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Baltic Adventure
Vilnius to Helsinki
13 days
Tour code: EXVS

Highlights

Explore the charming and enigmatic Baltic countries, ride a bike around the coastal dunes of Lithuania's Curonian Spit, picnic in beautiful Riga, live like a local on a farm in Estonia, wander the charming streets of Helsinki.

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.

What's included?

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Meals

12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

Transport

Public bus, ferry, walking, bike, private vehicle.

Accommodation

Hotels (9 nts), farm stay (3 nts).

Included activities

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.

Itinerary

Day 1
Vilnius
Arrive at any time.

Included activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2
Vilnius
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.

Transport: Local bus

Included activities: Trakai Castle Visit

Optional activities:

  • Frank Zappa Monument Visit
  • Gediminas Tower Visit
  • KGB Museum Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 3
Vilnius - Nida
Travel by public bus to the UNESCO-listed Curonian Spit. Visit the Parnidis dune in the evening.

Transport: Local bus

Meals: breakfast

Day 4
Nida
Enjoy an included bicycle tour around the Hill of Witches and a visit to sea bird colonies.

Included activities: Hill of Witches Bicycle Tour

Optional activities:

  • Nida Lighthouse
  • Ethnographic Fisherman's Museum

Meals: breakfast

Day 5
Nida - Riga
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.

Transport: Local bus

Optional activities:

  • Andrejsala Artists' District
  • Saint Peter's Church

Meals: breakfast

Day 6
Riga
Enjoy a guided tour and a lunch of treats from the Central Market. Spend a free afternoon exploring the city.

Included activities: Riga Guided Tour

Optional activities:

  • Museum of the Occupation of Latvia Visit
  • Riga Art Nouveau Centre Visit
  • Riga Castle Visit

Meals: breakfastlunch

Day 7
Riga - 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.

Transport: Local bus, Boat

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 8
Kuressaare
Enjoy a tour of Saaremaa including a visit to the Kaali meteorite lake, bakeries, and windmills. Opt to visit the local breweries.

Included activities: Saaremaa Guided Tour

Optional activities:

  • Kuressaare Castle
  • Abruka Lighthouse

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 9
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.

Optional activities:

  • Sightseeing Saaremaa
  • Kuressaare Castle
  • Abruka Lighthouse
  • Pühatu Springs

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 10
Kuressaare - Tallinn
Travel to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Fall in love with this medieval town. Enjoy an included visit to Kadriorg Palace.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Included activities: Kadriorg Palace Visit

Optional activities:

  • Bike tour around Tallinn
  • Peter the Great Museum
  • Kadriorg Palace Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 11
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.

Optional activities:

  • Occupation Museum Visit
  • Dome Church and Toompea Hill Visit
  • Old Town Visit
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Bike tour around Tallinn
  • Peter the Great Museum
  • Kadriorg Palace Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 12
Tallinn - Helsinki
Travel by ferry to the charming capital city of Helsinki. Enjoy an afternoon in the Scandinavian city with an orientation walk and free time.

Transport: Ferry

Included activities: Orientation Walk

Optional activities:

  • Ateneum Art Museum
  • Suomenlinna Sea Fortress
  • Seurasaari Open-Air Museum
  • Bike tour of Helsinki

Meals: breakfast

Day 13
Helsinki
Depart at any time.

Included activities: Departure Day

Meals: breakfast

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