Tallinn On the north-eastern edge of the Baltic Sea, Tallinn, the capital o...Read more >
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania may be small, but they are confident, outward-looking nations, each with their own identity and distinct culture. The countries' rich and colourful histories can be best appreciated in their capital cities, which all possess beautiful architecture, while the surrounding countryside features lakes, forests and wetlands, dotted with manor houses, medieval castles and splendid rococo churches.
Fly from London (regional connections available) to Tallinn, via Riga, with airBaltic. Transfer to the L’Ermitage Hotel (or similar) for a 3-night stay. Welcome drink. (N)Days 2-3: Tallinn
Morning walking tour of Tallinn, one of northern Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns. Founded in the early 13th century, Tallinn has been influenced by periods of Danish, German, Swedish and Russian control. Highlights include the gothic town hall and square, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Toompea castle, seat of Estonia’s parliament. Optional afternoon visit to Rocca al Mare open-air museum. Following day at leisure. (B)Day 4: Castles & Pärnu • Riga, Latvia
Drive to Riga in Latvia, stopping en route at the 13th-century ruins of Sigulda castle, Turaida castle in the Gauja valley and the beachside town of Pärnu. Stay 2 nights at the Opera Hotel & Spa. (B)Day 5: Riga
Morning tour of Riga, the Baltic’s largest and perhaps most beautiful city. The city’s extensive history has left a legacy of fine architecture, including art nouveau. Highlights include visits to the cathedral and an organ recital to hear the impressive acoustics in its Romanesque dome, the castle, St Peter’s Church and the House of Blackheads. Visit Riga Central Market and try some traditional Latvian delicacies. Afternoon at leisure. (B)Day 6: Rundale Palace • The Hill of Crosses •Vilnius, Lithuania
Morning journey across Latvia to Lithuania via Rundale Palace and the Hill of Crosses, a place of national pilgrimage. Continue to Vilnius and stay 2 nights at the newly opened Vilnia Hotel. (B)Day 7: Vilnius
Morning tour of Vilnius, including Cathedral Square, the Gate of Dawn, St Casimir’s Church, the Holy Spirit Church, the KGB museum and Gediminas Tower. Afternoon at leisure or optional visit to the picturesque 14th-century Trakai castle. (B)Day 8: Fly to London via Riga
Morning transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Riga, with airBaltic. (B)Meal basis:
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.Extensions
Pre- and post-tour extensions are available in Tallinn and Vilnius, and include 2 nights’ accommodation with arrival or departure transfers.Important information Locally escorted tour:
This tour is led in each destination en route by a local tour guide.Accessibility
Due to their layout and narrow, often cobbled, streets, the cities of the Baltic States are best explored on foot. The tour is not recommended for those with limited mobility.Superior tour
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.Tailor-made travel:
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.
Built in 1910 and located in the centre of Zahle, the Grand Hotel Kadri is a historic property that was used as a French Military headquarters and hospital during the First World War. The building has traditional Lebanese architecture and provides some of the best accommodation in the area. The hotel is well placed for exploring the ancient Roman ruins of Baalbek and Anjar and the onsite restaurant serves a selection of traditional and Lebanese cuisine including an outside terrace that is fully serviced.
The Opera Hotel & Spa is located facing the Opera Park in the central business district of Riga and is only a five minute walk to the old town and Latvian National Opera House. The 112 bright contemporary rooms feature natural fabrics and Italian design furniture and come equipped with free wireless internet access, a flatscreen television, safe and minibar. Both local and international cuisine is served in the hotel’s restaurant and, in summer, on the hotel’s sun terrace. The extensive spa centre offers 55 different treatments and features a large indoor relaxation pool, steam bath, sauna, Rasul bath, three treatment rooms and a relaxing bar offering healthy refreshments and snacks.
Hotel L'Ermitage is located on the edge of Tallinn's Old Town. The design of the hotel is contemporary and fresh, with stripped wooden floor and modern art work by local artists. All rooms at the property are bright and decorated with pastel colours. A breakfast buffet is served at the classically furnished hotel restaurant, which specialises in Estonian and international dishes. At the lobby bar, guests can relax in front of the fireplace and enjoy a wide range of drinks. Features: 91 rooms and suites, restaurant, bar, outdoor terrace, sauna, hot tub (additional charge) Room amenities: Wi-Fi throughout, air conditioning, room service, mini bar, safe
Low season from £2290 per person
High season from £2290 per person
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Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.
*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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