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Amber Coast

11 days
10 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

Per person:

$ 1,000.00 (double occupancy)
$ 1,345.00 (single occupancy)

Dates:

May 19, 2017 - May 29, 2017 
Jun 09, 2017 - Jun 19, 2017 
Jun 23, 2017 - Jul 03, 2017 
Aug 18, 2017 - Aug 28, 2017 

Hotels:

Vilnius - "NOVOTEL VILNIUS CENTRE" or similar
Druskininkai - "EUROPA ROYALE DRUSKININKAI" or similar
Nida - NIDOS BANGA"" or similar
Klaipeda - "RADISSON BLU KLAIPEDA" or similar
Riga - "RADISSON BLU LATVIJA" or similar

Included:

• 10 nights at the 4- star hotels (exception: 3-star hotel in Nida)
• Buffet breakfast daily
• Welcome cocktail at hotel in Vilnius
• Lunch at the restaurant at Kintai, tasting of local fish dish on day 8
• Transportation by air-conditioned coach or minivan as per itinerary on days 2- 4, 8-11
• Ferry ticket from Klaipeda to the Curonian Spit
• Ecological fees for Curonian Spit
• Boat trip from Nida to the Nemunas River Delta Regional Park
• English and German speaking guide escort on days 2-5, 8-11
• Excursions as per itinerary
• Entrances to: St. Stanislaw Cathedral, Bernadine Garden, Amber gallery- museum, Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit in Vilnius, Vilnius University with St. John’s Church and St. Peter and Paul’s Church, Trakai Castle, Grutas Park, Cathedral in Kaunas, Th. Mann museum, the Fisherman’s House- museum and Amber Gallery in Nida, Amber museum in Palanga, the Dome Church and Riga Central Market.
• Individual information package (city guides and program)

Itinerary:

Vilnius-Trakai-Druskininkai-Nida-Klaipeda-Palanga-Hill of crosses-Riga 

 

Day 1  : VILNIUS

Welcome! Your Baltic tour begins today upon arriving in Vilnius. Individual transfers to your hotel (not included). Check in at the hotel. 7:00 p.m. welcome meeting at the hotel with tour guide. 

Day 2  : VILNIUS-TRAKAI-VILNIUS (50 km)

9:00 a.m. a city tour of Vilnius, capital of Lithuania for more than 600 years. The tour includes: St.Peter and Paul’s Church, Gediminas Castle, Cathedral Square with St. Stanislaw Cathedral and Bell tower, Bernadine Garden, St.Ann and Bernardines’ Church, Amber gallery-museum, Užupis -one of the oldest districts of Vilnius, mentioned in the historical sources as far back as the 16th century, nowadays the artists’ “republic”, which has its own constitution, national anthem, calendar and map,  the Gates of Dawn with a holy image of the Virgin Mary, short photo stop on the street Subaciaus to throw the view of the old town from the observation deck , Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit, Town Hall Square and Vilnius University (founded in 1579) with St. John’s Church. Afternoon trip to Trakai (25 km from Vilnius), the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Visit to the insular castle of the 14th century, erected on a small island in the lake Galve. Return to Vilnius. In the evening optional: dinner at Lithuanian restaurant “ Lokys” or similar.

Day 3  : VILNIUS-DRUSKININKAI (130 km)

Breakfast at hotel. Departure for Druskininkai. Stop in Grutas village for a visit to Grutas Park an open-air exhibition of the Soviet era sculptures and monuments. Arrival in Druskininkai, check-in at the hotel. City tour of Druskininkai, the oldest health resort in Lithuania. The pride of the town is its mineral springs. In 1794 the king of Poland and Lithuania announced a decree officially designating Druskininkai as a health resort.. Possibility to try various spa treatments against extra payment at health center.  Dinner at hotel.

