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Extensive Baltic Exploration

What a discovery! Dive into the Baltics and explore every destination we cover in the region. With over twenty days, you can check all the must-see sites of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia off your list. A well-balanced number of nights in each destination based on our expertise guarantees that you won't feel rushed. You will explore sandy beaches and sandstone formations, old towns, and shockingly-shaped museums. Get ready to map cities and natural sites on two wheels, on water, or educational trails. Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn await you with their medieval wonders and grand palaces. Smaller towns and countryside destinations like Kaunas, Klaipeda, Liepaja, Cesis, Saaremaa, or Tartu will unveil their well-preserved ancient beauty, amaze you with intact nature, and indulge with local flavors.

This extended Baltic itinerary is inclusive of accommodations at each destination, private transportation with stops, and city tours. To the list of inclusive services, you can add extras on request. Browse and select from our suggestions for more unique adventures and excursions.

In addition to the tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. 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 members 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 your arrival, we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact 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 first-hand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.
Route for Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Liepaja, Riga, Cesis, Tartu, Narva, Tallinn, Saaremaa, Parnu tour

3 Nights in Vilnius

3 Nights in Vilnius

4 days 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 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Vilnius

A driver will be waiting to meet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation in the center of Vilnius.

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

Unique Uzupis

Suggestion to explore on your own

Take the opportunity to explore one of Vilnius’ most colorful neighborhoods, Uzupis. It goes back to 1995, when a group of artists erected a statue of Frank Zappa in the area and declared Uzupis an independent republic. Soon flags were being created and the energy of the place seemed to attract eccentrics from all over the country. Today the mayor of Vilnius actively supports the republic and often takes part in the many activities going on there. There’s plenty to do in the neighborhood, so don’t be afraid to explore, here you’re bound to find some very photogenic people and places.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Vilnius

Vilnius Private Walking Tour

Discover the Best of Vilnius

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 and the KGB Museum are places you need to see. Today we recommend exploring, combined with a 3-hour private walking tour led by a local guide who will show you the main places 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 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Vilnius

Trakai Private Tour

Trakai Private Tour with a Local

Included in your vacation package price.

Trakai – the land of lakes and forests - is  the ancient capital of Lithuania and the residence of the Lithuanian Grand Dukes in the Medieval époque. The place still draws visitors from around the world for its picturesque lake front and Gothic insular castle that today houses the museum of Lithuanian history. This walking tour with an expert local guide will give you a chance to explore the town of Trakai and also to hear the story of unique Karaite Community - a small ethnic group, confessing Judaism, brought from Crimea 600 years ago.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Get a Taste of Vilnius

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

The foodie scene in Vilnius isn't as developed as you might find in some Western European capitals, but there's plenty to sink your teeth into, running the spectrum from street food snacks to fine dining, and all of it distinctly Lithuanian. Originating from the Trakai area not too far away, kibinai, a stuffed pastry akin to a pasty, is a great on-the-go bite. Sit yourself down at one of the branches of Snekutis, a quirky pub chain, and order several dishes such as chicken Kiev (allegedly invented in Vilnius) and cepelinai (a stuffed potato dumpling) and you've got yourself an instant food tour. No visit to Vilnius is complete without trying saltibarsciai, a cold beet soup, available almost everywhere.

Food Tasting Private Tour

Food Tasting Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Taste is one of the five senses, so it's no wonder that trying new foods is one of the best ways to discover a new place and its culture! If you think Lithuanian cuisine is just heavy helpings of potatoes, meat, and sour cream, then let us prove you wrong. The local cuisine is a strange mix of Italian, German, Polish, French, Greek, Jewish, Karaite, and Russian, not to mention far older traditions. Find out how the Lithuanian cuisine has changed throughout the years; what the first disposable dishes were made from, the difference between the rich and poor, the life of a prewar vegetarian, and how everything looks today! While tasting great Lithuanian dishes you will visit five different places, so be sure to come with an appetite and be ready to dive into a full meal to experience the flavors of Vilnius with a friendly local private guide.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Modern Lithuanian Cuisine Private Cooking Class

Modern Lithuanian Cuisine Private Cooking Class

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

This unique Modern Lithuanian Cuisine Cooking class is a perfect way to understand why Lithuania is so special. You will start your kitchen party in a modern cooking studio in capital’s center, preparing an appetizer, main course, and dessert with an expert chef.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3-4 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Kaunas by Private Transfer

Be prepared for an interesting day as you trade Vilnius for Kaunas, with a stop at the Rumšiškės Open-Air Museum en route. Entrance tickets are included, but guided tours or activities need to be booked separately, ahead of time. Including the two-hour stop, this journey takes about 4 hours. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.

Kaunas by Private Transfer with a Rumsiskes Open-Air Museum Stop

1 Night in Kaunas

1 Night in Kaunas

2 days in Kaunas
2 days in Kaunas

1 Night in Kaunas

Kaunas is often referred to as a city of museums, and it’s easy to see why. History really comes alive here, with monuments and museums scattered throughout the town. The city has played a central role in numerous episodes in Lithuanian history, from even before the time it was the capital of the First Republic of Lithuania between World War I and II. Before World War II, about a quarter of the city’s population was Jewish, so there’s also rich Jewish heritage to explore. That long and varied history has also brought an eclecticism to the local architecture, including the charming Old Town, the functionalist designs of New Town, Soviet-era buildings and more modern constructions. There’s so much to do in the city, from exploring the bustling streets and quaint cafes, to enjoying local gastronomy. We recommend a private tour with a local guide to see the sites and get your bearings. You’ll definitely want to ride one of the two funicular railways to get a picture-perfect view over the city. For a nice day trip you can take in Rumsiskes, a UNESCO-listed village where you’ll find historic wooden dwellings representing the entire country.

