Classical Baltics from Vilnius

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From $1,135 USD
May 18 - August 31, 2018
9 Days / 8 Nights

The escorted tour Classical Baltics features Old towns of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn. Visit Trakai Castle, Rundale Palace, Toompea Castle and Pärnu resort.

Overview

Escorted tour Classical Baltics is a great introduction to three independent Baltic countries, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, rapidly growing tourism destinations in Northern Europe. Discover the wealth of history and cultural diversity around the Baltic Sea. Visit the Old Towns of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn, their historical centers, inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, along with National Parks, castles, summer resorts, the Hill of Crosses.

Operation

May 18 - August 31, 2018

Departure

Guaranteed departures 2018:

May 18 - May 26
June 8 - June 16
June 22 - June 31
July 6 - July 14
July 20 - July 28
August 3 - August 11
August 17 - August 25
August 31 - September 8

Price

  • from $1,135 per person in double room
  • from $1,645 single room

Included

  • 8 nights accommodation at 4 star hotels
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Welcome cocktail at hotel in Vilnius
  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach or minivan as per itinerary days 2-8
  • English and German speaking guide escort on days 2-8
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • Entrances to: St. Stanislaw Cathedral, Bernardine Garden, Amber Gallery- museum incl. tasting of amber vodka, Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit in Vilnius, Vilnius University with St. John’s Church and St. Peter and Paul’s Church, Trakai Castle, Rundale Palace, the Dome Church and Riga Central Market, the Orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky and Marzipan Museum in Tallinn, Turaida Castle, Sigulda Castle.
  • Individual information package (city guides and program)

Not Included

  • International airfare & airport taxes
  • Arrival/ departure transfers in Vilnius
  • Meals other than mentioned
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • $25 Service fee

Tour Options

  • Arrival/ departure transfers in Vilnius
  • Lithuanian dinner at restaurant "Lokys" or similar in Vilnius
  • Excursion to Jurmala, 4 hours
  • Latvian dinner at restaurant "Livonija" or similar in Riga
  • Excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to Kadriorg Palace, 3 hours
  • Medieval dinner at restaurant "Pepersack" in Tallinn

Day 1 ARRIVAL VILNIUS
Friday

Arrival in Vilnius. Individual transfer to the hotel (not included). Check-in at the hotel. 7:00 pm Welcome meeting at the hotel with tour guide or tour representatives.

Novotel Vilnius Centre Hotel ****

Day 2 VILNIUS - TRAKAI - VILNIUS (B)
Saturday

9:00 am 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/16 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)

In the evening optional: dinner at Lithuanian restaurant "Lokys" or similar.

Novotel Vilnius Centre Hotel ****

Day 3 VILNIUS - HILL OF CROSSES - RUNDALE - RIGA (B)
Sunday

9:00 a.m. departure by coach to Riga, the capital of Latvia. On the way stopover for shot rest at Pakruojis manor. Classicist style Pakruojis manor ensemble is one of the five most valuable and largest (occupying the area of 48.2 hectares, out of from 43 former buildings 34 survived) remaining manors in Lithuania. Currently, the reconstructed buildings of Pakruojis manor are used for providing accommodation, catering, room rental, event organization, recreation services. It is recommend to taste some Lithuanian dishes at local tavern.

The next 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. (380 km)

Radisson Blu Latvija Hotel ****

Day 4 RIGA (B)
Monday

9:00 am 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 20 the 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.

Radisson Blu Latvija ****

Day 5 RIGA - PÄRNU - TALLINN (B)
Tuesday

9:00 am Departure for Tallinn with a stop in Pärnu, Estonian "Summer Capital". This little town has been known as a summer health resort since the first spa opened here in the 1830s. A further drive to Tallinn. Arrival in Tallinn, check-in at the hotel. (300 km)

Sokos Viru Hotel ****

Day 6 TALLINN (B)
Wednesday

9:00 am 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. Visit to Marzipan museum. The Marzipan  museum room gives a good overview of the history of marzipan. The exhibition displays  approximately 200 marzipan figurines, cards and cakes, which have been made with molds that are more than a hundred years old. At the museum, you can also observe the art of marzipan painting.

Afternoon optional: excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to Kadriorg Palace.

In the evening optional: dinner at restaurant “Pepersack” or similar.

Sokos Viru Hotel ****

Day 7 TALLINN - TARTU - SIGULDA (B)
Thursday

9:00am 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. A 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)

Hotel Segevold ****

Day 8 SIGULDA - VILNIUS (B)
Friday

9:00 am 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)

Novotel Vilnius Centre Hotel ****

Day 9 DEPARTURE VILNIUS (B)
Saturday

After breakfast check-out and end of tour.

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