Baltic Discovery Tour

Šiauliai, Sigulda

Itinerary: Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki, St. Petersburg

Period: May-September 2017

Length: 13 days / 12 nights

Tour languages:  English  German  Italian  Spanish  Portuguese

 

 

DAY 1 (Sunday): ARRIVAL VILNIUS
Arrival in Vilnius, optional transfer to Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.

DAY 2 (Monday): VILNIUS
Vilnius is known for its more than 1200 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. Anne’s Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania with the well preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve. In the evening enjoy an optional folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas.

DAY 3 (Tuesday): VILNIUS-RIGA
Heading for Riga, the first stop is the ‘Hills of Crosses’, one of the most holy sites of Catholic Lithuania. After crossing into Latvia, we soon reach the magnificent Rundale Palace,the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Following a guided tour of the palace we travel through the rolling hills of Southern Latvia to reach Riga late afternoon,check-in at Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija**** or similar.

DAY 4 (Wednesday): RIGA
Before we get acquainted with Riga, we have the possibility of discovering medieval Latvia. The optional tour for this morning takes us to the stunning scenery of the Gauja National Park and the town of Sigulda. We listen to the medieval Latvian legend of the Rose of Turaida and see the ruins of the Episcopal Castle and of the Castle of the Knights of the Sword before we return to Riga. The afternoon offers an optional visit to the Ethnographic Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th century country life. The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.

DAY 5 (Thursday): RIGA
Riga, founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a real kaleidoscope of architectural styles. The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guilds 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 we propose an optional Latvian dinner at the restaurant Forest.

DAY 6 (Friday): RIGA-TALLINN
The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Pärnu. 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 Olümpia**** or similar.

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 cafes and restaurants. The sightseeing tour takes us around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we see Toompea Castle, the 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 Peppersack.

DAY 8 (Sunday): TALLINN – HELSINKI
This day offers an optional day excursion to Lahemaa National Park, where we visit Palmse Manor, a memorial to the von Pahlen family, and Sagadi Manor. The tour ends with a visit to the charming 16th century Vihula Manor and the Vodka Museum. After lunch break, we head back to Tallinn to take the ferry to Helsinki and enjoy a refreshing tour through the Finnish archipelago before arriving in Helsinki. Upon arrival we are transferred to our hotel and check-in at Hotel Glo Art**** or similar.

DAY 9 (Monday): HELSINKI
Helsinki is truly located at the crossroads of Western and Eastern culture and this is reflected everywhere in the green and lively Finnish capital. The sightseeing tour takes us around the harbours and the Senate Square with the Lutheran Cathedral, up central Mannerheim Street and by the Parliament Building, the Finlandia Hall, and the Sibelius Monument and for a visit at the famous Church-in-the-Rock. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, an oasis in the midst of the city with cottages, farmsteads and manors from all around Finland.

DAY 10 (Tuesday): HELSINKI – ST. PETERSBURG
Today we continue eastbound to St. Petersburg. Shortly after crossing the border into Russia, we arrive in Vyborg, where we take time for a short sightseeing tour and a photo-stop at Vyborg Castle. In the late afternoon we arrive in St. Petersburg and check-in at Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky**** or similar.

DAY 11 (WEDNESDAY): ST. PETERSBURG
St. Petersburg is an amazing city. Its imperial palaces and museums enjoy worldwide fame, while the Neva River and the many canals have deservedly given the city the title “The Venice of the North”. During the morning sightseeing tour we get acquainted with all the splendours of the city: the Peter-Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent and much more. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Zarskoye Selo with the impressive Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Room, which vanished during World War II and was restored for St. Petersburg’s tri-centennial celebrations. In the evening enjoy an optional visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an exciting Russian folklore show and Russian „champagne” and snacks.

Day 12 (THURSDAY) : ST. PETERSBURG
The morning is reserved for an optional visit to Peterhof, an uncontested masterpiece of the time of Peter the Great, with the impressive Grand Palace, Grand Cascade and Water Avenue and its wonderful parks. In the afternoon, an optional visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum is offered. In the evening enjoy an optional Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch.

