Uncover ancient cities, unspoilt scenery and unique culture on a tour of the Baltic States and Russia.
Stirring and progressive, Russia needs no introduction. Moscow is where you’ll find the country’s grandest possessions: the Kremlin and Red Square. However, the city of St Petersburg is equally as impressive with its green Baroque-styled Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace.
Meanwhile, the Baltic States are emerging as unique, exciting destinations with much to offer. Lithuania is a patchwork of Renaissance architecture, turreted castles and striking countryside. Inside its capital Vilnius, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore cobbled streets and castles, and spend time in the eccentric artists’ quarter with its homage to Frank Zappa. Beyond the city, discover the strange but intriguing pilgrimage site the Hill of Crosses, and the fairytale-like Trakai Island Castle in its splendid lakeside setting.
Latvia is a seductive fusion of architectural grandeur, verdant woodland and Blue Flag beaches. For Art Nouveau architecture, head to Riga, where you’ll find pleasant city squares, beer gardens and friendly cafes. Outside of Latvia’s cities, discover golden beaches in lively spa resorts, crumbling castles and shady forests to get lost in.
An enticing mix of medieval and modern, there’s much to explore in Estonia. Tallin's considerable charm is largely down to its beautifully preserved medieval centre. Wander the atmospheric old town lanes past Hanseatic merchant houses, then savour some simple but hearty cuisine. And don’t forget to treat yourself to some relaxing and inexpensive spa treatments in the popular spa town of Parnu.