Kaunas is often referred to as a city of museums, and it’s easy to see why. History really comes alive here, with monuments and museums scattered throughout the town. The city has played a central role in numerous episodes in Lithuanian history, from even before the time it was the capital of the First Republic of Lithuania between World War I and II. Before World War II, about a quarter of the city’s population was Jewish, so there’s also rich Jewish heritage to explore. That long and varied history has also brought an eclecticism to the local architecture, including the charming Old Town, the functionalist designs of New Town, Soviet-era buildings and more modern constructions. There’s so much to do in the city, from exploring the bustling streets and quaint cafes, to enjoying local gastronomy. We recommend a private tour with a local guide to see the sites and get your bearings. You’ll definitely want to ride one of the two funicular railways to get a picture-perfect view over the city. For a nice day trip you can take in Rumsiskes, a UNESCO-listed village where you’ll find historic wooden dwellings representing the entire country.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Kaunas

Your driver will bring you directly to your accommodation in the center of Kaunas.

Kaunas Private Walking Tour

Kaunas Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Start your journey in the park by the confluence of the Neman and Neris rivers, next to the ruins of the Old Kaunas castle. You'll walk through Kaunas’ Old Town, seeing its Catholic churches, and roaming the narrow streets and cobbled squares. Continue the walk to the town hall, nicknamed the "White Swan." Your tour will continue to the St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral. Continue along to Freedom Avenue, the city's main pedestrian boulevard, with its buildings that have changed little since before WWII, and end your tour at Sobor, a former Russian Orthodox church that is now Catholic.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 5

Day 5 - Traveling to Klaipeda by Private Transfer

Get ready for a memorable day, as you trade Kaunas for Klaipeda, with stops en route at the Hill of Crosses and a former Soviet nuclear missile base. Based on your preferred departure time, a driver will pick you up from your accommodations and begin the seven-hour journey (including stops). This trip does not include a guide or tour. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.

Klaipeda by Private Transfer With Hill of Crosses and Nuclear Missile Silo Stops

2 Nights in Klaipeda

2 Nights in Klaipeda

3 days in Klaipeda
3 days in Klaipeda

2 Nights in Klaipeda

Is an atmospheric port city that features a variety of beautiful architecture that attests to its history as a meeting place for various cultures. Here you’ll see evidence of historic influence from Prussia, and also countries farther east. The city wasn’t incorporated into Lithuania until 1945, so its past is as rich and varied as it is long. Klaipeda’s Old Town is particularly interesting, with picturesque Germanic architecture known as Fachwerk, or half-timbered. But it isn’t all past history here. Close to Old Town you’ll also find numerous bars, restaurants and cafes to enjoy, as well as a ferris wheel that will afford you lovely views over the Baltic and the urban landscape. You’ll definitely want to sample some of the local seafood. It doesn’t get any fresher! After exploring the city on foot, either on your own or with the help of a knowledgeable local guide, you’ll want to go farther afield. Hop aboard a ferry to the Curonian Spit, a sand dune spit that features incredible beaches. Here you can enjoy the natural landscape as well as get a taste of local history, as the Nobel-Prize-winning German writer Thomas Mann had his summer home here, which is now a venerable museum. Klaipeda is a unique destination with an atmospheric charm you’ll love exploring at your own pace.

Is an atmospheric port city that features a variety of beautiful architecture that attests to its history as a meeting place for various cultures. Here you’ll see evidence of historic influence from Prussia, and also countries farther east. The city wasn’t incorporated into Lithuania until 1945, so its past is as rich and varied as it is long. Klaipeda’s Old Town is particularly interesting, with picturesque Germanic architecture known as Fachwerk, or half-timbered. But it isn’t all past history here. Close to Old Town you’ll also find numerous bars, restaurants and cafes to enjoy, as well as a ferris wheel that will afford you lovely views over the Baltic and the urban landscape. You’ll definitely want to sample some of the local seafood. It doesn’t get any fresher! After exploring the city on foot, either on your own or with the help of a knowledgeable local guide, you’ll want to go farther afield. Hop aboard a ferry to the Curonian Spit, a sand dune spit that features incredible beaches. Here you can enjoy the natural landscape as well as get a taste of local history, as the Nobel-Prize-winning German writer Thomas Mann had his summer home here, which is now a venerable museum. Klaipeda is a unique destination with an atmospheric charm you’ll love exploring at your own pace.

Day 5

Day 5 - Arrival in Klaipeda

Your driver will bring your directly to your accommodation.

Seek Out Statues

Suggestion to explore on your own

Upon your arrival in Klaipeda, we suggest walking around the Old Town's narrow streets and delving into its outstanding German architecture. You can even make a game of finding the small statues that have been appearing in the center since 2006. These playful statues include a bag of money, a canine "Guardian of the Old Town", a small mouse that supposedly makes wishes come true and a dragon climbing a building wall. Finish your day with a lovely walk along the Dane River and sip a drink and eat dinner in its numerous restaurants.

Day 6

Day 6 - Your First Full Day in Klaipeda

Curonian Spit Private Day Trip

Conquer the Curonian Spit

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you'll be venturing with a driver guide to the Curonian Spit, a 100-kilometer sandbar stretching to Russia, whose beaches are the source of most of the world's amber. There, you will visit the scenic town of Nida, next to the tallest drifting sand dune in Europe, which provides a stunning vista of the Baltic Sea, the Curonian Lagoon, and Russia. Nearby is the Hill of Witches, which features wooden statues and WWII trenches. The town itself has had an artist's colony since the 19th century, which attracted Germany's brightest, including Thomas Mann, whose house you will be able to visit. This visit will also feature a stroll along a section of beach known for its amber. Who knows, you might find a unique souvenir!


Activity Level : Strenuous
Duration : 8 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Liepaja by Private Transfer

Today you're off to Liepaja, up the coast. Your driver will pick you up at your accommodations based on the time of your choosing, starting the 1.5-hour journey. This is a direct transfer but for an additional fee, you can make stops along the way, such as at Palanga, the Lithuanian beachside resort town with a popular amber museum.

