A Week in the Baltics
This 8 day Baltic states tour is called A Week in the Baltics and this luxury Tauck tour packs more into those 8 days than anyone could ask for. Travel through Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania taking in the architectural brilliance of castles, enjoying the medieval history of the area and taking in some exclusive opportunities only available on a Tauck tour.
If history, art and culture is on your agenda, it’s all covered in every action-packed day of this great tour. Your A Week in the Baltics Tauck tour starts in Vilnius, Lithuania where you can explore the Old Town and even the famed Trakai Castle. Then, for the first time in your life, you can follow the actual Yellow Roads into Latvia. From there you’re off to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia to explore Toompea Castle before continuing on to Helsinki, Finland. From music to art and all points in between your Baltic itch will be scratched in 8 days that will change your life forever.
8 Days • fr. $4,190
Tour Highlights & Offers
- TAUCK’S YELLOW ROADS! Drive along coastal roads, through peaceful forests and idyllic farms as you travel across the Baltic region from Lithuania to Latvia and Estonia
- TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – A private concert featuring the music of Finnish national composer Jean Sibelius in Helsinki
- Visits to Old Town Vilnius, northern Europe's oldest and largest surviving medieval town, and 14th-century Trakai Castle
- Riga sightseeing including its Art Nouveau New Town, medieval Old Town and and historic former Jewish Ghetto
- Lunch in the Estonian summer resort town of Parnu
- A guided walking tour of Tallinn's medieval Lower Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a visit to Toompea Castle
- A first-class ferry ride from Tallinn to Helsinki
- Visits to Helsinki's Finlandia Hall, Tempeliaukio (Rock) Church, Sibelius Monument and National Museum of Finland
- Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
- All customary gratuities for hotel and restaurant staff and local guides are included.
- The customary gratuities for the Tauck Director and local drivers are not included. We ask that gratuities be extended on a voluntary, individual basis and not as a group.
- All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, dry cleaning, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
- Airline excess luggage charges, vaccinations, visa fees and services, airport arrival and departure taxes, individual airport transfers (when applicable), and other optional or incidental extras are not included.
- All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
- 7 breakfasts
- 4 lunches
- 4 dinners
- Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square in Vilnius, Lithuania (2 nights)
- Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga in Riga, Latvia (2 nights)
- Swissôtel Tallinn in Tallinn, Estonia (1 night)
- Hotel Kämp in Helsinki, Finland (2 nights)
Welcome to Vilnius, Lithuania
Tour begins at 6:00 PM at Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, Vilnius, Lithuania. A transfer is included from Vilnius Airport to the Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, your 5-star hotel in the heart of Vilnius' Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join the group for a welcome reception and dinner this evening at the hotel; your Tauck guest room offers views of historic Cathedral Square.
KEMPINSKI HOTEL CATHEDRAL SQUARE
Vilnius' Old Town & Trakai Castle
With its remarkable Baroque and Renaissance architecture, including the 16th-century cathedral and adjacent Cathedral Square, Old Town Vilnius is sort of a living museum – as you'll appreciate on a walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you wish, join us for a visit to the KGB Museum; set in the building that was headquarters of the German Gestapo during WWII, then of the Soviet Secret Police (KGB) from 1944-1991, it chronicles the repression of and resistance to the Soviet occupation of Lithuania.
Later, set off along the Yellow Roads to the medieval town of Trakai; visit its historic castle dating to the 14th century. Back in Vilnius, spend the evening as you please in Lithuania's capital.
KEMPINSKI HOTEL CATHEDRAL SQUARE
Along the Yellow Roads to Latvia
From Vilnius, travel along the Yellow Roads through idyllic Lithuanian countryside and into Latvia. Stop in seaside Jurmala en route to Riga. Latvia's capital was among the leading trading centers of Central and Eastern Europe in its heyday from the 13th to the 15th centuries; you'll visit the city's opulent 19th-century Opera House, lovingly restored during the 1990s and now a source of great national pride for the people of Latvia, and do some exploring on your own.
