Your Adventure

An 8 day holiday discovering, exploring and soaking up the medieval atmosphere of the Old Town Capitals of the three Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and getting first -hand accounts of how they threw off the yolk of Soviet oppression. First you’ll visit Vilnius with at its heart the oldest medieval old town in Northern Europe: a unique mix of gothic, renaissance, baroque and neo-classical buildings lining cobbled streets. Second up is the restored old town area of Riga famous for its Art Nouveau architecture on which much money has been spent restoring facades of gargoyles, satyrs, dragons, wolves and goddesses. Finally you’ll see Tallinn, a chocolate box medieval town elegantly restored in the 15 years since the Russians packed their bags and left, overlooked by the crenelated walls of Toompea Castle and onion domed St Alexander Nevsky cathedral. In between you’ll see forests, lakes, rich dark earth meadowland, white ribbon coastlines, red volcanic rock valleys and elegant palaces, bought to life by people who know these countries the best – the locals.

Day I UK- Vilnius

Fly to Vilnius via Copenhagen or Stockholm, transfer on arrival and check in to the Royal Astorija hotel. Take a drink with your Vilnius Hostess and either dinner in the hotel or out in/on the town.

Day 2 Vilnius

After breakfast your local guide will walk the walk with a guided tour of both the medieval and modern sections of the city. You’ll take in Gediminas Avenue which runs from the Cathedral Square to the river and is a sort of combination of Whitehall and Bond Street; wander the precincts of the 16th c University; see the Grand Cathedral of Peter & Paul, the Gothic Church of St. Anna and Pilies Street marked by the Gates of Dawn.

Day 3 Vilnius – Riga

After breakfast leave by private group bus for the journey North West through the Lithuanian and Latvian countryside to Riga. En route you’ll visit the Hill of Crosses which is literally just that; a hill with hundreds upon hundreds of crosses, rosaries, crucifixes, effigies and an indomitable testimony to the power of Lithuanian Catholicism. Stop for lunch at the meticulously restored Baroque 18th century Rundale Palace with its rococo facades and formal French gardens. Arrive in Riga by late afternoon and check in at the Europa Royal.

Day 4 Riga

After breakfast the Old Town is yours for the morning. Your guide will walk you through its winding, wobbly lanes with their plethora of hip cafés, bars and restaurants in which sweaty pork-and-potato dishes have given way to Nordic-inspired cuisine. You’ll see Art Nouveau architecture on which much money has been spent restoring facades of gargoyles and goddesses; Riga Cathedral with its Romanesque features; 18th-century baroque tower and 15th-century Gothic parts and the Pilsētas Kanāls snaking alongside a thin belt of exquisite parkland dividing the Old Town from Central Riga.

Day 5 Riga

Take in more of the city reclaiming its sobriquet ‘The Paris of the North’ or join an optional sightseeing tour to Sigulda, a picturesque river valley characterised by red Devonian sandstone and often called the "Latvian Switzerland". Visit the 13th century Medieval Castle, the mysterious Gutmanis Cave with its links to the romantic medieval love legend, Rose of Turaida.

Day 6 Riga –Tallin

After breakfast depart by coach for Tallinn taking the coast road via Parnu on the Gulf of Riga. En route stop at the Ethnographical Open Air Museum with its more than 100 traditional Latvian buildings relocated from different parts of the country. Stop for lunch at Parnu a spa resort town with clear white sand beaches, shallow water, iconic mud baths and manicured promenade. Continue on into Tallinn and check in at the Nordic Forum.

Day 7 Tallin

A one-time hanseatic port, the Old Town is a jumble of gable roofed merchant’s houses, narrow cobbled streets, concealed courtyards and fortified buildings. Surrounded by the old city wall interspersed with watch towers, St Catherine’s Passage with its craft workshops is uber cute; the viewing platform Kohtuotsa offers staggering views of the Old Town's rooftops and towers and in the Old Town Square you can readily imagine it as the market and meeting place it was in medieval times. Afterwards take in more of the city on your own or optionally your guide will take you to Kadriog Park & Palace with its carefully manicured gardens laid out in classical style.

Day 8 Tallinn – UK

Take an early breakfast in your hotel before transferring to the airport you’re your return to the UK.

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

Return scheduled flight(s) from the UK to Vilnius/Tallinn All passenger service charges and airport departure taxes Complimentary beverages & Pay on Board food service Carriage of luggage (1pc Cabin & 1pc Checked)
Airport/hotel transfers in Vilnius and Tallinn
7 nights hotel accommodation as per itinerary
Lodgings in twin rooms with private WC/Shower
7 Buffet breakfasts & 2 lunches
Guided City Tours (3 hours) in Vilnius, Riga & Tallinn
Internal transport by air conditioned coach: Vilnius- Riga-Tallinn
Guided visits to the Hill of Crosses, Rundale Castle, Latvian Ethnographical Open Air Museum & Parnu Services of qualified local English speaking guides throughout.

Departure Dates & Prices:

From £989pp
*Guide Prices are based on our mid-level contract air fares which are real time variable unlike our ground costs. We don't do fancy lead in prices and always use the lowest air fare available at the time you confirm your booking. This may mean your holiday being slightly less or more in which case a proportionate reduction/supplement will apply. Carpe Diem = the earlier you book the better, especially for public & school holdays. 

Safaris included or available on request

Baltics Bespoke

Art Deco facade Riga | Holidays to the Baltic States

  •  Day Small Group Escorted Holiday  
  • Internal travel by bus, boat & train
  • Guided Sightseeing in Bergen & Oslo
  • FJORD CRUISE & GLACIER DAY
  • 6 breakfasts,1 lunch & 3 suppers
  • Guide Price £1495 pp