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 private transfer between airport and your accommodation or the city of Tallinn is provided.
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.
Situated in the old city of Tallinn, My City Hotel (4*) 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 68 elegantly designed guest rooms feature amenities to satisfy the needs of the most demanding traveler. The warm atmosphere and professional staff of My City Hotel will make your stay in Tallinn pleasant and memorable.
Your private guided tour starts at St.Charles’ Cathedral and the National Library and goes on to Pirita where the Olympic Yachting Regatta was hosted in 1980. Here you can take a look at the Olympic Centre 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, and 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 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 private vehicle with an English speaking driver and an English speaking guide at Turaida Castle. Entrance fees are included.
Gutenbergs (4*) is a boutique style hotel located in the center of the Old Town in Riga. The buildings of the hotel were built in the XVI and XIX centuries for needs of a printing-house and in 2001, it was opened as a hotel. 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 be as if it is centuries ago.
The guided walking tour of Old Riga takes you down the streets at the centre of this medieval Hanseatic old town. Marvel at the splendors of the Dome Cathedral, the Old Guild house, the 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 and is now a modern hotel complex; St. Peters Church, the House of the Blackheads, the Dome Cathedral, the 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 3 hours tour to Jurmala, a world-famous seaside resort situated only 20km from Riga. The natural curative features of this place had already been well known more than one hundred and fifty years ago. Nowadays boundless golden beaches, blue sea, salubrious air and the unique beauty of pine forests attract tourists from all over the world. Jurmala is a cozy European town composed of houses plunged into the parks and forests. Here you can come across wooden country houses of the beginning of the 20th century as well as modern cottages.
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, 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 places in Latvia, 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.
Built in 1983 and thoroughly renovated in 2003, Reval Hotel Lietuva (4*) is the tallest hotel in the Lithuanian capital. As the largest hotel in the region, it is a great landmark that is perfectly located in the center of Vilnius, on the banks of the River Neris. The hotel has great dining options and formal, as well as informal dining atmospheres are available at all times of the day and night. Work out in the fitness suite, relax in the sauna or explore the hotel’s wellness services.
Start the tour through the modern part of the city where you'll observe the University building, National Opera, Academy of Arts, and the central train station. Enjoy a half day tour to the picturesque town of Trakai, the ancient capital of Lithuania situated 30 km from Vilnius. 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 archaeological findings discovered in the Trakai Castle. Entrance fees to Trakai Castle are included.
Enjoy a private transfer to the airport.
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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