Spend the next two nights at the Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga in the heart of the old city, where you'll enjoy an included dinner tonight or tomorrow.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
GRAND HOTEL KEMPINSKI RIGA
Explore Latvia's medieval capital, Riga
Drive to Riga's New Town for a guided walking tour of what's considered the best collection of Art Nouveau buildings in Europe. Then it's on to Riga Market and the cobbled streets of Old Town, lined with historic structures dating back 800 years; you'll see Riga Castle, the Swedish Gate and the Three Brothers Medieval Dwelling House, all part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Those who wish may join us to explore some of Riga's somber reminders of the tragic years of the Holocaust in Latvia, on visits to the Jewish Museum and the city's old Jewish Cemetery (holidays permitting).
GRAND HOTEL KEMPINSKI RIGA
On to Tallinn, capital of Estonia
This Baltic States tours take you from Latvia into Estonia this morning via the Riga – Tallin Road, with a stop in the seaside resort town of Parnu for lunch. Today's final destination is Estonia's capital city, Tallinn, a fine example of a Northern European trading center of the Middle Ages. A walking tour with your local guide explores Tallinn’s cobblestoned Lower Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its Town Hall square, walls and towers (including one affectionately dubbed “Fat Margaret”) and St. Olaf’s Church, which reigned as the known world's tallest building between 1549 and 1625. Your contemporary hotel is ideally located close to Old Town; enjoy dinner this evening at a noted local restaurant.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Toompea Castle & a ferry to Helsinki
In use since around the 9th century AD, mighty Toompea Castle in Tallinn's well-preserved city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, still looks pretty much as it did after 12th-century renovations, and is home to the Estonian Parliament today.
After visiting this ancient hilltop stronghold, you'll board a high-speed ferry and cruise first class across the Gulf of Finland to Helsinki, Finland, for a two-night stay at the Hotel Kamp. An intriguing mix of parks, waterways, and numerous architectural styles, the Finnish capital is yours to explore on a sightseeing tour – including the Neo-Classical Senate Square; Helsinki Cathedral, with its iconic green cupolas and white columns; Finlandia Hall; and the Sibelius Monument, honoring Finland's greatest composer.
Discovering Helsinki & the music of Sibelius
A day of exploration in Helsinki winds up your journey today. Start with a guided visit to the National Museum of Finland in central Helsinki. In this National Romantic-style building, which originally opened in 1916 and was renovated and re-opened in 2000, a vast collection including archaeological finds, coins, jewelry, silver, weapons and other artifacts interpret Finnish history and culture from prehistoric times to the present day.
Then visit Temppeliaukio (The Rock) Church, hewn from solid rock in the 1960s. Later, a private concert features the works of beloved Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), whose music helped foster his country's national identity during the 19th and 20th centuries. Spend the afternoon as you wish followed by a farewell reception and dinner at the hotel.
Tour ends in Helsinki, Finland. A transfer is included from the Hotel Kamp to Helsinki Airport. Allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in.
- 60 days or more before departure: $600.00 per person
- 59-8 days before departure: $900.00 per person
- 7-1 days before departure: $1500.00 per person
- On departure day and later: 100% of total price
- Any changes or cancellations to airline reservations made through Tauck either before or after departure are subject to the cancellation / change policies of the individual airlines. In n some instances these cancellation / change fees may be up to 100% of the ticket price.
- Cancellation fees may also apply to any additional services, including extra night accommodations, independently supplied services, and optional excursions reserved prior to, during, and after the tour. If flight changes, including, but not limited to, flight cancellations or name changes, are requested after full land and air deposits are received, revision fees, change fees, or airline cancellation fees will apply.
- All cancellations must be received in writing prior to tour departure. The cancellation policy will apply according to the date that the cancellation notification is received. The MINIMUM cancellation penalty is the deposit amount.
- The purchase to trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
Terms and Conditions
- Land only “from price” is per person based on two people sharing a room together and does not include airfare unless expressly stated.
- All prices are in US Dollars.
- A $600 non-refundable, non-transferable, per-person, per-vacation deposit is required to reserve space for you. Payment of the deposit indicates you have read and accepted all Terms & Conditions. Your booking is not confirmed until the deposit payment is processed and you receive a confirmation invoice.
- Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Within the final payment date, payment in full is required at time of booking to reserve space. Reservations (land, cruise, and air) are canceled if final payment is not received by the due date.
- Additional deposits or payments are required for international air added to the start and/or end of your vacation.