Belarus & Baltic Explorer

Minsk, Vilnius, Riga & Tallinn
11 Days
Jun - Aug
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Belarus lies in the heart of Eastern Europe, bordered by Russia, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia and is famous for its imposing Stalinist architecture, grand fortifications, many beautiful and historic churches and buildings including the famous Mir Castle, as well as ancient primeval forests. Journey from the capital, Minsk to Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn on this exciting tour.

Day 1 Minsk Arrival
Arrival in Minsk, optional private transfer from airport to the Hotel Renaissance Minsk or similar; check-in and early evening welcome meeting.

Day 2 Minsk City Sightseeing
Minsk is one of the last undiscovered secrets of Europe, modern and historic at the same time, a green city with a cosmopolitan and bustling atmosphere. The morning sightseeing tour takes us to the Independence Square and the Independence Avenue with its amazing collection of Stalinist Classicism, the Old Town, 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 n Belarus.

Day 3 Minsk: Belarus Castle 
The day offers an optional excursion to one of the greatest treasures of Belarus, Mir Castle, about 100 km southwest of Minsk and 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 Minsk - Vilnius
Morning at leisure to explore more of the city on your own. In the afternoon continue to reach Vilnius, check-in at Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva or similar.

Day 5 Vilnius: Old Town Tour & 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. 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 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 reach the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Following a guided tour of the palace travel through the rolling hills of Southern Latvia to reach Riga in the late afternoon. Check-in at Hotel Mercure Riga or similar.

Day 7 Riga: Gauja National Park,Ethnographical Open Air Museum, and Organ Recital
Before we get acquainted with Riga we discover 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 recital at the Dome Cathedral.

Day 8 Riga Sightseeing
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 Forest. 

Day 9 Riga - Parnu -Tallinn
Continue 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 the Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia or similar.

Day 10 Tallinn Sightseeing
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 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 offers an optional medieval farewell dinner at Restaurant Peppersack.

Day 11 Tallinn Departure
Optional private transfer from the hotel to the airport and end of arrangements.

Departures 2018: June 07 and 21; July 05 and 19; August 02 and 16

Includes: 10 nights at centrally located 4 star hotels with daily buffet breakfast, welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice, entrances to Old University in Vilnius, Rundale Palace, medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn; services of English speaking tour escort, transport in 1st class coaches or minivans throughout the itinerary, portage at hotels. 

Excludesoptional private arrival and departure transfers; optional excursions being 3 hour visit to Museum of the Great Patriotic War, 6 hour excursion to Mir Castle, 3 hour excursion to Trakai including Trakai Castle visit, 4 hour excursion to Gauja National Park, 3 hour excursion to Open Air Museum, organ concert at the Dome Cathedral, 4 hour excursion to Jurmala, 4 hour excursion to Kadriorg and visit to KUMU; optional special dinners being Folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas; Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest; Medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack;optional half board at hotels (10 x 3 course dinner with coffee or tea).

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1833.00
Single AUD$ 2633.00

Includes: 10 nights at centrally located 4 star hotels with daily buffet breakfast, welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice, entrances to Old University in Vilnius, Rundale Palace, medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn; services of English speaking tour escort, transport in 1st class coaches or minivans throughout the itinerary, portage at hotels. Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel.