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Highlights of the Baltics

Highlights of the Baltics

Highlights of the Baltics Overview

Travel from Vilnius to Tallinn via Riga on this 8 day tour of the Baltic capitals, exploring all 3 cities. Discover medieval old towns, lush green forests and summer resorts on this journey through a less discovered corner of Europe.

Inclusions

  • 7 nights in 4 star hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Entrances to Old University in Vilnius and Great Guild Hall in Tallinn.
  • Escorted by an English speaking tour leader
  • Sightseeing tours of Tallinn, Vilnius and Riga
  • One arrival transfer on Day 1 and One departure transfer on Day 8 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 - 40 persons. Guiding may be in other languages in addition to English.
  • Entrance and guided tour of Rundale Palace

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Lithuania and the capital Vilnius. Upon arrival at Vilnius 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 lobby, at around 7pm.

Day 2

Home to more than 1,200 medieval buildings and 48 churches, Vilnius is a mesmerising city to explore. This morning we head into the old town to discover some of the highlights of a city that began to take shape in the early 14th century. We will start with a visit to Vilnius Cathedral, built in 1783, before continuing to Gediminas Tower, a small castle that has withstood many attacks over the years. We'll also visit the Peter and Paul Church, St. Anne's Church, the Old University and the Gates of Dawn.

This afternoon is free for you to further explore Vilnius independently or to join an optional excursion to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania. Here you'll visit the magnificent Trakai Castle which stands on an island in Lake Galve.

This evening there will be the opportunity to join an optional folklore dinner at a 19th Century style restaurant .

Day 3

Vilnius - Riga. This morning we head for the Hill of Crosses, a pilgrimage site located in Northern Lithuania, where it's reported that over 100,000 crosses have been placed. We'll then cross into Latvia and make our way to the magnificent Rundale Palace, built for the Duke of Courland. Started in 1736 and completed in 1768 this Baroque palace is surrounded by manicured gardens. We then continue through the rolling hills of Southern Latvia reaching Riga in late afternoon.

Day 4

This morning we explore Riga, founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, it is the largest of the three Baltic capitals. We'll enjoy a walking tour of the city this morning, taking in some of fantastic multi-coloured buildings throughout the old town. Our first stop will be Riga Castle which sits on the banks of the River Daugava. Next we'll visit the Dome Cathedral and St Peters Church. Continuing on we'll explore the areas that are home to the Three Brothers as well as the Large and Small Guild buildings.

This afternoon is free for you to explore Riga independently. Alternatively you will have the opportunity to join an optional excursion to Jurmala, a vibrant Latvian seaside resort, famed for it's sandy beaches and pretty wooden architecture.

This evening you'll have the opportunity to partake in an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.

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