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Estonia | 10 D | 1 - 12 People
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NZD 6,070.00 /Person

Discover the captivating beauty of the Baltics on a 10-day journey that takes in the region’s charming cities, hearty cuisine and lesser-known treasures.

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Discover the captivating beauty of the Baltics on a 10-day journey that takes in the region’s charming cities, hearty cuisine and lesser-known treasures. Immerse yourself in the culture and history as you explore medieval fortifications, learn how to cook famous national dishes and soak up the lively atmosphere of the Old Towns. Whether you’re chatting with cider makers, walking in a national park or wandering down cobblestone lanes, there is much to enjoy and plenty of surprises along the way traversing three countries whose national sport is mushroom picking. If you enjoy lesser known destinations, long summer nights and want to do more than just see the sights, this immersive trip is calling your name.

Tere tulemast! Welcome to Tallinn. When you arrive at the airport, you’ll be met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel in the heart of town. With its steep red roofs, spires, pastel-coloured buildings and new restaurants and bars, Tallinn is a treat to explore. If you arrive early, you might want to stretch your legs with a stroll around town before your welcome meeting at 6 pm tonight. After the meeting, head out for a welcome dinner in the Old Town, filled with historic buildings. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 and is especially atmospheric at night!

After breakfast, join a local guide for a walking tour around the Estonian capital that was once home to knights, landlords and soldiers. With many of the original buildings still intact, it’s like taking a virtual trip back to medieval times. Discover the old city fortifications, the last remaining gothic town hall in northern Europe and St Olaf Church. Amazing views of Lower Tallinn and the spires of the town walls are also yours on this entertaining stroll. Along with seeing the 13th-century Toompea Castle, where Estonian Parliament sits, you’ll also tour the 19th-century orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, admire the spectacular view of the city from the viewing platform and browse the area’s artisan studios. This afternoon is yours to explore your way. Perhaps hire a bike or catch a tram and head out to Kardiorg park where many of the city’s museums are located.

After breakfast, depart Tallin and travel to the village of Jõesuu on the edge of Soomaa National Park. Here you’ll meet a family of cider makers who have returned to their ancestral lands to produce organic drinks and live more sustainably. Raise a glass of local cider or organic soft drink. From here, you’ll travel to Parnu which is famous for being Estonia's summer capital and a hub for beach goers, vibrant nightlife and a thriving art scene. When you arrive, head out for an orientation walk with your leader, then spend the rest of the day exploring Parnu or relax at one of the many spas in town. You’ll spend tonight in your atmospheric Feature Stay accommodation – a grand Art Nouveau boutique hotel that was once the home of a wealthy merchant. Everything from the building’s facade to the gracious trees outside your window are listed under national heritage protection.

Today, you’ll explore over 800 years of history in Cesis – one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the Baltics. It has remained almost unchanged despite the war and is famous for its medieval castle and park where summer concerts and festivals are held each year, its wooden architecture and brewery that dates back to 1590. After exploring the town with your leader, continue to rural Ligatne to visit a once top-secret Soviet bunker. Built as shelter in case of nuclear war, it was so secret that locals were unaware of its existence for 30 years until the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Next, continue to the town of Sigulda, which backs onto Gauja National Park and is packed with history. Locals call Sigulda ‘the little Switzerland of Latvia’ and it’s especially popular during the autumn months. From here you’ll continue to Riga, the largest of the Baltic’s three capital cities. Tonight, you may like to head out with your group for dinner at one of the restaurants in the Old Town.

After breakfast, discover the history of Riga on a walking tour of the Old Town. See all the major sights such as Riga Cathedral – the largest medieval church in the Baltics – St Peter`s church, the Swedish gates and the Gunpowder tower. On the way to Riga market, one of the largest markets in Europe, you’ll pass the Freedom Monument which celebrates Latvia’s freedom, independence and sovereignty. Before you sit down for a traditional lunch, explore the market and taste a few local specialities like smoked fish and creamy Latvian cheese. After lunch, toast your trip with Riga Black Balsam – an herbal liqueur that locals believe can cure anything and everything. This afternoon, you can explore Riga your way. Maybe visit a local museum or head to the neighbourhood known as the Quiet Centre to discover its Art Nouveau architecture, cafes, restaurants, bookstores and more.

Today you’ll raise a glass to the Guinness Book of World Records’ northernmost vineyard in the small town of Sabile. Before you visit the vineyard, stop in at a winery and sample unique local wines like sparkling apple wine, blackcurrant wine and cherry vermouth. From here, you’ll continue to Kuldiga which is known as Nordic Venice. Home to Europe`s widest waterfall, this town has some of the best gourmet restaurants in the country and you’ll stop here for lunch. After a day spent exploring Western Latvia, cross the border to Lithuania and spend a relaxing evening in Klaipeda.

