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Baltic Impressions Tour

10 days
9 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

Per person:
$ 1,075.00 (double occupancy)
$ 1,495.00 (single occupancy)

Dates:

Aug 26, 2016 - Sep 04, 2016 
Sep 02, 2016 - Sep 11, 2016 
May 12, 2017 - May 21, 2017 
May 19, 2017 - May 28, 2017 
May 26, 2017 - Jun 04, 2017 
Jun 02, 2017 - Jun 11, 2017 
Jun 09, 2017 - Jun 18, 2017 
Jun 16, 2017 - Jun 25, 2017 
Jun 23, 2017 - Jul 02, 2017 
Jun 30, 2017 - Jul 09, 2017 
Jul 07, 2017 - Jul 16, 2017 
Jul 14, 2017 - Jul 23, 2017 
Jul 21, 2017 - Jul 30, 2017 
Jul 28, 2017 - Aug 06, 2017 
Aug 04, 2017 - Aug 13, 2017 
Aug 11, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017 
Aug 18, 2017 - Aug 27, 2017 
Aug 25, 2017 - Sep 03, 2017 
Sep 01, 2017 - Sep 10, 2017 
Sep 08, 2017 - Sep 17, 2017 

Hotels:

Tallinn - Radisson Blu Olympia 4****
Cesis - Kolonna Cesis 3***
Vilnius - Radisson Blu Lietuva 4****
Klaipeda - Hotel National 4****
Riga - Radisson Blu Latvija 4****

Listed hotels will be used on all tours. If changes become necessary for any reason, substitute hotels will be similar to those listed.

Included:

* 9 nights at centrally located 3-4* hotels
* Daily buffet breakfast
* Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
* Personalised welcome package
* Entrances to Palmse Manor House, Rundale Palace, Old University in Vilnius and medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn
* Service of English and German speaking tour escort on all tours
* Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
* Luggage handling in the hotels

Itinerary:

Day 1  : Arrival Tallinn(Friday)

Welcome! Your exciting Baltic Tour begins today. Arrival in Tallinn, optional transfer to hotel , check-in, welcome meeting.

Day 2  : Tallinn-Cesis(Saturday)

After breakfast we drive to the Lahemaa National Park, the biggest national park in Estonia, where we visit the Manor Houses in Palmse and Vihula. We continue to Tartu, the 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.  Hotel check-in.

Day 3  : Cesis-Vilnius(Sunday)

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. Hotel check-in.

Day 4  : Vilnius-Klaipeda(Monday)

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 visit 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. Hotel check-in.

Day 5  : Klaipeda(Tuesday)

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 an optional Lithuanian dinner at Restaurant 19th Century.

Day 6  : Klaipeda-Riga(Wednesday)

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, hotel check-in. The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.

Day 7  : Riga(Thursday)

Riga founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert is the largest of the 3 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. The afternoon is reserved for an optional visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. In the evening enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant La Boheme.

Day 8  : Riga-Tallinn(Friday)

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, hotel check-in.

Day 9  : Tallinn(Saturday)

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 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 Peppersack.

Day 10  : Tallinn Departure(Sunday)

Today marks the final day of your tour of the Baltic countries. Optional transfer to the airport.

Notes:

Group size:

min-2 pax, max-35 pax

Optional add-ons (per person):

* Transfer airport to Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia: $42.00 for private car (1-3 persons), $ 66.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)
* 8-hour excursion to the Curonian Spit: $96.00
* Lithuanian dinner at Restaurant 19th Century: $42.00
* Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral: $42.00
* 4-hour excursion to Jurmala: $48.00
* Latvian dinner at Restaurant La Boheme: $48.00
* 3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU: $48.00
* Medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack: $48.00
* Transfer Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia to airport: $42.00 for private car (1-3 persons), $66.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)
* Half board at hotels (9 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea): $291.00