(Klaipeda, Kaunas, Vilnius)
Explore the unique history of the Baltic nations with your private guide. A proud maritime tradition, mix of Soviet culture and today's westernized capitals all combine to make this trip memorable. Visitors will enjoy a richly rewarding stroll through the compact old cities lined with cafes, boutiques, spectacular churches and castles. Private transfers between cities offer the chance to explore the countryside or stop at a quaint shop on a whim. Enjoy it all with the convenience of a personal vehicle and driver.
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
A welcome package with a city map, and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Stating your private city tour at St. Charles Cathedral, you will explore Tallinn’s highlights, while your private guide provides you with exclusive inside information of the town’s history. The visit to the National Library is followed by the Pirita River where the Olympic Yachting Regatta was hosted in 1980. Take a few minutes to admire the Olympic Centre on the opposite side of the river before your guide takes you to the ruins of St. Bridget’s Convent. On the way back to the city, you pass the Song Festival Grounds where every 5 years a 120-year-old Estonian song festival takes place. The tour continues with the Parliament building and the 100 year old Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, famous for its onion domes. With its interesting collection of coat-of-arms and tombstones, the Dome Cathedral, built the13th-14th centuries is well worth a visit. Two viewing platforms provide you with breathtaking panoramic views of this charming town and are followed by a visit to the Long Leg and Short Leg Streets. Back in the Lower Old Town you will learn about St. Nicholas Church before concluding your city exploration at the Town Hall Square. Entrance fees are not included.
Enjoy a private transfer from Tallinn to Riga, via Parnu and Sigulda. On your way visit Sigulda with Gauja National Park. The park, located about 50 km from Riga in the Gauja River valley, is known as the most popular tourist and leisure destination. This tour enables one to experience a genuine whiff of the Middle Ages, a time of romantic legends, castles, and heroic figures by visiting the ruins of the 13th century Turaida Castle, and a local History Museum. During the tour you will have a private vehicle with an English speaking driver and an English speaking guide at Turaida Castle. Entrance fees are included.
The guided walking tour of Old Riga takes you down the streets through the centre of this medieval Hanseatic old town. Marvel at the splendors of the Dome Cathedral, the Old Guild house, Riga Castle, and the architectural wonders of the Jugendstil district. The walking tour continues to the Monument of Freedom then proceeds to the newly renovated Opera House. From there the tour takes you into Old Riga with stops at Konveta Seta, the colourful 13th century buildings that formerly housed the Convent of the Holy Spirit. Your private guide will also show you St. Peters Church, House of the Blackheads, Dome Cathedral, Riga Castle, which is now the residence of the President of Latvia, and the houses of the Latvian parliament building, the Saeima. The tour also includes visits to many other sites of historical and architectural interest such as Jackob’s Barracks and the Powder Tower.
Enjoy a private transfer from Riga to Klaipeda. During your transfer visit Rundale Palace with a local guide located 66 km away of Riga. One of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Latvia, it was built in 1736-1740 as a summer residence for the Duke of Courland, Ernst Johann Biron. The palace was designed by an outstanding Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the creator of the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg. The Rundale Palace is one of the few remaining palaces in Latvia, where the very essence of the 18th century may still be experienced. Continue to Hill of Crosses located 12km from Siauliai. It is believed that there was a castle, but it was burned by Sword bearers in 1348. The crosses were mentioned for the first time in written chronicles in 1850, though their appearance is connected with the suppression of the rebellion in 1831. You will then be taken to Klaipeda. Entrance fee to Rundale Palace and French formal garden are included.
The Curonian Spit is a 98 km long, thin, curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast. Meet your guide at your hotel for a private tour, on which you will visit an area that hosts some of the worlds most precious sand dunes and a menagerie of elk, deer, and avian wildlife. The fragile spit, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is divided between Lithuania and Russia’s Kaliningrad region in the south. After your tour concludes you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Enjoy a private transfer from Klaipeda to Kaunas via Palanga. On the way, you will get to visit the Amber Museum. The museum's collection of amber comprises about 28,000 pieces, of which about 15,000 contain inclusions of insects, spiders, or plants. About 4,500 pieces of amber are exhibited; many of these are items of artwork and jewelry. Continue to your final destination Kaunas. Entrance fee and English speaking guide included.
