Baltic Adventure

Classic, Vilnius to Helsinki
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Tour description

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 beautiful Helsinki, this two-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 to Finland by ferry. Make the Baltics your special travel secret.

What's included

  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Trakai Castle visit (Vilnius)
  • Curonian Spit visit
  • Hill of Witches bicycle tour (Nida)
  • Riga city tour
  • Farm-to-table dinners prepared by a local family
  • Saaremaa guided village tour
  • Kadriorg Palace visit (Tallinn)
  • Orientation walk (Helsinki)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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 the charming streets of helsinki.

Itinerary

Day 1: Vilnius Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Vilnius 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 3: Vilnius/Nida Travel by private vehicle to the UNESCO-listed Curonian Spit. Visit the Parnidis dune in the evening.

Day 4: Nida Enjoy an included bicycle tour around the Hill of Witches and a visit to sea bird colonies.

Day 5: Nida/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 6: Riga Enjoy a guided tour and a lunch of treats from the Central Market. Spend a free afternoon exploring the city.

Day 7: Riga/Kuressaare Cross the border to Estonia and get the local experience with three nights on a farm in Saaremaa. In the area there is canoeing on the Nasva river, fishing, and island visits. Over the next three nights, savour farm-to-table dinners specially prepared by your host family.

Day 8: Kuressaare Enjoy a tour of Saaremaa including a visit to the Kaali meteorite lake, bakeries, and windmills. Opt to visit the local breweries.

Day 9: Kuressaare 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 Travel to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Fall in love with this medieval town. Enjoy an included visit to Kadriorg Palace.

Day 11: Tallinn 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/Helsinki Travel by ferry to the charming capital city of Helsinki. Enjoy an afternoon in the Scandinavian city with an orientation walk and free time.

Day 13: Helsinki Depart at any time.