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A healthy and active outdoor trip through Lithuania and Latvia’s natural paradise of deep whispering forests, blue lakes, pine scented woods and exquisite national parks. Choose from nature walks, fishing trips, canoeing, hiking and bird watching, and combine with some serious sightseeing in Vilnuis and Riga.

Day 1: Arrive Vilnius.

Arrive at Vilnius and transfer to the hotel. Bizarre, beautiful and bewitching, Vilnius is a fascinating mix of Old Town charm, fairy-tale baroque splendour, and an underlying uniqueness that creates it soul. UNESCO has declared this city as Europe’s largest baroque old town, a World Heritage site. There are more than 1,200 medieval buildings and 48 churches in the city. See some of these in the panoramic sightseeing tour that also takes in the Old Town and Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, Peter and Paul Church, St. Anne’s Church, the Old University and the Gates of Dawn.

Spend the night in Vilnius.

Day 2: At Vilnius

Take a city tour of Vilnius today. The main points of attraction include the Trakai Island Castle, Gediminas Hill, the Gate of Dawn and the memorial of Frank Zappa. You could also opt to See Vilnuis and Lithuania from up high on a hot air balloon flight. Hour long flights depart either early in the morning or in the evening.

Spend the night in Vilnius.

Trakai Island Castle, which is the only Eastern European castle that has been built on an island. Surrounded by the waters of Lake Galve, this well-preserved 15th century castle held great strategic importance in its time. Vilinus was founded on the 48m high Gediminas Hill, topped since the 13th century by the Gedimino Tower. Its walls were ruined during the Russian occupation, but it was restored in 1930 to house the Upper Castle Museum. The 16th century Gate of Dawn marks the southern border of the Old Town. It is the only portal of the original 10 built into the town wall that is still intact. West of Vilnuis gatve, rock ‘n’ roll legend Frank Zappa is immortalised in a bronze bust atop a 4.2m high stainless steel pole. The graffiti on the walls surrounding the memorial is interesting too.

Day 3: At Aukstaitija National Park, Lithuania

Today, drive to Aukstaitija National Park. Around 70% of this beautiful national park comprises pine, spruce and deciduous forests, inhabited by Elk, Deer and Wild Boar. Its deepest lake is Lake Tauragnas (60.5m deep), and at the top of Ice Hill you can see a spectacular panorama of seven lakes unfolding before your eyes. Make a base at Ignalina, on the edge of the national park, and explore to your heart’s content.

Spend the night in Aukstaitija National Park.

Day 4: At Aukstaitija National Park, Lithuania

Set off from Ignalina into the deepest part of the national park for a camping adventure. Combine the adventure with mushroom and berry picking or fishing at one of the many lakes. The Trainiskis Wildlife Sanctuary and Azvinciai Forest are home to 150-200 year old pine trees and they can only be visited with park guides. See the 19th century watermill at Ginuciai, supposedly haunted by the devil and nearly 200 years old, and the ancient Bee-Keeping Museum at Stripeikai. You could also take the wooden sculpture trail around Lake Lusiai and learn all about Lithuanian folklore.

Spend the night in Aukstaitija National Park.

Day 5: At Aukstaitija National Park, Lithuania

Staff at the national park’s information centre will help you make plans for boat rentals, as well as canoe and kayak rentals. Paddle out by canoe on to the national park’s beautiful lakes and set up camp on the lakeshore. The lakes are interconnected by long, winding streams and are perfect for canoeing, fishing and sailing. The Ice Hill, also called Ladakalnis Hill, is an easy hike and offers incredible panoramic views over the water lands below. If you are a bird-lover, visit the Vente Ornithological reserve that attracts bird-watchers form all over the world. You will get to see migratory birds including the rough-legged buzzard, the long-tailed duck, cranes, eagles and sparrow hawks.

Spend the night in Aukstaitija National Park.

Day 6: Aukstaitija National Park, Lithuania to Gauja National Park, Latvia.

Today, drive down to Gauja National Park, Latvia’s first national park. Here you will find a diverse range of flora and fauna, as well as the perfect terrain and waterways for forest and river hiking as well as biking trails and fabulous canoeing opportunities. The historic towns of Sigulda and Cesis are main starting points for exploring the park. Ligatne is one of the most beautiful nature corners in the Gauja National Park. Surrounded by six hills and sandstone cliffs, the park is home to an outstanding variety of bird life, including eight species of bats. Follow the Ligatne Trails to the Gutmana Cave, the largest erosion cave in the Baltic, famous for its role in the tragic legend of Rose of Turaida.

Spend the night in Gauja National Park.

Day 7: At Gauja National Park, Latvia

Spend a day delving into the history of the area. Little remains of the Sigulda Medieval Castle, built between 1207 and 1226, and yet its stronghold is evocative of the medieval era. The Medieval Cesis Castle features two stout towers, one of which has a viewpoint overlooking Castle Park, which sits along a scenic lake with lily pads. On the northern side of the Gauja valley is the ruined Krimulda Castle and Manor, built between 1255 and 1273, once used as a guesthouse for visiting dignitaries. Sigulda is a haven for activities and adventure. Whiz down the bobsleigh and luge track, take a breathtaking flight in the Aerodium, have fun in the Tarzan Adventure Park, and climb the Tower of Courgae Vells – the highest climbing tower in Eastern Europe.

Spend the night in Gauja National Park.

Day 8: At Gauja National Park, Latvia

Spend a day getting active in the park. Explore the Gauja valley along different mountain bike tourist routes taking in nature, history and local culture along the way. Hire a canoe, kayak, raft or boat and head off for some paddling on the most beautiful lakes in Latvia. Mighty sandstone cliffs rise above the river, making it even more spectacular as you peacefully paddle along. Footpaths across the valley of the Gauja are more than 50km long. Take a hike and a picnic along one of these trails, pick some berries and mushrooms, and admire the wonderful flora and fauna.

Spend the night in Gauja National Park.

Day 9: Gauja National Park to Riga

This morning, leave behind Gauja National Park and drive down to the capital city of Riga. Check in to the hotel and set out to explore Riga. Riga is overflowing with architectural gems and architectural styles. Its toy-town feel of medieval steeples and turrets mixes with modern European designs. Wander through the cobbled streets of Riga Old Town, now a Unesco World Heritage Site. Take a walking tour of the Old Town past Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guilds and the Freedom Monument. Visit the Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th century country life. Every Thursday the museum invites you to see the age-old tradition of smoking fish as well as tasting the result free of charge! Be sure to listen to organ music at the Riga Cathedral, one of the oldest sacral buildings in the entire Baltic region.

Spend the night in Riga.

Day 10: Depart Riga

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to take your flight back home.

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