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11-Day Tour in Estonia

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Day 1: Gdansk

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Estonia. Pay a visit to the National Museum for a dose of fine art, follow in the footsteps of visiting royalty with a lap or two of Royal Way, or travel a suburb over to Sopot and take a stroll along Europe's longest wooden pier.

National Museum

Day 2: Gdansk

Today you'll spend getting to know Gdansk and its history as relayed by your tour leader during leader led orientation walk. After walking through the city and its sights, board an old galleon style ship for a cruise out on the Baltic. Cruising along Westerplatte's peninsula, become versed in the city's shipbuilding heritage with stop-ins at the Gdansk Shipyard, a repair yard, the docks and Wisloujscie Fortress.

Wisloujscie Fortress

Gdansk Shipyard

Day 3: Malbork Castle-Wolf's Lair-Wigry Lake

Today involves a fair bit of travel with several interesting stop-offs en route to break up the journey. The first stop, only a 30-minute drive out of Gdansk, is Malbork castle. Following an audioguide tour of the castle, enjoy lunch before continuing on to Wolf`s Lair, the first military headquarters from which Hitler oversaw the fighting on the Eastern Front. Continue to visit Wigry Lake. Situated in the Augustow Wilderness, Wigry Lake is part of a national park renowned for its forested islands and diversity of fish. After a long day of traveling, enjoy an included dinner in your local accommodation.

Malbork castle

Day 4: Wigry Lake National Park

See in the morning with a boat ride on Wigry Lake. Gently cruising across Hancza Bay, there's a fair chance you'll spy egrets and cormorants. Wigry Lake received a publicity boost in 1999 courtesy of a visit paid by Pope John Paul II in 1999. We'll dock at a harbor near the Kamedul Monastery of Wigry, where you'll have time to explore the monastery. 

Hancza Bay

Day 5: Vilnius

This morning after breakfast we travel east into Lithuania and its capital Vilnius. Passing through Cathedral Square and the Old Town, learn about the famous Grand Duke Gediminas, the legend of Vilnius' creation and the prestigious history of Vilnius University. See the painting of Our Lady of the Dawn Gate that adorns the Gate of Dawn, then venture out to get to know Vilnius on your own terms or join your group for your first Lithuanian dinner.

Vilnius Cathedral Square 

Old town in Vilnius

Day 6: Vilnius

Today's set aside for you to explore all that this lively city has to offer. Options include: climbing the Hill of Crosses for magnificent views over the city; heading up to the TV tower that stands as a symbol of Lithuania’s independence; visiting the Cathedral and climbing its tower, and visiting a country within a country – the Republic of Uzupis. You can pore over the peculiar articles of its constitution on one of the city walls.

A trip up to Trakai castle is another recommended visit. Located on a small island in the middle of the lake, this castle was the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania before the establishment of Vilnius. The castle is these days accessible by a bridge, the shoreside walk to which is very pleasant. 

TV tower

Day 7: Riga

Hop aboard a comfortable public bus for the onwards drive to Riga. Head out on an orientation walk with your leader through the small cobbled streets and squares to discover the main sights of the Old Town. During this walk you'll also visit the central market, buzzing with life in old Zeppelin hangers. Stop to taste a few local specialties along the way, perhaps finishing the afternoon with a shot of traditional Riga Black Balsam.

Central market

Day 8: Riga

Enjoy a free day getting to know Riga at your own pace. Most of the Art Noveau architecture for which the city is famed is located in a part known as 'the quiet center'. A leisurely stroll along the canal that intersects the town's central park is another popular outing, as is a visit to one of its many museums – the recently renovated Art Museum, is particularly impressive. 

Art Museum

Day 9: Saaremaa

Rise early for the trip to Saaremaa island, the largest island in Estonia. Travelling first by private minivan and then public ferry, you'll arrive in the island's southern part by late afternoon for a night's stay in a local farmhouse.

Saaremaa island

Day 10: Tallinn

Transferring to the biggest town on the island, Kuressaare, spend a few spare hours exploring the town before catching a public bus to the Estonian capital of Tallinn. 

Kuressaare castle

Day 11: Tallinn

Your trip ends this morning after breakfast. There are no activities planned and you're free to check out of your hotel at any time.

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