These 10 days of quality family time with an excellent mix of cultural exploration, educational activities and sports. Be ready for exciting excursions and active time together, like cycling, kayaking and walking. All activities are kid-friendly with short trails, diverse experiences and a lot of fun together. During this holiday you will:
* Go to the Vilnius Cathedral’s underground catacombs and discover the biggest treasure of Lithuania.
* Take a sculpture lesson from professional artists of the Latvian Academy of Art.
* Cycle along a picturesque lake with a medieval castle, beach and pine forest in the best seaside resorts of the Baltic region.
* Visit a secret underground Soviet bunker and learn about the history of the Cold War.
* Kayak in the best water trail in the Latvian nature park, often called of the “Baltic Switzerland”.
* Step into mysterious medieval dungeons and discover 9 legends and 900 years of the history of Tallinn.
* Get on a train and go underground to explore the recently rediscovered tunnel systems built in the 17th century.
* Visit the outstanding ethnic minority, the Karaims, and learn how to cook their traditional pie.
Highlights: Vilnius Old Town
After arrival and transfer to your hotel, find some free time for your personal discoveries of the Vilnius Old Town – without any plans, just following your eyes and heart.
Highlights: Vilnius city tour, Vilnius Cathedral’s underground catacombs and discovery of the biggest treasure of Lithuania, climbing city hill
Start the day with a walking tour of Vilnius Old town. You will discover the largest Old Town in Eastern Europe as the guide introduces you to the daily life of the city by showing you some of the local favorites. You will stop by a popular bakery for fresh pastry or learn how to choose the right piece of amber in the local market.
Continue to the Vilnius Cathedral to explore the Cathedral’s underground catacombs. Would you like to see the biggest treasure of Lithuania? The most valuable royal gifts had been hidden in an underground hiding place until they were recently discovered. Now you have a chance to see this magnificent treasure!
In the afternoon we invite you to climb some of the city hills to admire a view of the Old Town from above and walk in a forest trail going through the green areas of the city.
Highlights: cycling in Trakai town, visit the Karaim ethnic minority group, cooking lesson of a typical Karaim dish
Today you will travel to the old heart of Lithuania – the city of Trakai. The former capital, Trakai now attracts people with its stunning medieval castle standing in the very midst of the lake, with narrow streets and old wooden houses, and of course – with the traditional meals, its specialty. Biking on the winding roads will show you another side of Trakai region – wide panoramic views of the forest hills and lakes, local villages and a manor house.
Here you will visit the Karaim ethic minority group who were moved to Trakai from Crimea more than 300 years ago. You will learn about their history and take a cooking lesson to learn how to make their traditional pie. Enjoy a very special lunch in Trakai and taste the Karaim dishes and your own hand-made pie.
In the late afternoon you will arrive at the Lithuania sea-port – Klaipeda. This is an old Hanseatic city, where the atmosphere of sea winds and trades is felt all around on its streets, stones, buildings and sights.
Cycling: ~10 km
Meals: B + L +D
Highlights: Dunes of the Curonian Spit, Nida and Juodkrante villages, Hill of Witches.
Morning transfer by ferry to the Curonian Spit. The Curonian Spit is the most protected area of the entire Lithuania. Formed uniquely through the ages, it lies between the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea, and boasts the most extensive sand dunes in Europe. Taking a bike ride will give you great chance to discover this area in the full diversity of its cultural and historical objects, peculiar landscapes, and endemic flora and fauna.
From the top of the Dead Dunes you will see a splendid panoramic view on “the sea of sand” and the real Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon right beside it. Another natural gift on your way – an observation of the busy life of a colony of grey herons and cormorants. And, as a nice ending of this day’s trip, go up the Hill of Witches and have a walk in the open-air museum of woodcarvings.
Cycling: ~10 km
Meals: B + L + D
Highlights: Palanga Amber museum, cycling in Palanga, the Hill of Crosses
In the morning you will visit Palanga, most popular seaside resort in Lithuania. Here you will visit the largest in the Baltics Amber Museum and the Botanical Garden, and then take a calm ride along the city’s main walking street, which will lead you to the 470 m long pier straight into the Baltic Sea.
From Palanga we depart to Riga, the capital of Latvia. But before we get there let us stop at a one-of-a-kind cultural and historical place and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Hill of Crosses. More than 500,000 differently shaped and sized crosses are placed on the hill by individuals as pleas for grace or an expression of gratitude since the ancient times. This is definitely a view that should be experienced in person to stay in your memories forever.
Cycling: ~7 km
Meals: B + L + D
Highlights: Riga Old Town, Art Nouveau Museum, sculpture workshop at the Latvian Academy of Art
After breakfast we invite you to get the most from the Riga City Tour both by bus and walking. Being the largest of the Baltic capitals, Riga is a true pearl of architecture – you can see churches that were built in the 13th century, the city’s very origin, and the medieval buildings of the Old City, the unique Art Nouveau examples, as well as the wooden architecture that has survived for centuries.
In the afternoon you will get to know the Art of Riga. Enjoy the atmosphere of the early 20th century by visiting a characteristic apartment in the Art Nouveau Museum with an authentic interior of that period.
The day continues with a visit to the pearl of Latvian Art – the National Museum, where the great halls retain the emotions and secrets of Latvian painters. After the inspiring tours the time is right to reveal your own talents and take on the role of an artist. Under the guidance of professional sculptors, you will have the chance to create your own sculpture at the Latvian Academy of Art. It is fun for the whole family and doesn’t require any particular skills. Just unleash your creative side and have a lot of fun together.
Meals: B + L
Highlights: cycling in Jurmala’s seaside resort, Adventure Park for families
After breakfast we will move to Jurmala, the “trademark” resort in the Baltic States. Jurmala is stretched for 30 km and is sandwiched between the river and the gulf. It has a very special combination of natural resources, thus providing amazing routes for bike rides.
There is an excellent network of cycling trails going through the peaceful pine-tree forest and along the very sea shores. Observe the unique wooden architecture of Jurmala with Art Nouveau buildings of the late 19th–20th century.
In the afternoon you will visit an adventure park for families. Be ready to enjoy plenty of thrilling activities like a jeep safari for kids, a giant swing, tube slings and the wonderful Obstacle Park. This consists of 11 tracks placed in trees up to 20 meters above the ground.
Activity: cycling (~10 km)
Meals: B + L + D
Highlights: Secret Soviet bunker, kayaking in Gauja National Park
Today you will leave Riga and head towards Estonia. On the way we’ll stop to visit a secret Soviet bunker, one of the most strategically important places in Soviet Latvia in case of a nuclear war. It is a large, well-equipped facility located 9 m underground, with a secrecy grading that was removed recently. A visit there is like trip to the times of the Cold War, a fascinating history lesson for both adults and children.
Continue the day in the Gauja National Park with a landscape of hills and cliffs that were formed by the Gauja River and comprise more than 500 monuments of archeology. You will explore this beauty by kayaking in the Gauja river. The waters are calm and water sports are very popular among families in this area. You will be fascinated by views of riverbanks up to 90 meters high and the famous Gauja sandstone cliffs and caves.
Spend a free evening in Tallinn, one of the best-kept medieval towns in the world.
Activities: kayaking (~5 km)
Meals: B + L
Highlights: Tallinn city tour, visit of medieval dungeons and underground defensive tunnels
Explore Tallinn’s Old Town with a city tour. Unlike most European cities, which have ancient buildings mixed in between modern ones, Tallinn’s Old City is has remained entirely in the past. Walking through the architecturally magnificent Estonian capital is like taking a journey back in time to the period when Tallinn was a wealthy Hanseatic town.
Are you ready for more adventures? Be prepared to step into mysterious medieval dungeons and discover 9 legends and 900 years of history presented by professional actors and special effects: join the Alchemist in deriving the formula of the Philosopher’s stone; walk down the streets devastated by plague and meet a real mermaid. Later, get on a slow-moving train and go further down to explore the underground passageways and the defensive tunnel systems built in the 17th century and forgotten for 3 centuries – until they were used as bomb shelters during World War II.