Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Locally Hosted, Private

Self Drive - Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia (16 days)

Exeter International

Vilnius, Lithuania To Tallinn, Estonia

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Vilnius, Lithuania
Stikliai Hotel None

Arrival to Vilnius airport where you will be met by a private driver to transfer you to the hotel in the center of the city.  


Vilnius Old Town boasts outstanding architectural diversity in one of the largest and best-preserved old towns in Europe.  This UNESCO World Heritage site is filled with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces.  Narrow medieval streets, secluded courtyards, town castles and fortifications and an incredible number of churches reflect the city’s rich and vibrant history.


This afternoon, you will meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel for an overview tour of Vilnius Old Town, which boasts outstanding architectural diversity in one of the largest and best-preserved old towns in Europe.  This UNESCO World Heritage site is filled with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces.  Narrow medieval streets, secluded courtyards, town castles and fortifications and an incredible number of churches reflect the city’s rich and vibrant history.


You will see some of Vilnius's beautiful churches and the Gediminas Castle Museum, which is part of the National Museum of Lithuania.  The best place to start your tour of the city is from the top of the Gediminas Tower – the only remaining part of the Upper Castle overlooking the red-tiled roofs and the church towers of the Old Town, the cathedral, and the administrative buildings along the main avenue.  The 14th century, three-storey octagonal brick tower houses a small exhibit of archaeological findings and the history of the castle which is one of the symbols of Lithuania’s independence. Other surviving buildings at the Castle Complex house offices of the National Museum of Lithuania and its archeology and numismatics departments, as well as the Museum of Applied Art.


You will also see the Cathedral Square – the main downtown square just in front of the Vilnius Cathedral. It is believed that in pre-Christian times, a Baltic pagan god was worshiped here before the Lithuanian King Mindaugas built the original cathedral in 1251 after his conversion to Christianity. Nowadays, it is the spiritual heart of the country where the coronations of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania once took place and many important historical figures are interred in the crypts and catacombs. Also here, you will see the Chapel of St. Casimir, where the remains of the Polish-Lithuanian prince Casimir and patron saint of both countries rest.


Just behind the Cathedral, the Royal Palace has been under re-construction since 2002. The original 15th-century palace was damaged by fire in the 17th century and remained unused for over a century. In the late 18th century Lithuania was annexed by Russia and the derelict palace was dismantled and the bricks and stones were sold. The grand opening of the new Royal Palace has been scheduled for July 2009.


You will return to your hotel for an evening at your leisure.

Day 2
Vilnius, Lithuania
Stikliai Hotel Breakfast

This morning, after meeting your guide in the hotel lobby at 10:00 AM, you will continue your walking tour of Vilnius’ Old Town, one of the largest in Eastern Europe.  On these cobble-stoned streets lie numerous historical buildings including the balcony of No. 26 Pilies Street where Lithuania’s independence was declared in 1918.  You will see the Town Hall Square and the Gates of Dawn, the only remaining gates of the town fortifications built against the Tartar invasions in the early 16th century.  It is well worth venturing into the side streets and courtyards for a glimpse of this 19th-century city.  There are a number of antique shops and cafes tucked away down these quiet lanes.  


If you continue your walk along the historic Pilies Street, you will come to the Amber Gallery and Museum which explains the origins and history of this precious material and exhibits amber of various sizes, forms and color. Exhibitions of works of art from amber are constantly held at the museum’s gallery. Amber jewelry of modern and classical design is available for purchase as well.  


A tour of the Old Town is not complete without a visit to the Vilnius University, founded in 1570 by Jesuits and one of the most important centers of the Counter-Reformation.  The university complex has more than 10 courtyards.  The observatory tower dates back to 1569 and the library contains nearly 5 million volumes, making it the richest collection of Lithuanian books and one of the best-known libraries in Eastern Europe.


Also in the Old Town, you will see the Presidential Palace, which has been the official seat of Lithuania’s President since 1997. A flag displaying the coat of arms of the President is hoisted when the President is in the Palace and in Vilnius.


The Museum of Genocide Victims was opened in 1992 in the very building where plans for the arrests and deportation of thousands of civilian residents and the persecution of opponents of the Soviet Regime were devised and carried out. Located in the former KGB headquarters, the museum is the only one of its kind in the former Soviet republics. The basement of the building houses the isolator where political detainees and espionage suspects were imprisoned from the autumn of 1940 right to 1987. The execution chamber in the basement, where more than a thousand prisoners were killed between 1944 and the early 1960s, can also be visited.


