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Belarus and Baltic Explorer
Experience Minsk, Belarus one of the last undiscovered secrets of Europe and combine it with Lithuania and Latvia!
Arrival at the airport, a private transfer to Hotel Renaissance Minsk or similar, check-in. Welcome meeting in the evening!
Minsk is one of the last undiscovered secrets of Europe, modern and historical at the same time, a green city with a cosmopolitan and bustling atmosphere and surprisingly bright, clean and safe. The morning sightseeing tour takes us to the Independence Square and the Independence Avenue with its amazing collection of Stalinist Classicism, the Old Town, the Island of Tears, the reconstructed Trinity District and the Janka Kupala Park. The afternoon offers a visit to Museum of the Great Patriotic War with more than 8000 exhibits related to the devastating tragedy of WWII in Belarus.
The day offers an excursion to one of the greatest treasures of Belarus, Mir Castle, ca. 100 km southwest of Minsk, a UNESCO World heritage site. The castle is an exceptional example of a Central European fortification, reflecting in its design and layout successive cultural influences of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance that blend harmoniously to create an impressive monument to the history of Belarus. In the evening a dinner at Restaurant Gambarinus.
The morning is free in Minsk to explore more of the city individually. In the afternoon we are driving 180 km to reach Vilnius, check-in at Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva or similar.
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. Anneâ€™s Church, Old
University and the Gates of Dawn. In the afternoon an 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 a folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas.
Heading for Riga, the first stop is the Hills 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 Hotel Mercure Riga or similar
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. Peterâ€™s Church, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guilds and the Freedom Monument. The afternoon is reserved for a visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. The evening offers an organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.
After we got acquainted with Riga we have the possibility of discovering medieval Latvia. The 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 a visit to the Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th century country life. In the evening enjoy a Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest.
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 Radisson Blu Olympia or similar.
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 cafÃ©s 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 Maikrahv.
Day 11 TallinnMeals: Breakfast
Breakfast at the hotel. A transfer to the airport is included.
TOUR ITINERARY SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON OPERATIONAL NEEDS
PLEASE NOTE: This tour is organized and operated by our Associate Office in Riga. Due to the nature of this tour organization departures are bi-lingual tours escorted in English and other language(s). We hope this does not create any distraction and is understood it is a means to offer as much variety to the customers as possible.
Price IncludesPortage at Hotels
Dinners As Mentioned
Airport Transfers Kirkenes
Hotel Accommodation 3-4 Star
Personalized Welcome Package
Service of 1st Class Coach or 1st Class Minivan Throughout the Itinerary
Welcome Meeting With Champagne Cocktail or Juice
Price Does Not IncludeVisa for Belarus
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