Welcome to The Baltic States

Teensy but Diverse

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are tiny. Yet in this wonderfully compact space there are three completely distinct cultures to discover – with different languages, different traditions and markedly different temperaments. By way of example, you need only look at the three unique yet equally compelling capitals: flamboyantly baroque Vilnius, chic art-nouveau Rīga and majestically medieval Tallinn. When it comes to cultural mileage, the Baltic is as fuel-efficient a destination as you could ever hope for.

Cold War Comrades

For all their differences, the Baltic States suffered the slings and arrows of 20th-century misfortune together. And when the time came, they answered the ‘to be or not to be’ question hand-in-hand, singing loudly in the affirmative. Visitors will find myriad opportunities to engage with the heart-breaking and horrifying stories of the Nazi and Soviet occupations of these lands: numerous war relics, mass-grave memorials and excellent social-history museums ensure that they’re never forgotten. Meantime, distinctive Stalinist architecture and striking Socialist Realist art continue to fascinate. And doesn’t everyone love a happy ending?

Super Nature

Endless sandy beaches, a multitude of lakes, large tracts of forest and wildlife-rich wetlands: the Baltic States may be flat but they’re not lacking in natural appeal. Best of all, the relatively low population density means there’s plenty to go around. Many of Europe’s large mammals have found quiet corners to linger in here, although the wolves, bears, elks and lynx know better than to mug for tourist snapshots. You’re more likely to see white storks in their bathtub-sized nests balanced on lampposts, or woodpeckers tap-tapping away, or the odd startled deer scampering along the side of the road.

Magic in the Air

From Tallinn’s storybook turrets to the ghostly ruins of Ludza Castle, romantic adults and spellbound children will find plenty of intrigue in this ancient and alluring landscape. Folk tales abound of holy lakes, magic springs and the witches and goblins that inhabit the darkest forests and most treacherous bogs. This was the last corner of Europe to be Christianised and, even now, in out-of-the-way places, you’ll occasionally stumble across ribbons tied to trees in sacred groves and coins deposited on mysterious offertory stones. Suspend your disbelief just a little and let your imagination take flight.

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$42.24 Day Trips & Excursions

Trakai Castle and Museum Tour

There are many beautiful lakes in the region. Visit Trakai Castle and Museum of the 15th century (in the middle of Lake Galve). It is the only insular castle throughout Eastern Europe - Island Castle is one of the most visited historical-architectural monuments in Lithuania. The visit is approximately 1 hour and you will have free time for shopping and relax.Trakai is also home to Karaites, a Turkish ethnic group practicing a religion akin to Judaism, who came to Lithuania from the Crimea in the 14th century as warriors for Grand Duke Vytautas. Today the country's smallest ethnic minority counts under 300 members.

$28.54 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Tallinn City Sightseeing Bus Tour with Port Pickup

During your short time in port in Tallinn, you’ll want to see all the sights in the most convenient way possible. A City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour is the easiest way to get around town and see what you want, when you want. Customize your own tour by hopping on and off the bus at any stop, as many times as you like. Simply hop off where you want to, and return to any stop to continue your tour. The nearest stop is cruise ship terminal is ABC Terminals.Tallinn City Hop-on Hop-off Tour stops: • Mere pst (328 feet, 100 meters from Viru Square) • Song Festival Grounds • Russalka Monument • D-Terminal (cruise ship) • Hotel Radisson SAS and Swissotel (stops on request) • Toompea Castle- Old Town • ABC TerminalsThis excursion is located within a 10-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Tallinn. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy

$34.25 Kid Friendly

Tallinn 2.5-Hour Sightseeing Coach and Walking Shore Excursion

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn, Harju CountyGet a glimpse of beautiful gardens and Presidential residenceStop At: Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, Tallinn, Harju CountyPhoto StopDuration: 5 minutesPass By: Pirita, Tallinn, Harju CountyPirita, coastal areaStop At: Toompea Castle, Tallinn, Harju CountyOur Goverment buildingDuration: 5 minutesStop At: Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, Tallinn, Harju CountyCathedralDuration: 5 minutesStop At: St. Mary's Church, Tallinn, Harju CountyEntrance to Dome ChurchDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Tallinn Old Town, Tallinn, Harju CountyViewing pointsDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Tallinna Raekoja Plats, Tallinn, Harju CountyFinish off the tour here!Duration: 10 minutes

$34.25 Kid Friendly

Tallinn Sightseeing Tour by Coach and Foot

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn, Harju CountyGet a glimpse of the Presidential Castle along with gardensStop At: Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, Tallinn, Harju CountyVisit Song Festival Grounds, photostopDuration: 5 minutesPass By: Pirita, Tallinn, Harju CountyPiritaStop At: Tallinn Old Town, Tallinn, Harju CountyEnter Old TownDuration: 1 hourStop At: Toompea Castle, Tallinn, Harju CountyToompea CastleDuration: 5 minutesStop At: St. Mary's Church, Tallinn, Harju CountyDome ChurchDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, Tallinn, Harju CountyCathedralDuration: 5 minutesStop At: Tallinna Raekoda, Tallinn, Harju CountyTown Hall Square, where the tour gets its endingDuration: 10 minutes

$22.83 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Best of Riga Walking Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Art Nouveau Riga, Riga, Riga RegionWe will start our tour with the remarkable Art-Nouveau district - a real treasure for those who enjoy beauty of the architecture. Here you can find stunning buildings, great restaurants, beautiful parks and see a real life of Rigans. Our lovely guide will walk you through city center and explain you more about the meaning of symbols hidden behind the beautiful facades, and introduce you with some of the most remarkable Art-Nouveau masterpieces. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Old City Riga (Vecriga), Riga, Riga RegionAfter a short break we will set for the Old Riga where you will be able to learn more about the fascinating history of the city and see all the most beautiful landmarks including Three Brothers, House of Blackheads, St. Peters' Church and many others. Here you will hear interesting stories about famous Rigans, fate of the beautiful, centuries old buildings, and more about Latvian culture which is one of the oldest living cultures in Europe. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Central Market (Centraltirgus), Riga, Riga RegionWe will finish the tour with walk and trying typical local food in Riga Central Market, also UNESCO Heritage site and the largest food market in Europe. Here you will be able to try 4-6 samples of traditional foods, meet some of the local producers and after the tour do some shopping in the most authentic shopping place in Riga.Duration: 1 hour

$45.67 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full-Day The Hill of Crosses Tour from Vilnius

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Discover Lithuania, Vilnius, Vilnius CountyPick up from Vilnius hotels, apartments. Drive to Ukmerge district. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Mūšios miško parkas Didžiosios kovos apygardos partizanams atmintiStopping at the park established to remember those who fought against the Soviet regime. There are seen crosses dedicated to the partisans, to the most important dates of Lithuanian history and to famous individuals, such as Pope John Paul II and US President Ronald Reagan.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Hill of Crosses - Kryziu Kalnas, Siauliai, Siauliai CountyAbout an hour is reserved to explore The Hill of Crosses. Learning about the cross-making art, the meaning of the crosses to Lithuanians. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Rotušės aikštėStop at the local restaurant before heading back to Vilnius. Duration: 3 hours