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Baltic Classical
8 Days

ITINERARY

8 Days: Vilnius, Klaipeda, Riga, Tallinn

Tour Overview
Start your tour in Helsinki, the green Finnish capital, popular for its harbors, Senate Square and Church-in-the-Rock. Renowned for its progressive and sustainable way of life, Helsinki is located at the crossroads of Western and Eastern culture. Depart Helsinki for St. Petersburg, renowned for its imperial palaces and museums, as well as many canals which have given the city title “The Venice of the North”. The tour ends in Moscow, also known as The Mother of Russia, and world famous for its architecture and onion domed cathedrals.

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival Vilnius

Arrival in Vilnius, transfer to Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.


Day 2 (Monday): Vilnius-Klaipeda

Vilnius is known for its more than 1.200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. The morning sightseeing tour includes a panoramic tour of the city and a walking tour of the Old Town with Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, Peter and Paul Church, St. Anna’s Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn. After the tour we continue to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania and we see the well preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve. The balance of the day is spent en route to Klaipeda, where we arrive late afternoon. Check-in at Hotel National**** or similar. (B)


Day 3 (Tuesday): Klaipeda

The day is reserved for a full-day optional tour to the Curonian Spit, a thin, 100 km stretch of land between the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon with small fishing villages, pine forests and endless sand dunes. Our first stop is the Hill of Witches in Juodkrante. After that we continue to Nida, where we visit the High Dunes, Thomas Mann’s summerhouse and get acquainted with the charming resort town before we drive back to Klaipeda. The evening offers an optional Lithuanian dinner at Restaurant 19th Century. (B)


Day 4 (Wednesday): Klaipeda-Riga

Klaipeda first became a part of Lithuania in 1923 and had a long history as a German town called Memel. A short sightseeing tour takes us to the Old Town with its narrow, cobblestone streets and old guild houses and we visit the Theatre Square and the Aennchen von Tharau Fountain. We now continue to the Samogitia National Park, where we embark on a walking tour around the picturesque Lake Plateliai. After that we continue to Siauliai and Hill of Crosses, one of the holiest sites of Catholic Lithuania. We head North into Latvia and reach Riga in the afternoon, check-in at Hotel Wellton Riverside**** or similar. The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral. (B)


Day 5 (Thursday): Riga

Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a true kaleidoscope of various architectural styles. The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, Swedish Gates, Three Brothers, Large and Small Guild House and the Freedom Monument. The afternoon is reserved for an optional visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. In the evening enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest. (B)


Day 6 (Friday): Riga-Tallinn

The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. We do a short tour of the resort before we continue through the North Estonian land of forests and arrive in Tallinn early afternoon, check-in at the Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia**** or similar. (B)


Day 7 (Saturday): Tallinn

Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquillity and modern urban life. The medieval Old Town is a busy place in the summer with its many shops, galleries, souvenir markets, outdoor cafés and restaurants. The sightseeing tour takes us around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we see Toompea Castle, Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, medieval Old Town Hall and Great Guild Hall. In the afternoon an optional excursion is offered to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU, the award-winning new Estonian Art museum, with its collections of classic and contemporary fine art. The evening offers an optional medieval dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv. (B)


Day 8 (Sunday): Tallinn Departure

Transfer to the airport. (B)


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2021
June-September 2021, 8 days/7 nights
Arrival/Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Jun 20 - 27, 2021 1170 1770
Jul 04 - 11, 2021 1170 1770
Jul 18 - 25, 2021 1170 1770
Aug 01 - 08, 2021 1170 1770
Aug 08 - 15, 2021 1170 1770
Aug 15 - 22, 2021 1170 1770
Aug 29 - 05 Sep, 2021 1170 1770
Sep 12 - 19, 2021 1170 1770
Optional Tours Price Per Person
8-hour excursion to the Curonian Spit 115
Lithuanian dinner at Restaurant 19th Century 50
Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral 50
4-hour excursion to Jurmala 60
Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest 60
3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU 60
Medieval dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv 60
Half board at hotels (7 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea) 280

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions & Highlights

  • 7 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels
  • 7 x buffet breakfast
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Personalised welcome package
  • Entrances to Peter and Paul Church in Vilnius and medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn
  • Service of English and Italian speaking tour escort on all tours
  • Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
  • Portage at hotels

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