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.
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 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. Entrance fees to Palmse Manor House are 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.
During this panoramic city tour, admire the most famous sights of Riga. Drive along the embankment of the River Daugava, providing wonderful panoramic views of the city. It follows through the centre 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 are located. The city tour continues through the modern part of the city where you'll observe the University building, National Opera, Academy of Arts, and the 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 more. In the small tavern the wide range of traditional Latvian dishes and beer are offered (not included). Entrance fee to Ethnographic Museum is included.
A private driver and vehicle will bring you from Riga to Vilnius. The journey will take you to the Rundale Palace, which is located 66 kilometers outside of Riga. As 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 St. Petersburg. The Rundale Palace is one of the few remaining places where the very essence of the 18th century may still be experienced. Continue your tour with the Hill of Crosses. During this tour you will have a museum guide at your disposal. Entrance fees to Rundale Palace and French formal garden are included.
Start the tour through the modern part of the city where your private guide will take you to the University building, National Opera, Academy of Arts, and the central train station. After discovering the major points of interest in Vilnus, you will visit the picturesque town of Trakai, the ancient capital of Lithuania situated 30 km from Vilnius. There are old 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 archaeological findings discovered in the Trakai Castle. Entrance fees to Trakai Castle and Vilnius University are included.
A private transfer between the airport and the city or your accommodation is provided.
The Three Sisters Hotel is located within the 16th century walls of Tallinn’s fabled Old Town. The 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. Guests can also relax in the lobby lounge in front of the fireplace with a cocktail or glass of wine.
Grand Palace Hotel 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 8 years, 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.
The Stikliai Hotel (5*), a Relais and Chateaux member hotel is a true gem of luxury and style. Housed in the old building with baroque and gothic features, the hotel stands in the heart of the old town, surrounded by Vilnius characteristically baroque church spires, pastel-colored buildings and numerous souvenir shops. Nicely designed, beautifully refurbished, recently renovated and comfortably equipped the Stikliai hotel features restaurants, bars, library, atrium with a fireplace, indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and on-site fitness room.
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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