Let Poland and the Baltics please you with a journey through its often-overlooked history and culture.

Uncover the cultural riches and historical intrigues of four fascinating countries on a journey through Poland and the Baltic states. This 18-day highlights tour of Poland and the Baltics will get you in the know with Soviet history, inspired by the variety of architecture and cultural richness of the country, and full of as much pierogi and vodka you can manage. Let Poland please you with a journey through its urban attractions, then cross into Lithuania, before exploring the Baltic capitals of Riga and Tallinn. Encompassing both historical attractions and outings for the active, a bit of Europe both old and new, this is the trip for travellers wanting to check out a side of Europe often overlooked.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Krakow, Poland
Finish
Tallinn, Estonia
Destinations
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland
Style
Comfort
Code
AMKOC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Discover the Orwellian neighbourhood of Nowa Huta – an alternative district in Krakow that showcases the communist influence in Poland.

  • Take a guided tour of maritime Gdansk, walking through the old town and understanding how this main trading port has been important in Poland’s history.

  • Feast on Kashubian specialities with an included meal at Tawerna Mestwin – you’ll feel like you’re eating in a traditional farm cottage!

  • Tour the remnants of Wolf’s Lair – an important military headquarters during the battle for the Eastern Front.

  • Enjoy a farm stay experience and home-cooked meal on Estonia's largest and largely untouched island, Saaremaa.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

  • We travel by train, the most eco-friendly way to move between places. Trains are good, with power points and food and drinks available to purchase. Please note you will have to carry your bag up and down the platforms and on and off the train. Pack light!

  • On Day 3 you will have a chance to visit the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz (optional). This tour requires pre-booking. Find more information on the Special Information section of Day 3.

  • There will be a walking tour included in each city. The tours may cover fair amount of ground, so please make sure you are happy to be on your feet for few hours.

  • This trip stops in at some places with dark histories. Not everyone will necessarily want to visit Westerplatte or Wolf’s Lair, so please let your group leader know if you have any hesitations.

  • Roads in northern Poland and the Baltic states are generally good, but these in rural areas can get a bit rough. If you suffer from motion sickness, consider bringing along some medication.

  • While Gizycko and nearby lakes are certainly beautiful, it is a wetland. Mosquitos and midges can sometimes be an annoyance, so consider bringing mosquito spray.

  • In many cities in Poland, Lithuania and Latvia streets are made of cobblestones. In addition, some of the accommodation we use across this region may not have lifts, so you will be expected to carry your luggage up and down some stairs. It is recommended that you leave any wheelie bags/case at home and bring a backpack instead.

