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Self-drive tour Estonia - Lithuania 15 days / 14 nights From April to September Tallin - Sagadi - Tartu - Cesis - Riga - Jurmala - Kuldiga - Nida - Kaunas - Trakai - Vilnius Embark on a journey to discover the adventurous side of the three Baltic countries - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania! Join such outdoor activities as hiking, biking and kayaking, visit places and have experiences that will make your vacation memorable! This journey will bring you from the capitals to the tranquillity of the Baltic nature. You will have a chance to get to know and experience local traditions that are still alive and honoured - sounds of Latvian traditional music instrument “kokle”, as well as the Russian Old Believers tea ceremony at the shore of Lake Peipus. You will see the unspoiled nature of Lahemaa National Park at the Baltic coastline, and the ancient Gauja River valley, visit the vibrant seaside town Jurmala and go swimming in the Baltic Sea. You will explore the Curonian Spit at the Baltic coastline, a narrow strip of land where you can find sleepy fishermen villages, isolated pine forests, and endless sand dunes. You will visit Trakai, located between five lakes, and tour around the medieval 14th century island fortress. You will see Kuldiga, the most romantic town in Latvia with small winding streets, channels and the widest waterfall in Europe, as well as many other places. What is waiting for you on this adventure? The beauty and remoteness of the Baltics and a lot of adventures!
DAY 1. ARRIVAL IN TALLINN Welcome to Tallinn! Pick up your rental car at the Tallinn airport and check into the hotel. Overnight: Tallinn at St. Barbara*** or similar. DAY 2. DISCOVER TALLINN On a guided walking tour of Tallinn you will explore a well-preserved medieval center known as the Old Town. You will visit many historic sites including Toompea Castle, a stately baroque castle which today houses the Parliament of Estonia, the 13th century Dome Church, the Russian Revival Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and many more. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight: Tallinn at St.Barbara*** or similar. DAY 3. LAHEMAA NATIONAL PARK | TALLINN – SAGADI (DRIVE ~85 KM, HIKE ~7 KM) After breakfast, drive to a scenic coastline northeast of Tallinn. Lahemaa National Park is considered one of the last unspoiled regions of the Baltic coastline. You will go on a 7 km guided hiking tour starting from Sagadi to Kasmu Peninsula and back. On the Kasmu Peninsula you will find the biggest natural accumulation of rocks in Estonia. You will see the Kasmu village, one of the most beautiful seaside villages in Estonia. In the late afternoon, return back to Sagadi and stay overnight at Sagadi Manor hotel. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight: Lahemaa National Park at Sagadi Manor hotel*** or similar. DAY 4. ALONG THE LAKE PEIPUS | SAGADI –MUSTVEE TARTU (DRIVE ~170 KM) Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, and afterwards drive along the shore of Lake Peipus, which is the fifth-largest lake in Europe. It is also the largest transboundary lake on the continent, as it shares borders with both, Estonia and Russia. The old traditions are still alive and honoured by the Old Believers living on the shore of Lake Peipus. At the Old Believers Museum, a tea ceremony is waiting for you. The ceremony will be led by an instructor wearing a headscarf required by local customs. After, continue to Tartu, the second-largest city in Estonia. Go on a Tartu Old Town walking tour. Enjoy the historic streets, Town Hall Square with the statue of Kissing Students, St. John's Church with its many terracotta sculptures, and Tartu University, which was founded in 1632. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight: Tartu at Lydia hotel**** or similar. DAY 5. GAUJA NATIONAL PARK | TARTU – CESIS (DRIVE~175 KM) In the morning, cross Estonian-Latvian boarder and stop in Cesis, a medieval gemstone and the third oldest town in Latvia. During the guided walking tour visit the charming ruins of the Medieval Castle, explore the history and feel the medieval spirit in a candle light. Despite the wars, the Old Town has remained almost unchanged. On the tour you will see such highlights as the Roze Square, Princess’ House and St. John’s Church. Eight hundred years long history of Cesis is visible not only on the streets but also in Cesis castle complex. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight: Cesis at Cesis hotel*** or similar. DAY 6. KAYAKING ON THE RIVER GAUJA | CESIS – RIGA (DRIVE~90 KM, KAYAK ~4 KM) The morning begins with a drive to the River Gauja where you have to start a self-guided kayaking tour. On the 4 km long paddling distance you will see magnificent sandstone outcrops. In the afternoon, continue driving south to Riga. Make a stop at the Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum, located in a lovely pine-tree forest next to the Juglas Lake. A meditative musical experience is waiting for you – ancient sounds of Latvian traditional string instrument “kokle”. Latvians have a saying that “kokle” is given to them by God. Relax and enjoy the ethno-music concert! Meals included: Breakfast Overnight: Riga at AC Hotel Riga by Marriott**** or similar. DAY 7. DISCOVER RIGA Riga is the largest city in the Baltics. Take a guided walking tour to see the Art Nouveau most famous buildings on the streets of Alberta and Elizabeth, as well as the Old Town with Riga’s Castle and the Three Brothers houses, oldest dwellings in the city. Make a visit to the Riga Central Market, one of the largest covered markets in Europe. Taste smoked meat, pickled vegetables, Latvian bread, seasonal treats, and more. The market opened in 1930, and it consists of five former Zeppelin airship hangars. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight: Riga at AC Hotel Riga by Marriott**** or similar. DAY 8. LATVIA’S COAST | RIGA – JURMALA (DRIVE ~40 KM, CYCLE ~12 KM) Nearby Riga, the Latvia’s most famous resort town Jurmala stretches 30 km along the seaside. Take a break from the city on the sandy Jurmala beach. Enjoy a peaceful walk along the pine forest dunes without any rush. Do a self-guided bike tour and explore Jurmala. In the mid-19th- century holiday makers began escaping the city to relax in Jurmala, and it developed as a resort, often called the ‘’Northern Riviera”. You will cycle along a pine-covered dune, see the expressive wooden architecture, modern villas, and endless sandy beaches. Stop for a swim at one of the eleven established swimming places. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight: Jurmala at Dzintari Hotel*** or similar. DAY 9. THE MOST ROMANTIC TOWN IN LATVIA | JURMALA – KULDIGA (DRIVE ~120 KM) In the morning, embark on a picturesque drive on the rolling hills of Courland and stop in Kuldiga. Have a guided walking tour to see the romantic blend of architecture, small winding streets and channels. The heart of the town is Venta River and the Ventas Rumba, the widest waterfall in Europe. Discover this charming place at a slow pace. Free time in the afternoon. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight: Kuldiga at Jekaba Seta hotel*** or similar. DAY 10. THE BALTIC SEA | KULDIGA – KLAIPEDA – NIDA (DRIVE ~190 KM) In the morning, you will cross the Latvian and Lithuanian boarder and continue to Klaipeda. Join the guided walking tour in the port city. It begins in Klaipeda's Old Town, known for its old cobblestone streets lined with medieval guild houses. You will visit such landmarks as the Theatre Square and the Ann from Tharau Fountain, a sculpture of a muse of the famous German poet Simon Dach who was born in Klaipeda. Afterwards, take a ferry to the Curonian Spit, a long, thin sand spit that runs 100 km between the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon. On this narrow strip of land you can find sleepy fishing villages, isolated pine forests, and endless sand dunes. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight: Nida in Nerija Hotel*** or similar. DAY 11. THE CURONIAN SPIT (CYCLE ~60 KM) In the morning you will do a self-guided bike tour from Nida to Joudkrante and back. On this route you will see several dunes and visit the Hill of Witches, located at the lagoon-side village of Juodkrante. Despite the spooky name, this landmark is actually a collection of wooden sculptures atop a forested sand dune. There are over 80 sculptures made by local artists that depict themes of paganism and Lithuanian folklore. After that, you will return back to Nida to stroll around the town, enjoy local fish restaurants, and try different kinds of smoked fishes. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight: Nida in Nerija Hotel*** or similar. DAY 12. LITHUANIA’S SECOND CAPITAL | NIDA – KAUNAS (DRIVE ~270 KM) In the morning, you will continue to Kaunas, the second-largest city in Lithuania. Upon arrival, a guided walking tour will take you around the Old Town and show you such landmarks as the Town Hall Square and the House of Perkunas, a gothic merchant house that dates back to the 15th century. You will also visit Kaunas Castle, a gothic fortress built on a hill overlooking the Nemunas River, dating back to the middle of the 14th century. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight: Kaunas in Best Western Santakos hotel**** DAY 13. ANCIENT LITHUANIA / KAUNAS – TRAKAI ISLAND CASTLE – VILNIUS (DRIVE ~110 KM) After breakfast, drive from Kaunas to Trakai. Join a guided kayak tour on the Lake Galve. The tour will bring you around the medieval Trakai Castle, the landmark of the area. Afterwards you will visit this impressive gothic fortification, built in the second half of the 14th century out of red brick and stone. Next, continue to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight: Vilnius at Hotel Vilnia**** or similar. DAY 14. CITY TOUR OF VILNIUS Spend the morning on a guided walking tour of the Old Town, the medieval heart of Vilnius. The highlight of Vilnius is the Cathedral Square. The Cathedral was consecrated in 1783. It is Lithuania's premier Roman-Catholic church. Moreover, its mausoleum is the final resting place for some notable figures throughout the history, including grand dukes of Lithuania and even King Alexander of Poland. On the tour you will see the Gediminas Tower, the 15th-century St. Anne's Church, Vilnius University, the oldest university in the Baltics, the Gate of Dawn, and the city's medieval defensive fortification, built around a chapel that remains a major catholic pilgrimage site in Lithuania. Free time in the evening. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight: Vilnius at Hotel Vilnia**** or similar. DAY 15. DEPARTURE FROM VILNIUS Departure day, drop off the rental car at the Vilnius airport.
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Services included: 14 overnights per program in centrally located 3-star / 4-star hotels; VW Polo car rental for 14 days uided walking tours in Tallinn, Tartu, Cesis, Riga, Kuldiga, Klaipeda, Kaunas and Vilnius; Tea ceremony at Lake Peipus Ethno-music concert in Latvian Open-Air Museum; Guided hiking tour in Lahemaa National Park Guided kayaking tour in Trakai; Bicycle rental in Jurmala and Nida; Entrances in Cesis Castle, Kaunas Castle, and Vilnius University. In double occupancy: Two persons traveling is 1570 EUR per person. Physical rate from 1 to 10: 4 Level of difficulty: The tour has easy biking and hiking trails with a few steep climbs. The terrain is mostly flat. The hiking tours include small footpaths through the woods, walking around the town, boardwalks and countryside roads. In the rivers and lakes, the current is slow and safe to kayak without any previous experience. Season: From April to September. Bookings: Bookings are on the request and should be made at least one week before the departure date. The itinerary can be modified according to the client’s wants and needs.
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DAY 1. ARRIVAL IN TALLINN Welcome to Tallinn! Pick up your rental car at the Tallinn airport and check into the hotel. Overnight: Tallinn at St. Barbara*** or similar. DAY 2. DISCOVER TALLINN On a guided walking tour of Tallinn you will explore a well-preserved medieval center known as the Old Town. You will visit many historic sites including Toompea Castle, a stately baroque castle which today houses the Parliament of Estonia, the 13th century Dome Church, the Russian Revival Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and many more. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight: Tallinn at St.Barbara*** or similar. DAY 3. LAHEMAA NATIONAL PARK TALLINN – SAGADI (DRIVE ~85 KM, HIKE ~7 KM) After breakfast, drive to a scenic coastline northeast of Tallinn. Lahemaa National Park is considered one of the last unspoiled regions of the Baltic coastline. You will go on a 7 km guided hiking tour starting from Sagadi to Kasmu Peninsula and back. On the Kasmu Peninsula you will find the biggest natural accumulation of rocks in Estonia. You will see the Kasmu village, one of the most beautiful seaside villages in Estonia. In the late afternoon, return back to Sagadi and stay overnight at Sagadi Manor hotel. