Day 1: Riga - ARRIVAL
Arrival in Riga.
private transfer to hotel, check-in and free time.
Day 2: Riga - Jurmala
09:00 pick-up of the car in the reception of hotel. Car rental representative will come with documents and keys, will explain everything and the car will be given.
Riga is a city of big inspiration. While walking the streets of old town you will be able to feel that every corner of it is built by seeking perfectionism. Impressive churches, beautiful squares, uniquely designed buildings and all that surrounded by deep history is waiting for you.During the tour you will visit: Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s church, guild houses that once belonged to the merchants of Hanseatic League, the Sweden gate, the ensemble of three buildings erected in the Middle Ages and often called the three brothers, St. Jacob’s church, Parliament House, the old Riga Castle, the Tower of Sand, Livu square, Latvian National Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Art Nouveau district, the beautiful Statue of Liberty and the surrounding park with its water channels.
In the afternoon visit of Jurmala – the largest Latvian summer and health resort, only 25 km highway drive from Riga. The town is located on the coast of the Gulf of Riga and occupies a 32 km length coast line.
Day 3: Riga - Ethnographic Museum of Latvia – Parnu – Tallinn
Visit of Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia, where you will find an exposition of four different regions of Latvia – Kurzeme, Vidzeme, Latgale and Zemgale. You will be presented with a rich collection of more than 90 different buildings – houses, barns, stables, mills, even a church. Practically all buildings are free to enter, inspect and give opportunity to watch working and household tools. This is a very authentic museum that will reveal in detail the living conditions of Latvian people in the past of everyday life.
Departure to Parnu.
Arrival in Tallinn. Check-in at the hotel.
Day 4: Tallinn
Tallinn is well known for its lovely Hanseatic old town and beautiful panorama views. Tallinn is remembered by its visitors as a very vivid city where old and modern combines in harmony; and buildings built from the local material – limestone, which gives a very peculiar and exclusive look for whole city. During the tour you will visit: the upper part of old town called Toompea: Alexander Nevsky Orthodox church built in 1900, the oldest country’s church Toomkirik built in 1233, the Estonian parliament and the upper part of the old town surrounding fortress walls and towers, two different viewpoints for panorama views; lower part of old town: Town Hall, Merchant Guild Houses and a market of local handicrafts.
In the afternoon visit to Rocca al Mare – Estonia’s ethnographical museum presenting country’s ancient way of life. The museum is located just 15 min drive from the centre of Tallinn. The exposition presents 11 complexes with 72 farm buildings, church, tavern, school and windmills all of them built in 18th-19th centuries.
Day 5: Tallinn – Sigulda/Turaida
Departure to Sigulda/Turaida.
Arrival in Sigulda and Turaida, where you will visit the historical part of the Gauja National park. During the guided tour you will be acquainted with Turaida castle, Hill of Dainu, Gutmana cave, Sigulda modern castle and Sigulda old caste ruins. Check-in at the hotel.
Day 6: Sigulda/Turaida – Rundale – Hill of Crosses – Vilnius
Departure to Rundale Palace known as the only surviving baroque style palace in the Baltic countries. During a guided visit you will discover the beauty and exceptionalness of a master work of the author of the winter place of St. Petersburg – F. B. Rastrelli. You will be surprised by decorative details found in the Gold Hall, White Hall, living rooms and the palace original owner’s J. E. Biron’s bedroom. The palace is interesting not only from the architectural side, but also for its history and various stories that will be told by the guide.
Departure to the Hill of Crosses famous for thousands of big and little crosses built on an old mound making the place unique in the world. Upon request a short stop can be arranged for a pray at the nearby Franciscan monastery chapel.
Arrival in Vilnius, check-in at the hotel.
Day 7: Vilnius - Trakai
Vilnius is famous for being the most baroque city in the Nordic Europe, for all these little narrow streets and for beautiful panorama with the numerous belfries. The calm atmosphere, the green zones, the flower gardens and warm people that you will find walking in the old town will stay in your heart forever.
During the tour you will visit: Cathedral Square and the Cathedral, Castle Street, Town Hall square, Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit, St. Ann and Bernadine’s Church known as the Gothic corner of Vilnius, the Gate of Dawn with the holy image of the Virgin Mary, the Jewish ghetto, Vilnius University, Presidential Palace and the Sts. Peter and Paul’s Church, referred as the pearl of Lithuania for the dazzling white and gorgeous decorations made by Italian craftsmen.
After lunch visit to Trakai located 28 km from Vilnius, where you will discover a beautiful red brick castle built on an island in the middle of the lake. This will be a very relaxing, calm and without rush part of a day, where the visitors will be able to enjoy wonderful sights, learn a bit of the history of castle and buy local souvenirs.
20:00 drop-off the car in the reception of the hotel. Rental company representative will come to collect the car and get back the documents and the keys.
Day 8: Vilnius - Riga - departure
Breakfast at the hotel.
Private transfer to Riga International Airport.
End of our services.
The tour includes:
– 7 overnights in a 3, 4 or 5 star category hotel.
– Breakfasts at the hotels.
– Private arrival and departure transfers.
– Chosen car for whole tour (travel agent will give you options and prices) – usually WV Golf, WV Passat or Renault Traffic.
– Insurance on car theft and accidents.
– Insurance to the third parties.
– Unlimited mileage.
– Franchise 300 eur for damages if made.
– Tour can be changed to meet specific requirements.