The Baltic States Immersion Tour:

Travel to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

Discover the beauty and charm of the Baltic States! Our Baltics tour travels to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Each Baltic States country has its own distinctive cultural tradition and historical heritage.

Once part of the Soviet Union, the Baltic States were among the first to break away in 1990—91. Today these countries are proud members of both the European Union and NATO. Prior to World War II, Finland was occasionally deemed the fourth Baltic state by Nazi Germany.

We begin our tour with arrival in Helsinki and ferry by high speed catamaran to Tallinn, Estonia, the oldest capital in Northern Europe. Tallinn’s Old Town is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

An enjoyable short drive brings us to the charming town of Parnu, a well known Estonian resort. Parnu is a Hanseatic city, a harbor as well as a university city.

Next, we travel to Riga, capital of Latvia. Riga is also a medieval Hanseatic city. We explore the quaint old town, the impressive architecture and pleasant small museums. The tour includes an excursion to Jurmala, one of the authentic old world resort towns complete with curative waters and mud baths.

On the way to Vilnus, we visit Klaipeda, often called “Gateway to The Sea” because it is the main seaport of Lithuanian State.

In Vilnus, capital of Lithuania, we enjoy gothic architecture, castles and the cathedral that occupies the site of an ancient pagan temple to the God Perkunas.

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  • 1
    Day 1 Arrival Helsinki

    Transfer to hotel. Day/evening at leisure.

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    Day 2 Helsinki-Tallinn

    We enjoy a leisurely independent walking tour of Helsinki and then take the high speed hydrofoil to Tallinn in the afternoon.

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    Day 3-4 Tallinn

    We enjoy two full days touring picturesque old city, where whole districts date back to the Middle Ages; and also visit the wonderful KUMU Museum.

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    Day 5: Parnu-Cesis

    Pärnu is a well known Estonian resort and also a Hanseatic city, a harbor city and a university city. It has a very charming and sleepy rhythm.

    We will tour the 13th century Old Town of Ceisis.

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    Day 6: Cesis-Sigulda-Riga

    We begin our day with a stop in historically rich town of Sigulda touring the Gutmanis Cave and the Turaida Museum Reserve.

    After lunch, we continue the short drive to the Ethnographic Open Air Museum, located on the banks of the picturesque Lake Jugla and one of the oldest open-air museums in Europe. This will be a refreshing walk in nature to view the homes, household articles and community of ancient Latvia.

    Afterwards, we arrive in Riga- capital of Latvia and a medieval Hanseatic town. We enjoy a city tour including St. Peter's Cathedral from whose steeple will be the best views in the city, Riga Castle with its three wonderful museums, Dome Cathedral, which boasts one of the world’s largest pipe organs.

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    Day 7: Riga-Jurmala-Riga

    This morning we start with a visit to the old small Guild house.

    Afterwards, the Art Nouveau Museum, housed in a ground floor apartment with all the furniture and décor of that era, some original to that apartment. And then a driving tour of the picturesque Boulevard circle.

    Onward to the Jewish Ghetto Museum.

    In the afternoon we embark on an excursion to Jurmala, a town with a 150-year-old resort tradition with romantic wooden houses in art nouveau style (Jugendstil).

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    Day 8: Riga-Klaipeda

    On the way to Klaipeda, we visit Rundale Place.

    Klaipeda, often called "Gateway to The Sea" because it is the main Seaport of Lithuanian State. and wonderfully charming!

    Upon arrival, check in and dinner in old town.

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    Day 9: Klaipeda

    A full day tour including the Old Post Office, historical Old Town full of handicraft shops, the Old Theatre, Simon Dach Square and a visit to the oldest brewery in Lithuania-Svyturys.

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    Day 10: Klaipeda

    An excursion to Curonian Spit visiting the Hill of Witches in Juodkrante and the charming town of Nida.

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    Day 11: Klaipeda-Kaunas-Vilnius

    On the way to Vilnius, we stop to viist Kaunas, former capital of Lithuania.

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    Day 12-13: Vilnius

    The first day we will explore Vilnius sights including its UNESCO Old Town, Upper and Lower castle, Vilnus Cathedral, the Old University, open-air museums and some free time to explore art galleries, crafts.

    The second day we embark on an excursion to Trakai, the former capital of Lithuania, located on an island in the middle of a lake. The old town of Trakai, including the Island and the Peninsula Castles, surrounded by lakes, is one of the most impressive and picturesque locations in Europe.

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    Day 14: Depart

    Transfer to airport for return home or continue to Minsk for our 9 day tour of Belarus or our 18 day Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova tour.

  • Trip Length

    14-day trip begins in Helsinki, ends in Vilnius
    Option to start in Tallinn

  • Dates

    May 5-18, 2019
    September 1-14, 2019
    Precedes our Belarus-Ukraine-Moldova Tour

  • Land Cost

    FROM: $3976

  • Accommodations

    4 & 5* boutique hotels in Old Town

  • Included Meals

    Daily breakfast, 3 dinners, several "tastings"

  • Reading List

    Suggested Reading

  • Trip Preparations

    Trip Preparations

  • Extend Your Trip

    Post-tour: Belarus, 9 days
    Post Tour to Belarus-Ukraine-Moldova, 21 days

Helsinki, Finland

Tallinn, Tallinna linn, Estonia

Pärnu, Pärnu linn, Estonia

Estonian, Latvian & Lithuanian Environment , SIA, Vīlandes iela, Riga, Latvia

Klaipėda, Klaipėda County, Lithuania

Vilnius, Vilnius County, Lithuania

Vilnius, Vilnius County, Lithuania

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