Classic Baltics

Classic Baltics

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Classic Baltics

8 Days Starting in Vilnius and ending in Tallinn

Visiting: Vilnius, Riga, Saaremaa Island, Tallinn

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Tour code:

AMKG

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 12

Physical rating:

Low, Low

Age range:

15-99 years

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Small Group

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Tour Overview

Uncover the cultural wonders and historical riches of three fascinating countries on an 8-day tour through Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Wander the beautiful Old Town of Vilnius and learn about its complex modern history. Discover Riga’s Art Nouveau architecture and feast on Latvian cuisine at the city’s vast Central Market. Unwind in a log cabin set among evergreen forest on Saaremaa Island, sharing a meal of local favourites with your fellow travellers, and finish in Estonia’s cool capital, Tallinn. This tour takes in historic cities, a pristine wooded island and unique Baltic cultures – all while taking you well off the typical tourist trail.

Highlights

  • Cruise the historic shipyards and sights of Gdansk on a galleon-style ship, the perfect vessel that reveals the maritime and political history of this port city.

  • Tour the remnants of Wolf’s Lair, an important military headquarters used by Hitler during the battle for the Eastern Front in WWII.

  • Stalk along the ramparts of one of the world’s largest brick castles, Malbork, a beautifully-preserved fortress completed in 1406.

  • Discover the treasures of Riga – both historic and culinary – on a walking tour through the narrow cobbled streets of the Old Town with snack stops along the way.

  • Take a breath of pine-scented air during a relaxing and restful stay on Saaremaa, the largest island in Estonia, which is known for its heavy forest coverage and traditional villages.

  • See the best of the Baltics in a week – soaking up centuries of history, getting a taste of the region’s hearty cuisine and meeting plenty of locals along the way.

  • Join a local guide to discover the best bits of Vilnius, from its legendary beginnings and UNESCO-listed Old Town to its tiny independent republic, Uzupis.

  • Discover the treasures of Riga – both historic and culinary – on a walking tour through the cobbled streets of the Old Town followed by a Latvian lunch at the lively Central Market.

  • Take a breath of pine-scented air during a relaxing stay on forest-covered Saaremaa, the largest island in Estonia, sharing a dinner of local favourites before snoozing the night away in a log cabin.

  • See some of the region’s finest art and stroll through manicured gardens at Tallinn’s Kadriorg Palace Art Museum, a grand baroque building built by Peter the Great.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Vilnius
Location: Vilnius
Accommodation: Hotel

Labas! Welcome to Lithuania. Tonight you’ll attend an important welcome meeting at 6 pm at the hotel. Afterwards, you’ll have the option to join your leader and new travel companions for dinner at a local restaurant. If you arrive early, spend some time getting to know Vilnius. This charming capital is remarkably green and oozes history – but hip bars, cool cafes and a plethora of street art add a modern twist that makes it a joy to explore.

Day 2: Vilnius
Location: Vilnius
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast

This morning, join the group for a city tour led by a local guide. Pass through Cathedral Square and the UNESCO-listed Old Town, and learn about the legend of Vilnius' creation and the prestigious history of Vilnius University. Continue to the painting of Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn, a famed painting of the Virgin Mary that adorns the 16th-century city gates. The afternoon is yours to spend as you wish. Maybe take a hike to Gediminas Castle Tower or check out expansive views from the lofty TV tower – the latter is Lithuania’s tallest building and the location of a history-making event on 13 January 1991, when Lithuania gained independence from the Soviet Union. Alternatively, you could spend an hour or two exploring the tiny independent republic of Uzupis, which was declared in 1997. Ask your leader for more recommendations.

Included Activities:
-Vilnius - Walking Tour with Local Guide

Optional Activities:
-Vilnius - University Museum
-Vilnius - National Museum
-Trakai - History Museum & Castle
-Vilnius - Gediminas Castle Tower
-Vilnius - TV Tower
-Museum

Day 3: Riga
Location: Riga
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

Hop aboard a comfortable public bus to Riga, Latvia. On arrival, transfer to the hotel, located a short walk from the symbolic Freedom Monument – or, as she's affectionately known to the locals, Milda. Head out on a guided walk with your leader, navigating the narrow, cobbled streets to discover the key sights of the Old Town. You’ll stop for lunch at the sprawling Central Market, housed within five repurposed Zepellin hangars. Countless stalls feature everything from local pastries and traditional Latvian soups to tempura and fried chicken. Opt to try a few local specialities – such as Riga Black Balsam, an herbal liqueur – before digging into a meal made from fresh, seasonal Latvian produce.

Included Activities:
-Riga - Central Market Visit
-Riga - Leader-led orientation walk

Day 4: Riga
Location: Riga
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast

Enjoy a free day getting to know Riga at your own pace. Most of the Art Nouveau architecture for which the city is famed is located in a neighbourhood known as 'the quiet centre'. A leisurely stroll along the canal that intersects the city's central park is another popular optional outing, as is a visit to one of its many museums. The National Museum of Art, located only a few minutes' walk from the hotel, is particularly impressive. Perhaps take in views of the city with a drink at a rooftop cafe (your leader will be able to make some recommendations) or, if the weather is right, make the trip to the popular beach resort town of Jurmala (30 minutes by train).

