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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Comprehensive tour of a fascinating region
  • Visit to KGB Museum in Vilnius
  • Trakai, medieval capital of Lithuania
  • Rundale Palace, architectural highlight of provincial Latvia
  • Sigulda National Park, the “Switzerland of Latvia”
  • Estonia’s open air Rocca-al-Mare village museum
  • Historic Tallinn
  • Tour of St. Petersburg’s Hermitage, one of the world’s greatest museums
  • Lunch with a St. Petersburg family
  • Peterhof, royal estate of czar Peter the Great
Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Vilnius, Lithuania

Day 2: Arrive Vilnius After connecting in Europe, a short flight this morning brings us to Vilnius, the attractive Lithuanian capital with Baroque architecture, numerous churches, medieval towers and fortifications, and one of Eastern Europe’s oldest “Old Towns.” Our afternoon in this historic city is at leisure before tonight’s dinner at our hotel. D

Day 3: Vilnius We see the highlights of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on this morning’s tour, including Cathedral Square, Gediminas’ Tower, Vilnius University, and the President’s Palace. We also tour the fascinating KGB Museum. The remain­der of the day is at leisure, perhaps to relax at one of the many outdoor cafés; explore the old Jewish Quarter and ghetto; or admire the city’s architectural diversity. B

Day 4: Vilnius/Trakai Today we travel about 20 miles outside Vilnius to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania set in a resort village surrounded by five lakes. Here we tour 15th-century Trakai Castle, with exhibits commemorating the days when the Grand Duchy of Lithuania stretched all the way from the Baltic to the Black Sea. After a turbulent history of Russian rule, in 1991 Lithuania became one of the first of the Soviet Union’s breakaway republics and today, again, is a sovereign democratic nation. B,D

Day 5: Vilnius/Riga We leave this morning for Riga, the Latvian capital. En route we stop for lunch in Siauliai where we visit the Hill of Crosses, a pilgrimage site and symbol of Lithuanian nationalism. After crossing the border into Latvia, we travel through gentle countryside to the restored 18th-century Baroque palace of Rundale. Designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who also designed St. Peters­burg’s Hermitage, Rundale’s construction took more than 30 years and 1,500 workers. From here we con­tinue on to surprisingly sophisticated Riga, once known as the “little Paris of the North.” We dine tonight at our hotel. B,L,D

Day 6: Riga This morning’s city tour reveals the special treasures of this Baltic gem, once Russia’s coveted warm-water port and the largest of the Baltic capitals. Riga boasts lovingly restored architecture ranging from medieval to Art Nouveau; a well-­preserved Old Town; magnificent churches, including St. Mary’s Cathedral (the Dom), with its 6,789-pipe organ; and a lively arts scene. The afternoon is free; our well-located hotel offers easy access to Riga’s attractions. B

Day 7: Riga/Sigulda Today we travel east of Riga to Sigulda to visit Gauja National Park, Latvia’s premier nature preserve. Our excursion includes a visit to Gutmanis’ Cave, a 35-foot cavern bubbling with fresh spring water believed to have curative powers; and the ruins of Turaida Castle, whose round red brick tower rises above the forest canopy. We return to Riga mid-day and dine together tonight. B,D

Day 8: Riga/Parnu/Tallinn En route to the Estoni­an capital of Tallinn, we stop for lunch in sea­side Parnu, Estonia’s “summer capital.” We reach Tallinn late this afternoon; dinner is at a local restaurant. B,L,D

Day 9: Tallinn This northernmost Baltic capital has endured a history similar to that of its cousins: ­a favored port location often coveted by its more powerful neighbors; centuries of war with brief periods of independence; 20th-century an­nexing by Russia; and finally, again, in­dependence. We see layers of Tallinn’s tumultuous his­tory on this morning’s city tour featuring the surprisingly well-preserved medieval Old Town. Then the remainder of the day is free to enjoy this 800-year-old city as we wish. Green spaces abound, including vast Kadriorg Park, surrounding the palace and featuring a Japanese tea garden. B

Day 10: Tallinn This morning we visit the Estonian Open-Air Museum at Rocca-al-Mare, where 18th– and 19th-century life is recreated with authentic wooden farm houses, churches, and other structures from rural Estonia. We enjoy lunch together then have an afternoon at leisure to explore Tallinn independently. This evening is at leisure to dine on our own in this city with restaurants ranging from “nouveau Estonian” to American. B,L

Day 11: Tallinn/St. Petersburg We depart this morning by coach for St. Petersburg. After arriving late this afternoon we enjoy dinner together tonight. B,L,D

