baltic-state tour: Belarus & Baltic Explorer

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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. It is also famous for its imposing Stalinist architecture and grand fortifications, as well as many beautiful and historic churches, including Mir Castle, as well as ancient primeval forests. Journey from the capital, Minsk to Vilnius, then to Riga and Tallinn on this exciting tour.

Day 1 Minsk Arrival
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 Independence Square and Independence Avenue with its amazing collection of Stalinist Classicism, the Old Town, Island of Tears, the re-constructed Trinity District and Janka Kupala Park. Afternoon visit to Museum of the Great Patriotic War with more than 8000 exhibits related to the devastating tragedy of WWII in Belarus.

Day 3 Minsk: Belarus Castle 
Day excursion to one of the greatest treasures of Belarus, Mir Castle, about 100km 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 we travel to 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. Afternoon 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 magnificent Hill 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 tour this morning takes us to the stunning scenery of the Gauja National Park and Sigulda town. Hear the medieval Latvian legend of the Rose of Turaida and see the ruins of both the Episcopal Castle and 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. Evening offers organ recital at the Dome Cathedral.

Day 8 Riga Sightseeing
Riga, founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert is the largest of the three 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. Afternoon 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. Afternoon 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 Maikrahv.

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

2018 departures: 07, 21 June;   05, 19 July;   02, 16 August

Group size: Maximum 40 persons

Includes: 10 nights at centrally located 4 star hotels with daily buffet breakfast, welcome meeting with juice or champagne cocktail, 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; private arrival and departure transfers; excursions being 3hr visit to Museum of the Great Patriotic War, 6hr excursion to Mir Castle, 3hr excursion to Trakai including Trakai Castle visit, 4hr excursion to Gauja National Park, 3hr excursion to Open Air Museum, organ concert at the Dome Cathedral, 4hr excursion to Jurmala, 4hr excursion to Kadriorg and KUMU visit.

Excludesoptional special dinners being Folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas; Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest; Medieval dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv; optional half board at hotels (10 x 3-course dinner with coffee or tea).

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2415.00
Single AUD$ 3234.00

Includes: 10 nights at centrally located 4 star hotels with daily buffet breakfast, welcome meeting with juice or champagne cocktail, 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; private arrival and departure transfers; excursions being 3hr visit to Museum of the Great Patriotic War, 6hr excursion to Mir Castle, 3hr excursion to Trakai including Trakai Castle visit, 4hr excursion to Gauja National Park, 3hr excursion to Open Air Museum, organ concert at the Dome Cathedral, 4hr excursion to Jurmala, 4hr excursion to Kadriorg and KUMU visit.

Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel.