Our best Baltics tour, with hotels and treatment fit for a VIP. Enjoy the services of an expert guide with a private vehicle & driver and specialized guide, providing interpretation on the most important sights of interest. Nestled on the shore of the Baltic Sea, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia each dazzled on the stage of history. Their access to the sea and proximity to Europe's great powers made them part of an intriguing history and left behind significant capital cities. In the last decade, funds have been put into a spectacular restoration of these cities' archeological heritages. Visitors will enjoy a richly rewarding stroll through the compact old cities lined with cafes, boutiques, spectacular churches and castles. This is a great off the beaten track type tour and one of our favorites. The small size of each city center makes for an enjoyable stroll with your guide. NOTE: The least expensive way to get to the Baltics is via Helsinki.
Airport transfer with private vehicle and driver.
A welcome package with your vouchers, a city map and any other touristic information that you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip. A key chain gift is also included.
In 2003, three of Tallinn’s splendid merchant houses, built in 1362, were renovated and united to create The Three Sisters Hotel (5*), which now offers five-star amenities with modern design and a backdrop of medieval history. Located within the 16th century walls of Tallinn’s fabled Old Town, The Three Sisters Hotel enables you to explore the crevices of Old Hansa without sacrificing style, convenience and luxury. Each of The Three Sisters' spacious luxury rooms and suites are unique in shape and size, owing to its 14th century origins and have convenient features and deluxe amenities. Dining in Tallinn is not complete without at least one visit to the hotel's restaurant, with its abundant wine collection.
Your private guided tour starts at St. Charles’ Cathedral and the National Library in the city center and goes on to Pirita where the Olympic Yachting Regatta was hosted in 1980. Here you can take a look at the Olympic Center from the other side of the Pirita River. Continue to visit the ruins of St.Bridget’s Convent. On the way back to the city, a stop is made at the Song Festival Grounds, the venue of the 120-year-old Estonian song festival tradition. Afterwards, drive by the residential area of Lasnamäe and pass Kadriorg Park and Palace. Start your short walk at the Toompea Hill. Tallinn was founded on Toompea in the 11th century, visit the Parliament building and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral with its onion domes, built in 1900. Visit the Dome Cathedral, built 13th-14th centuries, with its interesting collection of coats-of-arms, tombstones. The tour then takes you to two viewing platforms that offer breathtaking panoramic views of Tallinn. Long Leg or Short Leg (Streets) then take you to the Lower Old Town. In the Lower Town, the tour passes St. Nicholas Church, and ends in the Town Hall Square where you can see the Town Hall Pharmacy, and the Town Hall, a Gothic masterpiece. Entrance fees are not included in the tour cost.
Enjoy a full day tour to Lahemaa National Park. Created in 1971 to protect the characteristic North-Estonian landscapes and the national heritage of the area, and to preserve harmonious relations between man and nature. This was the first national park in the Soviet Union. Originally the area of the national park was about 440 km², but later the territory was expanded towards the south. Now its area extends over 725 km², 474 km² lies on land, 251 km² is the sea. The tour takes 8 hours and includes private vehicle and guide. The entrance fee to Palmse Manor House is included in the tour price.
Enjoy a private transfer from Tallinn. On your way you can choose to have a stop in Parnu, Estonian "Summer Capital". 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. 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, viewing “the garden of Gods” from the 30 m high fortification tower, walking to the sandstone grottoes on the ancient river bank. During this tours you have private vehicle and English speaking driver at your disposal as well as local English speaking guide for Turaida Castle and entrance fees to Turaida Castle.
Grand Palace Hotel (5*) is located in the cobble stoned 15th century old city of Riga, surrounded by ancient monuments and near the vibrant shopping and business community, The Grand Palace Hotel emanates charm with its blend of Old Russian and European influences. Guest rooms at the hotel are specially designed to provide luxury and privacy and all accommodations are elegantly decorated, while the famous Seasons restaurant provides guests with the best culinary creations in the Baltic region. Voted Latvia's leading hotel for four years in a row, by the body of World Travel Awards, and the only member of The Leading Hotels of The World in Latvia, a stay at The Grand Palace Hotel is a must when visiting this region.