Day 12: St. Petersburg Czar Peter the Great’s “window on the West,” St. Petersburg was built in the early 1700s on 44 islands, mostly swampland – a feat that took the lives of thousands of workers. Today it is a beautiful city, laced with canals, graceful bridges, and Empire-style buildings. Our daylong tour includes a visit to awe-inspiring St. Isaac’s Cathedral, whose construction took more than 40 years. We see the Peter & Paul Fortress, the Bronze Horseman statue of city founder Peter the Great, and the main thorough­fare of Nevsky Prospekt. Then for a fascinating window on Russian life, we join a local family for lunch and conversation. This afternoon we take a guided tour of the world-renowned Hermitage Museum founded by Catherine the Great in 1764 and housing one ­of the world’s greatest fine arts collections. Dinner tonight is on our own. B,L

Day 13: St. Petersburg/Peterhof This morning we travel to Peterhof, one of the many royal “summer” palaces built by the Romanovs during the last two centuries of their rule. Most of these palaces were virtually destroyed by retreating Germans during World War II and later rebuilt to their original designs, complete with gilding. Known for its elaborate fountains with gold statues and 142 jets, Peterhof sits in a huge park with a formal ­18th-century garden. Our tour includes both the Grand Royal Palace and the Upper and Lower gardens. Tonight we gather for dinner to bid “da svidniya” to St. Petersburg. B,D

Day 14: Depart for U.S. We depart this morning for our connecting flight to the United States. B

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 12 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe, Superior First Class, and First Class hotels
  • 24 meals: 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all ­entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
Tour Dates & Prices

2018 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

Sep 18
Sep 25
May 8
Sep 4
Sep 11
Sep 15
May 19
Jul 10
Jul 24
Boston, New York$3,898$4,098$4,398
Phil, Wash, DC$4,098$4,298$4,598
Atlanta, Charlotte,
Chicago, Cincinnati,
Miami, Orlando,
Cleveland, Dallas,
Denver, Detroit,
Houston, Minn
Los Ang, Phoenix,
Portland (OR),
San Fran, Seattle

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $503, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $895. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure. All 2018 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

Airline upgrades on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: Business Class – $3,595 per person; Premium Economy – $895 per person

A visa is required for this tour. Odysseys Unlimited will provide information about visa requirements upon reservation.

    Radisson Blu Astorija Hotel, Vilnius / Days 2-4 / First Class 

    Located in the heart of Vilnius overlooking City Hall Square and Old Town, this traditional hotel was built in 1901 and fully renovated in 1998. The hotel’s facilities that include a restaurant, brasserie, and bar; internet access; laundry and dry cleaning services; and fitness center with indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam, and whirlpool. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

    Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel, Riga / Days 5-7 / Superior First Class 

    The Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel, built in 2008, is located in Riga’s city center across from historic Verman Park and close to shops, restaurants, and historic sites. Amenities of the modern 228-room lodging include a restaurant, bar, Internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, fitness room, and sauna. Guest rooms are air-conditioned and offer private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Radisson Blu Sky Hotel, Tallinn / Days 8-10 / Superior First Class 

    The Radisson Blu Sky Hotel is situated within close walking distance of Tallinn’s picturesque Old Town and its shopping and entertainment areas. Amenities of this modern, 280-room hotel include a restaurant and rooftop bar; fitness center, laundry services, spa and sauna; and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, iron and ironing board, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

    Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg / Days 11-13, Extension / Deluxe 

    Ideally located along Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg’s main boulevard, the opulent Belmond Grand Hotel Europe has been welcoming guests for more than 140 years.  The hotel’s many amenities include three restaurants (including Russia’s oldest continually serving restaurant) and three bars, shopping arcade (including a shop selling house-made pastries and chocolates), fitness center with sauna and plunge pool, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Each of the 265 air-conditioned guest rooms include private bath with hairdryer, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Post-Tour Extension

St. Petersburg – On Your Own

3 days/2 nights for $425 total price
Single Supplement: $295

Explore more of this fascinating city – Russia’s cultural heart – at your own pace, from our centrally located hotel on Nevsky Prospekt adjacent to Arts Square.


Your Tour Price Includes
  • 2 nights’ accommodations at Belmond Grand Hotel Europe (Deluxe)
  • 2 meals: 2 breakfasts
  • Transfer to airport

Please see the Accommodations tab for hotel information.

Tour Directors for this Journey
Silvija Horsta

“Can’t imagine a better tour director. Her expertise, friendliness, helpfulness, and good nature have assured that we will travel with Odysseys again.”
Judy Busch
Indianapolis, IN

Ieva Kalcheva

“A typical Odysseys tour director: knowledgeable, caring, and always helpful.”
John & Karen Pakan
Wasilla, AK

Signe Tarziere

“Signe was most attentive to our needs, very helpful, and provided great information. Signe is one of the most outstanding guides we have had.”
William Abrams
Maple Shade, NJ

Dalija Volkskiene

“We would like in particular to commend Dalija Volkskiene. She went out of her way to help people. She is passionate, authentic, a person with a great heart. You are very fortunate to have her.”
Roger Soder
Seattle, WA

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