Decades after the fall of communism, the Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia remain a mystery to most travellers. We’re not complaining, though; more mystery means fewer crowds and an easier time getting to know these fantastic countries. Beginning in charming cobblestoned Vilnius and ending in beautiful Helsinki, this two-week trip gets to the very heart of the region. Get an up-close glimpse of Riga’s castles and art district, experience rural life in Estonia, and venture into the fortresses and medieval architecture of Tallinn before crossing to Finland by ferry. Make the Baltics your special travel secret.
Day 1 Vilnius
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Vilnius (1B)
Visit Trakai Castle. Enjoy optional€tivities like the Frank Zappa monument, the breakaway Republic of Uzupis, a giant egg statue, the Gediminas tower and castle museum, and the KGB Museum.
Day 3 Vilnius/Nida (1B)
Travel by public bus to the UNESCO-listed Curonian Spit. Visit the Parnidis dune in the evening.
Day 4 Nida (1B)
Enjoy an included bicycle tour around the Hill of Witches and a visit to sea bird colonies.
Day 5 Nida/Riga (1B)
Cross the border into Latvia and head to the capital, Riga. Options for this charming city include visiting the Occupation Museum, the Riga Art Nouveau Centre, Riga Castle, the Andrejsala artists’ district, or just wandering the cobblestone streets.
Day 6 Riga (1B, 1L)
Enjoy a guided tour and a lunch of treats from the Central Market. Spend a free afternoon exploring the city.
Day 7 Riga/Kuressaare (1B, 1D)
Cross the border to Estonia and get the local experience with three nights on a farm in Saaremaa. In the area there is canoeing on the Nasva river, fishing, and island visits. Opt to travel into the capital of Saaremaa, Kuressare, for a folk evening with traditional music.
Day 8 Kuressaare (1B, 1D)
Enjoy a tour of Saaremaa including a visit to the Kaali meteorite lake, bakeries, and windmills. Opt to visit the local breweries.
Day 9 Kuressaare (1B, 1D)
Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to visit some of the ancient churches or natural sites like the lake, the Panga Cliff, and the PÜhatu Springs.
Day 10 Kuressaare/Tallinn (1B)
Travel to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Fall in love with this medieval town. Enjoy an included visit to Kadriorg Palace.
Day 11 Tallinn (1B)
Spend a free day exploring this medieval city. Use your free time to visit the Museum of the Occupation, the Dome Church, the open air museum, go sea kayaking, visit the beaches, or relax in a sauna.
Day 12 Tallinn/Helsinki (1B)
Travel by ferry to the charming capital city of Helsinki. Enjoy an afternoon in the Scandinavian city with an orientation walk and free time.
Day 13 Helsinki (1B)
Depart at any time.
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