1 Night in Liepaja

1 Night in Liepaja

2 days in Liepaja
2 days in Liepaja

1 Night in Liepaja

Liepaja has two faces, attracting different types. The city is mostly known as a beach resort, with its gardens, park, musical festivals, showy concert hall, and sandy stretch. Among Latvians, Liepaja is also known as the "city where the wind is born," thanks to its Chicago-like gusts (which power the country's largest wind farm nearby). Liepaja's other side is especially clear in the district of Karosta (Latvian for "War Port"), home to many of the city's Russian-speakers. One of imperial Russia's main port, Liepaja (then known as Libau) is the port from which most Russians Jews sailed to the New World. One of the Czar's main naval bases, then made into one of the Soviet Union's secret cities, Karosta is ringed by fortifications, many of which are slowly falling into the sea. Follow the fortifications far enough, and you'll find a massive menorah, a memorial to the city's Jews, who were murdered there by the SS. While today known for its shore, this humble town played a major role in American history, as the port from which many Poles, Lithuanians, Jews, and Russians embarked for new lives in the New World.

Liepaja has two faces, attracting different types. The city is mostly known as a beach resort, with its gardens, park, musical festivals, showy concert hall, and sandy stretch. Among Latvians, Liepaja is also known as the "city where the wind is born," thanks to its Chicago-like gusts (which power the country's largest wind farm nearby). Liepaja's other side is especially clear in the district of Karosta (Latvian for "War Port"), home to many of the city's Russian-speakers. One of imperial Russia's main port, Liepaja (then known as Libau) is the port from which most Russians Jews sailed to the New World. One of the Czar's main naval bases, then made into one of the Soviet Union's secret cities, Karosta is ringed by fortifications, many of which are slowly falling into the sea. Follow the fortifications far enough, and you'll find a massive menorah, a memorial to the city's Jews, who were murdered there by the SS. While today known for its shore, this humble town played a major role in American history, as the port from which many Poles, Lithuanians, Jews, and Russians embarked for new lives in the New World.

Day 7

Day 7 - Arrival in Liepaja

Your driver will bring you directly to your accommodation in the center of Liepaja.

Liepaja Private Walking Tour

Liepaja Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Go beyond Liepaja's dazzling white beach, and explore "the place where the wind is born," delving into its culture and Art Nouveau architecture. While today known for its shore, this humble town played a major role in American history, as the port from which many Poles, Lithuanians, Jews, and Russians embarked for new lives in the New World.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Day 8

Day 8 - Traveling to Riga by Private Transfer

Today will be an interesting one as you trade Liepaja for Riga, with brief stops at Kuldiga and Jurkalne en route. Based on your preferred departure time, a driver will pick you up at your accommodations in Liepaja. Please keep in mind this is a non-guided transfer. The journey, including stops, takes about eight hours. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.

Riga by Private Transfer with Jurkalne and Kuldiga Stops

3 Nights in Riga

3 Nights in Riga

4 days 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 8

Day 8 - Arrival in Riga

Your driver will bring you directly to your accommodation in the center of Riga.

Riga From On High

Suggestion to explore on your own

What better way to start your visit to a new city than admiring the view from above? From St. Peter's Church in the old town, the stalinist Latvian Academy of Sciences, mountainous National Library (also known as the Mountain of Light), or the Riga Radio and TV Tower (the tallest structure in the EU), extraordinary views of Riga and even the sea are easy to find. If you'd like to accompany great views with excellent drinks, we can recommend the best rooftop bar in the city so you can kick back with cocktails.

Day 9

Day 9 - Your First Full Day in Riga

Riga Private Walking Tour

Introducing Riga

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 2-hour tour, and will bring you back to your accommodation, or suggest places for further exploration.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Riga Canal Boat Group Tour

Riga Canal Boat Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Back in the old days, before the Daugava rider was bridged, small boats used to transport locals across the river, and Riga's smaller waterways. The larger boats made up the "river tramway," while the smaller ones were "river taxis." Step aboard one of these historic vessels, and see boulevards, parks, squares, fountains, bridges, markets, and the old harbor as you cruise the canal that once formed the city's moat. For the tour's climax, you'll head down the river, taking in majestic panoramas of Old Riga’s spires and the modern and Soviet buildings of the left bank.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 1 hour

Day 10

Day 10 - Your Second Full Day in Riga

Art Nouveau Private Tour

Artful Architecture: Art Nouveau Tour

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

Riga’s Old Town is protected by UNESCO, in large part because of the gorgeous Art Nouveau buildings in the center. We suggest taking a look at some of them today. The style accounts for about 40% of Riga’s buildings, so there’s plenty to see. Alberta Street and the so-called Quiet Center, where the embassies are located, are great places to start. If you would prefer the company of an expert local guide to make sure you don't miss any of the best and most impressive details, we can arrange that for you.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2-3 hours

Central Market Private Tour

Curious About Latvian Food?

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 : 1 hour and 30 minutes

Day 11

Day 11 - Traveling to Cesis by Private Transfer

Today you're off to Cesis, with a stop at the Gauja National Park en route. Please keep in mind this is a non-guided transfer, and tickets to different attractions are not included. Based on your preferred departure time, a driver will pick you up at your accommodations, starting the six-hour journey (including stops). The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.

Cesis by Private Transfer With a Gauja Stop

1 Night in Cesis

1 Night in Cesis

2 days in Cesis
2 days in Cesis

1 Night in Cesis

Cute Cesis' most obvious feature is its eponymous castle, constructed by the Livonian Brothers of the Sword, crusaders wanting to build a castle in their new homeland, in the early 13th century. The castle attained its new half-ruined appearance more than 350 years later, when the poor garrison blew themselves up rather than surrender to Ivan the Terrible. A year later, Ivan himself lost a battle for the town, which had been retaken by a desperate alliance of all of his enemies, and which became a turning point against him. Indeed, until recently, the city was mostly known for the battles that have swirled around it. Latvians and Estonians both know the town for the battle fought over it in 1919 during the Latvian War of Independence, when an allied German army changed its mind and tried to seize Latvia for itself (Estonians say they won the battle with Latvian help, and Latvians insist they won with Estonian help). In recent years, the town has transformed into a hip treasure, drawing artists and environmentalists, who are working to turn the town into an example of what Latvia can be.

