The Baltics Revealed

Optional 3 Nights Moscow Post Tour Extension

Small Group Travel 12 - 24 Passengers

Package includes:
  • Round Trip air from Washington
  • Hotel Transfers, Porterage & Taxes
  • Local Transfers from Club Office to Airport & Return
  • Sightseeing per Itinerary
  • 10 Nights  Hotel Accommodation
  • 10 Breakfasts & 5 Dinners

 

Accommodations:
  • Day 1               Overnight Flight
  • Days 2 – 4     Artagonist Hotel Vilnius, Vilnius
  • Days 5, 6       Neiburgs Hotel Riga, Riga
  • Days 7, 8       Hotel Palace Tallinn, Tallinn
  • Days 9 – 11  Pushka INN Hotel, St. Petersburg
    On some dates alternate hotels may be used.
Itinerary:

Day 1: Monday, May 17, 2021 Overnight Flight                                                                                                                       Discover a melting pot of cultures – a Germanized mindset, intermingling Polish roots, a Finnish way of life, and a dabble of Russian influence. Find eccentric murals in Lithuania, Gothic towers in Latvia, storybook streets in Estonia, and extravagant palaces in Russia. Bordering their namesake sea, this is the Baltic region of Europe.

Day 2: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 Vilnius, Lithuania                                                                                                                              Tour Begins Step into another time in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Stay in the heart of medieval Old Town (UNESCO) – a relic of a bygone era, where cobblestone streets lead through a seamless mosaic of cultures. The city’s Baroque arches, neoclassical siding, and 300-year-old frescoes creates an indescribable charm. Joining new friends tonight, get a taste of the culture at a local restaurant where you will excite your palate with warm and hearty comfort food. (D)

Day 3: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 Vilnius                                                                                                                                  Discover Vilnius University, the oldest in the Baltic states.  Decide how to see the city because it’s your choice! Stroll the winding streets with a local expert and peek into Vilnius’s Jewish heritage, Bohemian lifestyle, and budding art district -OR- explore by bike with a local guide, passing the vibrant colors of imaginative street murals. Then, uncover the nation’s dark past at the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights, better known as the KGB Museum. Located in the former Nazi and Soviet headquarters, the museum hosts personal accounts from the victims and their families. (B)

Day 4: Thursday, May 20, 2021 Vilnius - Trakai - Vilnius                                                                                                  Embrace the fairy-tale aura around you at the Trakai Island Castle. Surrounded by curving coastlines and towering pines, the burnt orange walls of the fortress appear to rise directly out of the gentle waves of Lake Galve. Enjoy free time to explore the castle grounds and village. Make sure to stop in one of the cozy restaurants for a bite of a kybyn – a traditional Karaim dumpling. The remainder of the day is yours to explore Vilnius on your own. (B)

Day 5: Friday, May 21, 2021 Vilnius - Riga, Latvia                                                                                                                    Depart Vilnius and make your way to the Hill of Crosses, a mystical shrine from the 1800s that has been rebuilt and expanded continuously over time. Cross over the Latvian border to Riga, the country’s capital and the largest city in the Baltic region. Take advantage of your centrally located Art Nouveau hotel before an interactive cooking class, where you’ll use traditional ingredients with a modern twist. Enjoy the fruits of your labor as you dig into the flavorful feast. (B, D)

Day 6: Saturday, May 22, 2021 Riga                                                                                                                                              Discover the capital’s hidden secrets with an expert guide, venturing along historic squares reflective of German and Russian tastes. Take a ride through the Art Nouveau district, where you’ll see stately apartments and elegant façades. Visit the Art Nouveau museum, located inside the former home of Latvian architect K. Pekšens. Marvel at the iconic spiral staircase, adorned with unexpected artistic touches. Explore Riga’s famous central market, where flowers, fruit, and pastries overflow the stalls of this converted airplane hangar. Enjoy an evening at leisure and take in Riga’s opulent Old Town. (B)