Later today, you will see the Gothic St. Anne’s Church, which was originally built for the Catholic Germans and other visiting Catholics. The present brick church was constructed in the late 15th century at its exterior has remained almost unchanged since then. St. Anne's Church is part of a complex including the much larger Gothic Church of St. Francis and a monastery.


Also in the Old Town, you will visit the Renaissance Palace of the Radziwills, who were for centuries one of the most influential and powerful Polish-Lithuanian princely families. The current building was erected in the middle of the 17th century but was partially destroyed in the following wars and remained mostly neglected for centuries. It was further devastated during World War I when only the northern wing of the palace survived. It was restored in the 1980s and is now a branch of the Lithuanian Art Museum.


Return to hotel and enjoy at evening at leisure.  

Day 3
Vilnius, Lithuania
Europa Royale Kaunas Breakfast

Today, pick up your rental car and self-drive to Kaunas.  


First stop in Trakai, about 20 miles west of the city. Trakai, the ancient capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, is situated amidst picturesque lakes, the largest of which – Galve - has over 20 islands.  It is best known for its captivating 14th Century fairytale castle which was presumably one of the largest in Lithuania of those times and served as residence for a number of Lithuanian rulers before the insular castle was constructed a short distance away on an island of Lake Galve.  The Castle Museum offers a view into Lithuania’s past, when Trakai ruled an empire from the Baltics to the Black Sea. The Tartars, once part of this empire’s royal bodyguards, still live in Trakai today.  


Trakai was also home to a large Karaite community. The origin of the Karaites is very interesting. Some scholars link them to the Khazars, Turkic people that converted to Judaism in the eighth century while others view them as descendants of the Karaite Jews who lived in Crimea. They were brought to Lithuania by Grand Duke Vytautas from the Crimea and served as his bodyguards. Today you may visit the Karaites' house of worship, called kenesa, and a museum of Karaite culture.  


After you tour Trakai, continue your drive to Kaunas, the historic heart of Lithuania, dating from as early as 1361.

Day 4
Vilnius, Lithuania
Europa Royale Kaunas Breakfast

Today in the morning, your Kaunas guide will meet you in the lobby for a half-day walking tour of the city. Visit the cobblestone Town Hall Square surrounded by numerous 16th – century German merchant houses.  In the middle of the square is the Town Hall known as “The White Swan” for it elegance and 175-ft tower.  You may also visit the Vytautas Church, Lithuania’s largest church, and the Kaunas Cathedral.


In Kaunas, your guide will tell you about the local Jewish community that much similarly to the one in Vilnius created a center of Jewish culture and scholarship with a famous yeshivah in Slobodka. By 1900 Jews made up 40% of the city’s population, had 40 synagogues and several Jewish schools and published five daily Jewish newspapers. Your guide will take you to the former Jewish ghetto in Slobodka and also to the only remaining synagogue in Kaunas, the Choral Synagogue.  


Later you will also visit Sugihara House, where you will find a small museum dedicated to Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese Consul to Lithuania between 1939 and 1940. Together, with a Dutch colleague, he saved thousands of Polish Jews by issuing visas against the orders of the Japanese government, to save them from the holocaust. Many of these survivors found their way to Israel after the war, and have championed his cause ever since.


You may also visit the IX Fort, where under Nazi Occupation, Jews were imprisoned before being executed in the killing fields. Jews from not only Lithuania, but other parts of the world as well, were brought here. Today it is a museum that focuses on the extermination of the Jews as well as the Soviet deportations of Lithuanians to the Gulags.

Day 5
Klaipeda, Lithuania
Vilnius, Lithuania
Royale Europe Klaipeda Breakfast

Today, check-out of your hotel and continue your drive to Klaipeda. This coastal city can be reached in about 2-2.5 hours if you opt to go on a highway between the two cities. We recommend a longer but more picturesque road through the valleys of the Nemunas river. Along the way you may visit one of the ancient castles of Raudondvaris, Raudone or Veliuona. You may also visit the Nemunas River Delta Regional Park and enjoy hiking on of the several walkways through the marshes and forests. Here, you may also visit the Vente Horn with its ornithological station and lighthouse and Uostadvaris with the oldest water lifting station in Lithuania, nowadays a Polder Museum.  


