Classical Baltics Plus from Vilnius
Classical Baltics Plus from Vilnius– Baltics –16 days / 15 nights, Vilnius - Trakai - Druskininkai - Kaunas - Curonian Spit - Klaipeda - Nida - Rundale - Riga - Pärnu - Tallinn - Sigulda - VilniusEnjoy the magnificence of three Baltic countries, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia. Visit three vibrant capitals Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn, whose historical centre and Old Towns having been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Enjoy contrasting architecture reflecting the diverse history, medieval, century old wooden buildings sitting proudly alongside contemporary structures. Stroll through countryside, along wild beaches and relax in famous Spa resorts.
|Operation||May 19 - September 2, 2017|
|Departure||Guaranteed departures 2017:
June 9, 23
|Price||from $1,625 per person in double room
from $2,155 single room
|Included||15 nights accommodation at 5/4/3 star hotels
Buffet breakfast daily
Welcome cocktail at hotel in Vilnius
Morning swimming pool and gym at hotel Meriton Grand Hotel
Lunch at the restaurant at Kintai, tasting of local fish dish on day 8
Transportation by air-conditioned coach or minivan as per itinerary on days 2-4, 8-15
Ferry ticket from Klaipeda to the Curonian Spit
Ecological fees for Curonian Spit
Boat trip from Nida to the Nemunas River Delta Regional Park
English and German speaking guide escort on days 2-5, 8-15
Excursions as per itinerary
Entrances to Churches, Cathedrals, Museums, Palaces as per itinerary
Individual information package (city guides and program)
|Not Included||International airfare & airport taxes
Arrival & departure transfers
Personal insurance / personal expenses / incidental extras
Half-board meal plan ( USD $560 per person )
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||Group size: min 2 persons, max 35 persons|
|Tour Options||Arrival/departure transfers in Vilnius
Additional night in Vilnius
Half-board meal plan
|More Information||Classical Baltics Plus from Vilnius map|
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Day 1 VILNIUS Friday
Arrival in Vilnius. Individual transfer to your hotel (not included). Check-in at the hotel. 19:00 welcome meeting at the hotel with tour guide.
Day 2 VILNIUS - TRAKAI - VILNIUS (B) Saturday
09:00 city tour of Vilnius, capital of Lithuania for more than 600 years. The tour includes: St.Peter and Pauls Church, Gediminas Castle, Cathedral Square with St. Stanislaw Cathedral and Bell tower, St.Ann and Bernardines Church, Amber galler ymuseum, Uupis - one of the oldest districts of Vilnius, mentioned in the historical sources as far back as the 16th century, today the artists republic, which has its own constitution, national anthem, calendar and map, the Gates of Dawn with a holy image of the Virgin Mary, Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit, Town Hall Square and Vilnius University (founded in 1579) with St.Johns Church.
Afternoon trip to Trakai (25 km/15 mi) from Vilnius, the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Visit to the insular castle of the 14th century, erected on a small island in the lake Galve. Return to Vilnius. (50 km/30 mi)
In the evening optional: Dinner at Lithuanian Restaurant "Lokys" or similar
Day 3 VILNIUS - DRUSKININKAI (B) Sunday
Breakfast at hotel. Departure for Druskininkai. Stop in Grutas village for a visit to Grutas Park an open-air exhibition of the Soviet era sculptures and monuments. Arrival in Druskininkai, check-in at the hotel. City tour of Druskininkai, the oldest health resort in Lithuania. The pride of the town is its mineral springs. In 1794 the king of Poland and Lithuania announced a decree officially designating Druskininkai as a health resort. Possibility to try various spa treatments against extra payment at health center. (130 km/80 mi)
Day 4 DRUSKININKAI-KAUNAS-KLAIPEDA-JUODKRANTE-NIDA (B) Monday
Morning departure for Nida. Stopover in Kaunas former temporary capital of Lithuania. City tour of Kaunas- the second largest city of Lithuania - includes ruins of the castle, Town Hall Square with its impressive monuments, visit to Cathedral. Arrival in Klaipeda. Ferry trip to the Curonian Spit. Visit the Hill of Witches which houses a hundred fanciful and folksy wooden sculptures scattered along a forest path in Juodkrante. Arrival in Nida. Check in at hotel. (400 km/250 mi)
Day 5 NIDA (B) Tuesday
Walking tour of Nida resort, including the Fishermans House- museum, famous German writer Thomas Manns House, Amber Gallery, old ethnographic cemetery, neo-gothic church and a walk along impressive sand dunes.
Day 6 - 7 NIDA - CURONIAN SPIT (B) Wednesday - Thursday
Leisure time. Nida is an old fishing village on the Curonian Spit washed by the Baltic Sea from one side and the Curonian Lagoon from the other side. Today Nida is the largest settlement of the town of Neringa and one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania. The ancient fishermens architecture is distinguished by its originality. One can choose from a variety of activities such as water sports and cycling.
