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Belarus and Baltic Explorer

11 days
10 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

Per person:
$ 1,285.00 (double occupancy)
$ 1,870.00 (single occupancy)

Dates:

Jun 08, 2017 - Jun 18, 2017 
Jun 22, 2017 - Jul 02, 2017 
Jul 06, 2017 - Jul 16, 2017 
Jul 20, 2017 - Jul 30, 2017 
Aug 03, 2017 - Aug 13, 2017 
Aug 17, 2017 - Aug 27, 2017 

Hotels:

Minsk - Renaissance Minsk****
Vilnius - Radisson Blu Lietuva****
Riga - Radisson Blu Latvija****
Tallin - Radisson Blu Olympia****

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

Included:

• 10 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels
• 10 x buffet breakfast
• Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
• Personalized welcome package
• Entrances to Old University in Vilnius, Rundale Palace and Medieval Guild Hall in Tallinn
• Service of German and English speaking tours escort on all tours
• Service of Italian and Spanish speaking tour escort on all tours
• Service of 1st class coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
• Portage at hotels

Itinerary:

Day 1  : Thursday -Arrival Minsk

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

Day 2  : Friday - Minsk

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 with Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, the Island of Tears, the reconstructed Trinity District and the Janka Kupala Park. The afternoon offers an optional visit to Museum of the Great Patriotic War with more than 8000 exhibits related to the devastating tragedy of WWII in Belarus.

Day 3  : Saturday - Minsk

The day offers an optional 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. The evening offers an optional dinner at Restaurant Gambarinus.

Day 4  : Sunday - Minsk - Vilnius

The morning is reserved for an optional excursion to Catholic and Orthodox Churches of Minsk including the Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Spirit. In the afternoon we are driving 180 km to reach Vilnius, hotel check-in.

Day 5  : Monday - 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.

Day 6  : Tuesday - Vilnius - Riga

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, hotel check-in.

Day 7  : Wednesday - Riga

Before we get acquainted with Riga we have the possibility of discovering medieval Latvia. The optional 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 an optional visit to the Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th century country life. The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.

Day 8  : Thursday - Riga

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 9  : Friday - Riga-Tallin

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 10  : Tallin

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

Day 11  : Tallin

Optional transfer to the airport.

Notes:

Optional:
Transfer from airport to Hotel Renaissance Minsk: $ 112.50 for private car (1-3 persons), $ 150.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)
6- hours excursion to Mir Castle: $ 112.50
Optional dinner at Restaurant Mirsky Zamok: $ 82.50
3-hours excursion to Churches of Minsk: $ 52.50
3-hour excursion to Trakai and visit to Trakai Castle: $ 60.00
Folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas: $ 60.00
4-hour excursion to Gauja National Park: $ 75.00
3-hour excursion to the Open Air Museum: $ 60.00
Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral: $ 52.50
4-hour excursion to Jurmala: $ 60.00
Latvian dinner at Restaurant La Boheme: $ 60.00
Transfer Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija to airport: $ 52.50 for private car (1-3 persons), $ 82.50 for private minivan (4-7 persons)
Half board at hotel (8 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea): $ 345.00

Visa
Visa can be obtained at arrival at Minsk-2 International Airport for residents of countries, where there is no Belarus consulate. Residents of countries, where there is a Belarus consulate, are required to aly for visa here. Costs for visa suort for issuing visa at consular departments in foreign countries are included into the prices. Sulement for visa suort for issuing visa at Minsk-2 International Airport: $ 15.00