Classical Baltics Plus from Riga
Classical Baltics Plus from Riga– Baltics –16 days / 15 nights, Riga - Pärnu - Tallinn - Sigulda - Vilnius - Trakai - Druskininkai - Kaunas - Curonian Spit - Klaipeda - Nida - Palanga - Rundale - RigaOur escorted tour features the Old World cities of Riga, Latvia; Vilnius, Lithuania; and Tallinn, Estonia, with castles, medieval lanes and incredible architecture. From the capitals we discover seaports Kalipeda and the Curonian Spit, inscribed in 2000 into the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites, the peninsula dividing the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea. Visit the Neringa National Park, sea resort of Palanga and fishing village of Nida.
|Operation||May 14 - September 1, 2017|
|Departure||Guaranteed departures 2017:
June 4, 18
|Price||from $1,585 per person in double room
from $2,075 single room
|Included||15 nights at the 5/4/3 star hotels
Buffet breakfast daily
Welcome cocktail at hotel in Riga
Morning swimming pool and gym at Meriton Grand Hotel
Lunch at the restaurant at Kintai, tasting of local fish dish on day 13
Transportation by air-conditioned coach or minivan, days 2-9, 13-15
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, days 2-10, 13-15
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
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||Group size: min 2 persons, max-35 persons|
|Tour Options||Arrival/departure transfers in Riga
Additional night in Riga
|More Information||Route map|
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Day 1 RIGA Sunday
Arrival in Riga. Individual transfer to your hotel (not included). Check-in at the hotel. 19:00 welcome meeting at the hotel with tour guide.
Day 2 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 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 (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 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 Hall Square (15th century), the Old Guild, 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 5 TALLINN - TARTU - SIGULDA (B) Thursday
09:00 Departure for Sigulda. Stopover in Tartu, the second largest town in Estonia. 12:00 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/217 mi)
Day 7 VILNIUS - TRAKAI - VILNIUS (50 km/30 mi) (B) Saturday
09:00 city tour of Vilnius, capital of Lithuania for more than 600 years. The tour includes: St.Peter and Paul's Church, Gediminas Castle, Cathedral Square with St. Stanislaw Cathedral and Bell tower, St.Ann and Bernardines' Church, Amber gallery-museum, Uzupis -one of the oldest districts of Vilnius, mentioned in the historical sources as far back as the 16th century, nowadays 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. John's 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. 18:00 return to Vilnius.
In the evening optional dinner at the Lithuanian Restaurant "Lokys" or similar.
Day 8 VILNIUS - DRUSKININKAI (B,) Sunday
Leisure time in Vilnius. 12:00 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. Try mineral bath or massage to revitalize mind, body and spirit at hotel SPA center (not included). (130 km/80 mi)
Day 9 DRUSKININKAI-KAUNAS-KLAIPEDA-JUODKRANTE-NIDA (B,) Monday
09:00 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. Arrrival 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 10 NIDA (B) Tuesday
Walking tour of Nida resort, including the Fisherman's House, famous German writer Thomas Mann's House, Amber Gallery, old ethnographic cemetery, neo-gothic church and a walk along impressive sand dunes.
Day 11 - 12 NIDA (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 fishermen's architecture is distinguished by its originality. One can choose from a variety of activities such as water sports and cycling.
Day 13 NIDA - MINIJA - VENTE - KLAIPEDA (B, L) Friday
11:00 Departure by boat from Nida to the Nemunas River Delta Regional Park. En route stop in Uostadvaris. Visit of the lighthouse built in 1876 and the oldest water lifting station in Lithuania, nowadays a Polder Museum. Continue to Kintai settlement passing the Minija village called the Lithuanian Venice, where the River Minija serves as the main street.
Lunch at the restaurant in Kintai, tasting of local fish dishes. Departure by coach to the Vente Horn. Visit of the ornithological station and the 19th century lighthouse. Arrival in Klaipeda. Check-in at the hotel. (70 km/43 mi)
Day 14 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 visit 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 Birutė Hill along the sea coast, on the sea bridge and on pedestrian Basanavičiaus 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 15 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/10 mi from Siauliai, in 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/185 mi)
Day 16 RIGA (B) Monday
After breakfast check-out and end of the tour.