Highlights of the Baltics New Year

Best of the Baltics with New Year in Riga
8 days
28 Dec 2017
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Visit the winter highlights in this compact tour of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and spend New Year in lovely Riga.  

Now sold out for 2017.

DAY 1  28 DECEMBER - ARRIVAL VILNIUS
Arrival in Vilnius, transfer from the airport to Hotel Artis Centrum or similar; check-in, and welcome meeting.

DAY 2  29 DECEMBER - VILNIUS: OLD TOWN WALKING TOUR & TRAKAI CASTLE
Vilnius is known for having 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 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 30 DECEMBER - VILNIUS-RIGA: VIA THE 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 Ridzene or similar.

DAY 4 31 DECEMBER - RIGA: EXPLORE THE OLD TOWN, OPTIONAL GUIDED SHOPPING OR TIME AT LEISURE & NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS 
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 free for you to explore on your own and enjoy  the holiday atmosphere prior to tonight's big celebrations.  Or you might like to join an optional guided shopping excursion, visiting the interior decoration and design stores, art galleries and fashion boutiques of the Old Town, with the main focus on local brands and artists. En route we enjoy a warm cup of coffee with Latvian Christmas pastry in a cosy café. In the evening we enjoy an up-scale and entertaining fabulous New Year Gala.

DAY 4 01 JANUARY - RIGA: ART NOUVEAUX DISTRICT 
Today enjoy a fantastic tour of the famed Riga Art Nouveaux district, including a visit to the Art Nouveaux Museum, and along Riga Boulevard circle. The tour ends with a warming traditional Riga black balsam drink at a central cafe. In the evening you can enjoy an optional visit to the
traditional Lido restaurant and bar.

DAY 6 02 JANUARY - RIGA-TALLINN: VIA 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 Original Sokos Viru or similar.

DAY 7 03 JANUARY - TALLINN: MEDIEVAL EXPLORATION, KADRIOG PARK & KUMU ART MUSEUM
Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquillity and modern urban life.
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 04 JANUARY - TALLINN: DEPARTURE
Transfer from hotel to the airport.

DEPARTURE: 28 December 2017 Now sold out for 2017.

INCLUDES: 7 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels, including buffet breakfast; welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice; personalised welcome package3 hour walking tours of Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn; entrances to Old University (Vilnius), Rundale Palace, medieval Great Guild Hall (Tallinn)3 hr excursion to Trakai Castle; 3 hour visit to Riga Art Nouveaux District with visit to Art Nouveaux Museum; 3hr excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU; New Year Gala Dinner at a Riga city restaurant; services of English-speaking tour escort; travel in 1st class motor coaches or minivans throughout the itinerary; portage at hotels; service and VAT transfer airport to hotel and transfer hotel to airport.

EXCLUDES: Folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas, 1 hour guided shopping tour (Riga), 3 hour excursion to Lido, Medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1616.00
Single AUD$ 2171.00

INCLUDES: 7 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels, including buffet breakfast; welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice; personalised welcome package3 hour walking tours of Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn; entrances to Old University (Vilnius), Rundale Palace, medieval Great Guild Hall (Tallinn)3 hr excursion to Trakai Castle; 3 hour visit to Riga Art Nouveaux District with visit to Art Nouveaux Museum; 3hr excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU; New Year Gala Dinner at a Riga city restaurant; services of English-speaking tour escort; travel in 1st class motor coaches or minivans throughout the itinerary; portage at hotels; service and VAT transfer airport to hotel and transfer hotel to airport.