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Highlights of the Baltics

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9 Days from $1,300 per person
APR - OCT 2023
Aerial view of Warsaw old town, Poland

Countries Visited

Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia ...more Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia

Locations Visited

Warsaw, Vilnius, Šiauliai, Riga, Tallinn ...more Warsaw, Vilnius, Šiauliai, Riga, Tallinn
  1. Day 1 Arrive Warsaw (2 Nights)

    Tucked away, but not forgotten, the Baltics stand at the edge of Europe – revived and reinvigorated after years of Nazi and Soviet occupation. Storybook capitals and stunning natural landscapes lie ahead, but first Poland's capital gets the nod as your launchpad to a region that has emerged vibrant despite its tumultuous history. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers later this evening for a glimpse into what lies ahead on your Baltics value tour.

    meals Dinner
    hotel Holiday Inn Express - Hub
  2. Day 2 Warsaw sightseeing and free time

    A lesson in courage and perseverance awaits this morning as you meet your Local Specialist for a guided sightseeing tour of Warsaw's Old Town. Its façades are more modern than medieval and a testament to the resilience of the Poles who have lovingly restored their capital city after it was razed to the ground in retaliation for the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. See the moving site of the Warsaw Ghetto, then spend the rest of the day exploring the city your way. An Optional Experience could see you explore Wilanów Palace with its collection of royal furniture.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Holiday Inn Express - Hub
  3. Day 3 Warsaw – Vilnius (2 Nights)

    Your journey north through the highlights of the Baltics begins today, through pastoral landscapes and rural villages to Vilnius, Lithuania's elegant capital. There isn't a city in Northern Europe with a medieval Old Town that can match its size and you'll have an opportunity to explore every inch of its Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance splendour on your own. Signs of the city's 50-years of Soviet occupation can still be seen, but it is the city's beautiful architectural heritage, gritty street art and youthful spirit which take centre stage on your visit. Launch into a love affair with Lithuanian food this evening, joining an optional dinner and folklore show. Skanaus!

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Art City Inn
  4. Day 4 Vilnius sightseeing and free time

    All the iconic sights of Vilnius are revealed this morning as you join a Local Specialist for a guided sightseeing tour of the city to view the 16th-century Bishop's Palace and the University, the oldest in the Baltics. Explore the Baroque Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. built on the site of a temple to the pagan goddess of love. Then walk to the Gates of Dawn, the Carmelite Church of St. Theresa and former Jewish Ghetto, passing the Cathedral, new Royal Palace excavations and the former site of the synagogue, destroyed during World War II. This afternoon, join your fellow travellers and head back to the former communist era on an Optional Experience to the KGB museum.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Art City Inn
  5. Day 5 Vilnius – Šiauliai – Riga (2 Nights)

    This morning, switch the new capital for the old on an Optional Experience to Trakai, for a guided sightseeing tour around its enchanting lakeside castle. Later, we’ll say goodbye to Vilnius, but don't leave without fuelling up on some of the city's famous kibinai pasties. Savoury or sweet, take your pick, before heading for the Hill of Crosses at Šiauliai, where millions of crosses jostle for their spot in a non-violent protest against decades of Russian and Soviet rule. Arrive in the ancient city of Riga later – its Gothic skyline has witnessed German, Scandinavian and Russian rule across eight centuries. You'll get to hear all their tales of triumph and tragedy over the next day.

    meals Breakfast
  6. Day 6 Riga sightseeing and free time

    You’ll get to know one of the world’s finest collections of Art Nouveau buildings when you visit Riga's UNESCO-listed Old Town. The beautiful architecture and rich Hanseatic trade heritage will come to life in the colourful stories shared by your Local Specialist this morning. Stroll through the winding medieval streets keeping your camera at hand to capture St. Peter's Church, the Three Brothers and Riga Cathedral. The rest of the day is free to explore Riga on your terms. Admire the skyline from the comfort of a canal boat, indulge in the herbal flavours of the city's favourite Black Balsam at a traditional city tavern, or join an Optional Experience at the Bergi Open Air Museum, revealing Latvia's cultural heritage.

    meals Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Riga – Tallinn (2 Nights)

    Follow the Gulf of Riga north into Estonia, travelling via Pärnu, a popular beach resort for Tallinn locals. Arriving in their fairy-tale hometown a little later, you’ll encounter a lively blend of Scandinavian and Russian flavours. However, it is the enchanting and well-preserved Old Town that will capture your heart as you take a step back in time and wander through cobbled streets lined with red-roofed Hanseatic merchant houses and medieval churches. The city’s strategic location has made it a gateway to the Baltics and Russia for centuries and it has lost none of this old-world ambience as you’ll come to discover over the next day.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Day 8 Tallinn sightseeing and free time

    Behind the 13th-century Walls of Tallinn lies a UNESCO-listed treasure trove of beautifully preserved medieval façades. You’ll discover it all when you meet your Local Specialist this morning for a guided sightseeing tour around the city. Admire the city's gabled houses and hidden courtyards that reveal the rich heritage of a city which once held pride of place in the Hanseatic League. Walk past the 15th-century Lühike Jalg Gate and visit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, a symbol of Russian power with its magnificent gold-plated dome. The afternoon is yours to explore and perhaps an Optional Experience could see you visit Tallinn's Kalamaja, a fishing harbour turned Bohemian Quarter with its colourful wooden buildings.

    meals Breakfast
  9. Day 9 Depart Tallinn

    You've embraced the youthful spirit of a Baltic region, now free from the shackles of its Soviet past and explored beautifully restored medieval capitals and historic towns along the way. Inspired by the resilience and courage of your Baltic hosts, you'll close the curtain on your incredible journey across Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, saying a fond nägemist to new friends. Find out more about your available transfers at costsavertour.com/transfers.

