Baltics to St Petersburg

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14 days,Vilnius to St Petersburg
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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.

What's Included

  • 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
  • Border crossing support
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners. (Allow EUR300-350 for meals not included.)
  • Public bus, ferry, walking, bike
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
  • Hotels (10 nts), farm stay (3 nts).

Additions Available on This Tour

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Places Visited

Itinerary

Day 1Vilnius

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Vilnius(1B)

Visit Trakai Castle. 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 KGB Museum.

Day 3Vilnius/Nida

Travel by public bus to the UNESCO-listed Curonian Spit. Visit the Parnidis dune in the evening.

Day 4Nida

Enjoy an included bicycle tour around the Hill of Witches and a visit to sea bird colonies.

Day 5Nida/Riga

Cross the border into Latvia and head to the capital, Riga. Options for this charming city include visiting the Occupation Museum, the Riga Art Nouveau Centre, Riga Castle, the Andrejsala artists' district, or just wandering the cobblestone streets.

Day 6Riga(1L)

Enjoy a guided tour and a lunch of treats from the Central Market. Spend a free afternoon exploring the city.

Day 7Riga/Kuressaare(1B, 1D)

Cross the border to Estonia and get the local experience with three nights on a farm in Saaremaa. In the area there is hiking, cycling, mustard-making, fruit-picking, and folk evenings with traditional music.

Day 8Kuressaare(1B, 1D)

Enjoy a tour of Saaremaa including a visit to the Kaali meteorite lake, bakeries, and windmills. Opt to visit the local breweries.

Day 9Kuressaare(1B, 1D)

Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to visit some of the ancient churches or natural sites like the lake, the Panga Cliff, and the Pühatu Springs.

Day 10Kuressaare/Tallinn(1B)

Travel to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Fall in love with this medieval town. Enjoy an included visit to Kadriorg Palace.

Day 11Tallinn(1B)

Spend a free day exploring this medieval city. 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 relax in a sauna.

Day 12Tallinn/Saint Petersburg(1B)

Travel to St Petersburg, the "Paris of Russia". Opt to start exploring the busy Nevsky Prospekt.

Day 13Saint Petersburg

Enjoy an included walking tour, exposing the secrets of this captivating city. After, visit the famous Hermitage Museum. Opt to take a canal boat tour, 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 14Saint Petersburg

Depart at any time.

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