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The Best of the Baltic Capitals

This sample 10-day (9 night) itinerary covers Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius, the capitals of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania respectively. Our top tour of the Baltic States, this relaxed pace itinerary will show you one of the most exciting up-and-coming regions for tourism in Europe. All three republics were occupied by the USSR, and since regaining independence have blossomed, reveling in their newfound freedom. There's a pristine beauty to the landscape here, and the cities still feel relatively undiscovered. Anyone who enjoys beautiful architecture, delicious cuisine and vibrant cities will find something to enjoy. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea for what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide.
One of our team in the region will be available to you during and leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our employee (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 star accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.
Route for Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius tour

3 Nights in Tallinn

3 Nights in Tallinn

4 days in Tallinn

3 Nights in Tallinn

A visit to Tallinn, the oldest capital city in Northern Europe, is a trip back in time. The cobblestone streets, UNESCO-listed medieval walls, and stunning church spires give it an Old World charm you’ll love exploring. But there are all the modern amenities here too, and today Tallinn is a truly unique destination with the best of the old and the new. You’ll also see influences of both the east and west in the architecture and cuisine, as Estonia is a short ferry ride from Helsinki. The restaurants, quaint cafes and chic boutiques are places you’ll love to linger, while the long coastline is ideal for strolling. There are so many different ways to see the city, because Tallinn is so rich in history. See how beer influenced local history, or explore the reminders of life under the Soviet regime. Take a walking tour of the beautiful Old Town, or a driving tour to see more of the city. There are distinct neighborhoods here and each one feels distinct. Tallinn is very tech-savvy, so the business district is always modern and bustling. The bohemian Kalamaja neighborhood is a great place to have a drink or a bite to eat. The picturesque Lahemaa National Park is one of the best day trips from Tallinn, and you’ll have fun wandering through nature here before returning to the city to find more of its charms.

A visit to Tallinn, the oldest capital city in Northern Europe, is a trip back in time. The cobblestone streets, UNESCO-listed medieval walls, and stunning church spires give it an Old World charm you’ll love exploring. But there are all the modern amenities here too, and today Tallinn is a truly unique destination with the best of the old and the new. You’ll also see influences of both the east and west in the architecture and cuisine, as Estonia is a short ferry ride from Helsinki. The restaurants, quaint cafes and chic boutiques are places you’ll love to linger, while the long coastline is ideal for strolling. There are so many different ways to see the city, because Tallinn is so rich in history. See how beer influenced local history, or explore the reminders of life under the Soviet regime. Take a walking tour of the beautiful Old Town, or a driving tour to see more of the city. There are distinct neighborhoods here and each one feels distinct. Tallinn is very tech-savvy, so the business district is always modern and bustling. The bohemian Kalamaja neighborhood is a great place to have a drink or a bite to eat. The picturesque Lahemaa National Park is one of the best day trips from Tallinn, and you’ll have fun wandering through nature here before returning to the city to find more of its charms.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Tallinn

When you arrive, we'll have a driver waiting to greet you and take you to your accommodation in the photogenic medieval Old Town of Tallinn, the Estonian capital.

Our representative will then meet with you to answer any questions you have and to get you settled for the rest of your trip.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Tallinn

The Old Town Private Walking Tour

Private City Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll be exploring the wonders of Tallinn with a local guide who knows all the city’s secrets. You’ll be picked up from your accommodation to walk through the center of Tallinn, where the most unique historical sites are housed. From Old Town cobblestones to stunning views, you’ll get a vivid encapsulation of all the city has to offer, along with the unique insight of a knowledgeable local. There’s no better way to get your bearings and learn about the city at the same time. At the end of the tour the guide can bring you back to your accommodation, suggest a restaurant for lunch, or point you toward more Tallinn adventures.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Sea Local History: Seaplane Harbour, the Estonian Maritime Museum

Suggestion to explore on your own

In the cool Kalamaja neighborhood, you’ll find Seaplane Harbour, the Estonian Maritime Museum, one of the local museums we recommend most highly. Inside historical seaplane hangers you’ll learn all about Estonia’s rich historical relationship with the water. On the pier you’ll see a 100-year-old icebreaking ship, restored to its impressive original state. In the summer months you can enjoy a meal at the onboard restaurant. From the museum you’ll have a lovely view of the Port of Tallinn, and we also recommend stopping in the outdoor terrace at cafe Maru.

