Escorted by a private guide and chauffeured car, this deluxe tour features premium accommodation, a refined itinerary and fine dining.
Day 1: TALLINN (5 km)
Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your elegant Telegraaf Hotel in the heart of Tallinn’s limestone old town. Dinner at Telegraaf’s Tchaikovsky Restaurant, an upmarket foodie haven rated Estonia’s 2nd greatest restaurant last year. Tallinn is Europe’s best kept secret when it comes to a fully preserved medieval town, gourmet dining and creative locals. Situated on the shores of the Gulf of Finland it offers a unique natural setting with rocky beaches, pine forests and endless horizons.
Day 2: TALLINN (10 km)
Your experienced guide will get you acquainted with Tallinn’s Old Town while strolling on medieval streets and secret passages. The Upper Town, Toompea (Domberg), preserves the original sandstone fortress and offers splendid views of the city and the Gulf of Finland. The Alexander Nevski Orthodox Cathedral is a must-see along with the Dome Cathedral and the Garden of the Danish King. The majestic Town Hall and its square is the central point of the area, surrounded by tall towers of St. Nicholas, St. Olaf and Holy Spirit churches. You will visit the impressive Dominican monastery and walk along the 15th century city walls before arriving for lunch at the innovative Leib Ja Aed (Bread and Garden) restaurant. The afternoon offers you a tour of Pirita, an Olympic Yacht Harbour developed for 1980 Moscow Olympics. Apart from impressive buildings and countless masts you will visit the famous Forest Cemetery and have a look at St. Bridget’s Convent ruins. The remainder of the afternoon is dedicated to explore Kadriorg, or Catherine’s Valley area of Tallinn, known for its wooden architecture, lush gardens and the Russian imperial summer residence. The state-of-the-art KUMU Estonian Art Museum will get you familiar with country’s national romantic and contemporary art. Your tonight’s dinner will be served at the legendary Gloria, opened in 1937 and still keeping its legacy over Tallinn’s dining establishments.
Day 3: TALLINN TO ESTONIAN ISLANDS (300 km)
You will travel by ferry and overland (or take a short flight) to the Estonian islands, namely Saaremaa and Muhu. Home to juniper fields and windmills, Saaremaa is the largest and most visited island in Estonia. The scenic tour of the island will include a visit to its capital, Kuressaare with the impressive Arensburg Castle. The laid-back town is great for a leisurely stroll or authentic souvenir shopping. The island is best explored while touring the landscapes by car, stopping at Karja church, traditional windmills in Angla and the meteorite crater in Kaali. Weather permitting you will reach the Panga cliff overlooking the Baltic Sea. Lunch at the local restaurant sampling island delicacies. After a leisurely lunch you will arrive on Muhu for your short break at one of the best island hotels in Europe, the Padaste Manor. Located on the shores of the Baltic it offers beautifully appointed rooms, a spa and Estonia’s best restaurant, Alexander. Your island experience can be extended by joining fishing, cycling, hunting or horseback riding activities. Dinner at Padaste’s Alexander Restaurant.
Day 4: ESTONIAN ISLANDS TO RIGA (300 km) B, L, D
The morning is spent at leisure for you to enjoy spa treatments. You will leave the islands on a ferry and arrive to Parnu, Estonia’s seaside resort on a sandy Baltic beach. Lunch at the elegant Ammende Villa followed by a walk around the old part of Parnu with picturesque houses featuring colourful wooden doors. The afternoon is spent travelling on the scenic Baltic coastal highway. A stop at the Münchhausen museum will unveil incredible stories of Baron Münchhausen, a German nobleman and Russian Army cornet, more famous for being a recounter of tall tales. Evening arrival to Riga entering the city via the Freedom Avenue, the street that shows Riga’s development and expansion decade by decade. Your convenient stay is ensured at the luxury Grand Palace Hotel, located a stone’s throw away from both the Cathedral and the Castle. Dinner at the in-house Suite restaurant where a fusion of European and Asian cuisines match with an elegant Art Deco setting.
