Exploring the distinctively different capitals of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia
7 nights from £945
Key VJV Features
• VJV Sightseeing Programme • Extension Option • Regional Flight • Walking Content: 2 • Group Size: 6 – 25
The once isolated city of Vilnius boasts Europe’s largest Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with beautiful Gothic, Neo-Classical and Baroque architecture. The former KGB building now houses the museum, displaying exhibits and stories of the Stalin and Soviet Union regimes.
The handsome and vibrant town of Riga is the largest of the Baltic capitals and aspired to the title ‘Paris of the Baltic’. In the Old Town its architectural mix of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque has nonetheless survived, although most interesting perhaps is the Art Nouveau decoration of the merchants’ mansions. A highlight is the Rundale Palace designed by Rastrelli set amongst formal French style gardens. Like many of the former satellites of the Soviet Union, Latvia has never before really achieved lasting independence, with German settlers followed by the Swedes and Russians. However, neighbouring Estonia did have an earlier taste of independence between the World Wars, before the Germans and Russians invaded. Its capital Tallinn developed little after the 15th century and still retains its medieval beauty, yet mixed with a distinct European character, it is a lively and pleasurable city to visit.