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight: Lahemaa National Park at Sagadi Manor hotel*** or similar. DAY 4. ALONG THE LAKE PEIPUS SAGADI –MUSTVEE TARTU (DRIVE ~170 KM) Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, and afterwards drive along the shore of Lake Peipus, which is the fifth-largest lake in Europe. It is also the largest transboundary lake on the continent, as it shares borders with both, Estonia and Russia. The old traditions are still alive and honoured by the Old Believers living on the shore of Lake Peipus. At the Old Believers Museum, a tea ceremony is waiting for you. The ceremony will be led by an instructor wearing a headscarf required by local customs. After, continue to Tartu, the second-largest city in Estonia. Go on a Tartu Old Town walking tour. Enjoy the historic streets, Town Hall Square with the statue of Kissing Students, St. John's Church with its many terracotta sculptures, and Tartu University, which was founded in 1632. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight: Tartu at Lydia hotel**** or similar. DAY 5. GAUJA NATIONAL PARK TARTU – CESIS (DRIVE~175 KM) In the morning, cross Estonian-Latvian boarder and stop in Cesis, a medieval gemstone and the third oldest town in Latvia. During the guided walking tour visit the charming ruins of the Medieval Castle, explore the history and feel the medieval spirit in a candle light. Despite the wars, the Old Town has remained almost unchanged. On the tour you will see such highlights as the Roze Square, Princess’ House and St. John’s Church. Eight hundred years long history of Cesis is visible not only on the streets but also in Cesis castle complex. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight: Cesis at Cesis hotel*** or similar. DAY 6. KAYAKING ON THE RIVER GAUJA CESIS – RIGA (DRIVE~90 KM, KAYAK ~4 KM) The morning begins with a drive to the River Gauja where you have to start a self-guided kayaking tour. On the 4 km long paddling distance you will see magnificent sandstone outcrops. In the afternoon, continue driving south to Riga. Make a stop at the Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum, located in a lovely pine-tree forest next to the Juglas Lake. A meditative musical experience is waiting for you – ancient sounds of Latvian traditional string instrument “kokle”. Latvians have a saying that “kokle” is given to them by God. Relax and enjoy the ethno-music concert! Meals included: Breakfast Overnight: Riga at AC Hotel Riga by Marriott**** or similar. DAY 7. DISCOVER RIGA Riga is the largest city in the Baltics. Take a guided walking tour to see the Art Nouveau most famous buildings on the streets of Alberta and Elizabeth, as well as the Old Town with Riga’s Castle and the Three Brothers houses, oldest dwellings in the city. Make a visit to the Riga Central Market, one of the largest covered markets in Europe. Taste smoked meat, pickled vegetables, Latvian bread, seasonal treats, and more. The market opened in 1930, and it consists of five former Zeppelin airship hangars. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight: Riga at AC Hotel Riga by Marriott**** or similar. DAY 8. LATVIA’S COAST RIGA – JURMALA (DRIVE ~40 KM, CYCLE ~12 KM) Nearby Riga, the Latvia’s most famous resort town Jurmala stretches 30 km along the seaside. Take a break from the city on the sandy Jurmala beach. Enjoy a peaceful walk along the pine forest dunes without any rush. Do a self-guided bike tour and explore Jurmala. In the mid-19th-century holiday makers began escaping the city to relax in Jurmala, and it developed as a resort, often called the ‘’Northern Riviera”. You will cycle along a pine-covered dune, see the expressive wooden architecture, modern villas, and endless sandy beaches. Stop for a swim at one of the eleven established swimming places. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight: Jurmala at Dzintari Hotel*** or similar. DAY 9. THE MOST ROMANTIC TOWN IN LATVIA JURMALA – KULDIGA (DRIVE ~120 KM) In the morning, embark on a picturesque drive on the rolling hills of Courland and stop in Kuldiga. Have a guided walking tour to see the romantic blend of architecture, small winding streets and channels. The heart of the town is Venta River and the Ventas Rumba, the widest waterfall in Europe. Discover this charming place at a slow pace. Free time in the afternoon. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight: Kuldiga at Jekaba Seta hotel*** or similar. DAY 10. THE BALTIC SEA KULDIGA – KLAIPEDA – NIDA (DRIVE ~190 KM) In the morning, you will cross the Latvian and Lithuanian boarder and continue to Klaipeda. Join the guided walking tour in the port city. It begins in Klaipeda's Old Town, known for its old cobblestone streets lined with medieval guild houses. You will visit such landmarks as the Theatre Square and the Ann from Tharau Fountain, a sculpture of a muse of the famous German poet Simon Dach who was born in Klaipeda. Afterwards, take a ferry to the Curonian Spit, a long, thin sand spit that runs 100 km between the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon. On this narrow strip of land you can find sleepy fishing villages, isolated pine forests, and endless sand dunes. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight: Nida in Nerija Hotel*** or similar. DAY 11. THE CURONIAN SPIT (CYCLE ~60 KM) In the morning you will do a self-guided bike tour from Nida to Joudkrante and back. On this route you will see several dunes and visit the Hill of Witches, located at the lagoon-side village of Juodkrante. Despite the spooky name, this landmark is actually a collection of wooden sculptures atop a forested sand dune. There are over 80 sculptures made by local artists that depict themes of paganism and Lithuanian folklore. After that, you will return back to Nida to stroll around the town, enjoy local fish restaurants, and try different kinds of smoked fishes. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight: Nida in Nerija Hotel*** or similar. DAY 12. LITHUANIA’S SECOND CAPITAL NIDA – KAUNAS (DRIVE ~270 KM) In the morning, you will continue to Kaunas, the second- largest city in Lithuania. Upon arrival, a guided walking tour will take you around the Old Town and show you such landmarks as the Town Hall Square and the House of Perkunas, a gothic merchant house that dates back to the 15th century. You will also visit Kaunas Castle, a gothic fortress built on a hill overlooking the Nemunas River, dating back to the middle of the 14th century. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight: Kaunas in Best Western Santakos hotel**** DAY 13. ANCIENT LITHUANIA / KAUNAS – TRAKAI ISLAND CASTLE – VILNIUS (DRIVE ~110 KM) After breakfast, drive from Kaunas to Trakai. Join a guided kayak tour on the Lake Galve. The tour will bring you around the medieval Trakai Castle, the landmark of the area. Afterwards you will visit this impressive gothic fortification, built in the second half of the 14th century out of red brick and stone. Next, continue to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight: Vilnius at Hotel Vilnia**** or similar. DAY 14. CITY TOUR OF VILNIUS Spend the morning on a guided walking tour of the Old Town, the medieval heart of Vilnius. The highlight of Vilnius is the Cathedral Square. The Cathedral was consecrated in 1783. It is Lithuania's premier Roman- Catholic church. Moreover, its mausoleum is the final resting place for some notable figures throughout the history, including grand dukes of Lithuania and even King Alexander of Poland. On the tour you will see the Gediminas Tower, the 15th-century St. Anne's Church, Vilnius University, the oldest university in the Baltics, the Gate of Dawn, and the city's medieval defensive fortification, built around a chapel that remains a major catholic pilgrimage site in Lithuania. Free time in the evening. Meals included: Breakfast Overnight: Vilnius at Hotel Vilnia**** or similar. DAY 15. DEPARTURE FROM VILNIUS Departure day, drop off the rental car at the Vilnius airport.
Services included: 14 overnights per program in centrally located 3-star / 4-star hotels; VW Polo car rental for 14 days uided walking tours in Tallinn, Tartu, Cesis, Riga, Kuldiga, Klaipeda, Kaunas and Vilnius; Tea ceremony at Lake Peipus Ethno-music concert in Latvian Open-Air Museum; Guided hiking tour in Lahemaa National Park Guided kayaking tour in Trakai; Bicycle rental in Jurmala and Nida; Entrances in Cesis Castle, Kaunas Castle, and Vilnius University. In double occupancy: Two persons traveling is 1570 EUR per person. Physical rate from 1 to 10: 4 Level of difficulty: The tour has easy biking and hiking trails with a few steep climbs. The terrain is mostly flat. The hiking tours include small footpaths through the woods, walking around the town, boardwalks and countryside roads. In the rivers and lakes, the current is slow and safe to kayak without any previous experience. Season: From April to September. Bookings: Bookings are on the request and should be made at least one week before the departure date. The itinerary can be modified according to the client’s wants and needs.
Self-drive tour Estonia - Lithuania 15 days / 14 nights From April to September T a l l i n - S a g a d i - T a r t u - C e s i s - R i g a - J u r m a l a - K u l d i g a - N i d a - Kaunas-Trakai-Vilnius
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