The three nations that comprise the Baltic Republics are some of the most affluent and upcoming in all of Europe. Known for being the source of Europe’s amber trade (The Amber Road – dating back over 44 million years), these gems of Tallinn, Riga & Vilnius are cultural jewels, polished and waiting to be discovered.
Three countries very unique in character and history make up the Baltic States. Lands carpeted in vast swathes of lush green forest, shorelines awash with ancient amber, and a people that have endured many conflicts and crusades over hundreds of years. The countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia were colonised by Vikings, were some of the last bastions of pagan religions in Europe (targeted by years of Christian crusades) and suffered heavily under both Soviet and Nazi rule. In the modern world, all three countries boast a high standard of living, beautiful archaeological sites and national parks, and also vibrant hubs of culture as their capital cities.
This tour of the Baltics will take you from the imposing castle of Trakai, to stunning amber finds at Palanga. From Europe’s widest waterfall in Kuldiga, to the vibrant old-town of Riga. From the shores of Lake Peipsi and to conclude in the gorgeous city of Tallinn. Join Prestige Holidays on an exceptional adventure to uncover the Baltic States.
Day 1 (D)
Arrival. Enjoy a guided walking tour of vibrant Vilnius, including the nearby Amber Museum. Continue to Gediminas Tower before soaking up the sights of Cathedral Square.
Day 2 (B, L)
Early morning visit to the fantastic Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania before departing for the nearby town of Trakai to explore the stunning 14th century lake-castle. This impressive fortification and the surrounding settings are one of the highlights of this tour.
Day 3 (B, L, D)
Transfer to the fantastic archaeological site at Kernave and visit its impressive archaeological museum. Continue westwards to Lithuania’s coastline and the charming, historical city of Klaipeda. This heart of the city has played home to both culture and villains alike, once hosting Adolf Hitler for a rally during the outbreak of World War 2.
Day 4 (B, L, D)
Take the ferry across to the Curonian Spit and travel down the spine of this unusual geographic feature to the charming sea-side town of Nida. Then transfer to the resort town of Palanga, where awaits a leisurely stroll through the local gardens before visiting the impressive Museum of Amber.
Day 5 (B, L)
In Kuldiga, stroll through the historic town centre, boasting unique 17th – 18th century architecture. Soak up the wonderful vista of the River Venta and Europe’s widest natural rapid. Continue to the nation’s capital, Riga.
Day 6 (B)
Walking tour of Riga’s historic old town with visits to St. Peter’s Church, Riga Cathedral, the ‘Three Brothers’ and the National Museum. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 7 (B, L, D)
An early jaunt through the Vidzeme Region; known as the Switzerland of Latvia, this area boasts some beautiful views including impressive castle ruins at Sigulda. Continue to Cesis for a visit to the 13th century castle, before crossing the border into Estonia. Enjoy a leisurely walking tour of Tartu’s sights, including the old town and the Toome Hill ruins of the old Dome Church.
Day 8 (B, L)
Estonia’s second largest city sits on the banks of the River Emajõgi, which connects the country’s two largest lakes. The highlight of the morning is visiting the Museum of Classical Arts & Antiquities. Continue to Tallinn, along the famous ‘Onion Route’ skirting the shores of Lake Peipsi, getting acquainted with the Russian Old Believers enroute. Arrive in Tallinn for an overnight stay.
Day 9 (B, D)
Tallinn is considered one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. Start in the picturesque old town, where the whole district dates back to the Middle Ages. The tour includes Toompea Castle, the 13th century Dome Church and many other sites of interest.
Transfer to the airport for departure.
Prestige Holidays was founded in 1989 with the aim of providing unstinting service, the best value possible and a total dedication to ensuring that their clients’ wishes are met and exceeded. They are proud of the fact that nearly 30 years later, their passion is undiminished.
They were also determined to build a successful business on a sound financial footing. Additionally, they are fully bonded and hold an Air Travel Organisers Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority, reassuring all their clients that their money is safe with them.
Whilst they were originally known for their tailor made holidays to short haul and long haul destinations, they now offer a fabulous range of luxury escorted tours. From 'Off the Beaten Track in Sicily' - probably one of our most popular trips - which is usually Escorted by our fantastic Italian Specialist, Paul Stratton, or the Balkans with Martin Bell OBE, and who knows the area better than him? Or if it’s Ancient History and Culture that appeals to you - then their Alexander the Great & Aristotle tour may appeal.
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