Day 7: Sunday, May 23, 2021 Riga - Pärnu, Estonia - Tallinn                                                                                                  Head to Pärnu, Estonia’s seaside resort town. Wander on your own before joining a local naturalist for an Estonian tradition – bogging. Choose how you explore because it’s your choice! Traipse through the wetland with a pair of bog shoes,* trekking over the sodden moss and tasting berries from the water -OR- walk above the shrubs on a boardwalk, winding your way across the bog. Continue on to Tallinn – the country’s capital – and settle into Hotel Palace, built in 1937 and located next to the city’s main square. Dine at a medieval restaurant, lit by candles and set in a wealthy merchant’s house. Enjoy authentic food and traditional music as you are transported back to a night in the 15th century. (B, D)

Day 8: Monday, May 24, 2021 Tallinn                                                                                                                                                  Visit the Estonian Open Air Museum which you can explore on foot or by horse and carriage. Delve into the rural history, wandering by preserved houses and timeworn windmills. Discover Tallinn’s twisting cobblestone streets with an expert guide, feeling as if the Middle Ages live on. Choose how you connect with the city’s culture because it’s your choice! Experience Tallinn’s age-old tradition of Marzipan, painting your own edible sculpture to take home as a tasty souvenir -OR- visit Raeapteek, Europe’s oldest continuously working apothecary, where you can learn about the intriguing range of herbal remedies. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore at leisure. (B)

Day 9: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 Tallinn - St. Petersburg, Russia                                                                                               Head east through the Baltic region and make your way to St. Petersburg, Russia’s Imperial capital. Full of regal beauty and layers of history, St. Petersburg's iconic sights are yours to be discovered. To start your 3-night stay in Russia, delve into the country’s rich culture at a dinner featuring Russian specialties. (B, D)

Day 10: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 St. Petersburg                                                                                                                          Get acquainted with the city before heading to the Winter Palace, a vibrant dwelling that served as the former home of Russian tsars. Wander into the glory of Russian aristocracy as you make your way through this lavish green-and-white complex. Inside, experience the Hermitage Museum with an expert guide. Gaze in wonder at the collection of paintings, the second largest in the world, containing pieces by Monet and Matisse. The rest of the day is yours. Perhaps you will go on an optional excursion to Peterhof, an estate known to be the “Russian Versailles.” (B)

Day 11: Thursday, May 27, 2021 St. Petersburg                                                                                                                   Continue your Imperial odyssey at the Catherine Palace – a monumental manor that functioned as the Russian tsars’ ornate summer home. Let your eyes drift along the iconic exterior, in its signature shade of robin’s egg blue. Welcome the feeling of royalty as you gain exclusive early access into the palace. Tonight, treat your taste buds to traditional Georgian cuisine at a farewell dinner featuring an exotic spin on savory comfort food from the neighboring country. Toast the end of your whirlwind adventure as you reflect on your excursion through the Baltics and Russia. (B, D)

Day 12: Friday, May 28, 2021 St. Petersburg                                                                                                                                    Tour Ends As your tour draws to a close, say goodbye to winding medieval villages and stately royal palaces. (B)

IDENTIFICATION
Passports and visas are required for this tour at your expense. Certain countries require a minimum of 6 months passport validity from date of return home. You are strongly urged to contact the appropriate consulate for details. Visit www.travel.state.gov for the U.S. State Department for the latest details about passports and visa requirements.
IMPORTANT: We recommend that our guests traveling abroad take a photocopy of their passport and applicable visas. It should be packed separately from your actual passport and visa. We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your emergency contact.
A visa is required for travel to Russia. It is the guest's responsibility to obtain any required visa and/or documents prior to departure. Please allow a minimum of approximately 6 weeks for processing your Russian visa. All guests should check with the appropriate foreign consulate for additional entry requirements. All document fees are at the expense of the traveler. Reservations made within 60 days of departure will be on a request basis and may require visa services to be expedited. Additional fees may apply.

TRIP #2124

Dates: May 17 - 28, 2021

Cost: $4499pp

Deposit: $600

Balance due: 3/11/21

Discount offered: $200pp if reservation is made before 11/18

Optional Insurance: +$399*

*Must be paid with deposit.

Single Supplement: +$700 Limited availability

Unsold Space Release Date: 11/18/20

Tour Operator Activity Level: 3

1 = Easy        5 = Energetic

OPTIONAL 4 DAYS 3 - NIGHTS POST TOUR EXTENSION

$699pp Double, land only.

Single on Request.