$ 2,990.00 (private tour (2 people)
$ 1,980.00 (double occupancy )
$ 2,340.00 (single occupancy )
$ 3,400.00 (custom itinerary tour)
Vilnius - 4* Vilnia hotel or similar
Kaunas - 4* Europa Royale hotel or similar
Riga - 4* Europa Royale hotel or similar
Tallinn - 4* L'ermitage hotel or similar
Accommodation with breakfast in centrally located 4* hotels
Transport service as per itinerary including arrival/ departure transfers
Sightseeing tours with car and English speaking guide as per itinerary
2 dinners (Friday Night)
Admission fees: Gaon Jewish State and Samuel Bakk Museum, Vilnius university, St.John‘s Bell Tower, Trakai castle, Ninth Fort Museum, Kaunas synagogue, Sugihara house, Jews of Latvia museum, Riga’s synagogue, Turaida castle, Tallinn‘s synagogue.
Vilnius & Kaunas city taxes
Before the tour starts we suggest an optional trip to:
Vilnius – Valkininkai – Degsnes – Druskininkai – Vilnius
Morning departure to Lithuania's favorite SPA resort Druskininkai with a stop at Valkininkai and Degsnes towns where we learn about the life and traditions of the Lithuanian Jews. In the 18th century, Valkininkai had one of the outstanding synagogues in Lithuania, the so-called Lita Synagogue. Lithuanian Vaad has convened in Valkininkai. Degsnes - is a former Jewish farmer’s village. Alongside with farming the land, the Jewish residents of Degsnes were providing care for people with mental disabilities. Later this occupation became the primary source of income for most of the village inhabitants. Continue to Lithuanian resort – Druskininkai, a birthplace of a world famous sculptor Jacque Lipchitz whose father opened one of the first resort hotels in Druskininkai. Free afternoon to relax in SPA or Druskininkai Aquapark (reservations required). Return to Vilnius in the evening.
I can't put into words how much I value this trip. It was the most fantastic that I ever had. It revealed so much to me that I never knew. And for some reason I could relate to it all. Thank you so much. After the disastrous air travel and arriving in Vilnius every thing went perfect. With all the air problems the driver was waiting for me. Then on to the hotel where I met up with Giedrius Cyras to find out I was a group of 1. Again thank you for not canceling the trip. I learned so much, I am just getting out of the fog from the air travel is why you haven't heard from me sooner. Again I have to thank you Nordic Saga tours to all. Cyras was a fantastic guide, he was so knowledgeable, helpful, and tireless,I don't know if the trip would have been as great with another guide. What a wonderful experience the best trip I ever had. I must thank you again. S. Seligson
Today we begin the exciting exploration tour of the Baltic States with their rich Jewish Heritage. Arrival to Vilnius. Private transfer to the hotel upon arrival. Welsome Dinner.
Overnight in Vilnius 4* Radisson Blu Hotel or similar (D)
In the morning you can visit synagogue service or walk around the beautiful street of Vilnius Old Town. Later today we will take you on an Old Town tour. Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, was a well-known Jewish center in Europe. Jews started to settle in Vilnius in the 14th century, and by the 18th century, it became the world center of Talmudic teachings and learning, rightfully gaining the name of the Jerusalem of the North. During our tour, we will visit Gaon Jewish State Museum and learn about Jewish traditions, life, and art in Lithuania and Shoah. We will also visit Vilnius University and learn about Yiddish Institute.We will drive by Vilnius Choral Synagogue, Gediminas Castle Tower and Cathedral Square, Gothic corner and Medieval Jewish quarter with its narrow streets and small cozy courtyards, Gaon and Jewish streets, the site of now destroyed Great Vilna Synagogue, a place were Gaon of Vilna lived. Nearby is a Jewish Ghetto with a gruesome history, where 40,000 Jews were encamped in 1941-1943, Judenrat building on the Rudninku street.
