Baltic States Expedition, Summer ’16

Perched on the edge of Europe, halfway between the North and the East, the misty Baltic States feature Christian knights, pagan traditions, and Cold War relics.

Baltic States Expedition, Summer ’16

Shrouded in mist and bordered by sea, perched on the edge of Europe, the Baltic States gave rise to countless legends throughout the centuries, from the medieval Teutonic Knights to the modern post-Soviet era.

The trip will be 14 nights long, and will run from 15/7 to 15/9, in groups of 2-4 persons. Contact us for reservations or additional details!

This is a 14 nights self-drive tour around the three Baltic Sea states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and does not include a local guide. The tour starts at Vilnius, Lithuania.
There is also an optional day trip to Kaliningrad (Russia) by bus, and a further extension to Belarus, as a private guided tour.
Travellers may participate in the whole trip, or join in specific parts only.

The trip will take place between 15/7 and 15/9, according to demand.
Please contact us for additional details or information.

Trip highlights include:

  • Be part of medieval history at fairy tale castles of the Teutonic and Livonian knights, like Trakai or Rakvere
  • Marvel at huge sand dunes on the Unesco-protected Curonian Spit
  • Swim at the beach resorts of the Baltic Sea, like Liepaja or Jermalaa
  • Visit Kaliningrad, former Konigsberg and seat of the Prussian kings, nowadays the most western Russian city
  • Dare to enter a notorious Soviet military prison at Karosta
  • Search for exquisite Art Deco architecture in Riga
  • Walk around misty bogs and forests in Lahemaa National Park
  • Take a chance to explore mysterious Belarus, one of the blind spots on most traveller maps

Schedule: 14 nights Lithuania/Latvia/Estonia +3 nights Belarus (optional)

LITHUANIA

  • VILNIUS (2 nights)
    Vilnius city tour, trip to Trakai and Gruto Parkas
  • KLAIPEDA/KALININGRAD (3 nights)
    Drive Vilnius – Kaunas – Klaipeda, visit Curonian Spit and Nida
    Optional trip to Kaliningrad (Russian visa needed)

LATVIA

  • LIEPAJA/RIGA (3 nights)
    Drive Klaipeda – Palanga – Liepaja, visit Karosta
    Drive Liepaja – Kuldiga – Riga, visit Jurmala, Riga city tour
  • TARTU (1 night)
    Drive Riga – Cesis – Sigulda – Tartu, city tour

ESTONIA

  • TALLINN (2 nights)
    Drive Tartu – Narva – Rakvere – Tallinn, city tour, visit Lahemaa National Park
  • SAAREMAA/PARNU (2 nights)
    Drive Tallinn – Haapsalu – Saaremaa, island tour, drive Saaremaa – Parnu – Riga
  • SIAULIAI (1 night)
    Drive Riga – Rundale – Siauliau – Vilnius, visit Hill of Crosses

BELARUS

  • BREST/GRODNO (2 nights)
    Drive Minsk – Mir – Nesvizh – Brest, city tour, drive Brest – Belovezhskaya – Grodno, city tour
  • MINSK (1 night)
    Minsk city tour

Lithuania/Latvia/Estonia 14 nights estimated cost: 400€/person
Price includes transportation (medium car rental) and accommodation (AirBnB or 3* hotels). Hotel upgrade can be arranged at additional cost.
Price excludes meals (estimate 10-20€/person), fuel (3000km, estimate 300€ total), special activities and entrance fees.
Price assumes a 4 pax group on a single car self drive tour, renting two double or twin rooms. For 2 pax groups the cost is +40€.

Belarus extension 3 nights estimated cost: 400€/person
Price includes transportation (SUV rental), professional guide, accommodation (budget 3* hotels) and return flight tickets from Vilnius.
Price excludes meals, entrance fees and visa on arrival (90€).
Price assumes a 3 pax group, renting a single and a double room, and a €/$=1.20 exchange rate.

International costs, such as flight (estimate 150-350€), train or bus tickets to Vilnius and travel insurance (estimate 50-75€), are not included in the price, but can be arranged in advance.
For Belarus and Russia, passports must be valid for 6 months after the departure date. Russian visa must be arranged in advance in your local consulate (60€ for most Europeans).

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