• The Old Town of Vilnius (UNESCO)
• Grand Duchy of Lithuania residence and capital Trakai
• Kernave archeological site (UNESCO)
• Soviet history in Grūtas Park
• Fascinating Hill of Crosses
• Boat ride in the Curonian Lagoon
• Art nouveau architecture of Riga (UNESCO)
• Sigulda, Turaida and Cesis Castles in Gauja National Park
• Saaremaa and Muhu Islands
• Medieval market in Tallinn's Old Town (UNESCO)
• 18th century palaces and manor houses
• 19 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start in Vilnius, Lithuania and finish in Tallinn, Estonia
• All meals included
• Activity Level: 2
Three neighboring countries - Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia - known as the Baltics, share a common history and seacoast but are all unique. All three Baltic capitals have UNESCO designations. Lithuania's castle on an island, Latvia's guild houses, Estonia's well-preserved medieval Old Town, sand dunes on the Curonian Spit, national parks, and Estonian islands in the Baltic Sea are just a sample of what to expect on our Baltic adventure.
In the 14th century, Lithuania was the largest country in Europe. Medieval castles are evidence of its glorious yet turbulent past. We begin our adventure in its capital and largest city, Vilnius (UNESCO). Other stops include the old capitals of Trakai and Kaunas. We visit the unique and sacred Hill of Crosses before exploring the Curonian Spit (UNESCO), a site full of picturesque sand dunes, fishermen's villages and long beaches.
Latvia is a country of many contrasts; from the 13th century capital Riga (UNESCO) - once the trading center of the Hanseatic League - filled with medieval buildings and Art Nouveau architecture; to the medieval castles of Turaida and Sigulda in Gauja National Park; to small historic villages. In southern Latvia, we visit Rundale Palace to see one of the most beautiful examples of Baroque architecture in the Baltics - the palace was built in the 18th century as a summer residence for a Duke of Courland and has a beautiful French garden.
Estonian landscape and culture has been highly influenced by Swedes, Germans and Russians - the country has been occupied by them for centuries. We get our first taste of the country by visiting the Estonian Islands of Saaremaa and Muhu, with their medieval villages and coastal towns. We visit the capital Tallinn (UNESCO) with its well-preserved medieval Old Town as well as many medieval castles throughout the country. We conclude our trip with a visit to Narva, Estonia's 3rd largest city situated directly across the river to the Russian fortress at Ivangorod.
FROM: $7995 USD
Comfortable hotels with private bathroom facilities.
Some long drives.
Arrive in Vilnius, Lithuania
Old Town of Vilnius and Uzupis Art District
Ancient Capital of Kernave, KGB Museum
Modern Vilnius and Trakai
Soviet Statues of Grūtas Park
To Klaipėda via Rumšiškes, Kaunas & Hill of Crosses
Klaipėda and Palanga
To Curonian Spit, Hill of Witches, Nida, Juodkrantė
To Riga (Latvia) via Liepaja and Kuldiga
Exploring the Old Town of Riga
Baroque Rundale Palace
Gauja National Park, Medieval Cesis
To Saaremaa Island (Estonia), Muhu Island
Sites of Saaremaa Island
Narva, Castle and Museum, Midsummer's Eve
Lahemaa National Park