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Baltic Jewels: Krakow to Tallinn

Duration
13 Days
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US$ 1,642

Explore the jewels of the Baltic on this comprehensive tour through four European nations. As you journey through Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, you’ll tour charming medieval old towns, learn about the fascinating history and culture of northeastern Europe, and discover the charms of the gorgeous Baltic countryside.


This 13-day Baltic vacation takes you through Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia to explore their capitals and countryside.

Your Poland vacation begins in Krakow, the most picturesque city in the nation and most popular tourist spot. Krakow served as the royal capital for 500 years, meaning it’s chock-full of historical sites worth exploring. A tour of the city centre will introduce you to the highlights, from the Main Square with the Cloth Hall in the middle and St. Mary’s Basilica in the eastern corner to Wawel Hill where you’ll find Wawel Castle and Cathedral overlooking the city. While in Krakow, you’ll also have the opportunity to head to the nearby Wieliczka Salt Mine, which delves 327m underground and used to be one the largest salt mines in the world. The Salt Chapel, a church carved entirely out of salt, is the undisputed highlight.

From Krakow, continue on to Warsaw, stopping off in Czestochowa to explore the spiritual heart of Poland and see the Black Madonna situated in the Jasna Gora Monastery. Warsaw is a phoenix risen from the ashes of war. Poland’s capital was mostly destroyed during World War II and what exists today is a combination of post-war modern city and meticulous reconstruction of past glories. You’ll find Communist apartment blocks as well as Gothic churches and towering glass skyscrapers here, meaning Warsaw has something for all types of historical traveler. During your city tour, you’ll focus on the past as you explore the reconstructed Old Town and visit the Barbican, St. John’s Cathedral, and the Royal Castle at Castle Square. Be sure to get in your fill of pierogis before you head to the northern Masurian Lakeland and the Lithuanian border.

Your Lithuania vacation takes 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 Baltic vacation showcases the picturesque capitals and rustic countryside of the Baltic States.


 

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Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,642

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Day 1

Arrival in Krakow

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

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Novotel Krakow Centrum Hotel

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    Novotel Krakow Centrum Hotel



    The hotel is located near the Vistula Boulevards in the heart of Krakow. It offers easy access to the train station and Krakow-Balice Airport and a convenient route toward Wawel, the old town and the Kazimierz district. Spacious rooms (most with views of the meandering ...

    The hotel is located near the Vistula Boulevards in the heart of Krakow. It offers easy access to the train station and Krakow-Balice Airport and a convenient route toward Wawel, the old town and the Kazimierz district. Spacious rooms (most with views of the meandering River Vistula), modern conference rooms, a renovated restaurant, bar and recreation center make for an enjoyable stay.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Accessible Facilities
    • Air Conditioning
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Fitness Centre
    • Indoor heated pool
    • Internet Access
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • No Smoking Hotel
    • Online check-in
    • Parking
    • Pets Allowed ( Charges apply)
    • Room Service
    • WiFi

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Day 2

Krakow

For half a millennium Krakow was the royal capital of Poland and for centuries the city walls have guarded its traditions and secrets. The morning sightseeing tour takes you to the Old Town with the St. Mary's Church, the Jagiellonian University, the Cloth Halls and Wawel with the Wawel Castle and the Wawel Cathedral. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine, an amazing labyrinth of tunnels going down as far as 327 meters. The evening offers an optional Polish dinner at Restaurant Hawelka.

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Day 3

Krakow - Warsaw

You'll depart Krakow for Czestochowa, the spiritual heart of Poland, where you'll visit the Jasna Gora Monastery with the Black Madonna. Through the flat low-laying plain of Central Poland you'll reach Warsaw in the early afternoon. Check-in at the hotel.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Mercure Warszawa Centrum

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    Mercure Warszawa Centrum



    A good hotel ideal for all types of travellers. The hotel is centrally located, only 300 metres from the main railway station and just across the road from the Palace of Culture. The main shopping and business districts are within easy walking distance. The rooms ...

    A good hotel ideal for all types of travellers. The hotel is centrally located, only 300 metres from the main railway station and just across the road from the Palace of Culture. The main shopping and business districts are within easy walking distance. The rooms are medium sized and in good condition with two queen size double beds. They are comfortable and well appointed with teak furniture and pale upholstery. Bathrooms are modern and of a good size.

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Warsaw

Warsaw is essentially a post-war city with a meticulously reconstructed Old Town. The morning sightseeing tour includes the Royal Route and the Old Town with the Royal Castle, St John's Cathedral, the Old Town Market Square and the Barbican. In the afternoon is offered an optional excursion to the Royal Lazienki Park with the Palace on the Water. The evening offers an optional Polish dinner at Restaurant Dawne Smaki.

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Day 5

Warsaw - Gizycko

You'll continue through the well forested North Poland into the Masurian Lakeland, a myriad of postglacial lakes representing some of the most beautiful nature in the whole of Poland. The afternoon excursion of the Masurian Lakeland takes you to the quaint town of Ketrzyn, to the beautiful Baroque church in Swieta Lipka and to the town of Gizycko, surrounded to all sides by the lakes. In the late afternoon you'll check-in at the hotel.

