Jewels of Poland and Baltic States

Turaida Castle, Trakai Castle

Itinerary: Krakow, Warsaw, Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn

Period: June-August 2018

Length: 13 days / 12 nights

Tour languages: English German Italian Spanish

 

DAY 1 (TUESDAY): ARRIVAL KRAKOW
Arrival to Krakow, optional transfer to Hotel Novotel Krakow Centrum**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.

DAY 2 (WEDNESDAY): KRAKOW
For half a millennium Krakow was the royal capital of Poland and for centuries the city walls have guarded its traditions and secrets. The morning sightseeing tour takes us to the Old Town with the St. Mary’s Church, the Jagiellonian University, the Cloth Halls and Wawel with the Wawel Castle and the Wawel Cathedral. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine, an amazing labyrinth of tunnels going down as far as 327 meters. The evening offer an optional Polish dinner at Restaurant Hawelka.

DAY 3 (THURSDAY): KRAKOW-WARSAW
We leave for Czestochowa, the spiritual heart of Poland, where we visit the Jasna Gora Monastery with the Black Madonna. Through the flat low-laying plain of Central Poland we reach Warsaw in the early afternoon. Check-in at Hotel Mercure Centrum Warsaw**** or similar.

DAY 4 (FRIDAY): WARSAW
Warsaw is essentially a post-war city with a meticulously reconstructed Old Town. The morning sightseeing tour includes the Royal Route and the Old Town with the Royal Castle, St John’s Cathedral, the Old Town Market Square and the Barbican. In the afternoon an optional excursion to the Royal Lazienki Park with the Palace on the Water.The evening offers an optional Polish dinner at Restaurant Bazyliszek.

DAY 5 (SATURDAY): WARSAW-MRAGOWO
We continue through the well forested North Poland into the Masurian Lakeland, a myriad of post-glacial lakes representing some of the most beautiful nature in the whole of Poland. The afternoon excursion of the Masurian Lakeland takes us to the quaint town of Ketrzyn, to the beautiful Baroque church in Swieta Lipka and to the town of Gizycko, surrounded to all sides by the lakes. In the late afternoon we check-in at Hotel Mercure Mrongovia Resort & Spa**** or similar.

DAY 6 (SUNDAY): MRAGOWO-VILNIUS
Today we continue along the eastern fringe of the Masurian Lakeland with endless blue lakes and attractive resort towns into Lithuania. We stop in Kaunas, the former capital of Lithuania, to admire the beautiful Old Town and the elegant white Baroque Town Hall before we arrive late in the afternoon to Vilnius. Check in at Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva**** or similar.

DAY 7 (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. The Castle is beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve. In the evening enjoy an optional folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas.

DAY 8 (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 Mercure Riga**** or similar.

DAY 9 (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, see the ruins of the Episcopal Castle and 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 10 (THURSDAY): RIGA
Riga, founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, 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 we offer an optional Latvian dinner at the restaurant Forest.

DAY 11 (FRIDAY): RIGA-TALLINN
The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Pärnu. We take 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 12 (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 Peppersack.

DAY 13 (SUNDAY): TALLINN DEPARTURE
Optional transfer to the airport.

 

1,345.00 EUR (double occupancy)
500.00 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 Wawel Castle in Krakow, Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa, St. John’s Cathedral in Warsaw, Old University in Vilnius, Rundale Palace, and Great Guild Hall in Tallinn
  • Service of English and German speaking tour escort on all tours
  • Service of Italian only and Spanish only speaking tour escort on Baltic countries segment and Italian and Spanish speaking tour escort on Polish segment on all tours
  • Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Transfer airport to Hotel in Krakow: EUR 40.00 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 60.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)
  • 4 hours excursion to Wieliczka Salt Mine: EUR 60.00 pp
  • Polish dinner at Restaurant Hawelka: EUR 40.00 pp
  • 3 hours excursion to the Royal Lazienki Park and visit to Palace on the Water: EUR 40.00 pp
  • Polish dinner at Restaurant Bazyliszek: EUR 40.00 pp
  • 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
  • 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 (12 x 3 course dinner with coffee/ tea): EUR 330.00 pp
  • GPB10: 26.06-08.07.2018
  • GPB12: 10.07-22.07.2018
  • GPB13: 17.07-29.07.2018
  • GPB14: 24.07-05.08.2018
  • GPB15: 31.07-12.08.2018
  • GPB16: 07.08-19.08.2018
  • GPB17: 14.08-26.08.2018
  • GPB18: 21.08-02.09.2018