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Since regaining independence in 1991 and recently joining the E.U., Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are flourishing. The countries' rich and colourful history can be best appreciated in their capital cities, which have beautiful architecture, while the surrounding countryside features lakes, forests and wetlands, dotted with manor houses, medieval castles and splendid rococo churches.
- International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
- UK departure and overseas airport taxes
- Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
- Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
- Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
- Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
- Stay in 4-star accommodation throughout
- Centrally located hotels with character
- Discover the baroque and art nouveau architecture of the Baltics
- Three nights in the picturesque city of Tallinn
- Small group size - maximum 26 people
Day 1: Fly to Tallinn, Estonia via Riga
Fly from London (regional connections available) to Tallinn in Estonia, via Riga, with airBaltic. Transfer to the Palace Hotel for a 3-night stay.
Days 2-3: Tallinn
Morning walking tour of Tallinn, one of northern Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns. Founded in the early 13th century, Tallinn has been influenced by periods of Danish, German, Swedish and Russian control. Highlights include the gothic town hall and square, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Toompea castle, seat of Estonia’s parliament. Optional afternoon visit to Rocca al Mare open-air museum. Following day at leisure.
Day 4: Castles & Pärnu • Riga, Latvia
Drive to Riga in Latvia, stopping en route at the 13th-century ruins of Sigulda castle, Turaida castle in the Gauja valley and the beachside town of Pärnu.
Day 5: Riga
Morning tour of Riga, the Baltic’s largest and perhaps most beautiful city. The city’s extensive history has left a legacy of fine architecture, including art nouveau. Highlights include visits to the cathedral and an organ recital to hear the impressive acoustics in its Romanesque dome, the castle, St Peter’s Church and the House of Blackheads. Visit Riga Central Market and try some traditional Latvian delicacies. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 6: Rundale Palace • The Hill of Crosses • Vilnius, Lithuania
Morning journey across Latvia to Lithuania via Rundale Palace and the Hill of Crosses, a place of national pilgrimage. Continue to Vilnius and stay 2 nights at the newly opened Vilnia Hotel.
Day 7: Vilnius
Morning tour of Vilnius, including Cathedral Square, the Gate of Dawn, St Casimir’s Church, the Holy Spirit Church, the KGB museum and Gediminas Tower. Afternoon at leisure or optional visit to the picturesque 14th-century Trakai castle.
Day 8: Fly to London via Riga
Morning transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Riga, with airBaltic.
Opera Hotel & Spa, Riga
The Opera Hotel & Spa is located facing the Opera Park in the central business district of Riga and is only a five minute walk to the old town and Latvian National Opera House. The 112 bright contemporary rooms feature natural fabrics and Italian design furniture and come equipped with free wireless internet access, a flatscreen television, safe and minibar. Both local and international cuisine is served in the hotel’s restaurant and, in summer, on the hotel’s sun terrace.
Palace Hotel, Tallinn
The Palace Hotel is located in the heart of the city on Tallinn's main square, next to the Old Town and within walking distance of business and government buildings. It is also close to theatres and entertainment venues. The hotel is just five kilometers from Tallinn National Airport. All guest-rooms are extremely well designed to offer you the best possible comfort. All rooms are furnished in modern style, featuring a minibar, a trouser press, a private bathroom, a TV, a direct-dial telephone and a desk.
Vilnia Hotel, Vilnius
The hotel Vilnia is a brand new 4-star hotel in the heart of Vilnius' Unesco listed old town. It is a boutique-style hotel in a historic building that once housed Lithuania's first independent newspaper. Rooms, which vary in size, are fresh, modern and well equipped, and the restaurant offers Lithuanian and European cuisine.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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