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel St. Bruno

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    Hotel St. Bruno



    Hotel St. Bruno is a unique place where history harmonizes with the present. The historic walls hide the latest hotel trends designed with the precision of modern interior design and experience. Historical details in the form of elements of the historic structure of the castle ...

    Hotel St. Bruno is a unique place where history harmonizes with the present. The historic walls hide the latest hotel trends designed with the precision of modern interior design and experience. Historical details in the form of elements of the historic structure of the castle and old foundations, old wooden logs and stylish accessories from the beginning of the previous century give the hotel a character that is difficult to resist.

    Carefully designed interiors and special facilities of the St. Bruno is conducive to rest in Masuria. The luminaire refers to the historical interior through interwoven elements of ancient vaults and decorative elements from years ago. In addition to the beautiful interiors of Hotel St. Bruno also offers excellent cuisine in its La Bibliotheque restaurant, where delicious specialties go hand in hand with an intimate atmosphere. For those who love relaxation, we have prepared our hotel Spa with a swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna that will relax the body and senses.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Business Facilities
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Fitness Centre
    • Free WiFi
    • Ironing Service
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Luggage Storage
    • Public Parking
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 6

Gizycko - Vilnius

Today you'll continue along the eastern fringe of the Masurian Lakeland with endless blue lakes and attractive resort towns into Lithuania. You'll do a stop in Kaunas, the former capital of Lithuania, to admire the beautiful Old Town and the elegant white Baroque Town Hall before you arrive in the late afternoon to Vilnius. Check in at the hotel.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva Vilnius

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    Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva Vilnius



    The Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva, in Vilnius, stands an impressive 22 stories high, on the banks of the River Neris. The hotel is in the heart of Lithuania's capital, near rich historic sites such as the Old Town and Vilnius Cathedral. Old Town is also ...

    The Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva, in Vilnius, stands an impressive 22 stories high, on the banks of the River Neris. The hotel is in the heart of Lithuania's capital, near rich historic sites such as the Old Town and Vilnius Cathedral. Old Town is also the place for shopping. Wander around the cobbled streets and explore the wide range of stores and markets. You're close to an array of transport options, including bus and train station, while the airport is just 9 kilometers away.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Free Internet
    • Guest Services Desk
    • Gym
    • Late CheckOut
    • Meeting and Event Facilities
    • Room Service
    • Wellness Center

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Day 7

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 8

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 you'll soon reach the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Following a guided tour of the palace you'll 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

Mercure Riga Centre Hotel

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    Mercure Riga Centre Hotel



    A brand new designer 4 star Superior hotel in the heart on Riga's historic centre occupying a magnificient 1901 Art Nouveau building designed by the world famous architect K. Peksens. Easy walking distance to Old Town and cultural land mark attractions:Freedom Monument, National Opera, Dome ...

    A brand new designer 4 star Superior hotel in the heart on Riga's historic centre occupying a magnificient 1901 Art Nouveau building designed by the world famous architect K. Peksens. Easy walking distance to Old Town and cultural land mark attractions:Freedom Monument, National Opera, Dome Square. Fine dining restaurant and bar, luxurious SPA, comprehensive conference facilities, free WIFI, large parking area, and next to the Central Railway station.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Accessible Facilities
    • Air Conditioning
    • Baby-Sitting(on request)
    • Business Service
    • Concierge Service
    • Early CheckIn
    • Fitness Centre
    • Laundry
    • Meeting and Event Facilities
    • Non-Smoking Property
    • Online check-in
    • Parking
    • Porters
    • Room Service
    • WIFI/High Speed Internet

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Day 9

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. The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.

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Day 10

Riga

After you've acquainted yourself with Riga you have the possibility of discovering medieval Latvia. The optional tour for this morning takes you to the stunning scenery of the Gauja National Park and the town of Sigulda. You'll 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 the group returns to Riga. The afternoon offers an optional visit to the Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th century country life. In the evening enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest.

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Day 11

Riga - Tallinn

The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. Here, you'll do a short tour of the resort before you 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

Radisson Blu Olympia Hotel

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    Radisson Blu Olympia Hotel


    The Radisson Blu Olympia is located the heart of Old Town. The bustling shopping and business districts of Estonia's capital are steps away and the Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport is only three kilometres from the hotel. While in Tallinn, guests can enjoy accommodation in one ...

    The Radisson Blu Olympia is located the heart of Old Town. The bustling shopping and business districts of Estonia's capital are steps away and the Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport is only three kilometres from the hotel. While in Tallinn, guests can enjoy accommodation in one of 390 well-equipped rooms.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Conference Facilities
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Gym/ Fitness centre
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 12

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 cafés and restaurants. The sightseeing tour takes you around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where you'll see Toompea Castle, Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, medieval Old Town Hall and Great Guild Hall. In the afternoon an optional excursion is offered to Kadriorg Park 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 Maikrahv.

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Day 13

Tallinn Departure

Optional transfer to the airport.

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DEPARTURES:*

2019: Jul 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug 6, 13, 20, 27
All departures are guaranteed.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 12 nights' accommodation at centrally located 4 star hotels
  • 12 x buffet breakfast
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Personalized welcome package
  • Entrances to Wawel Castle in Krakow, Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa, St. John's Cathedral in Warsaw, 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
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 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.

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