Admire the collection of Gothic, baroque and neoclassical buildings in the UNESCO-listed old town.
The largest of the Baltic's capitals, Riga is known as the ‘Paris of the Baltic’.
The capital of Estonia is known for its enchanting old town of cobbled streets beneath a skyline of soaring turrets.
- Turaida Castle
Visit this beautiful 13th-century castle on your journey across Latvia.
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A three-country tour
Medieval old towns, imposing castles and elegant waterside cities… this three-country tour gives you an unmissable opportunity to discover the intriguing history, culture and attractions of the Baltic. Journey from Lithuania, a country steeped in folklore, through the unspoilt Latvian countryside to Estonia, home to one of Europe’s most captivating capitals – Tallinn.
9 nights in hotels
14 meals: 9 breakfasts (B) and 5 dinners (D)
Saga tour manager
- Return flights and transfers
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage at all hotels
Included excursions and visits
- Guided walk in Vilnius
- Tour of Ignalina Nuclear Plant
- Visit to Sventes Manor Museum of Military Vehicles
- Guided tour of Daugavpils
- Riga walking tour
- Sigulda sightseeing
- Visit the Estonian National Museum
- Local beer degustation at Valmiermuizas brewery
- Explore the Lahemma National Park with dairy farm visit
- Tallinn guided walk
Use of audio headsets on selected guided tours
- Day 1 UK to Vilnius, Lithuania
- Day 2 Vilnius
- Day 3 Vilnius to Daugavpils, Latvia
- Day 4 Daugavpils to Riga
- Day 5 Riga
- Day 6 Riga to Valmiera
- Day 7 Valmiera to Tartu, Estonia
- Day 8 Tartu to Tallinn
- Day 9 Tallinn
- Day 10 Tallinn to UK
Holiday Inn Vilnius
Park Hotel Latgola
Radisson Blue Latvija
Day 1 UK to Vilnius, Lithuania
Fly to Vilnius for a two-night stay at the 4-star Holiday Inn Vilnius (3Q+). Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner tonight. D
Day 2 Vilnius
Vilnius is a visual record of Lithuania's history with an enviable collection of Gothic, baroque and neoclassical buildings in its UNESCO-listed old town. These include Cathedral Square, the Gate of Dawn, Gediminas Tower and a collection of contrasting churches. See the highlights on a guided walking tour this morning.
Later, perhaps head out of the city to visit 14-century Trakai Castle on an optional excursion. B
Day 3 Vilnius to Daugavpils, Latvia
After breakfast, begin your journey north into Latvia (108 miles, two hours and 30 minutes). En route visit the decommissioned Ignalina nuclear power plant for a guided tour. Whilst undergoing safe dismantling, the nuclear plant served as a filming location for the hit HBO television series, Chernobyl.
Continue to Svente Manor and the Museum of Military Vehicles, which houses an excellent collection of restored Soviet army equipment. On arrival in Daugavpils, transfer to the 3-star Park Hotel Latgola (3Q) for an overnight stay. B, D
Day 4 Daugavpils to Riga
Spend the morning in Daugavpils, Latvia’s second largest city. Take a walking tour of the city to learn of the city’s rich history which dates back to the 13th-century, then visit the renowned Mark Rothko Art Centre, a culture centre dedicated to contemporary art.
This afternoon, drive to Riga (139 miles, three hours), where you’ll spend the next two nights at the 4-star Radisson Blue Latvija (4Q). B
Day 5 Riga
The largest of the Baltic's capitals, the historic Hanseatic city of Riga is known as the ‘Paris of the Baltic’. Discover its historic UNESCO-listed old town on an included tour which will reveal Europe's most concentrated collection of Jugendstil art nouveau architecture and a handful of charming 19th-century wooden buildings. This afternoon, you can join an optional trip to Rundale palace, a baroque and rococo masterpiece. B
Day 6 Riga to Valmiera
Today you’ll journey north through Latvia towards the border (67 miles, 90 minutes). This morning's included excursion will take you into the 91,745-hectare Gauja National Park, pausing at the popular winter resort of Sigulda before touring 13th-century Turaida Castle. Continue to Cēsis Castle, one of the most iconic and best preserved medieval castles in Latvia.
After exploring the picturesque ruins, drive to Valmiera where you’ll stay overnight at the 3-star Wolmar Hotel (3Q). Look forward to dinner and a local beer tasting session at the Valmiermuizas brewery. B, D
Day 7 Valmiera to Tartu, Estonia
Cross over the border into Estonia this morning to reach Tartu (84 miles, two hours). The oldest city in the Baltic States, Tartu was established in 1030 and has changed hands many times. Today the city has a vibrant food scene, an elegant Old Town, and is home to the Estonian National Museum, which you’ll visit this afternoon.
Stay overnight in Tartu at the 3-star Dorpat Hotel (3Q). B, D
Day 8 Tartu to Tallinn
Today, you will visit the picturesque Lahemma National Park, which is located on the north coast of Estonia. During your excursion, you’ll visit the fishing village of Altja, the popular resort of Vosu and a working dairy farm for a local cheese tasting.
Continue to Tallinn, Estonia’s capital (112, two hours and 30 minutes), for a two-night stay at the 4-star L’Ermitage Hotel (3Q+). B, D
Day 9 Tallinn
Tallinn's main draw is its enchanting old town of cobbled streets that wind their way beneath a skyline of soaring turrets, towers and steeples. In contrast, the modern part of the city boasts shopping centres, high rise buildings, squares, restaurants and bars. Experience the UNESCO-listed quarter's magical quality on a tour this morning, then this afternoon is at leisure to continue exploring independently. Perhaps pause at one of the numerous al fresco cafes, or browse for unique handicrafts and souvenirs. B
Day 10 Tallinn to UK
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B
Visit Rundale Palace, the most magnificent masterpiece of baroque architecture in the Baltic States, approximately 70 kilometres from Riga. It was built in the first part of the 18th century by the Italian architect F. B. Rastrelli, who created many of St. Petersburg’s finest buildings including the Winter Palace. The professionally renovated palace interiors are decorated with authentic 18th-century furniture, paintings and china. The most impressive rooms you’ll see are the Golden Hall, the White Hall, the bedroom of the Duke of Courland Johan Ernst Biron. You’ll also have time to explore the palace’s beautiful French-style park.
Optional on 9 nights itinerary
Discover Lithuania's answer to the Lake District on a visit to Trakai, which is surrounded by a genteel landscape of serene lakes and moraine hills swathed in woodland. Known as the ‘town on water’, it was the original capital of Lithuania before being surpassed by Vilnius. Enjoy a guided tour of its medieval castle.
Optional on 9 nights itinerary