Day 1 (Saturday)Vilnius
Arrive Vilnius. Your driver will meet you at the airport and escort you to the Hotel Artis Centrum**** or similar. Your guide will join you for a welcome meeting later in the day.
Day 2 (Sunday) Vilnius-Trakai-Vilnius
Your tour will begin with a city tour of Vilnius. Visit Vilnius Cathedral and its square, Vilnius University campus, the 16-18th century historical and architectural monuments on Pilies street, St Anne’s and Bernardine churches, the former Town Hall Square, the Gates of Dawn with a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary. In the afternoon visit Trakai, the ancient capital of Lithuania located 28 km from Vilnius. Trakai is famous for its 14th century insular castle housing an exhibition of prehistoric findings and the 17th-18th century applied art. That was the way of life of the Lithuanian Grand Dukes and the Karaites, a Judaistic sect brought by Grand Duke Vytautas from the Crimea.
Day 3 (Monday) Vilnius-Hill of Crosses-Rundale-Riga
After breakfast, transfer to Riga. En route you will make a stop at the Hill of Crosses, a unique place of national pilgrimage. After crossing the border of Latvia, visit the Rundale Palace. This palace was created by the Italian architect B. Rastrelli, who also designed the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. Rundale Palace is considered the finest example of baroque architecture in the Baltic States. Arrive Riga in the late afternoon and check in to the Hotel Radisson Blu Elizabete**** or similar.
Day 4 (Tuesday) Riga
On this day you will begin with a morning walking tour of Riga’s old town, which features many of its most famous architectural monuments; the 13th century St. Peter’s Church, St. George’s Church, St. John’s Church, 14th century Riga Castle, Big and Small Guild houses, the medieval dwelling houses “Three Brothers” and the Dome Square with its famous Dome Cathedral boasting one of the biggest organs in Europe. Afternoon will be free.
Day 5 (Wednesday) Riga-Sigulda-Tallinn
Today you will drive alongside the Riga Bay and continue to Tallinn. En route stop in Sigulda to visit the Gauja National Park. The cave-linked banks of the Gauja river, medieval castles, and wild flowers seldom found anywhere else in Europe combine to make Sigulda a favorite resort of foreign guests and Latvians alike. Among the man-made wonders of this region, we’ll visit the 13th century Turaida Castle. You will arrive Tallinn in the late afternoon and check in to the Hotel Nordic Forum**** or similar.
Day 6 (Thursday) Tallinn
After breakfast, you will start your tour of Tallinn and its Old Town. Among other attractions, you will visit Catherine’s Valley Park and Palace, the Song Festival Amphitheatre, the venue of a 120-year old song festival tradition. Continue to Tallinn’s main attractions; Toompea Hill, the Parliament building, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tall Hermann, Kiek in de Kok and Dome Cathedral. The tour ends in Town Hall Square with a view of the Town Hall, a Gothic masterpiece of the 13th-14th centuries. The rest of the day will be free.
Day 7 (Friday) Tallinn Departure
Transfer to airport.
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