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Best of the Baltics

Best of the Baltics

Best of the Baltics Overview

Explore the beauty and history of the Baltics on this 10 day tour starting and ending in Tallinn. Discover the 3 Baltic capitals of Tallinn, Vilnius and Riga as well as the smaller but equally impressive town of Klaipeda.

Inclusions

  • 9 nights in 3-4 star hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • Entrances to Palmse Manor House, Old University in Vilnius and Great Guild Hall in Tallinn.
  • Escorted by an English speaking tour leader
  • Sightseeing tours of Tallinn, Vilnius, Klaipeda and Riga
  • Entrance and guided tour of Rundale Palace
  • One arrival transfer on Day 1 and One departure transfer on Day 10 included per booking.
  • All relevant transportation in private modern vehicles
  • Note: This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go. The group can vary in size from 15 - 26 persons. Guiding may be in German in addition to English.

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Estonia and the capital Tallinn. Upon arrival at Tallinn airport you'll be met and transferred to your hotel in the heart of the city. The rest of the day is at leisure. A welcome meeting will be held this evening, in the hotel lobby, at around 7pm.

Day 2

Tallinn - Tartu - Cesis. Departing Tallinn this morning we make our way to Lahemaa National Park. Located just 70km from the Estonia capital this national park encompasses 475 sq km of stunning pine forest, lakes and cultural attractions. This morning we'll visit the manor house in Palmse, this beautiful baroque mansion dates back over 300 years with a fascinating history and a number of restorations over that period bringing to its current splendor. We will also visit Vihula manor house.

Later we'll continue to Tartu, a university town which holds great significance in Estonian history. We will explore the charming old town as well as the university which was founded in 1632. Our next stop is Cesis in Latvia, a Hanseatic city with winding streets, castle ruins and beautiful gardens.

Day 3

Cesis - Vilnius. After breakfast we depart Cesis and drive through the luscious green canopy of Gauja National Park en route to Sigulda. Sigulda is a popular holiday resort and home to the Castle of the Knights of the Sword, originally built in 1207. After exploring this impressive structure we continue south towards Vilnius. En route we will visit the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland, where will take a guided tour.

This afternoon we cross the border into Lithuania before arriving into Vilnius. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Vilnius.

Day 4

Vilnius - Klaipeda. Known for its medieval architecture and home to over 1,200 buildings and 48 churches that date back to this period, Vilnius is a beautiful capital and one that's bursting with fascinating history. This morning we'll enjoy a sightseeing tour of the highlights, visiting the old town we'll explore Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, the Peter and Paul Church, St Anna's Church , the Old University and the Gates of Dawn. Departing Vilnius we'll continue to Trakai, the true medieval capital of Lithuania. Here we'll discover the magnificently well preserved 14th century Trakai Castle, impressively positioned on an island in Lake Galve.

Later this afternoon we head for our stop for the night, Klaipeda, a port city where the Baltic sea meets the Dane river.

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