Explore the charming and enigmatic Baltic countries, ride a bike around the coastal dunes of Lithuania's Curonian Spit, picnic in beautiful Riga, live like a local on a farm in Estonia, wander through back alleys in St Petersburg
Decades after the fall of communism, the Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia remain a mystery to most travellers. We’re not complaining, though; more mystery means fewer crowds and an easier time getting to know these fantastic countries. Beginning in charming cobblestoned Vilnius and ending in St Petersburg, Russia’s cultural capital, this 2-week trip gets to the very heart of the region. Get an up-close glimpse of Riga’s castles and art district, experience rural life in Estonia, and venture into the fortresses and medieval architecture of Tallinn before crossing into Russia by land. Make the Baltics your special travel secret.
- Trakai Castle visit (Vilnius). Curonian Spit bike tour. Riga city tour with lunch from the local markets. Rural Estonia farm stay. Saaremaa guided village tour. Kadriorg Palace visit (Tallinn). St Petersburg walking tour. Hermitage entrance. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
- 9 Breakfasts, 1 lunch. (Allow EUR300-350 for meals not included.)
- Hotels (10 nts), farm stay (3 nts).
- Public bus, ferry, walking, bike
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
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Day 1 Vilnius
Arrive at any time. We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this charming city.
Day 2 Vilnius (1B)
Visit Trakai Castle just outside town. Enjoy optional activities like the Frank Zappa monument, the breakaway Republic of Uzupis, a giant egg statue, the Gediminas tower and castle museum and the Occupation Museum.
Days 3-4 Curonian Spit (1B)
Travel by public bus and ferry to the Curonian Spit. Enjoy an included bicycle tour around Hill of Witches, Parnidis dune and a visit to sea bird colonies.
Days 5-6 Riga (1B, 1L)
Cross the border into Latvia and head to the capital, Riga. Enjoy a guided tour and a lunch of treats from the Central Market. Options for this city include visiting the Occupation Museum, the Riga Art Nouveau Centre, Riga Castle, the Andrejsala artists' district or just wandering the cobblestoned streets.
Days 7-9 Saaremaa (3B)
Cross the border to Estonia and get the local experience with three nights on a farm. Saaremaa is a remote island in the Baltic Sea with unique traditions and heritage. In the area there is hiking, cycling, mustard-making, fruit-picking and folk evenings with traditional music. Don't miss an included tour of the local breweries, bakeries and windmills.
Days 10-11 Tallinn (2B)
Travel to the capital of Estonia, Tallinn. Fall in love immediately with this medieval town. Enjoy an included visit to Kadriorg Palace and use your free time to visit the Museum of the Occupation, the Dome Church, the open air museum, go sea kayaking, visit the beaches or bask in a sauna.
Days 12-13 St Petersburg (1B)
Travel by bus to St Petersburg, the 'Paris of Russia'. This opulent, sprawling city will enchant with its history, architecture and vibe. An included walking tour exposes the secrets of this captivating city, bringing its history and culture to life. On Day 13, visit the famous Hermitage Museum. Opt to take a canal boat tour at midnight, experience 'white nights' in June when the sun barely sets, ride the deepest subway in the world, lounge in the city parks or relax in a café with some tea and traditional Russian fare.
Day 14 St Petersburg
Depart at any time. We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this vibrant city has to offer.
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