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Look forward to a wonderful trip through the Baltic region full of exciting adventures. Enjoy World Cultural Heritage sites in the capitals of Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, as well as the stunning natural beauty of Gauja National Park and the Curonian Spit.

Day 1: Travel to Riga

Flight with Air Baltic from England to Riga. Our friendly, English-speaking tour guide will greet us at the airport and take us to our modern touring coach. Next we will transfer to our comfortable hotel in the Riga area.

Day 2: Riga (World Heritage site) & Jurmala

After a relaxing breakfast, we will explore Riga, Latvia’s capital city. We will drive along the central boulevards and the city parks. Then we will explore the magnificent old town (World Heritage site) on foot: past the cathedral, the Swedish Gate and the old castle to Riga’s famous market hall. The so-called “belly of Riga“ is hugely popular thanks to its colourful hustle and bustle. In the afternoon you can join us on an optional excursion to Jurmala. This tranquil seaside resort is now a popular holiday destination for the rich and beautiful from Latvia. You will take a walk through the historic town and along the miles of golden yellow beach. Overnight stay in the Riga area.

Day 3: Tallinn (World Heritage site)

Today, we travel to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. This offers a unique testimony to Gothic architecture. Sights to admire include the old town (UNESCO World Heritage site), Toompea castle, the minster, the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and St Catherine’s Passage, where artists from the St Catherine’s Guild exhibit their work. This is followed by an interesting visit to the Marzipan Exhibition (admission included), which offers a deeper insight into the history of marzipan and the art of marzipan decorating. Overnight stay in the Tallinn area.

Day 4: Gauja National Park, Sigulda & Turaida castle

We set off for the famous Gauja National Park. On the way, in an area known as Latvia’s Switzerland, we will visit Sigulda, one of the most picturesque towns in the country. We will admire the Castle of the Livonian Order from the 13th century and the summer residence of the Russian count Kropotkin. After that, our journey takes us through the imposing Gauja river valley to visit Turaida castle (admission included). Onward journey to Bauska and overnight stay in the area.

Day 5: Vilnius (World Heritage site)

After breakfast we travel on towards Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania which is over 600 years old. We will explore the impressive cathedral square with its imposing, free-standing bell tower, the surrounding architectural landmarks and the Bernardinai Garden. Next we will visit Užupis, the oldest neighbourhood in Vilnius. Make sure you admire the Gate of Dawn, the town hall square and the university quarter. Then you will have some free time for an independent exploration of the old town (World Heritage site). Alternatively you could take an optional trip to visit the Amber museum gallery and taste a curious speciality: amber schnapps. Overnight stay in the Vilnius area.

Day 6: Trakai & Klaipeda

Today we will travel to Trakai, the former capital of the Lithuanian principality. The town is in a wonderful location, surrounded by lakes, forests and mountains. A photo stop will give us a chance to marvel at Trakai’s impressive fortified castle from the 15th century, which was built on an island in Lake Galve. Finally we will visit the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda with its famous “Ann from Tharau” sculpture and also the old town. Overnight stay in the Klaipeda area.

Day 7: Curonian Spit (World Heritage site), Nida boat trip & the Hill of Crosses

The morning offers a particular highlight with a chance to explore the wild nature of the Curonian Spit with its sand dunes, pine forests and golden beaches. We would love to take you with us on this fantastic optional excursion. The Curonian Spit is a narrow, approx. 100 km long headland in the Baltic Sea and it is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. When we arrive, we will have a brief stop at Thomas Mann’s former summer house. In the afternoon you will enjoy a sightseeing tour around the picturesque little fishing village of Nida with its old cemetery and Evangelical Lutheran church, and this will be followed by a boat trip. Next there will be a gentle walk on the Parnidis Dune which, at up to 60 m high, is the largest dune in Europe. The viewing platform offers a magnificent view over the surrounding countryside. In the afternoon the whole group will travel together back to Riga with a photo stop at the Hill of Crosses pilgrimage site, a truly unforgettable place with thousands of crosses on 2 hillsides. Overnight stay in the Riga area.

Day 8: Journey home

Today we must bid farewell to the magical Baltic region. An unforgettable cultural tour has come to an end. Our trip concludes with the transfer to the airport and return flight to England.


Including a spectacular range of excursions featuring 3 World Heritage sites among other things!

Special services included for you

  • Direct flight with the reputable airline Air Baltic
    incl. transfer airport – hotel – airport
  • 7 nights in a double room in selected comfortable hotels
    7x generous breakfast buffet
  • Fascinating cultural tour in our modern, air-conditioned coach with the main highlights of the Baltic region:
    Look forward to a spectacular range of excursions + admissions (as per itinerary), including 3 World Heritage sites among other things:
    • Riga (World Heritage)
    • Gauja National Park
    • Sigulda
    • Sigulda castle
    • Turaida castle
    • Toompea castle
    • Tallinn (World Heritage)
    • Marzipan Exhibition
    • Vilnius (World Heritage)
    • Trakai
    • Klaipeda
    • The Hill of Crosses
  • Qualified, English-speaking tour guides

On request, you can book our additional tours and services at special reduced prices:

Cultural & gourmet package :

This package includes 6x generous dinner and 3 excursions: “Seaside resort of Jurmala”, “Amber museum gallery with amber schnapps tasting in Vilnius” and “Curonian Spit (world heritage) incl. boat trip”, only £ 149 per person

Single room surcharge:

£179 per person (subject to availability)

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Form of government:

Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania: Republic, parliamentary democracy

Capital:

Estonia: Tallinn | Latvia: Riga | Lithuania: Vilnius

Language:

Estonia: Estonian (only official language), Russian (everyday language in regions with a predominantly Russian-speaking population, especially in the north east)
Latvia: Latvian (only official language), Russian is widely spoken
Lithuania: Lithuanian

Climate:

Estonia: Maritime to temperate continental, very long winter, cool summer
Latvia: Moderate, but with significant temperature fluctuations: warm in summer, very long winter with extreme cold down to -30°C
Lithuania: Moderately continental

Local time:

Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania: CET + 1 hour all year round

Electricity:

220 Volt AC, 50 Hz. An adapter is required.

Making telephone calls:

For telephone calls to the UK, please dial the country code 0044 first. For calls to the destination country, please dial the country prefix of the country first:
Estonia: 00372 | Latvia: 00371 | Lithuania: 00370
Omit the first zero in the area code.

Entry requirements for British citizens:

Estonia: Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Estland; you don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this. British Citizens don’t require a visa to enter Estonia. Holders of other types of British passports may require a visa. See the webpage of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Schengen Visa Info for further information https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/estonia/entry-requirements.
Lithuania: For your visit in Lithuania your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this. Holders of British Citizen passports don’t need a visa to enter Lithuania. Holders of other categories of British passports should contact the Lithuanian Embassy in London https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/lithuania.
Latvia: When entering Latvia your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.
British Citizen passport holders don’t need a visa for stays of up to 3 months. If you have a different type of British nationality, contact the Latvian Embassy to check whether you need a visa https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/latvia/entry-requirements and http://www.mfa.gov.lv/en/london/embassy.
Please note: You are required to have health insurance when you enter Latvia. This must include repatriation costs.

Tour guides:

Your expert tour guides will be able to provide you with detailed information about the country, people, history, culture, etc., and offer advice and assistance for organizing your trip. They can also help with room allocation and look forward to welcoming you with initial information. Here you will find out all you need to know and useful information about the trip. We have put together a varied programme including numerous highlights, enabling you to experience the culture and diversity of landscape that Crete has to offer, and learn all about the country and its people. Although your trip already includes a comprehensive package, you also have the option of choosing added extras. We recommend booking the following packages:
Cultural & gourmet package: This package includes 6x generous dinner and 3 excursions: “Seaside resort of Jurmala”, “Amber museum gallery with amber schnapps tasting in Vilnius” and “Curonian Spit (world heritage) incl. boat trip”, only £ 149 per person.

Curency / banks / credit cards:

Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania: The currency is the Euro.
Exchange rate (as at november 2018): 1 GBP = 1.14 €; 1 € = 0.87 GBP.
Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania: Money can be exchanged at bank counters and in exchange kiosks. Banks are open from Monday to Thursday between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., and on Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (variations are possible). Cashless payments are widely accepted. With the Euro being the national currency, no overseas currency charges will be levied for cashless payments.
Cash can be withdrawn without problems using EC and credit cards in major cities from ATMs bearing the Maestro logo. Home banks may however charge a fee for cash withdrawals using an EC card. Only your home bank will be able to tell you exactly how much this fee is, but usually it is between GBP 5 and 10.

Customs regulations:

Estonia: The customs regulations for travellers are largely the same as the ones applicable in many European states. From non-EU states (caution when arriving from Russia!), 40 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 50g of loose tobacco may be brought in. The export of objects of artistically or historically significant objects created before 1946 is subject to restrictions. Estonia is a members state of the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. The import of certain species of wild animal and plant, as well as products derived from them, is therefore forbidden and a prosecutable offence. All types of weapon must be disclosed upon entry into the country. Presentation of the appropriate licence to carry weapons is required.
Latvia & Lithuania: The export of artistically or historically significant objects created before 1947 is subject to restrictions. The export and import of currency over € 10,000 must be declared at customs. From another EU member state, the following goods may be carried without paying duty if used for personal use while on a holiday or business trip :
• 800 cigarettes
• 400 cigarillos
• 200 cigars
• 1 kg of tobacco
• 10 l high-percentage alcohol
• 90 l wine
• 110 l beer
• 20 l fortified wine (e.g. port, sherry, etc.)
Further customs information regarding the import of goods can be obtained from the embassy of the country in question. This is the only place from which to obtain legally correct and binding information. Information regarding customs regulations governing the import of goods into the UK can be obtained from the website of the UK Customs and Excise service at https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control.

Safety information:

Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania: There are currently no country-specific safety instructions.

General travel information:

Estonia & Latvia: Petty crime (handbag theft, etc.) is focused mainly around the major cities. Identification documents that are not required at all times should also be left in the hotel safe to prevent theft and so as not to endanger any onward travel plans. Photocopy all of your documents and cards and keep a list of telephone numbers for blocking your cards, but remember to keep this list separate from your valuables. Pedestrians and wheelchair users are obliged to carry or wear reflectors or a light source in poor visibility and during the hours of darkness both in and outside towns in order to make themselves more visible to car drivers. Pedestrians must attach these reflectors (also known as cats’ eyes) to their outer clothing.
Lithuania: In the border region between Lithuania and Russia (Curonian Spit, Kaliningrad region), the approximately 4 km long border is not marked with a continuous fence. Raised border markers in the dune area mark the course of the border for a stretch of 1.8 km. Anyone crossing the border from Lithuania illegally (even for a few metres) must be prepared to be arrested by the Russian border police.

Special criminal provisions:

Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania: Any handling of drugs is prohibited and is punishable by law, with significantly harsher sentences than in the UK. The encouragement of minors to engage in sexual conduct and child prostitution is a punishable offence. The offering, purchase or encouragement of prostitution is also punishable in Lithuania. In Latvia, it is forbidden to drink alcohol in public places such as the street. The only exception to this is the consumption of alcoholic drinks in pavement cafés, etc.

Medical care and information:

Vaccinations: There are no particular vaccination requirements for entry into any of the three countries being visited. Between April and October, tick-borne encephalitis can be transmitted by tick bites anywhere in the country. Vaccination is recommended for trips taken during this period. All travellers should ensure they have sufficient protection against tetanus and polio, however, as well as hepatitis if necessary.

Medical care:

Estonia: Basic medical care is available and generally corresponds to British standards. In the event of an accident or acute illness, British citizens with entitlement to use the NHS in the UK are entitled to receive medical treatment. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and your personal ID or passport must be presented as proof of entitlement.
Latvia: Medical care is not equivalent to the British standard.
Lithuania: Medical care equivalent to European standards in the event of accidents and illness can only be found in the larger cities of Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Panevezys and Siauliai. Please note: You are required to have health insurance when you enter Latvia. This must include repatriation costs.

Customers should ensure that they are physically and psychologically fit for undertaking the selected trip and make the necessary queries concerning the level of physical and psychological fitness required. Please observe that the excursions are accessible by foot only and that the buses used for the roundtrip are not customised to transport wheelchairs or similar devices.

All information is subject to change/Last updated: November 2018

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