Spanning three capital cities throughout the Baltic region, this tour explores the bustle and charm of Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn while perusing historical old towns, stealing panoramic city views, and enjoying castles, churches, and monuments. Delight in guided walking tours in each city, as well as optional day trips to the Baltic Sea and to a 14th-century insular castle. Discover the region's unique history with amber and marzipan, including tastings of the sweet dessert as well as amber vodka.

Highlights

  • Enjoy guided walking tours in Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn
  • Explore the rural scenery of Trakai's 14th-century insular castle
  • Stroll the famous white-sand beach of Jūrmala on the Baltic Sea
  • Taste traditional marzipan and the unique sweetness of amber vodka
  • Meander through romanic cobblestone old towns and discover historic sites

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Vilnius - Explore Vilnius
Day 2 Walking Tour of Vilnius - Optional Trip to Trakai Vilnius
Day 3 Bus to Riga - Enjoy Panoramic Views of the City Riga
Day 4 Explore Riga's Historical Quarter - Optional Afternoon in Jūrmala Riga
Day 5 Bus to Tallinn - Walk the Old Town Walls Tallinn
Day 6 Explore Tallinn's History - Visit the Marzipan Museum Tallinn
Day 7 Depart Tallinn Tallinn

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Vilnius - Explore

Vilnius at Sunset
Vilnius at Sunset

Welcome to the Baltic region! Your journey starts in Vilinus, the bustling capital city of Lithuania. After settling into your accommodation, head out into the city's old town for a charming evening of impressive architecture and cobblestone streets. 

Start at the town hall and stroll down either Vokiečių Street or Stiklių Street, both lined with hip cafes and restaurants serving traditional Lithuanian food as well as international cuisine. Before returning to your hotel, take a walk through the neighboring park, ending at Vilniaus Rotušė where you can enjoy the colorful lights that illuminate its facade.

If you need a nightcap, you'll find numerous late-night bars on trendy Vilniaus Street.

Day 2: Walking Tour of Vilnius - Optional Trip to Trakai

Aerial View of Vilnius
Aerial View of Vilnius

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before heading out into the city for a guided walking tour. Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania for more than 600 years, is filled with fascinating history, exquisite architecture, and impressive monuments.

Start near the Zirmunu Bridge at St. Peter and Paul’s Church, a 17th-century Roman Catholic church with gorgeous baroque architecture. Then make your way to the 15th-century Gediminas Castle, which is set in the beautiful Bernardine Park offering views of the city and lovely gardens. Nearby you'll find Cathedral Square, which hosts some of the city's most beautiful churches. The Vilnius Cathedral has an impressive bell tower, but it's the gothic architecture of St. Anne's Church that steals the show.

After walking through the city with your guide, you'll stop to visit the Amber Museum and Gallery. Here you can learn all about the "Baltic Gold" and even taste amber vodka.

End your morning in the heart of Užupis, one of the oldest districts of Vilnius proving its historical relevance since as far back as the 16th century. Today, the neighborhood is home to the "artists’ republic” which has its own constitution, national anthem, calendar, and map.

You'll have the rest of the day to continue your exploration of Vilnius at your own pace. You can also opt for a trip to Trakai, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. You'll explore its 14th-century insular castle, built on a small island in Lake Galve.

Day 3: Bus to Riga - Enjoy Panoramic Views of the City

House of the Black Heads, Riga
House of the Black Heads, Riga

After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a final morning in Vilnius. In the afternoon, you'll transfer to the bus station to catch your departure to Riga.

To get a better feel for the city's layout, visit the "Panorama Riga" observation deck in the building of the Latvian Academy of Sciences. Here you'll get a bird's eye view of Riga and witness the buzz of tourists and locals enjoying the city center.

Then enjoy a stroll through the city's main green space, Bastejkalna Park. Stop to view the Laima Clock, which dates back to 1924 and serves as a popular meeting point with locals. Warm up with a tour or a show in the spectacular Latvian National Opera, a 19th-century, neoclassical theater. Enjoy dinner in the old town before heading back to your hotel for the night.

Day 4: Explore Riga's Historical Quarter - Optional Afternoon in Jūrmala

Riga's Charming Architecture
Riga's Charming Architecture

You'll begin your day with a walking tour of Riga, starting in the picturesque old town. As you stroll the charming, cobblestone streets, don't forget to look up and enjoy the architecture. Step into the Riga Cathedral to peruse its details, including stained glass windows and an impressive organ. The cathedral features Romanesque, early Gothic, and Baroque architecture. Then wander down to St. Peter's Church, a medieval church from the 15th century.

No trip to Riga is complete without a visit to the famous, red-brick House of the Black Heads. These gothic buildings were rebuilt after WWII and now serve as the home of the president. After taking plenty of photos of the facades, head towards the river to visit Riga Castle.

Other sights worth viewing include:

  • The Swedish Gate
  • St. Jacob’s Church
  • The Parliament House
  • The Old Guild Houses
  • Latvian War Museum
  • The Powder Tower

After the city tour, you can either enjoy the rest of your day at your leisure or opt for a trip to Jūrmala on the Gulf of Riga. Jūrmala is the largest resort city in the Baltic states, known for its mild climate, clean air, healing mud and mineral water, and a long, white-sand beach.

In Jūrmala you'll discover a combination of charming wooden houses built in the beginning of the 19th century, and modern resort buildings. Take a walk along the central pedestrian Jomas Street with its numerous cafes and souvenir shops.

Day 5: Bus to Tallinn - Walk the Old Town Walls

Aerial View of Tallinn, Estonia

Spend your morning with breakfast at your hotel and a final stroll through Riga's old town. In the afternoon, you'll catch your bus to the last city of the tour, Tallinn.

After settling into your accommodation, enjoy an evening free to explore the city. If you're visiting in the summer months, you can start at Fat Margaret's Tower for a panoramic, rooftop view of the city and enjoy its famous ice cream.

Head to Town Hall Square for impressive architecture and excellent people watching. There are plenty of cafes to enjoy a coffee or meal. Down the street you'll find Tallinn's version of the House of the Black Heads. It's not quite as impressive as Riga's, although you'll certainly enjoy its famous door. If you have time, walk the old town walls along the park where you'll find historical brick towers; or spend some time at the Estonian History Museum.

Day 6: Explore Tallinn's History - Visit the Marzipan Museum

Tallinn's Medieval Skyline
Tallinn's Medieval Skyline

After breakfast, you'll meet your guide for a walking tour of Tallinn's picturesque and charming old town. It's one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in the Baltic and Nordic countries.

The tour begins at Toompea Castle, a 9th-century castle that houses the country's parliament. A quick walk through Šnelli Park will take you to 13th-century St Mary's Cathedral and the impressive Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, a must-see in Tallinn.

Another essential stopping point is St. Catherine's Passage, a charming brick alleyway where artists of St. Catherine guild present their work. End your morning with a visit to the Kalev Marzipan Museum Room for a sweet treat and a coffee in a quaint, traditional cafe.

The evening is yours to enjoy your final night in Tallinn. Pikk Street is filled with trendy cafes and restaurants, as is Rataskaevu Square. After dinner, grab a drink at one of the bars along Suur-Karja Street.

Day 7: Depart Tallinn

Bustling Tallinn in the Summertime
Bustling Tallinn in the Summertime

It's time to say goodbye to the beautiful Baltic region! Depending on your scheduled departure, you can enjoy a morning in Tallinn before heading to the airport. If you haven't seen Kadriorg Park already, it's worth a stroll for its diverse landscape and various gardens, including the Japanese Garden.

When the time comes, make your way to Tallinn Airport for your flight home or to your next destination.