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Baltic States: Latvia, Lithuania & Estonia

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VILNIUS, RIGA, AND TALLINN

The beauty of the Baltics awaits on this delightful air-inclusive trip through Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. In Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, you’ll tour the city, admiring the stunning Baroque and Gothic architecture, along with the diverse culture. The next day, head west of the city to visit Trakai, a beautiful medieval-style castle surrounded by emerald-green lakes. Enjoy the picturesque countryside as we journey to Riga, Latvia’s capital, where you’ll be charmed by art nouveau architecture, cozy beer cellars, and unique cafes. Entering Estonia, you’ll travel along the scenic Baltic Coast en route to Tallinn. In this well-preserved medieval city, explore the colorful buildings, fascinating architecture, and quaint cultural attractions via cobblestone streets. Your trip ends with a visit to the Estonian Open Air Museum.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 3 nights in Vilnius (Lithuania)
  • 3 nights in Riga (Latvia)
  • 3 nights in Tallinn (Estonia)

Tour
Highlights

  • Baroque Architecture in Vilnius
  • Trakai Castle
  • Rundale Palace
  • Hill of Crosses
  • Dome Cathedral (Riga)
  • Russian Orthodox Dome Church (Tallinn)
  • Estonian Open Air Museum

Activity Level: Explorer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from New York Area (either JFK or EWR)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Europe transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at First Class hotels
  • 13 meals: 9 full buffet breakfasts (B) and 4 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
  • English-speaking Tour Director

Tour Itinerary

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Depart USA

Your fascinating sojourn to the Baltic Coast begins as you depart this evening on your overnight flight to Europe.

Arrive Vilnius (Lithuania)

Welcome to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. You are escorted to your hotel located within an easy walk to the old town. All around, you’ll witness the signs of a city and country prospering anew after years in the shadow of the Soviet Union. This evening, savor a welcome dinner at a cozy local restaurant. Novotel Hotel (D)

Vilnius

Boasting some of northern Europe’s most impressive Baroque architecture, central Vilnius skyline is adorned with domes and belfries. On the ground, you’ll discover a maze of winding narrow alleys lined with 18th century buildings with archways leading to cobbled yards. On a guided morning walking tour of Old Vilnius see Cathedral Square and the impressive Gedimino Tower. Later, visit the grounds of Vilnius University with its imposing inner courtyard; view the pristine Presidential Palace and see St. Anna church, a gem of gothic architecture. Afternoon is at your leisure and you may…

Trakai Excursion

As you travel west of the city today, view the Television Tower, symbol of Lithuania’s fight for independence. Proceed to Trakai, an enchanting medieval style castle, idyllically surrounded by emerald-green lakes. Tour the castle, now a museum, and admire the exhibits displaying treasures from the period when Lithuania ruled a vast area stretching from the Baltic to the Black Sea. Upon returning to Vilnius this afternoon, enjoy leisure time for independent exploration. (B)

Vilnius/Rundale/Riga

The pastoral countryside unfolds as you depart for Riga, the capital of neighboring Latvia. En route, visit splendid Rundale Palace, a baroque-style palace filled with opulent rococo furnishings. Continue to your next stop, the Hill of Crosses, a memorable photo opportunity of the thousands of crosses placed on a hill. Pope John Paul II visited the Hill of Crosses, declaring a place for hope, peace, love and sacrifice. Arrive in Riga later this afternoon and settle in your centrally located hotel. Tonight you are our guest for a special dinner. Radisson Blu Latvija

Riga

Explore the treasures of this Baltic tour gem, boasting distinctive medieval and art nouveau architecture. A local expert leads you on a tour of the well-preserved and lovingly restored Old Town. Here view the magnificent Dome Cathedral and the Powder Tower and walk through the maze of old, narrow cobblestone streets. Visit the Riga Central Market, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Riga Central Market has invariably remained in the very heart of Riga city, ensuring diverse shopping experience, a personal touch, lively conversation, tall tales and exuberant bargaining with the vendors….

Riga

Join a guided walking tour to discover the impressive Art Nouveau district. Here, view a large number of buildings constructed in the early 20th century and adorned with elaborate decorations. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore at your own pace. You may wish to visit the central market or one of the fascinating museums. (B)

Riga/Parnu/Tallinn (Estonia)

As you depart Riga today, proceed across the border to Estonia and journey along the unspoiled Baltic Coast to Parnu, a lovely seaside resort. Arrive in Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, and one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. Nordic Forum Hotel (B)

Tallinn (Estonia)

Tallinn is certain to enchant any visitor! Thick ancient walls surround this medieval port town. The winding cobblestone streets are filled with old red-tiled roof houses and distinctive medieval age buildings. Your guided morning tour begins in the Upper Old Town where Tallinn was founded in the 12th century. Here, you may enjoy a breathtaking view of the attractive rooftops. Visit the ornate Russian Orthodox Dome Church before descending to the Lower Old Town where you’ll see the medieval Town Hall and bustling Town Hall Square. The afternoon offers plenty of opportunities to discover…

Tallinn

Today visit the Estonian Open Air Museum to be able to experience rural Estonia filled with recreated 18th – 20th century villages. This evening join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner. (B,D)

Tallinn/USA

Board your return flight. Your amazing journey ends as you arrive in New York later today. (B)

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Rates are based on double occupancy from New York (JFK).
Single Room Supplement: $449

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received within 48 hours of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

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Jurmala Excursion

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  • From approx. 65, Euro per person

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Reviews

Carmen

My experience with these countries was excellent. This was my second tour with SmarTours. I liked very much Lithuania with no car traffic, and not too many tourists. The hotels were very good, some need to mopped their floors... I had to ask. The food was very good, and the tour manager, Stephen was excellent. I liked very much his suggestions, and he gaved me the right directions to take an optional by myself. It was so good that I did it twice. Many things to see, and many art sculptures, etc. to take photos. Also many beautiful places, and things to buy. I love photography, and I found lots of opportunities for taking them, and videos. I liked the music, and there were artists everywhere. The only problem I got was when got home, I had a teak in my tight probably from the Open Air Museum. I had to deal with lyme disease, 14 days on antibiotics, and probiotics. So be careful, and check yourself when you walk. I really recommend this excursion, very beautiful! I even bought a sculpture that I am enjoying it every day at home. I loved that I could sleep a little more than in other excursions...some time we went out at 9 a.m. which is perfect when on vacations. Thanks again to Stephan, and the well-planned excursions. I even enjoyed the Music Festival in Estonia, we were lucky!

Carl

Our recent trip to the Baltics + Berlin was our first with SmarTours. We've done several with other groups. We took the land package only because we wanted to go to Vilnius, Lithuania early and stay in Berlin longer so we can't comment on the travel part of the trip. The two tour guides, one in the Baltics and one in Berlin, were both very knowledgable, able organizers, quite accessible and helpful with information on sights not covered in depth by the tour but possible to see during free afternoons. The small size of the group was a real plus - not having listening devices would not have worked had the group been larger. The hotels were just fine and very well located in all four cities - that was a very big plus. We would have liked more time in all the towns, but particularly in Tellinn, Estonia, because there's much to see and do beyond the 1 day stay. We liked that there was ample free time in each place to explore on your own and go to museums and galleries that a tour can't include. Two of the four dinners provided on the tour were very good, the other two were mediocre. On the whole, we'd definitely recommend SmarTours and hope to take another tour with them.
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