August 6 -15, 2024 10 Days / 9 Nights
This tour starts in Vilnius and ends in Tallinn
$4,460 per person / double occupancy $1,480 optional single supplement $340 additional night at Kempinski Hotel in Vilnius, including private airport transfer (single or double room) Includes all fees and taxes
3 nights in Vilnius, 3 nights in Riga, and 3 nights in Tallinn in centrally located, upscale 5-star hotels
Private airport transfers on arrival and on departure, private bus transportation between Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn, all transportation in each city
Bottled water throughout the tour
A la carte or tasting menu meals: traditional or vegetarian options: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners, including drinks
Professional local guides and a Sights and Soul Travels' Tour Director
All cultural activities as per itinerary
A day trip to Helsinki, Finland, crossing the Gulf of Finland by ferry
All fees and admissions for activities mentioned in the itinerary
All guides', drivers' and restaurants' gratuities
Additional/optional costs may include: optional travel insurance, optional single room supplement, early hotel check-in, porterage, meals or activities not mentioned in the itinerary, optional Tour Director's gratuities, room service, mini bar charges, telephone charges and other personal expenses.
The tour cost does not include airfare to and from the tour’s location.
Old Town of Vilnius
Views from the top of Vilnius University Tower
Boat cruise around Trakai Castle Island
Medieval Trakai Castle
Lithuanian Open-Air Museum
Hill of Crosses
Baroque Rundale Palace
Art Nouveau tour of Riga
Medieval tour of Riga
Canal boat tour of Riga
Sigulda and Turaida Castles
The seaside resort town of Parnu
Hanseatic League city of Tallinn
Helsinki, the Nordic capital of Finland
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WHAT MAKES THIS TOUR SPECIAL
Accommodations at centrally located, luxury hotels in Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn
Elegant restaurants and a la carte dining including wine, throughout the tour
Knowledgeable and passionate local guides
Exclusive experiences, not available to larger groups
Inclusion of a trip to Helsinki
A small group of maximum 16 women
Knowledgeable and experienced Tour Director
No forced shopping
It was a great tour, and I learned so much. We also had a great time and saw many lovely sights, the beautiful cities, countryside, and learned about the history of the Baltic nations. - Jane from Texas
An excellent overview of the three Baltic nations. This tour hit all the highlights. The guides were great sources of information about history and politics. The best experience during the tour was hearing from the city guides about the rebuilding of their society post-Soviet era. One major reason I took this tour was to learn about how the people rebuilt after 1993. The guides in all three cities were very open about their experiences under Soviet occupation and were willing to answer all our questions. - Patricia from California
The Baltics and St. Petersburg were beautiful, clean and an amazing tour! The hotels we stayed in were fantastic, and S&S tour leaders are the best!!! A very upscale trip. The local guides, the bus drivers, and the airport transfers were perfect. The office was also very helpful with obtaining my Russian Visa. – Risa from New Jersey
As this was my first time traveling with Sights & Soul, I was pleasantly surprised at the luxury feel of the hotels and restaurants. I enjoyed traveling with the group, as well as having a little free time some days. – Jonelle from Illinois
The best experience during the trip had to be the guide we had in Latvia. She was fabulous and struck just the right note with our group. She had so many whimsical stories to tell us. She covered history and legend, as well as touching lightly on the politics of the region. Also, we were enchanted with our luncheon at the local manor house. As our bus pulled up, two waiters were waiting on the grounds to serve our lunch. Tables were set under the trees and the food was not only delicious, but also beautifully presented. The Baltics are such a beautiful area of Europe which is not inundated with tourists. I suggest that people visit before it becomes a more popular cruise destination. – Linda from California
It was very special being one of the 1st participants of The Baltics tour. Each destination was fascinating and learning about the 3 countries history and current living was absorbing. Loved the balance between city walks, historical sites, and walking through heritage villages. It was a great time of year to travel prior to busy season. We had great hotels and of course to die for food. Finally Marta is a professional and nurturing tour director and she and my co explorers were the best; friendly, lots of laughs and great connections. Looking forward to my next destination. – Gaye from New South Wales, Australia.
All the hotels and their locations were fantastic! Love, love, loved the guides in Lithuania and St. Petersburg. – Karen from New York
Framed by the Baltic Sea to the north and west and their former Russian rulers to the east, the Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia have cast off the shadows of the past and embraced a brilliant spirit of independence, honoring their rich history and heritage while looking ahead to a prosperous, bright future. The capital cities of Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn sit amid spectacular Nordic landscapes and offer a unique insight into Northern Europe that is like taking a trip back in time, walking down peaceful lanes, where the locals are friendly, the food is hearty, and beauty is found around every corner. From medieval town squares and lanes to the splendid Art Nouveau showcases, from magnificent fairy-tale castles to seaside resorts, and from meticulously restored palaces to wide spaces filled with bright yellow flowers and birch forests, there is a wealth of art, culture, and the natural beauty in the region that makes these hidden gems shine like no place else.
During the Baltic Renaissance tour, history will come to life as we tour impressive castles and soaring cathedrals, beautiful palaces surrounded by elaborate gardens, and a day spent at an old-fashioned beach resort. We’ll start with Vilnius, home to over 1,200 medieval buildings as well as splendid churches and palaces constructed in Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance styles; in Riga, “the Paris of the Baltics”, we’ll marvel at the Renaissance buildings lining the cobblestone streets, see the city from the perspective of its canals and admire the elegant Art Nouveau architecture; we’ll end our journey in Tallinn, where the grandeur and serenity of the city’s medieval layout complement the urban growth and vibrant culture of modern Estonia. From Tallinn, we'll venture out for a day trip to Helsinki, the Nordic capital of Finland.