Overnight in Vilnius 4* Radisson Blu Hotel or similar (B)
Morning departure to the ancient capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania – Trakai. En route stop at Ponar Forest and Memorial to pay respect to the thousands of Jews, shot in the early days of the war – but (as proved by your visit) never forgotten. Learn about escape tunnel, which location was recently discovered. Later continue to Trakai, famous for the medieval insular castle and heritage of karaites ethnic minority. Get to know how it is related to Judaism. Return to Vilnius. Visit Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum and Samuel Bakk art museum. You will learn about Jewish life, art and Shoah. Drive to Vilna Gaon’s grave in the Vilna cemetery (many come here to ask for a blessing).
Overnight in Vilnius 4* Radisson Blu Hotel or similar (B)
Morning departure to Kaunas. En route, we will stop at a unique wooden synagogue of Ziezmariai. Arrival to Kaunas, Lithuania's second-largest city and capital between two World Wars. During the city tour of Kaunas Old Town, see the castle ruins, the Town Hall Square, Cathedral, and Perkunas House. Visit former Kaunas Jewish ghetto, Kaunas Choral Synagogue, striking for its black and golden colors, as well as its Children's Memorial. Learn about the great deeds of the Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara who saved around 6000 Jewish people during the Holocaust.
Overnight in 4* Radisson Hotel or similar (B)
After breakfast, we will visit the Ninth Fort Museum, a former death site of thousands of Jewish nationals during World War II.
Continue towards Riga (Latvia). En route stops in Kedainiai and Rundale Palace. Kedainiai is a citadel of the Radzivil family, one of the most powerful nobility in late middle-age Lithuania, and a town where the Vilna Gaon lived and worked and where three synagogues remained.
Before leaving Lithuania, don‘t miss Pakruojis town. Pass by an impressive manor and the oldest wooden synagogue in Lithuania, dating 1801. Now it is renovated and houses the library.
Later visit the Rundale Palace in Latvia, created by legendary architect B. Rastrelli, with a Baroque rose garden. Afternoon arrival in Riga, the capital of Latvia.
Accommodation in 4* Europa Royale Hotel or similar (B)
Get acquainted with the charming Old Town of Riga while strolling through the cobble-stone, picturesque streets. Visit the chic "Art Nouveau" district, where many prominent Jewish Latvians, among them the philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin, once lived.
Riga has one of the world's most impressive collections of authentic Art Nouveau architecture and uniquely offers streets whose buildings are preserved almost entirely in this early 20th Century style.
In the museum "Jews in Latvia" you will learn about the life of Jews in this part of the world. Pass by the site of the Jewish Ghetto and visit the only remaining Synagogue, which today serves as the central meeting place for the Jews of Latvia. Standing since the beginning of the 20th century, the Synagogue was most likely spared from burning due to its fortunate location in the Old Town, where fires could be devastating to the surrounding buildings. Riga ghetto and Latvian Holocaust museum. Later continue to Salaspils just outside Riga. You will hear about the Nazi camp, established in 1941. During its operation, roughly 2000 lives were taken here. Although the original camp buildings were destroyed after WWII, Salaspils was turned into a memorial park, which reflects the history of the place.
Overnight in 4* Europa Royale Hotel or similar. (B)
Drive alongside the Riga Bay to Estonia's capital city - Tallinn. Pass by part of Gauja National Park and stop at the Medieval Turaida Castle. Another short stop at Estonia's resort town – Parnu. Late afternoon arrival to Tallinn.
Accommodation in 4* L'ermitage Hotel or similar. (B)
This morning, enjoy a tour of the charming city of Tallinn, considered one of Europe's best-kept travel secrets and placed on UNESCO's list of World Heritage List. Drive to the Old Town atop the hill for breathtaking views of the tiled roofs and colorful houses below. Stroll the beautifully preserved Medieval streets and become a part of Tallinn's thousands-year-old history. Walk past the impressive Alexander Nevski Cathedral to the Town Hall Square. Visit Tallinn's synagogue and learn about Estonian Jewish community life. Free afternoon to enjoy cafes, bars and get beautiful souvenirs.
Overnight in 4* L'ermitage Hotel or similar (B, D)
End of the tour. Private transfer to the airport.(B)
Group size: min-2 pax, max-10 pax