Cute Cesis' most obvious feature is its eponymous castle, constructed by the Livonian Brothers of the Sword, crusaders wanting to build a castle in their new homeland, in the early 13th century. The castle attained its new half-ruined appearance more than 350 years later, when the poor garrison blew themselves up rather than surrender to Ivan the Terrible. A year later, Ivan himself lost a battle for the town, which had been retaken by a desperate alliance of all of his enemies, and which became a turning point against him. Indeed, until recently, the city was mostly known for the battles that have swirled around it. Latvians and Estonians both know the town for the battle fought over it in 1919 during the Latvian War of Independence, when an allied German army changed its mind and tried to seize Latvia for itself (Estonians say they won the battle with Latvian help, and Latvians insist they won with Estonian help). In recent years, the town has transformed into a hip treasure, drawing artists and environmentalists, who are working to turn the town into an example of what Latvia can be.

Day 11

Day 11 - Arrival in Cesis

Your driver will bring you directly to your accommodation in the center of Cesis.

Cesis Private City and Castle Tour

Cesis Private City and Castle Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Cesis, with the medieval castle ruins at its heart, is one of Latvia's most beautiful, and romantic, destinations. On this tour, you'll wander the Old Town, learning the stories behind its parks and buildings, the town's old traditions regarding jewelry, and its pivotal role in the Latvian War of Independence before heading to the castle. From the castle tour, you'll enjoy a view of the town, as you learn about the crusaders who built the castle, and the pagan hillfort it replaced. Carrying lanterns, you'll descend into the dungeon, to learn why the garrison of this Latvian Masada chose to blow themselves up rather than surrender to a besieging Russian army.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Day 12

Day 12 - Traveling to Tartu by Private Transfer

The most relaxed way to get to Tartu is with a private transfer. Our driver will pick you up at your accommodations based on the time of your choosing, and deliver you to your accommodations in Tartu about three hours later. This is a direct transfer, but for an additional fee, you can make stops along the way.

2 Nights in Tartu

2 Nights in Tartu

3 days in Tartu
3 days in Tartu

2 Nights in Tartu

The “City of Good Thoughts,” Tartu is Estonia’s cultural and intellectual capital. This city is home to the University of Tartu, one of Europe’s oldest universities, and one of the most prestigious in Eastern Europe. The central role students play here is symbolized by the “Kissing Students” statue in front of the town hall. Tartu is centered around Toomemagi, a steep hill that hosted a pagan fort, followed by a Crusader castle. Toomemagi is Tartu’s gem, especially in September's foliage. Covered in forest and filled with paths, this hill contains a half-ruined cathedral, one of Europe’s oldest observatories, an anatomical theater, and Czarist bridges and fortifications, as well as statues, plaques, a cafe, and more. Toomemagi has excellent views of the city, especially from the cathedral towers, while beneath it lies a bar and restaurant built in a former gunpowder cellar, featuring a 40-foot ceiling.

The “City of Good Thoughts,” Tartu is Estonia’s cultural and intellectual capital. This city is home to the University of Tartu, one of Europe’s oldest universities, and one of the most prestigious in Eastern Europe. The central role students play here is symbolized by the “Kissing Students” statue in front of the town hall. Tartu is centered around Toomemagi, a steep hill that hosted a pagan fort, followed by a Crusader castle. Toomemagi is Tartu’s gem, especially in September's foliage. Covered in forest and filled with paths, this hill contains a half-ruined cathedral, one of Europe’s oldest observatories, an anatomical theater, and Czarist bridges and fortifications, as well as statues, plaques, a cafe, and more. Toomemagi has excellent views of the city, especially from the cathedral towers, while beneath it lies a bar and restaurant built in a former gunpowder cellar, featuring a 40-foot ceiling.

Day 12

Day 12 - Arrival in Tartu

Your driver will bring you directly to your accommodation in the center of Tartu

Karlova Private Street Art & History Tour

Karlova and Soup Town

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

Flanking the Old Town on either side are two charming, old-fashioned neighborhoods with their own distinct cultures (they both even fly their own flags). To the south, strolling quiet Karlova feels like returning to the 19th century, with its wooden townhouses and tree-lined streets. This is a popular spot for artists, thanks in part to the art school hidden in its depths, near an old manor. We recommend heading to Anna Edasi for crepes, or Barlova for drinks. To the north is Suppilinn ("Soup Town.") Once a slum, the district gets its name for the gardens its residents planted to feed themselves (the streets are named for the crops grown by locals, from beans to strawberries). There aren't as many businesses here to visit, though there is charming street art, and the A Le Coq brewery, which offers tours and a great view from its tower. A nice way to arrive at Suppilinn is to follow the river promenade upstream--the neighborhood starts at the university's botanical garden. Delve into the city's Bohemian side with a private street art tour of Karlova.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Day 13

Day 13 - Your First Full Day in Tartu

Tartu Private Walking Tour

Ponder the "City of Good Thoughts"

Included in your vacation package price.