As the 2nd largest town in Lithuania, Kaunas has a primarily Lithuanian population, ensuring a truly authentic experience. The past and present are deeply intertwined in this historic town with numerous architectural monuments, gothic and baroque churches and beautiful 18th and 19th century buildings on display. Visit the fortification wall, built in the 13th century but later destroyed by crusaders. Explore the Town Hall Square, in the heart of the Old Town, where municipal meetings took place. Marvel at the beauty and the tumultuous history of The Jesuit Church, the first Baroque Church constructed in 1666 and renamed after Saint Alexander Nevsky in 1825. The Cathedral, The Church of Vytautas, and The Perkunas House are all notable sites that must be seen for their history and varied architectural influences. At the end of the tour visit Devil's Museum. Entrance fees are included.
Enjoy a private transfer from Kaunas to Vilnius.
The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, is one of the oldest cities in Europe. In the 14th century, at the foot of the hill, the town started to develop and was surrounded by a defensive city wall in 1503. The Old Town is not only one of the most beautiful, but one of the biggest in Europe. The over one thousand archaeological, historical, architectural, and cultural monuments in the Old Town make this city a true treasure. For this reason Vilnius was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Your guide will provide you with inside information about Vilnius' history and take you to the city’s Cathedral and Town Hall Square, the University, St Anne's and Bernardine Churches and the Gates of Dawn. Entrance fees are not included.
A private transfer between the airport and the city or your accommodation is provided.
Situated in the old city of Tallinn, My City Hotel is surrounded by the business and entertainment districts and is adjacent to fashionable shops and restaurants. Reflecting a tradition of classical style and elegance, the hotel offers a charming setting, ideal for any traveler. All elegantly designed guest rooms feature amenities to satisfy your every need for a truly unforgettable vacation. The warm atmosphere and professional staff of My City Hotel will make your stay in Tallinn pleasant and memorable. Guests can enjoy a delicious meal at My Café restaurant with the menu consisting of Italian, French and Estonian cuisine. The hotel also features a sauna and jacuzzi for guests to enjoy.
Hotel Gutenbergs (4*) is a boutique style hotel located in the centre of Old Town in Riga. The buildings of the hotel were constructed in the 16th and 19th centuries to serve as a printing-house. In 2001, it was reopened as a hotel keeping many of its original features. Famous for its gorgeous interior, romantic, historical style and rooms of various designs with all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay. With beautiful paintings, engravings, antiques, and old books in the guest rooms and corridors, it will take you back in time and you’ll feel as if you just entered the 18th century.
This dynamic Klaipeda hotel is an easy five-minute jaunt from the scenic Old Town, with architecture and streets dating back to the 1600s. This accommodation showcases a maritime theme reminiscent of classic New England and beautiful guestrooms with amenities such as free high-speed, wireless internet. Guests can enjoy a delicious meal or unwind with a cocktail in the hotel’s restaurant lobby bar. The hotel also features a fitness center, complete with a steam bath for guests to enjoy.
The Best Western Hotel (4*) Santakos is situated on a very calm and quiet street in the very heart of Kaunas, considered to be the most Lithuanian town in Lithuania. Built in 1895 as a wine cellar with ascetic exterior, 100 years later, in 1995, the building was transformed into a cozy hotel with elegant exterior; later it was one of the first to become a prestigious visiting card of the city. In 1999, the hotel was the first to be awarded the four-star rating. The rather modest ascetic red-brick exterior of the building emphasizes the coziness and homelike atmosphere of the interior, where rational forms with classical elements and features of historicism prevail. Wooden beams, decorative stoves, fire places and nice ceramic art work are only a few of the features that can be found at the hotel.
The luxurious Grotthuss Hotel (4*) is a boutique hotel situated in the heart of Vilnius old town within a three-minute walk to Town Hall, museums, and a vibrant fashion district. The estate dates back to the 18th century and it is surrounded by a 16th century city. This exclusive little gem is renowned for its exceptional value, caring service, and generous hospitality. The property offers bright spacious rooms with individual elegant décor. Each room benefits from original features such as ceiling decorations, private bathrooms, original Lithuanian artist paintings, and sumptuous linens.The aristocratic atmosphere and elegant service, along with all conveniences of modern life, including internet access throughout, makes this an ideal hotel for the discerning traveller. The restaurant La Pergola with its beautiful terrace is a great spot for having lunch or dinner.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
"We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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