After arriving to Klaipeda, check in at your hotel. In the afternoon, meet your guide in the hotel lobby for a tour of the Old Town of Klaipeda. You will visit the Castle Museum and walk to the Drama Theatre Square with a famous sculpture of “Annchen von Tharau”. If you are interested your guide will also take you to the Blacksmith Museum or the Clock Museum. Finnish your tour with a leisurely stroll through the wonderful Mazvydas Sculpture Park.

Day 6
Klaipeda, Lithuania
Royale Europe Klaipeda Breakfast

Today we recommend that you drive to visit the Neringa National Park at the Curonian Spit. First you will board a ferry that will take you and the car to town of Neringa. Curonian Spit, a UNESCO listed 98 km long peninsula, features dramatic white sand dunes and beautiful pine forests.  


Besides climbing dunes for beautiful views, you may wish to visit Hill of Witches and Amber Gallery in Juodkrante or Thomas Mann house in Nida, where the famous German writer used to vacation.  


In the evening, return to Klaipeda.

Day 7
Riga, Latvia
Klaipeda, Lithuania
Hotel Grand Palace Breakfast

Today, check-out of your car and continue your journey to the neighboring Latvia. Still in Lithuania, we recommend that you stop in Palanga, just a short drive north of Klaipeda, and enjoy its beautiful sandy beaches. You may also visit the local Amber Museum in the Palace of Count Tyszkiewicz.  


If you are interested you may drive up the coast and stop to visit Latvia’s richest town and port of Ventspils and visit its nicely renovated Old Town.  


Alternatively, take the highway from Liepaja straight to Riga.


Late afternoon or evening arrival into Riga and check-in at your hotel.

Day 8
Riga, Latvia
Hotel Grand Palace Breakfast

Today in the morning, meet your Riga guide for a tour of the Old Town.  


Your will visit the 13th -century St. Peter’s Church which was damaged by fire during World War II and later rebuilt by the Russians.  A good place to start any tour is atop the spire, where you can see the whole of Riga laid out before you.  This is the perfect way to get your bearings before you actually wander down the cobble-stoned streets.  From here you may see the exterior of the Dome Cathedral one of the largest and most distinctive houses of worship in the region (it is under reconstruction for the next few years).  


Begun in the 13th Century, the cathedral has gone through one construction after another and is now a curious combination of Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and other styles.  The church walls are crammed with plaques celebrating the glories of Latvia’s medieval rulers.  The Dome Cathedral is also renowned for its gigantic church organ, the fourth largest organ in the world, complete with 6,768 pipes.  


Later today, you will view the famous House of Cats with cat sculptures perched on the top of its roof and hear about the intrigue surrounding these feline figures.  Just across the street, you will also see the former headquarters of the Great Guild, now the home of the Riga Philharmonic. Other good examples of medieval dwellings are the Three Brothers, dating to the 15th Century when Riga was part of the Hanseatic League.  It is one of the oldest stone buildings in Latvia and now houses an architecture museum.  Many of the buildings here and the cobblestone square around them were destroyed in a 1941 bombing raid.   The Swedish Gate, an old city gate built by ruling Swedes in 1698, is the only gate still standing from Riga’s old-city wall torn down in the 1800’s.


You will also visit the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, dedicated to the Nazi and Soviet occupations of Latvia. The various exhibits display the atrocities committed against the people of Latvia and the systematic destruction of their nation's sovereignty. Visitors can walk into reconstructed gulag barracks and catch a glimpse of the intolerable living conditions in the Siberian labor camps.  


Close to the Museum of the Occupation, you will see the Akmens (Stone) Bridge which crosses the Daugava River and connects the Town Hall Square with the New Town.  


Continuing your tour of the Old Town, you will see the Riga Castle (Rigas pils), which was originally erected on the bank of the Daugava River in the 1330s but has been reconstructed and augmented many times since.  In 1938, the Latvian government declared the castle its residence and today it houses the official residence of the President, as well as two museums - the Museum of Latvian History and the Museum of Foreign Art.

Day 9
Riga, Latvia
Hotel Grand Palace Breakfast

Today you may wish to self-drive to visit the 17th Century Rundale Palace, located a short drive outside of the city.  


Rundale Palace was designed by the famous architect Rastrelli as a summer residence for the Duke of Courland, and is an exquisite masterpiece of symmetry and beauty. The palace was built from 1736-1740 and the Rococo interior decorations were added from 1765-1768.  


