, lavish Baroque palaces and tranquil towns, this tour of the Baltics will take you through some of Europe’s last remaining hidden gems. From the grandeur of Vilnius to St Petersburg’s timeless masterpieces, it’s perfect for culture vultures and architecture enthusiasts alike.
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Day 1: Vilnius – Trakai – Anyksciai
Our day will begin with a walking tour of Vilnius – taking in the narrow, winding streets of the Old Town, and the impressive Vilnius University campus as we go. Then: we’ll stop off in Trakai to see the famous castle turrets before moving on to the lush, verdant forests of Laju Takas. Our final destination of the day will be Anykšciai, where we’ll have the chance to get to know each other over dinner.
Day 2: Anyksciai – Birzai – Pakruojis
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll set off for Biržai – where we’ll have the chance to tour the brewery before we dive into a few samples of the local tipple. After hearing some folk songs and enjoying a traditional lunch, we’ll move on to Pakruojis Manor. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the historic building before spending an afternoon at the perfume laboratory.
Day 3: Pakruojis – Hill of Crosses – Rundale – Riga
Before leaving Lithuania, we’ll make a stop at the famous Hill of Crosses – where a vast number of rosaries and crosses adorn a small hill. After crossing the border into Latvia, we’ll visit the impressive Rundale Palace – the most outstanding monument of Baroque and Rococo art in the country.
Day 4: Riga
After breakfast we’ll embark on a walking tour, taking in some of the city’s most important sights (and sampling some local delicacies along the way). The afternoon will be free for you to explore Riga at your leisure.
Day 5: Riga – Ligatne – Tartu
Today we’ll set a course for the town of Tartu, making a quick stop in Ligatne for a taste of the local berry wine and a relaxing lunch in a charming local café. Once in Tartu, we’ll head out on a guided tour.
Day 6: Tartu – Lahemaa National Park – Tallinn
This morning we’ll head towards Lake Peipsi, which straddles the border between Estonia and Russia. Near Mustvee, we’ll pay a visit to a fascinating community known as the ‘Old Believers’. After sharing tea and Krendel bread, we’ll enjoy a little fresh air and a tasty picnic before we get back on the road. Our next stop? Estonia’s largest national park, Lahemaa, where we’ll spend the afternoon exploring the fascinating ecosystem. Tonight, the winding streets and ancient castles of Tallinn await.
Day 7: Tallinn
After breakfast, we’ll take a bus and walking tour through the medieval heart of Tallinn. As we go, we’ll take in some of the city’s best-loved attractions, including Toompea Palace and Castle, Town Hall Square, the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Dome Church.
Day 8: Tallinn – Helsinki – St. Petersburg
This morning we’ll take the short ferry ride across the Baltic Sea from Tallinn to Helsinki – where we’ll visit the bustling harbours, the Finlandia Hall, Market Square and Parliament House. The city is yours for the afternoon. Just be sure to meet us at the train station – because tonight, we’ll be setting our sights on St Petersburg!
Day 9: St. Petersburg
This morning we’ll visit the city’s most iconic sights, including the Kazan Cathedral and the stately Admiralty. There will also be the chance to sample one of Russia’s most famous exports – authentic vodka. Spend the rest of the afternoon discovering St Petersburg’s many delights – or find a quiet spot for lunch and watch the world go by.
Day 10: St Petersburg
First today, we’ll enjoy included visits to Tsarskoye Selo and the legendary Amber Room at Catherine Palace. Later on this afternoon, we’ll enjoy a trip to the Hermitage. And tonight? We’ll round off the last day of our tour with a farewell dinner.
Day 11: St Petersburg
After our last breakfast together, there’s one last hurrah in store: a speedboat ride to Peterhof Park and Gardens. After taking some time to explore, we’ll bid each other farewell.
|2020 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Twin Share|
|Meals:||10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners|
|Transport:||Premium mini-coach transportation|
|Accommodation:||10 nights in boutique accommodation|
|Guide:||Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.