Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
Baltic Highlights Tailormade tour

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – Baltic Highlights Tour – a 8 day Tailormade Tour from £1475 per person.


Suffering under both German and later Soviet occupation, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union the once more independent states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were enthusiastic proponents of the European project and have since joined the NATO alliance.

The miserable grey of Soviet conformity has gone, in some cases quite literally as new paints and colours arrived from the west to once more embellish traditional wooden houses.

This Baltic tour travels overland to explore three different countries with diverse national characteristics which not only share a seashore but also a major segment of their contemporary history.

Explore the enchanting Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Undiscovered Destinations tailormade Baltic tour. In addition to exploring the magnificently preserved old towns of  Tallinn and Vilnius and the superb Art Nouveau architecture of Riga, this tour also gets off the beaten track. Explore some of the areas of outstanding beauty away from the capitals including attractive national parks and of course the wild pristine beaches of the Baltic Sea coast.

The capitals of Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius once subdued under communist authoritarianism are now lively cultural hubs, hives of economic activity, eager to further progress and expand.

With this relatively short Baltic Highlights tour, there is of course if you wish the option to extend your stays in the cities to assist with even more leisurely exploration.

Tour ratings.

  • Fitness
  • Off the beaten track 
  • Culture
  • History
  • Wildlife

Tour Pace

Busy

Tour style

Traveller

Relaxed Pace

Relaxed tours are easy paced with plenty of leisure time built in. The tour will in all probability still be off the beaten track, with the occasional early start and there may still be occasional long drives. In general on a relaxed pace tour you can enjoy easy-going activities and experiences with opportunities to absorb the sights and immerse yourself in the local surroundings.

Moderate Pace

Moderate pace tours are ideal if you want a tour experience that combines activities and experiences with some time to relax. Typically you will be active and busy for part of the day but then also have time to rest and recharge your batteries. In general on a moderate paced tour there may be some long journeys involved but the tour is not an expedition or a road trip. On a moderate paced tour it will be necessary to have some early starts.

Busy Pace

A busy paced tour means that you can expect to be doing, seeing or experiencing something new almost every day, and moving on from place to place to pack in as much as possible. There may be early starts, long journeys and tiring days along the way, but you’ll return home feeling you’ve really experienced as much as you possibly could.

Pioneer Class Tours

On our Pioneer tours, you will be amongst an elite group of intrepid travellers and some of the first to explore a country that few have been privileged enough to discover. Of course, exploring such areas of the world will come with its challenges; it may mean several nights camping, long journeys by 4WD and the need to maintain a degree of flexibility for when carefully laid plans change. These are challenging tours in countries and areas that may have poor infrastructure, high levels of poverty and illiteracy. This can translate in to low standards in hotels, bad roads and poor driving standards among other issues. We try and smooth out as much of these issues as we can but you should be prepared to experience the bad with the good.

Traveller Class Tours

Our Traveller itineraries are at the core of our programme. These journeys are designed for travellers who still want to discover a land away from the tourist crowds but expect minimum standards. Accommodation will be primarily hotel based, although you could still find yourself camping, or the guest of a local family. Depending on the destination and itinerary, you’ll likely be travelling in a private vehicle, with occasional use of public transport. This is adventure travel with some of the rough edges smoothed out.

Itinerary.

Start your Baltic tour when you an arrival in Tallinn, where you will be transferred to your centrally located hotel accommodation.  If you arrive earlier in the day you can start to explore the city at your leisure. Overnight Hotel Tallink. No meals or activities are scheduled today.

(Approximate overall  driving time today: three hours)

This morning explore Tallinn with a local guide, visiting Pirita and Saint Briggita’s convent ruins, Kadriorg Park and Palace, and Russalka Monument. A guided walk takes in the medieval city walls of the upper city of Toompea and Toompea Castle, Aleksander Nevsky Orthodox Church, Saint Mary’s Cathedral and the lower city, including the Town Hall Square, the House of the Brotherhood of Black Heads, Fat Margarita Tower and Viru Gates.  After lunch at your own leisure (own expense), we drive out of the city to picturesque Lahemaa National Park situated on the Gulf of Finland and take a walk on the Viru Bog nature trail, 3.5km of boardwalk which passes through a forest and marsh environment. Learn about the park’s flora and fauna and climb a viewing tower which allows an elevated perspective over the landscape. Later we visit the beautiful 18th century manor of Palmse which contains remarkable period furniture and clothing and here you can take a stroll in the attractive grounds before returning to Tallinn. Overnight at Hotel Tallink (B)

(Approximate overall driving time today: four hours)

Today enjoy some leisure time in Tallinn now you are orientated with the city after the tour yesterday. This afternoon, journey to Parnu (driver only from Tallinn to Riga), a coastal city of Estonia famous for its beautiful scenery and white sand beaches. After a short stop in Parnu where you can stroll on the white sand beach in fine weather, we continue south, following the Baltic Sea coast towards Latvia. It is also possible to stretch your legs and admire the natural dunes at Saulkrasti before arriving at Latvia’s capital, Riga. Overnight at Hotel Semarah Metropole (B)

