Baltic Adventure
13 days from Vilnius to Helsinki
From $ 2099
Duration13 days

Decades after the fall of communism, the Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia remain a mystery to most travellers. We’re not complaining, though; more mystery means fewer crowds and an easier time getting to know these fantastic countries. Beginning in charming cobblestoned Vilnius and ending in beautiful Helsinki, this two-week trip gets to the very heart of the region. Get an up-close glimpse of Riga’s castles and art district, experience rural life in Estonia, and venture into the fortresses and medieval architecture of Tallinn before crossing to Finland by ferry. Make the Baltics your special travel secret.

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  • Duration: 13 days
    Service level: Standard
  • Starts in: Vilnius
    Physical Grading: Light
  • Ends in: Helsinki
    Ages: 12+
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Day 1: Vilnius

Start place: Vilnius

We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this charming city.

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
Arrive at any time.

End place: Vilnius

Day 2: Vilnius

Start place: Vilnius

Spend free time walking through charming old town or searching out artist havens and modern statues.

Multi-faceted, puzzling, a heady mix of old and new, Vilnius has all the glories of a royal past, the troubling reminders of wartime and Communist atrocities and a vibrant forward-looking outlook.
Visit Trakai Castle. Enjoy optional activities like the Frank Zappa monument, the breakaway Republic of Uzupis, a giant egg statue, the Gediminas tower and castle museum, and the KGB Museum.

End place: Vilnius

Meals: B
Day 3: Vilnius/Nida

Start place: Vilnius

The Curonian Spit is a long, thin sand dune that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. This spit is shared by Lithuania and Kalingrad, Russia's westernmost oblast.

The forested hills used to be the site of dancing and gathering during Pagan festivals. Now, the hills are dotted with wooden statues created by local artists, depicting witches, dragons, and the elements. Some of the statues tell stories of the local legends and folklore, bringing the region to life with their intricate carvings.

Travel by public bus to the UNESCO-listed Curonian Spit. Visit the Parnidis dune in the evening.
Meals: B
Day 4: Nida
Enjoy an included bicycle tour around the Hill of Witches and a visit to sea bird colonies.
Meals: B
Day 5: Nida/Riga
Explore the narrow streets on foot and get better acquainted with the city known as "the Paris of the East". Opt to visit St Peter's Church, where we ascend the spire by lift, for a fantastic view over the city.
Cross the border into Latvia and head to the capital, Riga. Options for this charming city include visiting the Occupation Museum, the Riga Art Nouveau Centre, Riga Castle, the Andrejsala artists' district, or just wandering the cobblestone streets.

End place: Riga

Meals: B
Day 6: Riga

Start place: Riga

Enjoy a guided tour and a lunch of treats from the Central Market. Spend a free afternoon exploring the city. A lunch of treats from the Central Market.

End place: Riga

Meals: B, L
Day 7: Riga/Kuressaare

Start place: Riga

Saaremaa is a remote island in the Baltic Sea with unique traditions and heritage. Thatched roof houses, stone walls, and windmills make up this fairytale landscape.

Enjoy three nights on a farm outside the main city of Kuressaare.


Cross the border to Estonia and get the local experience with three nights on a farm in Saaremaa. In the area there is canoeing on the Nasva river, fishing, and island visits. Opt to travel into the capital of Saaremaa, Kuressare, for a folk evening with traditional music. Enjoy dinner on the farm.

End place: Kuressaare

Meals: B, D
Day 8: Kuressaare

Start place: Kuressaare

Enjoy a tour of Saaremaa including a visit to the Kaali meteorite lake, bakeries, and windmills. Opt to visit the local breweries. Enjoy dinner on the farm.

End place: Kuressaare

Meals: B, D
Day 9: Kuressaare

Start place: Kuressaare

Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to visit some of the ancient churches or natural sites like the lake, the Panga Cliff, and the Pühatu Springs. Enjoy dinner on the farm.

End place: Kuressaare

Meals: B, D
Day 10: Kuressaare/Tallinn

Start place: Kuressaare

Travel to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Fall in love with this medieval town. Enjoy an included visit to Kadriorg Palace.

End place: Tallinn

Meals: B
Day 11: Tallinn

Start place: Tallinn

Spend a free day exploring this medieval city. Use your free time to visit the Museum of the Occupation, the Dome Church, the open air museum, go sea kayaking, visit the beaches, or relax in a sauna.

End place: Tallinn

Meals: B
Day 12: Tallinn/Helsinki

Start place: Tallinn

Travel by ferry to the charming capital city of Helsinki. Enjoy an afternoon in the Scandinavian city with an orientation walk and free time.

End place: Helsinki

Meals: B
Day 13: Helsinki

Start place: Helsinki

Depart at any time.

End place: Helsinki

Meals: B

Inclusions

Included

  • Trakai Castle visit (Vilnius)
  • Curonian Spit bike tour
  • Riga city tour
  • Saaremaa guided village tour
  • Kadriorg Palace visit (Tallinn)
  • Orientation walk (Helsinki)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Transport

    Public bus, Ferry, Walking, Bike, Private vehicle
  • Accommodation

    Hotels (9 nts), Farm stay (3 nts)
  • Meals

    12 breakfasts,
    1 lunches,
    3 dinners

Dates & availability: Baltic Adventure

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