Baltic Highlights

Vilnius, Riga & Tallinn
8 days
Apr - Sep
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Visit the highlights in this compact tour of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. All the fabulous excursions in the itinerary are included in the tour price. 

DAY 1:  ARRIVE VILNIUS
Arrival in Vilnius, transfer from airport to Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva or similar; check-in, and welcome meeting.

DAY 2:  VILNIUS - OLD TOWN WALKING TOUR & TRAKAI CASTLE
Vilnius is known for having more than 1200 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 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 3: VILNIUS-RIGA - HILL OF CROSSES & RUNDALE PALACE
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, check-in at Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija or similar.

DAY 4: RIGA - GAUJA NATIONAL PARK, CASTLES & ETHNOGRAPHICAL MUSEUM
Before we get acquainted with Riga we have the joy of discovering medieval Latvia. Our tour 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.
Afternoon visit to the Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th Century country life.  The evening enjoy an organ recital at the lovely old Dome Cathedral.

DAY 5: RIGA - EXPLORE THE OLD TOWN & JURMALA SEA RESORT
Riga, founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a real kaleidoscope of architectural styles. The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guilds and the Freedom Monument.
The afternoon is reserved for a 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 Forest.

DAY 6: RIGA-TALLINN - PARNU SUMMER RESORT & LAND OF FORESTS
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, check-in at  Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia or similar.

DAY 7: TALLINN - MEDIEVAL EXPLORATION, KADRIOG PARK & KUMU ART MUSEUM
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, the Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, medieval Old Town Hall and Great Guild Hall.
Afternoon excursion to Kadriorg Park with a visit to the award winning Estonian art museum KUMU. The evening offers an optional medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack.

DAY 8: DEPART TALLINN 
Transfer from hotel to the airport.

DEPARTURES 2017: 

April 23  

May 14, 21 and 28  

June 04, 11, 18 and 25

July 02, 09*, 16*, 23* and 30*

August 06*, 13*, 20 and 27

September 03, 10 

*These departures will be affected by the closure of Vilnius International Airport from 14 July- 18 August 2017. During this period flights will instead arrive at and depart from alternative airports and supplements for transfer to/from your hotel in Vilnius will apply.

INCLUDES: 7 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels, including buffet breakfast; welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice; personalised welcome packageEntry to Old University (Vilnius), Rundale Palace, St. Peter’s Church (Riga) and medieval Great Guild Hall (Tallinn) Service of English-speaking tour escort; Service of 1st class motor coaches or minivans throughout the itinerary; Portage at hotels; Service and VAT; 3hr excursion to Trakai and visit to Trakai Castle4hr excursion to Gauja National Park; 3hr excursion to the Open Air Museum; Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral; 4hr excursion to Jurmala; 3hr excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU; transfer airport to hotel (Day 1 only) and transfer hotel to airport (Day 8 only) except during period 14 July - 18 August 2017 when supplementary charges for transfers will apply .

EXCLUDES: Folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas; Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest; Medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack; Half board at hotels (7 x 3 course dinners with coffee/tea).

You can upgrade to 5 star accommodation - see our tour on Baltic Highlights Deluxe with departures 04, 18 Jun; 02, 16, 30 Jul; 13 Aug 2017 

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1544.00
Single AUD$ 2081.00

INCLUDES: 7 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels, including buffet breakfast; welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice; personalised welcome packageEntry to Old University (Vilnius), Rundale Palace, St. Peter’s Church (Riga) and medieval Great Guild Hall (Tallinn) Service of English-speaking tour escort; Service of 1st class motor coaches or minivans throughout the itinerary; Portage at hotels; Service and VAT; 3hr excursion to Trakai and visit to Trakai Castle4hr excursion to Gauja National Park; 3hr excursion to the Open Air Museum; Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral; 4hr excursion to Jurmala; 3hr excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU; transfer airport to hotel (Day 1 only) and transfer hotel to airport (Day 8 only) except during period 14 July - 18 August 2017 when supplementary charges for transfers will apply .

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