History of Estonia

The Best Of Estonia & Latvia

LATVIA - ESTONIA

DAY 1: RIGA

Arrival in Riga. Have a private transfer to hotel and check in. Overnight in hotel in Riga.

 

DAY 2: RIGA 

Have a breakfast at hotel. 

Enjoy a private walking tour through Riga Old Town (2hrs) seeing remarkable sites like St.Peter's Church with its famous rooster, St.Jacobs Church, Dom Square and Dom Cathedral, home to one of the world's most valuable historic organs. The Powder Tower and city walls will make you feel the breath of the medieval. The guide will tell you about the oldest stone residential dwellings in Riga, the Three Brothers, the Great and Small Guilds, and the fortification wall of Riga with the Swedish Gate the last surviving gate in the wall. The guide will introduce you to the intriguing story of the Cat House and show you Town Hall Square with the beautiful and elegant Blackheads House. The tour will take visitors to Riga Castle founded in 1330, the Parliament, the Monument of Liberty and fantastic Riga`s Opera House.

Continue with the walking tour to famous Art Nouveau district. Riga is like a museum of architecture, covering periods from Gothic to Classicism. But the real treasure of the city is the largest and best-preserved collection of Art Nouveau buildings in the world. This fact was corroborated by UNESCO in 1997 and now the central section of Riga is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Riga is sometimes called the "capital" of Art Nouveau thanks to the heritage of 800 buildings of Art Nouveau. 

The exteriors of the Art Nouveau buildings are imaginatively decorative and won`t leave guests incurious or without an opinion. 

Afternoon at leisure.  Overnight in Riga.

 

DAY 3: RIGA - RUNDALE - RIGA 

Have breakfast at the hotel. Have a private transfer to the Rundale Palace which is one of the most visited sights in Latvia and is described as the Versailles of the Baltic States. Enjoy a private guided tour (~1,5hrs) in Rundale Palace and have a free time to discover the beauty of Rundale Palace Garden.

Rundale Palace, once the summer residence of the Duke of Courland Ernst Johann Biron, is one of the most outstanding monuments of Baroque and Rococo art in Latvia. Built from 1736 to 1740 the palace was designed by outstanding Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the creator of the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg. The splendid interior of the palace dazzled contemporaries. Crystal chandeliers, silk wallpaper, sculptures, luxuriously tiled fireplaces, mirrors, elegant galleries, and refined colors and frescos were made by Italian artists Francesco Martini and Carlo Zucci.

Visit the beautiful Rundale Palace Garden

The selection of plants for the park is based on information obtained from 18th-century garden descriptions and books on Baroque gardens. The park of Rundale Palace is an essential part of the palace complex; it has retained its original layout without any significant changes. The garden was created between 1736 and 1740, at the same time as the palace was constructed. The park was not affected by modernization in the 19th century when formal gardens were transformed into landscape gardens. Cartography and inventory carried out in 1974 revealed that in the 19th-century trees in the park were still planted according to Rastrelli’s design.

Free time for lunch. Return in Riga and overnight.

 

DAY 4: RIGA - SIGULDA - CESIS

Have breakfast at the hotel. Check out.

After breakfast have a private tour to Sigulda. Sigulda is a place where the beauty of nature is an integral part of the town. It is situated on a picturesque stretch of the Gauja River Valley and is known as the "Switzerland of Vidzeme" because of the reddish Devonian sandstone which forms rocks and caves on both banks of the river. The town is particularly beautiful on clear autumn days because of the rich range of colors in the trees. Discover historic monuments, museums, natural objects and attractions like Turaida Medieval Castle built in 1214, the wooden church built in 1750, and a sculpture garden dedicated to Latvian folklore on Dainu Hill, Gutmanis Cave - the deepest internal erosion cave in the Baltic states, measuring 19m deep, 12m wide and 10m high, is not only a natural wonder, but also a place steeped in myths and legends.

Have a free time for the lunch. 

Continue to the one of the Hanseatic Ligue`s town and one of the historically important points of in German knights - Cesis town. Cesis is one of the oldest Latvian towns. Rich in picturesque landscapes and reminders of the past, it embodies an intriguing sense of antiquity. 

The well-preserved medieval castle ruins in Cesis teach us about the medieval lifestyle in Latvia from the 12th to the 16th century.  Have a guided sightseeing walk in Cesis, visiting the old stone castle of the Livonian Order built in 1206, as well as St.John’s Church, the beautiful Castle park and historical squares of the town.
Enjoy the stories about the medieval history of the town while walking through the small lanes and many historic squares of Cesis, which still maintain their layout as in medieval times. Cesis is the origin of the red-white-red national flag of Latvia.

Evening at leisure at Cesis. Overnight in Cesis.

 

DAY 5: CESIS - TARTU

Have breakfast at the hotel. Check out. Have a private transfer to the university city of Estonia  - Tartu. 

Enjoy a private Tartu Sightseeing (2hrs, walking)

Hanseatic city of Tartu lies on the banks of the River Emajõgi. Have a guided tour by visiting most popular sights of city like Tartu Old Town with a neo-classical Town Hall dedicated to the 17th century, ruins of the Dome Church - largest in 15th century on the Toomemägi Hill – the green heart of Tart, Tartu University established in 1632 by King of Sweden Gustaf II Adolf and students` city complex, the historic town centre. During the tour guide will show you wonderful St.John’s Church, Devil’s and Angel’s Bridge and unique Tartu Observatory.

