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Tour code: BEHBHWH-0

Tour Inclusions

  • 10 Nights
  • 16 Meals 10 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • Hotel
  • Driver
  • Tour Leader

Highlights of the Baltics

  • 11 days
  • Lithuania / Latvia / Estonia / Russia
  • Max Up to 15 guests Passengers

Overview

A decadent display of history, lavish Baroque palaces and tranquil towns, this tour of the Baltics will take you through some of Europe's last remaining hidden gems. From the grandeur of Vilnius to St Petersburg's timeless masterpieces, it's perfect for culture vultures and architecture enthusiasts alike.

Worth Noting…
IMPORTANT - PASSPORT DETAILS NEEDED AT TIME OF BOOKING IN ORDER TO REQUEST RUSSIAN INVITATION LETTER. PLEASE MAKE PASSENGER/AGENT AWARE OF THIS AT TIME OF BOOKING

Map of Highlights of the Baltics | BRT
  • Tour Starts/Ends
  • 1 Overnight Stop
  • Day Stop

The Back-Roads Difference

  • Embark on a scenic Estonian bog walk in Lahemaa National Park
  • Explore the rich heritage of St Petersburg on visits to the Hermitage, the Tsarskoye Selo complex and the Peterhof Palace
  • Enjoy a beer tasting session accompanied by folk songs and a traditional lunch in Birzai

Tour Itinerary

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  • Day 1 - Vilnius - Trakai - Anyksciai

    Our day will begin with a walking tour of Vilnius – taking in the narrow, winding streets of the Old Town, and the impressive Vilnius University campus as we go. Then: we’ll stop off in Trakai to see the famous castle turrets before moving on to the lush, verdant forests of Laju Takas. Our final destination of the day will be Anykšciai, where we’ll have the chance to get to know each other over dinner.

    • Meals
      • Dinner
  • Day 2 - Anyksciai - Birzai - Pakruojis

  • Day 3 - Pakruojis - Hill of Crosses - Rundale - Riga

  • Day 4 - Riga

  • Day 5 - Riga - Ligatne - Tartu

  • Day 6 - Tartu - Lahemaa National Park - Tallinn

  • Day 7 - Tallinn

  • Day 8 - Tallinn - Helsinki - St. Petersburg

  • Day 9 - St. Petersburg

  • Day 10 - St Petersburg

  • Day 11 - St Petersburg

Tour Inclusions

Accommodation

10 nights in boutique accommodation

The Crew

Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver

Transport

Premium mini-coach transportation

Reviews

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  • 25th July 2019
    Review rating
    Our BackRoads tour of the Baltic States was an enjoyable experience due primarily to the company of our fellow travelers. The quality of our accommodation was good and our tour guide and local guides did a satisfactory job during our tour. The sights and our experiences/venues we visited during our tour were most enjoyable. One issue has left a sour taste in our mouth. We had to leave the tour in Tallinn on the 2nd last day of the tour due to our not being able to get an entry Visa to Russia. We accept that this was no fault of BackRoads However, BackRoads were made aware of this many weeks if not months before the tour started. Accordingly BackRoads would not have incurred any costs for: accommodation for us in St Peterburg:, BackRoads provided meals, and entry costs to venues during these days.In our view BackRoads should have offered us some sought of rebate or at the least some credit towards a future BackRoads tour. As a consequence of this outcome we will not be travelling with BackRoads again nor will we be recommending BackRoads to any people who ask for a recommendation.
  • 24th July 2019
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    We thought our guide Ieva in the Baltics and Russia excellent. She was straightforward in her approach and her communication topnotch. The local guides too were very good. We have no real complaints about the trip itself with one major qualification. The days when breakfast lunch and dinner were "on" Backroads felt like going from meal to meal days. Total food. Almost all 12 in our tour felt the same. This detracted from the experience. It should be looked at again. The Spa hotel in the country outside Vilnius was delightful. Everyone enjoyed that overnight stay. HOWEVER, all agreed the dinner should have been a Backroads paid for meal and swapped with another night's Backroads dinner. The Spa Hotel night was not the night to be designated a free night. In the country there was no choice but to eat in that Hotel. The obtaining of the Russian visas was a debacle. Totally different information supplied by the UK office from the Australian HQ. The introduction letters supporting the visa application in NZ had one of our surnames spelt incorrectly and we received our passports back with the visas just over a working day before we departed NZ. That may take my wife a while to get over. But for that Backroads may have been heading for 5 stars.