An afternoon tour in Vilnius features places related to the country’s recent history: the KGB Museum - a place where many thousands of Lithuanians were interrogated before being deported to Siberia during the Soviet times and the Parliament building, a symbolic beginning of Lithuania’s courageous fight for freedom in 1991.
Day 4: Departure for Riga with an en route stop at the Hill of Crosses, a unique place of national pride and pilgrimage, and, after crossing the border into Latvia visit the impressive Baroque Rundale Palace created by B. Rastrelli. The professionally renovated palace interiors are decorated with authentic 18th century furniture, paintings and china. The most impressive are the Golden Hall, the White Hall, and the bedroom of the Duke of Courland, Johan Ernst Biron. Overnight in Riga.
The afternoon is free to explore Riga on your own.
Day 6: Drive alongside Riga Bay on the way to Tallinn, Estonia with an en route stop in Gauja National Park. The tour enables one to experience a genuine scent of the Middle Ages, a time of romantic legends, castles and heroic figures by visiting the ruins of the 13th century Turaida Castle, and a local History Museum, viewing “the garden of Gods” from the 30 m high fortification tower, walking to the sandstone grottoes on the ancient river bank. Overnight stay in Tallinn.
An afternoon visit takes you to the Rocca-al-Mare Ethnographic Museum boasting a fine collection of 17th - 19th century rural architecture from all over the Estonia. Farmhouses, country pubs, windmills, and chapels will be on display and furnished according to the fashion of the period.
Day 8: Departure.