Custom Luxury Family Vacations: Baltics
A multigenerational family wanted to experience the unique culture and history of the Baltic nations with a dash of off-the-beaten-path adventure. Our travel consultant put together a custom journey that combined the incredible city centers along with the rugged coastline, medieval castles and lush green parks that make these countries unforgettable. Let this spark ideas for your own journey.
After arriving in Vilnius, the family was escorted to the Esperanza Resort, a magnificent wooden lodge on the shores of a beautiful lake surrounded by acres of pine forests. The family began their journey through Lithuania on a hot-air balloon ride over the island castle of Trakai, which they later explored on foot.
They delved into the country's ancient past at the Archaeological and Historical Museum in the village of Kernave. On another day, they followed local tradition and hunted for mushrooms in Dzūkija National Park, the largest protected area in Lithuania, before learning about rural life on a visit to a small village.
Wooden Sculpture Park
Marvel at the incredible wooden sculptures, which include a four-story windmill, intricately carved crucifixes and a whimsical dragon, at the Antanas Cesnulis Sculpture Park.
Russian Bath House
Feel your worries melt away as you let the combination of hot sauna, oak leaves and a refreshing dip in the lake relax and energize you.
From their lodge, the family was driven to Kaunas airport where they flew via private jet to Palanga, a beach resort on the Baltic Sea.
After checking into the Palanga SPA Luxury Hotel, they drove to the pier and boarded their yacht for a cruise to the famed Curonian Spit, which is home to the most impressive sand dunes in the Baltics. They also visited the Amber Museum and tried out traditional amber therapy before returning to their elegant hotel.
Seaside Regional Park
Explore the expansive sand dunes and forests of this gorgeous park on the shores of the Baltic Sea.
Book a soothing treatment from the hotel's excellent spa, which offers a wide variety of healing treatments, including a volcanic thermal stone ritual and a black sand body scrub.
The family bid farewell to Lithuania and flew to the capital of neighboring Latvia, Riga, before traveling on to Rundal to stay at an elegant 19th-century neo-Gothic manor house, which is surrounded by a beautiful park.
Over the next few days, the family visited the Venta waterfall, which is the largest on the continent; explored the Old Town of Kandava; climbed the Devil’s Stone and discovered the Robber’s Cave; walked the nature trail through Cuzi Bog, and sampled some of the local wine at the acclaimed Drubazas winery.
Discover Latvian Wine Country
Go for a walk through the picturesque Latvian wine capital of Sabile and visit the northernmost vineyard in the world: Sabile Wine Hill.
Open-Air Art Museum
Delve into Latvian art at Pedvale Open-Air Art Museum, which was founded by sculptor Ojars Arvids Feldbergs in 1991 and seeks to meld artistic creations with their beautiful natural surroundings.
The family returned to Riga, stopping on the way at the resort town of Jurmala, home to white-sand beaches, deep pine forests and beautiful wooden beach houses. Upon arrival in the Latvian capital, they checked into the splendid Gallery Park Hotel in the heart of the Old Town.
The following day, they left the city for Sigulda, an area of great scenic beauty dotted with medieval castles, sandstone outcrops, wild rivers, emerald-green lakes and natural springs. While there, they donned helmets and rocketed down a track in an Olympic bobsled. The family also spent some time exploring Gauja National Park, including a visit to the ruined castle of Cesis and a rafting trip along the Gauja River.
Art Nouveau Walking Tour
Riga’s exquisite art nouveau architecture is one of the capital’s claims to fame; learn about the history of the style and see some of the city’s most elegant buildings on a guided walk.
The Legend of Latvia's Most Famous Cave
Deep in Gauja National Park lies the Gutmana Cave, the widest and highest cave in the Baltics, which serves as backdrop to one of Latvia's best-known legends: the tragic love story of Maija and Victor who used to meet here to exchange vows of love.
Next, the family boarded a helicopter for a private journey to remote Estonian island of Muhu. Upon arrival, they checked into their 15th-century manor home accommodations.
They spent the next few days relaxing and enjoying the unique ambiance of one of the world’s loveliest islands. They took guided walks through the ancient juniper forest, explore the winding roads and traditional hamlets of the island on bike, paddled the placid waters of Padaste Bay in a canoe and hauled in the nets with a local fisherman.
Evening on the Island of Love
Board a wooden rowboat for the short journey across Padaste Bay to the Island of Love where you’ll enjoy a bonfire, wine and live music.
Muhu Island artisans are justifiably famous for their exquisite porcelain work; learn from a master and try your hand at creating your own unique creation.