The Baltics Revealed

 

From the Middle Ages to the height of the Russian Empire, experience the kaleidoscope of influences in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Russia. Relish the timeless charm of Vilnius and explore its cobblestone streets – by bike or on foot. Step into the pages of a fairytale at Trakai, an island castle with soaring pines and grassy shores. Embrace the historic past of Riga when you spend two nights in the opulent Old Town. Taste traditional Latvian flavors in a hands-on cooking class. Peek into the rural heritage of the Baltics at the Estonian Open Air Museum. Feel like a Russian tsar at the colossal Winter Palace. On the precipice of all things old and new, discover a melting pot of cultures and medieval heritage in the Baltics

 

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AAA Vacations Amenity

  • $50 per person optional tour credit

AAA Member Benefit

  • $50 per person member benefit savings

Inclusions

  • 14 meals | 9 breakfasts & 5 dinners
  • Latvian cooking class
  • Candlelit dinner with medieval cuisine

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights
  • Trakai Island Castle
  • Russia’s Hermitage Museum
  • See Vilnius with a local expert
  • Wander through the wetland with a pair of bog shoes
  • Raeapteek, Europe’s oldest continuously working apothecary

Itinerary

Day 1: Overnight Flight

Day 2: Vilnius, Lithuania – Tour Begins

Step into another time in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Stay in the heart of medieval Old Town (UNESCO).

Day 3: Vilnius

Today, discover Vilnius University, the oldest in the Baltic states. Then, it’s your choice how you get to know the city. Stroll the winding streets with a local expert OR explore the neighborhoods by bike with a local guide. Next, we gather to 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.

Day 4: Vilnius, Trakai, Riga – Latvia

Embrace the fairy-tale aura around you at the Trakai Island Castle. Enjoy free time to explore the castle grounds and village. Continue on to the Hill of Crosses. Cross over the Latvian border to Riga. With an evening at leisure, enjoy Riga’s opulent Old Town, the setting for your centrally located Art Nouveau hotel.

Day 5: Riga

Take a ride through the Art Nouveau district, where you’ll experience the Art Nouveau museum, located inside the former home of Latvian architect K. Pekšens.  Enjoy Riga’s famous central market before taking advantage of an afternoon to yourself. End the day with an interactive cooking class.

Day 6: Riga – Pärnu, Estonia – Tallinn

Arrive in Pärnu, Estonia’s sunny seaside resort town. Take time to explore this town on your own, with charming cottages and stunning white-sand beaches.  Choose how you explore the area: Traipse through the wetland with a pair of bog shoes OR breathe in the fresh pine air as you walk above the shrubs on a boardwalk. We gather and continue on our way to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia where you’ll settle into Hotel Palace. This evening, feel the city’s history firsthand at a medieval restaurant.

Day 7: Tallinn

The day begins at the Estonian Open Air Museum. Discover Tallinn’s twisting cobblestone streets and immovable stone buildings with an expert guide. As you discover the lower and upper towns, choose how you connect with the city’s culture: Experience Tallinn’s age-old tradition of Marzipan OR visit Raeapteek, Europe’s oldest continuously working apothecary.

Day 8: Tallinn – St. Petersburg, Russia

Head east through the Baltic region and make your way to St. Petersburg, Russia’s Imperial capital. To start your 3-night stay in Russia, delve into the country’s rich culture at a dinner featuring Russian specialties.

Day 9: 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. Inside, experience the Hermitage Museum with an expert guide.  The rest of the day is yours to explore captivating St. Petersburg on your own.

Day 10: St. Petersburg

Continue your Imperial odyssey at the Catherine 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.

Day 11: St. Petersburg – Tour Ends

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