After breakfast, take a day trip to explore World Heritage-listed Curonian Spit National Park – the second-oldest national park in the former Soviet Union. After a quick ferry ride across the lagoon, spend your day exploring fisherman villages, sand dunes and forests – while you still can! Whole villages have been slowly swallowed by the constantly shifting sands. Each village has its own unique design and today, you’ll visit Juodkrante, famous for its lush forest filled with nearly 100 carved wooden sculptures that illustrate Lithuanian folk tales. Look in the distance to see the Russian border as you learn about the amber which has been mined in the National Park since the 19th century. Visit a local amber museum and discover the beauty of this culturally significant stone which locals believe has mystical properties as you learn how amber is processed and try an amber drink. After a day spent surrounded by nature, head back to Klaipeda for dinner at a local brewery and the chance to try a local brew.

Leave the Baltic coast behind and travel across Lithuania to Trakai which is home to the impressive 14th century Trakai Island Castle. Set on a small island in the middle of Lake Galve, this is the only castle in Eastern Europe that is built on an island. Your visit will get off to a delicious start as you learn how to make perfect kybyns – the traditional Lithuanian pastries the area is famous for. After filling up on the hearty pastries filled with mutton and onion and a bowl of hearty soup, head over to the castle grounds for a guided tour. After, you’ll continue to Vilnius and your hotel for the night.

After breakfast, join an expert guide for a city tour of Vilnius. Having once been occupied by Sweden, Poland, France and Russia, each country has influenced this city. Pass through Cathedral Square and the Old Town and learn about the famous Grand Duke Gediminas, the legend of Vilnius' creation and the prestigious history of Vilnius University. The afternoon is yours to spend as you wish. Maybe visit the Museum of Occupation and Freedom Fights located in the former KGB quarters of Vilnius. Or admire the views from the lofty TV tower – Lithuania’s tallest building and the location of a history-making event on 13 January 1991, when Lithuania gained independence from the USSR. If you’d like a break from Vilnius’ historic monuments, you can take a walk through some of the charming gardens around the city. Maybe visit a self-proclaimed ‘republic’ of Uzupis, Vilnius's bohemian and artistic district. In the evening, join your local leader and group for dinner at a local restaurant and raise a glass to the final night of your trip.

After breakfast, your Baltic adventure comes to an end. If you would like to extend your stay, just get in touch with your booking agent ahead of time.

Meals
9 Breakfast(s), 4 Lunch(s), 3 Dinner(s)

Transport
Private vehicle , Boat , Ferry , Public bus

Accommodation
Comfortable hotel (8 nights), Feature Stay (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Tallinn - Walking Tour
  • Tallinn - Aleksander Nevsky Catherdal
  • Tallinn - Artisan Workshops
  • Soomaa National Park - Cider Tasting
  • Parnu - Orientation Walk
  • Cesis - Orientation Tour
  • Ligatne – Soviet bunker visit
  • Riga - Walking Tour
  • Riga - Market Tour + Lunch
  • Riga - Balsam Tasting
  • Sabile - Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting
  • Kuldiga - Town Visit
  • Klaipeda - Curonian Spit Tour
  • Klaipeda - Hill of Witches
  • Klaipeda - Amber Museum and Workshop
  • Trakai - Pastry Making Class and Lunch
  • Trakai - Castle Tour
  • Vilnius - City Tour
  • Vilnius - Farewell Dinner
  • Spend time with a family of cider makers who have returned to their ancestral lands to produce delicious organic drinks and live more sustainably.
  • Take a day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Curonian Spit National Park and explore the fishing villages and forests before they’re slowly covered by the shifting sands.
  • Spend a night at a historic Art Nouveau villa in Parnu – a beachy resort town known for amazing spas and a laidback vibe – at your Feature Stay accommodation.
  • Admire the ornate architecture, medieval watchtowers and pastel-coloured buildings in the Baltics’ atmospheric capitals.
  • Explore 9 m under the ground to learn about Latvian’s Communist past and Cold War time at Ligatner Bunker.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects. Donations help them provide local employment opportunities and tackle climate change one tree at a time as they restore forests across 10 different countries.

The areas visited on this trip can be very cold at night throughout the year, especially at the start and end of the season. Please bring appropriate clothing for adverse weather conditions, including base layers, hat, gloves, scarf, coat and anything else that will keep you cosy.

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Destination Details
Estonia | 10 D | 1 - 12 People
Trip Location
Trip Starts:
Estonia
Trip Finishes:
Lithuania
Countries Visited:
Estonia
Latvia
Lithuania
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