Highlights of the Baltic states with Christmas Markets Visit (Guaranteed Departure)

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  • Small group up to 16 people!
  • Visit Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn Old Towns – 3 UNESCO World heritage sites in one trip!
  • Explore Christmas markets of the Baltics and get to know local Christmas customs
  • Find out where the first Christmas tree was decorated
  • Enjoy a snack or cup of hot drink in each Christmas market
  • Spend a night at the local homestead and enjoy the hospitality of locals
  • Enjoy hearty local homemade breakfast and dinner
  • Explore frozen nature in Gauja National Park
  • Visit the holy site of Hill of Crosses

Feel the bustling energy of cosy Christmas markets in all three Baltic capitals. Contrast and compare the various traditions, cuisines of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and sip hot mulled wine while on the go and find out where the first Christmas tree was decorated in the world. We packed an agenda of local best hits to spend a week in Baltic countries. Full of authentic and memorable details. This tour is about you getting to know Baltic countries: biggest cities and get a grip on history, culture and nature during this magical time of the year - full of Christmas lights and flavours. There is so much to see and to feel in here! You’ll start in Vilnius – marvelous historical city with 48 churches and cozy Old Town’s streets. Keep in mind all red roofs of Vilnius because these roofs will be the first recognizable thing in Riga. Some say Vilnius and Riga are quite similar, others deny this – well, you will get the chance to compare it by yourself. Your last stop on this beautiful journey – charming Tallinn with all secrets, stories and legends about it. Take this tour and find your favorite Baltic country!

Vilnius - Vilnius, Lithuania

Day1. Arrival

Arrival in Vilnius, optional transfer to your hotel, check-in, welcome meeting with a guide. Welcome drink.
Overnight in Vilnius 3* Hotel
 
 
Day2. VILNIUS Sightseeing & TASTING
 
After breakfast – morning sightseeing tour will introduce you to Vilnius full of Christmas spirit.
 
Vilnius is known for its more than 1.200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. Walking tour (2,5-3 hours) includes visiting of the Old Town with Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, St. Anne’s Church, Old University, the Gates of Dawn, Užupis district which is known as the independent republic of Vilnius city.
During the tour you will visit two Christmas markets in Vilnius. Get lost in the paradise of hand made crafts and festive flavours. Enjoy a cup of mulled wine or a local snack and get to know about the local traditions during this magic time of the year and see the most beautiful Christmas tree in Europe!
 
In the evening enjoy an optional historical Lithuanian dinner at Restaurant Ertlio namas.
 
Overnight in Vilnius 3* Hotel

 

Day3. Trakai day trip

Breakfast at the hotel.
 
After breakfast we drive to Trakai town - historic, picturesque place with a castle in a 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. In winter it is especially beautiful with it’s frozen lakes and landscapes.
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 4 hours including lunch break.
 
Overnight in Vilnius 3* Hotel
 
 
Day4. Vilnius - Hill of Crosses - Rundale - Riga
 
On this day we will travel from Vilnius to Riga. On our way we 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. The tour will last up to 1 hour.
 
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 (2 hours) 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 Riga 3* Hotel.
 
 
Day5. Enjoying Riga Christmas spirit
 
 
Explore Riga in the morning the biggest out of three Baltic capitals claiming it had been the first one to put a decorated Christmas tree in public. The city has three Christmas markets right in the center of the city. Enjoy the smell of hearty foods mixed with the warmth of drinks like mulled wine and hot chocolate while people look at the warm woolen scarves, mittens and winter slippers on display at one of the stands.
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 free to explore on your own.
 
Overnight in Riga 3* Hotel.
 
 
Day6. 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 (1.5- 2 hours). After the stop we will continue our trip to Tallinn which we reach in
the late afternoon.
 
Overnight in Tallinn 3* Hotel.
 
 
Day7. Tallinn Exploring
 
In the morning you will have a walking tour in Tallinn not forgetting it’s Christmas market which is a true fairy-tale land – there is a tall Christmas tree on the historic town square surrounded by little houses shining with lights that sell Christmas delicacies and folk craft products.
 
Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquility and modern urban life. The medieval Old Town is a busy place all year round with its many shops, galleries, souvenir markets, cosy 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.
 
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 collections of classic and contemporary fine art.
 
Overnight in Tallinn 3* Hotel.
 
 
Day8. Departure
Optional Airport transfer

7 nights accommodation in centrally located 3* hotels

7 buffet breakfast

Welcome meeting with a drink upon arrival

English speaking driver/tour leader

Transportation in a comfortable minivan

Road taxes and parkings throughout the tour

Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn City tours with Christmas markets visit

Snack or drink in the Christmas market

Entrances and guided tours to the following:

Trakai castle

Rundale palace

Turaida castle

Flights

Meals and drinks

Personal travel insurance

Gratuities

Optional activities and tours

Optionals:

Historical Lithuanian dinner at Restaurant Ertlio namas. - 50 EUR per person

Airport transfer one way - 35 EUR per car 1-3 persons

Airport transfer one way - 55 EUR per minivan 1-9 persons

Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU Art museum (3 hour excursion) – 50 EUR per person.

Vilnius
Vilnius, Lithuania