castles and manors road

CASTLES’ AND MANORS’ ROAD
RIGA – TALLINN – HELSINKI 

The tour provides an insight into history of the countries through experience of castles and manor houses, starting from massive medieval stone walls through to exquisite Baroque and Art Nouveau masterpieces.

Duration 6 nights/7 days
Route Riga – Sigulda – Bīriņi –  Cēsis – Dikļi- Sangaste – Tartu – Rakvere – Lahemaa National Park -Tallinn – Helsinki
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Arrival in Riga, Latvia

Riga city tour.The Dome Cathedral with one of the world’s largest pipe organs, St. Peter’s Church with magnificent views of the city from its steeple, the old Guild Houses, the Swedish Gate, the architectural ensemble Three Brothers, St. Jacob’s Church, the Parliament House, Old Riga Castle, Art Nouveau area.  The Historic Centre of Riga is a UNESCO Heritage Site.

Overnignt in a hotel in Riga.

Riga – Sigulda – Turaida – Bīriņi

DRIVING DISTANCE:114km
PROGRAMME DURATION – 9h

The Gauja National Park with medieval castles and great views to the Gaujariver valley below.Sigulda medieval castle ruins and baronial estate. The Vienkoči Park features one-log boats and other wooden objects carved in log according to ancient methods dating back to the 9th century. Interactive programs offer visitors to try own hand in woodcraft. The Turaida museum reserve with the ruins of a medieval Livonian Order castle.  An observation tower reveals a beautiful panorama over the ancient Gauja river valley. Farm Gundegas. The farm cultivates cranberries that were originated in Latvia. Farm excursion, products for sale.

TheBīriņi manor complex and the park (18th-19th century).

Overnight in Bīriņi manor hotel.

Bīriņi – Igate – Limbaži – Straupe – Cēsis – Dikļi

DRIVING DISTANCE: 150km, FERRY: 15 min
PROGRAMME DURATION (with 3 visits) – 9h

The timing allows for a combination of maximum 3 visits. There are the following options en route to choose from:

  • The Igate Manor (19thcentury) is built in the style of Neo-renaissance, surrounded by a romantic park and an old water mill with traditional Latvian taverna.
  • An outdoor exhibition of medicinal herbs at farm Avotiņi in Limbaži region introduces a visitor to a “green pharmacy” – more than 300 different plants.
  • The Ungurmuiža manor in Pārgauja region is the oldest wooden Baroque manor in Latvia with some survived wall paintings.
  • Sightseeing in Cēsis – the Old Town and Castle Complex with impressive medieval Livonian Order’s castle ruins and the so called new castle (18thcentury) where a museum is located.

Overnight in Dikļi manor hotel.The Dikļi Manor (19thcentury) is built in the style of Neo-baroque. It hosts a collection of valuable antique furniture, fireplaces and interior articles.

Dikļi–Valmiera – Latvia/Estonia border – Sangaste – Otepää – Tartu

DRIVING DISTANCE: 210km
PROGRAMME DURATION – 12h

The Valmiermuiža brewery saloon popularises Latvian beers and uses beer in various dishes. Adzelviesi hemp farm in Burtnieki region is cultivating hemp from which it produces hemp butter, roughly ground seeds, hemp oil. Sangaste castle is one of the best Historicism examples in the Baltics.

Overnight in a hotel in Tartu.

Tartu – Alatskivi – Rakvere – Vihula

DRIVING DISTANCE: 190km
PROGRAMME DURATION – 9h

Short city tour of Tartu – a university town and a city of youth. Alatskivi castle (18th – 19thcentury) with a beautiful park. Avinurme Wooden Handicrafts Centre – local woodcraft, woodworking workshops, Estonian traditional foods. Castle ruins in Rakvere with a theme park where visitors can experience everyday life of the 16th century.

Overnight in Vihula manor hotel. Vihula manor (19thcentury) is in Lahemaa National Park. It is surrounded by a nice park, the estate has an interesting pond system.

Vihula – Lahemaa National Park –Sagadi – Palmse – Tallinn

DRIVING DISTANCE: 110km, FERRY: 15 min
PROGRAMME DURATION – 8h

The route leads along the northern Baltic Sea coast of Estonia through the oldest Baltic national park – Lahemaa. Huge boulders at the seaside and small fishermen’s’ villages are typical landscape there. Altja traditional fishing village and tavern where visitors can taste Estonian food. Sagadi manor (18thcentury) hosts a forest and manor museum and the nature school. Palmse manor (18thcentury)is one of the most beautiful and grandest Baroque buildings in Estonia.

Tallinn city tour.The tour combines walking and bus. The walking tour includes the Toompea Castle, the 13thcentury Dome church, the 19thcentury Russian orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevskij, the 15thcentury town Hall square, the Old Guild built to celebrate Tallinn’s membership in the Hanseatic League, and St. Olaf’s church. The bus tour includes Tallinn’s suburbs and Song Festival Grounds, St. Brigitte’s monastery and Pirita area.

Overnight ina hotel in Tallinn.

Tallinn – Helsinki

FERRY TALLINN – HELSINKI: 2h

Helsinki city tour and free time in the city.The Helsinki Cathedral and the Senat Square, the Parliament, the Old Market Hall and Market Square, the Esplanade park, the Kamppi Chapel of Silence, the Temppeliaukio church, the Design District Helsinki, the Suomenlinna Sea fortress.