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Private tour to Baltic Countries

Latvia, Riga
Tallinn, Estonia

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Trip Overview

Enjoy an exploration of remarkable Baltic cities and see top sights of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in 12 days. Begin your journey in Vilnius and take a trip to medieval Kernave, explore the Trakai Castle and the Lithuanian port-city Klaipeda and see the Curonian Spit. Make your way to Riga, the brilliant National Park in Sigulda and a day trip to Kuldiga. As a grand finale immerse yourself in Tallinn and the Estonian Islands Muhi & Saaremaa.

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.87 / 5, Based on
  • HOTELS
  • 4 & 5-star central hotels
    Standard rooms
    11 nights
  • TRANSPORT
  • Private airport-hotel transfers
    Private transfers to sights
    2 ferry rides
  • SIGHTSEEING
  • 4 guided city tours
    Medieval castle tours
    Exceptional guides
  • MEALS
  • 11 buffet breakfasts
    2 lunches

Day-by-Day

Day 1

Arrival in Vilnius

Welcome to the cozy capital of Lithuania, the city of Vilnius! Your driver meets you at the exit gate of the airport holding a sign with your name on it. Transfer to your hotel in the very heart of Vilnius is arranged.

There is no program planned for this evening, so after check-in, you can either start exploring the cobbled streets of the Old Town on your own or have a good rest to get ready for the rich sightseeing program the next day.

 

Day 2

Vilnius Sightseeing Tour & Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride

After breakfast, you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and go on a 3-hour walking city tour around the most fantastic Vilnius attractions.

During the tour, you explore the cobblestone streets of the Old Town and visit the Vilnius Cathedral and the Vilnius University (entrance tickets are included).

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

  • Optional: Hot Air Balloon Ride
    Experience a 60-minute hot air balloon over the majestic baroque Old Town of Vilnius. Choose from a morning/afternoon flight, take a look at UNESCO heritage site and enjoy a celebration of fire and champagne afterwards, while standing on a solid ground and sharing your experiences from the flight. Vilnius is the only one capital where such flights are allowed, don't miss your chance!

Day 3

Day Trip to Kernave & Trakai

Following breakfast will head to Kernave - medieval capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and today a tourist attraction and an archaeological site. There you will explore 5 hill forts, archaeology museum and hand-made souvenirs shop.

Afterwards, you continue to Trakai. The town prides a magical castle, located on an island. Trakai Castle is one of the most visited tourist sites in Lithuania. A 300 m wooden bridge leading to the castle, and up to 12 km long channel connecting the lakes, halls and galleries of indescribable beauty, stained glass, frescoes, secret passageways fascinate even those who are indifferent to history. At present the castle is the home to the history museum, often hosting mediaeval tournaments, various concerts and craft days.

After castle tour, you have a lunch in a traditional restaurant owned by the Karaim family. After lunch we back to Vilnius.

  • Optional activity: Galve Lake Boat Ride
    Enjoy an educational excursion in Galve lake that will provide knowledge not only of the ancient capital of Lithuania – Trakai history peripeteia but also give a chance to learn more about the Lithuanian rulers, nobles – Tiskeviciai lifestyle refinements.

Day 4

Transfer to Klaipeda & City Tour

In the morning you check-out from the hotel and your driver transfers you to Klaipeda - the only port in Lithuania and the most northern ice-free port on the eastern Baltic coast. Upon arrival, you check-in at the hotel and have a walking city tour.

The tour starts on Theatre Square located in the heart of the city. A variety of concerts, International Jazz Festival, the famous sea festival takes place there. Then you continue to Harbor Castle - the only place in the port city, which may allow the mooring boats. From there you carry on to the old city which is dominated by the Germans Fachwerk characteristic style.

In the afternoon you take a ferry to the Lithuanian Sea Museum and Dolphinarium. It has a Marine fauna exposition with a huge collection of shells and coral. As a highlight of the day, you see a performance of the dolphins which dance, sing, draw and jump through the hoops. After the tour, you return back to the hotel.