Overight in Tartu. 

 

DAY 6: TARTU - SAAREMAA

Have breakfast at the hotel. Check out and continue the way by private transfer to Virtsu where have a ferry to Muhu Island and continue to drive to the Saaremaa Island.


Saaremaa has its` own uniqueness due to its location and isolation. There are still stone fences and houses with thatched roofs and working windmills in the villages.

Have a guided tour (2hrs) around the capital and the only city of the island – Kuressaare which based as a trading point since ancient times. Take a walk in Kuressaare town to admire its unique architecture, influenced by different rulers. Located in the center of the beautiful park - the most important sightseeing and an architectural point are Kuressaare Episcopal Castle (exterior) built in the 13th century it is the only Baltic medieval fortress preserved in its entirety. During the excursion will see Kuressaare Town Hall built in Nordic Baroque style, Kuressaare Weighing House and stone windmill.

Overnight in Kuressaare.

 

DAY 7: SAAREMAA - TALLINN

Have breakfast at the hotel. Check out and have a private transfer to Tallinn -  the capital of Estonia. 

Arrive in Tallinn in afternoon. Check in. Have a free time for the lunch. 

Have a private walking tour in the UNESCO heritage listed Tallinn’s Old Town (2hrs) with a town fortification wall with 26 defense towers.  Tallinn is the oldest capital in Northern Europe, first put on the map in 1154 by Arab geographer Al-Idrisi. Enjoy a walking tour in the UNESCO heritage listed Tallinn Old Town. During the tour, explore Holy Spirit Church, the 600 years old Gothic Town Hall, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the world`s oldest functioning Pharmacy on Town Hall Square and the 159 meters high Oleveste Church which was the highest structure in the world in the 16th century. Visit Toompea Hill for breathtaking views over the city. Toompea Castle was built in the 13th and 14th centuries and is the seat of Estonia`s parliament.
Free time to discover the city. Have an overnight in Tallinn.

Evening at leisure and overnight in Tallinn.

 

DAY 8: TALLINN - LAHEMAA NATIONAL PARK - TALLINN 

Have breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day excursion to Lahemaa National park. 

Lahemaa is the oldest and largest national park in Estonia, representing the natural and cultural heritage of North Estonia. The park currently covers 72,500 ha, of which a third is maritime. Most people associate Lahemaa with the Palmse, Sagadi and Vihula manors, the captains' village of Käsmu, the fishermen's village of Altja or the beautiful beach at Võsu. It is also known for its natural sights and cultural landscape.

Return in Tallinn and have a evening at leisure. Overnight in Tallinn.  

 

DAY 9: TALLINN

Have breakfast at the hotel.

Have a private tour around Tallin city center and Kadriorg Park and Pirita district  (2hrs, walking & vehicle).

A trip to Tallinn isn’t complete without seeing the Kadriorg Palace and Pirita districts - long-time favorites among locals and foreigners. Kadriorg is famed for its impressive baroque palace and park complex built  by Peter the Great for his wife, Catherine I, in 1718, as well as the Estonian President’s residence. Designed by Italian architect Niccolo Michetti, the palace and surrounding manicured gardens are a prime example of Czarist extravagance, but just as important a reason to visit is that it is also home to the foreign art collection.

Drive to Pirita district to discover the 1980 Olympic Games marina, the history of the St. Bridget’s Convent and gorgeous white-sand beach.  

Check out, a private transfer to the airport and departure.

 

Package price in Euro per person based on twin sharing room in Low Season (1st of November -15th of April) in 2024:

Number of people

Rates 3* Hotel

Rates 4* Hotel

Rates 4* Premium

 2 people

 2142 €

2261 €

2443 €

 3 - 4 people

 1633 €

1753 €

 1935 € 

 5 - 6 people

 1281 €

1400 €

1582 €

 Single Room Supplement

180 €

248 €

 356 €


 

Package price in Euro per person based on twin sharing room in High Season (16th of April - 31st of October) in 2024:

Number of people

Rates 3* Hotel

Rates 4* Hotel

Rates 4* Premium

 2 people

 2246 €

2348 €

2532 €

 3 - 4 people

 1737 €

1875 €

 2023 € 

 5 - 6 people

 1385 €

1522 €

1671 €

 Single Room Supplement

 256 €

354 €

 420 €


For more people, please request the price! 

 

Package price includes the following services:
8 nights overnight in the hotel on twin sharing basis;
Breakfast 8 times per stay;
Private airport transfers in Riga and Tallinn;
All private transfers as mentioned per itinerary;
Private services of English speaking local guides for sightseeing tours;
Entrance fees in Rundale Palace, Turaida Castle, Sigulda Castle, Cesis castleruins, Tartu Observatory, Kadriorgi Palace;
Ferry tickets to /from Saarema;
Accommodation for the driver for 3 nights;
All applicable taxes and service tax;
Assistance 24/7 during  travel

The package does not include:
Any expenses of personal nature - telephone calls, laundry, mini bar, tips etc.
Any airline tickets;
Travel insurance;
Costs incurred in case of hospitalization or evacuation etc.
Tips and porter charges;
Any other services not specified above

 

Payment terms and conditions:
100% 30 days before arrival

Cancellation rules:
29-16 days before arrival 50% non-refundable
Less than 15 days before arrival - 100% non-refundable

*Prices might increase if there is a special event (large scale conference, a concert of world-famous superstar etc.) in any of the destinations and majority of hotels are booked out.