Country Holidays
No 50010
Self drive tour
Self drive tour Individual Estonia, Latvia, Russian Federation

Castles and Manors from Riga to St. Petersburg

from 695 EUR / pers
12 days

The tour starts in Riga with its attractive Old Town and elegant Art Nouveau district. Then it goes through Gauja National Park with the medieval castles of Turaida, Sigulda and Krimulda, all with great views to the valley below. Next visit is in romantic Bīriņi Manor surrounded by a large park and lake. Next, visit the oldest remaining wooden baroque manor at Ungurmuiža followed by the mighty Livonian Order castles ruins and New Castle at Cēsis Old Town. Your next visit is elegant neo-baroque Dikļi manor with antique furniture and fireplaces. Across to Estonia, stop at Sangaste manor built in the historicism style and then Otepää hill fort which shows that a sophisticted society was active in the area before the 7th century. Explore Tartu, where the first Baltic university is located, and the old observatory on the top of the Toomemägi hill. Further on the route passes Alatsikivi manor with a beautiful park and stops at Rakvere castle ruins, a popular outdoor performance venue. Lahemaa Park contains several German manors at Kolga, Sagadi and Vihula. Sagadi manor house is now a forest museum. 19th century Palmse Manor is famous and one of the most atttractive baroque manors in Estonia surrouded by a large park and pond system. Stay in Tallinn with its compact, picturesque Old Town then take a ferry to Helsinki. There is time to explore the city centre before catching an overnight ferry to St. Petersburg. The former Russian capital's main attractions are its historic centre and Winter Palace, the Hermitge and St. Isaaac's Cathedral, among others. But we also recommend you have an excursion just outtside the city to grand Petrodvorets with a spectacular fountain cascade in the summer as well as Pushkin and Pavlosk Palaces, both of which have outstanding formal parks.

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