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Lithuania’s little gem lies waiting. We begin our trek with an inspiring morning walk through the UNESCO listed old town, taking in Neo-Gothic spires and Baroque brilliance. There is a curious charm about the city; the KGB museum stands alongside palatial residences once occupied by the likes of Napoleon. After lunch in the town we travel out to Trakai castle, the once former bastion of the Duchy of Lithuania. The castle is set in the stunning lake district. Finally it’s on to Klaipeda on the Baltic Sea coast and the Curonian Spit.
After a good breakfast we’ll travel north to Riga. The drive isn’t long, but we will stop to visit the eerie ‘Hill of Crosses’, a Mecca type place in the Baltic’s. Thousands and thousands of crosses adorn the hilltop, acting as a place of pilgrimage for local people. Then it’s time for Riga, another UNESCO listed old town full of the best eateries and drinkeries in the Baltic’s. We’ll go on an orientation walk to stretch the legs, taking in the toy town cuteness and all its main sights before an exciting evening of Baltic revelry. You must try the Riga black balsams tonight!
Today is yours to delve a little deeper into life in Riga. The central market is one of the largest in Europe with an array of local produce to taste the hours away. The freedom monument stands proudly for all to see and of course St Peter’s with its famed viewpoint from its spire. Eating is never a problem in Riga, so make the most of the vibrant cafe scene, people watching, trying to decipher whose Latvian and who’s Russian. The population is split 50/50 between the two ethnicities. In the late afternoon, we’ll board our first Baltic cruise, headed for Stockholm, Sweden…Roulette, shows, the endlessly lit hours of sunlight, topped off with a late sunset over the Baltic sea.
A Swedish awakening in Stockholm. This is a really beautiful city, its saffron coloured buildings and cobbled streets of Gamla Stan (Old Town), surrounded by little avenues of blue water making it an entrancing picture. The best way to see all of this is by boat, so after check-in we’ll cruise through the waterways of the Swedish capital learning the history and gathering a hunger for some local food....meatballs anyone? This evening we’ll catch some live bands as Sweden does have a funky music scene
Today is yours to explore Stockholm: you could kayak the archipelago of islands that lie on Stockholm’s doorstep, take a revitalising spa or the Stockholm bike tour to get you around all the canals and islands of the city. Stockholm has lots to do, so you have until late afternoon to enjoy before we board our second Baltic sea cruise, this time to the capital of Finland, Helsinki
Wake up as if you’ve never slept, it’s so light here and the sun just does get lazy. Sitting out on the deck watching famous cities appear and enjoying breakfast is really something special. Helsinki, this is a cool city and the people have a great care-free attitude. After check-in we’ll walk the city, learning, before ambling out to Suomenlinna and the fabulous ‘fortress of Finland’ where the Russians seized the town from the Swedes. Tonight, we’ll eat well, enjoy some Vodka and toast our Baltic adventure.
Today we cruise the Baltic sea for the last time. After a nice lie in, we’ll board the cruiser for a 2 hour trip to Tallinn. Tallinn is enchanting. This is where the art scene lives and is a shopper’s paradise with a cafe culture to die for. Combine all these things in one day of excitement, accompanied by our Guide giving quirky little facts of history will leave an indelible mark in your travelling diary. Tonight we’ll make the most of this Baltic hotspot by immersing ourselves in the slinky, steamy nightlife that Tallinn is world famous for. Good night Baltics!
Tour finishes after breakfast.
This tour also runs in reverse starting in Tallin