Baltic States Explorer

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  • 11 September–20 September 2020 – Just added
10 days
from £1,845 pp
Tour code: AGT1148

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    Upcoming Tour Date:

    • 11 September–20 September 2020 – Just added
    10 days
    from £1,845 pp
    Tour code: AGT1148

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      Tour Code AGT1148
      Max Group Size 26
      Single Supplement £300
      Start/End Point Tallinn / Vilnius
      Tour Manager TBC

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      Would you prefer to fly from your local airport or spend a few days at the end of your tour on the beach? We are happy to help you arrange any additional requirements you may have from airport parking and hotels to pre and post tour hotel stays. Whilst the majority of our tours use group flights from London airports it is often possible to offer regional departures or connections – give us a call on 01425 480600 and let us help make your trip as comfortable as possible.

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      The three nations that comprise the Baltic Republics are some of the most affluent and upcoming in all of Europe. Known for being the source of Europe’s amber trade (The Amber Road – dating back over 44 million years), these gems of Tallinn, Riga & Vilnius are cultural jewels, polished and waiting to be discovered.

      Three countries very unique in character and history make up the Baltic States. Lands carpeted in vast swathes of lush green forest, shorelines awash with ancient amber, and a people that have endured many conflicts and crusades over hundreds of years. The countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia were colonised by Vikings, were some of the last bastions of pagan religions in Europe (targeted by years of Christian crusades) and suffered heavily under both Soviet and Nazi rule. In the modern world, all three countries boast a high standard of living, beautiful archaeological sites and national parks, and also vibrant hubs of culture as their capital cities.

      This tour of the Baltics will take you from the imposing castle of Trakai, to stunning amber finds at Palanga. From Europe’s widest waterfall in Kuldiga, to the vibrant old-town of Riga. From the shores of Lake Peipsi and to conclude in the gorgeous city of Tallinn. Join Prestige Holidays on an exceptional adventure to uncover the Baltic States.

      The Baltic’s Amber…

      “The Baltic region is home to the largest known deposit of amber, dating back over 44 million years. A natural fossilized tree resin similar to sap, containing a high natural content of succinic acid, it comes in a variety of colours including white, green, pink, blue, and even black. It is most commonly associated with the amber colour form, which is most common. Amber is often worn as jewellery as it has apparent natural healing properties and is often used as a homeopathic anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. It has been estimated that the forests of this region created more than 100,000 tonnes of amber, and today, 90% comes from Kaliningrad, who extract around 400 tonnes a year. Quite often, extracted amber contains the entombed remains of extinct flowers and insects in an almost pristine state. Sometimes dubbed the ‘gold of the north’, it was an important commodity in pre-16th century Europe and the ‘Amber Road’ was an ancient trade route running from the Baltic States to Southern Europe. Today, amber is still in high demand and can fetch a high price, used mainly for fashion purposes. During our tour, you will have ample opportunity to view and purchase some of the region’s amber in numerous forms, and we will also visit the famous Pelanga Amber Museum in Lithuania.”

      Amber

      Highlights

      • Explore the impressive 14th century castle at Trakai Lake
      • Marvel at the incredible amber exhibition in Palanga
      • Discover the charming 17th – 18th century streets of Kuldiga
      • A chance to explore and shop in Riga’s old town
      • Visit all three capital cities of the Baltic States

      What’s Included

      • Return flights from London Gatwick, outbound to Vilnius and inbound from Tallinn via Riga
      • 9 nights in good standard accommodation
      • Daily breakfast, five lunches and six evening meals
      • All excursions, entrance fees and tips
      • All overseas transport and English-speaking guides
      • Services of a Prestige Holidays Tour Manager

      Itinerary

      Day 1 - Arrival (D)

      Arrival. After check-in, embark on a walking tour of vibrant Tallinn, followed by a welcome dinner in a traditional Estonian restaurant.

      Overnight: Tallinn

      Day 2 - Tallinn (B, L)

      Tallinn is considered one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe. We start in the picturesque old town, where the whole district dates back to the Middle Ages. The tour includes Toompea Castle, the 13th century Dome Church, and many other sites of interest.

      Overnight: Tallinn

      Day 3 - Tartu (B, L)

      Continue to charming Tartu along the famous ‘Onion Route’ skirting the shores of Lake Peipsi, getting acquainted with the Russian Old Believers en route. The city is Estonia’s second largest and straddles the banks of the River Emajogi, which connects the country’s two largest lakes. This afternoon, enjoy a leisurely walking tour of Tartu’s sights, including the old town and the Toome Hill ruins of the old Dome Church.

      Overnight: Tartu

      Day 4 - Tartu / Cesis / Riga (B, L, D)

      Before departing from Tartu, visit the Museum of Classical Arts & Antiquities. Then, venturing across into Latvia, we travel through the Vidzeme Region. Known as the Switzerland of Latvia, this area boasts some beautiful views. After lunch, continue to the town of Cesis, famous for its imposing 13th century castle, before arriving in Riga, the capital city of Latvia.

      Overnight: Riga

      Day 5 - Riga (B)

      Walking tour of Riga’s historic old town with visits to St Peter’s Church, Riga Cathedral, the ‘Three Brothers’ (the oldest complex of dwellings in Riga), and the National Museum. Spend the afternoon at leisure.

      Overnight: Riga

      Day 6 - Kuldiga / Liepaja (B, L, D)

      In Kuldiga, stroll through the historic town centre, boasting unique 17th-18th century architecture. Soak up the wonderful vista of the River Venta and Europe’s widest natural rapid. Continue westwards towards Liepaja, famous for its historic old town and the striking concert hall known as ‘The Great Amber’.

      Overnight: Liepaja

      Day 7 - Palanga / Klaipeda / Nida (B, D)

      Cross our final international border into beautiful Lithuania. En route to the famous city of Klaipeda, stop at Palanga, where a leisurely stroll through the local gardens awaits, before admiring the impressive collection at the Museum of Amber. Passing through Klaipeda, take the ferry across the Curonian Spit and travel down the spine of this unusual geographic feature to the charming seaside town of Nida.

      Overnight: Klaipeda

      Day 8 - Klaipeda / Kernave / Vilnius (B, D)

      Enjoy further exploration of historic Klaipeda. The heart of this city has played home to both culture and villains alike, once hosting Adolf Hitler for a rally during the outbreak of World War 2. Stop at the engrossing archaeological site at Kernave and visit its impressive archaeological museum before continuing to Vilnius.

      Overnight: Vilnius

      Day 9 - Vilnius / Trakai (B, L, D)

      Early morning visit to the fantastic Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania before departing for the nearby town of Trakai to explore the stunning 14th century castle. This impressive fortification and the surrounding settings are one of the highlights of this tour. Return to Vilnius for some free time before our farewell dinner.

      Overnight: Vilnius

      Day 10 - Departure (B)

      Transfer to the airport for departure.

      Prestige Holidays’ booking conditions apply. Price is based on twin/double occupancy. Single rooms are on request at a supplement of £300 — subject to availability. Itinerary may be subject to slight alterations due to operational restrictions. Hotels are subject to change and a hotel of similar standard in the overnight locations may be provided. Flight times are provisional and subject to change due to airline schedules.

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