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Baltic Adventures Group Tour 2024

Visiting Tallinn Tartu Daugavpils Vilnius Curonian Spit Liepāja Riga Baltic States

Baltic Adventures Group Tour 2024

Price

From From €1,556 pp


Nights

13 nights


Date

May to September departures


Type

Group Tour


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Baltic Adventures Group Tour 2024

A group tour of the Baltic States from Tallinn to Riga with back-road touring to visit rural and lesser-known sights, including the Lithuanian coast, national parks and the city of Daugavpils home to the Mark Rothko art collection. Customise with optional extras along the way to make this the right Baltic tour for you.

Tour Highlights

  • Baltic Capitals of Tallinn, Riga & Vilnius
  • Back-road touring
  • Lesser-known sightseeing
  • Excellent tour guide
  • Select your departure date below
  • Escorted Group Tour

Day 1 - Arrival to Tallinn

(Friday)

Welcome to Tallinn! Optional transfer to Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia**** or similar, check-in & welcome meeting.

Optional Transfer

  • EUR 45.00 for private car (1-3 persons)
  • EUR 65.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)

Day 2 - Tallinn

(Saturday)

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 a visit to KUMU, the award-winning Estonian Art museum, with its collections of classic and contemporary fine art. The evening offers an optional medieval dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv.

Optional Extras

  • 3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU: EUR 45.00 pp
  • Medieval dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv: EUR 50.00 pp

Day 3 - Tallinn Or Lahemaa National Park

(Sunday)

Enjoy free time exploring Tallinn, visiting museums, or discovering less well-known areas like Noblessner or Telliskivi. Alternatively, join us on an optional day excursion to Lahemaa National Park, where we visit Palmse Manor, a memorial to the von Pahlen family, and Sagadi Manor. The tour ends with a visit to the charming 16th-century Vihula Manor and the Vodka Museum.

Optional Extras

  • 6-hour excursion to Lahemaa National Park with a visit to Palmse Manor and Vodka Museum and Vihula Manor: EUR 80.00 pp

Day 4 - Tallinn to Tartu

(Monday)

We continue to Tartu, the University Town, where Estonia gained its statehood. We see the charming Old Town and the University founded in 1632. Check in at Hotel Dorpat*** or similar. In the afternoon is offered optional visit to Estonia National Museum, dedicated to Estonian cultural history and everyday life and stretching out on a timeline from the present day to the Ice Age.

Optional Extras

  • 3-hour visit to Estonia National Museum in Tartu: EUR 45.00 pp

Day 5 - Tartu to Grasu Pils

(Tuesday)

Departing from Tartu, we head south and soon we reach Stameriena - the pearl of European romanticism having close links with Italian writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. After the visit, we continue to Gulbene where we visit the small, private Talava cider brewery and are invited to test the produce. Later in the afternoon we arrive to Grasi Manor***, a picturesque classicism style estate in the middle of Latvia. This evening offers a dinner at Grasi Manor.

Day 6 - Grasu Pils to Daugavpils

(Wednesday)

Leaving Grasi our first stop is in Aglona, where we visit Aglona Basilica built in late baroque style and a ceramics workshop, an important symbol of Latgalian culture. From here, our tour continues to Daugavpils, Latvia's 2nd largest city. We tour the historical centre of the city and visit the 19th-century Daugavpils Fortress and the Mark Rothko Art Centre, the only place in Europe where the original masterpieces by the famous founder of abstract expressionism can be seen. Just outside the city we find the lovely Sventes Manor and we check in at Hotel Svente Manor****.

Day 7 - Daugavpils to Vilnius

(Thursday)

Today we continue southwards into Lithuania and in the middle of the day we arrive at Aukstaitija National Park with its many lakes, rivulets and streams scattered between forests and hills. We explore the park on a light walk through the scenic landscapes and visit the pretty lakeside town of Paluse, famous for its wooden church. Late in the afternoon, we head towards Vilnius. Upon arrival, we check in at Hotel Artis**** or similar.

Day 8 - Vilnius

(Friday)

Old Town Vilnius is known for its more than 1.200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. The morning walking tour takes us to the Old Town with Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, Peter and Paul Church, St. Anne's Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn. The afternoon offers an optional tour of The Palace of Grand Dukes of Lithuania where you will learn about the fortifications and the collection of armaments of the castle and palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania.

Optional Extras

  • 3-hour visit to The Palace of Grand Dukes of Lithuania: EUR 45.00 pp

Day 9 - Vilnius

(Saturday)

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. Anne's Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania, with the well-preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve. In the evening enjoy an optional Lithuanian dinner at Restaurant Senoji Trobele.

