The Best of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia

Take an overland survey of the Baltic capitals, Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn, exploring their UNESCO-listed Old Towns, featuring cobbled streets and red-tiled roofs. Visit important rural sites like Lithuania’s Hill of Crosses and Latvia’s baroque Rundale Castle

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7 Day Trip

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MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • Browse the shops and stalls in Lithuania’s UNESCO-listed capital
    Browse the shops and stalls where artisans sell their traditional wares among the 16th to 18th century buildings of Pilies Street, the main artery of Vilnius’ Old Town....
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  • Wander Estonia’s UNESCO-listed red-roofed capital, Tallinn
    Begin a walking tour of UNESCO-listed Tallinn at Dome Hill (Toompea); Estonia’s oldest church, the Lutheran Cathedral of St. Mary the Virgin, or the Dome Church...
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  • Get a lesson in architectural styles in Riga’s Art Nouveau district
    Take a walking tour of UNESCO-listed Riga’s most famous Art Nouveau buildings, many designed by Mikhail Eisenstein (father of film director Sergei Eisenstein)....
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  • Tour Kadriorg Park, Peter the Great’s Estonian summer palace
    Tour Peter the Great’s 18th century summer palace and park which originally encompassed almost 250 acres and hundreds of trees...
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • Over 30 years of Baltics travel experience
  • Travel programs such as Harvard Museum of Natural History and Stanford have chosen MIR to guide them to the Baltics
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-2: Vilnius

Admire the 16th century Gates of Dawn, wander Pilies Street, lined with artisans selling traditional wares, visit neoclassical Vilnius Cathedral and descend into the cathedral crypts, where remnants of churches from centuries past have been found.

Highlights

  • UNESCO-listed Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, the largest baroque city north of the Alps
  • Elegant St. Anne’s, a diminutive red brick church that represents the pinnacle of Gothic architecture in Lithuania
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Days 3-4: Hill of Crosses, Riga

Investigate the Hill of Crosses, a powerful monument planted with crosses by local believers. In Latvia, tour Rundale Palace, designed by imperial architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli, and explore Riga’s imaginative and decorative art nouveau architecture.

Highlights

  • Hill of Crosses, covered by a multitude of crosses, some of them treasured examples of folk art
  • Castle of Rundale, designed in the early 18th century by Rastrelli, who also built St. Petersburg’s Winter Palace
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Days 5-7: Gauja National Park, Tallinn

Visit the Livonian Knights’ 13th century Turaida Castle in Gauja National Park and the Song Festival Grounds where Estonians defied the Soviet Union in 1988. Explore Kadriorg Park and Palace, built by Peter the Great, and Tallinn’s Old Town, the best-preserved medieval town center in Northern Europe.

Highlights

  • Turaida Castle, originally founded in 1214 by the archbishops of Riga
  • Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, whose winding cobbled streets, red roofs and turreted fortress wall are on the UNESCO World Heritage List
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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 7 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 2 Traveler Minimum $2,495
  • Single Supplement $495

2017 Dates

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Recommended months of travel:

  • December,  
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Trip Length: 7 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 2 Traveler Minimum $2,695
  • Single Supplement $555

2018 Dates

Your Choice of Dates
Start any day of the week

Recommended months of travel:

  • January,  
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Group Size

Pricing is based on a minimum of 2 travelers on this trip. Call for solo trip pricing.

Private trip prices vary by season and are subject to hotel availability for your travel dates. Hotel upgrades, additional nights and solo traveler prices are available on request.

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in well-located superior tourist class hotels throughout the itinerary. Call for hotel upgrade prices.
  • Breakfast daily, beginning with Day 2, per the itinerary. Lunches and dinners are left independent so you may enjoy a chance to dine on your own. 
  • Services of experienced, English-speaking local guides, drivers and other staff in each city.
  • One arrival and one departure transfer. (Additional arrival and departure transfers available at additional cost.) MIR will arrange for travelers to be met upon arrival and seen off on departure, whether we make your air arrangements or not.
  • Ground transportation throughout itinerary by private van or car (size of vehicle depends on group size).
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary.

Before Your Tour

  • Personalized pre-departure support from one of our knowledgeable Tour Specialists.
  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list and reading list.
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international and internal airfares are not included in the land tour cost).
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International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Visas

Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Stay a Little Longer…

You may want to do a post-tour in Helsinki, taking a ferry from Tallinn, or possibly tour St. Petersburg. Belarus or Poland can be easily added for a pre-tour trip before Vilnius. Contact us for more details.

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Is this Trip Right for You?

It is important to keep in mind that while Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia are fairly modern and cosmopolitan, some aspects may not live up to the standards North American travelers expect.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour are explained in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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