Itinerary: Vilnius, Trakai, Klaipeda, Curonian Spit, Siauliai, Riga, Tallinn
Period: June-September 2017
Length: 8 days/7 nights
Tour languages: English German
DAY 1 (SUNDAY): ARRIVAL VILNIUS
Arrival in Vilnius, optional transfer to Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting where our tour escort will introduce us to the program and to the traditions of Lithuanian cuisine over a glass of local „champagne” and offer recommendations for trying contemporary Lithuanian cuisine in the Old Town.
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 the Gates of Dawn and a shop with Lithuanian herb liquors. 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.
DAY 3 (TUESDAY): KLAIPEDA
The day is reserved for a full-day 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 and Thomas Mann’s summerhouse. During the lunch break we take a stroll around the charming harbour and enjoy a light lunch with the speciality of the Curonian spit: freshly smoked fish. In the afternoon, we drive back to Klaipeda. In the evening we enjoy a traditional Lithuanian dinner with Lithuanian specialties such as the famous cepeliniai 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 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 Radisson Blu Latvija**** or similar. The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral. Riga is famous for its many sophisticated gourmet restaurants and our tour escort will recommend the best of them for dinner.
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 a visit to one of the largest markets in Europe, Riga Central Market, where we will learn about Latvian cuisine and Latvian organic food and sample Latvian organic specialities, such as black bread, vegetables, fresh fish, sausages, countryside cheese and much more. In the evening enjoy a Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest with traditional Latvian specialties topped with a shot of Riga Black Balsam.
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. Upon check-in, our tour escort will invite for afternoon tea with Estonian cheesecake and give an introduction of Estonian cuisine and recommendations for trying new Nordic cuisine in Tallinn.
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, Great Guild Hall and visit an old marzipan shop. 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 a traditional Estonian dinner with medieval Estonian specialities such as roast duck at Restaurant Peppersack.
DAY 8 (SUNDAY): TALLINN DEPARTURE
Morning breakfast and optional transfer to the airport.
935.00 EUR (double occupancy)
300.00 EUR (single supplement)
20% upon reservation
80% 40 days before departure
40-21 days 50% refund
20-15 days 20% refund
less than 15 days no refund