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Baltic Impressions Group Tour 2024

Visiting Tallinn Tartu Daugavpils Vilnius Riga

Baltic Impressions Group Tour 2024

Price

From From €1,166 pp


Nights

10 nights


Date

May to September departures


Type

Group Tour


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Baltic Impressions Group Tour 2024

A group tour of the Baltic States from Riga to Vilnius with back-road touring to visit rural and lesser-known sights, including Tartu (European Capital of Culture 2024) 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
  • Visit Tartu (Capital of Culture 2024)
  • Excellent tour guide
  • Select your departure date below
  • Escorted Group Tour

Day 1 - Arrival to Riga

(Wednesday)

Welcome to Riga! Optional transfer to Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija**** 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 - Riga

(Thursday)

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 walking tour of the morning takes to Art Nouveaux district and Old Town including 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 offers an optional visit to the Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th century country life. In the evening enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Kalku Varti.

Optional Extras

  • 3-hour excursion to the Ethnographic Open Air Museum: EUR 45.00 pp
  • Latvian dinner at Restaurant Kalku Varti: EUR 50.00 pp

Day 3 - Riga to Tallinn

(Friday)

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 4 - 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 caf├ęs 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 5 - 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 6 - 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 7 - 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 8 - 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 9 - 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 10 - 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 11 - End of the tour

(Saturday)

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

Optional Transfer

  • EUR 45.00 for private car (1-3 persons)
  • EUR 65.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)
TOUR PRICES
  • 1,166 EUR per person = based on two people sharing a double/twin room
  • 1,599 EUR per person = staying in a single room
  • Half board at hotels (9 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea): EUR 345 pp
TOUR DATES
  • 22nd May to 1st June 2024
  • 5th June to 15th June 2024
  • 12th June to 22nd June 2024
  • 26th June to 6th July 2024
  • 10th July to 20th July 2024
  • 17th July to 27th July 2024
  • 31st July to 10th August 2024
  • 7th August to 17th August 2024
  • 14th August to 24th August 2024
  • 21st August to 31st August 2024
  • 28th August 7th September 2024
TOUR INCLUDES
  • 10 nights at centrally located 3 & 4 star hotels
  • 10 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, 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 31 people.
  • This tour is run by our local partners Baltic Vision and is called Baltic Impressions.

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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