Day 5: RIGA (10 km)
During the morning walk around the Old Town of Riga you will visit the majestic St. Peters’s church and its tower to enjoy the best view of the city, reaching as far as the Baltic Sea on a clear day. The National Opera, associated with Richard Wagner is a splendid palace where you will have a great opportunity to tour the backstage. You will then visit to the majestic Dome Cathedral where a small organ concert will be played to experience the sound of Europe’s once largest organ. Lunch will be served at Biblioteka No1, a culinary destination at the beautiful Vermanes park. The afternoon will showcase another treasure of Riga – the Art Nouveau architecture. With over 800 facades of this vivid early 20th century style you will have an enjoyable tour on foot and by car sampling the architectural heritage. You will also have a sneak peek at Riga’s busy seaport and visit the historical Kaiserwald suburb with beautiful Art Nouveau and modernist villas nestled in a pine forest bordering the Lake Kisezers. Late afternoon visit of the Central Market with the tasting of Latvian delicacies. Tonights’ dinner awaits you at the famous Vincents, the belle adresse for fine dining.
Day 6: RIGA TO LITHUANIAN LAKES (360 km)
This morning you will discover the once-colonial Duchy of Courland with its splendid Rundale Palace. Designed by Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, author of St. Petersburg’s Hermitage, it is a unique baroque and rococo treasure in the middle of Latvia’s peaceful countryside. You will get familiar with extravagant interiors and the famous rose garden. Heading further south you will reach Lithuania with its symbolic Hill of Crosses followed by lunch at the recently refurbished Pakruojis Manor. The afternoon will continue driving along the flatlands of Northern and Central Lithuania until you arrive to the luxury lakeshore eco- lodge, Esperanza Resort. Dinner at Esperanza’s in-house restaurant presenting a sumptuous choice of gourmet dishes.
Day 7: LITHUANIAN LAKES TO VILNIUS (50 km)
This great morning includes a leisurely breakfast and some relaxation by the lake or a spa treatment. You will leave Esperanza Resort around noon to get to Trakai for lunch with a view to the medieval castle on a lake island. A walk along the wooden houses of Trakai, inhabited by the oriental karaite community, is followed by a tour of the Island Castle. A great art exhibition at Uzutrakis Estate will get you familiar with Lithuanian nobility traditions of the 19th century. Late afternoon transfer to Vilnius. Vilnius can be proudly titled as the Easternmost city of the Western civilisation. Located less than 30 km from EU’s external border Vilnius has always been in the crossroad of East and West, visible in its architecture and lifestyle. Home to over 50 churches and a rich Jewish heritage, the city has a unique feel of harmony and charm. Upon arrival to Vilnius you will be transferred to the wonderfully located Kempinski Cathedral Square hotel. Dinner will be served at the hotel’s Telegraph restaurant introducing you with a new take on the Lithuanian cuisine.
Day 8: VILNIUS (10 km)
After a sumptuous breakfast we invite you for a private tour of Vilnius featuring the baroque old town with church spires and magnificent facades lining narrow cobblestoned streets. A visit to Vilnius University and its courtyards will reveal city’s academic heritage. A special part of the tour is dedicated to Vilnius’s once vibrant Jewish culture. You will get acquainted with the former Jewish quarter, turned into a ghetto during the Holocaust. The Glassmaker street is a mecca of exquisite art galleries and designer shops. Lunch at the renowned Dublis. The afternoon is dedicated for an in-depth tour of Vilnius Castle and Cathedral area with the Royal Palace, Gediminas Fortress and the Neoclassical Cathedral. You will also visit the Gothic Quarter with St. Annes church and the bohemian Uzupis Republic. Your farewell dinner is set at Boff Steakhouse, a local favourite serving truly amazing steaks.
Private transfer to Vilnius airport for your homebound flight.