Arrive on site in the Masuria Lakeland, northern Poland and meet up with your fellow tourers and Tour Escort. We would recommend arriving a day or two early to relax onsite. Late afternoon there will be an official tour welcome and an evening group welcome dinner in the site restaurant.
Overnight at Ruska Wies campsite.
Travel through the picturesque countryside before crossing into the first of the Baltic states on this tour, Lithuania, and to the spa town of Druskininkai (156 miles). This small republic is brimming with beautiful scenery including lakes, wetlands and the Baltic coastline. On arrival at the site why not stretch your legs and wander into Druskininkai?
Overnight at Druskininkai campsite.
Drive six miles to the unusual Grütas Park. A collection of over 80 Soviet-era statues, amassed after Lithuania gained independence are now re-housed in large gardens. Travel to Trakai (75 miles). Enjoy an evening meal and group folklore performance.
2 nights at Trakai campsite
An excursion by taxis to nearby town of Trakai. Popular amongst Lithuanians as a holiday destination, Trakai is located between two lakes and is famous for its 14th century Island Castle on Lake Galve. Lunch will be payable locally and there is time to explore the shops and cafés.
Travel to the next campsite at Vilnius, there are some large supermarkets on the way if you need to stock up your provisions (20 miles).
2 nights at Vilnius campsite.
Travel by public bus with a guide into Vilnius. Explore this capital city with its UNESCO protected medieval centre which is the largest in Europe. Discover this old town along with the church of St. Peter and St. Paul, the old city wall, the town hall and the church of St. Anne. Lunch is included. You are free to return to the site by public transport, so take your time to explore the rest of this intriguing capital which offers stark historical reminders of its recent past mixed with a new, eclectic mix of shops, eateries and artists’ workshops.
Drive to the Open Air Museum in Rumšiškes (48 miles). Discover the authentic resurrected buildings, traditional furniture and artefacts. Enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn carriage before travelling to the next campsite in Kaunas (20 miles).
2 nights at Kaunas campsite.
A day excursion to Kaunas, Lithuania’s second largest city, which sits at the confluence of the Nemunas and Neris rivers. Picturesque, historic and set to be the European Capital of Culture in 2022, it is constantly evolving and is considered by many to be the secret heart of the country. A guide will show us the highlights of the city and there will also be free time for you to wander at your own pace before returning to the campsite.
Depart the site and travel to Biržai (112 miles). In the afternoon there will be a walk to Biržai Castle which was built in 1586.
Overnight at Biržai campsite.
It’s time to discover Latvia as we depart Biržai and travel to Rundāle Palace (37 miles). This impressive baroque palace known as the ‘Versailles of the Baltic States' boasts mirrored halls, a French garden and a crypt. Travel to the next campsite in Sigulda (82 miles).
2 nights at Sigulda campsite.
Sigulda is best known for its 12th century hilltop castles and the stunning Gauja National Park. Today’s visit includes Sigulda Castle, Gutmanis 'Cave' and Turaida Castle with lunch included. Finish the day with a visit and some leisure time in Cesis, to wander the cobbled streets and admire the medieval castle ruins.
Cross the border into Estonia. Travel to its second largest city, Tartu, (131 miles) and settle in on the campsite.
2 nights at Tartu campsite.
This morning we visit Tartu with a local guide to discover this compact but bustling university city which dates back nearly 1,000 years. Explore the old and new parts of the city, including the wooden district of Supilinn, which will transport you back to another era. Enjoy time at leisure to have lunch (payable locally) and admire the view of the Emajõgi river if stopping for coffee in the Town Hall square.
Drive to Lake Peipus on the Eastern border of Estonia (61 miles) which is the fifth-largest lake in Europe. Once settled on site you’re well placed to take your bikes out, relax on site or enjoy the nearby restaurant.
Overnight at Lake Peipus campsite.
Leave the site, an optional stop is at Kuremäe Monastery (22 miles). Travel on to meet at the Estonian Mining Museum (25 miles) for a tour before heading to Toila on the Baltic coast, where our campsite is located near a wellness resort (20 miles). Enjoy an evening meal at the campsite.
Overnight at Toila campsite.
This day is set aside for crossing the border from Estonia into Russia, getting to the campsite in St. Petersburg and settling in (132 miles). For anyone not wishing to cross into Russia with their units, it is possible to stay at Toila for five nights (discount applicable) or alternatively you may join the group in St. Petersburg for the full duration but stay in a hotel and leave your unit behind at Toila (supplement payable).
5 nights at campsite near St. Petersburg.
A day coach excursion to St. Petersburg to take in some of the most famous sights including the city's main thoroughfare Nevsky Prospekt, the Kazan Cathedral, the Admiralty, the Russian Museum, Grand Hotel Europe and the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood. Visit Senate Square where you’ll find the monument of Peter the Great and also St. Isaac's Cathedral; if the weather and the weekly timetable permit, it may be possible to climb the 300 steps to the roof. We will then visit the Hermitage State Museum, which was founded by Catherine the Great in 1754. Lunch is included and there will be some more free time before returning to the campsite. Return to the city late evening in order to experience the ‘White Nights’ - long summer evenings where the sun doesn’t quite set.
A day at leisure today with plenty of recommendations given by your Tour Escort for places to visit and things to do. An option may be to see a ballet performance.
