The scent of rich pine forests lingers in the breeze as the 13th-century ruins of Turaida Castle are revealed before your eyes in the lush Gauja River valley in a medieval sanctuary untouched by the march of time.
This is but one of many portals to the distant past that are scattered throughout the charming Baltic sister cities of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In Tallinn, take in panoramic views of the 11th-century old town from two breath-taking viewing platforms; wander among the architectural wonders of the historic Jugendstil district in medieval old Riga; take a dip in the healing azure waters of picturesque Jurmala; visit the incredible Rundale Palace designed by masterful Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli; and take plenty of time to pause at the impossibly reflective lakes and lush pine forest hillsides of the Trakai region.
From the city to the sea and everything in between, this trip delivers an extensive journey through this memorable land. The beauty of the region’s many medieval architectural masterpieces is matched only by the natural majesty of its reflective lakes, dense pine forests and picturesque seaside. You’ll experience all this and more while staying in a collection of elegant properties that range from contemporary hotels to elegant old-world villas.
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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.
The new, modern Nordic Hotel Forum (4*) awaits you in the heart of Tallinn on Viru Square, just a short stroll from business, shopping and entertainment venues. Tallinn’s picturesque Old Town is just 150 metres from the hotel's front door, making the hotel the perfect lodging for recreational stays. In 2010, the hotel became the first in the Baltic States to join the international hotel chain Worldhotels as part of its First Class Collection.
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 residential area of Lasnamäe and the Kadriorg Park and Palace. The tour continues with the Parliament building and the 100 year old Alexander Nevsky Cathedral which is famous for its onion domes. With its interesting collection of coat-of-arms and tombstones, the Dome Cathedral, built 13th-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 to St Brigita's Convent, Kadriorg Palace, and Dom Church 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.
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, and historical style, it has 38 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.
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.
Today your private tour guide will take you 3 hours northwest of Riga to Jurmala, a world-famous seaside resort area, situated just 25 kilometers from Latvia’s capital. The natural curative features of this place had already been well known more than one hundred and fifty years ago. Nowadays the boundless golden beaches, blue sea, salubrious air and the unique beauty of pine forests attract tourists from all over the world. The town of Jurmala is a nice and cozy European settlement of houses plunged into the parks and forests. Here you may come across wooden country houses built at the beginning of the 20th century as well as modern cottages.
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 local guide at your disposal. Entrance fees to Rundale Palace are included.
To the convenience for its guests, the Radisson Blu Lietuva (4*) is located near Vilnius’ Old Town. It provides easy access for guests to step back in time and discover nuances of this bustling city. Employ the use of a variety of transport options including bus and train networks. Other attractions, such as Presidential Palace, St. Anne's Church, and Vilnius Cathedral, are also close by.
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 are included.
A private transfer between the airport and the city or your accommodation is provided.
Depart from Villnius airport - end of itinerary.
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