  • Optional activity: Clock Museum
    Spend unforgettable time in the clock museum which was established in 1984. It hosts one of Europe's largest collections of watches. It exhibits sun, water, fire, sand, mechanical watches. In the museum, you can see the Baroque, Renaissance, Rococo, Classicism and modern style watches.

Day 5

Day Trip to Curonian Spit

After breakfast, you are transferred to Smiltyne where you take a ferry into one of the most beautiful Lithuanian places between two bodies of waters, named by tourists as “the corner of the world.”

On the way you make a short stop in Juodkrante - one of the most beautiful areas all year round where travelers are fascinated by its tranquility, unique nature and spectacular fishing lodges, stylish villas and architecture.

Then, visit Witch Mountain which contains wooden sculpture exhibition consisting of about 80 oak sculptures which form a huge impressive ensemble (witches, demons, dragons and other fairy characters).

Continue to Nida village where you can admire the stylish architecture of the lodges, the bright décor, carvings and ancient fishing boats. Nida also has a preserved old cemetery with distinctive headstones. Altogether, it is like a fishing village museum under the stars.

Finally, you visit the semi-shifting dune which is one of the most unique and popular Kursiu Nerija objects. It is 52 meters high, although previously 17 meters higher. You can also visit the observation deck overlooking fabulous views on top of the dune.

After the tour, you return to Klaipeda.

  • Optional activity: Amber Museum-Gallery in Nida
    The museum is located in an old fisherman's house since 1993, and it welcomes visitors with wooden amulets from Juodkrante's Treasure. They are like museum guards. Visitors are acquainted with Juodkrante's Treasure and the meaning of amulets in the museum where they can see all 434 original sized amulets.

Day 6

Hill of Crosses, Rundale Palace & Transfer to Riga

Following breakfast, you check-out from the hotel and travel to Riga with a couple of stops on the way.

Your first stop is Lithuania's famous Hill of Crosses, probably the most iconic sight in the country. For almost two hundred years people have been bringing crosses here, asking for miracles. Throughout history, there have been several attempts to destroy the Hill but it was always rebuilt larger. Those who destroyed it would become sick or even die!

Then you continue to travel towards Riga. Your next stop is 15 kilometres from the Lithuanian-Latvian border where you visit one of the foremost tourist sites of Latvia - Rundale Palace. It was created by Bartolomeo Rastrelli - the same architect who was behind the Winter Palace (Hermitage) in Saint Petersburg and the Tsarskoye Selo (Catherine's Palace) of the Russian Tsars.

Once the tour is finished, you are taken to Riga - the beautiful Latvian capital. Upon arrival, you are transferred with a private car to your hotel in the city center. The remaining part of the day is at your leisure.

 

Day 7

Riga Walking Tour

In the morning after breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on a 3-hour walking city tour around the most interesting Riga attractions.

During the tour you take a walk at the cobblestone streets of the Old Town, visit the Dome Cathedral and the Church of St. Peter (entrance tickets are included) and explore the heart of Riga’s Art Nouveau heritage - a famous Albert street abundant in beautiful buildings with unusual sculptures, colored bricks and tiles, geometric ornaments and uniquely shaped windows.

After the tour, you return to the hotel and have the rest of the day free.

 

Day 8

Gauja National Park in Sigulda

In the morning you head to Gauja National Park which is also known as Livonian Switzerland. The park offers a unique combination of picturesque hill landscapes, the Gauja River, medieval castles, sculpture parks and even some flora and fauna that is now extinct in many parts of Europe. One of the main attractions of the park is Gutman cave - a huge red sandstone cave.

After the tour, you return back to the hotel in Riga.

 

Day 9

Kurzeme Caves, Waterfalls & Wine Tasting

Following breakfast prepare for an exciting day trip to Kuldiga which is considered to be the pearl of Kurzeme. It boasts distinctive architecture, the Venta River with the widest waterfall ledge in Europe, and an old brick bridge.

