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Itinerary for Baltic Capitals & St Petersburg Private Tour

Baltic Capitals & St Petersburg Private Tour

This is a wonderful journey comparing and contrasting the three Baltic Capitals of Vilnius, Riga & Tallinn with a grand, majestic finale in St Petersburg. The balance between free time to explore on your own, and the company of our local guides to get you acquainted and learn local insights brings you the best experience. Our personal driver-guides offer a friendly and relaxed way to visit the sights enroute between the cities - which you can choose to suit your interests!

Day 1 - VILNIUS

Our driver will meet you in the arrivals hall and drive you to your hotel (they will be holding a sign with your name on it).
 

Day 2 - VILNIUS

Vilnius Walking Tour With Private Guide (3 Hours)
Our English speaking guide will meet you in your hotel reception and take you for a 3 hour privately guided walking tour of Vilnius. This is a great way to get your bearings on your first day and see all the major sights of the city, making deciding what to visit and see in more detail a lot easier. If you like to try the local food where the locals eat - we recommend you ask your guide to finish your tour at an authentic Lithuanian restaurant where the food is delicious and good value for money. If you don't fancy walking for 3 hours, you are very welcome to stop at one of the many cafes in the old town and chat with your guide about life in Lithuania, what to see etc and pick up some local tips. This 'stopping time' is part of your 3 hours so make the most of their company and local knowledge!
 

Day 3 - VILNIUS

Trakai Castle & Grutas Park Private Day Trip
This enjoyable day trip visits two of Lithuania's unique sights in the company of our friendly English speaking driver. Grutas Park Soviet Sculpture Park has grown from strength to strength since we first visited. The local 'mushroom millionaire' bought up many of the old discarded Soviet statues that people were happy to see torn down from town squares across Lithuania, and parked them up here anticipating that one day they'd come in handy... and they did! Grutas Park is a museum of Soviet sculptures, where Stalin and Lenin can be sat upon for photos, and the exhibition has developed with many more interesting attractions to keep you entertained. Trakai Castle is a stunning island castle; walk out across the wooden bridges and explore the inner courtyard and exhibitions, before returning to the mainland and wandering the picturesque streets of Trakai village with its wooden houses and try a local 'kibinai'... look back to view Trakai Castle in all its splendour, a truly iconic Lithuanian view. The day trip starts with our driver picking you up at your hotel at 10.00 and you will return to Vilnius approximately 18.30. Lunch is available at the restaurant at Grutas Park (not everything has mushrooms!) but this is not included. The tour goes at your pace and if you need to stop, our driver will be happy to do so.

Day 4 - VILNIUS TO RIGA

Vilnius To Riga (Via Hill Of Crosses) Private Transfer Our driver-guide will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to Riga. On the way you will visit the iconic Hill of Crosses near Siauliai, a unique and extremely emotive monument to Lithuania's history.

Day 5 - RIGA

Riga 3 Hour Private Walking Tour
You will be met in the reception area of your hotel by your English speaking guide for your privately guided 3 hour walking tour of Riga.
 

Day 6 - RIGA

Sigulda, Cesis & Turaida Private Day Trip (Castles Included)
A charming day trip with our driver-guide out to explore the Gauja national park area of Latvia. On this day trip you will visit:
Sigulda (Latvian Switzerland): enjoy a rare combination of medieval castles, picturesque hilly landscapes (with a river running amidst sandy caves), a sculpture park and flowers that are extinct in most countries of Europe. Here you will take a cable car across the valley to visit Turaida.
Turaida: in the language of the ancient Livs, Turaida means 'Garden of God';. Everybody who arrives in Turaida is convinced of the harmony of nature and creative work of man.
Cesis: a typical European medieval town, with a Latvian twist, and a medieval castle.

Riga art nouveau facades are wonderful

Day 7 - RIGA TO TALLINN

Riga To Tallinn (Via Parnu) Private Transfer
Our driver-guide will pick you up and drive you to Tallinn. On the way you have a 2 hour stop in Parnu. This is an independent stop; our driver-guide will show you where the main area is and then you are free to explore the town, or enjoy lunch in one of the excellent cafes or restaurants. If you want something a bit special we can arrange for you to have lunch at a splendid Art Nouveau Villa - this is a real treat!
 

