Classic Tour of the Baltic States

Turaida Castle, Trakai Castle

Itinerary: Vilnius, Trakai, Klaipeda, Curonian Spit, Siauliai, Riga, Tallinn

Period: May-September 2017

Length: 8 days/7 nights

Tour languages: English German Italian Spanish

 

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-KLAIPEDA
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, St. Anna’s Church, Peter and Paul Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn. After the tour we continue to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania. We visit 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.

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.

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. 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 Cross Hills, one of the holiest sites of Catholic Lithuania. We head North into Latvia and reach Riga in the afternoon. Check-in at Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija**** or similar. 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 3 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 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 cafés and restaurants. The sightseeing tour takes us around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we see Toompea Castle, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral,medieval Old Town Hall and Great Guild Hall. In the afternoon an optional excursion is offered to Kadriorg Park and a 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 DEPARTURE
Optional transfer to the airport.

685.00 EUR (double occupancy)
300.00 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

  • 7 x overnight at centrally located 4 star hotels
  • 7 x buffet breakfast
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Personalised welcome package
  • Entrances to Old University in Vilnius and medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn
  • Service of English and German speaking tour escort on all tours
  • Service of Italian and Spanish speaking tour escorts on tour GCA08, GCA10, GCA12, GCA14,
    GCA16 and GCA18
  • Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Service and taxes
  • Transfer airport to Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva EUR 35.00 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 55.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)
  • 8-hour excursion to the Curonian Spit: EUR 80.00 pp
  • Lithuanian dinner at Restaurant 19th Century: EUR 35,00 pp
  • Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral: EUR 35.00 pp
  • 4-hour excursion to Jurmala: EUR 40.00 pp
  • Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest: EUR 40.00 pp
  • 3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and Visit to KUMU: EUR 40.00 pp
  • Medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack: EUR 40.00 pp
  • Transfer Hotel Radisson Blu Olümpia to airport: EUR 35.00 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 55.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)
  • Half board at hotels (7 x 3 courses dinner with coffee/tea): EUR 185.00 pp

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