The parade rooms, the duke's private apartments and the duchess' boudoir are open to visitors. The castle museum was founded in 1966 and some of its permanent exhibitions include: "Courland in Europe"; "Duke Peter, House of Barons and Legends of Courland"; "Treasures in the Rundale Palace", "Time of Misery", and "Renovation of the French Formal Park in Rundale".  Rundale was the apogee of the fusion of German and Russian society which came together and flourished in the region in the 18th and 19th Centuries.  Visit this imposing, well-restored palace of 138 rooms, approached through a grand drive flanked by twin semi-circular stables.  You may wish to have lunch at the restaurant located inside the palace today. The cost of lunch is not included in your trip.


Return to Riga’s Old Town Center or back to your hotel.  You will have the rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 10
Pädaste, Estonia
Riga, Latvia
Padaste Manor Breakfast

Today check out of your hotel and continue your trip by driving to the neighboring Estonia.  


Drive north along the coast to Parnu, where you may wish to stop for a nice lunch break. Parnu is Estonia’s main summer resort but has a laid back atmosphere of a small charming town. During Soviet times it was a popular spa escape for the Russians and is now gaining popularity among Scandinavians. You can stroll through the Old Town or on the beach, or, if you like modern art, you should not miss the Museum of the New Art.


Continue your drive to Muhu Island. To get there you will drive to the town of Virtsu to board a ferry that will take you to the Island. Then drive to the village of Padaste and check-on at the wonderful hotel Padaste Manor.  

Day 11
Pädaste, Estonia
Padaste Manor Breakfast

Today enjoy at leisure in the beautiful nature of the Muhu Island.


Alternatively, you may explore the neighboring islands of Saaremaa and Hiiumaa.  


Hiiumaa is home to several Nature Preserves, ideal for hiking and bird watching, while Saaremaa is especially attractive for retaining its prewar character. You should visit the Bishop’s Castle in Kurresaare, the main town on Saaremaa, that dates back to the 14th century. A half-hour drive from Kurresaare you will encounter a group of beautifully preserved wooden windmills and the medieval Karja Church.  

Day 12
Tallinn, Estonia
Pädaste, Estonia
Hotel Telegraaf Breakfast

Today, check out of your hotel and drive to Estonia’s capital, Tallinn.  


Tallinn has a unique history of seafaring, foreign occupation and merchant activity dating to the 13th century.  A beautiful city of ancient castles, stone towers, and medieval streets, its ageless charm is unmistakable


Check in at your hotel and enjoy the evening at your leisure.  

Day 13
Tallinn, Estonia
Hotel Telegraaf Breakfast

This morning meet your guide in the hotel lobby at 10:00AM for a walking tour. The Upper Old City or Toompea Hill, is the oldest part of Tallinn, inhabited since pre-history.  Note the defensive wall and towers ringing the old city, which are the town’s most striking feature.  Unlike Vilnius and Riga whose walls were destroyed, eighty percent of the original wall around Tallinn in the 1500’s is still intact today.  In addition to having Tallinn’s oldest buildings, the upper old town has good viewing platforms to view the entire old town.  Toompea Castle is one of Estonia’s most treasured landmarks, built by Danes and Germans after they defeated the Estonians in the early 1200’s.  The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is an Orthodox church built in 1900 in the Moscow style of the 17th century.  This church is topped with 11 bells, including the largest (15 tons) in all of Estonia.


Also on Toompea Hill, you may make a brief stop at the Cathedral of St. Mary, also called the Dome Cathedral. Originally built by the Danes in the 13th century, it is the oldest church in Tallinn and the only building in Toompea which survived a 17th century fire. Most of the furniture inside dates to the period of the 17th - 18th centuries. The altar, chandeliers, and the numerous coats-of arms are from the 17th – 20th centuries.


At the foot of the hill, you will see the St. Nicholas Church, which was originally built in the 13th century by German merchants and dedicated to the patron saint of sailors and merchants. It was partially destroyed when the Soviet air force bombed the city in World War II. After extensive restorations it is now used as an art museum and concert hall.


You will later continue just outside of the Old Town walls and to the Museum of Occupation and the Fight for Freedom. Opened in 2003, the museum chronicles three relatively recent periods of occupation in the country’s history: the first Soviet Occupation of 1940 to 1941, the German occupation from 1941 to 1944, and the second Soviet occupation from 1944 to 1991. The main exhibits feature artifacts from the three eras, a separate area housing documents and other materials for research, and a small theater showing old Communist and Nazi propaganda films.


You will return to your hotel for an evening at your leisure.  

