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Highlights of the Baltics: Vilnius to St. Petersburg

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13 Days
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US$ 3,896

Experience a decadent display of medieval old towns, imperial palaces, and tranquil landscapes on this journey through the Baltic. Embark on an impressive journey from Vilnius to Riga, Tallinn, and St. Petersburg to explore architectural masterworks and experience the charming old world of the Baltic.


This 10-day Baltic vacation takes you to the region's capitals, including Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, and St. Petersburg.

Your Baltic vacation begins in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Founded in the 14th century and home to Europe’s largest Baroque old town, Vilnius is overwhelmingly gorgeous. Head on a walking tour to see the Old Town and its Neoclassical Vilnius Cathedral, iconic Gedminas’ Tower, and the Gates of Dawn, a city gate that’s one of the country’s most significant monuments. You’ll also visit the Amber Museum to learn about the city’s importance to the European amber industry. Afterwards, head to Trakai, the nation’s medieval capital, to enjoy a kibinai tasting. Spend that evening in Anyksciai, where you’ll stroll along the scenic treetop path above the town. The next day, stop at Birzai to try local beer and Rundale Palace, to admire the gorgeous Baroque and Rococo architecture, before reaching Riga.

Riga is the Latvian capital and the largest city of the Baltic States. Head on a walking tour to see the gorgeous medieval architecture and lively marketplaces. Explore the Old Town to see Gothic spires and Art Nouveau facades as well as popular landmarks like Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, and the red brick Brother of Blackheads building. Continue to Parnu to head on a walking tour and see the 19th century timber villas before crossing the border into Estonia and reaching the capital Tallinn.

Tallinn combines medieval history with modern eccentricity. It has garnered something of a reputation as the region’s party capital, but its classical architecture remains one of the highpoints of a visit here. You’ll tour the Old Town of Vanalinn to see the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky, Toompea Castle, and the domed Cathedral of St. Mary. While in town, you can also take advantage of the booming arts and crafts scene and indulge in the city’s famous nightlife.

On the final leg of your Baltic vacation, head into Russia and stop at Peterhof Park and Gardens to see some of the treasures of Peter the Great. Afterwards, reach your final destination, St. Petersburg, the artistic and imperial capital of Russia. Built by Peter the Great in the early 18th century, St. Petersburg is full of palaces and cathedrals that show off two centuries of Russian decadence. Visit the State Hermitage to see the artistic wealth of the old empire. Gasp at the towering golden spire of the cathedral inside Peter and Paul Fortress. At the Russian Museum, you’ll see the world’s best collection of Russian paintings. You can even head to the Mariinsky Theatre and the Shostakovich Philharmonic to take in some of the world’s best opera and ballet. No matter how you spend your time in St. Petersburg, you’ll be experiencing the old world of the Baltic at its best.


 

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Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,896

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Day 1

Vilnius Airport to Vilnius Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Hotel Panorama Vilnius

The hotel was built in 1965, and fully renovated in 2004.

Panorama Hotel is situated in the Old Town of Vilnius next to the Gates of Dawn, the Town Hall Square, the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society, and the main Old Town streets filled with numerous luxury boutiques, gift shops, restaurants and night clubs. Hotel guests can stay in 224 rooms which comply with requirements set for 3 plus star hotels.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Hotel Panorama Vilnius

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    Hotel Panorama Vilnius



    The hotel was built in 1965, and fully renovated in 2004. Panorama Hotel is situated in the Old Town of Vilnius next to the Gates of Dawn, the Town Hall Square, the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society, and the main Old Town streets filled with numerous ...

    The hotel was built in 1965, and fully renovated in 2004.

    Panorama Hotel is situated in the Old Town of Vilnius next to the Gates of Dawn, the Town Hall Square, the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society, and the main Old Town streets filled with numerous luxury boutiques, gift shops, restaurants and night clubs. Hotel guests can stay in 224 rooms which comply with requirements set for 3 plus star hotels.

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    • Bar
    • Conference Room
    • Parking
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Vilnius - Trakai - Anyksciai

Our day will begin with a walking tour of Vilnius - taking in the narrow, winding streets of the Old Town, and the impressive Vilnius University campus as we go. Then, we'll stop off in Trakai to see the famous castle turrets before moving on to the lush, verdant forests of Laju Takas.

Our final destination of the day will be Anyksciai, where we'll have the chance to get to know each other over dinner.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Spa Vilnius Anyksciai

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    Spa Vilnius Anyksciai



    SPA Vilnius Anyksciai - under one roof you will find a 4-star hotel, a SPA center with mineral water pool, a swimming pool for little SPA guests, a restaurant with an outdoor terrace and a contemporary conference hall. The hotel is situated in a unique ...

    SPA Vilnius Anyksciai - under one roof you will find a 4-star hotel, a SPA center with mineral water pool, a swimming pool for little SPA guests, a restaurant with an outdoor terrace and a contemporary conference hall.

    The hotel is situated in a unique and picturesque nature: the regional park of Anyksciai pine forest, 3 km to the stone of Puntukas and only 300 m to Sventoji River. It is only an hour away from the biggest Lithuanian cities: Vilnius (107 km) and Kaunas (110 km).

