Discover the iconic sights of the Baltics on our 15-day fly-drive itinerary through Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Travel at your own pace and enjoy preserved medieval cities and beautiful National Parks. Explore the Baltic gem of Vilnius home to the largest Old Town in Europe, travel to the Curonian Spit to admire its impressive sand dunes, enjoy a panoramic view from the top of St. Peter’s Church spire in Riga and discover the beauty of the Baltic coastline.
Price based on 3-star hotels and group A car hire. To upgrade to 4-star hotels, please speak to a Regent Baltics Specialist.
Fly to Vilnius. Collect the car at airport, drive to the hotel and check in for a two night stay.
Spend the day exploring Vilnius - a city of churches with a steeple view on every corner. Discover a treasure trove of pristine winding streets and colourful buildings at Vilnius Old Town, explore the Cathedral, Peter and Paul Church and the Gates of Dawn. In the afternoon drive to Trakai (25 km), former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Visit the red bricked castle set idyllically on a lake and taste the Karaite’s national dish of kibinai at one of the lakeside taverns. (B)
Drive through Dzukija National Park to Druskininkai, the so-called salt city. This resort is now the biggest attraction of Southern Lithuania home to mineral springs and an excellent spa. Check in to the hotel for an overnight stay. (B)
After relaxing in Druskininkai drive towards Kaunas, Lithuania’s second largest city, which also served as capital between the two world wars. En route visit Birstonas resort, famous for its mineral springs and jazz festival. In Kaunas stroll around the old town and visit the 13th century Kaunas Castle and the Town Hall of Kaunas, known locally as 'White Swan', and be sure to wander along the Laisves Aleja (the Avenue of Liberty), a pedestrian avenue where all the main shops and restaurants are located. For those with time to spare why not visit some of the museums such as the Lithuanian Museum of War and the Museum of Devils. Check in to the hotel for an overnight stay. (B)
There is a choice of two roads to take between Kaunas and Klaipeda - the main highway which takes around 2½ hours or a picturesque narrow road along the valleys and bends of the Nemunas River, where the ancient castles of Raudondvaris, Raudone and Velione are located. Perhaps visit Nemunas River Delta Regional Park with its ornithological station and 19th century lighthouse. On arrival in Klaipeda check in to the hotel for two nights. (B)
Drive to Neringa National Park on the Curonian Spit, which can be easily reached by ferry from Klaipeda. The Curonian Spit, with the Baltic Sea on one side and the Curonian Lagoon on the other, is a unique nature reserve and is often referred to as the Lithuanian Sahara Desert due to its impressive sand dunes. Discover the beautiful wild nature of pine forests and golden beaches, visit the Hill of Witches which shows many wooden folk sculptures scattered along a forest path in the village of Juodkrante. Drive further along the spit to Nida – a quaint fishing village and an ideal spot for some al fresco lunch. Do climb up to Parnidzio Dune near Nida to admire the panoramic view over Nida and the endless surrounding dunes. (B)
Take a short drive from Klaipeda to Palanga- the biggest seaside resort in Lithuania. Here kilometres of fines white sandy beaches stretch along the fresh Baltic Sea. Visit the Botanical Garden and Amber Museum located in the Palace of Count Tyszkiewicz. The town of Kretinga nearby is famous for its tropical winter garden and museum. Continue towards Liepaja, where one of Liepaja's most unusual must-sees is the Katrosta Prison. Those who wish can take a guided tour and listen to the tale of the ghost that haunts this ominous brick building. Travel to the beach resort of Ventspils and check in to the hotel for an overnight stay. (B)
Drive to Riga via Jurmala, the biggest seaside resort in Latvia and discover a combination of charming wooden houses built in the beginning of the last century and modern resort buildings. On arrival in Riga check in to the hotel for two nights. (B)
Free day to explore Riga –the largest of the three Baltic capitals. Stroll through the narrow cobbled streets of Riga’s Old Town, pass by the 13th-century Dome Cathedral with its impressive organ and enjoy a panoramic view from the top of St. Peter’s Church spire. Riga offers the world’s highest concentration of Art Nouveau architecture so head over to Alberta Iela to discover impressive buildings. (B)
Continue towards Tallinn along the wild beaches of the Baltic coast. Stop en route in Parnu - Estonia’s 'Summer Capital' and a summer health resort since the first spa opened here in the 1830s. Continue to Tallinn and check in to the hotel for two nights. (B)
Explore Estonia's capital which sits proudly on the Baltic coast, some 30 miles from Helsinki. Wander through the medieval Old Town, which is an enchanting muddle of cobbled streets with views of 13th century church spires and red slate roofs. (B)
Depart for Tartu via Rakvere - a modern town located in northern Estonia, 20km south of the Gulf of Finland and not far from Lahemaa National Park. The town is dominated by a medieval castle and a giant statue of 'Tarvas' the bull, thought to be the largest animal statue in the Baltics and thus a reason to visit. On arrival in Tartu check in to the hotel for an overnight stay. (B)
Drive to Sigulda via Valmiera and Cesis. Valmiera is located just 50km from the Estonian border and is one of the oldest towns in Latvia. It was a member of the Hanseatic League during the middle ages and is an attractive place to visit. Be sure to make time to visit Cesis, one of the most picturesque medieval towns in Latvia. End the day in Sigulda and the Gauja National Park - the biggest park in Latvia, proclaimed as a natural and cultural reserve in 1972. The surroundings of Sigulda are often called the Switzerland of Latvia due to its hills, rock exposures and old castle ruins. Whilst here visit Turaida Museum and Castle, Gutmanis cave, and for the brave take a cable car over the Gauja River valley. Check in to the hotel for an overnight stay. (B)
Drive back to Vilnius stopping en route at Rundale Palace, a beautiful baroque palace built by the great Italian architect Rastrelli. Continue to the Hill of Crosses - an unforgettable place of pilgrimage. Arrive in Vilnius and check in to the hotel for an overnight stay. (B)
Return the car to the airport and fly back to the UK. (B)
15 day tour, from £1345 per person
(Single person supplement + £455)
- Return international flights from the UK to the Baltics*
- All air taxes and security charges
- Accommodation in three/four hotels as specified including breakfast
- Car Hire Group B with CDW, unlimited mileage, insurance, theft, vat, airport fees and all local taxes**
- Travel Insurance
- Tips and gratuities
- Optional excursions
* LOT Polish Airlines fly from London City Airport to Vilnius direct. Other options are available
** Please contact us for terms and conditions of the car hire plus any optional extras such as additional driver, or GPS
This is an example itinerary accompanied by a guide price. If you would like alternative options, or if you have a higher or lower budget than the guide price, please ring one of our travel specialists on 0207 666 1290 and we can tailor this trip to suit your precise requirements.
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