Itinerary

Czesc! Welcome to Poland. You will have an important welcome meeting at 6 pm, meeting your group leader and fellow travellers. Krakow is striking with contrasts: a medieval old town with a large youthful influence, renowned fine dining restaurants with food truck and casual riverside eateries, a vibrant Jewish quarter with some elegant speakeasies and hidden bars. You’ll have two full days to explore Krakow at your own pace, but if you would like to spend more time here, why not arrive a little early? After your important meeting, you'll have an option to head out with your group to dinner – your leader will know of some great options.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
This morning, begin getting to know Krakow from its relatively new history. Take a guided tour of Nowa Huta – a former communist town turned eastern Quarter of Krakow. Nowa Huta was prime Polish agricultural land but was swallowed up by the Soviet Union in an attempt to create an Orwellian settlement in contrast to the fairytale of central Krakow. An experienced tour guide will explain all the history hidden in its streets and buildings that otherwise would look like another sector of the city. In the afternoon, take a leader-led walk around the Old Town. Rynek (main square) is one of the oldest and most recognisable medieval squares in Europe. With the renaissance Cloth Hall in its centre, now home to the main market, touring the main square is a must. Later on, walk over to Jewish quarter and learn more about that part of town.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Guided tour of Nowa Huta
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today, enjoy a free day in Krakow to do whatever you choose, and there is so much to see and do here, and beyond! You may wish to visit Wieliczka Salt Mines, magnificent chambers chiselled out in rock salt. There is almost 3 kilometres of meandering corridors, 800 steps to climb of which 350 have to be descended to reach the depth of 135 meters underground. Otherwise, a lot of travellers use today to visit the former Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz, however pre-booking is necessary to secure a place. If you would like to see some different sides to Krakow and the surrounding area, there is also the option to see what Urban Adventures can offer. From cooking classes to tailored shopping adventures, they’ve got you covered! Find out more at urbanadventures.com/destination/Krakow-tours.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Schindler's Factory Museum Tour - PLN65
  • Urban Adventures - Made in Krakow - EUR86
  • Urban Adventure - Home Cooked Krakow - EUR52
  • State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour - PLN155
  • Urban Adventures - Food by Foot - EUR73
  • Urban Adventures - Markets and Flavors of Krakow - EUR76
  • Wieliczka Salt Mines tour - PLN145
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
If you would like to learn more about the history of World War II at the former Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz, please note that pre booking of the tickets is necessary. It would be advisable to pre book your tickets as soon as you confirmed your travels. To do so, please visit official museum website. You can also ask your leader to help you at the beginning of the trip, but there is no guarantee tickets will be available then. A Guided visit is the only option and takes approximately 2.5 hours plus transfer times that may need a separate booking. This can be organised at the start of the trip.
Today, travel to Warsaw on a high-speed train, taking approximately 3 hours. Warsaw is a capital of Poland and has a rich history shown in its mix of Gothic, neoclassical and Soviet-era architecture, and also a new, cosmopolitan touch. This afternoon head out on a guided tour all about Polish cuisine. Being one of the lesser known European foods, you’ll learn about Poland’s signature dishes and how to make them. To wash everything down, you’ll even get the chance to test out some local vodka with an included tasting. Na zdrowie!
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Food and Vodka tasting tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
You’ve got a free day to enjoy the wonders of Warsaw. From many options, one worth considering is a visit to the Uprising Museum. Dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, the museum is a tribute for residents who fought and died for an independent Poland, and a free capital. It was said that Warsaw survived its own death – learn about that part of history of this city in one of the most modern museums in Europe. Otherwise, sit back in one of the many parks, stroll past the Tamka street art, or head to a local eatery for a serving of pierogi (filled dumplings).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Copernicus Science Center - PLN27
  • Palace of Science and Culture Observation Deck - PLN20
  • Jewish Cemetery - PLN10
  • Frederic Chopin Museum - PLN22
  • Marie Curie Museum - PLN11
  • National Museum - PLN20
  • Warsaw Uprising Museum - PLN25
  • Ethnographic Museum - PLN12
  • Katyn Museum - PLN15
  • Royal Castle - PLN30
  • Natural History Museum - PLN8
  • Pawiak Prison Memorial - PLN10
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel onwards to Gdansk aboard a high-speed train (approximately 3 hours). After check-in to your hotel, your group leader will show you around the old town on simple orientation walk. After you’ve got your bearings, enjoy the rest of your day and soak up the atmosphere of this maritime, medieval city. Tonight, if you’re struggling to find somewhere to eat, take a walk down Dulgi Targ – it’s a lot quieter at night than during the day.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • European Solidarity Centre visit - PLN17
  • Oliwa Cathedral - Free
  • Amber Museum and Prison Tower visit - PLN12
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today, head out on a guided tour of Gdansk. This will include a visit to most iconic sites of the city: the Crane (Zuraw), an iconic trading symbol located near the National Maritime Museum. Then, visit Olowianka, an island in the middle of the Motlawa River, to learn more about Gdansk’s maritime history. In the evening, experience a traditional Polish meal at Tawerna Mestwin, serving specialties of Kashubian regional cooking (north Poland cuisine). Interiors of this place look like a traditional farm cottage and the exposed beams and dark-green walls make for a cosy atmosphere.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • History themed guided tour of Gdansk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
With no activities planned for today, you are free to explore at your own pace. Aside from boasting some very grand architecture, Gdansk has a wealth of sites worth checking out. 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. In the evening, meet with some new travellers at another welcome meeting at 6 pm to begin the next stage of your Baltics adventure.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