A coach excursion with a guide to Catherine Palace in Pushkin. This enormous palace with its striking blue and white facades was intended to rival Versailles. The highlight is the replica of the amber room. The original was created more than 300 years ago by German craftsmen and given to Tsar Peter as a present. The panels were looted during World War II, so a replica was commissioned in the 1980’s and it doesn’t disappoint. Following the palace tour there is a chance to see the surrounding, extensive parks. Enjoy an evening meal at the campsite.
A visit to the iconic parks and gardens of Peterhof Palace in St Petersburg, which are renowned for their extensive range of styles and impressive greenery in spite of the colder climate. Orchards, landscaped gardens, fountains, a canal and statues are all to be found. The Grand Cascade features 64 different fountains and 200 statues and elsewhere in the park there are ‘joke’ fountains which splash many an unsuspecting visitor!
Leaving St. Petersburg we travel back to the campsite in Toila (133 miles)
2 nights at Toila campsite.
A day at leisure to relax after the busy few days in St. Petersburg. From the campsite you can walk to the beach or unwind by using the spa facilities in the hotel adjacent to the site (payable locally).
Drive to Palmse Manor (65 miles), a restored landowner’s home with a museum and garden. An optional stop six miles away is Sagadi Manor, a fine manor building, part of a larger complex which includes a museum, nature school and pavilion is six miles away. A final recommended stop before reaching the campsite is the Kämsu (10 miles), known as ‘Captains Village’ due to the maritime school which used to be here. Enjoy a break here with the opportunity to try the local smoked fish. Travel to the campsite in Tallinn (49 miles).
2 nights at Tallinn campsite.
A guided excursion to Tallinn. Every five years the Estonian capital hosts the world’s biggest singing competition, and we visit the grounds where this is held. Easily explored on foot discover one of the best preserved European old towns with its narrow cobblestone streets, hidden courtyards and ancient churches before having a traditional Estonian lunch. We recommend spending the afternoon here and returning later in the day to the campsite, which is easily reached by public transport.
Depart Tallinn and head west, a recommended stop is Haapsalu (64 miles), a much-loved seaside resort known for its spas and handwoven shawls. Take a short ferry crossing (30 minutes, payable locally) from Virtsu (47 miles) to Kuivastu on the island of Muhu. Our destination is the neighbouring island of Saaremaa, connected to Muhu via a road bridge. The campsite is just before Kuressaare on the south west of the island (54 miles). Be sure to look out for Kuressaare Castle, which stands on an artificial island surrounded by an impressive moat.
2 nights at Saaremaa campsite.
Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Saaremaa. The largest of Estonia’s 1,500 islands it has been inhabited since the Stone Age, it’s now popular as a retreat due to its location and spas. The island is rich in flora and fauna and you can discover tiny traditional villages, local sour-sweet bread and deserted beaches. There is also a 4,000 year old crater on Saaremaa adding to the mythology and local folklore of the island.
Leaving Saaremaa island via the ferry, with the option to visit the seaside town of Pärnu where you’ll find a large, sandy beach and lovely, long promenade (103 miles). Travel to Riga (113 miles) keeping your eyes peeled for vendors selling all kinds of berries, honey, fish and homemade goods. Enjoy an evening meal on the campsite.
2 nights at Riga campsite.
A day coach excursion to Riga where you’ll find an impressive skyline of gothic spires, over 800 art-nouveau buildings and a UNESCO World Heritage Site old town. Home to over a third of the Latvian population, it’s the largest city in the Baltic States. Your local guide will show you the House of the Blackheads, the Art Nouveau architecture and monuments from the Soviet era. A visit to the large market hall, which is constructed from Zeppelin hangars, is a great way to feel like a local and purchase some typical produce. Return to the campsite by coach or stay in Riga and explore more of the city returning to the campsite by public transport.
Travel from Riga back into Lithuania to Plateliai and on the way be sure to stop at the Hill of Crosses (77 miles). A sacred shrine where crosses were first put in 1831, it became a symbol of unshakeable faith during the Soviet era when all of the crosses were removed and destroyed but more crosses were brought under the cover of night despite the danger and threat of persecution. Arrive at the campsite and settle in (70 miles).
Overnight at Plateliai campsite.
Depart Plateliai and travel to our last campsite on the tour in Klaipeda (48 miles). Why not visit Plunge en route which has a Manor House or Orvidas Garden featuring religious and folklore inspired sculptures and monuments are displayed. Also, the church and Franciscan monastery at Kretinga is worth a stop. On arrival at Klaipeda, enjoy a walk along the wide, sandy beach, which is considered to be one of the nicest beaches on Lithuania's amber coast.
2 nights at Klaipeda campsite.
A coach excursion will take us first to Palanga, a resort and holiday town with an intense liking of amber and amber products. We will visit the Amber Museum, situated in Tyszkiewicz Palace. Our next stop will be Lithuania's main port, Klaipeda, for a walk through the old town before a farewell meal in a downtown restaurant.
End of tour arrangements. Stay longer and explore further, drive home through Poland or take the ferry from Klaipeda to Kiel.
Approximate tour mileage: 1,865
Driving rating: RED. This tour includes some longer drives on some challenging roads.
Mobility rating: MODERATE. Will include sections of walking on uneven terrain such as cobblestones, walking up some slopes, getting on and off coaches.