Highlights of the Baltics 2021

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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : July & September
Start: Vilnius, Lithuania
End: Helsinki, Finland

Highlights of the Baltics: 2 nts Vilnius, 2 nts Riga, 1 nt Dikli, 1 nt Tartu, 1 nt Tallinn

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book. 

A decadent display of fascinating history, lavish Art Nouveau architecture, picturesque natural beauty and tranquil towns – this tour of the Baltics will journey through some of Europe’s last remaining hidden gems. From the grandeur of Vilnius to Tallinn’s timeless masterpieces, we’ll uncover a local way of life and savour each unique and breathtaking sight along the way.

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS / UP TO 18 GUESTS

Tour Details

The Blue-Roads Difference

  • Explore the rich heritage of Trakai’s 14th-century island castle
  • Uncover Cold War secrets and preserved Soviet memorabilia at the Ligatne Soviet Bunker
  • Enjoy a relaxing scenic boat journey along the Riga Canals

Pick Up Location & TIme

Hotel Vilnia (Vilnius)  (Google Map)
6:00pm – Meet tour guide and group for welcome dinner.

Drop off Location & Time

TBA (Helsinki) (Google Map)
The tour finishes late afternoon/early evening.

Price Includes

  • 7 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Visit the famous island castle in Trakai, stop at the famous Hill of Crosses, take a boat trip along the Riga City Canal and stop at a traditional Estonian brewery
  • Enjoy walking tour of Vilnius and Riga, visit an underground Soviet Bunker and free time in Tartu
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including Rundale Palace and short ferry ride across the Baltic Sea from Tallinn to Helsinki

Meals

  • 8 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 4 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Blue Roads Tours are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place.  Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach.  On a typical day they might leave at 9am and arrive at the hotel at 5pm.  We endeavor to build rest and relaxation time into our itineraries, an most inclusions are not mandatory – so if you’d rather explore on your own, you’re welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point. 

The Blue Roads Tours are designed so that there is as little time as possible on the mini-coach and plenty to see while on board.  We travel along the scenic route wherever possible, meaning you’ll see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.  Inevitable, there are days when travelling between locations may involve motorway driving and more mileage.  Generally, driving time will not last for more than three or four hours per day.

Itinerary

Day 1Vilnius

We’ll meet the group in Lithuania’s dreamy capital – studded with cobbled streets, mysterious church spires and enchanting green spaces. After settling into our hotel, we’ll get to know one another better over a sumptuous welcome meal and Lithuanian folk show. Here’s to the incredible adventure before us! (D)

Accommodation: Hotel Vilnia (or similar)

Day 2Vilnius – Trakai – Vilnius

Our day will begin with a walking tour of Vilnius – taking in the narrow, winding streets of the Old Town, the Cathedral, St Anne’s Church and the impressive Vilnius University campus with our expert Tour Leader. After soaking up the views from Gediminas Hill and Tower, we’ll enjoy some free time to lunch at our leisure. Then: we’ll board the mini-coach to Trakai to visit the famous island castle. There will be plenty of free time to explore the 14th-century castle (located in the middle of picturesque Lake Galve) and various exhibitions at the museum – before making tracks back to Vilnius for an evening spent at our leisure. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Vilnia (or similar)

Day 3Vilnius – Hill of Crosses – Rundale Palace – Riga

Before leaving Lithuania, we’ll make a stop at the famous Hill of Crosses – a site of pilgrimage where a vast number of rosaries and crosses adorn a small hill. After crossing the border into Latvia, we’ll visit the impressive Rundale Palace – the most outstanding monument of Baroque and Rococo art in the country. After arriving in Riga later this afternoon, we’ll have some time to relax at the hotel before regrouping for a sumptuous included dinner. (B,D)

Accommodation: Hestia Radi Un Draugi (or similar)

Day 4Riga

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll board the mini-coach for a driving tour of Riga’s stunning Art Nouveau District. Our expert Tour Leader will point out some of the more significant architectural pieces and explain the rich history behind the area’s artwork as we go. Then: we’ll embark on a walking tour of the city, taking in some of the most important sights including the Dome Cathedral and Freedom Monument along the way. Following an included lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy a leisurely boat trip along the Riga City Canal – taking some time to relax and soak up the UNESCO Heritage-listed Old Town from an alternative angle. This evening, we’ll be free to explore the area’s culinary delights at our leisure. (B,L)

Accommodation: Hestia Radi Un Draugi (or similar)

Day 5Riga – Gauja National Park – Ligatne – Dikli

Today’s agenda will see us exploring the breathtaking Gauja National Park – one of the oldest and largest national parks in Latvia. Enjoy a leisurely morning taking in the diverse natural landforms and picturesque views before we continue to regional Ligatne to visit an underground Soviet Bunker. Built during the Cold War, the bunker shelters a unique exhibit of preserved historical artifacts from Soviet times. Our final destination for the day will be Dikli, where a delicious included meal awaits. (B,D)

Accommodation: Dikli Palace Hotel (or similar)

Day 6Dikli – Tartu

Today, we’ll set a course for the handsome town of Tartu, making a brief stop for a taste of the local beer at a traditional Estonian brewery. Following that, we’ll enjoy an orientation tour of Tartu with our knowledgeable Tour Leader – before having the evening free to relax back at our hotel or seek out a charming restaurant for some local cuisine. (B)

Accommodation: Dorpat Hotel (or similar)

Day 7Tartu – Lahemaa National Park – Tallinn

This morning we’ll head towards the Peipsi region, which straddles the border between Estonia and Russia. Near Mustvee, we’ll pay a visit to a fascinating community known as the ‘Old Believers’. After sharing tea and Krendel bread, we’ll enjoy a little fresh air and a tasty picnic before we get back on the road. Our next stop? Estonia’s largest national park, Lahemaa, where we’ll spend the afternoon exploring the fascinating ecosystem. Then: the winding streets and ancient castles of Tallinn await. Tonight, we’ll clink glasses over one final meal together and look back over what an incredible adventure it’s been. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Centennial Hotel (or similar)

Day 8Tallinn – Helsinki

This morning we’ll take the short ferry ride across the Baltic Sea from Tallinn to Helsinki – where our trip will come to a close. (B)

Dates and Prices: 2022
Departure Dates Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2022: May 7 $3,699 $4,439
2022: June 4 $3,699 $4,439
2022: July 2 $3,699 $4,439

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departure.

 

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.

 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected]  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes
Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage:  As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited.  You are allowed 1 x suitcase: 20 kg  and 158 cm total (Length plus Width must equal 158 cm) and 1 x Hand Bag / Small Back Pack

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