Classical Baltics from Riga
Classical Baltics from Riga– Baltics –9 days / 8 nights, Riga - Pärnu - Tallinn - Vilnius - Tartu - Sigulda - Trakai - Hill of Crosses - Rundale - RigaExperience three Baltic countries Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia along the Baltic Sea. Learn of their fascinating history, culture and struggle for independence on this in-depth tour exploring the Old World cities of Riga, Vilnius, and Tallinn, enriched with castles, palaces, churches, medieval lanes, historical centers and Old Towns. Travel the Baltic Sea Coast to discover Pärnu, Estonian "Summer Capital", a historic Spa resort since the 19th century.
|Operation||May 14 - September 11, 2017|
|Departure||Guaranteed departures 2017:
May 14, 21
June 4, 11, 18, 25
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20, 27
|Price||from $1,115 per person in double room
from $1,605 single room
July 9 departure:
from $1,145 per person in double room
from $1,635 single room
July 16 departure:
from $1,155 per person in double room
from $1,645 single room
|Included||8 nights accommodation at 5/4 star hotels
Buffet breakfast daily
Welcome cocktail at hotel in Riga
Morning pool and gym at hotels Radisson Blu Ridzene, Meriton Grand Hotel
Transportation by air-conditioned coach or minivan as per itinerary on days 2-8
English and German speaking guide escort on days 2-8
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
$25 Service fee
|Tour Options||Arrival/departure transfers in Riga
Additional night in Riga
Half-board meal plan
|More Information||Classical Baltics from Riga map|
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Day 1 ARRIVAL RIGA Sunday
Arrival in Riga. Individual transfer to your hotel (not included). Check-in at the hotel. 7:00 p.m. welcome meeting at the hotel with tour guide.
Day 2 RIGA (B) Monday
Morning 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 famous market halls of Riga.
Afternoon optional: excursion to Jurmala
In the evening optional: dinner at Latvian restaurant "Key to Riga" or similar
Day 3 RIGA - PÄRNU - TALLINN (185 mi) (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.
Day 4 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 all Square (15th century), St. Catherine's Passage, where artis ts of St. Catherine guild present their work, St.Olafs Church.
Afternoon optional: Excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to Kadriorg Palace.
In the evening optional: Dinner at Restaurant "Peppersack" or similar
Day 5 TALLINN - TARTU - SIGULDA (B) Thursday
09:00 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. (380 km/235 mi)
Day 6 SIGULDA - VILNIUS (B) Friday
09:00 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 7 VILNIUS - TRAKAI - VILNIUS (B) Saturday
Morning 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 Gallery museum, 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 8 VILNIUS - 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), the unforgettable place with thousands of crosses on two small hills. A 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. Stop at the Hill of Crosses (16 km from Siauliai), the unforgettable place with thousands of crosses on two small hills. A further drive to Riga. Stop in Rundale. Visit to Rundale Palace of the 18th century, a beautiful late baroque palace in Latvia. (380 km/235 mi)
Day 9 RIGA (B) After breakfast check-out and end of the tour.