Day 1 (Friday) Vilnius
Upon arriving in Vilnius, you will be transferred to the Hotel Novotel Vilnius Centre **** or similar. At 7pm, your guide will join you for 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, St.Ann and Bernardines’ Church, Amber gallery-museum which includes tasting of amber vodka, Užupis -one of the oldest districts of Vilnius, mentioned in the historical sources as far back as the 16th century, nowadays the artists’ “republic”, which has its own constitution, national anthem, calendar and map. There will be a short photo stop on the street Subaciaus to view of the old town from the observation deck. The tour continues to 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. From there you will visit Uzutrakis manor ensemble. The famous European landscape architect and botanist E. F. Andre created the original Uzutrakis park in a centennial forest – and interconnected pond system, displaying it’s all beauty from the mansion’s terrace. Return to Vilnius.
Day 3 (Sunday) Vilnius-Pakruojis Manor-Hill of Crosses-Rundale-Riga
On this day you will depart by coach to Riga, the capital of Latvia. On the way stopover for short rest at Pakruojis manor. Classicist style Pakruojis manor ensemble is one of the five most valuable and largest (occupying the area of 48.2 hectares, out of from 43 former buildings 34 survived) remaining manors in Lithuania. Currently, the reconstructed buildings of Pakruojis manor are used for providing accommodation, catering room rental, event organization, recreation services. It is recommended to taste some Lithuanian dishes at the local tavern. The next stop will be at the Hill of Crosses (16 km from Šiauliai), the unforgettable place with thousands of crosses on two small hills. Continue to Rundale and visit the Rundale Palace of the 18th century, a beautiful late baroque palace in Latvia. It is a splendid example of the early work of famous Italian architect F. B. Rastrelli. Arrival in Riga, check-in at the Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija**** or similar.
Day 4 (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, visit of the famous market halls of Riga. In afternoon, you will take a tour to Jurmala.. Stretching over some 15 miles of coastline Jurmala is an internationally celebrated spa and a popular destination for day outings. People from all over the world come to enjoy Jurmala’s clean air, temperate climate, curative mineral springs and mud baths, all in the setting of a virgin pine forest. Return to Riga.
Day 5 (Tuesday) Riga-Parnu-Tallinn
After breakfast you depart for Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Before your arrival in Tallinn, you will make a quick stop in Parnu. This little town is known as Estonia’s “Summer Capital.” All new visitors are certainly made welcome. More than a hundred years of experience as a resort destination has molded the city into a getaway extraordinaire – a sanctuary for the body and the mind. Building on a late 19th century tradition of mud baths, Parnu continues to cultivate a thriving health resort industry. Arrive Tallinn and check-in to Hotel Sokos Viru**** or similar.
Day 6 (Wednesday) Tallinn
The morning will start off with a sightseeing tour of Tallinn, Estonia’s capital. This picturesque old city has districts dating back to the Middle Ages that are still intact today. We’ll begin in the Old Town with its narrow streets and beautiful merchant houses exemplifying the best of Gothic architecture in the Baltic and Nordic countries. The tour includes Toompea Castle fortifications, the 13th century Dome Church, the 19th century Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevskij, the 15th century Town Hall Square, St. Catherine’s Passage, where artists of St. Catherine guild present their work and St. Olaf’s Church. Continue to Marzipan museum. The marzipan museum room gives a good overview of the history of marzipan. The exhibition displays approximately 200 marzipan figurines, cards and cakes, which have been made with moulds that are more than a hundred years old. At the museum, you can also observe the art of marzipan painting. In the afternoon, there is a tour to Kadriorg Park and a visit to Kadriorg Palace. This palace was discovered in 1721 by the Russian emperor Peter the Great. It was a gift for his wife, Catherine II, to use as their summer palace.
Day 7 (Thursday) Tallinn-Tartu-Sigulda
After breakfast, you depart for Sigulda. Located 37 miles from Riga, Sigulda is surrounded by the Gauja National Park and Nature Preserve. This is a mountainous region that has long been cherished as Latvia’s most beautiful ancient oak forests. Before arrival in Sigulda, there will be a stop in Tartu, the second largest town in Estonia. The tour of Tartu will include, Tartu University, Toome Hill Park with its monuments, sculpture bridges and ruins of the gothic church, Jaani Church and Town Hall Square. There will be another stop in the small ancient town of Cesis, where you’ll take a brief walk through Castle Park. At the end of the day, you will check in at The Hotel Segevold*** in Sigulda.
Day 8 (Friday) Sigulda-Vilnius
In the morning, there will be a short walk through the Gauja National Park. Among the man-made wonders of this region, you’ll visit Turaida and the 13th century Crusader Castles. From there you will be transferred to Vilnius. Arrive Vilnius late in the afternoon and check in to the Hotel Novotel Hotel Vilnius**** or similar.
Day 9 (Saturday) Vilnius-USA
Transfer to airport for the flight home.
- 8 nights at the 4 star hotels
- Round trip transfers airport-hotel in Vilnius
- Buffet breakfast daily
- Welcome cocktail at hotel in Vilnius
- Transportation by air-conditioned coach or minivan on days 2-8
- English speaking guide escort on days 2-8
- Excursions as per itinerary
- Entrances to St. Peter and Paul’s Church, Vilnius University with St. John’s Church, St. Stanislaw Cathedral, Amber gallery museum which includes tasting amber vodka , Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit in Vilnius, Trakai Castle, Rundale Palace, the Dome Church and Riga Central Market, Orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky and Marzipan museum in Tallinn, Turaida and Sigulda Castle
- Individual information package (city guides and program)
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