Baltic Panorama Lithuania Latvia Estonia Escorted Vacation

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Experience the Baltic on an escorted vacation visiting Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Begin in Vilnius, known for its more than 1,200 medieval buildings and churches. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town and marvel at the rich architecture. Continue on to Riga where you will enjoy a walking tour visiting Riga Castle, St. Peter's Church, and the Swedish Gate. You will also have a day at leisure in Riga where you may opt to explore the Gauja National Park or the Ethnographical Open Air Museum. Travel on to Tallinn which offers a charming blend of medieval tranquility and modern urban life, where you will tour the city and visit highlights such as Toompea Castle and the Great Guild Hall.

ESCORTED VACATION – Guaranteed departures escorted in English and 1 other language. All local visits and guiding in English. Scheduled departures - 8-day/7-night tour visiting Vilnius, Riga & Tallinn. Includes accommodation at first class hotels with breakfast daily, arrival & departure transfers, touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach, and guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.

Includes

  • Transfers per itinerary
  • Hotels per itinerary or similar
  • Sightseeing per itinerary
  • Porterage; one luggage per person
  • ASTA TOP Tour operator travel funds protection program
  • Daily continental or buffet breakfast
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Professional tour director throughout the tour

Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips and gratuities
  • Local city taxes
  • Flights

Daily Itinerary

Day

1

Vilnius – Arrival

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a welcome drink and meeting with your tour director at the hotel.

Day

2

Explore Vilnius

Vilnius is known for its more than 1,200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. Your morning sightseeing tour includes a panoramic tour of the city and a walking tour of the Old Town including the Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, Peter and Paul Church, St. Anne’s Church, the Old University and the Gates of Dawn. In the afternoon, consider joining 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 folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas. (B)

Day

3

Vilnius – Riga

Heading for Riga, the first stop is the Hills of Crosses, one of the most holy sites of Catholic Lithuania. After crossing into Latvia, you will soon reach the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Following a guided tour of the palace, you will travel through the rolling hills of Southern Latvia to reach Riga in the late afternoon. (B)

Day

4

Riga at Leisure

Before getting acquainted with Riga, you will have the possibility to discover medieval Latvia. This morning's optional tour takes you to the stunning scenery of the Gauja National Park and to the town of Sigulda. Learn about the medieval Latvian legend of the Rose of Turaida, and see the ruins of the Episcopal Castle and of the Castle of the Knights of the Sword before returning to Riga. In the afternoon, you may join an optional visit to the Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th century country life. The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral. (B)

Day

5

Explore Riga

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. Join your walking tour of the Old Town which 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. In the evening, enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest. (B)

Day

6

Riga – Tallinn

Your tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. You will have a short tour of the resort before continuing through the North Estonian forests. Arrive in Tallinn by early afternoon. (B)

Day

7

Explore Tallinn

Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquility 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. This morning’s sightseeing tour takes you around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where you will see Toompea Castle, the Dome Church, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the medieval Old Town Hall and the Great Guild Hall. In the afternoon, consider joining an optional excursion to Kadriorg Park and 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. (B)

Day

8

Tallinn – Return

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Tallinn airport for your return flight home. (B)