Day 14
Tallinn, Estonia
Hotel Telegraaf Breakfast

Today we suggest that you drive yourself to the Kadriorg Palace on the outskirts of Tallinn. Construction on this lovely palace was begun by Peter the Great in 1718 and was originally called Ekaterinenthal in honor of his wife, Catherine I.  The humble cottage where Peter the Great stayed during his visits to Tallinn before the Kadriorg Palace was complete now houses a small museum displaying a few items from the emperor's life, as well as some early 18th-century furnishings. Kadriorg Palace now houses the National Gallery of Art and its collection of Western European, Oriental, and Russian art.  You may choose to briefly visit the museum or just enjoy the lovely gardens and grounds.  The upper flower garden, located behind the palace, has been reconstructed in 18th century style and is worth a brief visit as well.  


Housed in the renovated kitchen building on the grounds of the Kadriorg Palace and Park, the Mikkel Museum is a branch of the Estonian Art Museum one of the country's most impressive private art collections. Johannes Mikkel donated his vast collection of European, Russian and Chinese paintings, prints, porcelain and icons to the Estonian Art Museum in 1994.


Afterwards, you may decide to continue to the KUMU art museum – Estonia’s largest. Opened in 2006 in an enormous, cutting-edge facility built into a limestone cliff in Kadriorg, the KUMU exhibits works from Estonian artists dating from the 18th  Century through the end of World War II, as well as a permanent exhibition of Estonian contemporary art dating from 1945-1991. This last collection, located on the third floor, portrays the interesting relationship that existed between the art in Estonia and the Soviet State.  


Also in Kadriorg, you may stop at the Anton Hansen Tammsaare Memorial Museum. The Estonian literary classic Anton Hansen Tammsaare lived in this apartment in 1932-1940 and it has been preserved as it used to be in the writer's lifetime. The museum collection contains some 6000 items including the writer's death mask and his violin, as well as manuscripts, correspondence, documents and photos.  


Continuing your drive to the outskirts of Tallinn, you will enter the Pirita district to visit a branch of the Estonian History Museum which covers the 19th and 20th centuries. It is located in the Maarjamae Castle – a pseudo-Gothic building which was originally a private summer residence and later housed the Dutch consulate and a posh hotel before being given to the History Museum in 1975. The excellent exhibitions feature items from the War for Independence and the first Estonian Republic.


In the evening return to your hotel.  

Day 15
Tallinn, Estonia
Hotel Telegraaf Breakfast

Today, you may decide to venture outside of the city once again. Drive to the seaside town of Rocca al Mare (Cliff by the sea), where you will have the opportunity to visit the Estonian Open Air Museum. The Open Air Museum presents a unique collection of old Estonian buildings from different regions of the country, exhibited on a large expanse of seaside land.  Farm buildings, windmills, water mills, and churches from various periods have been brought together here for you to explore. Folk holidays are celebrated in traditional style at the museum, and folk dance and music can often be enjoyed here in the summertime.


In the afternoon, return to the city for a free afternoon.  

Day 16
Tallinn, Estonia
None None

Today, check-out of your hotel and drive to the airport where you will return your rental car before taking your flight onwards.

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A sample itinerary for FIT self-drive touring in the Baltics: Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

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By: Jean


Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2013

Exeter was very well organised with very good guides and drivers. Our requests were responded to with professional speed. Some of our hotels could have been better. But we understand that they were the best available. We would have no hesitation using this agency again and recommending them to others.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale
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Pampered Travel

By: KandeeB


Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2013

Exeter provides luxury travel with all the hassles and worries removed. The quality of their drivers and guides is first rate. From the minute you arrive until your final departure you are in excellent hands. The itinerary is well thought out and provides many special visitations not offered to other tourists. I have heartily recommended Exeter to several people without any reservation.
Travel Advisor:  Brigitte Feinberg

Recommended

By: Jean


Reviewed on: 13 Jun 2014

We have used Exeter on a prior trip and were equally happy with them this time. We did have a Russian Visa situation which could have been serious, but was resolved quickly.The guide spoke very good English and was knowledgable in history and art along with the local architecture. The driver was also very safe in a chaotic traffic system.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale

highly recommend

By: BB


Reviewed on: 22 Jun 2014

Travel Advisor:  Rochelle Lieberman

Highly recommended

By: Mkt123


Reviewed on: 11 Jul 2014

We were connected with local English speaking guides and drivers that gave us an inside view of each country we traveled to. The experience was priceless.
Travel Advisor:  Martha Rhodes

