Baltic Impressions

Tallinn, Cesis, Vilnius, Klaipeda & Riga
10 days
May - Sep
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This tour takes you not only to the main Baltic cities of Tallinn, Vilnius and Riga but also through the countryside to the charming smaller towns of Cesis and Klaipeda.  All the fabulous excursions in the itinerary are included in the tour price. 

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DAY 1: ARRIVAL TALLINN
Arrival in Tallinn, transfer from the airport to Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia or similar; check-in and welcome meeting. Time at leisure.

DAY 2: TALLINN-CESIS: MANOR HOUSES, TARTU OLD TOWN AND HANSEATIC TREASURES
After breakfast we drive to the Lahemaa National Park, where we visit the Manor Houses in Palmse and Vihula. We continue to Tartu, the university town, where Estonia gained its statehood. We see the charming Old Town and the University founded in 1632. From Tartu we drive onwards into Latvia to Cesis, a Hanseatic city with winding streets, castle ruins and beautiful gardens. Check-in at Hotel Kolonna Cesis or similar.

DAY 3: CESIS-VILNIUS: GAUJA NATIONAL PARK, SIGULDA, CASTLES AND RUNDALE PALACE 
Today we drive through the Gauja National Park to Sigulda, a popular holiday resort. We see the ruins of the Episcopal Castle and the ruins of the Castle of the Knights of the Sword before we drive around Riga to hit the highway down to Vilnius. En-route we reach the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Following a guided tour of the palace we travel through Lithuania to reach Vilnius late afternoon. Check in at Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva or similar.

DAY 4: VILNIUS-KLAIPEDA: MEDIEVAL OLD TOWN & TRAKAI CASTLE
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. Anna’s Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn. After the tour we continue to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania and we visit the well preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve. The balance of the day is spent en route to Klaipeda, where we arrive late afternoon. Check-in at Hotel National or similar.

DAY 5: KLAIPEDA: CURONIAN SPIT - SAND DUNES, SEA AND FOREST, THOMAS MANN SUMMERHOUSE
The day is reserved for a full-day tour to the Curonian Spit, a thin, 100 km stretch of land between the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon with small fishing villages, pine forests and endless sand dunes. Our first stop is the Hill of Witches in Juodkrante. After that we continue to Nida, where we visit the High Dunes, Thomas Mann’s summerhouse and get acquainted with the charming resort town before we drive back to Klaipeda. The evening offers an optional Lithuanian dinner at Restaurant 19th Century.

DAY 6: KLAIPEDA-RIGA: OLD TOWN & GUILD HOUSES, SAMOGITIA NATIONAL PARK, HILL OF CROSSES
Klaipeda first became a part of Lithuania in 1923 and had a long history as a German town called Memel. A short sightseeing tour takes us to the Old Town with its narrow, cobblestone streets and old guild houses and we visit the Theatre Square and the Aennchen von Tharau Fountain. We now continue to the Samogitia National Park, where we embark on a walking tour around the picturesque Lake Plateliai. After that we continue to Siauliai and Cross Hills, one of the holiest sites of Catholic Lithuania. We head North into Latvia and reach Riga in the afternoon, check-in at Hotel Radissson Blu Latvija or similar. The evening offers an organ recital at the historic Dome Cathedral.

DAY 7: RIGA: OLD TOWN EXPLORATION, JURMALA SEA RESORT
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 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 8: RIGA-TALLINN: PARNU SUMMER RESORT, FOREST LANDSCAPES
Onwards along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu, for 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 9: TALLINN: OLD TOWN, 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.  In the afternoon an excursion to Kadriorg Park and KUMU the new Estonian art museum. The evening offers an optional medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack.

DAY 10: TALLINN DEPARTURE
Transfer from hotel to airport.

Departures: May 12, 19 & 26;  June 02, 09, 16, 23 & 30; July 07, 14, 21 & 28; August 04, 11, 18 & 25; September 01 & 08 2017

Extra nights can be added at the beginning or end.

INCLUDES: Transfer airport to hotel (Day 1 only), 9 overnights at centrally located 3-4 star hotels including buffet breakfast, welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice, personalised welcome package, Entrances to Palmse Manor House, Rundale Palace, Old University (Vilnius), and the medieval Great Guild Hall (Tallinn); 8-hour excursion to the Curonian Spit, Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral, 4-hour excursion to Jurmala, 3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU, transfer hotel to airport (Day 10 only); Service of English speaking tour escort; service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary, Portage at hotels, Service and VAT.

EXCLUDES:  Lithuanian dinner at Restaurant 19th CenturyLatvian dinner at Restaurant Forest; Medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack, Half board at hotels (9 x 3 course dinners with coffee/tea).

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1755.00
Single AUD$ 2356.00

INCLUDES: Transfer airport to hotel (Day 1 only), 9 overnights at centrally located 3-4 star hotels including buffet breakfast, welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice, personalised welcome package, Entrances to Palmse Manor House, Rundale Palace, Old University (Vilnius), and the medieval Great Guild Hall (Tallinn); 8-hour excursion to the Curonian Spit, Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral, 4-hour excursion to Jurmala, 3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU, transfer hotel to airport (Day 10 only); Service of English speaking tour escort; service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary, Portage at hotels, Service and VAT.

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