Route: Riga - Parnu - Tallinn - Sigulda - Vilnius - Druskininkai - Kaunas - Klaipeda - Liepaja - Riga
Day 1: Riga.
Arrival to Riga international airport. Pick-up your chosen car at the airport. Check-in and accommodation at the hotel. Overnight: Riga.
Day 2: Riga
Full day to explore Riga - a port and important transport hub dating from Middle Age. A stroll in the Hanseatic old town including Riga castle, St. Peters church, Dome Cathedral and the House of Blackheads. Old Guild houses and merchant palaces are hidden on narrow cobblestone streets. The greater central part of Riga is nested in beautiful gardens and parks enriched with Art Nouveau architectural masterpieces and elegant shops. The museum of Riga’s history and navigation is one of the oldest museums in this part of Europe, Riga as a maritime metropolis while taking a cruise along the Daugava River down to the Riga’s passenger, freight and commercial ports. Overnight: Riga.
Day 3: Riga - Parnu - Tallinn (300 km).
Continue up towards Tallinn along the wild beaches of the Baltic coast. En route stop in Pärnu, Estonia “Summer Capital”. This little town has been known as a summer health resort since the first spa opened here in the 1830s. Further drive to Tallinn. Overnight: Tallinn.
Day 4: 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, Pirita Sailing Center and the Convent of St. Brigitte. Overnight: Tallin.
Day 5: Tallinn - Rakvere - Tartu (225 km).
Departure for Tartu via Rakvere - town in northern Estonia, 20 km south of the Gulf of Finland. Rakvere is known now for its Tarvas statue of an aurochs, it is thought to be the largest animal statue in the Baltic countries. Further drive to Tartu – Estonia‘s intellectual and architectural centre – hosts the country‘s main liberal arts University. Arrival in Tartu and check in at the hotel. Overnight: Tartu.
Day 6: Tartu - Valmiera - Cesis - Sigulda (205 km).
A morning drive to Sigulda via Valmiera and Cesis. Valmiera - a member of the Hanseatic League. From 1385 until 1500 Valmiera was host to at least 32 Hansa Days and Sessions of the Livonia Land tag bringing great animation and activity to the quiet town. Continue up towards Cesis - one of the most picturesque medieval towns in Latvia. Towards drive to 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 beautiful nature with hills, valleys, rock exposures and old castle ruins. In Sigulda, visit the Turaida museum complex with the Turaida castle, the Gutmanis cave and have find by riding on the cableway over the Gauja River valley. Evening arrival to Sigulda. Overnight: Sigulda.
Day 7: Sigulda – Šiauliai (Hill of Crosses) – Vilnius (410 km).
Leave Sigulda and head for Lithuania’s capital Vilnius. Short stop in Rundale. Visit to Rundale Palace of the 18th century, a beautiful late baroque palace in Latvia. It is a splendid example of the early work of famous Italian architect F.B.Rastrelli. Further drive to Šiauliai. Stop at the Hill of Crosses, the unforgettable place with thousands of crosses on two small hills. Arrival to Vilnius in the afternoon. Overnight: Vilnius.
Day 8: 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, Gediminas castle, 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 Ensemble of St. John’s Church- main attractions you should see in Vilnius. Walk along ancient narrow streets of the historical part of the city. In the afternoon drive to Trakai (25 km)- former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Visit the castle museum and try the Karaite’s national dish kibinai at one of the lakeside taverns. Overnight: Vilnius.
Day 9: Vilnius - Druskininkai (130 km).
Drive through the picturesque Dzukija National Park on the way towards Druskininkai, the so-called salt city, which now became the biggest attraction of Southern Lithuania. Beautiful nature, mineral springs and excellent spa and wellness infrastructure surprises every visitor of Druskininkai. This resort offers both relaxation and entertainment - cozy restaurants, jazz performances and a brand new water amusement park. Overnight: Druskininkai.
Day 10: Druskininkai - Kaunas (130 km).
After relaxing in Druskininkai drive towards Kaunas – the second largest city of Lithuania, served as the temporary capital between two World Wars. En route you can visit Birstonas resort, famous for its mineral springs and jazz festival. In Kaunas walk around the old town and visit Kaunas castle from 13th century, lovely Town Hall of Kaunas, known locally as “White Swan”, the 14th century Church of Vytautas, Cathedral-Basilica, Perkunas House. Be sure to stroll along the Laisves aleja pedestrian avenue (the Avenue of Liberty) – the main shopping and dining street of Kaunas. Following museums are located in Kaunas – the Lithuanian Museum of War, the Art Museum of M.K. Ciurlionis, the Museum of Devils as well as two still operating retro-style funiculars (1930-1932) invite for a ride and admire the panorama of Kaunas from Aleksotas or Zaliakalnis hills. Overnight: Kaunas.