Explore Estonia's intellectual capital, as you stroll through its 18th century neoclassical Old Town, along the tranquil Emajõgi ("Mother River,"), and up Toomemagi ("Cathedral Hill"), getting to know the town's history through its historic buildings, some put to innovative uses, like the half-ruined cathedral, and the observatory, once home to cutting-edge research. Along the way, you'll take in charming views, whether from the riverbanks or the verdant hilltop park.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Peipsiveere Private Day Trip

Fish, Onions, and Old Believers: Peep at Peipsiveere

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

Estonia's edges retain unique cultures, from the matriarchal society of Kihnu to the Kingdom of Setomaa, whose inhabitants retain unique traditions tied to their religion, fashion and song, to Lake Peipus, home to the schismatic Old Believers. The descendants of devout Russian Orthodox who fled 17th century reforms, the fishermen of Peipsiveere, the region running along Lake Peipus, are known for their fish and onions, but the stubbornness that pushed them to uproot their lives centuries ago has remained intact, preserving their traditions as well.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4-5 hours

Day 14

Day 14 - Traveling to Narva by Private Transfer

Be prepared for an interesting day as you head to Narva, with stops at the Pühtitsa Convent (a popular destinations for Orthodox pilgrims) and Alatskivi Castle (a showy 19th century chateau based on the royal Balmoral Castle in Scotland). Based on your preferred departure time, a driver will pick you up at your accommodations. The journey including stops takes about 5-6 hours. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan, although we can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.

Narva by Private Transfer with Pühtitsa Convent and Alatskivi Castle Stops

1 Night in Narva

1 Night in Narva

2 days in Narva
2 days in Narva

1 Night in Narva

Few cities are a better reminder of the divide between East and West than Narva. Here two castles face each other across the river dividing Russia from Estonia. We recommend Narva for those looking to get off the beaten path and explore Eastern Europe’s Soviet legacy. The Swedes developed the city, building a Baroque Old Town and extensive fortifications in addition to the castle. Largely destroyed during World War II, Narva was rebuilt and resettled by Soviet citizens. We recommend visiting the border, where one of Imperial Russia’s largest factories sits on an island between waterfalls. When the weather is warm, visit the beach near the two castles, one of Estonia’s most photographed spots. The seaside district of Narva-Joesuu, with its pine forest and fine sand, is the best place in town to stay, due to its calm surroundings and higher quality accommodations than available in the center of town. Next to Narva’s surviving Baroque town hall is an impressive new university building, with a roof that slopes outwards beyond the floor area of the building, and plenty of cozy places for travelers to rest. Photographers are fond of Narva’s Soviet architecture and Russian Orthodox and Lutheran churches, but the surrounding countryside has its own scenic and historic beauty.

Few cities are a better reminder of the divide between East and West than Narva. Here two castles face each other across the river dividing Russia from Estonia. We recommend Narva for those looking to get off the beaten path and explore Eastern Europe’s Soviet legacy. The Swedes developed the city, building a Baroque Old Town and extensive fortifications in addition to the castle. Largely destroyed during World War II, Narva was rebuilt and resettled by Soviet citizens. We recommend visiting the border, where one of Imperial Russia’s largest factories sits on an island between waterfalls. When the weather is warm, visit the beach near the two castles, one of Estonia’s most photographed spots. The seaside district of Narva-Joesuu, with its pine forest and fine sand, is the best place in town to stay, due to its calm surroundings and higher quality accommodations than available in the center of town. Next to Narva’s surviving Baroque town hall is an impressive new university building, with a roof that slopes outwards beyond the floor area of the building, and plenty of cozy places for travelers to rest. Photographers are fond of Narva’s Soviet architecture and Russian Orthodox and Lutheran churches, but the surrounding countryside has its own scenic and historic beauty.

Day 14

Day 14 - Arrival in Narva

Your driver will bring you directly to your accommodations in Narva-Joesuu.

Narva Private Walking Tour

Narva Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Estonia’s easternmost town boasts the a restored castle keep overlooking the Russian border, and the castle built on the opposite site. Although once known for its baroque architecture, little survived World War II and the Estonian War of Independence, when the town became known as the "Estonian Verdun," although there are some vestiges of the town's former prosperity amid its classic Soviet architecture (including the ultra-modern University of Tartu building, whose exterior is an homage to the ruined building that preceded it. From Peter's Square, you'll visit the town hall and its neighboring university building, the city's bastions, the Dark Garden and river promenade, Alexander's Cathedral, and more.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Day 15

Day 15 - Traveling to Tallinn by Private Transfer

Today you're off to Tallinn! We'll arrange for a private car to pick you up at your accommodations. Along the way, you will revisit the Middle Ages at Rakvere Castle and enjoy a walk around Viru Bog. Please keep in mind this is a non-guided transfer, and tickets to the castle are not included. The journey, including stops, takes about 5-6 hours. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan, but we can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class vehicle for an extra fee.

Private Transfer to Tallinn with Stops at Rakvere Castle and Viru Bog

3 Nights in Tallinn

3 Nights in Tallinn

4 days 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 15

Day 15 - Arrival in Tallinn

Your driver will bring you directly to your accommodation in the center of Tallinn.

Go Bohemian in Kalamaja

Suggestion to explore on your own

Of all the neighborhoods in Tallinn, Kalamaja is one of the most exciting. This fast-growing area between Old Town and the scenic coast is known for its hip selection of cafes, shops, restaurants and bars. Once a closed-off Soviet border zone, it has seen a renaissance of development in recent years. Seaplane Harbour, the Estonian Maritime Museum, is very modern and quite interesting. It’s just one of the things worth seeing around here.

Day 16

Day 16 - Your First Full Day in Tallinn

Old Town Private Walking Tour

Discover Medieval Wonders

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 accommodations to walk through the UNESCO-listed center of Tallinn, home to many of the city's unusual historic treasures. From Old Town cobblestones to stunning views, you’ll get a vivid encapsulation of all the city has to offer, along with the unique insights of a knowledgeable native. There’s no better way to get your bearings and learn about the city at the same time.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Baroque History: Kadriorg Palace and Park

Suggestion to explore on your own

One of the more regal sites in Tallinn is Kadriorg Palace, a Baroque palace built by Peter the Great for Catherine I of Russia. Today this stately palace, surrounded by well-kept gardens, houses the Kadriorg Art Museum, with foreign art from the 16th to the 20th century. There are a number of museums in the park, including Kumu (the Estonian Art Museum), Kadriorg Art Museum and the Mikkeli Museum, as well as monuments to such cultural figures as sculptor Amandus Adamson, author F. R. Kreutzwald, and artist Jaan Koort.

