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Discover the three Baltic capitals - from the Baroque and Italianate elegance of Lithuanian Vilnius to Latvian Riga's Art Nouveau treasures and the delights of Estonia's medieval Tallinn. Complete the experience with visits to beautiful Gauja National Park, majestic Rundale Palace and Trakai's Island Castle.
Fly from your chosen airport to Vilnius or Kaunas. Meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel in the Lithuanian capital. Enjoy your first evening exploring Eastern Europe's largest Old Town - a mainly pedestrianised maze of narrow lanes and hidden courtyards, studded with ornate churches, palaces and relics of the city's colourful past.
This morning join our included guided tour to uncover Vilnius' eventful history. Restored to former glory, the city is full of highlights - such as the Gothic Church of St Anne, historic palaces, and the quirky bust of music legend Frank Zappa, a symbol of the country's newfound freedoms in the 1990s.
This afternoon, board the coach for the short journey to Lithuania's fairy-tale Island Castle of Trakai where you will enjoy a guided tour. Then continue through central Lithuania's rolling, forested hills, into Latvia. After checking into your hotel in the cosmopolitan capital, Riga, enjoy your first evening in the Baltic States' largest city.
A guided tour will showcase Riga, one of Europe's most rapidly growing cities. Its architectural mix includes the ultra-modern as well as a walled central core, the UNESCO-listed 'Quiet Centre' district's Art Nouveau glories, and the Dutch-influenced House of the Blackheads - the temporary home of the Latvian presidency.
This afternoon, join the optional excursion to the fascinating Open-Air Ethnographic Museum, depicting 19th-century life in rural Latvia with over 100 preserved buildings rebuilt in a beautiful forested setting. Afterwards, spend another evening in vibrant Riga.
Journey into Estonia, pausing at the elegant 'summer capital' Parnu, with its 19th-century villas and colourful historic centre. You'll continue to the capital, Tallinn, an architectural treasure-chest that includes a UNESCO-listed Old Town - one of Europe's most complete medieval heritage sites. Check into your hotel and enjoy the city's vibrant cafe culture this evening.
Today a local guide will show you around Tallinn. The city's sights include the Gothic Town Hall, bustling Viru Street, and Toompea Castle. The rest of the day is free, with an optional excursion to Peter the Great's magnificent Kadriorg Palace, an 18th-century Baroque gem that now houses the Estonian Art Museum's collection.
Spend a second evening in pretty Tallinn, perhaps dining in one of Old Town Square's many restaurants.
Head south back into Latvia and the beautiful landscape of the Gauja National Park, a forested, alpine refuge for elk, European bison and brown bears. You'll stay overnight in the romantic, historic town of Cesis, with its wooden buildings and lakeside park.
Make a scenic journey, via the Baroque-Rococo grandeur of Latvia's Rundale Palace and its formal gardens. Enjoy a guided tour before you return to spend a final evening in Vilnius, where you might enjoy a farewell dinner with newfound friends.
Transfer back to the airport today for the return flight to the UK, at the end of a truly fascinating holiday.
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes from Vilnius Airport and 1 hour 30 minutes from Kaunas Airport.
Hotel transfer times
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Combining hotel transfers
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
*Low deposit of £50 applies to new bookings made between 1st and 30th September 2016 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to all 2016 to 2018 air breaks excluding the American Queen - Mississippi River Cruise; Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans and Caribbean Cruise; Five-Star Alaska Cruise and the Canadian Rockies; Highlights of China and Yangtze Cruise; Any world cruises or sectors aboard Magellan that include flights; Cruises aboard Norwegian Star that include flights; Cruises aboard Mendula that include flights; Cruises aboard Astoria that include flights; Cruises aboard Olympia that include flights; Cruises aboard Sound of Music that include flights and Daniel O'Donnell in Dublin by Air. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.