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.
For COVID-19 updates, please scroll down to our “Before You Depart” section.Did you know that you can make this tour private for your friends and family? Find out more about pricing and options for your group.
- 3 nights in Vilnius (Lithuania)
- 3 nights in Riga (Latvia)
- 3 nights in Tallinn (Estonia)
- Round-trip airfare from New York Area (either JFK or EWR) (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
- 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
Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.
Your fascinating sojourn to the Baltic Coast begins as you depart this evening on your overnight flight to Europe.
*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Vilnius on Day 2.
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 Vilnius Centre or similar | Dinner
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.
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.
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.
Hotel Radisson Blu Sky or similar | Breakfast
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.
| Breakfast, Dinner
Board your return flight. Your amazing journey ends as you arrive in New York later today.
*The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights today, on Day 11, in Tallinn.
Prices and dates below include round-trip airfare from the New York area (EWR or JFK). Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination.
Rates are based on double occupancy from the NY area (JFK or EWR).
Single Room Supplement is $449
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
Museum of Occupations & Freedom Fights
- From approx. $70 Per Person
The Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights was established in 1992. It is the only such museum in the Baltic States, housed in the former KGB prison, where residents of Lithuania who seemed suspicious to the occupation authorities were imprisoned. There are modern exhibitions telling about the loss of independence in the middle of the 20th century, repressions by Soviet authorities, and the self-sacrificing and persistent fight for independence.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Jewish Heritage Tour
- From approx. $70 Per Person
Explore the rich and turbulent history of the Jewish people in Riga on this fascinating tour.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
- From approx. $90 Per Person
Novotel Vilnius CentreVilnius
Gedimino a. 16
LT-01103, Vilnius, Lithuania
Wellton Riverside HotelRiga, Latvia
11. Novembra Krastmala 33, Centra Rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
Radisson Blu OlümpiaTallinn
An iconic hotel in the center of Tallinn.
Liivalaia 33, Tallinn, 10118, Estonia
Departing the U.S.: For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours has implemented some COVID-19 travel requirements which apply to all tours regardless of destination. To learn more, click here.
Returning to the U.S.: In accordance with U.S. entry requirements, smarTours will arrange testing for the group in destination. Full details and requirements can be accessed here. More details including cost will be added when available.
Note: If you are traveling with us on a land-only basis please share your travel plans with us and let us know if you will also need to be tested with the rest of the group.
Please note entry requirements are changing rapidly. For up-to-date information, please click the links below.
- Entry requirements
- State Department Travel Advisory Updates (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia)
- Center for Disease Control Updates & Information (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia)
Your flights from New York’s JFK Airport to the Baltics and back are on the following airlines and schedule. We recommend that you check-in 3 ½ hours before departure. Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.
|2022: All Dates||Finnair||New York (JFK)||TBA||TBA|
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
Actual seat assignment will be provided at the airport. You may call Finnair (877 757 7143) two weeks before the departure and provide them with your AAdvantage number. Please note that smarTours is not involved in either your seat assignment or in the crediting of miles. It is between you and the airlines! Also note, mileage accrual eligibility is subject to change without prior notice.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only starts upon independent check in at Vilnius hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary on the tour listed page and ends after breakfast at Tallinn hotel on Day 11 of the itinerary listed on our tour page.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visas are not required for American passport holders. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.
Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.
You may expect day time temperatures averaging in the 50’s and low 60’s in May and September, 60’s and 70’s in June through August. Nights will be cooler.
NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING
The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20-25 per meal per person. Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars. Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase maximum 44 pounds) and one carry-on piece not to exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.