Classic Tour of the Baltic States

Route: Vilnius-Trakai-Klaipeda-Curonian Spit-Samogitia National Park-Siauliai-Riga-Jurmala-Pärnu-Tallinn

Availability: from May to September 2017

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Tour languages: English, German, Italian, Spanish

What's Included?

• 7 x overnight at well located 4 stars hotels
• 7 x buffet breakfast
• Welcome meeting with juice
• Personalized welcome package
• Entrances to the Old University in Vilnius and the medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn
• Service of English and German speaking tour guides on all tours
• Service of Italian and Spanish speaking tour guides on tours GCA08, GCA10, GCA12, GCA14, GCA16 and GCA18
• Porterage at the hotels
• Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the tour

Duration

8 days

Destination Covered

Vilnius, Trakai Island Castle, Klaipeda, Nida, Siauliai, Riga, Jurmala, Pärnu and Tallinn

Best Suited

All, Budget, Families, Groups, Honeymoon, Kids, Luxury, Solo travellers
Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival Vilnius
Arrival to Vilnius, optional transfer to the Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva**** or comparable, check-in and welcome meeting with the tour leader. Overnight.

Day 2 (Monday): Vilnius-Trakai-Klaipeda
Breakfast at the hotel and morning dedicated to the walking guided tour of Vilnius’s Old Town.
Located at the confluence of the rivers Neris and Vilnia, the capital of Lithuania is one of the most visited cities in Eastern Europe. The Old Town, a Baroque masterpiece, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994. Vilnius holds almost 50 Churches of various architectural styles and several authentic buildings with Gothic, Renaissance and Classical features.
During the walking tour you will discover the the small and cosy Old Town, the well known Gates of Dawn, the Cathedral, the Gediminas Tower, the old University, the St. Anne’s Church and many others unique spots. At the end of the visit, transfer by coach to Trakai, the old capital of Lithuania. Trakai, located between Kaunas and Vilnius, was the 14th century capital of Lithuania. It is renowned for its magnificent castle, the largest of this kind in Eastern Europe, located on an island in a picturesque lake. Departure to Klaipeda and check-in at the Hotel National**** or comparable. Overnight.

Day 3 (Tuesday): Klaipeda
Breakfast at the hotel and full day free for private visits and shopping or for our optional excursion to the Curonian Spit. The narrow and lengthy peninsula, washed by the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Sea reminds one of a desert. “It feels like standing at the entryway to Heaven,” ths is how the French writer Jean-Paul Sartre described his visit to this unforgettable site. The Curonian Spit was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000 as one of the most beautiful and unique landscapes in Europe. The strip of sand, stretching into the sea, has several cosy, neat and picturesque fishermen’s villages, breath-taking dunes and is the home to one of the largest grey heron and cormorant colonies in Europe. During the excursion we’ll visit the Hill of witches, the high dunes, the Thomas Mann’s summerhouse and the lovely city of Nida. Return to Klaipeda in the late afternoon. In the evening we propose an optional typical lithuanian dinner at the restaurant 19th Century. Overnight.

Day 4 (Wednesday): Klaipeda-Samogitia National Park-Siauliai-Riga
Breakfast at the hotel and morning dedicated to the guided tour of the old town of Klaipeda.
Klaipėda is third biggest city in Lithuania, with a population of around 190,000 people. The town of Klaipėda Memel was founded in 1252 and is an unique Lithuanian city by virtue of its colourful and turbulent history and also because the architectural style of its Old Town is similar to many western European cities. Located on the coast of the Baltic Sea, Klaipėda, with its rich history, traditions, cultural life, and unique architecture, has become an outstanding tourism attraction centre. During the visit we’ll also discover the Theatre Square and the Aennchen von Tharau Fountain. Departure from Klaipeda and stop to the Samogitia National Park (one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Lithuania) for a walk around the beautiful Lake Plateliai. At the end of the visit, departure to Riga’s direction. Before reaching the latvian border we’ll stop in the Siauliai county for the free visit of the Hill of Crosses. The hill-fort of Jurgaičiai near Šiauliai, known as the Hill of Crosses, is a favourite attraction for tourists and pilgrims. The hill is literally smothered with crosses; there are over 50,000 crosses, shrines, statues of saints and rosaries on the hill. The Hill of Crosses is considered to be a monument to human faith and survived numerous attempts by the Soviet authorities to destroy it. Departure from the Hill of Crosses and arrival to Riga in the late afternoon. Check-in at the Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija**** or comparable. In the evening we offer an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral. Overnight.

Day 5 (Thursday): Riga
Breakfast at the hotel and morning dedicated to the walking guided tour of Riga.
The heart of Riga lies in its old town. Each step on its cobbled streets reveals a page of the eight centuries long history of the city. It is small enough to make you feel at home and at the same time also big enough to keep you enraptured by its history and UNESCO world heritage. During the visit you will discover the most historical spots of the old town like the Cathedral, the Riga Castle, the Swedish Gate, the St. Peter’s Church, the Dome square, the building of the Three Brothers, the Freedom monument and many other sites. In the afternoon we offer an optional excursion to Jurmala. Jurmala is the largest seaside and balneotherapy resort in the Baltic States and has a long history of being a resort area. Located only 25 km from Riga it possesses unique natural resources, like curative mineral waters, medical healing mud, pine forests, a healthy seaside climate, sand dunes and 33 km of white sand beach. The town of Jurmala takes pride in its wooden architecture, a unique characteristic of the city since the 19th and early 20th century. Art Noveau, National Romanticism, and Functionalism coexist in harmony. And over 400 buildings are included in the listing of architectural monuments. For the evening we offer an optional dinner at the restaurant Forest. Overnight.