One of the main tourist attractions there are the Riezupes caves. Over several centuries a labyrinth of passages have been created and it's a real adventure to walk inside.

The next attraction you see today is the waterfall on Abava River "Abavas rumba". The height of the waterfall is about 2 m and a width of 35 m., making it the 7th longest river in Latvia - 129 km.

Among the highlights of the day is a visit to Wine Hill which has been recorded in The Guinness World Record book as the most northeast open-air vineyard in the world. After the excursion, wine tasting awaits you.

After the tour, you return to Riga.

 

Day 10

Transfer to Tallinn & City tour

After breakfast, you check-out from the hotel and your driver transfers you to the capital of Estonia - Tallinn. Upon arrival, you check-in your centrally-located hotel and go on a wonderful 3-hour walking tour around the most magnificent attractions of Tallinn.

During the tour, you explore both Upper and Lower parts of the Old Town. In the Upper Old Town you visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, go inside the Dome Church and admire magnificent views over the city rooftops from the observation platform.

In the Lower Old Town, you see the wonderful Town Hall Square and the Town Council's Pharmacy believed to be the oldest working pharmacy in Europe. Then you proceed to St. Catherine’s Passage that provides numerous shopping opportunities at the local craft workshops, including glass, leather and ceramic wares, and finish the tour next to the iconic Viru Gates.

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

 

Day 11

Estonian Islands: Muhi & Saaremaa

Following breakfast, you go on a day trip to Saaremaa island. On the way, you stop at a medieval castle, Koluvere Castle (Lode Castle). This place was the arena for bloody battles in Middle Ages.

Then you reach Virtsu port from where you take a ferry across the 3-mile wide canal. First, you reach Muhu Island from there you drive to Saaremaa - the largest island in Estonia which is 50 miles (approx. 80,5 km) from coast to coast. On the island, you visit “Shepherd’s Church”, Angla Windmills - the park of windmills from the 19th century and a meteorite crater 350 feet (approx. 100 m) in diameter and 100 feet (approx. 30 m) deep.

Finally, you reach the capital of the island - Kuressaare and visit its highlights, including the best preserved medieval castle in Estonia. At the end of the tour you have lunch in the restaurant located inside an old windmill and then take a ferry back to the mainland and return to the hotel in Tallinn.

 

Day 12

Departure

This is the final day of your tour. After breakfast, your driver meets you in the hotel lobby and takes you to the airport. You are leaving home fascinated with the Baltic countries you've explored. We hope that one day you will visit these great countries again!

 


Hotels

11 nights at 4 or 5-star centrally located hotels

  • Free WiFi
  • Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Always included:

  • Central location close to major sights
  • Buffet breakfasts
  • Free WiFi
  • Spacious beds

  • Accommodation in 4* centrally-loacted hotels in Vilnius, Klaipeda, Riga and Tallinn;
  • Private transfers throughour the tour; 
  • Ferry tickets Klaipeda - Juodkrante - Nida - Juodkrante - Klaipeda, Virtsu - Muhu & Saaremaa - Virtsu; 
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Lunches and other meals depending on the itinerary; 
  • Museum entrance fees and special no-line admission;
  • Guided tours with specially trained English- speaking guides

Not included: airfares, optional activities, personal expenses, other meals not mentioned, visa support

Tour Highlights

  • Four guided tours of the Baltic capitals and Klaipeda
  • Visits to medieval castles in each of the Baltic countries
  • Visits to hills of Crosses and Wine
  • Ferry trip to Estonian islands
  • Day trip to Curonian Spit

What to Know

  • Bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must
  • Most of the tours you’re going to have are walking, so make sure to bring convenient walking shoes
  • The Baltic climate is seasonal, however, winds in the coastal areas tend to be harsh all-year-round

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$3,284
Deposit $657
Regular package
$3,936
Deposit $788
View all dates
Package type Price
Friends trip: 4+ travelers
$3,284
Deposit $657
Regular package
$3,936
Deposit $788

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