DAY 13 (FRIDAY): ST. PETERSBURG-DEPARTURE
Optional transfer to the airport.

 

VISA FOR RUSSIA: This tour requires a tourist visa for Russia for most passport holders. We DO NOT provide Visa services but we’ll issue invitation letters. Our issued visa invitation letters are not visas itself and valid visa must be obtained before travelling to Russia. The invitation letters we supply should be included with all the required documentation for the Visa application. Please note that the grant or refusal of the Russia Visa is at the sole discretion of the Russian authorities and we are neither involved in the process nor are liable or responsible in any manner whatsoever for any delay in processing or grant or rejection of the visa application of any applicant and the cancellation conditions specified below will apply also in these cases.

 

1,435.00 EUR (double occupancy)
600.00 EUR (single supplement)

Supplement for GRE05,GRE06,GRE10 and GRE11
75.00 EUR (double occupancy)
75.00 EUR (single supplement)

Supplement for GRE07,GRE08 and GRE09
150.00 EUR (double occupancy)
150.00 EUR (single supplement)

Payment conditions:

20% upon reservation
80% 40 days before departure

Cancellation conditions:

40-21 days 50% refund
20-15 days 20% refund
less than 15 days no refund

  • 12 x overnight at centrally located 4 star hotels
  • 12 x buffet breakfast
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Personalised welcome package
  • Entrances to Old University in Vilnius, Rundale Palace,medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn, Church-in-the Rock in Helsinki and Peter-and-Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg
  • Service of English and German speaking tour escort on all tours
  • Service of Italian and Spanish speaking tour escorts on all tours
  • Service of Portuguese speaking tour escort on tour GRE07, GRE09, GRE013, GRE16 and GRE20
  • Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
  • Ferry ticket Tallinn-Helsinki OW (2nd class)
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Service and taxes
  • Transfer from the airport to the Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva: EUR 35.00 with private car (1-3 persons), EUR 55.00 with private minivan (4-7 persons)
  • 3 hours excursion to Trakai and visit to Trakai Castle: EUR 40.00 pp
  • Folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas: EUR 40.00 pp
  • 4 hours excursion to Gauja National Park: EUR 50.00 pp
  • 3 hours excursion to the Open Air Museum: EUR 40.00 pp
  • Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral: EUR 35.00 pp
  • 4 hours excursion to Jurmala: EUR 40.00 pp
  • Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest: EUR 40.00 pp
  • 3 hours excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU: EUR 40.00 pp
  • Medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack: EUR 40.00 pp
  • 6 hours excursion to Lahemaa National Park: EUR 70.00 pp
  • 3 hours excursion to the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum: EUR 45.00 pp
  • 4 hours excursion to Peterhof and visit to the Grand Palace: EUR 75.00 pp
  • Visit to folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace: EUR 50.00 pp
  • 4 hours excursion to Zarskoye Selo and visit to Catherine’s Palace: EUR 70.00 pp
  • 3 hours visit to the Hermitage Art Museum: EUR 50.00 pp
  • Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch: EUR 40.00 pp
  • Transfer from from the Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky to the airport: EUR 70.00 with private car (1-3 persons), EUR 90.00 with private minivan (4-7 persons)
  • Half board at hotels (12 x 3 courses dinner with coffee/tea): EUR 370.00 pp
  • GRE05: 21.05–02.06.2017
  • GRE06: 28.05–09.06.2017
  • GRE07: 04.06–16.06.2017
  • GRE08: 11.06–23.06.2017
  • GRE09: 18.06–30.06.2017
  • GRE10: 25.06–07.07.2017
  • GRE11: 02.07–14.07.2017
  • GRE12: 09.07–21.07.2017
  • GRE13: 16.07–28.07.2017
  • GRE14: 23.07–04.08.2017
  • GRE15: 30.07–11.08.2017
  • GRE16: 06.08–18.08.2017
  • GRE17: 13.08–25.08.2017
  • GRE18: 20.08–01.09.2017
  • GRE19: 27.08–08.09.2017
  • GRE20: 03.09–15.09.2017
  • GRE21: 10.09–22.09.2017

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