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The Baltics Revealed featuring St. Petersburg 2021

12 days with Collette Vacations   Rating: Deluxe

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Vilnius, Lithuania.

Day 2 Vilnius, Lithuania - Tour Begins
Step into another time in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Stay in the heart of medieval Old Town (UNESCO) – a relic of a bygone era, where cobblestone streets lead through a seamless mosaic of cultures. The city’s Baroque arches, neoclassical siding, and 300-year-old frescoes creates an indescribable charm. Joining new friends tonight, get a taste of the culture at a local restaurant where you will excite your palate with warm and hearty comfort food. (D)

Day 3 Vilnius
Discover Vilnius University, the oldest in the Baltic states. Decide how to see the city because it’s your choice! Stroll the winding streets with a local expert and peek into Vilnius’s Jewish heritage, Bohemian lifestyle, and budding art district -OR- explore by bike with a local guide, passing the vibrant colors of imaginative street murals. Then, uncover the nation’s dark past at the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights, better known as the KGB Museum. Located in the former Nazi and Soviet headquarters, the museum hosts personal accounts from the victims and their families. (B)

Day 4 Vilnius - Trakai - Vilnius
Embrace the fairy-tale aura around you at the Trakai Island Castle. Surrounded by curving coastlines and towering pines, the burnt orange walls of the fortress appear to rise directly out of the gentle waves of Lake Galve. Enjoy free time to explore the castle grounds and village. Make sure to stop in one of the cozy restaurants for a bite of a kybyn – a traditional Karaim dumpling. The remainder of the day is yours to explore Vilnius on your own. (B)

Day 5 Vilnius - Riga, Latvia
Depart Vilnius and make your way to the Hill of Crosses, a mystical shrine from the 1800s that has been rebuilt and expanded continuously over time. Cross over the Latvian border to Riga, the country’s capital and the largest city in the Baltic region. Take advantage of your centrally located Art Nouveau hotel before an interactive cooking class, where you’ll use traditional ingredients with a modern twist. Enjoy the fruits of your labor as you dig into the flavorful feast. (B,D)

Day 6 Riga
Discover the capital’s hidden secrets with an expert guide, venturing along historic squares reflective of German and Russian tastes. Take a ride through the Art Nouveau district, where you’ll see stately apartments and elegant façades. Visit the Art Nouveau museum, located inside the former home of Latvian architect K. Pekšens. Marvel at the iconic spiral staircase, adorned with unexpected artistic touches. Explore Riga’s famous central market, where flowers, fruit, and pastries overflow the stalls of this converted airplane hangar. Enjoy an evening at leisure and take in Riga’s opulent Old Town. (B)

Day 7 Riga - Pärnu, Estonia - Tallinn
Head to Pärnu, Estonia’s seaside resort town. Wander on your own before joining a local naturalist for an Estonian tradition – bogging. Choose how you explore because it’s your choice! Traipse through the wetland with a pair of bog shoes,* trekking over the sodden moss and tasting berries from the water -OR- walk above the shrubs on a boardwalk, winding your way across the bog. Continue on to Tallinn – the country’s capital – and settle into Hotel Palace, built in 1937 and located next to the city’s main square. Dine at a medieval restaurant, lit by candles and set in a wealthy merchant’s house. Enjoy authentic food and traditional music as you are transported back to a night in the 15th century. (B,D)

Day 8 Tallinn
Visit the Estonian Open Air Museum which you can explore on foot or by horse and carriage. Delve into the rural history, wandering by preserved houses and timeworn windmills. Discover Tallinn’s twisting cobblestone streets with an expert guide, feeling as if the Middle Ages live on. Choose how you connect with the city’s culture because it’s your choice! Experience Tallinn’s age-old tradition of Marzipan, painting your own edible sculpture to take home as a tasty souvenir -OR- visit Raeapteek, Europe’s oldest continuously working apothecary, where you can learn about the intriguing range of herbal remedies. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore at leisure. (B)

Day 9 Tallinn - St. Petersburg, Russia
Head east through the Baltic region and make your way to St. Petersburg, Russia’s Imperial capital. Full of regal beauty and layers of history, St. Petersburg's iconic sights are yours to be discovered. To start your 3-night stay in Russia, delve into the country’s rich culture at a dinner featuring Russian specialties. (B,D)

Day 10 St. Petersburg
Get acquainted with the city before heading to the Winter Palace, a vibrant dwelling that served as the former home of Russian tsars. Wander into the glory of Russian aristocracy as you make your way through this lavish green-and-white complex. Inside, experience the Hermitage Museum with an expert guide. Gaze in wonder at the collection of paintings, the second largest in the world, containing pieces by Monet and Matisse. The rest of the day is yours. Perhaps you will go on an optional excursion to Peterhof, an estate known to be the “Russian Versailles.” (B)

Day 11 St. Petersburg
Continue your Imperial odyssey at the Catherine Palace – a monumental manor that functioned as the Russian tsars’ ornate summer home. Let your eyes drift along the iconic exterior, in its signature shade of robin’s egg blue. Welcome the feeling of royalty as you gain exclusive early access into the palace. Tonight, treat your taste buds to traditional Georgian cuisine at a farewell dinner featuring an exotic spin on savory comfort food from the neighboring country. Toast the end of your whirlwind adventure as you reflect on your excursion through the Baltics and Russia. (B,D)

Day 12 St. Petersburg - Tour Ends
As your tour draws to a close, say goodbye to winding medieval villages and stately royal palaces. (B)
All This Included
From the Middle Ages to the height of the Russian Empire, experience the kaleidoscope of influences in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Russia. Relish the timeless charm of Vilnius and explore its cobblestone streets – by bike or on foot. Step into the pages of a fairytale at Trakai, an island castle with soaring pines and grassy shores. Embrace the historic past of Riga when you spend two nights in the opulent Old Town. Taste traditional Latvian flavors in a hands-on cooking class. Peek into the rural heritage of the Baltics at the Estonian Open Air Museum. Feel like a Russian tsar at the colossal Winter Palace. On the precipice of all things old and new, discover a melting pot of cultures and medieval heritage in the Baltics.
  • 15 meals
  • Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip
  • Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours
  • Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees"
  • Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life
  • Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour
  • Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway)
Highlights
  • Embark on a bogging adventure with a local naturalist.
  • Walk into a snapshot of the rural past at the Estonian Open Air Museum.
Accommodations
Vilnius: Artagonist Hotel 
Riga: Neiburgs Hotel
Tallinn: Hotel Palace 
St. Petersburg: Pushka INN Hotel 
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre Night Hotel:
  • Artagonist Hotel
Post Tour Extension:
  • 3 Night Moscow Extension ( Land Only )
Notes
  • This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.