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Tallinn

Lahemaa National Park Private Tour

Lahemaa National Park Day Trip

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Lahemaa National Park is one of the most popular day trips from Tallinn, as it combines the beautiful Estonian countryside with some incredible cultural sites. Today we recommend a private tour of the park and its surroundings with an expert guide. You’ll be picked up from your accommodation and driven to the park, where you’ll explore everything there is to see. This 9-hour excursion will end back at your accommodation in Tallinn. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes


Activity Level : Strenuous
Duration : 8-9 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Riga by Bus

The vibrant capital Riga is next on your itinerary. We'll pick you up at your accommodation and take you to the bus station, where we'll have booked tickets and seat reservations for you. It's a 4.5 hour journey, and the buses are modern and luxurious, with wireless internet, free refreshments and more. If you'd prefer a little more comfortable and flexibility, we can arrange a private transfer for an additional fee. It includes door-to-door service and the possibility to do some sight seeing along the way. University town Tartu, the coastal resort of Parnu in Estonia or the castles and outdoor activity area of Sigulda, Latvia are all en route.

You can upgrade your transfer

By Private Transfer to Riga

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Tallinn

Bog-shoe Hiking Private Tour
Strenuous5 hours
Coastal Cliffs and Soviet Paldiski Group Tour
Moderate7 hours
Coastal Cliffs and Soviet Paldiski Private Tour
Moderate7 hours
Group Estonian Food Tour through Kalamaja
Light4 hours

3 Nights in Riga

3 Nights in Riga

4 days in Riga

3 Nights in Riga

Riga's story is one of resurrection. After being damaged by fighting in World War II, the city has returned to beautiful prominence after two decades of independence. Riga really has come a long way, earning UNESCO World Heritage status and being named the European Capital of Culture for 2014. This is a lovely city that takes art and culture seriously, with a packed classical music calendar and events held nightly. You’ll find plenty to enjoy in this Baltic capital. Exploring the city, you’ll have the largest market and bazaar in Europe on-hand, as well as the largest collection of Art Nouveau architecture in the world. You could spend days wandering around admiring these beautiful buildings. But there’s more to do. The city is rich in museums, galleries and concert halls, so your cultural calendar will be full during your stay. And the nightlife is excellent too, with fine restaurants, boutique bars and cute cafes. Rundale and Sigulda are both gorgeous castles and palaces reachable for a day trip.

Riga's story is one of resurrection. After being damaged by fighting in World War II, the city has returned to beautiful prominence after two decades of independence. Riga really has come a long way, earning UNESCO World Heritage status and being named the European Capital of Culture for 2014. This is a lovely city that takes art and culture seriously, with a packed classical music calendar and events held nightly. You’ll find plenty to enjoy in this Baltic capital. Exploring the city, you’ll have the largest market and bazaar in Europe on-hand, as well as the largest collection of Art Nouveau architecture in the world. You could spend days wandering around admiring these beautiful buildings. But there’s more to do. The city is rich in museums, galleries and concert halls, so your cultural calendar will be full during your stay. And the nightlife is excellent too, with fine restaurants, boutique bars and cute cafes. Rundale and Sigulda are both gorgeous castles and palaces reachable for a day trip.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Riga

When you arrive at the bus station, we'll have a driver waiting to greet you and take you to your accommodation in the Old Town center of Riga.

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Riga

Riga Private Walking Tour

Introducing Riga: Private City Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll be exploring the beautiful city of Riga and its UNESCO-listed Old Town. Historically an important trading port on the Baltic Sea, Riga had a strategic advantage for invaders, which resulted in periods of Polish, German, Swedish and Soviet rule all leaving their mark. You’ll walk through the winding streets of the Old Town to take in the sublime architecture as your guide makes the past come alive for you with stories. Your guide will meet you at your accommodation for this three-hour tour, and will bring you back at the, or suggest places for further exploration.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Central Market Private Tour

Local Flavor: Market Tasting Tour

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Riga’s Central Market is certainly unique, housed in old zeppelin hangars, which provide shelter and a quaint historic atmosphere. Today we recommend exploring the market with a guide, who will introduce you to some of the locals selling fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and more at the market, and provide some tastings along the way. Your guide and interpreter will also give you a few tips on haggling!


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Riga

Sigulda Private Day Tour

Out of Town: Sigulda Excursion

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

One of the day trips from Riga we recommend most highly is this fascinating five-hour excursion to nearby Sigulda, where you’ll get in touch with the region’s medieval history. Your guide will meet you at your accommodation and drive you to Sigulda, where you’ll see the medieval castle of Turaida and the Turaida museum reserve, which is the country’s largest museum complex. You’ll also enjoy a visit to one of the oldest churches in Latvia and all the while have gorgeous views as you drive through the beautiful hilly Latvian countryside. The breathtaking cable car ride across the Gauja River valley is worth the drive by itself.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 7 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Vilnius by Private Transfer

A private driver will pick you up today for your trip to the intriguing Lithuanian capital of Vilnius. Along the way there will be a couple of stops to break up the drive. First, you'll explore the impressive and yes, decadent Rundale Palace, in Latvia. After entering Lithuania, you'll make a shorter stop at the UNESCO site known as the Hill of Crosses. Your driver will take you to your Vilnius accommodation at the end of the journey.

Private Transfer to Vilnius with a Stop in Rundale Palace and The Hill of Crosses
We also offer the following excursions in Riga

Alternative Riga Private Tour
Light2-3 hours
Art Nouveau Private Tour
Light2-3 hours
Funky Bike Private Tour
Strenuous2-3 hours
Gauja National Park Private Hiking Tour
Moderate7 hours

3 Nights in Vilnius

3 Nights in Vilnius

4 days in Vilnius

3 Nights in Vilnius

With one of the oldest surviving Old Town neighborhoods in Europe, as well as a collection of classic architecture from Baroque to Gothic and everything in between, Vilnius is sure to astound you. Walking around the city and marveling at the sites is a pleasure in itself, but there’s much more to do here because Vilnius is also a vibrant cultural epicenter, with concerts and art exhibitions happening regularly. There are also numerous outdoor activities and day trips to enjoy while you stay in the city. It might surprise you, but hot air balloons are a popular pastime in and around Vilnius, and the city is one of the few in Europe that allows hot air balloons to float directly over the city, so you’re guaranteed a spectacular view whether you opt for a flight over the city or nearby Trakai. There’s also a rich Jewish heritage to explore here, including the former synagogue and the larger and smaller ghetto. We’d also recommend delving into the darker areas of the city’s past and exploring the communist era and the history of the KGB in Vilnius at the KGB Museum. Don’t miss Uzupis, a bohemian neighborhood of galleries, restaurants, and cafes that doubles as a tongue-in-cheek sovereign state, complete with its own charming constitution, three-boat navy, and flags (one per season).

With one of the oldest surviving Old Town neighborhoods in Europe, as well as a collection of classic architecture from Baroque to Gothic and everything in between, Vilnius is sure to astound you. Walking around the city and marveling at the sites is a pleasure in itself, but there’s much more to do here because Vilnius is also a vibrant cultural epicenter, with concerts and art exhibitions happening regularly. There are also numerous outdoor activities and day trips to enjoy while you stay in the city. It might surprise you, but hot air balloons are a popular pastime in and around Vilnius, and the city is one of the few in Europe that allows hot air balloons to float directly over the city, so you’re guaranteed a spectacular view whether you opt for a flight over the city or nearby Trakai. There’s also a rich Jewish heritage to explore here, including the former synagogue and the larger and smaller ghetto. We’d also recommend delving into the darker areas of the city’s past and exploring the communist era and the history of the KGB in Vilnius at the KGB Museum. Don’t miss Uzupis, a bohemian neighborhood of galleries, restaurants, and cafes that doubles as a tongue-in-cheek sovereign state, complete with its own charming constitution, three-boat navy, and flags (one per season).

Day 7

Day 7 - Arrival in Vilnius

After making a few stops, you can plan for an early evening arrival in Vilnius. Your driver will bring your directly to your accommodation in the Old Town.

