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8 Day Tour of Russia - Baltic Beauties

Check out three sparklers in the Baltic divide - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Medieval cities with cobbled streets, chocolate box scenes and more!

Estonia - Baltic StatesDay 1
Welcome to Estonia and the start of your holiday! Meet and Greet group arrival transfer from Tallinn Airport. Shaking off the shackles of Soviet rule in 1991 Estonia (and neighbouring Latvia and Lithuania) have become a popular tourist destination. Sparkling with kaleidoscopic history, culture and architecture, Tallinn - the capital of the Northernmost is the smallest of the Baltic states. Tallinn is a walker-friendly city and offers an enchanting mix of church spires, medieval turrets and cobblestone streets in it’s World-Heritage listed Old Town. This afternoon, enjoy a sights tour taking in the medieval ambience of the Old Town. We’ll stroll around Raekoja Plats (Town Hall Square) which boasts the only surviving Gothic town hall in Europe and Vene - an old Russian merchant quarter now home to Tallinn’s many restaurants. We’ll also view Tallinn port, Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn Song Bowl, the national library and more.
Overnight - Tallinn

Day 2: Tallinn – breakfast
Continuing our discoveries in the Old Town, we stroll the fascinating narrow streets and alleyways which give way to medieval towers, churches and shopfronts that were once the preserve of wealthy merchants. On Pikk (long street), the street is lined with the houses of medieval German merchants. At the northern end of this street, is the Great Coast Gate, the medieval exit to Tallinn Port. It’s joined to Paks Margareeta (Fat Margaret), a rotund 16-th century bastion which protected the entrance to the city in bygone days.We also take in the upper part of the Old Town known as Toompea where we view the Parliament Building, Aleksander Nevsky Cathedral - one of many Orthodox cathedrals built as part of a general wave of Russification in the last quarter of the 19th century, Toomkirik (the Dome Church) and either St Olav’s or St Nicholas’ church. Perhaps make your way to the restaurant precinct on Vene tonight? Vodka anyone?!
Overnight - Tallinn

Day 3: Tallinn - Riga - breakfast
Our departure south at around Noon by bus, has us arriving into Riga, the cosmopolitan big-boy capital of neighbouring Latvia late this afternoon. Riga has a reputation across the Baltics for offering an enviable restaurant and entertainment scene. In summer, tables and chairs spill out onto Doma laukums and the open-air plaza along the Kalku iela thoroughfare. Here, you’ll find nocturnal entertainment.
Overnight – Riga

Day 4: Riga – breakfast
Hello Riga! Cosmopolitan Riga, located on the banks of the Daugava River boasts the world’s best collection of Art-Nouveau architecture on Alberta iela, a city market founded in 1201 and housed in mammoth-sized WW1 Zeppelin hangers, elegant cathedrals, churches and of course, the city’s celebrated Old Town. We enjoy a walking tour of Old Riga taking in the humungous brick Doma baznica (Dome cathedral) at Doma laukums - the centrepoint of the Old Town, the House of Blackheads - a curious monicker for a 14-th century building reconstructed for Riga’s 800th birthday celebrations, St Peter’s Church (where one can opt to climb it’s Gothic steeple for awesome views across Riga), St Jacob’s Cathedral which is the seat of Riga’s Roman Catholic archbishopric, the 14-th century Powder Tower and the Three Brothers - a quaint row of medieval houses. Number 17 dates from the 15-th century, making it Riga’s oldest house! We’ll also pay one of Riga’s museums a visit. Free time. Riga’s nightlife is abuzz and the restaurant scene is thriving. Why ration your passion?
Overnight – Riga

Day 5: Riga - Vilnius – breakfast
Today, we’ll undertake further sightseeing of Riga by mini-bus. East of Old Riga’s confined streets, the city opens out into a band of parks and wide boulevards laid out in the 19th century. Along many of these boulevards are some of the finest examples surviving in Europe of buildings constructed and adorned in the Art-Nouveau style. C ontinue to the ‘Lido’ where we can buy lunch and relax. Late this afternoon, we depart Riga by bus arriving in Vilnius later this evening.
Overnight - Vilnius

Day 6: Vilnius – breakfast
Boasting Europe’s largest Baroque Old Town, the beautiful and bewitching capital of Lithuania is littered with awesome chocolate-box architecture redolent of Prague. The city’s heart is Katedros Aikste (Cathedral Square), with the cathedral on the north side and historic Gediminas Hill rising behind. Our walking tour takes in the Old Town including the defence wall, City Hall, St Anne’s Church - a Gothic jewel, SS Peter and Paul’s Church and Vilnius University - founded in 1579. With 12 courtyards interlinked by passages and gates from the surrounding streets, it’s great for a little exploration. Free time. Perhaps head to Pilies gatve (Castle Street) which forms the hub of the city’s cafe and bar scene.
Overnight - Vilnius

Day 7: Vilnius – breakfast
Beyond Vilnius we visit the old Lithuanian capital of Trakai, situated amongst picturesque islands and lakes in the centre Trakai National Park. Crossing footbridges to an island on Lake Galve, we explore the 14-th century red-brick Gothic castle, which was one of two built to fend of the German knights. The castle boasts a triangular outer courtyard which is separated by a moat from the main tower, a cavernous central court and numerous galleries.
Overnight - Vilnius

Day 8: Vilnius – breakfast
Hotel checkout. End of arrangements.

Whats Included?

7 breakfasts * 7 nights 3 star superior tourist class hotels * Airport arrival transfers included if flying by EasyJet into Tallinn & arriving on day 1 * Guided sightseeing (combination walking/coach touring) - Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius and Trakai * English speaking tour leader for groups of 6 or more * Relevant transfers on tour incl. bus Tallinn - Riga - Vilnius * Entrance fees included to museums

Prices?
£449 GBP per person (Single Supplement - £179 GBP) - BOOK NOW

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