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Baltic Highlights: Vilnius to Tallinn

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 637

Explore the capitals of the Baltic and discover fascinating history and culture on this comprehensive tour. As you travel through Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn, you’ll explore medieval old towns, see castles and palaces, and learn about the rich heritage of this corner of Europe.


This 8-day Baltic vacation takes you through the Baltic capitals of Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn.

Your Lithuania vacation begins by taking you through a charming landscape of blue lakes and resort towns before arriving in Vilnius, the nation’s capital. Founded in the 14th century and home to Europe’s largest baroque old town, which consists of 1,200 medieval buildings and 48 churches, Vilnius is overwhelmingly gorgeous and too-often overlooked on European vacations. Tour the Old Town to see neoclassical Vilnius Cathedral, iconic Gediminas’ Tower, and the Gates of Dawn, a city gate that’s one of the country’s most significant monuments. In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion to Trakai, the nation’s medieval capital and home of Trakai Island Castle, which sits on Lake Galve.

Continue along through the Lithuanian countryside and pass into Latvia, where you’ll visit Rundale Palace and explore the lake country. You’ll pass through Gauja National Park, see the ruins of the Episcopal Castle, and visit the Ethnographical Open Air Museum, which recreates 18th century rural Latvian life. Enter Riga, the Latvian capital and largest capital in the Baltic. Riga is known for its medieval architecture and lively market life. Explore the Old Town to see Gothic spires and Art Nouveau facades as well as popular landmarks like Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, and the red brick Brother of Blackheads building. While on your Latvia vacation, you’ll also head to the popular resort town of Jurmala, which sits on the Baltic Sea and is known for its wooden architecture and relaxing sandy beaches.

Close out this Baltic vacation by venturing into Estonia, passing through the northern forests on route to Tallinn, a city that combines medieval history with modern eccentricity. Tallinn has garnered something of a reputation as the Baltic’s party capital, but its classical architecture remains one of the highpoints of a visit here. You’ll tour the Old Town of Vanalinn to see the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky, Toompea Castle, and the domed Cathedral of St. Mary. While in town, you can also take advantage of the booming arts and crafts scene and indulge in the city’s famous nightlife. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit Kadriorg Park and Kumu, an art museum renowned for its collection of classic and contemporary artworks.

This exploration of the Baltic capitals is sure to leave you dazzled with its blend of history and culture.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 637

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Day 1

Arrival Vilnius

Arrival in Vilnius, optional transfer to the hotel, check-in, welcome meeting.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Europa City Vilnius

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    Hotel Europa City Vilnius



    Europa City Vilnius Hotel is situated in the very centre of the city, close to a big business and financial centre, the Lithuanian Parliament building and a major street in Vilnius, Gediminas Avenue. It is only a 15-minute walk to the heart of the city ...

    Europa City Vilnius Hotel is situated in the very centre of the city, close to a big business and financial centre, the Lithuanian Parliament building and a major street in Vilnius, Gediminas Avenue. It is only a 15-minute walk to the heart of the city - the Old Town and the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania.

    A modern hotel offering a cosy stay is at your service. The hotel has 128 rooms; a part of them provide facilities for the disabled. For your convenient stay the rooms are equipped with individual air conditioning, minibar, hair dryer, satellite TV, free and fast Wi-Fi, new and comfortable beds.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Hall
    • Daily Housekeeping
    • Fitness Rooms
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lobby Bar
    • Luggage Storage
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Safe Deposit box at reception
    • WiFi

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Day 2

Vilnius

Vilnius is known for its more than 1.200 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. In the evening enjoy an optional folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas.

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Day 3

Vilnius - Riga

Heading for Riga, the first stop is the Hill 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 the hotel.

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Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Tia

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    Hotel Tia



    TIA Hotel is a three star hotel that is located in the very center of Riga, next to one of the most beautiful places of the city, the Old Riga, with its most notable objects of culture, art and leisure as well as nearby major ...

    TIA Hotel is a three star hotel that is located in the very center of Riga, next to one of the most beautiful places of the city, the Old Riga, with its most notable objects of culture, art and leisure as well as nearby major shopping streets of Riga.

    Leaving directly from the Riga Airport your road leads straight to the Hotel TIA. Along the way you will cross the cable bridge Vansu from which you can enjoy a splendid view to the Riga Castle, ancient houses and church towers of Old Riga.

    The hotel offers 50 well-furnished accommodations. Rooms are equipped with ecological furniture, made of Latvian natural wood.

    Facilities

    • Ironing Board
    • 24 hour Front desk
    • Air Conditioning
    • Car Parking
    • Conference Hall
    • Elevator
    • Fax
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry Service
    • Luggage Storage
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service Limited Hours
    • Wake up calls

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Day 4

Riga

Before we get acquainted with Riga we have the possibility 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. The afternoon offers an optional visit to the Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th century country life. The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.

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Day 5

Riga

Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, Riga 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 afternoon is reserved for an optional visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches.

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Day 6

Riga - 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.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Metropol Tallinn

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    Hotel Metropol Tallinn



    Hotel Metropol opened in 1999 and completely renovated in 2006. The hotel has restaurant Berlin with 85 seats, sauna, beauty salon, lobby bar-cafe, karaoke bar, 2 healing massage rooms, and 2 conference rooms for 25 and 55 persons. The hotel is located in the city ...

    Hotel Metropol opened in 1999 and completely renovated in 2006. The hotel has restaurant Berlin with 85 seats, sauna, beauty salon, lobby bar-cafe, karaoke bar, 2 healing massage rooms, and 2 conference rooms for 25 and 55 persons. The hotel is located in the city centre, close to the Old Town and 10 minutes walking to the harbor area.

    Facilities

    • Beauty Salon
    • Conference Room
    • Lobby Bar
    • Massage Rooms
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna

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Day 7

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 cafes and restaurants. The sightseeing tour takes us around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we see Toompea Castle, Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, medieval Old Town Hall and GreatmGuild Hall. In the afternoon an optional excursion is offered to KadriorgmPark and visit to KUMU, the award-winning new Estonian Art museum, with its collections of classic and contemporary fine art. The evening offers an optional medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack.

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Day 8

Tallinn Departure

Optional transfer to airport.

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DEPARTURES:

2018

Hotel Category Departure Dates
Moderate Jun 10, 24; Jul 8, 22; Aug 5, 19
First Class Apr 22; May 6, 13, 20, 27; Jun 3, 10, 17, 24
Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Aug 5, 12, 19, 26; Sep 3, 9, 16
Deluxe Jun 17; Jul 1, 15, 29; Aug 12, 26

 

2019

Hotel Category Departure Dates
Moderate Jun 9, 23; Jul 7, 21; Aug 4, 18
First Class Mar 31; Apr 14; May 5, 12, 19, 26; Jun 2, 9, 16, 23, 30;
Jul 7, 14, 21, 28; Aug 4, 11, 18, 25; Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Deluxe Jun 16, 30; Jul 14, 28; Aug 11, 25

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 overnights at centrally located hotels
  • 7 x buffet breakfast
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Personalised welcome package
  • Entrances to Old University in Vilnius, Rundale Palace and medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn
  • Service of English speaking tour escort
  • Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
  • Portage at hotels

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

TB VIAHANSVIL18SG: GBL 18
19 Aug 2018
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