The Baltics

The Baltics

Photo credit: Kestutis Ambrozaitis

13 Days
From $7,495
Trip Type
Small Group
Group Size
Max 16
Activity Level

Definitive Journey Through Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania


This overland journey roves the countryside and urban centers of the three independent Baltic countries – Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. Together they form a mosaic of countries ruled over in early years by the traders of the Hanseatic League, and later occupied by the Soviet Union at the end of World War II.  Admire the UNESCO-listed Old Towns of each of the Baltic capital cities.  Begin in Tallinn, Estonia’s charming capital, with its narrow winding streets, red-roofed buildings, and enchanting churches.  Travel to Latvia to explore Riga, 2014 European Capital of Culture, with its lovely cobbled center and turn-of-the-century architecture.  Traveling via the coastal town of Klaipeda and the UNESCO-listed Curonian Spit, arrive in Kaunas Lithuania, a 2022 Capital of Culture. The journey ends in Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, a former Capital of Culture – an honor that showcased the city’s contribution to the cultural life of Europe.

Travels to: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania



  • Days 1-2: Tallinn (Estonia)

    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.


    • Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, whose winding cobbled streets, red roofs, and turreted fortress wall are on the UNESCO World Heritage List
    • Song Festival Grounds, center of Estonia’s “Singing Revolution”
  • Days 3-5: Sigulda (Latvia), Riga

    Skirting Riga Bay, pause at Sigulda – the 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.


    • Turaida Castle, originally founded in 1214 by the archbishops of Riga
    • UNESCO-listed Old Town of Riga, capital of Latvia
    • Riga’s section of ornamental art nouveau buildings, one of the finest collections in Europe
  • Days 6-8: Klaipeda (Lithuania), Palanga, Curonian Spit, Nida

    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, visit Palanga’s Amber Museum, and enjoy a day-trip to the UNESCO-listed Curonian Spit and Nida.


    • 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
    • Palanga, Lithuania’s liveliest beach resort town, with 11 miles of beautiful sandy beaches
    • UNESCO-listed Curonian Spit, a strange and beautiful landscape of corrugated dunes, little villages, and forests
    • The Hill of Witches, groves of carved wooden figures straight out of old Lithuanian folk tales and mythology
    • Fishing village of Nida, refuge for artists and writers with brightly painted wooden houses
  • Days 9-10: Kedainiai (Lithuania), Kaunas

    Set off for the town of Kaunas with a visit to the Jewish community of Kedainiai en route. Kaunas is Lithuania’s second largest city and an important business center. It has a reputation for political protest and is home to seven universities.


    • Kedaimiai Cultural Center, located in two former synagogues
    • Kaunas, the second-largest Lithuanian city, with its white Gothic Town Hall called the White Swan
    • Kaunas’s Gothic-style Vytautas Church, built for Franciscan monks and foreign merchants
    • Perkunas House, a late 15th century trading house built by Hanseatic merchants and later sold to the Jesuits
  • Day 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, 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.


    • 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
    • KGB Museum, in the basement of the former District Court Building, where interrogations took place

Dates & Prices

Small group tour – max 16 travelers

Land tour price, per person. Based on double occupancy and minimum group size of 4 travelers.

  • 2024 Dates
    Apr 15 - 27
    Aug 19 - 31
    Tour, double occupancy
    Single supplement
  • 2025 Dates
    Apr 21 - May 3
    Aug 18 - 30
    Tour, double occupancy
    Single supplement

What's Included

  • Tour Includes
    • Accommodations, as noted in the itinerary.
    • Most meals, as noted in the itinerary: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 5 dinners.
    • Restaurant tips for included meals.
    • Services of experienced, English-speaking local guides, drivers, and other staff, including a MIR Tour Manager.
    • Arrival/departure airport 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 vehicle (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.
    • Complete pre-departure electronic document that includes detailed packing suggestions, reading list links, country-specific information, maps, travel tips and more.
    • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international airfare is not included in the land tour cost).
    • Electronic final update bulletin, with any late news, updates and important information.
  • Not Included
    • International airfare or taxes – available through MIR; please call for rates.
    • Meals not specified as included in the itinerary.
    • Single supplement charge, if requested or required.
    • Items of a personal nature (phone calls, e-mail, laundry, alcohol, excess baggage, etc).
    • Gratuities to Tour Manager.
    • Visa fees, if required (U.S. passport holders do not require any visas for this program).
    • Airport departure fees.
    • Travel and trip cancellation insurance.
    • Expenses incurred as a result of delay, modification or extension of a tour due to causes beyond MIR’s control.

Activity Level

Level 2: Moderate

This small group tour in modern and cosmopolitan Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania features long days walking and standing while touring, and some possibly long days in the touring vehicle. Only those fit to travel and who accept the local conditions should consider joining this program.

Travelers must be able to walk one to two miles a day, keeping up with fellow travelers. Footing can be an issue and travelers should be able to negotiate cobblestones, uneven surfaces (possibly steep and/or wet), and deal with situations without handrails or ramps. Some attractions are only accessible via steep staircases, and museums rarely have elevators. Some smaller hotels also may not have elevators.

Past travelers have also encountered challenges with plumbing, bureaucratic service, variety of locally available foods, and availability and quality of public restrooms. 

Accommodations are planned to be four to five-star properties.


Traveler Reviews

  • "This was an excellent tour. The group was small and pleasant. The accommodations were excellent and all the guides were knowledgeable, fun, and worked diligently to introduce us to the Baltic states. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting famous sites located out of town. Our tour manager was outstanding! Always prepared and went out of her way to ensure all of us were following her. She is a lovely lady who exhibited great patience and understanding."

    D. & J. Gould

    Leavenworth, WA

  • "This was an incredible trip! Really enjoyed the hotels, especially Riga. Our tour manager really went out of her way to help us and would take us anywhere else we wanted to go. I was most moved by the Hill of Crosses and the KBG Headquarters."

    K. Long

    Shawnee Mission, KS

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