Set forth on an unhurried journey through Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland, discovering former Soviet republics steeped in complex history, capital cities dressed in stunning architecture and progressive cultures along the coast.
Day 2 - ARRIVE VILNIUS, LITHUANIA
Land in Lithuania’s capital city of Vilnius and transfer to
your hotel. Tonight, join fellow guests for a welcome dinner.
The next day, discover the city’s gems with a tour through its
Old Town — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — the Baroque
Church of St. Peter and Paul, and the Gates of the Dawn,
Vilnius’ only surviving city gate. Called the “Jerusalem of
Lithuania” for its strong Jewish influence, explore Vilnius’
tragic past when you pay an important visit to Vilna Gaon
Jewish State Museum, largely the creation of local Holocaust
survivors. Later, visit the Amber Museum-Gallery to learn about the harvesting and processing of “Baltic Gold.” Enjoy an
afternoon at leisure.
Day 5 - RIGA, LATVIA
Today, journey overland to Riga, making notable stops along the
way. Visit the Hill of Crosses, a moving Lithuanian pilgrimage
site; explore Bauska’s ancient castle complex; enjoy a theatrical
tour of Rundale Palace; and pay a meaningful visit to the Salaspils
memorial. Arrive in Riga, where you check in to your newly
opened design hotel in Riga’s Old Town, a UNESCO World
Heritage Site. Gather for dinner at a local restaurant. The next
day, embark on a captivating tour of the Old Town, sprawling
Riga Central Market and the incredible Art Nouveau District,
a testament to the city’s boom at the height of this flamboyant
movement. Learn more about it on a visit to the Riga Art Nouveau
Museum. Later, enjoy an exclusive backstage tour of the esteemed
Latvian National Opera House. The rest of your evening is at
leisure to explore this rich capital city. On your last day, go
beyond the city as day-tripping Latvians do to enchanting Sigulda
National Park. See the Gauja Valley, and explore the ruins of
Sigulda Castle and other medieval fortresses with a local guide.
Day 8 - TALLINN, ESTONIA
Drive to Tallinn, Estonia, stopping en route in Tartu. Enjoy a
guided tour of this timeless provincial capital, stopping for a local
lunch. Check in to your hotel in Tallin and, later, gather for dinner.
The next day offers a deep dive into this fascinating city. Tour
its two-tiered Old Town, see Toompea Castle and Tall Herman’s
Tower, visit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and stand before the
storybook medieval walls of Tallinn. Relax on a private cruise,
enjoying lunch while sailing through Tallinn harbor. Continue
your tour of Tallinn the next day when you visit the lavish
Kadriorg Palace, designed for Peter the Great by Italian architect
Niccolo Michetti; also see Kadriorg Park and the Song Festival
Grounds. Venture to Kumu, the city’s hyper-modern art museum
housing the largest repository of Estonian art. Later, enjoy a master
class at the gallery of Estonian sculptor Tauno Kangro. Share the
day's highlights over dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 11 - HELSINKI, FINLAND
Cruise in business class on a fast ferry bound for Finland.
Upon arrival in Helsinki, embark on a tour of this cutting-edge
Scandinavian capital wrapped in coastlines. Ride a ferry to the inhabited sea fortress of Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World
Heritage Site. Check in to your historic hotel in the heart of the
city and enjoy a night at leisure. Finnish traditions beckon you
the next day. Visit the medieval city of Porvoo, now buzzing with
craft shops and colorful buildings. Tour this ancient trading
post with your local guide. After time for lunch, continue to the
Iittala Arabia Design Center to discover the history of this iconic
Finnish brand. Return to Helsinki for a festive farewell dinner.
On the last day, board your flight home.