Summer in the Baltic States & Finland

11 Days

TBA for June 2024

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Trip Highlights

Visit the three Baltic States countries – Estonia, Lithuania, & Lavita.

Marvel at the ice-blue sea, sand dunes, green forests, and lakes.

Discover the Medieval towns with narrow cobblestone streets.

Explore markets each with its own national foods, and crafts.

Trip Summary

Trip Facts

  • 11 Days/ 10 Nights
  • multi-country tour, cultural immersion, site visits and nature walks
  • sightseeing, hands on experience, nature walks, scenic drive, wine/beer tasting and cuisine experience
  • private vehicle (van/minibus)
  • National Deaf Guide and local guides with some who are Deaf
  • ASL, International Sign and English
  • easy - walking on concrete, cobblestones, dirt paths, boardwalks, some climbing stairs & hills, standing, long drives
  • Deaf World Adventures

In this tour you will make your way through both national parks and historical cities and towns, taking in the old town districts, Gothic cathedrals, and natural scenery.

You discover the region’s heritage, medieval roots, Baltic folklore and traditions, Eastern Europe and Scandinavian cultural influence and architecture, political history, and many war monuments of their bloody fights for independence against the Germans, Poles, and Soviets. You will be amazed at how the three tiny countries so close to each other have managed cultural and linguistic diversity

Travel the three countries in a private vehicle with a national driver’s guide. Drive through the natural scenery, passing crumbling castles on some hills, and agricultural regions to small towns. Along the way, you stop to see some history and special landmarks. Enjoy a leisure walk in thick forest natural parks with magical streams and lakes. And Spent overnight at the three antique capitals, Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn. These old towns are lively with restaurants, museums, art galleries, specialty shops, and bar scenes.

And last take a ferry crossing the Gulf of Finland which is a part of the Baltic Sea to Helsinki, Finland for some more historical and cultural sightseeing.  Did you know that Finland was a part of the Baltic States after World War?  In 1955 Finland changed to the Nordic council with four other countries, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland.

Arrive at Vilnius Airport, meet your guide, and transfer to your hotel. Join in a welcome meeting with a complimentary drink.

Overnight in Vilnius. Hotel: Railway Apartment & Hotel – 2 nights

Day 2 :

After breakfast, you go on a walking tour of old town Vilnius. The town has 1,200 preserved medieval buildings and 48 old churches. In the afternoon your guide will take you to Hales market, the oldest food market in Vilnius.  There you will see a variety of fresh produce, dairy products, and other delicacies.  You have an opportunity to meet local food farmers and producers, and also taste the best of Lithuanian handcrafted cheese, rustic meat products, bagels, and juices.  Your evening is free or you may sign up for the the optional activities (see below). 

Optional Activities

Beer Tasting – Try some of the best local Lithuania beer (sign up, extra fee)  

Fine Dining – Experience a 6-course Lithuanian dinner at the Historic Lithuanian Cuisine, restaurant (sign up, extra fee)


After breakfast, you drive to Trakai, a historic and picturesque place with a castle on an island in the middle of the lake. The site is a popular day trip with locals. You will go around the castle and the lake with beautiful views. You take lunch in the area or you may sign up for an optional lunch of kibinani, a local specialty.

After Trakai, drive to the countryside, pick up keys for your cabin. The evening is free. The sun doesn’t set until late around 9 pm. You may take a leisure walk, exploring the nature around you, or stay cozy inside your cabin.  A warm local dinner is included this evening.

Optional Lunch

Try the special Karaim dish, Kinbinai. The dish is typical for Trakai town because it’s home to the oldest ethnic group of Karaims living today in Lithuania.  (sign up, extra fee)

Overnight in Trakai Countryside.  Lodge: Dabintos Slenis Homestead 

After you check out your lodge, and drive out to see the most precious and admired stip of land known as the Curonian spit.  The place is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Prepare for picturesque sand dunes, forests, small fishing villages, woodland colonies as we drive through the narrow peninsula with stops at various interesting places.

At Juodkrante you stop for the Hill of Witches, a fascinating place with folk traditions. You exchange greetings with the cormorants who have settled a colony in the forest.  And you take a little hike uphill for a 360 degrees panoramic view of the beautiful Curonian spit.

You also stop at Nida, the best place for a leisure stroll is by the lagoon with a breathtaking panorama of the Parnidis dune. 

By evening you arrive in Klaipeda, Lithuania’s only harbor city, and spend a night there. 

Overnight in Klaipeda.  Hotel: Memel Hotel – 1 night 


In the morning you drive to Riga. Along the way, you stop at Šiauliai for the Hill of Crosses, one of the holiest sites of Catholic Lithuania.  The place is spectacular. The exact number of crosses is unknown, estimates have it at about 100.000.

After crossing into Latvia, you enter the Pilsrundāle, the city with magnificent Rundale Palace. The palace was the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. You go on a guided tour of the palace.

Following the tour, hit the road again for a scenic drive through the rolling hills of Southern Latvia to Riga. The evening in the city is at your leisure.

