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.

Travel Style: Classic
All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

Service Level: Standard
Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 2 – Light
Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group
Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12.

Age requirement: 12+
All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

August 20 – September 1, 2023

Travel: 13 Days, 4 Countries
Accommodations: Hotels (9 nts), farm stay (3 nts)
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Meeting – Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Trakai Castle visit (Vilnius)
  • Curonian Spit visit
  • CEO led orientation walk in Klaipeda
  • Full day tour of Nida
  • Riga city tour
  • Farm-to-table dinners prepared by a local family
  • Saaremaa guided village tour
  • Kadriorg Palace visit (Tallinn)
  • Orientation walk (Helsinki)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Itinerary

Arrive at any time.

We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this charming city.

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

Comfort Hotel LT Rock’N’Roll Vilnius (or similar)

Visit Trakai Castle. Enjoy optional activities like the Frank Zappa monument, the breakaway Republic of Uzupis, a giant egg statue, the Gediminas tower and castle museum, and the KGB Museum.

Spend free time walking through charming old town or searching out artist havens and modern statues.

Multi-faceted, puzzling, a heady mix of old and new, Vilnius has all the glories of a royal past, the troubling reminders of wartime and Communist atrocities and a vibrant forward-looking outlook.

MEAL(S): Breakfast

Comfort Hotel LT Rock’N’Roll Vilnius (or similar)

Travel by private vehicle to Klaipeda, one of the oldest cities in Lithuania. Set out on a CEO led orientation walk, visiting famous sights, and seeing up close the many interesting sculptures that make Klaipeda unique. Make brief stops at Theatre Square, in the heart of the old town, to see the sculpture of Ann from Tharau in the square’s centre fountain. Then walk by Klaipeda Castle, first mentioned in written sources as early as 1252.

The orientation walk will finish at a local gastropub with a local beer, where afterwards you can opt to grab some dinner on your own.

MEAL(S): Breakfast

Dange Hotel (or similar)

You will spend the whole day exploring the peninsula known as the Curonian Spit, located between Klaipeda and Nida. You will visit the Hill of Witches, Lithuania’s outdoor sculpture trail of wooden folk art that will take you on a trip through the most well-known legends and stories in Lithuanian folk history. Later in the day visit the Parnidis Dune and Sun Clock in Nida. Stop for some free time in Nida where you can grab some lunch on your own and opt to see the Fisherman museum and Nida Lighthouse if time allows. Arrive back in Klaipeda in the evening.

The Curonian Spit is a long, thin sand bar, dotted with dune that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. This spit is shared by Lithuania and Kalingrad, Russia’s western most oblast.

The forested hills, known as Hill of Witches used to be the site of dancing and gathering during Pagan festivals. Now, the hills are dotted with wooden statues created by local artists, depicting witches, dragons, and the elements. Some of the statues tell stories of the local legends and folklore, bringing the region to life with their intricate carvings.

MEAL(S): Breakfast

Dange Hotel (or similar)

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.

Explore the narrow streets on foot and get better acquainted with the city known as “the Paris of the East”. Opt to visit St Peter’s Church, where we ascend the spire by lift, for a fantastic view over the city.

MEAL(S): Breakfast

A1 Hotel Riga

Enjoy a guided tour and a lunch of treats from the Central Market. Spend a free afternoon exploring the city.

MEAL(S): Breakfast, Lunch

A1 Hotel Riga (or similar)

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. Over the next three nights, savour farm-to-table dinners specially prepared by your host family.

Saaremaa is a remote island in the Baltic Sea with unique traditions and heritage. Thatched roof houses, stone walls, and windmills make up this fairytale landscape.

Enjoy three nights on a farm outside the main city of Kuressaare.

MEAL(S): Breakfast, Dinner

Jurna Farmhouse (or similar)

Enjoy a tour of Saaremaa including a visit to the Kaali meteorite lake, bakeries, and windmills. Opt to visit the local breweries.

MEAL(S): Breakfast, Dinner

Jurna Farmhouse (or similar)

Day 9 Kuressaare

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.

MEAL(S): Breakfast, Dinner

Jurna Farmhouse (or similar)

Travel to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Fall in love with this medieval town. Enjoy an included visit to Kadriorg Palace.

MEAL(S): Breakfast

Rixwell Viru Square Hotel (or similar)

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.

MEAL(S): Breakfast

Rixwell Viru Square Hotel (or similar)

Travel by ferry to the charming capital city of Helsinki. Enjoy an afternoon in the Scandinavian city with an orientation walk and free time.

MEAL(S): Breakfast

Hotel Arthur Helsinki (or similar)

Day 13 Helsinki

Depart at any time.

MEAL(S): Breakfast

B = BREAKFAST L = LUNCH D = DINNER