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Baltic Circle Plus Tour from Vilnius

16 days
15 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

Per person:

$1,440.00 (double occupancy)
$1,840.00 (single occupancy)

Dates:

May 19, 2017 - Jun 03, 2017 
Jun 09, 2017 - Jun 24, 2017 
Jun 23, 2017 - Jul 08, 2017 
Aug 18, 2017 - Sep 02, 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
Tallinn - "SOKOS VIRU" or similar
Sigulda - "SEGEVOLD" or similar

Included:

• 15 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 -15
• 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, 8-15
• Excursions as per itinerary
• Entrances to: St. Peter and Paul’s Church, Vilnius University with St. John’s Church, St. Stanislaw Cathedral, Bernadine Garden, Amber gallery- museum and Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit in Vilnius, Trakai Castle, Grutas Park, Kaunas Cathedral, Thomas Mann museum, the Fisherman’s House- museum and Amber Gallery in Nida, Amber museum in Palanga, Rundale Palace, the Dome Church and Riga Central Market, the Dome Church and Orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky in Tallinn, Turaida Castle, Sigulda Castle.
• Individual information package (city guides and program)

Itinerary:

Day 1  : VILNIUS

Your Baltic Tour starts in Vilnius. Individual transfer to your hotel (not included). Check-in at the hotel. Meet your tour guide at 7:00pm in hotel lobby for orientation meeting. Overnight in Vilnius

Day 2  : VILNIUS - TRAKAI - VILNIUS

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, St. Ann and Bernardines’ Churches, 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, 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 cuisine restaurant. Overnight in Vilnius.

Day 3  : VILNIUS - DRUSKININKAI

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Druskininkai with a stop in Grutas village and visit to Grutas Park, an open air exhibition of the Soviet era sculptures and monuments. Arrival in Druskininkai and check-in at the hotel. In the afternoon, a city tour of Druskininkai, the oldest health resort in Lithuania with its famous mineral springs. In the evening you will have the opportunity to try various spa treatments (not included) at the health center. Dinner at hotel. Overnight in Druskininkai.

Day 4  : DRUSKININKAI - KAUNAS - KLAIPEDA - JUODKRANTE - NIDA

9:00 am departure to 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 with a hundred funny folk wooden sculptures scattered along a forest path in Juodkrante. Arrival in Nida. Check in at hotel. Dinner at hotel. Overnight in Nida.

Day 5  : NIDA

Morning 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. Overnight in Nida.

Day 6  : NIDA

Leisure time for you to relax and explore our amazing Baltic nature and small Lithuanian fishing towns and resorts. 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. Overnight in Nida.

Day 7  : NIDA

Leisure time for you to relax and explore our amazing Baltic nature and small Lithuanian fishing towns and resorts. 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. Overnight in Nida.

Day 8  : NIDA - MINIJA - VENTE - KLAIPEDA

In the morning we will leave by boat from Nida to the Nemunas River Delta Regional Park. En route stop in Uostadvaris. Visit the old lighthouse built in 1876. Continue to Kintai settlement passing the Minija village called the Lithuanian Venice, where the River Minija serves as the main street. 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 and hotel check-in. Overnight in Klaipeda.

Day 9  : KLAIPEDA - PALANGA - KLAIPEDA

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 Birute Hill along the sea coast, on the sea bridge and on pedestrian Basanaviciaus 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. Overnight in Klaipeda.

Day 10  : KLAIPEDA - HILL OF CROSSES - RUNDALE - RIGA

9:00 a.m. departure by coach to Riga, the capital of Latvia. Stop at the Hill of Crosses (16 km from Šiauliai), a unique site 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. Overnight in Riga.

Day 11  : RIGA

In the morning, at 9:00am city tour of Riga. A combined coach and walking tour offers the most well-known sights of Riga while driving along the central boulevards and enjoying the view of the City Canal Parks, the Bastion Hill and the Powder Tower, the Latvian National Theatre and Latvian National Opera House, Fine Arts Museum, the Art Nouveau Buildings of the beginning of the 20th century, the Freedom Monument, University of Latvia, and the Daugava River.

During the walking part of the tour you will enjoy the beauty of the ancient Hanseatic City: picturesque streets of the Old Town, the Dome Cathedral, the Church of St. Peter, the old Guild Houses, the Swedish Gate, St. Jacob’s Church, St. Mary Magdalene's Church, the Parliament House, and Old Riga Castle. Following the visit of the famous market halls of Riga. Afternoon optional excursion to Jurmala. In the evening optional dinner at Latvian restaurant. Overnight in Riga.

Day 12  : RIGA - PÄRNU - TALLINN

9:00 a.m. departure for Tallinn with a stop in Pärnu, Estonia “Summer Capital”. This little town has been known as a summer health resort since the first spa opened here in the 1830s. Further drive to Tallinn. Arrival in Tallinn, check-in at the hotel. Overnight in Tallinn.

Day 13  : TALLINN

After breakfast enjoy a city tour of Tallinn, visiting the Old Town of Tallinn - an example of Gothic architecture in the Baltic and Nordic countries. The tour includes Toompea Castle fortifications, the Dome Church (13th century), the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky (19th century), Town Hall Square (15th century), St. Catherine's Passage, where artists of St. Catherine guild present their work, St. Olaf’s Church. Afternoon optional excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to Kadriorg Palace. In the evening optional Estonian dinner. Overnight in Tallinn.

Day 14  : TALLINN - TARTU - SIGULDA

9:00 a.m. departure for Sigulda. Stopover in Tartu, the second largest town in Estonia. City tour of Tartu, including Tartu University, Toome Hill Park with its monuments, sculptures, bridges and ruins of gothic Church, panoramic view of the town with Jaani Church and Town Hall Square. Further drive to Sigulda (Latvia). Short stop in a small ancient town of Cesis for a walk in Castle Park. Arrival in Sigulda, check-in at the hotel. Overnight in Sigulda.

Day 15  : SIGULDA - VILNIUS

Morning walk in Gauja National Park, including visit to Turaida Castle and the ruins of the 13th century Crusader Castle in Sigulda. A further drive to Vilnius. Arrival in Vilnius, check-in at the hotel. Overnight in Vilnius.

Day 16  : VILNIUS

Breakfast. End of the tour.

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 person) - $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 
• Excursion (4 hours) to Jurmala – $48 
• Latvian dinner at restaurant “Key to Riga” or similar in Riga – $42 
• Excursion (3 hours) to Kadriorg Park and visit to Kadriorg Palace- $54 
• Dinner at restaurant “Pepersack” or similar in Tallinn - $42 
• Half board at hotels ( 15 x dinners: 3 course menu + tea/coffee) - $528