Day 1: Vilnius. Arrival to Vilnius international airport. Pick-up your chosen car at the airport. Depending on the time of arrival, free afternoon or/and evening in Vilnius. We suggest to take a stroll in the Old Town. Check-in at the hotel. Overnight: Vilnius.
Day 2: Vilnius - Trakai - Vilnius (50 km)
A day to explore Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania for more than 600 years. St. Peter and Paul’s Church – the pearl of Vilnius baroque architecture. Begin the old town discovery at the Cathedral Square – the landmark of Vilnius with classicism style Cathedral and its belfry. You can visit the catacombs, where greatest Lithuanian Dukes were buried. The hill of Gediminas castle offers a great panoramic view of Vilnius. Walk over St. Anne’s Gothic Church and Bernardine monastery, the Gates of Dawn with a holy image of Virgin Mary, the Town Hall, Vilnius University (founded in 1579) with its 13 picturesque courtyards and the Ensemble of St. John’s Church.
Walk along ancient narrow streets of the historical part of the city. There is a great variety of museums to visit: be sure not to miss the Amber Gallery and KGB museum. Afternoon drive from Vilnius to Trakai (25 km). Trakai is the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. We suggest to visit the insular castle of 14th century, erected on a small island in the lake Galve. For centuries it served as a defensive structure and residence of Lithuanian Grand Dukes. You can try the Karaite’s national dish - kibinai - at one of the lakeside taverns. Overnight: Vilnius.
Day 3: Vilnius - Rundale - Riga (320 km)
A morning drive to Riga, passing the scenic Lithuanian countryside. After crossing the Latvian border, be sure to visit the 18th century Rundale Palace – one of the most majestic and greatest buildings in Latvia. A beautiful late baroque palace is a splendid example of the early work of Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who contributed when erecting St. Petersburg and its great palaces. You can also stop to visit Bauska medieval castle ruins on the way back, where medieval music festivals take place in summer. Evening arrival to Riga. Check-in at the hotel. Overnight: Riga.
Day 4: Riga
The whole day to explore Riga. Drive along the central boulevards of Riga, enjoying the view of the City Canal and Gardens, the Bastion Hill, Latvian National Theatre, Fine Arts museum and Art Nouveau buildings. Visit the medieval Hanseatic town, Riga castle, St. Peter’s Church, Dome Cathedral, the Old Guild Houses, the Latvian National Opera, the Powder Tower and other significant sights. You can spend a pleasant afternoon in the biggest Latvia’s seaside resort - Jurmala, located only 20 km from the city center and easily accessible by car or local train. Have a stroll along the famous Jomas pedestrian street or stay at a long sandy beach, protected from the wind by dunes and pine forest. Overnight: Riga.
Day 5: Riga - Parnu - Tallinn (300 km)
Departure for Tallinn. On the exit of Riga we suggest to have a stroll in the pine forest along authentic traditional wooden housings in the Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air museum, founded in 1924 and located in the outskirts of Riga. The museum consists of 90 traditional buildings: farmhouses, windmills, fishermen’s huts and wooden churches. Further drive towards Tallinn along the Latvian coastline. A stop in Parnu, the biggest Estonian seaside resort, famous for its sandy beaches. This picturesque town is known as a health resort since the first spa opened here in the 1830s.
When driving further to Tallinn, we suggest stopping by the Keila waterfall – one of the biggest in Estonia. This waterfall has some 3 m thick glauconitic layer at its foot - this feature differs Keila waterfall from other waterfalls in the region. Around the waterfall and below it there is located one of most magnificent Estonian parks. Here you can look at neo-Gothic Keila manor house. Evening arrival to Tallinn. Check-in at the hotel. Overnight: Tallinn.
Day 6: Tallinn
Involve yourself into the medieval spirit, which is reflected by Tallinn’s Old Town. By walking along the cobbled old town streets, take a look at the most important sights: the Toompea hill with is castle, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Dome Church and the building of Estonian Parliament. Take marvelous panoramic pictures while passing magnificent viewing platforms. The lower part of the old city encounters the medieval Town Hall, St. Olav’s and Nicholas Churches. There are places of interest in the greater downtown area, such as the Kadriorg Park with the 18th century baroque palace, Pirita sailing center and the convent of St. Bridget. Overnight: Tallinn.
Day 7: Tallinn. Depending on your departure time, you can plan a half day visit to the Rocca Al Mare ethnographic open-air museum, which hosts a fine collection of the 17th-19th century rural architecture from all Estonian regions. The buildings, which include farm houses, a water mill, a chapel and a sauna, are grouped in a village setting to present an accurate idea of the former Estonian peasant life.
End of the tour.
Package price per person (if min. 2 pax):
- 4* Accommodation: 230 EUR. Single room supplement - 155 EUR:
* Vilnius: “Holiday Inn 4*” or similar
* Riga: “Domina Inn 4*” or similar
* Tallinn: “Domina Inn Ilmarine 4*” or similar
- 3* Accommodation: 200 EUR. Single room supplement - 120 EUR:
* Vilnius: “Tilto 3*” or similar
* Riga: “Hanza 3*” or similar
* Tallinn: “Metropol 3*” or similar.
Car Rental Rates:
- 1-2 days: EUR 35-58 per day
- 3-4 days: EUR 30-54 per day
- 5-7 days: EUR 26-49 per day
- 8-14 days: EUR 23-46 per day
- 14+ days: EUR 20-45 per day
- Weekend (Fr-Mo): EUR 80-159
* The day rates depend on the car model.
Rental Terms and Conditions:
- Rental price includes unlimited mileage, CDW and TP insurances, 21% VAT.
- Renter's financial responsibility (deductible) is up to EUR 150
- SUPER CDW (Zero responsibility):
* A,B,B+C groups, additional insurance 10 Eur/day - 0Eur
* D,F,K,I, additional insurance 10 Eur/day - 0 Eur
- International One Way Fee (all rentals):
* Riga: EUR 80
* Tallinn: EUR 300.
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