Baltic Capitals

7 nights from £1145

Start:London Gatwick
Finish:London Gatwick
Duration:7 Nights
Group size:0 - 31

Overview

You'll love this tour if you like: 

  • Small groups - capacity limited to 30 
  • Experiencing a vareity of cultures
  • Medieval old towns - in Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius
  • Historic castles and palaces 
  • Exploring regional cuisine - in 3 separate countries

The three Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia offer a wealth of interest to the visitor and now is a great time to visit before they become overdeveloped. The three capitals of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn each offer a distinctive character, whilst the warm welcome you will receive is common to all three. 

Our tour includes a stay in each city with transfers between each by coach, allowing time to see the surrounding countryside, including visits to Pilsrundale Palace and the seaside spa town of Parnu. 

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Accommodation

Hotels will be confirmed to you at the time of booking and on your confirmation invoice. For more details about a particular date please call.

PK Ilmarine, Tallinn
The four-star PK Ilmarine Hotel is located close to the historical Old Town and is only a few minutes walk away from the Port of Tallinn. The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, sauna & relaxation area and comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV, telephone, hairdyer and safety-deposit box.

PK Ilmarine Hotel Website

Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Riga
The four-star Radisson Blu Latvija is located in the heart of the city close to all the musuems, medieval castles and is only a 5 minute walk from the Old Town. The hotel offers 2 restaurants, and 3 bars - one of which offers fantastic views of the Old Town - and comfortable modern bedrooms with private bath/shower, air-conditioning, TV, telephone, mini-bar and hairdryer.

Radisson Blu Latvija Hotel Website

Novotel Vilnius Centre
The four-star Novotel Vilnius Centre Hotel is located just a few minutes' walk from the cathedral and Old Town of Vilnius. Facilities at the hotel include free Wi-Fi, brasserie restaurant and casual lobby bar. Rooms are modern and all have private bath/shower, air-conditioning, safe, telephone, TV, minibar and hairdryer.

Novotel Vilnius Centre Website

OUR VIEW ON THE HOTELS
This tour uses very well appointed four-star hotels in convenient city centre locations, offering a very high standard of comfort and facilities.

Places of Interest

For a very personal account of this holiday please follow the link below to a previous customer's narrative. Many thanks to Mr Darlington for allowing us to use this piece.

A Personal Travelog

Tallinn
Most tourists base their visit to Tallinn around the old town, a charming muddle of historic buildings dating back to the 13th Century. Its narrow, cobbled streets are unsuited to modern vehicles, and are, therefore, perfect for leisurely strolling and soaking up the atmosphere. There is lots to see and do here, with plenty of restaurants serving a huge variety of cuisines from around the former USSR and beyond, with excellent quality at very reasonable prices. Some of the main sights that should not be missed include the Estonian Parliament Building, a simple, pink, functional building dating from 1921 and the contrasting Russian Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, an elaborate, powerful onion-domed structure completed in 1900 as a symbol of the Russian Empire.

Riga
The majority of sights in Riga are located in the old town situated between the Daugava river and the city canal. This area contains a wealth of historic buildings dating back to the 13th century and is best explored on foot as much of it is closed to traffic. Highlights include the Powder Tower which dates back to 1330, the Swedish Gate, Excecutioner’s House, Riga Castle which now houses three museums, Our Lady of Sorrows, John’s, St Saviour’s Churches, 15th century Three Brothers houses on Maza Pilsiela, Parliament Building, House of the Cat, Cathedral, St Peter’s Church, House of the Blackheads and many attractive medieval streets and squares. Riga has one of the largest collections of Art Nouveau architecture in Europe and its new town is distinguished by this distinctive style. From 1896 - 1913 around a third of the buildings in Riga were built in the Art Nouveau style, the most extravagant of which are located on Alberta lela, some of which were designed by Mikhail Eisenstein, father of the famous film director, Sergei. Other sights in this part of the city include the massive Freedom Monument, the tallest of its kind in Europe, Laima Clock, National Opera House, National Theatre, Orthodox Cathedral and several gracious parks. Further afield, the Ethnographic Open Air Museum, Motor Museum and beaches of Jurmala also reward exploration.

Vilnius
Lithuania’s historic capital, Vilnius, is a wonderful destination for a brief visit with the largest old town in Eastern Europe the focal point for any visit. Much of this area is pedestrianised, making it perfect for exploring on foot. Main sights include the majestic Cathedral, dating from the 13th century but drastically updated in the late 18th century, and Cathedral Square, the focal point of the city that is dominated by the 16th century Belfry. The largest complex of buildings in the Old Town is the University, dating from 1570, which boasts a series of fine buildings including the Library, Astronomical Observatory, Littera Bookshop, Church of St John, Belfry and Great Courtyard. At the top of the 48-metre high Gediminas Hill lies the Higher Castle which offers wonderful views of the city from its observation platform. Further down is the Lower Castle, transformed in the 16th century into a Royal Palace. It is worth visiting, too, the 19th century new town and further afield for some remnants of the Soviet era.

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Start:London Gatwick
Finish:London Gatwick
Duration:7 Nights
Group size:0 - 31
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