Duration 10 days.
It is not necessary to be young if you want to take this tour. Not at all! This tour embraces a lot of interesting places to visit – starting from Vilnius and ending in Tallinn. The programme is quite intensive, but there is nothing to be afraid of: our well-experienced team will take care of you and you will enjoy your stay in the Baltic.
1st day. Vilnius. City sightseeing. The tour includes a visit to the Vilnius Cathedral, Pilies street, Vilnius University courtyards, President’s residence, St. Ann’s church, the 16th century masterpiece of Gothic architecture, St. Peter&Paul’s Church, the Gates of Dawn with the chapel housing a holy image of the Virgin Mary, Town Hall Square and an excursion to the Artillery Bastion where medieval armour and cannons are displayed.
2nd day. Excursion to Trakai – explore Trakai castle and its historical museum. In 1321 Grand Duke Gediminas built Trakai castle on the peninsula of the Lake Galve. Return to Vilnius.
3rd-4th days. Transfer to Aukstaitija National Park in the East of Lithuania.
Lithuania’s oldest national park is still one of the most popular destinations for locals and tourists in search of nature and tranquillity. There is a breathtaking view of some of the park’s 100 lakes from the top of Ledakalnis (Ice Hill). One can explore these intricate waterways by canoe and rowboat. Cycling and hiking options are also abound.
* canoe rental, bike rental; paddleboat and yachts rental; horse riding; sauna.
Overnight at Aukstaitija National Park centre.
5th day. Transfer to Riga, the capital of Latvia.
Combined bus and walking tour of Riga with the entrance to the Dome Cathedral. In the afternoon departure to Sigulda. After arrival – sightseeing tour of Sigulda featuring Sigulda Castle ruins, Gutmana Cavern, Turaida Castle – entrance.
Check in at a hotel in Sigulda. Free time. Overnight.
6th day. Departure to Parnu, a summer capital of Estonia, famous for its beach and nightlife in summer season, with the on-the-way stop for a sightseeing tour (short) in Cesis. Cesis is one of the nicest small towns in Latvia, the birthplace of the Latvian State Flag.
Proceed to Virtsu. Ferry to Saaremaa Island (takes 30 min). Stay on Muhu Island at a farm house. The islands are known for the unspoiled nature with juniper, sandy beaches, sea birds, wild animals and unique plants.
7th day. Breakfast at a farm house. Visit Pädaste Manor, Tammisaare Farm on Muhu Island, where time stops for a while. See junipers, long stone fences and windmills and that are built centuries ago. Have lunch at the farm (typical island-menu).
On the way to Saaremaa see an ostrich farm. Proceed to Kuressaare. See Pöide Church, Kaali Meteorite Craters on the way Sightseeing in Kuressaare – the Episcopal Castle (the only well preserved medevial fortification in Estonia. Now Saaremaa Museum), the Town Park (surrounds the castle), the Old Town and wooden houses near the town park.
Return to the mainland. Accommodation in Tallinn.
8th day. Combined half-day city tour. Visit the central park of Tallinn – Kadriorg where the Baroque Catherina Palace and the President’s Residence are situated. View the Song Festival Grounds, the Fair Centre, the Yachting Centre, Pirita recreation area, the ruins of St. Brigit’s Convent.
Visit Toompea hill with the Order Castle, Alexander Nevski’s Orthodox Cathedral and the Dome Church, first mentioned in 1233, Gothic Town Hall, the Holy Ghost Church and a number of authentic Hanseatic merchant’s houses.
Then drive to Palmse Manor. Von der Pahlen family of Baltic-German origin constructed the manor house and outhouses in the 18th century. Visit the fishing village Altja that looks just like it was at the beginning of the century with Altja Tavern. See Sagadi Manorial Complex and Vihula.
Turn to the South towards Tartu and the lake Peipsi (Estonia’s largest lake). Villages on the lake Peipsi are typical for Russian Old Believer, who have kept their old traditions.
Have dinner and accommodation at Voore Guest House.
9th day. Breakfast at Voore Guest House
Continue towards Tartu. Sightseeing of Tartu. Proceed to Valga and visit the main winter resort of Estonia Otepää, which in summer is a nice swimming (one of the most beautiful lakes of Estonia Pühajärv – Sacred Lake) and hiking resort. Otepää with its surrounding forests and 130 lakes is a protected area.
Check in at Otepää at Berhard Hotel or Scandic Hotel Karupesa.
10th day. Breakfast at the hotel
Proceed to Põlva and Võru regions. See the Haanja Highland with the highest hill in Estonia (and all the Baltic states) Suur Munamägi.
Return to Valga, cross the border with Latvia and return to Vilnius, Lithuania.
Exciting: St.Peter&Paul Church.
Cities: Vilnius, Trakai, Riga, Tallinn.