In the Baltic capitals, the times of turbulent history and great power struggles have moved over to modern culture scene, nightlife, and experimental cuisine. Unravel the local secrets during a four- or six-night tour of the capital cities of Estonia and Latvia. The adventure starts in Riga, the largest in the region, which is dotted with Gothic spires and art nouveau buildings. Then, it is time to explore Tallinn and its colourful Old Twon with ancient churchest and medieval treasures.
After eventful days and unravelling the cities’ mysteries, unwind in the conveniently located hotels which offer contemporary accommodation in en suite rooms.
- Outbound: flight from London, Manchester, Bristol, Edinburgh or Liverpool to Riga
- 2 or 3 nights in Riga
- Bus from Riga to Tallinn
- 2 or 3 nights in Tallinn
- Inbound: flight from Tallinn back
Groupon’s Guide To Riga
Straddling the Daugava River, Riga marries ancient and new in a blend of Russian and Latvian cultures. From open-air museums, world-renowned churches and the Art Nouveau buildings that have earned Riga’s status of UNESCO World Heritage Site to music festivals and taverns, the Latvian capital has plenty of entertainment for tourists.
Travellers may visit the House of the Blackheads, once a medieval meeting place for German merchants, reconstructed following its destruction in the 1940s. The contrastingly modern monolith of the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia offers an insight into the country’s turbulent 20th century history, while the towering spire of St. Peter’s Church offers glorious metropolitan views. Visitors may also dive into Latvian life by exploring the Central Market, a vast, colourful sprawl of stands based in converted hangars. The climate in Riga is humid continental, and most of the time the sky is cloudy and the temperatures are quite low. The summers are hot and humid, boasting a level of 310 hours of sunshine, while during winters the temperatures drop below freezing and the days are not as bright as in the previous seasons. The city’s location near the sea delivers rainy days and fog during autumn and spring.
Groupon’s Guide To Tallinn
Though not counting more than half a million citizens, the capital city of Estonia is a magnet for history and culture seekers, often being referred to as the medieval pearl of Europe. With an 800-year-old past, the city boasts with authentic and well-preserved structures of Hanseatic origins.
The core of this archaic setting is represented by the Old Town. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this neighbourhood is enveloped in imposing examples of Baroque and Gothic landmarks, portrayed by churches and medieval buildings. Travellers may wander around the narrow streets guarded by twisted iron lamps and set eyes on the living monuments found in the Town Hall Square, such as St. Olaf’s Church or Aleksandr Nevsky Cathedral. As the sun goes down, tourists may discover the blend of cultural scenes, historic settings and a modern world defined by versatile nightlife. The weather gets colder and colder every autumn day, dropping below 0° in winter. Spring brings a fresh start with low temperatures that get higher towards the end of the season.
Option 1: with London flights
- £149-£249 for 4 nights, depending on dates chosen
- £209-£289 for 6 nights, depending on dates chosen
Option 2: with Edinburgh flights
- £199-£229 for 4 nights, depending on dates chosen
- £239-£379 for 6 nights, depending on dates chosen