The New Baltics: Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia8 days & 7 nights, Private Journey
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Vilnius, Riga, Muhu Island & Tallinn
As you journey through the Baltic states, a vibrant pageant of history unfurls before you. Once home to pirates and empires, conquered by Russia, and freed by the collapse of the Soviet Union, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia welcome travelers with open arms. Travel in style through these northern lands, exploring medieval walled cities, relics of the Soviet empire, magnificent castles, striking cathedrals, grandiose palaces and remote islands - all while enjoying inimitable Baltic hospitality.
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)