Day 6 (Friday): Riga-Pärnu-Tallinn
Breakfast at the hotel and departure by coach to Tallinn. On the way we’ll stop in Pärnu for a short tour. Pärnu, the Estonia’s ‘summer capital’, is a highly acclaimed holiday destination and resort on the southwest coast of Estonia. Shadowy parks, attractive white sandy beaches and quality restaurants, spas and nightlife are a draw for summer visitors. Pärnu has also a small and pleasant Old Town. At the end of the tour, departure and arrival to Tallinn in the afternoon. Check-in at the Hotel Radisson Blu Olümpia**** or comparable. Overnight.

Day 7 (Saturday): Tallinn
Breakfast at the hotel and morning dedicated to the walking guided tour of Tallinn. Tallinn, is the oldest capital in northern Europe. The city was first recorded by the Arab cartographer al-Idrisi back in 1154. Tallinn’s subsequent 800 years of history has created a city of colourful buildings, slender spires, ancient hostelries and pleasant squares. Tallinn’s Old Town is one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the visit you will discover the Toompea hill (the upper part of the old town) with the Castle, the Cathedral and the Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral and the lower part of the old town with the Town Hall Square, the gothic Town Hall, the Town Hall Pharmacy (one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe), the St. Nicholas Church, the St. Olaf’s Church, the Great Guild Hall and the medieval merchants buildings.
In the afternoon we offer an optional excursion to the Kadriorg Park and the visit to the Kumu museum. Kadriorg is a quiet, leafy area located in Tallinn’s city centre. After Russian emperor Peter the Great conquered the Baltics in the early 1700s he established an estate and public park on this spot. He named the area Ekaterinenthal (Catherine’s valley, or Kadriorg in Estonian) after his wife, Catherine I. The elaborate Baroque Palace he had built, along with the surrounding forests, ponds and fountains, are still the neighbourhood’s prime draw. Over the next two centuries the streets near the park became lined with ornate wooden mansions as Kadriorg developed into the upscale residential district that it remains today. Surrounding the Palace is the vast Kadriorg Park. Crisscrossed with paths and dotted with statues, it positively dominates the neighbourhood. The KUMU Art Museum is the largest multifunctional art centre in Scandinavia and the Baltic’s. Its permanent exhibition traces the history of Estonian art since the 18th century, while temporary exhibits comprise of both foreign and Estonian modern and contemporary art.
In the evening we propose an optional Medieval dinner at the restaurant Peppersack. Overnight.

Day 8 (Sunday): Tallinn-Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time for private visits and shopping. Optional transfer to the airport.
Not Include:
• Flight tickets
• Visa (if required)
• The entrances not specifically indicated in the program
• Insurances ( including travel and cancellation)
• Tips and any other services and extra not specifically indicated under “ the package includes”

Optional Services:
• Transfer from the airport/bus station to the Hotel in Vilnius: EUR 35.00 with private car (1-3 persons), EUR 55.00 with private minivan (4-7 persons)
• 8 hours excursion to the Curonian Spit: EUR 80.00
• Typical Lithuanian dinner in Klaipeda at the restaurant 19th Century: EUR 35.00
• Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral in Riga: EUR 35.00 pp
• 4 hours excursion to Jurmala: EUR 40.00 pp
• Dinner at restaurant Forest in Riga: EUR 40.00 pp
• 3 hours excursion to the Kadriorg Park and visit to the KUMU museum: EUR 40.00
• Medieval dinner at the restaurant Peppersack in Tallinn: EUR 40.00
• Transfer from the Hotel to the airport/bus station: EUR 35.00 with private car (1-3 persons), EUR 55.00 with private minivan (4-7 persons)
• Half board at the hotels (7 x 3 courses dinner with coffee/tea): EUR 185.00
• Extra night in the hotel at arrival or at departure (upon request)

Package prices per person:
EUR 685.00 (in double room)
EUR 300.00 (single room supplement)

Payment conditions:
20% upon reservation
80% 40 days before the beginning of the tour

Cancellation conditions:
40-21 days before the beginning of the tour: 50% refund
20-15 days before the beginning of the tour: 20% refund
Less than 15 days before the beginning of the tour: no refund

Dates of the tours:
-GCA06: 28.05–04.06.2017
-GCA07: 04.06–11.06.2017
-GCA08: 11.06–18.06.2017
-GCA09: 18.06–25.06.2017
-GCA10: 25.06–02.07.2017
-GCA11: 02.07–09.07.2017
-GCA12: 09.07–16.07.2017
-GCA13: 16.07–23.07.2017
-GCA14: 23.07–30.07.2017
-GCA15: 30.07–06.08.2017
-GCA16: 06.08–13.08.2017
-GCA17: 13.08–20.08.2017
-GCA18: 20.08–27.08.2017
-GCA19: 27.08–03.09.2017
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