As this is a combination trip, the travellers in your group and your group leader are likely to change today. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary so please attend, and this is also a great chance to meet the new group. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Westerplatte boat ride
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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. This beautifully preserved fortress is a classic example of medieval architecture and, on its completion in 1406, stood as the world's largest brick 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. You'll be shown around the site by a local guide, then, following a refreshment stop, continue on to Gizycko – summer capital of Poland. Situated on the shore of Niegocin Lake, Gizycko offers a number of interesting food and drink options, so well deserved after a long day of travelling.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Malbork Castle visit
  • Wolfs Lair guided tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
See in the morning with a boat ride on Niegocin Lake, the seventh largest lake in the country. Gently cruising across towards Gizycko, or Love Island, situated towards the other side of the lake and occupied mostly by cormorants. Take a chance to spy other wildlife too, it’s plentiful in this part of Poland. Lake District contains over 2000 lakes and recently was had been elected as one of the 28 finalists of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The afternoon is free for you to spend however you wish, perhaps with a swim in the lake or hike or bike ride to one of the neighbouring villages. If you are in to history and would like to learn more about the region, Boyen Fortress is a place to see. Former Prussian fortress is situated between Niegocin and Kisajno lakes and played its part in both World Wars.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Boat tour Niegocin lake
Optional Activities
  • Boyen Fortress - PLN10
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning after breakfast we travel east into Lithuania and its capital Vilnius (approximate travel time 2.5 hours). After settling into your hotel, join the group for a city tour led by a local guide 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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Guided tour of Vilnius
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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. Much to the surprise (and amusement) of the outside world, this small Vilnius suburb of artists and eccentrics declared themselves an independent republic on April 1st 1997. 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 Dutchy of Lithuania before the establishment of Vilnius. The castle is these days accessible by a bridge, the shoreside walk to which is very pleasant. Your trip leader will be able to give you detailed instructions on how to get there.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • University Museum visit - EUR2
  • National Museum visit - EUR3
  • Urban Adventures - Flavours of Vilnius - EUR82
  • Trakai Castle Visit - EUR8
  • Gediminas Castle Tower - EUR4
  • TV Tower visit - EUR7
  • Urban Adventures - Undiscovered Vilnius - EUR39
  • Urban Adventures - Soviet Stories of Vilnius - EUR37
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Hop aboard a comfortable public bus for the onwards drive to Riga (approximately 4 hours). After arrival, transfer to our hotel, which is located a short walk from the symbolic Freedom Monument – or, as she's affectionately known to the locals, Milda. 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 hangars. Stop to taste a few local specialities along the way, perhaps finishing the afternoon with a shot of traditional Riga Black Balsam.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Riga leader led foodie walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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 centre'. 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, located only a few minutes walk from our hotel, is particularly impressive. Take in views of the city with a drink at a rooftop cafe (your leader will be able to make some recommendations) or, if it's summertime, make the trip to the popular beach resort town of Jurmala (only a 30 minute train ride away).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Beer Spa - EUR98
  • The Museum of Occupation of Latvia - Free
  • St Peter's Tower visit - EUR9
  • Riverboat Cruise - EUR18
  • Soviet Secrets of Riga Urban Adventure - EUR61
  • Riga Museum of War visit - Free
  • Mentzendorff's House visit - Free
  • Latvian National Museum of Art - EUR6
  • Urban Adventure - Classic and Cool Riga - EUR61
  • Urban Adventure - Riga Old Town Pub Crawl - EUR77
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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 (home cooked dinner included, approximate travel time 6 hours).
Accommodation
  • Farm stay (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Transferring to the biggest town on the island, Kuresaare, spend a few spare hours exploring the town before catching a public bus to the Estonian capital of Tallinn (approximate travel time 4.5 hours). Tonight's accommodation is in Tallinn's atmospheric Old Town, which you'll get to know on an orientation walk with your leader. As tonight's your last with your group and trip leader, why not head out for a memorable dinner among friends.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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.
Optional Activities
  • Kiek in de Kok Tower (Tower Museum) - EUR6
  • Estonian History Museum - EUR6
  • City Bike Tour - EUR19
  • TV Tower visit - EUR13
  • Tallinn City Museum - EUR4
  • Peter the Great Museum - EUR3
  • Kadriorg Palace visit - EUR6
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

17 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Transport

Private minibus, Train, Boat, Ferry, Public bus, Taxi

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (16 nights), Farm stay (1 night)

Included activities

  • Guided tour of Nowa Huta
  • Food and Vodka tasting tour
  • History themed guided tour of Gdansk
  • Westerplatte boat ride
  • Malbork Castle visit
  • Wolfs Lair guided tour
  • Boat tour Niegocin lake
  • Guided tour of Vilnius
  • Riga leader led foodie walk

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A Single Supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. The price of the single supplement does not include the following nights, where a single room does not form part of the package. In this case you will be matched up with another traveller of the same gender. If a single room becomes available at check-in for these nights, there may be the option for you to upgrade to a single room and pay the surcharge locally for that night:
- Day 16 Saaremaa
Please also note that due to the small properties we use in Europe there is only a limited amount of single supplements available per trip departure. If you would like to book a single supplement and enquire about availability please speak to your booking agent.

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