Visit four distinct nations and experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic States and the imperial riches of St. Petersburg.

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 The palace and fountains at the Romanov summer palace at Peterhof  View of St. Petersburg from the Neva River, with the dome of St. Isaac's Cathedral  The magnificent interior of St. Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg  Gallery inside the world-class Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg  Viewing the treasures of the Hermitage Museum  Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg  The architecture of the Old Town of Vilnius, Lithuania  Cathedral Square, Vilnius, Lithuania  A medieval castle in Trakai, Lithuania  The turrets and spires of Tallinn's Old Town, a World Heritage site, in Estonia  The Old Town of Estonia's Tallinn  Cityscape of Riga, Latvia  A main square in Riga, Latvia, with the House of the Blackheads  The palace of Rundale, Latvia  The ballroom of Rundale Palace  Gardens at Rundale Palace

St. Petersburg and the Baltics

14 days from $5,198 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Visit four distinct nations and experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic States and the imperial riches of St. Petersburg.

or Call 855-330-1542

SPECIAL VALUE

This tour is specially designed for a small group of 16 to 24 Smithsonian travelers and offers outstanding travel value. Prices include airfare, airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees.

Overview

Explore the vibrant cultural capitals and rich heritage of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, plus the imperial riches of Russia’s St. Petersburg on this exciting tour.

Highlights Include

  • Lithuania: In the capital of Vilnius explore the well- preserved Old Town, a World Heritage site. You’ll see Cathedral Square, Gedimino Tower, Vilnius University, and the President’s Palace, plus visit the KGB Museum. Travel beyond Vilnius to the medieval castle at Trakai.
  • Latvia: Riga, the largest of the Baltic capitals, showcases lovingly restored architecture, including magnificent St. Mary’s Cathedral, and a lively arts scene. Outside Riga you’ll visit Gauja National Park, the ruins of Turaida Castle, and the baroque palace of Rundale.
  • Estonia: See Tallinn’s tumultuous history as reflected in its well-preserved Old Town. Plus, travel beyond this capital to Rocca al Mare, an outdoor museum that depicts country life from the past.
  • Russia: Explore many of St. Petersburg’s exquisite treasures, including St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, and the world-renowned Hermitage Museum. Enjoy lunch with a local family and take an excursion to the Grand Royal Palace and gardens at Peterhof. 

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Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 — Depart the U.S. for Vilnius, Lithuania

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.” Your afternoon in this historic city is at leisure before tonight’s dinner at the hotel. (D)

Day 3 — Vilnius

See the highlights of the Vilnius, a World Heritage site, on this morning’s tour, including Cathedral Square, Gedimino Tower, Vilnius University, and the President’s Palace. 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 and Trakai

Today travel about 20 miles outside Vilnius to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania set in a resort village surrounded by five lakes. 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 — Riga, Latvia

Depart this morning for Riga, the Latvian capital. En route stop for lunch in Siauliai where you visit the Hill of Crosses, a pilgrimage site and symbol of Lithuanian nationalism. After crossing the border into Latvia, 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 continue to surprisingly sophisticated Riga, once known as the “little Paris of the North.” Dine tonight at the 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 at leisure and your well-located hotel offers easy access to Riga’s attractions. (B)

Day 7 — Riga and Sigulda

Today travel east of Riga to Sigulda to visit Gauja National Park, Latvia’s premier nature preserve. Your 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. Return to Riga mid-day and dine together tonight. (B,D)

Day 8 — Parnu, Tallinn, Estonia

En route to the Estonian capital of Tallinn, stop for lunch in seaside Parnu, Estonia’s “summer capital.” 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. 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 you wish. Green spaces abound, including vast Kadriorg Park, surrounding the palace and featuring a Japanese tea garden. (B)

Day 10 — Tallinn

This morning 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. Enjoy lunch together then an afternoon at leisure to explore Tallinn independently. (B,L)

Day 11 — St. Petersburg, Russia

Depart this morning by coach for St. Petersburg, stopping for lunch in Narva, Estonia. After arriving late this afternoon enjoy dinner together tonight. (B,L,D)

Day 12 — St. Petersburg

Tsar 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 millions of workers. Today it’s a beautiful city, laced with canals, graceful bridges, and Empire-style buildings. Your day-long tour includes a visit to awe-inspiring St. Isaac’s Cathedral, whose construction took more than 40 years. 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, join a local family for lunch and conversation. This afternoon take a guided tour of the world-renowned Hermitage Museum, housing one of the world’s greatest fine arts collections. (B,L)

Day 13 — St. Petersburg and Peterhof

This morning 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. Your tour includes both the Grand Royal Palace and the Upper and Lower Gardens. Tonight gather for dinner to bid “da svidniya” to St. Petersburg. (B,D)

Day 14 — Depart for the U.S.

Depart this morning for your connecting flight to the United States. (B)