Tour Date: 16 to 25 September 2022Location: Baltic States - Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – three Baltic States visited in one holiday!

Estonia, the most northern of the three Baltic States, is bordered by the Gulf of Finland, the Baltic Sea, Latvia and Russia. Tallinn, its capital with its medieval old town inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, has charming twisting cobblestone lanes, gothic spires and medieval markets.

Latvia boasts beaches looking over the Baltic, and its capital Riga has medieval architecture, cobblestone streets and a Cathedral (Rigos Doms) which is the largest house of worship in the Baltic states. Riga’s central market is one of the largest and most modern marketplaces on the European continent.

Lithuania’s capital Vilnius is the largest medieval old town of the three states and here we see Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical architecture side by side. One of the most impressive buildings is Vilnius University with its beautifully painted library containing 600,000 historic and cartographic items.


Tour Highlights

  • Medieval old town of fairytale Tallinn
  • Gauja National Park
  • Trakai, with its beautiful castle on the lake
  • Narrow gauge Aukštaitija railway
  • Hill of Crosses
  • Medieval centres of Riga and Vilnius
  • Turaida Castle, set in the “Switzerland of Latvia”
  • Accompanied throughout by tour bus so no luggage on trains
  • Tour Itinerary
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Day 1 Friday

Direct flights from Stansted, Gatwick and Leeds/Bradford. Indirect flights from Heathrow, Bristol and Manchester  to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Transfer to our centrally located hotel.

Day 2 Saturday (B)

A free day for your own relaxation and exploration of Vilnius.

Day 3 Sunday (B, D)

Today there will be a tour of the Old Town, partly by coach and partly walking. The Old Town is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. During our tour we will see the main churches, historic and architectural monuments, the Gate of Dawn with a splendid icon of the Virgin Mary, Vilnius university and Cathedral square. At midday we depart by train to Trakai which is 28 km from Vilnius. This is the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and has a beautiful 14th century castle that stands on an island in the middle of Lake Galve. The lake serves as a moat around the castle. A cruise on the lake allows us to view the castle from a different perspective. This evening we have our welcome dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in Vilnius.

Day 4 Monday (B, L)

We transfer by coach to Lentvaris railway station for our train to Kaunas. The Kaunas city tour includes the funiculars in Kaunas, the only* city in Lithuania with this type of transport, in service since 1931. In the residential districts of Žaliakalnis and Aleksotas these “climbing cars” serve both as a means of transport and entertainment. The Aleksotas funicular links the old part of the city with the slopes of Aleksotas hill, offering a marvellous panoramic view of the city. The Žaliakalnis funicular provides an easy way of reaching the Resurrection church from the city centre. We have lunch in a traditional Lithuanian restaurant before we visit Lord Jesus Christ’s Resurrection Basilica in Kaunas. If you would like to do your own thing in Kaunas, and are interested in classical music or art, we recommend a visit to the M K Čiurlionis Gallery in Kaunas. Čiurlionis (22 September 1875 – 10 April 1911) was Lithuania’s foremost composer and painter. There is a fascinating gallery featuring his music and paintings in an attractive modern building built onto the back of a traditional military museum. There are also a number of other art galleries in Kaunas. Return by train to Vilnius. Overnight in Vilnius. * Vilnius also has a funicular up one side of the Gediminas Castle mound. It was opened in 2003, though it is currently out of order.

Day 5 Tuesday (B, L)

Today we travel to Anykščiai to visit the Siaurukas railway museum and travel on the narrow-gauge railway. This unique heritage line, built in 1899, runs between Panevėžys, Anykščiai and Rubikiai and dates from a time of steam locomotives and wooden carriages. At the beginning of the 20th century the railway was the main mechanical means of transport in the region of Aukstaitija (north eastern Lithuania) for carrying people and goods such as flax, bacon, sugar-beet, flour, butter, flaxseed, wood and silica-sand. Since 2001 the narrow-gauge railway has only been used for passenger transport. During our trip we will have a barbecue lunch at a small café located on the banks of Lake Rubikiai, before travelling on to Riga. On the way, we stop at the Panevėžys narrow gauge railway museum and at the Hill of Crosses. Overnight in Riga.

Day 6 Wednesday (B, L)

This morning we have a Riga highlights tour including a visit to the biggest indoor market in the Baltic States. During our tour we will also see numerous places of cultural and historic importance, such as the Dome Cathedral, St. Peters Church, the Parliament Buildings and the Swedish Gate. You will experience the atmosphere of Riga Market, perhaps chat with the friendly local people, and taste Latvian specialties. After lunch in a local restaurant we travel by train to Jūrmala, a summer resort on the Baltic Sea which built itself a reputation as a Spa resort in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and also known for its beautiful wooden houses built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We will have a walking tour of Jūrmala and some free time before we return to Riga by train. Overnight in Riga.

Day 7 Thursday (B, L)

We depart by train to Gauja National Park where we visit Turaida Castle in Sigulda (sometimes called “the Switzerland of Latvia”), set on the banks of the River Gauja. The town and surrounding areas offer magnificent views. Turaida Castle was built in the 13th century under the direction of Albert, the Bishop of Riga. After lunch in Gauja National Park we will continue to Tartu. Tartu is referred to as the intellectual capital of Estonia because of its famous University founded in 1632 by the Swedish King Gustavus Adolphus and was initially called Academia Dorpatensis. Some say that the main building of the University of Tartu is one of the pearls of the city – certainly it is one of the most outstanding examples of Classicistic architecture in Estonia, built from 1804 to 1809. Once we have checked into our hotel we will have a walking tour of this fine city including a visit to the Kissing Students Fountain in the centre of Town Hall Square that was erected in 1998. This has since become the most popular meeting place in the city. Overnight in Tartu.

Day 8 Friday (B, D)

An early start today as we depart by train to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, which is the most northern of the Baltic States. We arrive in good time for our mid-morning tour of Tallinn which is one of the most completely preserved medieval towns in Europe. The medieval Old Town is known around the world for its well-preserved completeness and authentic Hanseatic architecture. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy and explore these wonderful streets before we meet in the evening for our farewell dinner. Overnight in Tallinn.

Day 9 Saturday (B)

There will be free time today for your own relaxation and appreciation of this wonderful city. For train and tram enthusiasts our local guide will be able to advise of local trips you can do for very little cost. Those flying to Gatwick have their flight at 15:55 today, with Air Baltic.

Day 10 Sunday (B)

Road transfer to the airport for our flights back to the UK.

Holiday Prices (per person)

2022                2023

From Heathrow:                    £1,560            £1,670

From Gatwick:                        £1,475            £1,560

From Stansted:                      £1,475            £1,560

From Manchester:                 £1,575            £1,670
Join in Vilnius                         £1,250            £1,350


Single use room add:                £245                £275


  • Flight price might increase for late bookings


  • Travelling by air: £500
  • Own travel: £300

Price includes

  • All travel and excursions as outlined in the itinerary
  • Good quality en-suite accommodation
  • Meals as shown in the itinerary; B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
  • Services of our local tour manager. Holiday is fully escorted from Vilnius.

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Flight Options from the UK

FR5043 16:20 Leeds to Vilnius (arr 21:05)

FR2244 17:45 Stansted to Vilnius (arr 22:35)

BT0972 17:45 Gatwick to Vilnius (arr 22:35)

KL1046/2845 06:20 Bristol, via Amsterdam, to Vilnius (arr 13:40)

AY1332/1105 10:20 Heathrow, via Helsinki, to Vilnius (arr 18:00)

AY1362/1105 10:15 Manchester, via Helsinki, to Vilnius (arr 18:00)