Oustanding Guides

By: J & W


Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2014

All of the services provided by Exeter were truly outstanding. The hotel accommodations were excellent. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and well organized. The drivers were prompt and courteous. The suggestions for restaurants and additional things to do and see were very good. The printed booklet of helpful hints and language support was a nice bit of support for travelers who are visiting countries for the first time.
Travel Advisor:  Sara Krutsinger

Across the Russian Far East

By: Judee 544


Reviewed on: 30 Aug 2015

Everything was perfectly planned and resulted in a wonderfully exciting trip with all of our interests and needs taken into account. going on such an adventurous and challenging trip, so far away when one is no longer young could have been quite difficult, but instead was nothing but a fabulous experience. Wonderful guides and wonderful experiences on the Trans-Siberian Express and the cities of the Russian Far East, and a lovely hotel at the end in Moscow.
Travel Advisor:  Vivian Rubenstein

Excellent Russian Trip

By: Roger


Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2016

Exeter provided all of our guides and support for a 9 day family trip to Russia - very well informed, personable guides and smooth transportation. We were a bit hesitant to go to Russia but highly recommend - the trip of a lifetime !
Travel Advisor:  Tony Huffman
Not Recommended

Germany

By: TheGrapevine


Reviewed on: 14 Feb 2017

Take out trip insurance - not going to bash - but you get the idea.....
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1st Class

By: Carlos Gavidia


Reviewed on: 08 Mar 2017

From the beginning to the end this organization really surprised me! From getting our travel visas for Moscow to every detail of the tour pick up transfers and tours through the city were perfectly executed
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale

Uzbekistan

By: Podge84@aol.com


Reviewed on: 14 May 2017

Exeter was excellent with tour logistics and great guide. Seamless trip.
Travel Advisor:  Britt Gerber

Great planning and service

By: WWII And Cold War History


Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2017

Exeter planned an excellent two week trip for me and my three teenagers. We went to Poland, Germany and Amsterdam. We focused on WWII and Cold War history. The plan was thoughtful and well paced. When I had questions Exeter staff responded promptly. A very good experience.
Travel Advisor:  Josh Friedman

St. Petersburg Tour

By: B Snead


Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2017

Our driver and guide could not have been better. Polite and accommodating for the three days we were in St. Petersburg. We saw a lot of attractions, got some behind the scenes tours and were able to access some sights prior to the general public. I would use Exeter again without hesitation!
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth

Guide

By: Hodges


Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2017

Exceeded all expectation. Super cost effective to compared to Oceania.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth

Germany & Russia

By: Oz


Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2017

I strongley reccomend Exeter for shore excursions. Their staff and vehicles were first class, and the value was tremendous. We never felt uncomfortable or worried about being back to the ship on time. True professionals.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth

Great tour

By: mt


Reviewed on: 25 Aug 2017

Knowledgable, efficient and friendly tour operators!

Baltic Cruise

By: Roger


Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2017

Fantastic tour service. Their guides and drivers were outstanding. Guides all had an excellent knowledge of the city and the history. We are very pleased that Ralph recommended Exeter. When comparing notes with others that had used the tours supplied by the ship, we learned that we had seen and accomplished much more than they had. Our guides were able to make special arrangements that others could not. Will always use Exeter when it is available
Travel Advisor:  Ralph Iantosca

Great tour

By: Ann


Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2017

Everything was wonderful. Very nice guide and well informed about the places we visited.

Exeter International

By: Goodwitch


Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2017

All guides were great and expedited airport service was fantastic
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Smith

St Petersburg

By: Swan


Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2017

Absolutely fabulous
Travel Advisor:  Sherrie Coffey

Custom Guided Tour

By: JJ


Reviewed on: 18 Dec 2017

The tour guides and drivers were outstanding plus. They were very personable, always early, and their local knowledge was excellent. All of them were eager to please and all adapted to the changing crowd situation caused by weather, national holiday, or political meeting.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

Well run independent travel to Russia

By: Susan and Murray Morrison


Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2018

From getting visas for us to planning a private visit to Russia for us, Exeter International was top notch. No detail was overlooked. The guides that Exeter provided were outstanding, spoke fluent English, had a good grasp of Russian history and were willing to accommodate our every interest. The guides were truly experts about their cities: museums, palaces, and surroundings. In addition, the guides were friendly and helpful. Exeter ran a well organized, well thought-out tour of Russia for the two of us.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale