Baltics and Belarus in 10 Days

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In this 10 days tour you will get an insider’s view to all three Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and spice up your travel experience with a visit to Belarus - a real undiscovered gem of Eastern Europe.

Explore the capitals of the Baltics - Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn and compare their magnificently preserved Old towns with the fascinating and cosmopolitan Minsk. Go off the beaten track and stay at the homestay with welcoming locals and surround yourself with unspoiled nature in the national parks and forests.

 
Know before you go!

Belarusian visa is not included in the tour price and we do not issue visa. You need to apply for visa in the nearest Belarusian consulate to you. During the tour you will be travelling by land crossing Belarusian/Lithuanian border so you will need to obtain a visa. Visas issued at Minsk airport for 5 days visa free travel are not valid for crossing the border by land. We may provide supporting documentation (10EUR per person) for your visa application.



 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Visit Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn Old Towns and Mir castle – 4 UNESCO World heritage sites in one trip!
  • Visit Belarus - a living museum of Soviet Communism
  • Be admired by impressive Minsk boulevards and expansive green areas
  • Step back in time in the museum town of Mir
  • Spend a night at the countryside lodge and enjoy the hospitality of locals
  • Enjoy hearty local homemade breakfast and dinner
  • Taste local flavours and specialties at the food market in Vilnius
  • Explore nature in Gauja National Park
  • Visit the holy site of Hill of Crosses

Tour package includes:

  • 8 nights in 3* hotels with breakfast   
  • 1 night at the countryside lodge with breakfast   
  • 1 x local dinner   
  • Transportation with a comfortable minivan to all locations as per itinerary   
  • English speaking guide/tour leader during all the trip   
  • Welcome meeting with a drink on your arrival   
  • Lithuanian food tasting at Hales market in Vilnius   
  • Itinerary and places according to the program   
  • Entrances to Mir castle, Trakai castle, Rundale Palace and Turaida museum reserve   
  • City tax in Vilnius

1st DAY

Arrival in Minsk, optional transfer to your hotel, check-in, welcome meeting with a guide. Welcome drink. Overnight in 3* Hotel in Minsk.

 

2nd DAY. Exploring historic Mir castle and Minsk city tour

This day will be full of discoveries and contrasts. In the morning you will have a hundred km drive to Mir castle complex, one of the greatest treasures of Belarus, a UNESCO world heritage site.

A spectacular complex consists of the residence-fortress, a picturesque Park in the English style, the Italian garden, a pond, a chapel-tomb and roadside chapels. Shaping the architecture of the Mir castle occurred under the influence of three styles: Gothic, Renaissance and Rococo. During the daytrip you will be introduced into the history of all Baltic region as all the countries are very tightly interconnected.

In the afternoon you will be back to Minsk where you will have a sightseeing tour. With the European and Soviet background nowadays it’s a meeting point for West and East – situated right in the heart of Belarus. Sightseeing tour of Minsk includes the main avenues (Independence avenue, Victory avenue) and the architectural monuments of the XVIIth - XXth centuries (the Upper Town with the City Hall, Holy Spirit Cathedral and the Cathedral of Saint Virgin Mary, old streets of the Trinity Suburb). The Victory Monument and the National Library (included in the list of the most outstanding buildings of the world) are waiting to be explored.                

Overnight in Minsk 3* Hotel.

 

3rd DAY. Travelling to Lithuania

In the morning you will travel from Minsk to Belarusian/Lithuanian border crossing point. There follows passport control and customs procedures after which you will arrive to Lithuania and Vilnius in the afternoon.

Second half of the day is free for you to discover Vilnius at your own pace. For a good introduction to Lithuanian history and cuisine we suggest trying out historical Lithuanian dinner at Restaurant Ertlio namas (OPTIONAL).

Overnight in 3* hotel in Vilnius.

 

4th DAY. VILNIUS Sightseeing & TASTING

After breakfast – morning sightseeing tour will introduce you to Vilnius. Vilnius is known for its more than 1.200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. Walking tour (2,5-3 hours) includes visiting the Old Town with Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, St. Anne’s Church, Old University, the Gates of Dawn, Uzupis district which is known as the independent republic of Vilnius city.

After the sightseeing, the guide will lead you to the famous and oldest Vilnius food market – Hales market where you will have an opportunity to meet local food producers and sellers, ask them questions and bring home the real flavour of Lithuania. You will visit 4 or 5 different places and try the best taste of Lithuanian handcrafted cheese, rustic meat products, bagels and juice. Keep in mind, all products are created according to authentic recipes and tastes cherished by Lithuanian farmers. An experience takes around 1-1,5 hours.               

In the evening you will have an option to try our best local beers during the beer tasting (OPTIONAL) or have a fine dining experience at the local Historic Lithuanian cuisine restaurant.              

Overnight in 3* hotel in Vilnius.

 

5th DAY. TRAKAI & Local forest stay

After breakfast we will drive to Trakai town - historic, picturesque place with a castle in the middle of the lake. Locals take a day trip there and we invite you for one as well. See Trakai Castle, lakes and beautiful views around. For lunch (OPTIONAL) try out special Karaim dish ‘kibinai’ which is only typical for Trakai town because it is a home for the oldest ethnic group of Karaims living to this day in Lithuania. Trakai trip takes around 3.5-4 hours including lunch break. After visiting Trakai we will go to the countryside lodge for the rest of the evening.