Baroque History: Kadriorg Palace and Park

Day 17

Day 17 - Your Second Full Day in Tallinn

Explore Nature and History Along the Coast

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

There's far more to see other than the insides of Tallinn's old town and its surrounding neighborhood. Go on a day trip from Tallinn to explore rural fishermen’s villages, manor houses and bogs in Lahemaa National Park or bog-shoe hiking in picturesque Kõnnu Suursoo. For those looking for something a bit more alternative go to remains of the main Soviet naval training base, outside Paldiski. Feel free to head further west to Haapsalu, one of Estonia's most beautiful towns.

Lahemaa National Park Private Tour

Lahemaa National Park Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Lahemaa National Park is renowned for its diversity. It is home to the most beautiful manors in Estonia, unique, traditional fishing villages, and some of the country's most pristine natural landscapes. You'll visit everything from the country's largest natural waterfall, to hidden old manor homes in Kolga and Sagadi, from mesmerizing forests to romantic little coastal villages like Käsmu and Altja. Bring your sense of adventure and be ready to hike (or in summer even swim) through the Viru bog, on a 3.5 km boardwalk. Ethereal places full of berries, dark waters, and stunted trees, bogs occupy a strong place in Estonian folklore for a reason.


Activity Level : Strenuous
Duration : 8-9 hours

Bog-shoe Hiking Private Tour

Bog-shoe Hiking Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

For something a bit more unusual, walk across one of Estonia's largest bogs with special bog-shoes (otherwise, you would sink right in!) Bogs are very dear to Estonians, and have always been part of its culture, so a visit to Estonia is incomplete without a bog walk. Visiting an Estonian bog is a strangely unworldly experience, with their calm pools of black (but drinkable!) water, stunted trees, and endless berry bushes. With the help of equipment akin to snowshoes, you'll visit otherwise inaccessible places. This tour will take you beyond the boardwalks and observation towers to normally inaccessible areas, home to more wildlife. Have an unforgettable adventure in Estonia and come to a bog-shoe hike in the picturesque Kõnnu Suursoo, less than an hour east of Tallinn. This tour is available year-round, as the bog has a different face to show every season.


Activity Level : Strenuous
Duration : 4-5 hours

Coastal Cliffs and Soviet Paldiski Group Tour

Coastal Cliffs and Soviet Paldiski Group Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Discover hidden wonders amidst the wilderness along the coast west of Tallinn, including the Soviet Union's main naval training base. On this tour, you'll see Estonia's most romantic waterfall, coastal cliffs, the former garrison town of Paldiski, the otherworldly prison quarry of Rummu, and much more, such as the interior of a Soviet aircraft. You'll find places and stories you'd never stumble across on your own while learning what it's like to grow up in this area.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 7 hours

Western Coast and Haapsalu Private Tour

Western Coast and Haapsalu Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Enjoy a beautiful journey down Estonia's picturesque coast to the historic resort town of Haapsalu (a favorite of the czars). Along the way, you'll pass through towering pine forests, and visit mysterious castle ruins, finding stories and places you'd never stumble across on your own. You'll learn about the Coastal Swedes at Noarootsi, and discover Estonia's medieval history amid the ruins of the Padise Monastery. You'll better understand the Soviet era's influences by visiting Ungru, where an abandoned manor and air base sit side-by-side. You'll visit several other manor homes, some restored and offering drinks, some offering hidden stories instead. Haapsalu itself is probably Estonia's most romantic city, with its ruined medieval castle in the center, next to unique wooden villas, and a charming seaside promenade and quiet coastline. Before leaving, you'll visit the local train museum, and the world's longest covered platform, built to keep the czar's entire retinue dry as they disembarked from his personal train during summer visits.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 9 hours

Private Kalamaja Estonian Food Tour

Eat with the Locals

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

Tallinn has many excellent restaurants but if you want to try some traditional food, head out to Vanaema Juures, where you can eat like at a local grandmother's home. If you want to try a modern twist on Estonian food, head to Mekk or Farm. Both restaurants have excellent chefs and tasty food. For a medieval pub experience, head to III Draakon, on the ground floor of the medieval town hall. There you'll find light snacks, local beers, and can try your hand at pickle fishing, spearing them from a barrel. If you'd like to learn more about Estonian food while sampling some local dishes, we recommend a food tour in the bohemian district of Kalamaja.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Day 18

Day 18 - Traveling to Saaremaa by Private Transfer

Time for Saaremaa, as you trade the Estonian capital for the town of Kuressaare, with a brief stop at the island of Muhu, and its museum, en route. Based on your preferred departure time, a driver will pick you up at your accommodations in Tallinn and your journey to Kuressaare can start. Please keep in mind this is a non-guided transfer. The journey, including stops and a 30 minute ferry ride, takes about seven hours. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.

Kuressaare by Private Transfer with a Muhu Museum Stop

2 Nights in Saaremaa

2 Nights in Saaremaa

3 days in Saaremaa
3 days in Saaremaa

2 Nights in Saaremaa

It’s hard to find a more medieval landscape than Saaremaa, Estonia’s largest island (its name translates to “Island Land”). With its windmills, 13th century churches, thatched roofs, and ancient stone walls, Saaremaa seems to have escaped the Soviet era intact. However, its preservation is due to Soviet border policy, which forbade entrance to this island by anyone not directly related to its inhabitants. This island’s rugged coast features bunkers and lighthouses, one of which is now surrounded by the sea, and leans far to its side. Much of Saaremaa's west coast is protected by Vilsandi National Park, which includes an island that can only be visited by an occasional ferry, or by taking a Soviet truck at low tide. Estonia has more meteorite craters per square mile than anywhere else, chief among them Saaremaa's Kaali crater, which hit the island during the Bronze Age with a force equal to the first atomic bomb. Viewed as holy since prehistory, this crater is thought to be the site where the sun falls to Earth in the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic. Saaremaa’s capital, Kuressaare, is a charming small town, with a tall, rectangular castle that sits within renaissance bastions. Kuressaare is best enjoyed with a quiet stroll along the coast and between the charming wooden villas near the castle. We also recommend visiting the Sorve Peninsula. Here, at the island's southern tip, the northern edge of Latvia is visible, especially from the top of the Baltics' tallest lighthouse. Thanks to a clerical error, the neighboring village of Torgu found itself legally independent in the 90s, and comically declared itself a kingdom.

