Day 1 (Friday) Vilnius
Arrive Vilnius. Your driver will meet and take you to the Hotel Novotel**** or similar. At 7:00pm there will be a welcome meeting at the hotel.
Day 2 (Saturday) Vilnius-Trakai-Vilnius
After breakfast, you begin the day with a city tour of Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital for more than 600 years. The tour includes the following; St. Peter and Paul’s Church, Gediminas Castle, Cathedral Square with St. Stanislaw Cathedral and Bell tower, Bernadine Garden, St. Ann’s and St Bernadine’s Church, Amber gallery-museum, Užupis -one of the oldest districts of Vilnius, mentioned in the historical sources as far back as the 16th century, novo days the artists’ “republic”, which has its own constitution, national anthem, calendar and map, the Gates of Dawn with a holy image of the Virgin Mary, the Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit, Town Hall Square, Vilnius University (founded in 1579) and St. John’s Church. In the afternoon, you depart for the 14th century castle of Trakai that was erected on a small island on Lake Galve.
Day 3 (Sunday) Vilnius – Druskininkai
The morning will be free. Around noon you begin the day with a trip to Grutas Village and visit Grutas Park , an open-air exhibition of Soviet era sculptures and monuments. From there continue to Druskininkai, the oldest health resort in Lithuania . The pride of this town is its mineral springs. In 1794, the king of Poland and Lithuania announced a decree officially designating it as a health resort. However, it became a health resort only after I. Fonberg, a professor of Vilnius University , studied the spring water and recommended to the Czar government that this town should establish a resort in the area (1837). During your visit to the health center , everybody will have an opportunity to try mineral bath procedures for a fee. Check-in to hotel Europa Royale Druskininkai**** or similar.
Day 4 (Monday) Druskininkai-Kaunas-Klaipeda-Juodkrante-Nida
You will begin this day with a brief tour of Kaunas, Lithuania’s second largest city. Visit the 13th century Kaunas Castle, Town Hall Square and Cathedral Basilica. Continue through Klaipėda where you’ll be transferred by ferry to the Curonian Spit. The peninsula of the Curonian Spit is a narrow strip of land separating the Baltic Sea from the Curonian Lagoon. It is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Before arriving Nida, you will stop in Juodkrante. While in Juodkrante, visit the Hill of Witches which houses hundreds of fanciful and folksy wooden sculptures scattered along a forest path. At the end of the day, arrive at the Hotel Nidos Smilte*** or similar in Nida.
Day 5 (Tuesday) Nida
In the morning, you will begin with a walking tour of Nida. Visit the Fisherman’s House, the house of the famous German writer Thomas Mann, the Amber Gallery, the old ethnographic cemetery and a neo-gothic church. You will finish the morning with a walk along some impressive sand dunes. Afternoon will be at leisure.
Day 6-7 (Wednesday-Thursday) Nida
Free time. There are more places you can visit in Nida. The Agila Cultural Centre Gallery, the Ethnographic Museum and the Evangelical-Lutheran Church are among them. One also can choose a variety of activities such as water sports and cycling.
Day 8 (Friday) Nida-Minija-Vente-Klaipeda
Today you depart by boat from Nida to the Nemunas River Delta Regional Park. Continue to Kintai settlement passing Minija village, called the “Lithuanian Venice”, where the Minija River serves as the main street. Lunch will be provided at Kintai, tasting local dishes made from fish. After lunch, you will leave for Klaipeda. Before your arrival, there is a stop at Vente Horn to see the ornithological station and the 19th century lighthouse that was active for more than 100 years. Arrive Klaipeda, the main seaport of Lithuania, and check-in to the Hotel Radisson Blu Klaipeda**** or similar.
Day 9 (Saturday) Klaipeda-Palanga-Klaipeda
On this brief tour of Klaipeda you will visit Theater Square, the Old Post Office and take a walk around the old part of town. Continue to Palanga, the biggest seaside resort in Lithuania (25 km from Klaipeda). This city tour includes a visit to the Botanical Garden and Amber Museum in the Palace of Count Tyszkiewicz. This museum houses over 25 000 pieces of amber and 15 000 inclusions of insects. Continue with a walk by the Birutė Hill along the sea coast on the sea bridge and Basanavičiaus street, which is famous for its cafes and restaurants with live music. Return to Klaipeda in the afternoon.
Day 10 (Sunday) Klaipeda-Hill of Crosses-Rundale-Riga
Departure by coach to Riga, the capital of Latvia. En route you will stop at the Hill of Crosses (16 km from Siauliai). Since the 14th century, pilgrims have been placing crosses here. Until today, there are thousands of them. In 1993, Pope John Paul concelebrated Mass at the Hill of Crosses. Continue to Rundale and visit the 18th century Rundale Palace, one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Latvia. It is a splendid example of the early work of famous Italian architect F.B.Rastrelli. Arrival in Riga and check-in at the Hotel Radisson Blu Ridzene**** or similar.
Day 11 (Monday) Riga
A combined coach and walking tour encompasses the most significant sights of Riga. Driving along the central boulevards of Riga, enjoy the view of the City Canal Parks, the Bastion Hill, the Powder Tower, the Latvian National Theatre, the Fine Arts Museum, the Art Nouveau Buildings of the beginning of the 20th century, the Freedom Monument, University of Latvia, Latvian National Opera House and the Daugava River. During the walking part of the tour, you will enjoy the beauty of this ancient Hanseatic City. You will see the picturesque streets of the Old Town, the Dome Cathedral, the Church of St.Peter, the old Guild Houses, the Swedish Gate, St.Jacob’s Church, St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, the Parliament House, and the Old Riga Castle. After, you will visit the famous market halls of Riga.
Day 12 (Tuesday) Riga Departure
Transfer to airport.
- 11 nights at the 4/3 star hotels
- Round trip transfers airport-hotel in Vilnius and Riga
- Buffet breakfast daily
- Welcome cocktail at hotel in Vilnius
- Lunch at the restaurant at Kintai, tasting of local fish dish on day 8
- Transportation by air-conditioned coach or minivan on days 2-4, 8-11
- Ferry ticket from Klaipeda to the Curonian Spit
- Ecological fees for Curonian Spit
- Boat trip from Nida to the Nemunas River Delta Regional Park
- English speaking guide escort on days 2-5, 8 – 11
- Excursions as per itinerary
- Entrances to: St. Peter and Paul’s Church, Vilnius University with St. John’s Church, St. Stanislaw Cathedral, Bernadine Garden, Amber gallery- museum and Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit in Vilnius, Trakai Castle, Grutas Park, Cathedral in Kaunas, Thomas Mann museum, the Fisherman’s House-museum and Amber Gallery in Nida, Amber museum in Palanga, the Dome Church, and Riga Central Market
- Individual information package (city guides and program)
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