Beyond the Berlin Wall, there lay an untouched legacy of indescribable beauty and elegance. Within the stark Soviet cocoon were derelict jewels of many an empire just waiting to burst forth into the limelight.
Open the gates to Romania’s stunning landscape – both natural and cultural, with one toe rooted in the past and another one pointed towards the future. Romania takes you into a folk tale of ancient myth and legend in Transylvania and Maramures, beautiful castles, witch-hat monasteries, and the kind of scenery that is the subject of artistic masterpieces. Head south into the Carpathian hinterland and cross into Bulgaria. Sofia – well named for the Greek goddess of Wisdom – is a city of quiet charm and an old world aura. With its archaeological ruins dating back to the Romans, and sleepy coastal villages, Bulgaria is ancient history relived.
The Baltics offer a blend of culture, history, the outdoors, and relaxation. Ancient castles and fortresses give way to thick forests and wild, beautiful coastlines. The Tallinn Opera House is a treat to visit while Rundale Castle between Riga and Vilnius takes you back to another era, and the tiny islands off the Estonian coast are full of delightful secrets, like fine cuisine and a world class spa!
Our Simply Exeter programs feature the top highlights of each major city, are ideal for the more independent traveler who still wants Exeter's 24-hour on-the- ground support, or who only have time for a quick stop into one place.
For an introduction to the three Baltic capitals and some time to relax on Muhu island, our Essential Baltics sample itinerary is a great starting point. It captures the highlights in each capital, with stops to see some of the sights between cities.
On a Baltic cruise? We can help with private shore excursions in each Baltic port.
Alternatively, our Baltic Self-Drive itinerary is ideal for those that prefer more independence.
Anyone with a special interest or connection to Jewish heritage, may want to consider our Essential Jewish Baltics program which includes some of the most important Jewish historical sights.
The Estonians are extremely charming, full of warmth and generous hospitality, and you immediately feel welcomed when you arrive in Estonia. Tallinn has one of the best-preserved Old Towns, including it’s original walls and most gates. Aside from being the commercial hub of the Baltics, Latvia has also produced some fine artists and philosophers in its time, and the Riga Opera House is considered one of the finest in Northern Europe. Riga has created a perfect blend of the historic with the contemporary – avant-garde restaurants are housed in Benedictine Monasteries, and some of the best bars are in underground cellars created by ancient monks! Vilnius, is one of the oldest cities in the world and has an air of old-world gentility. Lithuania was once a hub for some of the greatest thinkers and artists of Europe and is a country full of immense history with a rich heritage from its checkered past.
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