Baltic Impressions
11 Days

ITINERARY

11 Days: Riga, Tallinn, Tartu, Grasi, Daugavpils, Vilnius

Tour Overview:

On this 11 day tour of the three Baltic countries, you will visit the beautiful capital cities of Tallinn, Vilnius and Riga. You will also visit Tartu, the university town, where Estonia gained its statehood; Cesis, a Hanseatic city with winding streets, castle ruins and beautiful gardens; the magnificent Rundale Palace; and the Estonian summer resort of Parnu.


Day 1: Arrival Riga

Arrival in Riga, transfer to Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.


Day 2: 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. The walking tour of the morning takes to Art Nouveaux district and Old Town including 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 offers an optional visit to the Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th century country life. In the evening enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Kalku Varti.


Day 3: Riga – Tallinn

The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. We do a short tour of the resort before we continue through the North Estonian land of forests and arrive in Tallinn early afternoon, check-in at the Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia**** or similar.


Day 4: Tallinn

Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquillity 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. The sightseeing tour takes us around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we see Toompea Castle, Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, medieval Old Town Hall and Great Guild Hall. In the afternoon an optional excursion is offered to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU, the awardwinning new Estonian Art museum, with its collections of classic and contemporary fine art. The evening offers an optional medieval dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv.


Day 5: Tallinn – Lahemaa – Tallinn

This day offers an optional day excursion to Lahemaa National Park, where we visit Palmse Manor, a memorial to the von Pahlen family, and Sagadi Manor. The tour ends with a visit to the charming 16th century Vihula Manor and the Vodka Museum.


Day 6: Tallinn – Tartu

We continue to Tartu, the University Town, where Estonia gained its statehood. We see the charming Old Town and the University founded in 1632. Check in at Hotel Dorpat*** or similar. In the afternoon is offered optional visit to Estonia National Museum, dedicated to Estonian cultural history and everyday life and stretching out on a timeline from the present day to the Ice Age.


Day 7: Tartu – Grasi

Departing from Tartu, we head south and soon we reach Stameriena – the pearl of European romanticism having close links with Italian writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. After the visit, we continue to Gulbene where we visit the small, private Talava cider brewery and are invited to test the produce. Later in the afternoon we arrive to Grasi Manor***, a picturesque classicism style estate in the middle of Latvia. This evening offers a dinner at Grasi Manor.


Day 8: Grasi – Daugavpils

The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. We do a short tour of the resort before we continue through the North Estonian land of forests and arrive in Tallinn early afternoon, check-in at the Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia**** or similar.


Day 9: Daugavpils – Vilnius

Today we continue southwards into Lithuania and an in the middle of the day we arrive at Aukstatija National Park with its many lakes, rivulets and streams scattered between forests and hills. We explore the park on a light walk through the scenic landscapes and visit the pretty lakeside town of Paluse, famous for its wooden church. Late in the afternoon, we head towards Vilnius. Upon arrival we check in at Hotel Artis**** or similar.


Day 10: Vilnius

Vilnius is known for its more than 1.200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. The morning walking tour takes us to the Old Town with Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, Peter and Paul Church, St. Anne’s Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn. The afternoon offers optional tour to The Palace of Grand Dukes of Lithuania where you will learn about the fortifications and the collection of armaments of the castle and palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania.


Day 11: Vilnius

Transfer to the airport.

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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2024
Arrival / Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
May 22 - Jun 01 CAD 2,400 CAD 3,275
Jun 05 -Jun 15 CAD 2,400 CAD 3,275
Jun 12 - Jun 22 CAD 2,400 CAD 3,275
Jun 26 - Jul 06 CAD 2,400 CAD 3,275
Jul 10 - Jul 20 CAD 2,400 CAD 3,275
Jul 17 - Jul 27 CAD 2,400 CAD 3,275
Jul 31 - Aug 10 CAD 2,400 CAD 3,275
Aug 07 - Aug 17 CAD 2,400 CAD 3,275
Aug 14 - Aug 24 CAD 2,400 CAD 3,275
Aug 21 - Aug 31 CAD 2,400 CAD 3,275
Aug 28 - Sep 07 CAD 2,400 CAD 3,275
Optional Tours
Casual fisherman dinner at Tik Pas Jona tavern CAD 75 Per Person
4-hour excursion to the Curonian Spit CAD 90 Per Person
Casual dinner on the beach at Red Sun Buffet CAD 75 Per Person
Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral CAD 70 Per Person
4-hour excursion to Jurmala CAD 75 Per Person
Latvian dinner at Restaurant Kalku Varti CAD 95 Per Person
3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU CAD 90 Per Person
Medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack CAD 90 Per Person
6-hour excursion to Lahemaa National Park with a visit to Palmse Manor and Vodka Museum and Vihula Manor CAD 155 Per Person
3-hour visit to Estonia National Museum in Tartu CAD 90 Per Person
3-hour visit to The Palace of Grand Dukes of Lithuania CAD 90 Per Person

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:

  • 10 overnights at centrally located 3-4 star hotels
  • 10 x buffet breakfast and dinner at Grasi Manor
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Personalised welcome package
  • Entrances to Great Guild Hall in Tallinn, Stameriena Palace, Talava cider brewery, Aglona Basilica, ceramics show-room in Preili, Mark Rothko Art Centre in Daugavpils Peter and Paul Church in Vilnius and medieval
  • Service of English and German speaking tour escort on all tours
  • Service of 1 st class motor coaches or 1 st class minivans throughout the itinerary

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