Evening is free for you to decide whether to stay cosy inside the house or take a walk in the surroundings, exploring the nature around you. Most of our cabins and b&bs are located in the picturesque locations near forests, lakes or other fascinating sceneries.

In the evening a warm local dinner will be waiting for you.

Overnight in countryside lodge. Please note that in some lodges bathroom may be shared between a few rooms.

Driving 1 hour (55 km)

  

6th DAY. TRAKAI TO RIGA

After breakfast at the lodge we will drive to Riga. On our way will stop at the Hill of Crosses, one of the most holy sites of Catholic Lithuania. The exact number of crosses is unknown, but estimates put it at about 100.000.

After crossing into Latvia we soon reach the magnificent Rundale Palace, our second stop. The former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Following a guided tour of the palace we travel through the rolling hills of Southern Latvia to reach Riga late afternoon. Evening at your leisure in the capital of Latvia.               

Overnight in 3* Hotel in Riga.

Driving 5 hours (410 km)

 

7th DAY. RIGA Sightseeing

Breakfast at a hotel.

Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a true kaleidoscope of various architectural styles. The walking tour (2 hours) of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, Swedish Gates, Three Brothers, Large and Small Guild House and the Freedom Monument.

The afternoon is reserved for an optional visit to Jurmala and a picturesque Kemeri bog (4-5 hours), Jurmala is the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches, while Kemeri bog is a real gem for nature lovers with it’s undersized pine trees, deep pools, tiny dark lakes and the flavour of wild rosemary.

Optional dinner in Riga Restaurant Forest.                

Overnight in 3* Hotel in Riga.

 

8th DAY. Riga – GAUJA NATIONAL PARK - TALLINN

After breakfast we will go to Tallinn with a stop in Gauja National Park, the largest national park in Latvia. 

The guide takes you to the stunning scenery of the Gauja river valley around the town of Sigulda. You will visit Gutman’s Ala, the largest sandstone cave in the Baltic states where you will hear the medieval Latvian legend of the Rose of Turaida which will lead you to explore the ruins of the Turaida Castle and the Museum Reserve. We will have guided walking tour in the park and the castle.

After the stop we will continue our trip to Tallinn which we reach in the late afternoon.           

Overnight in 3* Hotel in Tallinn.

Driving 5.5 hour (360 km)

 

9th DAY. TALLINN Sightseeing

Breakfast at a hotel.

Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquility and modern urban life. The medieval Old Town is a busy place in the summer with its many shops, galleries, souvenir markets, outdoor cafés and restaurants. The sightseeing tour (2-2.5 hours) takes us around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we see Toompea Castle, Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, medieval Old Town Hall and Great Guild Hall. Afternoon free at leisure.

In the afternoon an optional excursion (3 hours) is offered to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU, the award-winning new Estonian Art museum, with its collection of classic and contemporary fine art.

 

10th DAY. Departure

Breakfast at a hotel.

Goodbye and hope to see you in future!

Optional transfer to the airport.

 

  • Your hotel.
  • Your hotel.
  • 8 nights in 3* hotels with breakfast   
  • 1 night at the countryside lodge with breakfast   
  • 1 x local dinner   
  • Transportation with a comfortable minivan to all locations as per itinerary   
  • English speaking guide/tour leader during all the trip   
  • Welcome meeting with a drink on your arrival   
  • Lithuanian food tasting at Hales market in Vilnius   
  • Itinerary and places according to the program   
  • Entrances to Mir castle, Trakai castle, Rundale Palace and Turaida museum reserve   
  • City tax in Vilnius   
  • Flights
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Optional activities and tours
  • Visa to the Republic of Belarus
  • Arrival / departure transfers
  • Paperwork and documents for Belarusian visa

Prices:

Min 2 persons required to book.
 
Prices starts at 1100 EUR perperson.
 
Optional extras:
  • Optional transfer from Minsk airport to hotel - car 1-3 persons - 60 EUR per car   
  • Optional transfer from Minsk airport to hotel - minivan 1-8 persons - 100 EUR per minivan   
  • Transfer from Vilnius airport to centrally located hotel - car 1-2 persons - 35 EUR per car   
  • Transfer from Vilnius airport to centrally located hotel - minivan 1-6 persons - 55 EUR per car   
  • Fine dining in Vilnius 6 course Lithuanian historical dinner - 45 EUR per person   
  • Local beer tasting in Vilnius - 30 EUR per person   
  • Traditional Karaim lunch in Trakai - 25 EUR per person   
  • Half day tour to Jurmala and Kemeri national park - 50 EUR per person   
  • Latvian contemporary dinner at the restaurant "Forest" - 40 EUR per person   
  • 3 hours excursion to Kadriorg Park and KUMU Art Museum - 50 EUR per person   
  • Transfer from hotel to Tallinn airport - car 1-2 persons - 35 EUR per car   
  • Transfer from hotel to Tallinn airport - minivan 1-6 persons - 55 EUR per person   
  • Optional Vilnius Chernobyl filming locations tour - 160 EUR per person (min 2 persons required) 

We reserve the right to charge the following cancellation fees:

  • for cancellations up to 21 days prior to arrival - 30% of the basic tour price
  • for canellations 20-7 days prior to arrival - 60% of the basic tour price
  • for cancellations 6-1 days prior to arrival - 70% of the basic tour price
  • 'no show' - 75% of the basic tour price