The New Baltics: Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia8 days & 7 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Vilnius, Lithuania
Upon arrival in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, you will be escorted to your luxury hotel.Stikliai Hotel - 3 Nights
After breakfast, meet your private guide for a walking visit of Vilnius' Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with impressive Gothic, Renaissance, baroque and classical buildings. You'll see the historical and cultural highlights, including the cathedral, Gediminas Castle Museum, the University Campus and the Dawn Gate with its spectacular icon of the Virgin Mary.Stikliai Hotel (B)
In the morning, visit the Museum of Genocide Victims, also known as the KGB Museum. The building served as the headquarters for the Gestapo during WWII and for the KGB during the Cold War. The sobering museum includes the former KGB prison and execution room in the basement. In the afternoon, drive to Trakai, the ancient capital of Lithuania, famed for its 15th-century castle and its scenic location.Stikliai Hotel (B)
Day 4To Riga, Latvia
After breakfast, your private driver and guide will meet you at your hotel. On your way to Latvia, stop at the striking Hill of Crosses memorial near Siauliai, the unofficial capital of northern Lithuania. Cross the border and visit the fabulous Baroque Rundale Palace before arriving in Riga late this afternoon.
The capital of Latvia is an easy city to stroll and explore independently.Grand Palace Hotel - 1 Night (B)
Day 5To Muhu Island
This morning, take a private walking tour of Old Riga, visiting the Dome Cathedral, which boasts one of the world's largest pipe organs. Ascend to the steeple of St. Peter's Cathedral for magnificent views over the city. Explore the shared Latvian past at the Freedom Monument, erected in 1935 to celebrate Latvia's independence, as well as a number of historical buildings from the 15th-17th centuries.
This afternoon, drive to the coast to catch your ferry to Muhu Island.Padaste Manor - 1 Night (B, D)
Day 6To Tallinn, Estonia
This morning, embark on an exploration of the island, inhabited for more than 5,000 years and once the home of famed Estonian pirates. Visit Estonia's last working windmills in Angla on the way to Saaremaa and the Asva Fortified Settlement, one of the most archaeologically important Bronze Age sites in Northern Europe. Continue to Kuressaare Castle, the only intact medieval castle in the Baltics.
Return to the mainland and arrive in the Estonian capital of Tallinn.Hotel Telegraaf - 2 Nights (B)
This morning, embark upon a private, guided walking visit of Tallinn's Old Town, one of Europe's best-preserved medieval towns and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon, immerse yourself in the grandeur of the Tzars at Kadriorg Palace and gardens, a summer retreat built by Peter I for his wife, Catherine. Then, fast-forward to the present at the Kumu Art Museum, home to the country's finest collection of social realist art from the Cold War period, as well as an impressive display of contemporary art.Hotel Telegraaf (B)
Day 8Depart Tallinn
Bid farewell to the Baltics today as you are escorted to the airport for your onward flight.(B)
At Cox & Kings we believe that a good travel experience is not luck but judgment. We have compiled the following advice to outline the nature of travel in Europe and to help you prepare for your trip. Even with the most meticulous planning, however, minor problems can occur and, while our local representatives are always on hand to rectify such occurrences, we do request that you have a patient and broadminded approach to traveling in Europe.
Cruises & Train Tours
The river cruises and train tours in this brochure are offered subject to the conditions of carriage of the individual Train Company. PLEASE NOTE that in exceptional circumstances they may vary their itineraries with little or no notice, if water levels become unsafe, train lines become blocked or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark.
A number of flights within Europe arrive / depart early in the morning, and while we will endeavour to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Europe, and hotels in Eastern Europe, Albania, Macedonia and regional Turkey, should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavour to supply any extra information that you may require on these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Europe and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in/out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.
Many of the sites in Europe are quite spread out, and our tours consequently involve a reasonable amount of walking. Whilst the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous.
Although tourism is not a new concept in most parts of Europe, many of the areas visited are still extremely traditional. Therefore kindly respect local customs and dress codes.
Many countries require passports, visas to be presented before entry is permitted. Please ensure that all traveling members, including infants and children, are in possession of a passport, valid for at least 6 months, prior to departure. It is convenient and safe to have the visa process facilitated by Cox & Kings Limited from the concerned Consulates / Authorities on your behalf. Please note that it is totally at the discretion of the concerned Consulates / Authorities to grant / reject your visas. The consulate may require further documentation and / or personal appearance.
The New Baltics: Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia
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