During this panoramic city tour, admire the most famous sights of Riga. Drive along the embankment of the River Daugava, providing wonderful panoramic view of the city. It follows through the center of the town to Jugendstil district, Alberta Street - the real open-air architectural museum, where the most explicit collection of Art Nouveau buildings in Europe is located. The City Tour follows through the modern part of the city. You'll observe University building, National Opera, Academy of Arts and central train station. Continue your tour with one of the best Latvian museums, the Open-Air Ethnographic Museum was founded in 1924. Reconstructing the life of Latvia in the 17-19 centuries, it features farmsteads, churches, windmills, fishing villages and other structures, all relocated from the countryside. In the museum you can watch craftsmen - blacksmiths, spoon-carvers, bee-keepers, potters and others. In the small tavern the wide range of traditional Latvian dishes and beer is offered (not included in tour price). The tour includes the entrance to the museum.
Enjoy a private transfer from Riga to Vilnius. During your transfer visit Rundale Palace located 66 km away of Riga. One of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Latvia was built in 1736-1740 as a summer residence for the Duke of Courland, Ernst Johann Biron. The palace was designed by outstanding Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the creator of the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg. The Rundale Palace is unique; it is one of the few remaining places in Latvia, where the very essence of the 18th century may still be experienced. During this tour you will have a local guide at your disposal. Continue your tour with Hill of Crosses. Entrance fee to Rundale Palace is included in the tour cost.
Located in a 17th century building once owned by the Catholic Church, The Stikliaia Hotel (5*) is a modern, elegant and well-appointed hotel. With its refined interior that resembles a small castle in Vilnius' old town, this hotel has a stylish Lobby Bar and ornate Winter Garden with an old fireplace and luxury furniture, as well as the old Tavern and the internationally acclaimed Restaurant. Begin your day with a coffee and hearty breakfast, then take a stroll through the many romantic, narrow streets of the city, examining the numerous churches in a typical Lithuanian setting.
The City Tour follows through the modern part of the city. You'll observe University building, National Opera, Academy of Arts and central train station. Enjoy a half day tour to the picturesque town of Trakai, the ancient capital of Lithuania situated 30 km from Vilnius. The Trakai region features unique relief: the combination of numerous unbelievably pure lakes and moraine hills create a breathtaking sight. There are ancient legends explaining the exceptional lucidity of the lakes. The "town on the water", as Trakai is usually called, is particularly rich in architectural and cultural monuments. The main landmark of the town is the famous insular Trakai Castle - the only insular castle in Eastern Europe - situated on the island in the Galve Lake. These days the castle houses the ethnographic museum, which displays authentic furniture, porcelain, crockery, articles made of glass and bone, seals, hunting trophies and archeological findings discovered in the Trakai Castle. Entrance fee to Trakai Castle is included in the tour cost.
Depart from Villnius airport - end of itinerary.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Estonia for the most up to date visa information.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Latvia for the most up to date visa information.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Lithuania for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is required. Medical facilities are poor quality and not widespread. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/lithuania.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Vilnius. Government: Republic. Gained independence from Russia/Germany 1918-1940 and from the Soviet Union in 1990. Language: Lithuanian is the official language. Lithuania has a large number of dialects for such a small territory, including High Lithuanian (Aukstaiciai) and Low Lithuanian (Zemaiciai). Religion: Predominantly (79%), Roman Catholic with Russian Orthodox and Protestant, including Evangelical Lutheran and Evangelical Reformist. Time: GMT + 2 (GMT + 3 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October). Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. European two-pin plugs are in use. Telephone: Country code +370. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good. Internet: Internet is available; public access is at the Lithuanian National Library and increasingly at Internet centers and cafes in main cities and towns.
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