Tours to the Baltic States (starting out from St. Petersburg)
The Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
The Baltic States are located south-west of St. Petersburg, on the east of the Baltic Sea. All three countries share a border with Russia and all are members of the European Union.
These three neighbouring countries have an interconnected history and culture, although the indigenous population of Latvia and Lithuania are known as 'Baltic' while people of Estonia are Finnish. Since the beginning of the 18th century, the history and culture of the Baltic States have been closely linked to Russia.
Travel to Baltic States
A visit to Baltic States can well be combined with the trip to St. Petersburg. Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is situated less than 400 km from St. Petersburg and there are different ways to travel between these two cities. St. Petersburg to Tallinn by plane is only 50 minutes. There is an overnight train and buses make several trips a day. There is also a ferry.
Buses and trains also operate between St. Petersburg and Riga, the capital of Latvia, and between St. Petersburg and Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania.
The best way to see all three Baltic States starting from St. Petersburg is to travel to Tallinn first and then to fly or travel by bus to Riga, which is 281 km away from Tallinn. Fast trains will also soon be available, operated by the Estonian company 'Edelaraudtee', but currently it is necessary to change trains on the border between Estonia and Latvia. There are also regular trains, buses and flights between Riga (Latvia) and Vilnius (Lithuania).
Full Baltic States Tour
Duration: 5-6 days
Trips to individual Baltic countries can be arranged on request. Please call or email to discuss your particular preferences.
Day 1: Depart for Vilnius
18:45 - Direct overnight train departs from St.Petersburg to Vilnius
Day 2: Vilnius City Tour
08:00 – Arrival at Vilnius, meet the guide and driver on the station platform. Beginning of the Vilnius city tour.
Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania, situated on the banks of rivers Neris and Vilnia. The first time it was mentioned was when Grand Duke Gedeminas built a Castle on a hill there in 1323, and the old town of Vilnius is one of the largest and oldest in Eastern Europe. The magic atmosphere and the magnificent splendid architectural blend of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Classicism styles makes this wonderful city to explore. During the city tour you visit Gedeminas Tower, numerous Cathedrals dated back to the 16th and 17th centuries, walk along Castle Street by the Presidential Palace, and struggle around the famous 'Uzupis' quarter, known as an independent republic of artists, poets and writers.
12:00 – end of the city tour check-in to your hotel. Free time in the afternoon to explore the city.
Day 3: Explore Trakai, travel to Riga
Free time in the morning. Check out of the hotel.
12:30 – Meeting with the guide and driver. Drive to Trakai (28km from Vilnius) with luggage on board.
13:30 - Start tour of Trakai.
Trakai is one of the most popular tourist attraction of the country, as it is the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, a small town situated in a picturesque lakeside area. The historical part of the town conserved the ruins of Peninsula Castle, the authentic heritage of small ethnic group Karaites as well as the top must-see side – the famous insular Castle on the lake, the original gothic style architectural monument from the end of the XIV century, these days a historical Museum of Trakai. This tour includes a walk in the Karaites Cultural Reserve as well as a visit to Trakai Castle. After the tour you will have some free time to enjoy the beautiful nature of this area.
After the tour and good walk, enjoy some of the traditional dishes of Karaites cuisine in a local restaurant.
19:00 – arrive at Vilnius airport to check-in for a direct flight to Riga
21:40 – departure of the flight to Riga
22:30 – arrive Riga and transfer to the hotel, which is situated in the historical center of Riga.
Day 4: Riga tour
Check-out from the hotel after breakfast, leave your luggage in the luggage room and meet your private guide to explore Riga, its old town and Art Nouveau district.
10:00-14:00 – Walking tour of Central Riga.
Riga, the capital of Latvia, is more than 800 years old. Here, in the narrow streets of Old Riga, you can feel the breath of centuries. The city was started in the XIII century and for a long time had been a mighty harbor as well as a member of the 'Hanseatic Trade League', which joined the traders of the Baltic Region and North Germany. After walking in the old town (about 2 hours) move to the Art Nouveau part of the city. Nearly half of the buildings in the center of Riga are built in the Art Nouveau style, which is more than in any other European city and a favourite of art and architecture connoisseurs. In an international effort to preserve Old Riga, it's wooden buildings and Art Nouveau architecture in the historical center of Riga have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
14:00-16:30 – Free time for lunch and walking around the city centre.
16:30 – Return to the hotel to pick up luggage and meet the driver, transfer to the airport.
17:15 – Arrive at Riga airport, check-in for the direct flight to Tallinn.
19:05 – Flight departure to Tallinn.
19:55 – Arrive Tallinn, transfer to the hotel, situated in the historical city centre.
Day 5: Tallinn tour
Meet your guide and driver after breakfast and begin your driving city tour around Tallinn city center.
09:30-13:30 – Driving city tour of Tallinn including visits to Roca al Mare Open Air Museum and Kadriorg Park, Kadriorg Palace and Peter the Great's Cottage.
Tallinn is truly one of the gems of Northern Europe. The old town has been astonishingly well preserved and was inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. Start your day with the driving to the most famous Tallinn museums.
Rocca Al Mare open air museum is located in the quite seaside Rocca Al Mare area and is a travel back to the rural Estonia of XVIII-XX centuries. The forested park comprises numerous farm buildings as well as historic windmills, a wooden chapel and a village school. Staff dressed in period costumes demonstrate how people lived and worked in times past. Visitors can buy handicrafts and try the traditional Estonian food in the village tavern.
Kadriorg Palace, which stands in beautiful Kadriorg Park, is a grand baroque Palace built for Peter the Great in 1718 by the Italian architect Niccolo Michetti. Currently the Palace houses paintings, prints, sculptures and other works by Russian and Western-European artists. It also has a beautiful 'decadent' main hall with an elaborate ceiling and stucco work.
Peter the Great's Cottage, also known as "the Old Palace" (Kadriorg Palace being "the New Palace"), has fascinating history that started in the early 18th century, when Tsar Peter stayed here before his Kadriorg Grand Palace project was completed. This house is situated very close to the Palace and it is now a museum that includes his living room, dining room and bedroom as well as newly renovated rooms in the attic and basement. The rooms are furnished with the items from Peter the Great's time and some of his own personal belongings are also on display.
After lunch you will continue to explore Tallinn with your private guide.
15:00-17:30 – walking tour of Tallinn old town including the visit into the Old Town’s City Hall.
Tallinn's beautiful old town was built in the 13th-15th century, when it was known as Reval. It was a thriving member of Hanseatic Trade League and the city centre is full of colorful gabled houses, half-hidden courtyards and grandiose churches. The fact that it's all neatly packaged within a mostly-intact city wall and dotted with guard towers gives it an extra dose of fairytale charm.
The impressive Gothic Town Hall dominates Medieval Tallinn's main square. Built in 1404 as a meeting place for the ruling burgermeisters, it has been one of the main sights ever since. Nowadays, it is the only intact Gothic Town Hall in Northern Europe.
Day 6 - Departure/Transfer
The cost of the tour Full Baltic States Tour is available on request, as it depends on the number of guests and the date of the tour. We are also happy to arrange tailor-made tours for you to one or more of the Baltic countries. Please contact us to discuss you preferences.