Day 8 NIDA - MINIJA - VENTE - KLAIPEDA (B) Friday
11:00 Departure by boat from Nida to the Nemunas River Delta Regional Park. En route passing the Miniija mini-village called "Lithuanian Venice", where the River Minija serves as the main street. Visit of the lighthouse built in 1876. Lunch at the restaurant at Kintai, tasting of local fish dish. Departure by coach to the Vente Horn. Visit of the ornithological station and the 19th century lighthouse. Arrival in Klaipeda. Checkin at the hotel. (70 km/45 mi)
Day 9 KLAIPEDA - PALANGA - KLAIPEDA (B) Saturday
City tour of Klaipeda, the main seaport of Lithuania, includes walking in the old part of the town which is interesting for frame-built architecture, cozy closed yards, paved streets, the Theatre Square with a sculpture of Annchen von Tharau, Old Post Office.
Trip to Palanga, the biggest seaside resort of Lithuania. City tour including the vi sit to the Botanical Garden and Amber Museum in the Palace of Count Tyszkiewicz, with over 25000 pieces of amber and 15000 inclusions of insects on display, further walk by the Birut Hill along the sea coast, on the sea bridge and on pedestrian Basanavi iaus street famous for its cafes and restaurants with live music. Return to Klaipeda. (50 km/30 mi)
In the evening optional dinner at the Restaurant "Fridricho pasazas" or similar
Day 10 KLAIPEDA - HILL OF CROSSES - RUNDALE - RIGA (B) Sunday
09:00 Departure by coach to Riga, the capital of Latvia. Stop at the Hill of Crosses (16 km from Siauliai, northern Lithuania), the unforgettable place with thousands of crosses on two small hills. Further drive to Riga. Stop in Rundale. Visit to Rundale Palace of the 18th century, a beautiful late baroque palace in Latvia. It is a splendid example of the early work of famous Italian architect F.B.Rastrelli. Arrival in Riga, check-in at the hotel. (380 km/235 mi)
Day 11 RIGA (B) Monday
9:00 a.m. City tour of Riga. A combined coach and walking tour encompasses the most significant sights of Riga: driving along the central boulevards of Riga, enjoying the view of the City Canal Parks, the Bastion Hill, the Powder Tower, the Latvian National Theatre, the Fine Arts Museum, the Art Nouveau Buildings of the beginning of the 20th century, the Freedom Monument, University of Latvia, Latvian National Opera House and the Daugava River.
During the walking part of the tour you will enjoy the beauty of the ancient Hanseatic City: picturesque streets of the Old Town, the Dome Cathedral, the Church of St.Peter, the old Guild Houses, the Swedish Gate, St.Jacob's Church, St. Mary Magdalene's Church, the Parliament House, Old Riga Castle. Following the visit of the Key to Riga or similar.
Day 12 RIGA - PÄRNU - TALLINN (B) Tuesday
09:00 Departure for Tallinn with a stop in Pärnu, Estonia "Summer Capital". This little town has been known as a summer health resort since the first spa opened here in the 1830s. Further drive to Tallinn. Arrival in Tallinn, check-in at the hotel. (300 km/185 mi)
Day 13 TALLINN (B) Wednesday
09:00 City tour of Tallinn, visiting the Old Town of Tallinn - an example of Gothic architecture in the Baltic and Nordic countries. The tour includes Toompea Castle fortifications, the Dome Church (13th century), the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky (19th century), Town Hall Square (15th century), St. Catherine's Passage, where artists of St. Catherine guild present their work, St.Olaf's Church.
Afternoon optional: Excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to Kadriorg Palace
In the evening optional: Dinner at medieval Restaurant Peppersack or similar
Day 14 TALLINN - TARTU - SIGULDA (B) Thursday
Morning departure for Sigulda. Stopover in Tartu, the second largest town in Estonia. City tour of Tartu, Toome Hill Park with its monuments, sculptures, bridges and ruins of gothic Church, panoramic view of the town with Jaani Church and Town Hall Square. Further drive to Sigulda (Latvia). Short stop in a small ancient town of Cesis for a walk in Castle Park. Arrival in Sigulda, check-in at the hotel. (350 km/235 mi)
Day 15 SIGULDA - VILNIUS (B) Friday
Morning walk in Gauja National Park, including visit to Turaida Castle and the ruins of the 13th century Crusader Castle in Sigulda. A further drive to Vilnius. Arrival in Vilnius, check-in at the hotel. (350 km/215 mi)
Day 16 VILNIUS (B) Saturday
After breakfast check-out and end of the tour.