Day 8 - TALLINN

Tallinn 3 Hour Private Walking Tour
You will be met in the reception area of your hotel by your English speaking guide for your 3 hour privately guided walking tour Tallinn
The tour includes both the upper old town Toompea and the lower old town that was a member of the Hanseatic League.  In the upper old town you shall see: Palace Square with the baroque Toompea Palace now the Parliament House and the 19th century St.Alexander Nevsky Cathedral; then the oldest church in Tallinn the 13th century Cathedral of St.Mary the Virgin or the Dome Cathedral, a nice panorama from one of the view platforms, the18-19th century dwelling houses.  In the lower old town you shall see the 15th century late gothic Town Hall the 15th century pharmacy, medieval guild and merchant’s houses.  You also visit the area of the former Dominican monastery with picturesque artists workshops in medieval houses. You will also visit parts of the old ring work with towers /Kiek in de Kök ,etc/and pass through many romantic old streets like Long and Short Leg and more.
 

Day 9 - TALLINN

Lahemaa National Park Private Tour
Privately guided day trip to Lahemaa national park with our driver-guide. Lahemaa national park was the first national park of the former Soviet Union. Given its size it is one of Europe's biggest national parks. Four large peninsulas are separated by four bays, with wild beaches and old fishing villages. Within the park are four manor houses; the baroque Sagadi Manor, Palmse Manor, picturesque Vihula Manor and Kolga manor are all well worth visiting and are grand stops for sightseeing in the park.
Your guide will pick you up at your hotel at 10am. After an hours drive we will visit your selection of the following places according to weather and time:
Palmse manor house
One of the most grandiose manor house ensembles in Estonia and a wonderful overview of Estonian manor life and architecture through the centuries.
Altja fisherman’s village
Altja is a typical traditonal Baltic seaside village, with all of its houses stretching along one street. The Uustalu and Toomarahva farms at Altja are typical coastal farms and have been restored by Lahemaa National Park. On the point at Altja you can see the fishing net sheds which were reconstructed on the basis of old photographs and the memories of the villagers. The village also has its own swing and tavern, where you can try local dishes.
Käsmu village and peninsula
Käsmu is a beautiful small coastal village set in the Lahemaa National Park on the north coast of Estonia. It is steeped in maritime history and known in Estonia as the "Captains Village". Käsmu was also used by, and home to, many smugglers of salt and fish in the past century. Between 1884-1931 it was home to the Estonian School of Navigation (or Nautical School), which is now replaced by the welcoming and interesting Käsmu Sea Museum. 
Viinistu art museum
Viinistu Art Museum has permanent exhibitions of both classical and modern Estonian art, and often hosts international travelling exhibitions.
Viru bog walking trail
The Viru Bog Nature Trail is a 3.5 kilometre nature trail that consists of a wooden walkway built right on top of one of Estonia's many bogs (approximately one third of Estonia is wetland).
We will back at the hotel approx 17:00

If you wish to have Lunch at Mer Mer home restaurant in Lahemaa national park 3h (food and drinks payable locally) this is possible and it is same price as the regular Lahemaa day trip quoted in this proposal however you will see fewer places in Lahemaa and have a longer lunch break.  If you would prefer to have lunch at Mer Mer and see everything possible in Lahemaa national Park we suggest you add extra time to the Lahemaa trip. If you wish to add time to your tour please let us know (extra fee payable).

Day 10 - TALLINN TO ST PETERSBURG

Our driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the train station.
Train from Tallinn to St Petersburg, your tickets will have been prepurchased for you and delivered to you. Seat - First Class* (2)
Our driver will meet you in the arrivals hall at St Petersburg and drive you to your hotel (they will be holding a sign with your name on it).
 

Day 11 - ST PETERSBURG

St Petersburg 3 Hour Private Walking Tour
You will be met in the reception area of your hotel by your English speaking guide for your privately guided city walking tour.  This private tour will give you the possibility to see the most beautiful and famous architectural monuments in St Petersburg like St Isaac's Cathedral, Peter and Paul fortress etc... Our guide will go at your pace, and please say if you want to stop, or see anything of particular interest to you. This is a great way to meet a local and hear first hand about life in St Petersburg.

St Petersburg Hermitage Tour
Your English speaking guide will meet you at your hotel for a private tour to the the State Hermitage Museum. The Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg was, from 1732 to 1917, the official residence of the Russian monarchs and home of  Nicholas II, the last czar of Russia and the Romanov family.  The main architectural ensemble of the Hermitage which is situated in the centre of St Petersburg consists of the Winter Palace, the buildings of the Small, Old (Great) and New Hermitages, the Hermitage Theatre and the Auxiliary House. 
The collection of the State Hermitage includes more than three million works of art and artefacts of the world culture.
 

Day 12 - ST PETERSBURG

St Petersburg Tsarskoye Selo Tour (Catherine's Palace)
You will be met in the reception area of your hotel by your English speaking guide for a 4 hour privately guided tour to Tsarskoye Selo.
Tsarskoye Selo (Catherine's Palace) is a small town 29km away from St Petersburg. The town is centred around the magnificent Catherine's Palace. The palace was created between 1744-1796 under empresses Elizabeth and Catherine the Great. For a long time it was one of the favourite residences of the Russian Royal family.

Day 13 - ST PETERSBURG

St Petersburg Peterhof Tour (4 Hours)
Versailles was the inspiration behind Peter the Great's desire to build an imperial palace in the suburbs of his new city St Petersburg. The palace, park and the famous system of fountains, including the truly spectacular Grand Cascade were later extended by Peter’s granddaughter, Empress Elizabeth, who loved the place just as much as he did. Catherine the Great moved the court to Pushkin but, afterwards, Nicholas I ordered the building of the modest Cottage Palace in 1826, meaning that Peterhof was once again the Official Imperial Residence and so the park was continually undergoing improvements in the 18th and 19th centuries. During the Second World War, Peterhof was ravaged by German troops like almost all of St. Petersburg’s suburban estates. However, it was one of the first to be resurrected and the estate was almost fully restored by 1947 thanks to the work of military engineers and over one thousand volunteers. The original name of Peterhof was replaced with ‘Petrodvorets’ so that it did not sound German and this is the name still given to the surrounding town, although the palace and park are now known as Peterhof once again.

Day 14 - END OF TOUR

Our driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the airport. OR YOU CAN EXTEND YOUR TOUR TO MOSCOW!

Overview

Bestselling private tour to Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn & St Petersburg
Exceptional personal guides and drivers
Can start any day of the year
Can start in Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn or St Petersburg to suit your flights
Choose from 3, 4 or 5 star hotels
Tailor the itinerary to suit you - add day trips, extra nights or travel on to our other destinations
Call or email us to discuss your travel plans

Notes

Most people will need a VISA for Russia, we provide all necessary support documents for you to apply for your visa
For groups of friends we can offer a discount, so please ask us about this
If you want to visit a particular place or event - we can arrange this!
This tour does not include flights - you can book your own or we can do this for you
Tailor-made itineraries are our speciality and we want you to get the right tour for you
Call or email us to discuss your plans

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THE EXPERTS FOR A TAILOR MADE TRIP TO THIS FASCINATING PART OF THE WORLD

Baltic Holidays did a first class job for us from start to finish. The care and attention with which they planned the trip was outstanding. They were highly flexible to our professional photography needs. Each of the guides went beyond the call of duty in helping us and we saw some extraordinary off the beaten track events and people. They are the experts for a tailor made trip to this fascinating part of the world.

MR J STRACHAN, TAILOR-MADE PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR OF THE BALTIC STATES, JULY 2017


HATS OFF TO BALTIC HOLIDAYS. YOU GAVE US A TRIP OF A LIFETIME.

Our trip was superb, Philip. As you well know, before the trip I customized it quite a bit. Your team was terrific in accommodating that customization.The result was a unique and spectacular trip. I could go on at great length to tell you how much we enjoyed this trip but, instead, will save time by simply telling you that Denise and I have traveled quite extensively and we both agreed that this was one of our favorite trips ever. That is in large part due to your team's hard work before we landed and once we were "in country." The Baltics trip was the first time that we traveled on our own but used a tour company to help plan and then fully support the trip. You have now spoiled - and ruined - us. Hats off to Baltic Holidays.You gave us a trip of a lifetime.

MR & MRS SERGESKETTER, TAILOR-MADE TOUR OF THE BALTIC CAPITALS, KALININGRAD & BELARUS, JULY 2017


WE HAVE LEARNT SO MUCH ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE FIVE COUNTRIES

Dear Jurga, We arrived home safe and sound on Saturday afternoon and, now, our minds are full of wonderful memories of a very enjoyable trip. Thank you very much for organising such a comprehensive holiday for us. Everything went like clockwork: guides were excellent, erudite and solicitous and good travelling companions, excellent selection of hotels -a faultless holiday. We have learnt so much about the history of the five countries and have met many friendly and welcoming people. Once again thank you for all your work.

MR CYSTER, GRAND BALTIC PRIVATE TOUR (VILNIUS, RIGA, TALLINN, HELSINKI, ST PETERSBURG, MOSCOW), SEPTEMBER 2017


WE WILL CERTAINLY BE BOOKING THROUGH BALTIC HOLIDAYS AGAIN

We had the most wonderful holiday. It was brilliantly organised for us from start to finish. What can I say - we loved everything! It's not easy to meet the needs of 6 people ages 14 and up, but our holiday did just that. All the accommodation was wonderful... The trips were fantastic. I was a little unsure what we would get from a walking tour in Vilnius as I'd seen some of the main sights on my last visit, but it was great! The rest of our daytrips, including visits to Trakai, Hill of Crosses, and the Curonian Spit were with Linas, our lovely guide. We were so well looked after. He did everything possible give us a good experience of the country, especially when we took a day trip to the region where our family used to live, helping us to explore our connections to the area. The only problem with the trip is that it has left us so desperately wanting to return to Lithuania again - there is still so much to see and explore! It may take a little while to get back there but we will certainly be booking through Baltic Holidays again when we do. Sending best wishes to all of the lovely Baltic Holidays team, and thank you for a truly memorable holiday.

MIKALAUSKAS FAMILY, TAILOR-MADE TOUR OF LITHUANIA, AUGUST 2017


WE HAD AN ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL TIME.

We had an absolutely wonderful time. It exceeded our expectations, helped by good weather and the absence of crowds. I’m so glad I read that article in the Guardian which prompted me to call you. We particularly loved the day in the canoe and on the bog, the cookery class, the lovely guide in Tallinn and being left on our own to walk and cycle. Thank you all so much!

PHILIPPA, TAILOR-MADE TOUR OF ESTONIA, SEPTEMBER 2017


BALTIC HOLIDAYS MET EVERY NEED AND EXPECTATION!

We enjoy the ease of first-class packaged holidays but prefer traveling independently and on our own agenda with assistance as required. In this regard Baltic Holidays met every need and expectation! Once we set our desireddestinations and dates, Baltic Holidays put together the most suitable hotels, booked expert drivers, and arranged for top notch guides in each city. Everything worked like clockwork. We were able to sit back and enjoy the trip without ever worrying about transportation, payments, or hotel arrangements.

MR & MRS WHITE, TAILOR-MADE PRIVATE BALTIC CAPITALS TOUR, SEPTEMBER 2017


THE GUIDES WERE EXCEPTIONAL, THE DRIVING EXCELLENT, THE HOTELS PERFECTLY LOCATED

Sally, thank you for all the work you did to make our trip so remarkable---the guides were exceptional, the driving excellent, the hotels perfectly located and comfy and the opera seats perfect---what a trip!!---we especially liked Ben in Vilnius for his energy, willingness to answer all questions and ability to show us so much in a short time---also Inga in Riga for her flexibility, quick pace and deep knowledge of the culture and architecture--and also Aldis for his willingness to go above the expected, to share stories of his beloved Latvia, to help us understand the history of his country and the beauty of it---and Ivo for helping us understand manor life and that history, for his stories about life in Estonia, for going beyond in making sure we saw more of Tallinn on our way back---thanks for choosing everything with such care---we loved the countries.

HEIDI FIELDS GROUP OF 6 FRIENDS, BALTIC CAPITALS TAILOR-MADE TOUR, OCTOBER 2017


THE ORGANISATION WAS OUTSTANDING

We want to say how much we enjoyed the whole trip.The organisation was outstanding and everything went just as was planned.Of course being our first visit, everything we saw was a completely new experienceso we have many happy memories to look back on, with each capital city quite different to the other two, as we found when going to Riga from Vilnius and then to Tallin. Tartu was a charming little town too and we were glad we included a cross-country trip. The hotels were excellent and overall there is nothing at all we could suggest needed improvement. We are so glad and grateful that we were finally able to make the trip after the disappointment in April. Our sincere thanks to everyone who was involved in providing us with a truly memorable experience.

BRIAN & SUE HOLLEY, NEW ZEALAND, SEPTEMBER 2017


MORE LIKE A FRIEND THAN A GUIDE

The organisation of our trip was very professional and ran like clockwork. It was great to have everything organised and to not worry about driving or finding places of interest. We met some lovely tour guides especially Vicky in Palanga who was a fantastic host and felt more like a friend than a guide. We were pleasantly impressed by the standards of Eastern Europe and enjoyed the food and reasonable prices too. We would definitely recommend the baltics to our friends. In fact our 22 year old son said we could even leave him in Lithuania!

THE LEVENE FAMILY, TAILOR-MADE PRIVATE TOUR OF THE BALTIC CAPITALS, JUNE 2017


VERY HAPPY WITH THE WAY YOU HAD ORGANISED OUR HOLIDAY

Dear Sarah, We really enjoyed ourselves. Helsinki and Tallinn are both great places to visit in very different ways. We loved the laid back atmosphere in Helsinki and walking by the sea right by the city centre. Tallinn is stunningly beautiful. Every corner you go round brings another amazing view. We were very happy with the way you had organised our holiday. The hotels were both excellent and all the pick ups were right on time. All in all we had a great time and enjoyed it from start to finish.

MR & MRS RHEAD, TAILOR-MADE TALLINN & HELSINKI TOUR, JULY 2017


THEY WERE VERY KIND AND MADE OUR TOUR VERY SPECIAL

We liked very much our tour! I would like to tell you that we liked specially the guides from Ukraine, Belarus, Kaliningrad and Vilnius. They were very kind and made our tour very special. In general, we liked all the hotels! Thanks a lot!

FABRICIO, TAILOR-MADE TOUR TO UKRAINE, MOLDOVA, BELARUS, KALININGRAD & LITHUANIA, AUGUST 2017


EVERY ASPECT OF THE HOLIDAY WORKED WELL

I would like to thank Baltic Holidays for the well organised holiday that was organised for my friend and I in August. We visited St Petersburg, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. Every aspect of the holiday worked well. Our accommodation was very comfortable, our guides informative and our drivers excellent. All staff were very punctual and polite. The places we were shown by our guides gave us a very good understanding of the countries we visited. My heartfelt thanks to Baltic Holidays.

RHONDA, BALTIC CAPITALS TAILOR-MADE PRIVATE TOUR, AUGUST 2017


BALTIC HOLIDAYS MET EVERY NEED AND EXPECTATION!

We enjoy the ease of first-class packaged holidays but prefer traveling independently and on our own agenda with assistance as required. In this regard Baltic Holidays met every need and expectation! Once we set our desireddestinations and dates, Baltic Holidays put together the most suitable hotels, booked expert drivers, and arranged for top notch guides in each city. Everything worked like clockwork. We were able to sit back and enjoy the trip without ever worrying about transportation, payments, or hotel arrangements.

MR & MRS WHITE, TAILOR-MADE PRIVATE BALTIC CAPITALS TOUR, SEPTEMBER 2017

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