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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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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Please note that all flight times are provisional and subject to airline schedules and changes.
Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Tallinn via Riga. On arrival in Tallinn, transfer by coach to your Tallinn hotel. The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Day 2: Morning guided walking tour of Tallinn with the afternoon free for your own exploration. Estonia’s capital, Tallinn is a city on the rise. A delightful mix of the medieval and the modern, the old town is World Heritage-designated – a warren of cobbled streets overlooked by 14th century churches and beautiful buildings. At the same time new and exciting galleries of local artists, boutiques, bars and restaurants are flourishing within the old city walls sitting side by side with traditional artisans. This is the perfect city to stroll the streets and soak up the ambiance – you’ll also have plenty of excellent options for eating out in the evenings.
Day 3: Full day tour to Lahemaa National Park, the fishing villages of Altja and Käsmu and Jägala Waterfall. Lahemaa, Estonia’s first national park, established in 1971, and still its largest, gives a beautiful overview of the landscapes of the country. It is an extremely important conservation area within Europe, being home to many large mammals including moose, boar, brown bears and lynxes. Altja and Käsmu are beautiful traditional coastal villages that are located within Lahemaa whilst the Jägala Waterfall sits on the lower course of the Jägala River, just 4kms from its mouth at the Gulf of Finland.
Day 4: Transfer by coach from Tallinn to Riga with a visit en route to Pärnu. The resort town of Pärnu huddles in an inlet of the Gulf of Riga boasting beautiful beaches, lush green spaces and a historical gem of a town centre – this is Estonia’s most popular summer destination. The town also has some excellent museums and is also known as a health resort throughout Eastern Europe, where both old Soviet-style and glamorous, modern spas abound.
Day 5: Morning guided walking tour of Riga with the afternoon free for your own exploration. Riga, capital of Latvia, is in the middle of a renaissance, the restoration of its many magnificent old buildings and fairytale skyline of turrets and steeples making it one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The largest of the three Baltic cities and a wonderfully vibrant place, Riga is a fascinating fusion of old and new and is particularly known for having the largest concentration of Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) architecture in the world. Riga’s population is roughly 50% Latvian and 50% Russian, the cultures mixing harmoniously to make a cosmopolitan and delightful city.
Day 6: Transfer by coach from Riga to Vilnius with a visit en route to Rundãle Palace. Built for the Dukes of Courland as a summer retreat, Rundãle Palace is a magnificent vision of opulent Baroque and Rococo. Designed by Italian architect Franceso Bartholomeo Rastrelli, who, as the Russian court architect, also designed the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg, the palace was built in the 17th century.
Day 7: Morning guided walking tour of Vilnius with an afternoon visit to Trakai. Lithuania’s capital Vilnius is home to Europe’s largest Baroque old town – full of decadent churches, magnificent facades, narrow streets and intimate squares, this is picture-perfect city architecture. An enchanting place, Vilnius also has a hint of the Bohemian freethinker about it and has also seen a huge Jewish influence which led to it being the scene of some of the worst atrocities of the Soviet era, something that you’ll see remembered everywhere. The historic city and lake resort of Trakai is surrounded by water, sitting on five lakes. The city’s lovely island castle contains a fascinating history museum.
Day 8: Transfer to Vilnius airport for your return flight to London Gatwick via Riga.
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 30 passengers.
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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