It’s hard to find a more medieval landscape than Saaremaa, Estonia’s largest island (its name translates to “Island Land”). With its windmills, 13th century churches, thatched roofs, and ancient stone walls, Saaremaa seems to have escaped the Soviet era intact. However, its preservation is due to Soviet border policy, which forbade entrance to this island by anyone not directly related to its inhabitants. This island’s rugged coast features bunkers and lighthouses, one of which is now surrounded by the sea, and leans far to its side. Much of Saaremaa's west coast is protected by Vilsandi National Park, which includes an island that can only be visited by an occasional ferry, or by taking a Soviet truck at low tide. Estonia has more meteorite craters per square mile than anywhere else, chief among them Saaremaa's Kaali crater, which hit the island during the Bronze Age with a force equal to the first atomic bomb. Viewed as holy since prehistory, this crater is thought to be the site where the sun falls to Earth in the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic. Saaremaa’s capital, Kuressaare, is a charming small town, with a tall, rectangular castle that sits within renaissance bastions. Kuressaare is best enjoyed with a quiet stroll along the coast and between the charming wooden villas near the castle. We also recommend visiting the Sorve Peninsula. Here, at the island's southern tip, the northern edge of Latvia is visible, especially from the top of the Baltics' tallest lighthouse. Thanks to a clerical error, the neighboring village of Torgu found itself legally independent in the 90s, and comically declared itself a kingdom.

Day 18

Day 18 - Arrival in Saaremaa

Your driver will bring you directly to your accommodation in the center of Kuressaare.

Get Sandy in Kuressaare

Suggestion to explore on your own

Kuressaare beach is family friendly, as its calm, shallow waters warm quickly. This centrally-located shore offers toilets and changing facilities, as well as a playground, and has cafes nearby for a lunch break or snack.

Day 19

Day 19 - Your First Full Day in Saaremaa

Kuressaare Private Walking Tour With Castle Visit

Discover Kuressaare's Beauty

Included in your vacation package price.

A walking tour around the charming small town of Kuressaare and its tall, rectangular castle and renaissance bastions is a trip back in time. Almost every building here is an architectural monument with a deep history. This town's restored 12th century castle is its main attraction, and naturally functions as a history museum. After an hour's walk in the town itself, you'll continue to the castle for another hour, after which you can remain at the castle, or have the guide return you to your accommodations.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Delve into Island Life

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Saaremaa feels like a different, much older, country than the rest of Estonia, with its diverse meadows and forests, its medieval windmills, churches, and stone walls, thatched roofs, and Europe's largest meteorite impact crater. Kuressaare is charming, but to see what makes Saaremaa special, you must go on a day trip, whether exploring the island's highlights, or focusing on the long Sõrve Peninsula, which forms its southern tip, and was once a tongue-in-cheek sovereign state.

Saaremaa Highlights Private Tour

Saaremaa Highlights Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Discover Saaremaa, beloved for its folklore, picturesque villages, windmills and coastline, and of course, its famous meteorite crater. A visit to this island isn't complete without venturing beyond Kuressaare to take in the countryside's classics! Estonia has more meteor craters per square mile than anywhere else, chief among them Kaali crater, which hit the island during the Bronze Age with a force equal to the first atomic bomb. Viewed as holy since prehistory, this crater is thought to be the site where the sun falls to Earth in the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic. After seeing Kaali, you'll visit Angla, home to several restored windmills, a classic sight, before continuing on to the Panga cliff, part of a seaside escarpment that cuts from Sweden to Russia, passing through Tallinn and occasionally underwater.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours 30 minutes

Sõrve Peninsula Private Tour

Sõrve Peninsula Private Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

The scenic peninsula forming Saaremaa's southern tip, Sõrve was the sight of pitched fighting during both World Wars, and even spent a brief period as a tongue-in-cheek sovereign kingdom following Estonia's return to independence in 1991. The tallest on the Baltic, Sõrve's beautiful lighthouse, recently opened to visitors, offers views of Latvia. You'll also see nearby natural sights, a coastal defense battery, and walk down to the peninsula's very tip.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours 30 minutes

Day 20

Day 20 - Traveling to Parnu by Private Transfer

The most relaxed way to get to Parnu is with a private transfer. Your driver will pick you up at your accommodations based on the time of your choosing, and drive you your accommodations at the other end. This is a direct non-guided transfer, but for an additional fee, you can make stops along the way.

2 Nights in Parnu

2 Nights in Parnu

3 days in Parnu
3 days in Parnu

2 Nights in Parnu

Among beach lovers in Eastern Europe, Parnu has been legendary since the late 19th century. You’ll find a variety of different beaches here and places to enjoy the natural beauty of the landscape. But there aren’t only beaches here. Parnus is also a spa resort where you can enjoy a variety of world-class wellness treatments. There’s also a rich history here, as Parnu was the first place the Estonian Declaration of Independence was read publicly, in 1918. All of this makes it a unique destination combining relaxation, history and gorgeous nature. There’s plenty to do here, whether Parnu is your final destination or just a stop off in a longer tour of the region. The city has numerous museums dedicated to its vibrant history, as well as its modern culture. You’ll definitely want to visit a spa while you’re here, and of course the beaches are second-to-none. Most of the restaurants here offer lovely seafood that can’t be fresher, so enjoying the local gastronomy and wine is always a fun way to spend a day. Relaxation and nature come together here in perfect harmony. We can certainly provide a private walking tour, but if you're looking to see something special, we recommend a day trip to the island of Kihnu. Although home to only a few hundred people, Kihnu's cultural heritage is complete intact, from its dances to unique games and music, and people still wear folk costume in daily life.

