Tallinn, Tartu, Cesis, Riga, Klaipeda, Kaunas & Vilnius
History & Culture, Off the Beaten
A land of crumbling castles, soaring dunes, pine forests and magical lakes â€“ a trip to the Baltic proves that fairy tales do come true.
Tallinn offers a fusion of modern and medieval vibes before you travel through Estoniaâ€™s towering forests, castles and small wooden towns.
Cross to Latvia. Its capital Riga is often described to be â€œthe Paris of the Northâ€ offering the most impressive Art Nouveau architecture in Europe.
After exploring the fairy-tale kingdom, we head to Lithuania to visit the UNESCO-listed Curonian Spit. Its capital Vilnius offers an alluring enclave of artists mixing contemporary culture and baroque heritage.
Arriving in Tallinn, we will transfer to your hotel.
Tallinn Old Town Walking Tour (Half-Day)
After you have settled in, commence on your half-day walking tour of the UNESCO Old Town to explore the walls and towers, Dome Church, Kiek in de Kök hidden tunnels underneath the Toompea Hill terrace’s old bastions, Dominican Monastery Museum’s ancient stone galleries and interesting food stops.
Tallinn Museums Tour (Full Day)
Start at the Seaplane Harbour Museum, formerly a hangar at the area of Peter the Great’s Naval Fortress and hauled out of the water from the world’s only surviving mine-laying submarine. Visit the KGB Museum at Hotel Viru, the only place for foreigners to stay during Soviet times. Proceed Kadriorg Palace and Foreign Art Museum which displays Western European and Russian artworks.
Lahemaa National Park Exploration (Full Day)
Discover Lahemaa National Park’s thick forests, hidden waterfalls and picturesque coastlines. Visit the romantic captain’s village of Kasmu ringed with many lakes and the manor houses of Vihula with a chance for local vodkas tasting. Proceed to Tartu, the oldest town in Baltic states.
Enjoy a short tour of Tartu Old Town and visit the Estonian National Museum (closed Mon) before a local beer tasting at Valmierzuiza Brewery.
Cesis Castle Tour (1hr)
Set off to Baltics’ best-preserved town at Cesis to explore Cesis Castle, one of Latvia’s most dramatic ruined castles.
Drive to Ligatne for a short tour of the secret Soviet bunker with various paraphernalia of the Soviet era meant to be served as hideout for governing the state in the case of a nuclear war.
Turaida Exploration (Half-Day)
Make a stop at the Turaida to admire the red-brick fairy-tale castle and stop at the GÅ«tmaÅ†ala (Gutman’s Cave), the biggest cave in Baltics. Take the cable car over Gauja river valley in Sigulda.
Our Riga walking tour brings us to Dome Cathedral for amazing organ music concert from one of the world’s largest pipe organs (upon availability), great city views from the steeple of St. Peter’s Church and local food tasting at Riga Central Market. In the afternoon, choose from one of the below three options before ending at Bergs Bazaar, opened around 130 years ago as Riga’s first high society shopping arcade!
Option A: Riga’s Moscow District with Tram (Half-Day)
Venture off the beaten to the suburbs which once was a WWII Jewish ghetto, full of history, churches of various styles and faiths and traditional 19th-century working-class wooden homes.
Option B: Riga Art Noveau Tour (Half-Day)
Riga boasts Europe’s greatest concentration of Art Nouveau buildings. Visit Art Nouveau area, once home to Latvia’s top artists, writers and scholars.
Option C: Riga’s Jurmala Seaside (Half-Day)
Stroll in the romantic 19th century Jurmala surrounded by wooden cottages, resort centres and pine trees.
Rundale Palace (2hrs) Rundale
Drive to Rundale Palace with its spectacular garden, another Baroque masterpiece
Hill of Crosses (1hr)
Heading to Hill of Crosses near Siauliai where hundred thousands crosses are placed to represent Christian devotion.
Curonian Spit Exploration (Full Day)
Explore Curonian Spit (UNESCO), a sand ribbon separating Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea formed by winds and sea currents. Head to Nida fisherman’s village, visit Nobel Prize Winner Thomas Mann’s Museum (closed Mon on 15 Sep-1 Jun). End with a walk to the dramatic and ecologically significant 60m high Dead Dunes.
Klaipeda City Tour (Half-Day)
Established as Lithuania’s only port by the Teutonic Knights, explore the picturesque Klaipeda including the Old Post offices, handicraft shops, old theatre and Simon Dach Square.
Kaunas Pazaislis Monastery (1hr)
Continue to 17th century Pazaislis Monastery near Kaunas, built by Camaldoleses monks and considered one of Europe’s finest mature baroque architectures.
Enjoy a walking tour of Vilnius’s UNESCO Old Town. Visit the Gothic St. Anne’s Church, St. Peter’s and Paul’s Church and the Cathedral with its bell tower, ruined city gates and castles. Head to Lithuania’s former capital in Trakai set on a lake island. The 14th century red brick castle is now an Art Museum. End at Angel Hill with its wooden angel sculptures.
If time permits, we will explore the micro-nation of the Bohemian Republic of Uzpis, which declared its independence from the rest of the city in 1997, home to artists and creatives before transferring to the airport for your flight home.
Hotel Palace Tallinn â€¢ Lydia Hotel Tartu â€¢ Karlamuiza Country Hotel Cesis â€¢ Grand Poet Hotel Riga â€¢ Michaelson Boutique Klaipeda â€¢ Radisson Blu VilniusÂ
This 4* medieval-styled hotel is located the centre of Tallinn and originally built in 1930s. Its fashionable rooms are decorated in classic design, each enjoys a view of the city. (Opened: 1937; Rooms: 79)View More
The history of Karlamuiza dates back to the mid-18th century. The old manor house retains its original elegance and now is one of the local best accommodations to stay at. (Opened: 1840; Rooms: 10)View More
: Soak in the Baroque charm with architecture harkening to 1901 at the heart of Vilnius Old Town, all while enjoying 5-star amenities and latest furnishings. (Opened: 2015; Rooms: 126)View More
Three Sisters Tallinn â€¢ Lydia Hote TartuÂ â€¢ Villa Santa Cesis â€¢ Grand Palace Hotel Riga â€¢ Michaelson Boutique Klaipeda â€¢ Pacai Hotel Vilnius
Located within the 16th century walls of Tallinn&rsquo;s fabled old town, this luxury boutique hotel was built in 1364. Each of the rooms are unique, all equipped with a private balcony with views of the harbour. (Renovated in 2003; Rooms: 23)View More
Built by Russian nobles for family recreation at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, this two stories hotel occupies a large area of 6 hectares with 3 residential villas. (Opened: 2017; Rooms: 30)View More
Built in 1877 as the Central Bank of Latvia, this LHW property was turned into a boutique 5-star superior hotel, located in the business, shopping and sightseeing district. (Opened: 2000; Rooms: 56)View More
Set in the heart of Vilnius Old Town and famous as the Grand Duchy of Lituania&rsquo;s most magnificent Baroque mansion, it has lived through 4 centuries and now one of the Baltic states&rsquo; most luxurious hotels. (Opened: 2018; Room: 104; Member of Design Hotels)View More
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