The Baltic Renaissance tour will start in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, where we'll experience the living history of Northern Europe's oldest and largest surviving medieval town. Vilnius is a small city of monumental attraction, the streets glowing warm and golden beneath the breathtaking steeples of countless churches built in exquisite detail. Flourishing in the air of independence and freedom after years of strict Soviet rule, and an independent country since 1991, Lithuania was one of the first breakaway republics from the Soviet Union. The city honors the spirit of its struggle by protecting its past while embracing new influences, including world-class cuisine, vibrant cultural performances, and even some modern skyscrapers to compete with centuries-old, towering cathedral spires.
While in Vilnius, we'll explore the cobble-stone lanes, as we tour 16th-century cathedrals and appreciate the well preserved medieval Old Town and the Baroque architecture in the famous Cathedral Square with the Gediminas’ Tower, as well as the Vilnius University and the President's Palace. Beyond Vilnius, we’ll tour the legendary 15th century Trakai Castle, take a boat tour on the lakes surrounding the castle island and learn about the days of glory of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, when it stretched from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea. We'll also see the Lithuanian Open-Air Museum, one of the largest in Europe, located on the picturesque shores of the Kauna Lagoon.
We'll spend 3 nights in the city of Vilnius, staying in an Old World luxury hotel, perfectly located in the heart of the Old Town. The hotel's location will place us in the center of the cityand will allow for easy individual exploration.
We'll take an in-depth private tour of the Old Town and Cathedral Square.
We'll cruise around Trakai Castle Island, visit the famous Trakai Castle and the Lithuanian Open-Air Museum.
We'll admire the splendid Gothic architecture of St. Anne’s, Bernardine’s and St. Michael’s churches; and the 16th-century Gate of Dawn, containing an icon of The Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of Mercy, said to have miraculous powers.
We'll visit the revered Hill of Crosses, a monument to Lithuanian martyrs and the spirit of survival.
The second city we’ll visit during the Baltic Renaissance tour will be the Latvian capital of Riga, “Paris of the Baltics,” and the largest city in the Baltic States. Riga is divided into the Art Nouveau New Town, home of the most Art Nouveau buildings in Europe and the medieval Old Town, populated by buildings first constructed 800 years ago. We’ll tour both sides of the city, on foot and by boat, cruising its canals.
On our way to Riga, we’ll visit the fairytale Rundale Palace, a baroque residence built for the Dukes of Courland and recently renovated after suffering damage during the Latvian War of Independence. We’ll tour the most fascinating sights of Riga's Old Town, including the Dome Cathedral, the Church of St. Peter, the Three Brothers Medieval Houses, the Riga Castle, and the Swedish Gate. In the New Town, we'll admire the enduring style of its Art Nouveau architecture. Venturing out of the city, we'll visit the town of Sigulda in the primeval Gauja River Valley, set among pristine birch and pine forests and dotted with red sandstone caves, to admire the 13th century Crusader fortifications, the lovingly restored Sigulda Castle, and the medieval Turaida Castle.
We will spend 3 nights in Riga, experiencing the best that the city has to offer while staying at a luxury hotel just across from the opulent National Opera House.
We'll visit Rundale Palace, the most outstanding monument of Baroque and Rococo art and architecture in Latvia, designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli who also designed St. Petersburg’s Hermitage.
We'll tour the picturesque town of Sigulda, home to the Neo-Gothic Sigulda Castle andmedieval Turaida Castle, overlooking the primeval Turaida Reserve.
We'll dine at authentic restaurants to experience the atmosphere of historic taverns featuring both traditional and contemporary Latvian cuisine.
The final city on the Baltic Renaissance tour is Tallinn, the capital and cultural center of Estonia. Often called the “Silicon Valley of Europe”, Tallinn is a fantastic blend of historical riches and progressive movements, the birthplace of many influential companies such as Skype. In contrast to the skyscrapers and glittering lights of the business district, Tallinn’s Old Town is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe, its skyline bracketed by Gothic spires, ancient fortifications, and Hanseatic merchant houses, laid out on winding streets within the well-preserved city walls. This fairy-tale town is so bursting with beauty and wonder, it’s as if time hasn’t touched it at all.
In Tallinn, we’ll tour the two distinct halves of the Old Town; the Upper Town, also known as Toompea, home to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Gothic Dome church, and the Lower Town, populated by the guild and merchant houses, churches, and the Gothic Town Hall. We’ll visit the gorgeous Kadriorg Palace, built for Catherine I of Russia and currently housing the Kadriorg Art Museum; the park on the palace grounds is also the venue for the famous Estonian Song Festival. We'll also visit an old-fashioned seaside resort of Parnu, Latvia's summer capital, known as the French Riviera of Northern Europe.
We'll spend 3 nights in Tallinn, staying in a boutique hotel in the picturesque medieval Old Town, close to Toompea Castle and within walking distance of the town’s attractions.
We'll take in-depth private tours of the historic Old Town, including Toompea Castle, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Dome church.
We'll visit the elegant Kadriorg Palace, once the residence of Catherine I of Russia and now home to a prized collection of art.
We'll stop at the seaside town of Parnu, where we'll enjoy the beachside promenades and have lunch at an elegant spa hotel.
We'll take a day trip, crossing the Gulf of Finland to Helsinki, Finland and enjoy a guided tour of the Nordic highlights of the city.
Throughout the tour, we will enjoy the best of Estonian cuisine at carefully selected fine restaurants.