Day 11: Kaunas - Ventes Ragas - Šilut&e - Klaipeda (200 km).
A choice of two roads is available between Kaunas a Klaipeda – a highway to reach the port of Klaipeda in rough 2-2,5 hours or a picturesque narrow road along the valleys and bends of Nemunas river where ancient castles of Raudondvaris, Raudone and Velione are located. Visit Nemunas River Delta Regional Park: Vente Horn with the ornithological station and the 19th century lighthouse and Uostadvaris with his lighthouse built in 1876 and the oldest water lifting station in Lithuania, nowadays a Polder Museum. After reaching Klaipeda enjoy a tour in the castle museum, then enter the old town of Klaipeda where will see Drama Theatre Square with a famous sculpture of “Annchen von Tharau”, continue through the net of 18th century streets of the Old Town, where traditional medieval urban layout is still clearly distinguishable. Overnight: Klaipeda.
Day 12: Klaipeda – Curonian Spit – Klaipeda (100 km).
A full day self-driven excursion to the Neringa National Park at the Curonian Spit, which can be easily reached by ferry from Klaipeda. Drive along this sandy peninsula covered with scattered pine forests and high grass. Curonian Spit, separating the Baltic Sea from the Curonian Lagoon, is a unique nature reserve and is oftenly called the Lithuanian Sahara desert due to impressive sandy dunes. Discover the beautiful wild nature with sand dunes, pine forests and golden beaches, visiting the Hill of Witches which houses a hundred of fanciful and folksy wooden sculptures scattered along a forest path in Juodkrante village and Nida resort, the Fisherman’s House, famous German writer Thomas Mann’s House and the Amber Gallery. Take a chance to climb up to Parnidzio dune near Nida to admire the panoramic view over Nida and the endless surrounding dunes. Overnight: Klaipeda.
Day 13: Klaipeda - Palanga - Liepaja - Ventspils (220 km).
Short drive from Klaipeda to Palanga- the biggest seaside resort in Lithuania. Kilometres of finest white sandy beaches stretch along the fresh Baltic Sea. Visit the Botanical Garden and Amber Museum in the Palace of Count Tyszkiewicz, with over 25 000 pieces of amber and 15 000 inclusions of insects on display. The town of Kretinga nearby is famous for its tropical wintergarden and museum. Continue towards Liepaja, developed in the territory between the Baltic Sea and Lake Tosmare. The port channel divides the city into two parts. Modern Liepaja is an industrial, cultural and educational centre. Further drive to Ventspils. Arrival to Ventspils in the evening. Enjoy a romantic walk long the beach. Overnight: Ventspils.
Day 14: Ventspils - Jurmala - Riga (196 km).
Departure to Riga via Jurmala – biggest seaside resort in Latvia. Here you will discover a combination of charming wooden houses built in the beginning of the last century and modern resort buildings. Arrival in Riga. Overnight: Riga.
Day 15: Riga.
End of the tour.
Package price per person (if min. 2 pax):
- 4* Accommodation: 499 EUR, Single room supplement - 300 EUR:
* Riga: „Domina Inn Riga“ 4* or similar
* Tallinn: „Domina Inn Ilmarine“ 4* or similar
* Tartu: „Dorpat“ 4* or similar
* Sigulda: „Segevold“ 4* or similar
* Vilnius: “Holiday Inn”4* or similar
* Druskininkai: “Europa Royal”4* or similar
* Kaunas: “Reval Inn ”4*or similar
* Klaipeda: „Klaipeda“ 4* or similar
* Ventspils: „Vilnis“ 3* or similar
- 3* Accommodation: 459 EUR, Single room supplement - 260 EUR:
* Riga: “Hanza”3 * or similar
* Tallinn: “Metropol”3 *or similar
* Tartu: “Pallas”3 * or similar
* Sigulda: “Sigulda” 3* or similar
* Vilnius: “Tilto Hotel”3 * or similar
* Druskininkai: “Pusynas” 3* or similar
* Kaunas: “Kalipeda” 3 *or similar
* Klaipeda: “Aribe” 3* or similar
* Ventspils: “Vilnis” 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 - 0 Eur
* 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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