The modern world will fall away as you experience the essence of 18th-century opulence at one of the most beautiful Baroque palaces in all of the Baltic nations.
Rundale Palace was built between 1736 and 1740 as the summer residence of the Duke of Courland and your private driver will transport you to this Latvian royal playground enroute from Riga to Vilnius. Arriving in Vilnius, you’ll soon realize that the Lithuanian capital is home to perhaps the most significant and interesting collection of architecture anywhere in the world as you marvel at its many Classical, Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces. Elsewhere, tour the remarkable 11th-century old town at Tallinn and pause to ponder the distinctive onion domes of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral; wander the maze of cobblestone alleys in old Riga; and listen to the music of one of the largest organs in the world at the 13th-century Dome Cathedral.
With its proud maritime tradition, Soviet legacy and modern western influence, the Baltic nations hold a unique character that your team of private guides will slowly unravel. Private transfers between cities also provide added flexibility to stop in quaint countryside villages of your choice, and accommodation is in a range of luxurious four-star properties that span fashionable city hotels, Art Nouveau retreats and boutique old-town 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.
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 transfer with a private vehicle and driver from Tallinn to Riga with a stop in Parnu.
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.
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.
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, the Gates of Dawn, and St. Peter and Paul's Church. Entrance fees are not included.
A private transfer between the airport and the city or your accommodation is provided.
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.
The Neiburgs Hotel (4*) is located in the very heart of the Old Town of Riga. It is housed in a listed Art Nouveau building on a quiet little street just off the Dome Cathedral and is only a five-minute walk from the Riga Opera, concert halls, and museums. The hotel combines architectural heritage with contemporary comfort and design. Guests can expect spacious and light rooms with comfortable bathrooms and splendid views of the Old Town and the city skyline across the River Daugava. The on-site restaurant is one of the city’s most popular dining venues.
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. The sight-seeing is the most worthwhile and popular with many sites just around the corner from the hotel. 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.
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April 21, 2014
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November 06, 2013
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October 22, 2013
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November 07, 2013
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