Optional Extras

  • 3-hour excursion to Trakai and visit to Trakai Castle: EUR 45.00 pp
  • Folklore dinner at Restaurant Senoji Trobele: EUR 45.00 pp

Day 10 - Vilnius - Kaunas - Nida

(Sunday)

Departing from Vilnius we head to the Western part of Lithuania. En route we do a stop in Kaunas, the former capital of Lithuania, to admire the beautiful Old Town and the elegant white Baroque Town Hall. After a short afternoon walking tour in Klaipeda, we take the local ferry to reach the Curonian Spit before arriving at the resort of Nida. Check-in at Hotel Nerija****. The evening offers optional authentic fisherman dinner at “Tik Pas Jona”.

Optional Extras

  • Casual fisherman dinner at Tik Pas Jona tavern: EUR 40.00 pp

Day 11 - The Curonian Spit to Liepaja

(Monday)

The morning is reserved for a half-day optional tour of 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. The tour takes us to the spectacular Parnidis Dune and Naglis Dune, the Hill of Witches in Juodkrante and Thomas Mann's summerhouse. In the early afternoon we head towards Liepaja where we arrive early afternoon and check in at Hotel Art Roma****. The evening offers an optional casual dinner at a beach café Red Sun Buffet, right on the wide sandy beach.

Optional Extras

  • 4-hour excursion to the Curonian Spit: EUR 45.00 pp
  • Casual dinner on the beach at Red Sun Buffet: EUR 40.00 pp

Day 12 - Liepaja to Riga

(Tuesday)

Liepaja takes its name from the numerous linden trees in the city. We start the day with a short stroll in the Old Town with the Trinity Church and we visit Jurmala Park and the former Naval Port area with its famous Orthodox Cathedral. We now continue through Southern Latvia to the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Following a guided tour of the palace we travel through Latvia to reach Riga in the late afternoon. Check in at Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija**** or similar.

Day 13 - Riga

(Wednesday)

Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a real kaleidoscope of architectural styles. The morning walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, St. Peter's Church, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guilds 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. The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.

Optional Extras

  • 4-hour excursion to Jurmala: EUR 40.00 pp
  • Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral: EUR 35.00 pp

Day 14 - Departure from Riga

(Thursday)

Today is the end of your tour, with an optional transfer to Riga airport.

Optional Transfer

  • EUR 45.00 for private car (1-3 persons)
  • EUR 65.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)
TOUR PRICES
  • 1,556 EUR per person = based on two people sharing a double/twin room
  • 2,136 EUR per person = staying in a single room
  • Half board at hotels (12 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea): EUR 475 pp
TOUR DATES
  • 24th May to 6th June 2024
  • 7th June to 20th June 2024
  • 14th June to 27th June 2024
  • 28th June to 11th July 2024
  • 12th July to 25th July 2024
  • 19th July to 1st August 2024
  • 2nd August to 15th August 2024
  • 9th August to 22nd August 2024
  • 16th August to 29th August 2024
  • 23rd August to 5th September 2024
  • 30th August 12th September 2024
TOUR INCLUDES
  • 13 nights at centrally located 3 & 4 star hotels
  • 13 x buffet breakfast
  • Dinner at Grasu manor restaurant
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Personalised welcome package
  • Entrances to Stameriena Palace, Talava cider brewery, Aglona Basilica, ceramics show-room in Preili, Mark Rothko Art Centre in Daugavpils, Peter and Paul Church in Vilnius, Trinity Church in Liepaja and Rundale Palace
  • Service of English-speaking tour escort on all tours
  • Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
  • Porterage at hotels
TOUR NOTES
  • 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 required, we can book additional nights at the start or end of your tour, or arrange an add-on pre/post tour to any of our other destinations.
  • The tour is guaranteed (min 2 people) and the maximum group size is 21 people.
  • This tour is run by our local partners Baltic Vision and is called Baltic Adventures.

A very interesting and enjoyable holiday in the Baltic States

I just wanted to let you know that my wife and I had a very interesting and enjoyable holiday in the Baltic States. Many thanks to you and your team for organising the holiday. Everything went really well. Our guide to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, Ilona, was absolutely excellent in looking after us, introducing us to the countries, their histories and cultures, and patiently answering our questions. Violet, took us on a tour of Helsinki and gave us a very interesting introduction to Finland and Helsinki. We got to know many of the other guests and enjoyed chatting to them throughout the holiday. The hotels were very good. The tour buses used in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and the car used in the Helsinki tour were all in good condition and driven safely. The airport transfer we arranged from Vilnius airport was excellent as were the options we chose.

Mr Fleming, Baltic States escorted group tour, September 2022

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