Day 4  : DRUSKININKAI- KAUNAS KLAIPEDA- JUODKRANTE - NIDA (400 km)

9:00 a. m. departure for Nida. Stopover in Kaunas – former temporary capital of Lithuania. City tour of Kaunas- the second largest city of Lithuania - includes ruins of the castle, Town Hall Square with its impressive monuments, visit to Cathedral. Arrival in Klaipeda. Ferry trip to the Curonian Spit. Visit the Hill of Witches which houses a hundred fanciful and folksy wooden sculptures scattered along a forest path in Juodkrante. Arrival in Nida. Check in at hotel. Dinner at hotel.

Day 5  : NIDA

Walking tour of Nida resort, including the Fisherman’s House- museum, famous German writer Thomas Mann’s House, Amber Gallery, old ethnographic cemetery, neo-gothic church and a walk along impressive sand dunes.

Day 6  : NIDA

Leisure time.

Day 7  : NIDA

Nida is an old fishing village on the Curonian Spit washed by the Baltic Sea from one side and the Curonian Lagoon from the other side. Today Nida is the largest settlement of the town of Neringa and one of the most beautiful resorts in Lithuania. The ancient fishermen’s architecture is distinguished by its originality. One can choose from a variety of activities such as water sports and cycling.

Day 8  : NIDA-MINIJA-VENTE-KLAIPEDA (70 km)

11:00 a.m. departure by boat from Nida to the Nemunas River Delta Regional Park. En route passing the Minija village called the Lithuanian Venice, where the River Minija serves as the main street. . Departure by coach to for lunch at the restaurant at Kintai, tasting of local fish dish. Departure by coach to the Vente Horn. Visit of the ornithological station and the 19th century lighthouse. Arrival in Klaipeda. Check-in at the hotel.

Day 9  : KLAIPEDA-PALANGA-KLAIPEDA (50 km)

City tour of Klaipeda, the main seaport of Lithuania, includes walking in the old part of the town which is interesting for frame-built architecture, cozy closed yards, paved streets, the Theatre Square with a sculpture of “Annchen von Tharau”, Old Post Office. Trip to Palanga, the biggest seaside resort of Lithuania. City tour including the visit to the Botanical Garden and Amber Museum in the Palace of Count Tyszkiewicz, with over 25000 pieces of amber and 15000 inclusions of insects on display, further walk by the Birutė Hill along the sea coast, on the sea bridge and on pedestrian Basanavičiaus street famous for its cafes and restaurants with live music. Return to Klaipeda. In the evening optional dinner at the restaurant “Taravos Anike” or similar.

Day 10  : KLAIPEDA-HILL OF CROSSES-RUNDALE-RIGA(380 km)

9:00 a.m. departure by coach to Riga, the capital of Latvia. Stop at the Hill of Crosses (16 km from Šiauliai), the unforgettable place with thousands of crosses on two small hills. Further drive to Riga. Stop in Rundale. Visit to Rundale Palace of the 18th century, a beautiful late baroque palace in Latvia. It is a splendid example of the early work of famous Italian architect F.B.Rastrelli. Arrival in Riga, check-in at the hotel.

Notes:

Group size: min 2 pax, max-35 pax

• Arrival/ departure transfer ( one way) in Vilnius :
Car (1-2 persons) - $42 per vehicle
Minivan (3-6 persons) - $66 per vehicle
• Additional night in Vilnius :
Hotel NOVOTEL VILNIUS CENTRE or similar
SGL $114 per room per night, including breakfast
DBL $126 per room per night, including breakfast
• Lithuanian dinner at restaurant “Lokys” or similar in Vilnius – $36
• Dinner at restaurant “Pilies uostas” or similar in Klaipeda – $36
• Additional night in Riga:
Hotel RADISSON BLU LATVIJA or similar
SGL $120 per room per night, including breakfast
DBL $132 per room per night, including breakfast
• Departure transfer in Riga :
Car (1-2 persons) - $48 per vehicle
Minivan (3-6 persons) - $72 per vehicle
• Half board at hotels( 8 x dinners: 3 course menu + tea/coffee) - $348