Baltics to St Petersburg

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  • Duration
    14
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  • Difficulty
    Moderate

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Highlights

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

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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.

Itinerary

Day 1 Vilnius
We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this charming city. There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Vilnius (1B)
Spend free time walking through charming old town or searching out artist havens and modern statues. Multi-faceted, puzzling, a heady mix of old and new, Vilnius has all the glories of a royal past, the troubling reminders of wartime and Communist atrocities and a vibrant forward-looking outlook. Included Activities: Trakai Castle Visit Transport: Local bus (0.75 hour(s))
Day 3 Vilnius/Nida
The Curonian Spit is a long, thin sand dune that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. This spit is shared by Lithuania and Kalingrad, Russia's westernmost oblast. The forested hills used to be the site of dancing and gathering during Pagan festivals. Now, the hills are dotted with wooden statues created by local artists, depicting witches, dragons, and the elements. Some of the statues tell stories of the local legends and folklore, bringing the region to life with their intricate carvings. Transport: Local bus (6.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Nida
Enjoy an included bicycle tour around the Hill of Witches and a visit to sea bird colonies. Included Activities: Hill of Witches Bicycle Tour
Day 5 Nida/Riga
Explore the narrow streets on foot and get better acquainted with the city known as "the Paris of the East". Opt to visit St Peter's Church, where we ascend the spire by lift, for a fantastic view over the city. Transport: Change buses in Klaipeda. Local bus (7.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Riga (1L)
Enjoy a guided tour and a lunch of treats from the Central Market. Spend a free afternoon exploring the city. Included Activities: Riga Guided Tour
Day 7 Riga/Kuressaare (1B, 1D)
Saaremaa is a remote island in the Baltic Sea with unique traditions and heritage. Thatched roof houses, stone walls, and windmills make up this fairytale landscape. Enjoy three nights on a farm outside the main city of Kuressaare. Transport: Local bus (2.50-3.00 hours) Boat (2.50-3.00 hours)
Day 8 Kuressaare (1B, 1D)
Enjoy a tour of Saaremaa including a visit to the Kaali meteorite lake, bakeries, and windmills. Opt to visit the local breweries. Included Activities: Saaremaa Guided Tour
Day 9 Kuressaare (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 10 Kuressaare/Tallinn (1B)
Travel to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Fall in love with this medieval town. Enjoy an included visit to Kadriorg Palace. Included Activities: Kadriorg Palace Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 11 Tallinn (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 12 Tallinn/Saint Petersburg (1B)
This opulent, sprawling city will enchant with its history, architecture, and vibe. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Estonia - Russia) Transport: Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours, 210km) Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours, 155km)
Day 13 Saint Petersburg
In June, experience "white nights", when the sun barely sets and canal boat tours run at midnight. Visit gorgeous onion-domed churches like St Isaac's or the Church on Spilt Blood. Opt to shop along Nevsky Prospekt or visit Peterhoff. Included Activities: Saint Petersburg Walking Tour Hermitage Museum Visit
Day 14 Saint Petersburg
We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this vibrant city has to offer.