THE BALTIC ECONOMY TOUR – 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS

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Day 1 (Friday) Arrive Vilnius
Arrival in Vilnius. Individual transfer to the hotel. Check-in at Hotel Novotel Vilnius Centre**** or similar. 7:00 p.m. welcome meeting at the hotel with your tour guide or Vytis Tours representative.

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, Bernardine Garden, St.Ann and Bernardines’ Church, Amber gallery-museum including 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. The tour continues with a short photo stop of the Subacius street where you can see a view of the old town from the observation deck. Visit 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.

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,  the Parliament House, and the Old Riga Castle. After, visit the famous market halls of Riga. In the afternoon, there is an OPTIONAL 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. Enroute 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 at 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 an OPTIONAL 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 Departure
Transfer to airport.

Includes

    • 6 nights at centrally located 4 star hotels
    • Round trip airport-hotel-airport transfers in Vilnius and Tallinn
    • Buffet breakfast daily
    • Welcome cocktail at hotel in Vilnius
    • Transportation by air-conditioned coach or minivan as per itinerary on days 2-6
    • English speaking guide escort on days 2-6
    • Excursions as per itinerary
    • Entrances to: St. Peter and Paul’s Church, Vilnius University with St. John’s Church, St. Stanislaw Cathedral, Bernandine Garden, Amber gallery museum and Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit in Vilnius,  Trakai castle, Rundale Palace, the Dome Church, St.Jacob’s Church, the Dome Church and Riga Central Market, Orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky and marzipan museum in Tallinn.
    • Individual information package (city guides and program)

Optional

    • Excursion ( 4 hours)  to Jurmala: EUR 40 p/p 
    • Excursion  ( 3 hours)  to Kadriorg Park and a visit to Kadriorg Palace: 45 EUR p/p

2018 Tour Dates and Prices (Per Person, Double Occupancy)

Tour Begins Tour Ends Land Only Price
May 18 May 24  724 EUR 
 June 8 June 14 724 EUR
June 22 June 28  724 EUR 
July 6 July 12 724 EUR
July 20 July 26  724 EUR 
August 3  August 9  724 EUR 
August 17 August 23  724 EUR 
August 31 September 6  724 EUR 
Single Supplement  320 EUR

Get your airfare quote in USD online at www.vytistours.com or call us for a quote at 1-800-778-9847. Deposit of $100 USD due 7 days after confirmation. Final payment is due 45 days prior to departure. The final amount will be converted from EUR’s to USD at the time of final payment.