Explore the Baltics and Kaliningrad in Style
13 Days / 12 Nights • Small Group Adventure
US$7,100 per person (twin share)
July 29-August 10, 2019
- Five star accommodation as outlined in itinerary
- Daily breakfast, 9 lunches, 5 dinners
- Excellent tour manager throughout
- Experienced drivers and local guides
- Airport transfers (conditions apply)
- All sightseeing, transportation, entrance fees, special events, excursions and cultural performances as outlined in the itinerary (ask us for a detailed list)
- Customized visa application kits (cost of visa is not included)
- Enjoy a backstage tour of Riga’s marvellous opera house
- Experience an organ concert in the Dome Cathedral in old Riga
- Check out the Curonian Spit, a nature preserve shared by two countries
- Visit an amber museum in Lithuania
- Explore Tallinn’s UNESCO-listed Old Town
- Visit the KGB museum in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital
Note: This trip operates with a maximum of 16 passengers. Availability is limited.
DAY 1 - Arrive Tallinn, Estonia
If your flight arrives today, then you will receive a complimentary airport transfer. Check into your hotel, freshen up and get ready for a welcome dinner (included).
Meals: D – Hotel Savoy Boutique, Hotel Telegraaf, or similar
DAY 2 - Tallinn, Estonia
You have a busy day today exploring Tallinn on a walking tour – you’ll get a feel for the city and see many of the important sites. Tallinn’s historic old town is one of the best-preserved Medieval cities in Europe, with parts of ancient turreted fortresses remaining, plus historic red roofs and cobblestone streets. Here you’ll discover some of Estonia’s marvellous folkloric traditions through music.
Meals: B, L – Hotel Savoy Boutique, Hotel Telegraaf, or similar
DAY 3 - Riga, Latvia
Depart Tallinn this morning, and make your way South towards Riga. The journey is interesting and pleasant with beautiful scenery. Stop for lunch in Parnu, a laid-back beach town with a friendly vibe.
Your next stop is Sigulda, where you’ll find some massive ancient oak trees, a castle, and some gorgeous views. From here, it’s on to the hotel – you’ll arrive mid-afternoon and have a chance to explore before dinner at a local restaurant.
Meals: B, L, D – Hotel Neiburgs or similar
DAY 4 - Riga, Latvia
This morning you’ll have a chance to stretch your legs on a walking tour of Riga’s UNESCO-listed Old Town. Originally a fishing village, this city has been an important trading centre and industrial port for centuries.
The Old Town is home to Riga’s historic Dome Cathedral. The original structure was built in the 12oo’s, and some of the six-foot-thick walls still stand. Here in Europe’s largest working church, you will also discover one of the biggest organs in Europe – with nearly 7,000 pipes!
After lunch, enjoy a leisurely cruise down the Riga Canal – an excellent vantage point from which to see Riga’s beautifully planted parks, fountains and monuments. This evening is free.
Meals: B, L – Hotel Neiburgs or similar
DAY 5 - Riga, Latvia
Today you’ll see more of Riga – with a more contemporary focus. Start by exploring some of Riga’s extraordinary Art Nouveau architecture and features. UNESCO has declared this to be one of Europe’s finest collections.
Later, stop at the Ethnographic Museum. You’ll learn more about Latvia’s historic traditions, crafts and specialties through live exhibits. Next stop is a chocolate museum and factory, before heading to Riga’s opera house for a backstage tour. The rest of the evening is independent.
Meals: B – Hotel Neiburgs or similar
DAY 6 - Klaipeda, Lithuania
You’ll have an early start today as you head south towards Lithuania. Your first stop will be at Latvia’s Rundale Palace. This elaborate example of Baroque architecture was built in the early 18th Century by Rastrelli – also responsible for the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg.
Later, once you’ve passed into Lithuania, stop at the sombre, evocative and unique Hill of Crosses. This historically important site is home to hundreds of thousands of crosses, planted by believers who flock to the hill for this purpose.
Meals: B, L, D – Hotel Radisson Blu Klaipeda or similar
DAY 7 - Klaipeda, Lithuania
Today you’ll have a walking tour through Klaipeda, and the historic district the city is known for. The large, impressive and traditional fachwerk style architecture is most prevalent in the large warehouses in town, now being restored to great effect.
From here, it’s on to Palanga, a lively beach town with a friendly vibe. Enjoy lunch and a leisurely walk to admire some of Palanga’s famous statues.
Next stop is the Botanical Gardens – home to both a park and an amber museum. Here you’ll enjoy the carefully landscaped grounds and the remarkably interesting museum, before heading back to Klaipeda for a free evening.
Meals: B, L – Hotel Radisson Blu or similar
DAY 8 - Kaliningrad, Russia
This morning you’ll have a gentle start to your journey towards the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. Enjoy the scenery and landscapes of the long, beach-lined peninsula known as the Curonian Spit. Old fishing villages, colourful houses and an artistic vibe make this place special.
After lunch, head towards the Russian border. This part of Europe has a long history of conflict and this area in particular has a unique story. Your visit here is sure to be interesting and memorable.
Meals: B, L – Hotel Radisson Blu or similar
DAY 9 - Kaliningrad, Russia
This morning you’ll have a tour of Kaliningrad – and learn about some of the city’s fascinating WWII history.
After lunch at a private home, head to the beach town of Svetlogorsk. This is a friendly city with a lively cafe and beach scene. Wander and enjoy the tree-lined streets and beautiful architecture. Dinner is included at a local restaurant this evening.
Meals: B, L, D – Hotel Radisson Blu or similar
DAY 10 - Vilnius, Lithuania
Today you’ll head west, stopping for formalities at the Russia / Lithuania border.
Afterwards, explore Kaunas, Lithuania’s second-largest city, on a tour of the city’s famous historic buildings, museums and monuments. An interesting place, there has been a long history of political protest here – Kaunas is home to seven universities. The journey on to Vilnius is short – and you’ll arrive in time for dinner (independent).
DAY 11 - Vilnius, Lithuania
This pretty, historic city is an architectural delight. You’ll have a walking tour this morning to discover hidden courtyards, narrow streets, stone archways and bustling city squares. Despite successive attacks on the city over the centuries, there are still many impressive examples of Baroque architecture. Stops include St Anne’s Church and the (also extremely old) city university.
After lunch at a local restaurant, pay a visit to the chilling KGB Museum. Here, in the grim basement of the former District Court Building, the terrible fate of thousands of Lithuanians was decided. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Meals: B, L – Hotel Radisson Blu Astorija or similar
DAY 12 - Vilnius, Lithuania
After breakfast, you’re off for a full day trip to Trakai. Most famous for an attractive red brick Gothic style castle sitting on an island, the city also has many other interesting points of historic interest. After a short cruise of the lake, visit ancient Kernave. This UNESCO site has been settled for at least 10,000 years, with particular significance in the 13th and 14th centuries.
Return to the hotel for your farewell dinner with the small group.
DAY 13 - Departure Day
Check out of your hotel after breakfast. If your flight departs today, then you will receive a complimentary airport transfer.
Price is per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room. Single supplement is US$1200. Proof of insurance is mandatory; if you need to purchase trip cancellation or health insurance please inquire. For full Booking Conditions, please see thetravelsociety.com/booking-conditions/ Tour is operated by The Travel Society, Inc., 174 Spadina Ave., Suite 404, Toronto, ON, M5T 2C2, Canada; 1 (877) 926 2500; TICO Registration #1280649