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Grand Tour of the Baltic Countries

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Visit the three independent Baltic Republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on this escorted motor coach tour.

Itinerary

 
Day 1     Tallinn
Accommodation: Soko

Arrive in Tallinn - capital of Estonia. Transfer to the Hotel Blu Olumpia or similar. Check-in at hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Time to explore Tallinn on your own. Welcome meeting.

 
Day 2     Tallinn - Tartu - Cesis
Accommodation: Cesis Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast we drive to the Lahemaa National Park, where we visit the Manor Houses in Palmse and Vihula. We continue south to Tartu, the famous university town, where Estonia gained its statehood. We see the charming Old Town and the University founded in 1632. From Tartu we drive onwards into Latvia to Cesis, a Hanseatic city with winding streets, castle ruins and beautiful gardens. Check in at Hotel Kolonna Cesis or similar.

 
Day 3     Cesis - Sigulda - Vilnius
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva
Meals: Breakfast

Today we drive through the Gauja National Park to Sigulda, a popular holiday resort. We see the ruins of the Episcopal Castle and the ruins of the Castle of the Knights of the Sword before we drive around Riga to hit the highway down to Vilnius. En route we reach the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Following a guided tour of the palace we travel through Lithuania to reach Vilnius late afternoon. Check in at Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva or similar.

 
Day 4     Vilnius - Trakai - Klaipeda
Accommodation: National Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

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. Anna’s Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn. After the tour we continue to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania and we see the well preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve. The balance of the day is spent en route to Klaipeda, where we arrive late afternoon. Check-in at Hotel National or similar.

 
Day 5     Klaipeda - Curonian Spit - Juodkrante
Accommodation: National Hotel
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

The day is reserved for a full-day optional tour to the Curonian Spit, a thin, 100 km stretch of land between the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon with small fishing villages, pine forests and endless sand dunes. Our first stop is the Hill of Witches in Juodkrante. After that we continue to Nida, where we visit the High Dunes, Thomas Mann’s summerhouse and get acquainted with the charming resort town before we drive back to Klaipeda. The evening offers a Lithuanian dinner at Restaurant 19th Century.

 
Day 6     Klaipeda - Siauliai - Riga
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija
Meals: Breakfast

Klaipeda first became a part of Lithuania in 1923 and had a long history as a German town called Memel. A short sightseeing tour takes us to the Old Town with its narrow, cobblestone streets and old guild houses and we visit the Theatre Square and the Aennchen von Tharau Fountain. We now continue to the Samogitia National Park, where we embark on a walking tour around the picturesque Lake Plateliai. After that we continue to Siauliai and Cross Hills, one of the holiest sites of Catholic Lithuania. We head North into Latvia and reach Riga in the afternoon, check-in at Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija or similar. The evening offers an organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.

 
Day 7     Riga - Jurmala
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a true kaleidoscope of various architectural styles. The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, Swedish Gates, Three Brothers, Large and Small Guild House and the Freedom Monument. In the afternoon a visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. In the evening enjoy a Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest.

 
Day 8     Riga - Parnu - Tallinn
Accommodation: Soko
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, we continue via the Coastal Highway to the Estonian summer resort, Parnu to view the city. Then we continue through Estonian forest land to Tallinn to check-in at Hotel Radisson Blu Olumpia or similar.

 
Day 9     Tallinn
Accommodation: Soko
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

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 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 Great Guild Hall. In the afternoon an excursion 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 a medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack.

 
Day 10     Tallinn
Meals: Breakfast

Tour ends after breakfast and a departure transfer.

 
Price Includes
Tour Escort
Daily Breakfast
Sightseeing and Entrances Per Itinerary
Dinners As Mentioned
Hotel Accommodation As Indicated in Itinerary
Transportation by Deluxe Air Conditioned Touring Coach
Regular Transfers Airport - Hotel -Airport
Luggage Handling
Entrances Per Itinerary
Welcome Meeting With Champagne Cocktail
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