History of Latvia
Lapland & the Baltic States
LITHUANIA - LATVIA - ESTONIA - FINLAND
DAY 1: VILNIUS
Arrive in Vilnius. Transfer to the hotel. Check-in.
Have a private guided tour in historical Vilnius Old Town (1,5-2hrs), which is one of the largest in North-Eastern Europe. Visiting the most important sights like Cathedral Square with Dome Church and Clock-Tower, the St. Anne’s Church, Town Hall Square and Vilnius University, the Gates of Dawn with the holy image of the Virgin Mary. During the tour guide will show you the Gediminas Castle and Tower, and interesting Uzupis district. Vilnius is often called a Baroque city. However, the ruins of castles, narrow streets, church spires, bell towers, red tile roofs, residential cellars testify that Vilnius has massive influence from Gothic style. In the 16th century Gothic became intertwined with Renaissance, and in the 17th – 18th-century Baroque buildings started to appear.
Have impressions of Christmas Market in Vilnius, by visiting little stalls, lighted Christmas tree and warming up by a cup of hot wine.
During Christmas time there are usually three main locations of Capital Vilnius with a lot of special details. The first location is Cathedral Square where will stand 25 m high Christmas tree with lots of flashing lights, decorations, Christmas toys, and lighting of it is promising great entertainment. Also, at the Cathedral Square during December will be a seasonal Christmas town built, where visitors will be able to feast their eyes at hand-made pottery, glass products, jewelry and specially made sweets such as chestnuts, gingerbread or mulled wine as well as purchase Christmas presents, made by various craftsmen. The second location is City Hall Square where visitors also will see big, playful Christmas tree, decorated with renewed flashing cookies, pieces of orange and colorful candies. Also, The International Christmas Charity Fair will be held at City Hall and City Hall Square. The third location is Bernardinai Garden. Where visitors will see flashing and playing fountain, swinging carousel.
Have an overnight in Vilnius.
DAY 2: VILNIUS - RIGA
Have breakfast at the hotel. Check out and have a private transfer to Riga.
After free time for the lunch enjoy a private walking tour (~1,5-2 hrs) through Riga Old Town by seeing the most remarkable sights like St. Peter's Church with a famous rooster, St. Jacobs Church, Dom Square, and St. Dom Cathedral.
The Powder Tower and city walls will make you feel the breath of the medieval. The guide will show and tell you about the oldest stone residential dwellings in Riga - the Three Brothers, the Great and Small Guilds were the central homes of two wealthy families of tradesmen and craftsmen, the fortification wall of Riga with the Swedish Gate - the only surviving gate to be found. The guide will introduce you with an interesting story of Cat House and will show you Town Hall Square with beautiful and elegant Blackheads House, which will delight lovers of glory. The tour will take visitors to Riga Castle, which was founded in 1330 but today serves as the official residence of the President of Latvia, the building of Parliament, the Monument of Liberty and fantastic Opera House.
The guide will also tell you a story about the very first Christmas tree. The legend says that is was here – in Riga!
Overnight in Riga
DAY 3: RIGA
Have breakfast at the hotel.
Have a moment of peace and enjoy the Christmas spirit with organ concert for 20 minutes in Riga Dom Cathedral, where is placed one of the largest organ in the world.
Visit Christmas market Old Town Christmas Market will ensure all those loving delicious traditional treats - mulled wine, gingerbread, roasted almonds, Christmas tea as well as delicious smoked meats and meat products. The Christmas Market will offer a wide range of Latvian handcraft for Christmas gifts - patterned mittens, skillfully turned wooden candlesticks, jarred sunny-smelling Latvian honey, sweet-smelling wax candles, handmade warm socks, hats and scarfs, amber and silver jewelry. A sweet and spiced hot wine will warm you up for another round in narrow cable streets of Riga Old Town.
Have an overnight in Riga.
DAY 4: RIGA - TALLINN
After breakfast in hotel check out and have a transfer to Tallinn (4.5 hrs). Arrive in Tallinn and check-in.
Have free time for lunch and enjoy a guided tour (1,5-2hrs) in the UNESCO heritage listed Tallinn’s Old Town with a town wall with 26 defense towers. During the tour exploring Holy Spirit Church, the 600 years old Gothic Town Hall, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the world`s oldest functioning Pharmacy on the Town Hall Square and the 159 meters high Oleveste Church which was the highest structure in the world in the 16th century. Visit the Toompea Hill which offers breathtaking views over the city. Toompea Castle, built in the 13th and 14th centuries, and which is the seat of the nation`s parliament.
Feel the real medieval ambience of Tallinn Old Town by having Christmas feast in medieval style restaurant. Have an overnight in Tallinn.
DAY 5: TALLINN – ROVANIEMI (LAPLAND)
After breakfast check out. Have a free time for ice skating or Christmas Market visit. Take the last photos and to buy souvenirs. Transfer to Tallinn International Airport. Make a registration for international flight and departure to Lapland, Rovaniemi.
Arrival at Rovaniemi, transfer to hotel, check in.
WILDERNESS KOTA DINNER (18:30 - 21:00) (available on Monday, Friday) Experience traditional Kota dinner by the open fire! The evening starts with a short coach transfer to a cozy wilderness kota. Relax by the open fire and taste some traditional cold and warm smoked salmon as an appetizer. Children have the opportunity to fry sausages by the fire. Chef has prepared a traditional Finnish main course, Karelian hotpot (mixed meat casserole with mixed root vegetable), together with mashed potatoes. As a dessert, pancakes prepared by the open fire. You may even prepare your own pancake! Transfer back to the city.