Overnight in Riga.  Hotel: ibis Riga Center or similar – 2 nights

Day 6 :

After breakfast, you go on a walking tour to the old section of town. Riga was a German settlement in the 2nd century. Bishop Albert also from Germany founded the city in 1201. Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a true kaleidoscope of various architectural styles.

In the afternoon, you are free to further explore the old town of Riga or join the optional tour to Jurmala and the Kemeri National Park.

In the evening, you may want to sign up for the optional dining experience of a contemporary Latvian dinner at the Forest, restaurant.

Optional Activity

See Jurmala is a vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture, and sandy beaches. And also the Kemeri National Park with spectacular bogland and undersized pine trees, deep pools, tiny dark lakes, and the scent of wild rosemary. (sign up, extra fee)

Optional Dining

Experience a contemporary Latvian dinner at the Forest, restaurant.  (Sign up, extra fee)


Breakfast then drive out of Riga about 10 minutes to the Latvian ethnographic open-air museum situated in a green forest. The place is the oldest and largest open-air museum in Europe that introduces authentic architecture and culture from all regions of Latvia.

In the afternoon you arrive in Sigulda, a small medieval town in the valley of the Gauja River. The town has breathtaking views of the valley and interesting culture and heritage. A local guide accompanies you to see the Gutman’s Ala, the largest sandstone cave in the Baltic States, and the ruins of the Turaida Castle with the Museum-Reserve.  Your guide shows you accompanies and shares with you you a Latvian medieval legend about the Rose of Turaida. 

Sigulda is also a gateway to majestic Gauja National Park.  Latvians call the park the Switzerland of Latvia. The park is the largest and oldest of the national parks in Latvia. It is characterized by great biological diversity, a variety of natural landforms, natural springs, and sandstone outcrops.

Overnight in Sigulda. Hotel: Hotel Sigulda – 1 night


In the morning, after breakfast, you continue your drive to the northern part of Estonia.  You stop for a break at Pärnu another charming coastal town of the Baltic States.

Pärnu is a small colorful resort town with sandy beaches, shallow waters, and a promenade. The long sunny days make Pärnu an excellent place for summer vacation.

Pärnu is called the “Summer Capital” of Estonia. It was a major city harbor in the 12th century.  The city is tucked into a large bay and sheltered from the Baltic Sea, that gives the region a pleasant, temperate weather and often times iceless during the winter. You have a few hours with a local guide who will show you around and talk about Pärnu that was a famous trade center during the medieval times and how it was transformed into a summer resort.

After Pärnu, you drive to Tallinn, the capitol of Estonia and check in your hotel.  The evening is at your leisure.

Overnight in Tallinn.  Hotel: Hestia Hotel Seaport – two nights

Day 9 :

Following breakfast, you start your walking tour of the old town of Tallinn. The place is a charming fairy-tale-like town with medieval defensive walls around the old city, cobblestone streets, and narrow alleys. Tallinn has a blend of medieval tranquility and love. It is a busy place in the summer with many museums, outdoor cafes, restaurants, art galleries, Estonian specialty shops, and souvenir markets. Your guide also takes you outside of the old town to see other interesting sites. The afternoon is free at leisure or you may join one of the two optional activities to the Kadriorg Park and a visit to the KUMU contemporary art museum.

Optional Activity

See the Kadriorg Park that was established by Peter the Great in 1718 with the construction of Kadriorg Palace and the elegant Flower Garden. And with a visit to the KUMU, an award-winning Estonian Art museum, with its collections of classic and contemporary fine art. (sign up, extra fee)


Breakfast, check-out and you catch a ferry to Helsinki which is just 2 hours away. Upon arrival, your guide transfers you to your unique hotel.

In the afternoon, you meet your guide and go on a spectacular walking tour of Helsinki, the capital of Finland. You explore the city that is truly the crossroads of Western and Eastern culture. It is reflected everywhere in the green and lively Finnish capital. You see the harbors and the Senate Square with the Lutheran Cathedral, the Sibelius Monument, the famous Church-in-the-Rock, and other interesting sculptures and architecture. The evening is free for your leisure.

Overnight in Helsinki.  Hotel: Glo Art Hotel – 1 night

Day 11 :

It’s time to say “Goodbye” and we hope to see you again in the future.

Optional transfers on request.


What is included and not included in the tour?


  • Transfers from/to airport, ferry, and hotel transfers
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • 9-nights hotel accommodation (3-star hotels with breakfast)
  • 1-night at countryside homestead with local dinner and breakfast
  • Private vehicle (minivan and driver)
  • Lithuanian food tasting at Hales Market in Vilnius
  • Admission fees to historical and cultural sites
  • Tour Guides (National and locals with Deaf or signing guide or interpreter)
  • Vilnius city tax
  • Curonian spit ecological tax
  • Ferry ticket from Tallinn to Helsinki

Price DOES NOT include

  • International Flights
  • Flight Insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Other meals not stated on the itinerary
  • Snacks, soft drinks, alcohol, and desserts
  • Optional activities, tours, luncheons, and dinners
  • Concierge services
  • laundry nor dry cleaning
  • Internet services
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips/Gratuities


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