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Highlights of the Baltic states with Christmas Markets Visit
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8 Days / 7 Nights Trip to Baltic & Latvia

Highlights of the Baltic states with Christmas Markets Visit

Find Europe’s beauty and essence, far from the crowds - fascinating old towns, cultural delights and more!
Find Europe’s beauty and essence, far from the crowds - fascinating old towns, cultural delights and more!

If you’re looking to venture past crowds and cliches, and discover a side to Europe that is offbeat and beautiful, look no further than the Baltic states: Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

Come explore these three offbeat gems: Estonia, Lithuania & Latvia. Indulge in delectable cuisines, culture and wonders. Explore enchanting lakes, dreamy castles, serene forests and secluded seashores. Plus, an interesting blend of the old and the new, that is sure to surprise and delight all throughout!
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  • Duration
    8 Days
  • Starting From
    $1,621
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    Travel Addicts Club
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Trakai Castle : Straight Out Of A Fairytale
Highlight #1
Trakai Castle : Straight Out Of A Fairytale
Spend a summer day relaxing by a calm lake, with this dreamy castle in the backdrop: postcard-perfect!
Gauja National Park | Perfect For Your Selfies
Highlight #2
Gauja National Park | Perfect For Your Selfies
There’s never a crowd to photobomb. Prepare to be dazzled by the vistas, cliffs and caves in Latvia’s oldest (and most charming) national park.
Hill of Crosses
Highlight #3
Hill of Crosses
This impressive hill is dotted with crosses everywhere (close to 100,000!), each with its own interesting story to tell.
Riga | A Collage Of Cozy Neighbourhoods
Highlight #4
Riga | A Collage Of Cozy Neighbourhoods
Every turn in Latvia’s capital presents a different landscape. Wade through a wonderful maze of colourful wooden buildings, Gothic architecture and Riga’s ever-changing facades.
Vilnius | The G-Spot Of Europe
Highlight #5
Vilnius | The G-Spot Of Europe
This is Europe’s ultimate hidden delight. Only in Vilnius will you find a self-proclaimed ‘nation’ within, an exciting Old Town that looks as good as new and a lot more to take pleasure in!
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Riga the capital city of Latvia is definitely the best travel destination in the Baltic States or the Baltics.

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Itinerary

Arrival

Arrival in Vilnius, optional transfer to your hotel, check-in, welcome meeting with a guide. Welcome drink.

VILNIUS Sightseeing & TASTING

After breakfast – morning sightseeing tour will introduce you to Vilnius full of Christmas spirit.
 
Vilnius is known for its more than 1.200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. Walking tour (2,5-3 hours) includes visiting of the Old Town with Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, St. Anne’s Church, Old University, the Gates of Dawn, Užupis district which is known as the independent republic of Vilnius city.
During the tour you will visit two Christmas markets in Vilnius. Get lost in the paradise of hand made crafts and festive flavours. Enjoy a cup of mulled wine or a local snack and get to know about the local traditions during this magic time of the year and see the most beautiful Christmas tree in Europe!
 
In the evening enjoy an optional historical Lithuanian dinner at Restaurant Ertlio namas.

Trakai day trip

Breakfast at the hotel.
 
After breakfast we drive to Trakai town - historic, picturesque place with a castle in a middle of the lake. Locals take a day trip there and we invite you for one as well. See Trakai Castle, lakes and beautiful views around. In winter it is especially beautiful with it’s frozen lakes and landscapes.
For lunch (OPTIONAL) try out special Karaim dish ‘kibinai’ which is only typical for Trakai town because it is a home for the oldest ethnic group of Karaims living to this day in Lithuania. Trakai trip takes around 4 hours including lunch break.

Vilnius - Hill of Crosses - Rundale - Riga

On this day we will travel from Vilnius to Riga. On our way we will stop at the Hill of Crosses, one of the most holy sites of Catholic Lithuania. The exact number of crosses is unknown, but estimates put it at about 100.000. The tour will last up to 1 hour.
 
After crossing into Latvia we soon reach the magnificent Rundale Palace, our second stop. The former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Following a guided tour (2 hours) of the palace we travel through the rolling hills of Southern Latvia to reach Riga late afternoon. Evening at your leisure in the capital of Latvia.

Enjoying Riga Christmas spirit

Explore Riga in the morning the biggest out of three Baltic capitals claiming it had been the first one to put a decorated Christmas tree in public. The city has three Christmas markets right in the center of the city. Enjoy the smell of hearty foods mixed with the warmth of drinks like mulled wine and hot chocolate while people look at the warm woolen scarves, mittens and winter slippers on display at one of the stands.
Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a true kaleidoscope of various architectural styles. The walking tour (2 hours) of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, Swedish Gates, Three Brothers, Large and Small Guild House and the Freedom Monument.
 
The afternoon is free to explore on your own.

Riga – GAUJA NATIONAL PARK - TALLINN

After breakfast we will go to Tallinn with a stop in Gauja National Park, the largest national park in Latvia.
 
The guide takes you to the stunning scenery of the Gauja river valley around the town of Sigulda. You will visit Gutman’s Ala, the largest sandstone cave in the Baltic states where you will hear the medieval Latvian legend of the Rose of Turaida which will lead you to explore the ruins of the Turaida Castle and the Museum Reserve. We will have guided walking tour in the park and the castle (1.5- 2 hours). After the stop we will continue our trip to Tallinn which we reach in the late afternoon.

Tallinn Exploring

In the morning you will have a walking tour in Tallinn not forgetting it’s Christmas market which is a true fairy-tale land – there is a tall Christmas tree on the historic town square surrounded by little houses shining with lights that sell Christmas delicacies and folk craft products.
 
Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquility and modern urban life. The medieval Old Town is a busy place all year round with its many shops, galleries, souvenir markets, cosy cafés and restaurants. The sightseeing tour (2-2.5 hours) takes us around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we see Toompea Castle, Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, medieval Old Town Hall and Great Guild Hall.
 
In the afternoon an optional excursion (3 hours) is offered to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU, the award-winning new Estonian Art museum, with its collections of classic and contemporary fine art.

Departure

Optional Airport transfer

Inclusions

 7 nights accommodation in centrally located 3* hotels

 7 buffet breakfast

 Welcome meeting with a drink upon arrival

 English speaking driver/tour leader

 Transportation in a comfortable minivan

 Road taxes and parkings throughout the tour

 Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn City tours with Christmas markets visit

 Snack or drink in the Christmas market

 Entrances and guided tours to the following: Trakai castle, Rundale palace, Turaida castle

Not Included

 Flights

 Meals and drinks

 Personal travel insurance

 Gratuities

 Optional activities and tours

 Additional 5% GST

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06 Dec 2020

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13 Dec 2020

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This Trip Is Operated By Travel Addicts Club

Travel Addicts Club is an incoming tour operator and DMC in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Some of our tours include Scandinavia, Belarus and Poland. We provide Small Group Trips and Custom Trips – Baltic States Highlights, Nature and Outdoors and Exclusive Experiences.

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