Discover the enchanting trifecta of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, where an intriguing blend of cultures, histories, and splendid scenery flourishes along the Baltic Sea. Marvel at fairy-tale villages and magnificent landscapes and discover Gothic and baroque masterpieces in the timeless capitals of Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn. As we follow in the footsteps of crusading knights and bohemian artisans, explore the evocative ramparts of medieval castles and get immersed in the natural allure of lush wetlands, pine forests, and verdant valleys in the national parks of Latvia and Estonia.

Trip highlights

Enjoy walking tours of the captivating and well-preserved UNESCO World Heritage–designated historic centres of Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn.

Glimpse the Baltic legacy of Soviet resistance at Šiauliai’s Hill of Crosses, and visit an infamous World War II prison.

Experience the region’s natural treasures on hiking, birding, and cable car excursions in pristine national parks.

Try your hand at Lithuanian pottery, and savour distinctive local cuisines.

Itinerary - 11 Days

1 Vilnius, Lithuania

Arrive in Vilnius and settle into our hotel, located in the heart of the capital’s medieval old town. Gather for a welcome reception and dinner.

2-3 Vilnius/Kaunas/Trakai

Amble along cobblestoned lanes on a guided tour of Vilnius’s UNESCO–designated historic centre, admiring the 500-year-old Gothic towers of St. Anne’s Church and the 16th-century Gate of Dawn. After lunch, head to the bohemian neighbourhood of Uzupis for a guided tour and visit a local pottery workshop. The following morning, travel to Kaunas to see the Ninth Fort prison and delve into its devastating role during World War II; then tour the baroque Pažaislis monastery. Continue to the picturesque island castle of Trakai and learn about its medieval Karaite Jewish community. Back in Vilnius, enjoy an evening at your leisure.

4 Šiauliai/Riga, Latvia

Travel northwest to Šiauliai, gateway to the legendary Hill of Crosses, where countless crucifixes were re-erected as symbols of resistance to the Soviet regime. Discover the baroque Palace of Rundāle and its sumptuous gardens. Continue to Riga, the capital of Latvia and largest city in the Baltics. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

5-6 Riga/Ķemeri National Park

Go on a walking tour of Riga's UNESCO-recognized centre, passing wooden houses, art nouveau architecture, and lively cafés; and venture into its 14th-century castle. Marvel at the Latvian National Opera, a 19th-century architectural masterpiece. Sample Latvian flavors during lunch at a local restaurant. The following day, travel east to the town of Jūrmala, home to charming wooden houses and white-sand beaches. Enjoy a walking tour of this seaside town before continuing to Ķemeri National Park, known for its lush wetlands and natural hot springs. Embark on a guided hike along one of the park’s many paths, looking for a variety of birds.

7 Gauja National Park/Cēsis

Drive north into the enchanting Gauja Valley. Intersected by the Gauja River, the sprawling Gauja National Park is the oldest and largest of Latvia’s national parks and spans a diverse terrain of pine forests, sandstone outcrops, historic towns, and cultural monuments. Venture to Sigulda, nestled in a forested valley and surrounded by stunning views; and get a glimpse of life during medieval times at the 13th-century ruins of the Castle of Livonian Order, walking its ramparts and ascending one of the towers. Embark on a scenic hike in the park, then soar over the Gauja Valley in a cable car. Later, transfer for our hotel in the medieval town of Cēsis.

8 Cēsis/Valmiera/Tallinn, Estonia

Set off on a morning hike through the verdant hills surrounding Cēcis’s castle walls. Continue to Valmiera, bisected by the Gauja River, and stop for lunch at a local brewery. Enjoy a scenic drive to Tallinn.

9 Tallinn

Enclosed by walls and turrets, Tallinn’s Hanseatic old town is one of the Baltic’s best-preserved medieval cities. On a walking tour of this World Heritage site, meander along winding cobblestoned streets, passing defensive towers, Gothic spires, and medieval merchant houses. Visit the baroque-style Kadriorg Palace, built by Peter the Great; and ascend Toompea Hill, the historic stomping grounds of the gentry. This afternoon, discover centuries of Estonian history at the open-air museum near seaside Rocca al Mare.

10 Lahemaa National Park/Tallinn

Spend a magical morning immersed in the pristine landscapes of Lahemaa National Park, including a stop at Jägala Waterfall and a walk through the Viru bog. Visit Sagadi manor house and Altja fishing village. After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a final afternoon at leisure, then gather with your fellow travellers for a farewell reception and dinner at a local restaurant.

11 Tallinn

Following breakfast, transfer to the airport and connect to your flight home.

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