Discover the capital cities of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia on this whirlwind 8-day trip through the Baltic states. As you travel north from Vilnius to Riga to Tallinn, you'll learn about each city's rich cultural, historic, and culinary traditions. Visit churches in Vilnius, indulge in a food tour in Riga, and explore the creative hub of Tallinn on this Northern European adventure.
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Explore the medieval towns and castle-filled countrysides of Latvia and Estonia on this nine-day itinerary. From the 13th through 16th centuries, the two countries were a unified political entity known as Livonia, and you can explore their shared culture as you travel through the historic cities, ancient river valleys, islands, and Hanseatic towns of the Baltic region.
Go back in time on this guided tour of three of Latvia's castles and palaces. Learn about the long history of this Baltic nation through the grand buildings erected by its leaders. You'll visit the medieval Bauska Castle, the Baroque Jelgava Palace, and the extravagant Rundale Palace — all just a short drive from Riga.
Put on your best walking shoes and discover the Baltic region's largest city on this comprehensive guided tour of Riga. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Latvia's capital as you take in the fascinating blend of Gothic, medieval, and Art Nouveau architecture. You'll also test Riga's reputation as an up-and-coming foodie destination with a visit to the Central Market, where you'll sample local delicacies.
Despite its cold weather, Riga is the perfect city break in the winter months thanks to its incredible history and festive Christmas markets. Explore the historic old town with a guided walking tour, then peruse the spirited Christmas markets with sweet-smelling mulled wine, roasted almonds, glazed gingerbread, deletable food, and locally-handcrafted goods. Enjoy a change of scenery with an optional day trip to the seaside town of Jūrmala and stroll its 20-mile, white-sand beach while admiring traditional wooden houses.
Discover Latvia beyond Riga by exploring its unique countryside in scenic Gauja National Park with its dense forests, the quaint city of Kuldīga with its wide waterfall and sand-stone caves, and Jūrmala with its 21-mile stretch of sandy beach. Enjoy tours of Riga's "quiet center" with Art Nouveau architecture, as well as the palaces of Rundale and Jelgava and medieval castle ruins in Sigulda and Turaida. Then explore Latvia's art scene with a visit to an open-air museum with over 150 works of art, plus craft your own creations in a unique candle-making class.
Experience local culture and traditions in Riga by enjoying its annual Midsummer Festival, starting with a walking tour of the historic city center and its renowned architecture. Then participate in traditional songs, dances, and sauna rituals with locals at the festival, sleeping in the tranquility of Gauja National Park. Learn about Baltic culture and traditions with an herbal workshop, a carpentry workshop, and a visit to the open-air ethnographic museum.