This escorted Baltic States group tour explores more than just the Baltic capitals of Tallinn, Vilnius and Riga. You have the opportunity to get off the tourist track, by visiting the beach, the countryside and some beautiful National Parks, giving you the chance to get to know the real Baltics. A lovely introduction tour of the Baltics in the comfort of a modern coach and the company of excellent guides.
DEPARTURE DATES 2017: Tour Departure Date - Tour End Date
12th May - 21st May 2017
19th May - 28th May 2017
26th May - 4th June 2017
2nd June - 11th June 2017
9th June - 18th June 2017
16th June - 25th June 2017
23rd June -2nd July 2017
30th June - 9th July 2017
7th July - 16th July 2017
14th July - 23rd July 2017
21st July - 30th July 2017
28th July - 6th August 2017
4th August - 13th August 2017
11th August - 20th August 2017
18th August - 27th August 2017
25th August - 3rd September 2017
1st September - 10th September 2017
8th September - 17th September 2017
Tallinn - Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia**** or similar
Cesis - Hotel Kolonna Cesis*** or similar
Vilnius - Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva**** or similar
Klaipeda - Hotel National**** or similar
Riga - Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija**** or similar
Transfer airport to Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia: EUR 35.00 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 55.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)
8-hour excursion to the Curonian Spit: EUR 80.00 pp
Lithuanian dinner at Restaurant 19th Century: EUR 35.00 pp
Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral: EUR 35.00 pp
4-hour excursion to Jurmala: EUR 40.00 pp
Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest: EUR 40.00 pp
3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU: EUR 40.00 pp
Medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack: EUR 40.00 pp
Transfer Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia to airport: EUR 35.00 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 55.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)
Half board at hotels (9 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea): EUR 235.00 pp
Please call or email to add any of these options to your booking.
Please note flights are NOT included in this package. If you wish to add flights to your booking please contact us, or you are welcome to book them yourself. If your chosen flights do not coincide with the tour dates and you need to spend an extra night or two before or after the tour please call or email us and we can arrange this for you.
Please note this coach tour is guaranteed (if two or more persons are booked on).
Itinerary for our Baltic States Escorted Tour
DAY 1 (FRIDAY): ARRIVAL TALLINN
Arrival in Tallinn, optional transfer to Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.
DAY 2 (SATURDAY): TALLINN - CESIS
After breakfast we drive to the Lahemaa National Park, where we visit the Manor Houses in Palmse and Vihula. We continue to Tartu, the university town, where Estonia gained its statehood. We see the charming Old Town and the University founded in 1632. From Tartu we drive onwards into Latvia to Cesis, a Hanseatic city with winding streets, castle ruins and beautiful gardens. Check-in at Hotel Kolonna Cesis*** or similar.
DAY 3 (SUNDAY): CESIS - VILNIUS
Today we drive through the Gauja National Park to Sigulda, a popular holiday resort. We see the ruins of the Episcopal Castle and the ruins of the Castle of the Knights of the Sword before we drive around Riga to hit the highway down to Vilnius. En route we reach the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Following a guided tour of the palace we travel through Lithuania to reach Vilnius late afternoon. Check in at Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva**** or similar.
DAY 4 (MONDAY): VILNIUS - KLAIPEDA
Vilnius is known for its more than 1.200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. The morning sightseeing tour includes a panoramic tour of the city and a walking tour of the Old Town with Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, Peter and Paul Church, St. Anna’s Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn. After the tour we continue to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania and we see the well preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve. The balance of the day is spent en route to Klaipeda, where we arrive late afternoon. Check-in at Hotel National**** or similar.
DAY 5 (TUESDAY): KLAIPEDA
The day is reserved for a full-day optional tour to the Curonian Spit, a thin, 100 km stretch of land between the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon with small fishing villages, pine forests and endless sand dunes. Our first stop is the Hill of Witches in Juodkrante. After that we continue to Nida, where we visit the High Dunes, Thomas Mann’s summerhouse and get acquainted with the charming resort town before we drive back to Klaipeda. The evening offers an optional Lithuanian dinner at Restaurant 19th Century.
DAY 6 (WEDNESDAY): KLAIPEDA - RIGA
Klaipeda first became a part of Lithuania in 1923 and had a long history as a German town called Memel. A short sightseeing tour takes us to the Old Town with its narrow, cobblestone streets and old guild houses and we visit the Theatre Square and the Aennchen von Tharau Fountain. We now continue to the Samogitia National Park, where we embark on a walking tour around the picturesque Lake Plateliai. After that we continue to Siauliai and Cross Hills, one of the holiest sites of Catholic Lithuania. We head North into Latvia and reach Riga in the afternoon, check-in at Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija**** or similar. The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.
DAY 7 (THURSDAY): RIGA
Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a true kaleidoscope of various architectural styles. The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, Swedish Gates, Three Brothers, Large and Small Guild House and the Freedom Monument. The afternoon is reserved for an optional visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. In the evening enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest.
DAY 8 (FRIDAY): RIGA - TALLINN
The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. We do a short tour of the resort before we continue through the North Estonian land of forests and arrive in Tallinn early afternoon, check-in at the Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia**** or similar.
DAY 9 (SATURDAY): TALLINN
Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquillity and modern urban life. The medieval Old Town is a busy place in the summer with its many shops, galleries, souvenir markets, outdoor cafés and restaurants. The sightseeing tour takes us around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we see Toompea Castle, Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, medieval Old Town Hall and Great Guild Hall. In the afternoon an optional excursion is offered to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU, the award-winning new Estonian art museum, with its collections of classic and contemporary fine art. The evening offers an optional medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack.
DAY 10 (SUNDAY): TALLINN DEPARTURE
Optional transfer to the airport.
Reviews for our Baltic States Escorted Tour
"I just wanted to email you as promised to let you know how my recent holiday went. It went very well.
There were as expected 35 of us so a larger group than I normally travel with. However they were a lovely group. Only myself and a couple from Scotland. Then the rest from Germany, Holland, America, Australia and Belgium so a real mixture. Tour took place in German and English.
The Tour Leader Janis was excellent. He was an all rounder and very passionate about Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Very knowledgeable and passed on lots of information each day on the tour. He communicated exceptionally well with everybody in the group. I have to say that of all the tours I have done with lots of different companies he would definitely be in the top three tour leader slots!
Hotels were excellent. I normally stay in smaller character hotels but the Radisson Blu Chain is certainly an excellent option. The breakfasts exceeded my expectations with the huge choice on offer.
Glad though that I didn’t do half board option as it gave me much more flexibility, nice to eat with locals and to be honest worked out much cheaper.
Only criticism is that I could have stayed longer in Vilnius.
I think that’s it for now. Thanks again for all your help. Thanks for organising everything. Flights in particular went well. Very easy and no problems."
Claire V, September 2014
" We did enjoy our time in the Baltics. The hotels were good. We liked the guides - the one who was with us the whole trip was nice, and we were particularly impressed with the city guides in Riga and Tallin. We also appreciated having the cultural dinners and several of the side tours available as options. We took one of each. The mini bus was fine, as was the driver, and the stop we enjoyed most en route was Rundale Palace. We would enjoy visiting the Baltic countries again, and appreciated your service - we mentioned Baltic Holidays to a couple we met in Russia." Mr and Mrs Mullard, August 2010
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