Duration: 7 days
Travel type: Cross-border travel
Arrival to the capital of Lithuania
Our Baltic tour starts in Vilnius. After check-in at the hotel, we make first acquaintance with this unique city. Vilnius, the baroque beauty of the Baltic, is a city of immense allure. During our tour, you will see Gediminas tower. In a country better known as a flat expanse of birched woodland, a city centre hill does stick out somewhat, the castle atop it the sore thumb. This exceptional mound has formed much of the city’s defensive alarm system since the 10th century and is home to Gediminas Tower, the lasting part of the castle, which strikes a popular pose above Vilnius, from where it also offers panoramic views of the Old Town below. Among other things, you go to the Gate of Dawn. The sole surviving example of the five gates that once ringed and protected Vilnius, Gates of Dawn (Ausros Vartai) represents the site of a Renaissance chapel and one of the main entrances to the historical city center.Originally built during the first two decades of the 16th century, the gates from outside the defensive city walls appear as an imposing and solidly built tower. On the reverse side, however, the gate frames an ornate church straddling the tunnel. Then you are on your way to the Church of St. Anne that impress you with its expressive towers, countless arches, hundreds of artworks, neat metal gates and many other embellishments. Most impressive part of the church is its facade. Brick here is used in a novel way for its time, adapting to the trendy Flamboyant Gothic style with ogee arks. Here have been used 33 diverse kinds of brick.Interior, including the altar, was shaped in Baroque style, but it is more restrained than the beautiful facade. In the evening you will reach a nice hotel. Check-in at hotel and overnight stay.
After breakfast, proceed to enjoy wonderful views across the rooftops. Enjoy panoramic sightseeing of famous places. Its fascinating yet sometimes harrowing history remains palpable, from its splendid Baroque Old Town to painful memories of a WWII-era Jewish ghetto, but this is a city with a youthful energy, and it’s on an undeniable upswing. Here you will immerse in the unique atmosphere which you can feel in the stones of ancient buildings, narrow streets and cosy cafes.
In the evening you come back to the hotel.
The heart and soul of Latvia
After breakfast and check-out we arrive to Riga (Capital of Latvia). After a short break hurry up to explore and enjoy panoramic sightseeing in Riga. We visit Freedom Monument that symbolizes Latvian statehood, national unity, independence and freedom. The woman on top of the monument is holding up three golden stars, which represent Latvia’s historical regions of Kurzeme, Vidzeme, and Latgale. The motto “For the Fatherland and Freedom” is inscribed upon the base. You can see representations of Latvian culture, imagined in the form of folk characters and historical events, immortalized forever in stone. Designed by a well known Latvian scupltor Karlis Zale, the monument took around 4 years to construct and was paid for by the people of
Latvia, who came together to raise the money to make a monument that did the country justice. In the afternoon we visit the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia. This museum dedicated to the Nazi and Soviet occupations of Latvia is now located in the former US embassy on Raiņa bulvāris. The various exhibits display the atrocities committed against the people of Latvia and the systematic destruction of their nation’s sovereignty. You can catch a glimpse of the intolerable living conditions of Siberian labour camps and see firsthand how Latvians managed to keep their spirits up in this frozen wasteland. Later you have transfer to the hotel. After checking-in at the hotel you have time to relax and share the impressions of this day.
Sightseeing in the biggest metropolis in the Baltics
After breakfast, proceed for Riga local sightseeing visiting the most magnificent places. House of Blackheads, a venue for exhibitions, concerts and other events, is a landmark of Riga Old City and the Latvian capital’s most magnificent edifice. The House of the Blackheads has for almost 700 years been delighting Riga residents and guests. This is one of the most colorful buildings
in Riga, which contains a very unique historical legacy about the legendary brotherhood of the Blackheads, as well as the history of the Latvian capital. It is worth visiting Latvia War Museum.The museum target is to open to the society the complicate military-political history of Latvia, in particular the 20th century. In the beginning of the World War II Latvia had lost state independence, the occupation authority has been changed tree times – at the beginning Soviet, then German, then again Soviet occupation regime. Latvians had been compelled to fight on the both sides – among Hitler Germany solders as well as among Soviet Red army troopers. The exposition’ authors do not speak about the right side, contrary – visitor is instigated to make a suggestion that both sides have not been right. Our next stop is Cat House. Wrought-copper cats stand on the corner turrets of a building facing the Great Guild on Līvu Square, their backs arched and tails poised as if readying for the final leap. The famous and peculiar building, once scandalous and even been the cause of a lawsuit, was named the Cat House because of these figures. Today, the cats are not only squatting on the roof of the building, but they dwell on the ground floor too. About 30 minute drive from downtown Riga is located Ethnographic open-air museum. Take a stroll through traditional farmsteads and dwelling houses of farmers, craftsmen and fishermen, view everyday objects used during the time, see how people historically decorated their properties, as well as how people made a living Take a relaxing walk through Kronvalda park and in the evening come back to the hotel.
Welcome to the city once called Reval in the country of islands
After the breakfast, we check out from hotel and drive to the peaceful, photogenic capital of Estonia – Tallinn, famous with its mix of historic ambience and cutting-edge culture. Upon arrival we check in to the hotel and shortly after have Tallinn sightseeing tour. From the city’s many intriguing sights, we visit those that stand out the most, each has a unique story to tell. We visit one of the most monumental examples of Orthodox sacral architecture in Tallinn – Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, in Kumu Art Museum we have a look at international and modern art. On the permanent exhibition we can see the Estonian art from the beginning of the 18th century until 1991. We also enjoy the beautiful interior of St. Mary’s Cathedral, where are buried a lot of famous people. On exhibition in Maritime Museum we see submarines, sail, ice boats, historical vessels and the Maasilinn ship, one of Estonia’s oldest shipwrecks. You may visit Estonia’s Tallest Building – TV Tower. In the evening we come back to our hotel in Tallinn.
Exploring nature of Estonia
Right after the breakfast we proceed to Valaste Waterfall. Located on the Ontika limestone cliff, it is the highest waterfall in Estonia and in the Baltic States. Currently, the waterfall can be admired from the side, which offers a lovely view of the layers formed in 400,000 million years. The waterfall is most exciting in spring and during floods. Valaste is most spectacular in winter, when northern winds blow from the sea, creating ice sculptures on the trees on the limestone cliffs with water splashes. Later proceed to Lahemaa National park, located on the northern coast of Estonia. We watch stony and sandy seashores, picturesque bogs, pine and cliff forests, rivers that cut into the limestone cliff as well as erratic rocks left over from the last Ice Age. The park is one of Europe’s most important forest conservation areas, where many large mammals live. Large forested Kõrvemaa area is a home to moose, wild boars, brown bears, lynxes, foxes and other wild animals. In the evening we return back to the hotel and have overnight stay.
On this day, our journey comes to its end. In the morning, we have some time to walk around the city and buy souvenirs or gifts. You take home with you unforgettable impressions as well as the
feeling of having experienced something special. You have spent a nice and eventful time and we hope that we have convinced you to come here once more. You are always welcome to go on your next trip with us!