Optional Activities:
-Riga - Beer Spa
-Riga - St Peter's Tower
-Riga - Riverboat Cruise
-Riga - Museum of War - Free
-Riga - Mentzendorff's House
-Riga - Latvian National Museum of Art

Day 5: Saaremaa Island
Location: Saaremaa Island
Accommodation: Cabin
Meals Included: breaksfast, dinner

Rise early for the trip to Saaremaa island, the largest island in Estonia, by private minivan and public ferry. This heavily forested island is known among Estonians as the perfect place to relax in nature, and you’ll see soon why. Arrive in the island's south by late afternoon and transfer to your accommodation for the evening. You’ll stay in a cosy locally-owned property, surrounded by forests – a lovely spot to unplug after a few days of city escapades. A private room in a charming log cabin will be your home for the night. You may like to take a walk in the woods and work up an appetite for a dinner of hearty local favourites, perhaps Baltic herrings and potatoes with dill to fill you up.

Day 6: Tallinn
Location: Tallinn
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast

After breakfast, head to the biggest town on the island, Kuressaare. One of the biggest draws is Kuressaare Castle – one of Estonia’s best preserved fortresses, complete with terracotta conical spires and a shimmering moat. Opt to spend some time exploring the castle grounds and accompanying museum to learn more about life on Saaremaa throughout the ages. Later, hop on a public bus to the Estonian capital of Tallinn. Tonight's accommodation is in Tallinn's atmospheric Old Town, which is packed with tempting dining options for your free evening.

Day 7: Tallinn
Location: Tallinn
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast

Today, your leader will get you acquainted with the key sights of Tallinn on an orientation walk. Then you’ll take a tram to the outskirts of the city to visit Kadriorg Palace Art Museum. Commissioned by Peter the Great in the early 18th century, this fine example of Baroque architecture features fabulous frescoes, decorative stucco and elaborate, colourful gardens – and of course, an impressive collection of early European and Russian art. Return later that day (your ticket is open so when you head back is up to you), perhaps opting to hire a bike for some active sightseeing, or continuing the cultural immersion at more of the city’s museums. Tonight, you might like to head out with the group for one last Estonian meal together, washed down with a glass of kali, a fizzy drink made from boiled rye bread.

Included Activities:
-Tallinn - Kadriorg Palace Art Museum

Optional Activities:
-Tallinn - Kiek in de Kök Tower Museum
-Tallinn - Estonian History Museum
-Tallinn - City Bike Tour
-Tallinn - TV Tower
-Tallinn - City Museum
-Tallinn - Peter The Great Museum

Day 8: Tallinn
Location: Tallinn
Meals Included: breaksfast

Time to say farewell to your fellow travellers – your trip ends this morning after breakfast. There are no activities planned for today, but Tallinn has a lot to offer and there's plenty to keep you busy for a few more days. Let us know in advance if you’d like us to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).

What's Included

  • Saaremaa Island - Home-Cooked Dinner

  • Gdansk - Westerplatte and Gdansk Shipyards Boat Cruise

  • Malbork - Castle Visit

  • Masurian Lakes - Boat Tour on Niegocin Lake

  • Wolf's Lair - Walking Tour with Local Guide

  • Wolf's Lair - Entrance

  • Riga - Foodie Walk with your Leader

  • Riga - Central Market Visit

  • Vilnius - Walking Tour with Local Guide

  • Meals

    7 breakfasts, 1 dinners

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What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • International Travel

Accommodation

  • The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline only and may change. On some occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our preferred accommodation. In these cases, we will use a similar standard of accommodation.
  • Throughout the trip, we request that our properties prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However, this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination or on some trips, have use of shared day rooms until all rooms are available.

Included Activities

  • Gdansk - Westerplatte and Gdansk Shipyards Boat Cruise
  • Malbork - Castle Visit
  • Wolf's Lair - Walking Tour with Local Guide
  • Wolf's Lair - Entrance
  • Masurian Lakes - Boat Tour on Niegocin Lake
  • Vilnius - Walking Tour with Local Guide
  • Riga - Foodie Walk with your Leader
  • Riga - Central Market Visit
  • Saaremaa Island - Home-Cooked Dinner

Transport

  • PRIVATE VEHICLES
  • Our private vehicles are locally sourced and are air conditioned and comfortable, which makes travelling enjoyable. On some days we will be covering long distances, which will make these days feel longer, however spectacular views and interesting stops along the way make up for it.
  • PUBLIC BUSES
  • This trip covers some distances by public buses. Buses in the Baltic States can range from high standard coaches with reclining seats and air-conditioning to Soviet era vehicles for shorter distances. But half the fun of travel is the travelling itself, and that's why we like to travel the local way wherever feasible.

Important Information

  • 1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 5 (farmstay) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    No

  • Are international flights included in this tour?

    No

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes if aged 15+ and accompanied by an adult

  • Is this trip right for you

    We recommend packing light and smart for this trip as you'll be required to carry your own luggage between train and bus stations and hotels, which can include going up and down multiple flights of stairs, and across cobblestones.

    This trip covers a lot in a week, so there are some long drives. However, all travel is in comfortable private vehicle or public bus, with one ferry ride. Please review the itinerary for details.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Since 2002, The Intrepid Foundation has supported over 130 organisations across the world. We’re creating positive impact through the joy of travel, community and connection.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Over 50% of traveller travel solo with Intrepid. You can choose to share a room with another solo travelle of the same sex for no additional charge, or choose to pay a single supplement if you’d like your own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room

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    From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

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    This policy excludes all Polar trips and select adventure cruises, where testing and vaccination remains a requirement. Please refer to the Essential Trip Information of your chosen tour for more details.

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