NOTE! Limited capacity, booking in advance highly recommended!
DURATION: 2,5-3 hours including transfers
Overnight in Rovaniemi.
DAY 6: LAPLAND (ROVANIEMI)
Have breakfast at the hotel.
EXCURSION TO REINDEER AND HUSKY FARMS (10:15 – 13:00) (available on Tue, Thu & Sat)
They love the cold and live peacefully in northern nature. Come and meet these arctic animals! First, we will visit a local reindeer farm and learn about our Lappish culture and reindeer husbandry. Sit back in the reindeer-drawn sleigh and enjoy peaceful 30-minute reindeer ride through the forest. Everyone will be issued an international reindeer driver's license before entering the next part of your adventure – husky farm! At the husky farm, we try a slightly faster 20-minute ride with the Huskies. After the ride, the flames of campfire and hot drinks keep us warm while learning more about these amazing dogs. Transfers are done by car.
DURATION: including transfers 2h45
Free time for lunch and afterwards continue with snowshoeing
WHITE SILENCE ON SNOWSHOES (14:30 – 17:30) (available on Tue & Fri)
Capture the true feeling of the Arctic in the northern woods. A snowshoe adventure through the picturesque snowy countryside. Experience the silence and beauty of wintery forests on this guided snowshoe hike. Have a break by an open fire and enjoy some snacks while the only sound you’ll hear is the south of the forest and the campfire.
Have a free evening on your own or for extra activities.
Overnight in Rovaniemi.
DAY 7: ROVANIEMI (LAPLAND)
Have breakfast at the hotel.
REINDEER SAFARI TO SANTA’S VILLAGE (9:30 – 13:30) (available on Mon, Wed & Fri)
Lapland is well-known for Santa Claus and his reindeer. What a great way to see both by joining us for a reindeer safari to the Santa Claus Village! Sitting in the sleigh pulled by the reindeer we make our way from the Reindeer Farm to Santa’s Village along the snowy trails of the wintry forest. In the village we have some free time to meet Santa in his office, send postcards from the Santa Claus Main Post Office and explore handicraft and souvenir shops. Awarded a Reindeer Driving Licence and a Certificate for Crossing the Arctic Circle, you will not forget this experience. Transfers are done by car.
DURATION: including transfers 4 hours (reindeer ride approx. 30 minutes)
Free afternoon for lunch and rest.
AURORA BOREALIS ADVENTURE (21:00 – 01:00) (available on Mon, Wed & Fri)
After stepping out of the car in the middle of nowhere, we walk down to a river experiencing the surrounding sleeping nature. We reach the best spot to see the northern sky, but be patient the aurora loves playing hide-and-seek; we never know if or when they can show up! While enjoying the peace of nature we fry sausages surrounded by the great aroma of the fire. Before returning to civilization, we drop by a cozy old building “PoroPekan Pirtti”. The hosts warmly welcome us and show us their dwelling, which takes us into the past. This relaxing escape will definitely satisfy all our senses. Transfer to the wilderness and back by car (50 km one way).
DURATION: 4 hours
DAY 8: ROVANIEMI (LAPLAND)
Have breakfast at the hotel. Check out. Transfer to airport and departure.
Package price for the person, if a minimum of 2 people:
In centrally located 3* hotel: from 2249.00 Euro per person (on twin sharing bases)
In centrally located 3* hotel: from 2571.00 Euro per person (on single room bases)
In centrally located 4* hotel: from 2337.00 Euro per person (on twin sharing bases)
In centrally located 4* hotel: from 2720.00 Euro per person (on single room bases)
For more people, please request the price!
Flight Tallinn - Lapland (Rovaniemi) starting from 220.00 Eur/ per person
NOTE! Prices might vary in Lapland part depending on dates. Different payment and cancellation terms will apply for the Lapland part - depends on booking dates. Please request.
Price includes the following services:
Accommodation for 7 nights in a chosen category of the hotel on twin sharing basis;
Breakfast buffet 7 times per stay;
All private transfers at the Baltic States as per itinerary;
All necessary transfers in Lapland as per itinerary;
Services of local English speaking guide for sightseeing tours (Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn);
Christmas concert in Dom Cathedral;
Christmas market visits;
Christmas dinner in medieval style restaurant in Tallinn;
Activities in Lapland - Wilderness Kota dinner;
Activities in Lapland - excursion to reindeer and husky farms;
Activities in Lapland - snowshoe experience;
Activities in Lapland - reindeer safari to Santa`s Village;
Activities in Lapland - the Northern Lights adventure;
All applicable taxes and service tax;
Assistance 24/7 during travel
The package does not include the following services:
Flight Tallinn - Rovaniemi starting from 220.00 Eur/ per person;
Any expenses of personal nature such as phone calls, mini bar etc.
Any airline tickets;
The cost incurred in case of hospitalization or evacuation etc.
Tips and porter charges;
Any other services not specified above
Payment terms and conditions for the Baltic States part:
15% upon reservation (10% and bank fees are non-refundable)
85% 30 days before arrival
Cancellation rules for the Baltic States part:
Till 30 days before arrival 10% non-refundable
29-16 days before arrival 50% non-refundable
Less than 15 days before arrival - 100% non-refundable
NOTE! Different payment and cancellation terms will apply for the Lapland part - depends on booking dates. Please request.
*Prices might increase if there is a special event (large scale conference, concert of world-famous superstar etc.) in any of destinations and majority of hotels are booked out.