(Approximate overall driving time today: two hours)

This morning we explore Riga with a local guide, first visiting the outstanding Art Nouveau district and its fascinating museum. Later we head to the city’s Old Town, taking in the National Opera House, the Freedom Monument, the big and small guildhalls, Riga Cathedral, Riga Castle, the medieval Three Brothers houses, Saint Jacobs’s church, the renovated house of the Brotherhood of the Black Heads, and Saint Peter’s church. From Riga, drive a short distance to Ragaciems, a fishing village situated on the Gulf of Riga coast beyond Jurmala. Here there’s the opportunity to see traditional architecture and possibly chat with local fishermen. Continue to Lake Kanieris, a site of special scientific interest, and take a stroll on the boardwalk and visit a bird watching tower. Later , drive to the summer resort of Jurmala where white sand beaches once attracted holidaying Soviet leaders such as Nikita Krushchev and Leonid Breshnev. Today the town’s authentic wooden houses have achieved UNESCO World Heritage status. Spend some time late in the afternoon strolling on the shores of the Baltic Sea before a return to Riga for your overnight stay. Overnight Hotel Semarah Metropole (B)

(Approximate overall driving time today: three hours)

The first stop today is Riga’s atmospheric central market, Europe’s largest, where fresh produce together with arts and crafts fill one of the city’s most notable structures, a UNESCO World Heritage Site constructed from former German Zeppelin hangars. Afterwards we travel inland to the picturesque green valleys of Gauja River National Park, sometimes called North Switzerland. Enjoy a fascinating visit to the workshop of a master amber craftsman who will explain how to determine real amber and talk us through his unique family collection of amber. Afterwards, drive to the town of Sigulda and visit the medieval castle of Turaida, Gutman’s Cave and Sigulda Castle’s ruins before returning to. Overnight Semarah Metropole Hotel (B)

(Approximate overall driving time today: five hours)

This morning after breakfast we drive south and cross into Lithuania. Some 12 km’s over the border, stop at the Hill of Crosses whose origins lie in the 1831 and 1863 uprising against the Russian Empire. The number of crosses is estimated at over 100,000 and is a truly remarkable sight. After lunch (own expense), continue onward to Vilnius (driver only) and check-in to your hotel. Overnight at Hotel Tilto where any remaining time today will be at leisure (B)

(Approximate overall driving time today: Two hours)

This morning we explore the city of Vilnius with a local guide. Highlights include Peter and Paul Church, the Old Town and Cathedral Square, Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Castle and Tower, Gediminas Statue and Saint Anne’s Church. Also walk up Subacius Hill for a panoramic view of Vilnius. Finally, visit the Dawn Gate, one of the most important symbols of Vilnius. This afternoon it’s a short journey from Vilnius to Trakai Castle, a picture-postcard medieval castle located on an island on Lake Galve. After crossing the drawbridge and moat, take a tour of the painstakingly restored castle, through the many halls and rooms that chart its history. Return to Vilnius. Overnight at Hotel City Gate (B)

Any remaining time today will be at leisure before an airport transfer ends our services (B)

Note – we would be happy to quote you for any further arrangements either pre or post tour or even to add extra days of activities to this tour. Do contact us to tailor your perfect tailormade tour.

Dates & Price.

Tour price starts from £1475 per person based on 2 people travelling and sharing a room. Prices for other private group sizes on request.

Tour Notes

This is a private and tailormade tour and so has no minimum group size.

Single Supplement for this tailormade itinerary starts from £175. Note: In many European hotels, a single supplement is applicable for a ‘single’ room and not a double room with single occupancy.

Flights into Tallinn and back from Vilnius from London start from around £200 per person – please contact us for a quotation and advice on best routes

We know that for many of our destinations flying cannot be avoided. But we believe that for some of our tours, taking the train is a practical, affordable and most of all a very enjoyable alternative. Even flying in just one direction will have a very positive benefit on the environment. To compare the emissions for your next trip take a look at this easy to use emissions calculator – https://uic.org/ecopassenger.

One-way fares from London to Tallinn by train start at £150.

Please note that the journey will normally involve overnight stops  The cost of accommodation is not included. We can book a wide choice of hotels and will be pleased to provide further details.

For a quote to travel from a European city other than London please contact us. We will advise you of the options, including routes and fares.

Contact us for further details about how we can help you plan the perfect environmentally friendly addition to your holiday. As well as train tickets, we can arrange stopovers along the way, including hotels and guided tours.

Airport transfers are included on arrival and departure.

Many extensions and variations are possible including spending more time in the Baltic cities or perhaps also combining your tour with a visit to Scandinavia or even St Petersburg in Russia. Contact us to discuss your tailormade requirements.

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Tour inclusions.

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • All accommodation on twin/double share (unless single supplement paid)
  • Services of English speaking local guides in different locations
  • Daily breakfast
  • Entrance fees of sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private ground transport

Tour exclusions.

  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas if applicable
  • Meals other than daily breakfast
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips (discretionary)

This trip was so well thought out as are all the trips I’ve taken with you before with excellent guides, good accommodation and really comfortable transport.

 

Patricia Smith, UK