3 Baltic States Tour

The 3 Baltic States Tour is an excellent way to get an overview of all the Baltic States. Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are unspoiled and steeped in history. Their story is one of centuries-long struggles to assert their identities, which, today sparkle. You will not only see the capitals Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius, but you will also get aquainted with Helsinki, the capital of Finland.

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Overnights: Tallinn (3) – Riga (2) – Vilnius (2)

Package price is from 767 € per person based sharing a twin or double room, single room supplement is from 274 €. Group min.25 persons!

Photo: Thomas Haltner
Photo: Thomas Haltner

Programme:

Day 1: Arrival in Tallinn.
Arrival in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Transfer to a centrally located 4* hotel. Dinner and overnight at a hotel.

Day 2: Tallinn
After breakfast 3-hours city sightseeing tour in Tallinn including visit of Kadriorg palace.  A bus tour introduces Kadriorg Park and the 18th century baroque palace of Peter the Great, Convent of St Bridget in the Pirita suburb and the famous Song Festival Ground.  The walking tour gives an introduction to the historical heart of Tallinn, which especially during the 15th century was a rich and prosperous town of Hansa merchants. You will see the upper Old Town – the Dome Hill (Toompea) with the Toompea Castle, the seat of the Estonian Parliament,  Alexander Nevski Cathedral which is the 19th century symbol of the Tsar’s power in Estonia, viewing platforms with breathtaking views to the city and Town Hall Square in the lower Old Town that features the gothic Town Hall from 13/14th century – one of the oldest in Northern Europe.

Free afternoon to explore the city on your own or you can take the optional 2-hours tour to the Estonian Maritime Museum´s Seaplane Harbour that was a nominee for the European Museum of the Year Award 2014. A great experience for eveybody – an around-the-world journey on the Yellow Submarine, an aquarium, games, a cafeteria, the harbour, and many more exciting things to see and do both indoors and outdoors.Dinner at a hotel or in the city. Overnight at a hotel.

Temppeliaukio-helsinki-by-RalfR-1Day 3: Helsinki
After breakfast transfer to the harbour for a daytrip to Helsinki, the capital of Finland. It takes 2,5-3 hours to reach Helsinki by ferry. Helsinki 3-hours city sightseeing starting from the harbour. The tour consists of the main sights of Helsinki – the “Daughter of the Baltic Sea”. The tour takes you to the open Market place and on the neoclassic Senate Square with the elegant Lutheran Cathedral from year 1852. The tour goes by the Esplanade shopping streets to the park area where most of the embassies are situated, then to the ship yards. Ship construction is one of the Finnish main industries. Many cruise ships and ice breakers have been built at this ship yard.

The tour continues on the main street called Mannerheimintie, where are located the Parliament House, the National Museum, the Opera house and the Finlandia Hall designed by the famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. The tour goes by the Olympic Stadion, the scene of the Olympic Games in 1952. You will visit the unique Temppeliaukio Church blasted into solid rock. The tour includes a visit to the Sibelius Park where you can see and photograph the monument of 527 steel pipes, which honors the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

After the sighseeing free time for shopping or discovering the town on your own. Transfer to the harbour.  Buffet dinner on board including beer, white and red wine, and soft drinks.

In Tallinn transfer from the harbour to a hotel.  Overnight at a hotel.

Day 4: Tallinn-Riga
After breakfast departure to Riga, the capital of Latvia. Driving hours appr.5.  Arrival in Riga, panoramic city sightseeing tour in Riga. Bus tour will take you to the embankment of the Daugava river with wonderful views of the city.  You will also see the university building, National Opera house, Central market/the Zeppelin hangars /pavilions.
The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Swedish Gates, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guild House and the Freedom Monument. View the masterpieces of early 20th century Art Nouveau architecture.
Overnight and dinner at a hotel.

Day 5: Jurmala/Riga
After breakfast 3 hours Jurmala sightseeing tour. Jurmala is the biggest resort city in the Baltic States. The city is characterized by its wooden architecture with woodcut accents, cottage-style buildings and resort centers. After arrival in Riga free time to explore the city on your own.
Overnight and dinner at a hotel.

the-gate-of-dawn-in-vilniusDay 6: Riga-Vilnius
After breakfast departure to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. The first stop before crossing the border is at the splendid 18th century Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. The palace boasts a beautiful French-style park. En route to Vilnius you will visit the Hill of Crosse with more than thousand crosses.  This is one of the most holy sites of catholic Lithuania.
Overnight  and dinner at a hotel.

Day 07: Vilnius
After breakfast 3-hours panoramic tour of Vilnius including walking tour of the Old Town with Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, Peter and Paul Church, St. Anna’s Church, the Old University and the Gates of Dawn.

Free afternoon or an optional tour to tour to Trakai, the ancient Lithuanian capital, famous for its 15th c. Gothic Castle on the island in Lake Galve, now housing a historic Museum. Visit of the Trakai Castle.  Drive back to Vilnius. Overnight and dinner at a hotel.

Day 08: Departure from Vilnius
Breakfast at a hotel. Transfer to the airport.
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Hotels:
– Tallinn: Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia 4* or similar
– Riga: Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija 4* or similar
– Vilnius: Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva 4* or similar

Package includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation at centrally located 4* hotels
  • 7 buffet breakfasts
  • 7 dinners
  • Airport/harbour transfers in Tallinn and airport transfer in Vilnius
  • Entrances to Kadriorg Palace, Rundale Palace, Gediminas Tower and Old University in Vilnius
  • Use of first class coaches throughout the tour
  • Local English speaking tour guides as per programme
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • All taxes

Optional extras, min.25 person group:

  • 2 hour tour to Estonian Maritime Museum´s Seaplane Harbour  – from 20 €/person
  • 7 hours tour to Lahemaa National park incl.lunch – from 45 €/person
  • 4 hour tour to Trakai – from 26 €/person
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