Among beach lovers in Eastern Europe, Parnu has been legendary since the late 19th century. You’ll find a variety of different beaches here and places to enjoy the natural beauty of the landscape. But there aren’t only beaches here. Parnus is also a spa resort where you can enjoy a variety of world-class wellness treatments. There’s also a rich history here, as Parnu was the first place the Estonian Declaration of Independence was read publicly, in 1918. All of this makes it a unique destination combining relaxation, history and gorgeous nature. There’s plenty to do here, whether Parnu is your final destination or just a stop off in a longer tour of the region. The city has numerous museums dedicated to its vibrant history, as well as its modern culture. You’ll definitely want to visit a spa while you’re here, and of course the beaches are second-to-none. Most of the restaurants here offer lovely seafood that can’t be fresher, so enjoying the local gastronomy and wine is always a fun way to spend a day. Relaxation and nature come together here in perfect harmony. We can certainly provide a private walking tour, but if you're looking to see something special, we recommend a day trip to the island of Kihnu. Although home to only a few hundred people, Kihnu's cultural heritage is complete intact, from its dances to unique games and music, and people still wear folk costume in daily life.

Day 20

Day 20 - Arrival in Parnu

Your driver will bring you directly to your centrally located accommodation.

See the Sea and More

Suggestion to explore on your own

Welcome to the summer capital of Estonia. The center of Pärnu, and its lovely parks, sandy beach, and long promenade, practically cry out for long walks. After pounding the pavement, we suggest a nice relaxing spa treatment. There are plenty of spas to choose from, at all price points and levels of intensity. Finish the evening with a nice dinner in one of the restaurants in town.

Day 21

Day 21 - Your First Full Day in Parnu

Kihnu Island Private Day Tour

Kihnu Island Private Day Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Take the chance to visit Kihnu Island, an hour from Parnu by ferry. For many years, the men of Kihnu have frequently gone to sea while the women ran the island and became the guardians of the island’s cultural heritage. Here, locals still wear traditional folk dress as a part of daily life. In addition to the island's main museum and church, you'll be able to climb its lighthouse and explore the old power station and its museum. Before you go, you'll be able to enjoy a delicious fish lunch. For an extra charge, we can add a home visit and/or folklore performance.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 8-10 hours

Get Sandy

Suggestion to explore on your own

Parnu's beach is likely the country's best, famed for its white sands, gentle nature, and various attractions. Whether you like to play mini-golf or try some windsurfing, there's always plenty to choose from. A curving path stretches along the sand, lined with fountains, park benches, and an excellent playground. Early 20th century buildings line Ranna puiestee, the avenue running between the beach and the formal gardens of Rannapark, an ideal spot for a summertime picnic.

Day 22

Day 22 - Departure Day

You're leaving Estonia today. The journey time to Tallinn airport is about 2 hours. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.

Departure by Air from Tallinn Airport
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.

Vilnius

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Vilnius Airport Transfer
Vilnius Private Walking Tour
Trakai Private Tour with a Local
Vilnius - Kaunas Private Transfer with Rumsiskes Open Air Museum Stop

Kaunas

1 Night Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Kaunas Private Walking Tour
Kaunas - Klaipeda Private Transfer with Hill of Crosses and Nuclear Missile Silo Stops

Klaipeda

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Curonian Spit Private Day Trip
Klaipeda - Liepaja Private Transfer

Liepaja

1 Night Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Liepaja Private Walking Tour
Liepaja - Riga Private Transfer with a stop in Jurkalne and Kuldiga

Riga

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Riga Private Walking Tour
Riga Canal Boat Group Tour
Riga - Cesis Private Transfer with a Stop at Gauja National Park

Cesis

1 Night Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Cesis Private City and Castle Tour
Cesis - Tartu Private Transfer

Tartu

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Tartu Private Walking Tour
Tartu - Narva Private Transfer with stops at Alatskivi and Pühtitsa

Narva

1 Night Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Narva Private Walking Tour
Narva - Tallinn Private Transfer with Viru Bog and Rakvere Stops

Tallinn

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Old Town Private Walking Tour
Tallinn - Kuressaare Private Transfer with a Stop in Muhu Museum

Saaremaa

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Kuressaare Private Walking Tour With Castle Visit
Kuressaare - Parnu Private Transfer

Parnu

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Kihnu Island Private Day Tour
Parnu - Tallinn Airport Private 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

5 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of vacation packages including these destinations
Review by Frank & Alan

Frank & Alan

Oregon

This was a Grand Tour in all respects. Great hotels and guides. Flawless execution of travel between cities. We have traveled a lot and your services were the most impressive. The Baltic states were new territory for us and we appreciate the recommendations on which cities to visit beyond the standard stops. All of the hotels were exceptional. Returning to the US has been like returning to a barbarian society. All of the tour guides were exceptional and added great value to the trip.

This was a Grand Tour in all respects. Great hotels and guides. Flawless execution of travel between cities. We have traveled a lot and your services were the most impressive. The Baltic states were new territory for us and we appreciate the recommendations on which cities to visit beyond the standard stops. All of the hotels were exceptional. Returning to the US has been like returning to a barbarian society. All of the tour guides were exceptional and added great value to the trip.

Year : 2017
Visited : Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
Itinerary : Helsinki, Tallinn, Parnu, Riga, Klaipeda, Kaunas, Vilnius
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2017
Visited : Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
Itinerary : Helsinki, Tallinn, Parnu, Riga, Klaipeda, Kaunas, Vilnius
Rating :
5 / 5
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