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    • Fitness Centre
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Indoor Pool
    • Meeting Facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Wellness and Spa

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Day 3

Anyksciai - Birzai - Pakruojis

After breakfast at the hotel, we'll set off for Birzai - where we'll have the chance to tour the brewery before we dive into a few samples of the local tipple. After hearing some folk songs and enjoying a traditional lunch, we'll move on to Pakruojis Manor. You'll have the opportunity to explore the historic building before spending an afternoon at the perfume laboratory.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
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Pakruojis Manor

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    Pakruojis Manor



    Pakruojis Manor is a former residential manor 2 kilometers from Pakruojis, Lithuania, on the right bank of the Kruoja river. Currently it is reconstructed and used as a hotel and restaurant. The property's restaurant, Traktierius, serves a wide variety of Lithuanian dishes a la carte, ...

    Pakruojis Manor is a former residential manor 2 kilometers from Pakruojis, Lithuania, on the right bank of the Kruoja river. Currently it is reconstructed and used as a hotel and restaurant.

    The property's restaurant, Traktierius, serves a wide variety of Lithuanian dishes a la carte, based on historic recipes. The nearby pond invites all visitors to fish or go canoeing. There is also a stable with horse riding activities.

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    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 4

Pakruojis - Hill of Crosses - Rundale - Riga

Before leaving Lithuania, we'll make a stop at the famous Hill of Crosses - where a vast number of rosaries and crosses adorn a small hill. After crossing the border into Latvia, we'll visit the impressive Rundale Palace - the most outstanding monument of Baroque and Rococo art in the country.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Semarah Hotel Metropole

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    Semarah Hotel Metropole



    The first operated hotel in Riga interweaves centuries of remarkable history and architecture with all the conveniences of modern amenities, welcoming you with 88 elegant four-star accommodations, comprising of 7 different categories of newly renovated guest rooms and ultra-luxury suites. A crown jewel, located in ...

    The first operated hotel in Riga interweaves centuries of remarkable history and architecture with all the conveniences of modern amenities, welcoming you with 88 elegant four-star accommodations, comprising of 7 different categories of newly renovated guest rooms and ultra-luxury suites.
    A crown jewel, located in the heart of pre-eminent historic downtown Riga - a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, all steps from business, shopping and city's key attractions. The hotel delights with world-class service as you relax, dine and celebrate in beautiful and historic spaces with an experience that's personal and residential.

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Day 5

Riga

After breakfast we'll embark on a walking tour, taking in some of the city's most important sights (and sampling some local delicacies along the way). The afternoon will be free for you to explore Riga at your leisure.

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Day 6

Riga - Ligatne - Tartu

Today, we'll set a course for the town of Tartu, making a quick stop in Ligatne for a taste of the local berry wine and a relaxing lunch in a charming local cafe. Once in Tartu, we'll head out on a guided tour.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
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London Hotel

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    London Hotel



    Hotel London is a four-star hotel, which is oriented towards guests who appreciate quality, privacy and a personal approach. The hotel includes 60 rooms: 49 standard rooms, 8 double deluxe rooms and 3 suites. The property is situated in the very heart of the old ...

    Hotel London is a four-star hotel, which is oriented towards guests who appreciate quality, privacy and a personal approach. The hotel includes 60 rooms: 49 standard rooms, 8 double deluxe rooms and 3 suites.

    The property is situated in the very heart of the old town allowing you to reach your desired destination less than 15 minutes. New and modern restaurant-lounge Polpo at the hotel invites you to pleasure paradise with Estonian traditions and Southern European temperament.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry Service
    • Meeting and Event Facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 7

Tartu - Lahemaa National Park - Talinn

This morning, we'll head towards Lake Peipsi, which straddles the border between Estonia and Russia. Near Mustvee, we'll pay a visit to a fascinating community known as the 'Old Believers'. After sharing tea and Krendel bread, we'll enjoy a little fresh air and a tasty picnic before we get back on the road.

Our next stop? Estonia's largest national park, Lahemaa, where we'll spend the afternoon exploring the fascinating ecosystem. Tonight, the winding streets and ancient castles of Tallinn await.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
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Hotel L'Ermitage

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    Hotel L'Ermitage



    Hotel L'Ermitage is situated right in the heart of Tallinn's city centre- next to the marvelous Old Town. By car Tallinn Airport is just 15 minutes, port only 5 minutes away. The hotel has a total of 122 guest rooms. The interior design of the ...

    Hotel L'Ermitage is situated right in the heart of Tallinn's city centre- next to the marvelous Old Town. By car Tallinn Airport is just 15 minutes, port only 5 minutes away. The hotel has a total of 122 guest rooms. The interior design of the comfortable rooms is inspired by timeless elegance of the North, mixed with the hottest contemporary design trends. Windows open to spectacular views of Hirvepark (Deer Park), Toompea (Cathedral Hill), and Kassisaba (Cat's Tail) -- one of Tallinn's oldest sub districts. In addition to guest rooms, the hotel also features two restaurants - L'Ermitage and Katze -- an all-new contemporary conference hall, and a private sauna with a Jacuzzi.

