(Includes shrines of Our Lady Gate of the Dawn, Our Lady of Siluva and Mother of God in Trakai)
September 2 (Monday) Depart USA
Depart Los Angeles International Airport on Lufthansa Flight number 457 at 310pm.
September 3 (Tuesday) – Arrive Vilnius
Arrive Frankfurt Airport at 1055am. Change planes. Depart Frankfurt Airport on Lufthansa Flight number 896 and arrive Vilnius at 615pm. Your guide and driver will meet and take you to your hotel. Check in at Centro Klubas. Welcome dinner and traditional Lithuanian program with your guide.
Sept 4 (Wednesday) – Vilnius
Mass at 730am with Archbishop Grusas at the Chapel of Saint Casimir. After mass you will have breakfast at the hotel. Then you will visit and pray at the Gates of Dawn with the Holy Image of the Virgin Mary. Then begin your tour of Vilnius. From its first ruler, the Grand Duke to today’s democratically elected government; Vilnius has a rich and varied history. First visit St. Peter and Paul’s church, St. Anne’s and St. Bernadine’s church, House of St. Faustina, Hill of Three Crosses, the Presidential Palace, the Russian Orthodox church of the Holy Spirit, the Cathedral with its underground catacombs and Cathedral Heritage Museum. From there, you will get an opportunity to see Vilnius University — one of the oldest universities in eastern Europe (founded 1579) with St. John’s Church, Town Hall Square, the TV tower and the KGB Museum. You will also visit the Gediminas Castle. From the top of this castle, you will witness some of the most spectacular views of the city and its surrounding rivers.
September 5 (Thursday) – Vilnius-Trakai-Kernave-Vilnius
After breakfast, mass at the Divine Mercy Chapel. Today we visit Trakai. Visit St. Mary’s Church where the icon of the Mother of God of Trakai is located. Continue to Trakai Castle for a visit. After Trakai you will go to Kernave – first capital of Lithuania. This village is said to have been the first capital of Lithuania before Trakai and Vilnius. Archeological excavations uncovered several old settlements as well as the remnants of a wooden castle and large wooden encampment dating back to the 12th century. There are four old castle mounds in rural surroundings. Because of its uniqueness, Kernave was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004. Visit Kernave museum. Return back to Vilnius. Before going back to the hotel, you will stop at the Cathedral Shop to purchase some souvenirs.
September 6 (Friday) Vilnius-Kaunas
After breakfast depart for Kaunas. Begin your tour of this marvelous old city that served as Lithuania’s capital between the two world wars, spending most of our time in Old Town. While there, visit a museum dedicated to the works of Ciurlionis, Lithuania’s most celebrated artist; the Devils Museum (probably the only one of its kind in the world visiting of Zilinskas Art Museum. On three floors, this museum features both applied and pure art from Europe and Asia from the 17th to the 20th century including some fine Flemish tapestries and Japanese porcelain, the War Museum which has a first rate collection; the 13th century Kaunas Castle, the lovely Town Hall of Kaunas, known locally as the White Swan; and the 14th-century Church of Vytautas, the principal church of Kaunas Ninth Fort.Stay overnight in Kaunas at the Hotel Daugirdas.
September 7 (Saturday) Kaunas–Siluva-Klaipeda
Check out of hotel in Kaunas and depart for the Shrine of Our Lady of Siluva. Pray at the Shrine. Arrive Klaipeda in the afternoon. Check in at the Hotel Memel. Transfer to Klaipėdos Šv. Kazimiero bažnyčia for mass at 600pm.
September 8 (Sunday) Klaipeda–Palanga-Klaipeda
After breakfast, you will start your tour of Klaipeda, Lithuania’s main seaport. Once there, visit Theatre Square with its statue of Annchen von Tharau, the Old Post Office and the Old Town. Then continue to Palanga where you’ll visit the Botanic Garden and the Amber Museum in the palace of Count Tyszkiewicz. The museum has 25,000 pieces of amber on display, 15,000 of them containing insects. Return to the hotel in the afternoon.
September 9 (Monday) – Klaipeda – Nida – Klaipeda
After breakfast, depart for a full day tour of the Kuronian Peninsula. During the day, you’ll make a stop at Juodkrante and visit the Hill of Witches, a park filled with life-size wood carvings of characters from Lithuanian folktales and legends. The carvings are works of various folk artists. Driving to Nida, you’ll visit the Amber Gallery, where you’ll get a chance to view and buy some unique works of amber. In Nida visit the summer residence of Thomas Mann, the Nobel Prize-winning German author, Fisherman’s House-museum. Also see a typical fisherman’s village and walk along some impressive sand dunes. Then return to your hotel in Klaipeda.
September 10 (Tuesday) Klaipeda–Telsiai-Siauliai-Riga
After breakfast depart for Riga. On the way you’ll stop in Telsiai and have mass at the Cathedral of St. Anthony of Padua. Continue to the Catherdal of St. Peter and Paul and the Hill of Crosses, one of Lithuania’s holiest shrines. Since the 14th century, pilgrims have been placing crosses here. Until today there are hundreds of thousands of them. In 1993, the Pope concelebrated Mass here. Visit the Francisican Monastery at the Hill of Crosses. Arrive Riga . Overnight at the Europa Royale Riga.
September 11 (Wednesday) – 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, the Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guilds and the Freedom Monument. The tour for this afternoon takes you to the Riga Central Market. It is not only one of the largest marketplaces in Eastern Europe in area, but also one of the most visited, as 80,000-100,000 people shop there per day on the average. Architecturally-imposing food pavilions, built in the 1920s, are Riga Central Market’s calling card. Originally used as military airship hangars, they were later transformed into market venues. Riga Central Market is unique not only with its pavilions but also with its old warehouses or the so-called spikeri (from German Spéicher), which have now been turned into a hip arts and entertainment quarter. In 1998, the vast territory of Riga Central Market was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. After the tour of the market, you will have some free time to shop. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner and traditional Latvian Program with your guide.
Sept 12 (Thursday) – Depart Riga for Los Angeles
Check out of hotel and transfer to Riga airport for your flight on Lufthansa flight number 893 departing at 605am. Arrive Frankfurt at 725am. Change planes. Depart Frankfurt on Lufthansa flight number 456 at 1030am and arrive Los Angeles International airport at 115pm.
PACKAGE PRICE $2899 USD PER PERSON, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT $299 USD PER PERSON
- Round trip airline tickets on Lufthansa, coach class with one checked luggage
- Breakfast daily
- 9 overnights in centrally located hotels including breakfast
- English speaking guide as per itinerary
- Arrival/departure transfers
- Transportation as per itinerary
- Welcome and Farewell dinner with a folk show
- Excursion in Cathedral Catacombs
Entrance fees to: St. John’s Bell Tower and VU yards, TV Tower, KGB museum, Gediminas tower, Trakai castle, Kernave museum, Ciurlionis museum, Zilinskas gallery, Devil’s museum, War museum, Amber museum, Thomas Mann museum, Dome Cathedral, St.Peter church, Turaida museum, Sigulda museum
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