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Many meals and daily breakfasts included
  • City orientation tours
  • Audio headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
  • Variety of Optional Experiences

Dining Summary

  • 3 Dinner (D)
  • 8 Breakfast (B)

Essentials

  • : Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes a visit to the Old Town, see the monumental Palace of Culture and Science building
  • : Enjoy views of the Bishop's Palace, Gediminas Tower and the church of St. Peter and St. Paul on your included sightseeing with a Local Specialist
  • : Visit the remarkable pilgrimage site of the Hill of Crosses
  • : Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes the Old Town, views of the House of the Blackheads, and the Freedom Monument
  • : See the 15th-century Lühike Jalg Gate and the old Hanseatic Quarter on your included sightseeing with a Local Specialist

Whats Included

  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : Many meals and daily breakfasts included
  • : City orientation tours
  • : Audio headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
  • : Variety of Optional Experiences

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Warsaw

Available on Day 2

Chopin’s Warsaw

The spirit of Warsaw and the music of Chopin go hand in hand, making this experience a must as you travel through the Polish city. This exclusive private recital of his music, performed for you by a celebrated Polish pianist in one of Warsaw’s historic buildings, is one of the unforgettable memories of this trip. Sparkling wine will be served during the intermission.
Adult Price: € 46

Wilanow Palace

Join us for a tour of this splendid baroque palace, built in the late 17th century as a summer home for King Jan Sobieski III. With spectacular décor and perfectly manicured gardens to explore, this tour is a must for architecture and history buffs! On our visit, led by our Local Specialist, we’ll see the collection of royal furniture, portraits and china that forms part of the National Museum.
Adult Price: € 36

Vilnius

Available on Day 3

Lithuanian Folklore and Traditional Dinner

As we travel through the Lithuanian capital city, we’ll uncover a world steeped in rich tradition and authentic culture. Experience life the way the locals do and join us for a hearty dinner of Lithuanian specialties. Savouring our meals as we dine in beautiful surroundings, we’ll be entertained by a Folklore show that encapsulates the magic of this dreamy city.
Adult Price: € 62

Available on Day 4

KGB Museum Visit

The former KGB headquarters are a grim reminder of the regime of terror that existed under Soviet occupation and an important destination to visit in Vilnius. A Local Specialist takes you through the Museum of Genocide Victims, which recounts the Soviet years of political oppression and the partisan fight for independence. In the basement, reflect while in the cells used for the torture and imprisonment of dissidents right up until the late 1980s.
Adult Price: € 34

Available on Day 5

Trakai Castle And Town

With our Local Specialist, we’ll enjoy a tour of the old Lithuanian capital of Trakai, with its beautiful lakeside castle. The castle has been painstakingly restored to reveal the former grandeur and history of the Grand Duchy, making it a spectacular sight to behold. We’ll also see old wooden cottages built by the Karaites, a sect originating in Baghdad and have time to shop for crafts in Trakai.
Adult Price: € 43

Riga

Available on Day 6

Bergi Open Air Museum Visit and Lunch

One of the showpieces of Latvia's cultural heritage, the ethnographic open-air museum is beautifully situated in a pine forest on the banks of the Jugla Lake. With our Local Specialist, we’ll explore some of the ninety traditional buildings rebuilt here, including farmhouses, windmills and fishermen's houses, before a delicious traditional meal.
Adult Price: € 50

Tallinn

Available on Day 8

Farewell Dinner in Tallinn

After exploring Tallin’s must-see sights, tonight is all about enjoying a final meal with your fellow travellers. Enjoy a three-course dinner and toast to your tour group on your last night out in this beautifully historic city.
Adult Price: € 53

Kalamaja - Bohemian Quarter & Seaplane Harbour

Today, with our Local Specialist, we'll take a tour of the quiet neighbourhood of Kalamaja. Eye-catching for its colourful wooden buildings, it served as the town’s main fishing harbour throughout most of Tallinn’s history and has since turned into its Bohemian Quarter. It’s a must-see destination for anyone interested in architecture and history. We'll then visit 'Seaplane Harbour,' where Charles Lindbergh landed after his first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
Adult Price: € 44

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Dimitri Romais
Sunday, June 30, 2019
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Excellent value for the price. Goran Pillipovic was an excellent Travel Director!
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Excellent itinerary. The hotels were well located and very nice.
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