Day 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Vilnius

Vilnius Private Walking Tour

Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll be getting in touch with the real Vilnius, with help from an expert local guide. Your guide will show you the ins and outs of the city, regaling you with stories from the past and present. You’ll learn more about Vilnius’ Jewish, Polish, Russian and Lithuanian heritage while discovering the city’s most impressive sites, including Old Town, St. Stanislovas and Vladislovas Cathedral, Vilnius University, the Presidential Palace and more. Your guide will pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation, or can suggest areas for further exploration after your tour concludes.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Soviet Vilnius Private Tour

Soviet Vilnius and the KGB Museum

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Communism is an important part of Lithuania’s history, even if it was a dark time. If you’re interested in learning more about this aspect of Lithuania’s recent past, the Genocide Victims’ Museum or KGB Museum to the locals housed in a former KGB headquarters and prison, is the place you need to see. Today we recommend exploring it, combined with a three-hour private walking tour led by a local guide who will show you the main sites relevant to communism. You’ll get a better idea of what it was like to live under communism as the past comes alive for you. Your guide will pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 9

Day 9 - Your Second Full Day in Vilnius

Trakai Private Tour

History Comes Alive: A Trip to Trakai

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

One of our favorite day trips from Vilnius is to the historic town of Trakai, about 30 kilometers away. Should you opt for this excursion, your local guide will pick you up from your accommodation in the morning, and will drive you to the town, which is was the medieval capital of Lithuania. Here you'll find a gorgeous lake front, as well as an impressive national park and a Gothic castle. Your guide will lead you on a walking tour of the Trakai and its many attractions, then you'll have the choice of adding a boat tour of the lake for an additional fee or just crossing the bridges to the island where the castle is located. History will come alive for you here, as your guide fills you in on all the incredible events that have taken place in the castle and the surrounding region, stretching back centuries. If you like, you can also take a boat tour of the lake for an additional charge. At the end of the tour you'll be driven back to your accommodation in Vilnius. The whole trip takes about four hours.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Day 10

Day 10 - Departure Day

Based on your flight time, we'll have a driver meeting you at your accommodation and taking you to the airport.

We also offer the following excursions in Vilnius

Beer Tasting Private Tour
Light3-4 hours
Druskininkai & Grūtas Park Group Tour
Light9 hours
Food Tasting Group Tour
Light3.5 hours
Food Tasting Private Tour
Light3.5 hours

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Tallinn

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Tallinn Airport Transfer
Tallinn Private Walking Tour
Tallinn - Riga Bus
Tallinn Bus Station Transfer

Riga

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Riga Bus Station Transfer
Riga Private Walking Tour
Riga - Vilnius Private Transfer with stop in Rundale & Hill of Crosses

Vilnius

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Vilnius Private Walking Tour
Vilnius Airport Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website

Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of vacation packages including these destinations
Review by John, Kathleen, MaryAnn & Ron

John, Kathleen, MaryAnn & Ron

North Carolina

If you are looking for a travel experience that exceeds your expectations, than JayWay Travel is the only way to go! Professional and knowledgeable - they deliver on what they promise!"

If you are looking for a travel experience that exceeds your expectations, than JayWay Travel is the only way to go! Professional and knowledgeable - they deliver on what they promise!"

Year : 2019
Visited : Lithuania, Latvia
Itinerary : Vilnius, Esperanza Hotel and Spa, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Riga
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Lithuania, Latvia
Itinerary : Vilnius, Esperanza Hotel and Spa, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Riga
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Leonore & Truman

Leonore & Truman

A great way to travel independently! Very helpful and responsive to our group.

A great way to travel independently! Very helpful and responsive to our group.

Year : 2019
Visited : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
Itinerary : Tallinn, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Gdansk, Krakow
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
Itinerary : Tallinn, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Gdansk, Krakow
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Robert & Sara

Robert & Sara

Massachusetts

JayWay Travel does a great job in preparation of your trip and assures things are in place before you depart on your trip. While there you are greeted and given great support throughout your stay. The thrill of meeting family in Latvia and see where my parents were born, experiencing the beauty of the Baltics from City to Sea and all the beautiful green in between! Wonderful job!

JayWay Travel does a great job in preparation of your trip and assures things are in place before you depart on your trip. While there you are greeted and given great support throughout your stay. The thrill of meeting family in Latvia and see where my parents were born, experiencing the beauty of the Baltics from City to Sea and all the beautiful green in between! Wonderful job!

Year : 2019
Visited : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
Itinerary : Tallinn, Riga, Klaipeda, Vilnius
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
Itinerary : Tallinn, Riga, Klaipeda, Vilnius
Rating :
5 / 5

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