Day 1 ( Tuesday) Krakow
Arrival in Krakow, transfer to Hotel Novotel Krakow**** 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.
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, you may walk around Warsaw on your own or take an OPTIONAL excursion to the Royal Lazienki Park with the Palace on the Water.
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-Kaunas-Vilnius
Today we continue along the eastern fringe of the Masurian Lakeland with endless blue lakes and attractive resort towns into Lithuania. We do a stop in Kaunas, the former capital of Lithuania, to admire the beautiful Old Town and the elegant white Baroque Town Hall before we arrive in the late 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, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve.
Day 8 (Tuesday) Vilnius-Hill of Crosses-Rundale Palace-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 option 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. . If you want to continue sightseeing, in the afternoon we offer an OPTIONAL tour to the Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th century country life.
Day 10 (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, St. Peter’s Church, the Dome Cathedral, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guilds and the Freedom Monument. If you do not have any plans in the afternoon, there is an OPTIONAL tour to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort which is famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches.
Day 11 (Friday) Riga-Parnu-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.
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, the Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the medieval Old Town and the Great Guild Hall. In the afternoon, we offer an OPTIONAL excursion to Kadriorg Park with a visit to KUMU, the award-winning Estonian art museum with its collections of classical and contemporary fine art.
Day 13 (Sunday) Tallinn Departure
Transfer to the airport.
2018 Tour Dates and Prices (Per Person, Double Occupancy)
|Tour Begins||Tour Ends||Land Only Price|
|June 26||July 8||1383 EUR|
|July 10||July 22||1383 EUR|
|July 17||July 29||1383 EUR|
|July 24||August 5||1383 EUR|
|July 31||August 12||1383 EUR|
|August 7||August 19||1383 EUR|
|August 14||August 26||1383 EUR|
|August 21||September 2||1383 EUR|
|Single Supplement||575 EUR|
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