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Revealing the Baltics: Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn

Apr 26 - May 07, 2021

12 days | Baltics | Cultural Explorations

Surprise yourself on this trip to three fascinating Baltic cities. This trio of former Soviet republic capitals were hidden from most travellers for many years. All three cities are UNESCO World Heritage sites; amazingly different one from the other, each offers an altogether delightful experience. On this tour, we’ll focus on the architecture, but also on the history and general culture of these cities.

Vilnius is a Baroque beauty with a marvelously intact centre contrasting happily with a vibrant contemporary art scene. Guided walks take us through the UNESCO World Heritage site, the largest medieval old town in central and eastern Europe. While the battle scars of WWII are evident, the city is resolutely modern; explore the edgy Užupis neighbourhood which declared itself an independent republic in 1997.

Riga is big on architectural styles, from Art Deco to Rococo. You’ll find flamboyant Art Nouveau mixed with the spires of Gothic churches. Enjoy fantastic cuisine in experimental restaurants, delve into post-Soviet rebuilds and Hanseatic warehouses and visit the market housed in five 1920s Zeppelin hangars. Stroll the stunning white sand beach of Jūrmala.

The two-tiered Old Town of Tallinn is splendidly photogenic; the walled city looks over the Baltic Sea and its medieval streets are lined with gabled merchants’ houses, churches, and classical buildings. We’ll also explore the Kalamaja (fish house) neighbourhood where Soviet-era industrial buildings are being converted into restaurants, shops and galleries. We’ll spend one night in the countryside at an elegant country manor.

In each city we’ll have walking tours, visits to palaces and galleries, meals in interesting restaurants featuring organic and local ingredients, and opportunities to enjoy the cities’ rich musical tradition. This is our third tour to the Baltic cities; past travellers have been happily surprised by the beauty, sophistication, and rich heritage they have encountered.
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Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. C$5295
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants
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What’s included: Accommodation, most meals, all gratuities, all activities and entrance fees, all ground transportation, expert local guides, arrival and departure transfers at destination, accompanied by Worldwide Quest leader.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Vilnius
2Walking in the Old Town
3Trakai Castle
4Mazmezotne Manor
5Rundale Palace
6Riga’s historic centre
7Exploring Riga
8Jurmala’s white sand beach
9Parnu and the open-air museum
10Modern art in Tallinn
11Cathedrals of the Old Town
12Depart Tallinn
Optional extension: Stockholm or Helsinki
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Cultural Explorations Classic Explorations
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. C$5295
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants
Reserve my spot now!

What’s included: Accommodation, most meals, all gratuities, all activities and entrance fees, all ground transportation, expert local guides, arrival and departure transfers at destination, accompanied by Worldwide Quest leader.

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