Definitive Journey through Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Kaliningrad

This overland journey roves the countryside and urban centers of four distinct nations: the three independent Baltic countries – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – and Kaliningrad, an exclave of Russia. 

13 Day Trip

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MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • Trace the history of Estonia’s “Singing Revolution”
    Trace Estonia’s musical history at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, where Estonians defied the Soviet Union from 1986 to 1991 by singing traditional songs; this was...
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  • Travel overland up the 5,000-year-old Curonian Spit
    Travel overland up Lithuania’s UNESCO-listed Curonian Spit, a narrow 60-mile strip of sand formed over 5,000 years ago, creating a strange and beautiful...
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  • Walk among thousands of crosses planted on the Hill of Crosses
    Walk among thousands of crosses planted on Lithuania’s Hill of Crosses, a powerful symbol of faith and perseverance....
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  • Take a boat ride on Lake Galve to the castle of Trakai
    Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Galve and explore the restored red brick island castle of Trakai....
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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: Tallinn

Begin in Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, with its collage of narrow cobblestone streets and red-roofed buildings. Explore the Dome Cathedral on Toompea Hill and visit the famous Song Festival Grounds, where the independent spirit of Estonians has been celebrated since 1988, when 300,000 people sang their way to the beginnings of independence from the Soviet Union.

Highlights

  • Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, whose winding cobbled streets, red roofs and turreted fortress wall are on the UNESCO World Heritage List
  • One of the oldest continuously running pharmacies in Europe, which used to sell powdered unicorn horn in the Middle Ages
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Days 3-5: Sigulda, Riga

Skirting Riga Bay, pause at Sigulda, entrance to Gauja National Park, before coming to Latvia’s capital, Riga, with its art nouveau architecture. Known for its appealing Old Town and the odd sculptures adorning its old buildings, Riga is a delight to explore on foot.

Highlights

  • Turaida Castle, originally founded in 1214 by the archbishops of Riga
  • UNESCO-listed Old Town of Riga, capital of Latvia
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Days 6-7: Klaipeda, Palanga

Travel across the countryside to the Lithuanian seaport of Klaipeda, pausing at the baroque Rundale Palace and at the Hill of Crosses, a place of national pilgrimage. Explore Klaipeda’s narrow streets and merchant houses and visit the Palanga Amber Museum.

Highlights

  • Hill of Crosses, covered by a multitude of crosses, some of them treasured examples of folk art
  • Klaipeda, whose restored Old Town contains examples of the German-influenced fachwerk, or timbered warehouses
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Days 8-10: Curonian Spit, Kaliningrad, Kaunas

Continue to Kaliningrad via the narrow, UNESCO-listed Curonian Spit, passing fishing villages, white sand dunes and the wood carvings on the Hill of Witches. Known as Konigsberg until the Soviets renamed it in 1946, Kaliningrad has converted a WWII bunker into a museum. Its Gothic cathedral and Hansa Square are reminders of an era long past.

Highlights

  • UNESCO-listed Curonian Spit, a strange and beautiful landscape of corrugated dunes, little villages and forests
  • Kaliningrad, an exclave of Russia separated from the main part of Russia by Lithuania and Poland
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Days 11-13: Vilnius, Trakai

Lithuania’s beautiful capital, Vilnius, is the final stop. Last to give up its pagan traditions and first to declare independence from the Soviet Union, Lithuania is known for its amber and celebrated for its bravery. An exploration of Vilnius ranges from the medieval, at the restored Brick Gothic castle of Trakai, to the more recent, at the KGB Museum, commemorating the travails of thousands of Lithuanians. Stroll the cobbled streets of the Old Town, shopping for linen and glowing amber jewelry.

Highlights

  • UNESCO-listed Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, the largest baroque city north of the Alps
  • 14th century Trakai Castle, the Brick Gothic residence of the Lithuanian Grand Dukes
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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 13 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 4-16 Travelers $6,995
  • Single Supplement $1,195

2018 Dates

  • April 23-May 5
  • July 30-August 11
  • $6,995
  • Max 16 Travelers
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Group Size

Small Groups – Never More than 16 Travelers. Guaranteed!

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in well-located first class hotels in the major cities and best available hotels elsewhere.
  • 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 5 dinners per the itinerary. Some lunches and dinners are not included so that you may enjoy a chance to experiment on your own.
  • Restaurant tips for included meals.
  • Services of an experienced, English-speaking MIR Tour Manager with local guides at specific sites.
  • Arrival/departure transfers. MIR will arrange for all travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure whether we make your airfare arrangements or not, provided you arrive and depart on the tour start/end dates in the tour start/end cities.
  • Ground transportation throughout itinerary by private coach or van (size of vehicle depends on group size).
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary.
  • Special events, excursions and cultural performances per the itinerary.
  • Baggage handling where available.
  • Gratuities to local guides, drivers, porters and other service personnel.

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).
  • Customized visa application and instruction kit (please note, visa fees are not included in the tour price).
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Prepare for Your Trip

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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Travel Insurance

Stay a Little Longer…

You may want to do a pre-tour in Helsinki and take a ferry to Tallinn, or possibly a tour in St. Petersburg with an overnight train to arrive in Tallinn. Belarus or Poland can be easily added for a post-tour trip from Vilnius. It is also possible to add a hotel night and easily combine this tour with Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova.

Or, choose from one of these suggested itineraries:

Is this Trip Right for You?

It is important to keep in mind that while Kaliningrad, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania 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 is given in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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