Visit four distinct nations and experience the cultural rebirth of the Baltic States and the imperial riches of St. Petersburg on this Classic Land journey.

Starting at: $5,498 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 The palace and fountains at the Romanov summer palace at Peterhof  Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg  Gallery inside the world-class Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg  Viewing the treasures of the Hermitage Museum  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  Cathedral Square, Vilnius, Lithuania  The architecture of the Old Town of 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 $5,498 | 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 on this Classic Land journey.

or Call 855-330-1542

Accommodations

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Radisson Blu Astoria Hotel

Vilnius, Lithuania

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.  Today the hotel boasts 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.  

Number of nights: 3

Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel

Riga, Latvia

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.

Number of nights: 3

Nordic Forum Hotel

Tallin, Estonia

The Nordic Forum Hotel is situated within close walking distance of Tallinn’s picturesque Old Town and its shopping and entertainment areas. The 267-room hotel’s amenities include restaurant and bar; fitness center with indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and sauna; and hair salon. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3

Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

This five-star, art nouveau style hotel has been a cultural and culinary landmark since its inception in 1875. Newly renovated in 2018, it offers luxurious amenities and is surrounded by global attractions such as the Russian Museum and the Church of our Saviour on Spilled Blood. The hotel’s many amenities include three restaurants (including Russia’s oldest continually serving restaurant) and three bars, a shopping arcade (including a shop selling house-made pastries and chocolates), a fitness center with sauna and a plunge pool, and complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access. Each of the 265 air-conditioned guestrooms includes a private bath with hairdryer, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3



Activity Level

Activity Level 2: Moderate


Expectations: One of our Classic Land Journeys, this tour features four countries and visits to many cities, iconic sites, and hidden gems. Although comprehensive, it's not rushed, but well paced and finely tuned. Expectations include longer touring days with many full-day motor coach excursions and four different hotels. Mostly full-day excursions from four to six hours; five afternoons at leisure. Standing and walking for long periods of time during city tours, museum visits, and outdoor activities. Daily walks of up to three miles; walking over sometimes difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, absence of elevators); some longer walks to get to city centers where coaches are prohibited. There are three longer coach rides of approximately four to five hours duration, but stops are made along the way. A typical day of touring begins at 8:00/9:00 a.m.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).

Tour Extension

St. Petersburg Post-Program Option  3 Days, 2 Nights

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. The extension includes:

  • Accommodations for 2 nights at Belmond Grand Hotel Europe
  • 2 meals: 2 breakfasts
  • Transfer to airport
Reading List

Highly Recommended

The Baltic: A History
By: Michael North
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Sunlight at Midnight: St. Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia
By: Bruce Lincoln
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The Shadow in the East: Vladimir Putin and the New Baltic Front
By: Naylor, Aliide
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania
By: DK Travel
Visit and explore Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania during your trip to the Baltic States.From top restaurants, bars, and clubs to standout scenic sites and walks, our insider tips are sure to make your trip outstanding. Whether you're looking for unique and interesting shops and markets, or seeking the best venues for music and nightlife, we have entertainment and hotel recommendations for every budget covered in our Eyewitness Travel Guide.Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania.   • Detailed itineraries and "don't-miss" destination highlights at a glance.    • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.    • Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.    • Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.    • Area maps marked with sights.    • Detailed city maps include street finder indexes for easy navigation.    • Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.    • Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations. With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania truly shows you the country as no one else can.Series Overview: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture, and culture of their destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations, and reviews. With guidebooks to hundreds of places around the globe available in print and digital formats, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides show travelers how they can discover more.DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: the most maps, photographs, and illustrations of any guide. Visit TravelDK.com to learn more.
DK Eyewitness St Petersburg (Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness

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