    Facilities

    • Car Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Jacuzzi
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lobby Bar
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Porterage
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 8

Tallinn

After breakfast, we'll take a bus and walking tour through the medieval heart of Tallinn. As we go, we'll take in some of the city's best-loved attractions, including Toompea Palace and Castle, Town Hall Square, the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Dome Church.

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Day 9

Tallinn - Helsinki - St. Petersburg

This morning, we'll take the short ferry ride across the Baltic Sea from Tallinn to Helsinki where we'll visit the bustling harbours, the Finlandia Hall, Market Square and Parliament House. The city is yours for the afternoon. Just be sure to meet us at the train station - because tonight, we'll be setting our sights on St. Petersburg!

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration3 Days
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Kentron Hotel

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    Kentron Hotel



    Kentron Hotel is set in the Tsentralny district of Saint Petersburg. They have a 24-hour front desk who speaks German and English, also staff are always at hand to help. For those interested in checking out popular landmarks while visiting St. Petersburg, Kentron Boutique Hotel ...

    Kentron Hotel is set in the Tsentralny district of Saint Petersburg. They have a 24-hour front desk who speaks German and English, also staff are always at hand to help.

    For those interested in checking out popular landmarks while visiting St. Petersburg, Kentron Boutique Hotel is located a short distance from Smolny Cathedral (2.6 km) and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (2.7 km).

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    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi

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Day 10

St. Petersburg

This morning, we'll visit the city's most iconic sights, including the Kazan Cathedral and the stately Admiralty. There will also be the chance to sample one of Russia's most famous exports - authentic vodka.

Spend the rest of the afternoon discovering St Petersburg's many delights or find a quiet spot for lunch and watch the world go by.

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Day 11

St. Petersburg

First today, we'll enjoy included visits to Tsarskoye Selo and the legendary Amber Room at Catherine Palace. Later on this afternoon, we'll enjoy a trip to the Hermitage.

And tonight? We'll round off the last day of our tour with a farewell dinner.

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Day 12

St. Petersburg

After our last breakfast together, there's one last hurrah in store: a speedboat ride to Peterhof Park and Gardens.

After taking some time to explore, we'll bid each other farewell.

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Golden Triangle Hotel

The Golden Triangle Hotel is a first-class boutique hotel in the heart of St. Petersburg, only 50 meters away from the Nevsky prospect and a 5-minute walk from the Hermitage museum, Palace square and Kazansky Cathedral. Impeccable service, delicious breakfast and gracious hospitality will make your stay at Golden Triangle hotel a truly comfortable and rewarding experience. The 47 elegant rooms overlook the Nevsky prospect and Lutheran church. Decorated in soothing colours and elegant yet chic decor, the guestrooms are designed to envelop you in serenity. The hotel was designed by 3 renowned consultants; palettes of blue, red and green mingle with inviting neutral tones, providing a refreshing contrast to the dark wood accents and decorative fabrics.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Golden Triangle Hotel

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    Golden Triangle Hotel



    The Golden Triangle Hotel is a first-class boutique hotel in the heart of St. Petersburg, only 50 meters away from the Nevsky prospect and a 5-minute walk from the Hermitage museum, Palace square and Kazansky Cathedral. Impeccable service, delicious breakfast and gracious hospitality will make ...

    The Golden Triangle Hotel is a first-class boutique hotel in the heart of St. Petersburg, only 50 meters away from the Nevsky prospect and a 5-minute walk from the Hermitage museum, Palace square and Kazansky Cathedral. Impeccable service, delicious breakfast and gracious hospitality will make your stay at Golden Triangle hotel a truly comfortable and rewarding experience. The 47 elegant rooms overlook the Nevsky prospect and Lutheran church. Decorated in soothing colours and elegant yet chic decor, the guestrooms are designed to envelop you in serenity. The hotel was designed by 3 renowned consultants; palettes of blue, red and green mingle with inviting neutral tones, providing a refreshing contrast to the dark wood accents and decorative fabrics.

    Facilities

    • Concierge
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Ironing Service
    • Laundry Service
    • Lobby
    • Meeting Facilities
    • Newspapers
    • Parking
    • Room Service
    • WiFi

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Day 13

Transfer from St Petersburg Hotel to Airport

Duration3 Hours

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DEPARTURES:

2019:  Jun 2; Jul 7; Sep 1, 15, 29
2020: Apr 14; May 5, 19; Jun 16; Jul 7; Aug 4, 18; Sep 8, 22; Oct 6

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and Departure Transfers
  • 1 night accommodation in Vilnius
  • 8 Day Small Group Tour including;
    • 7 nights in boutique accommodation

    • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
    • Premium mini-coach transportation 

    • Beer tasting
    • European breakfast daily (B), 2 lunches (L), 4 evening meals (D)

    • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Amber Museum, Rundale Palace and Peterhof Palaces
  • 1 night accommodation in St. Petersburg

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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