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The Baltic Renaissance (Lithuania - Latvia - Estonia) 2 - Itinerary

July 27 - August 5, 2019
10 Days / 9 Nights

Tour starts in Vilnius and ends in Tallinn

$3,780 per person / double occupancy
$1,440 optional single supplement
$330 additional night at Kempinski Hotel in Vilnius, including private airport transfer (single or double room)
Includes all fees and taxes


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This tour may be combined with:
The Krakow and the Tatra Mountains tour to Poland (July 17 - 25, 2019)
and the Saint Petersburg 2 tour to Russia (August 6 - 10, 2019)


This tour starts at 6:00PM on Saturday, July 27, 2019 in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Your flight should arrive no later than 4:00PM.

Day 1: Vilnius - Arrivals and Welcome Dinner  

Upon arriving at the Vilnius Airport, you will be met by a private chauffeur for your transfer to our historic luxury hotel in the heart of the Cathedral Square. Here we'll have some time to rest and enjoy our new surroundings close to prominent landmarks such as the impressive Gothic architecture of Saint Anne's Church and the newly reconstructed Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania. In the evening, we'll enjoy a welcome dinner at a gourmet restaurant in Vilnius, where we'll get a chance to know our fellow travelers and enjoy a lighthearted discussion about the city.
Meals: Dinner
Accommodations: Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, Vilnius

Day 2: Vilnius City Tour  

After a lavish, Lithuanian breakfast, we'll start our Baltic adventure with a private city tour of Vilnius, starting with the Cathedral Square and its Gediminas Tower, continuing to the Old Town with its mixture of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical architecture. We'll visit the Vilnius Cathedral Basilica, the Gothic churches of St. Anne, St. Bernardine, and St. Michael, and the 16th-century Gate of Dawn, one of the most important monuments in the city. The gate was once part of the defensive fortifications of Vilnius and houses an icon of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy, said to have miraculous powers. Our tour will end at the Bell Tower of the Vilnius University, from where we'll admire the best views of the city. Afterwards, we'll relax over a lunch of authentic Lithuanian cuisine, and the rest of the evening will be free to pursue our individual interests in Vilnius.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, Vilnius

Day 3: Trakai Castle  

In the morning, we'll head out to the legendary Trakai Castle. Built in the 14th century by Duke Kestutis to please his wife Birute, whose wish was to have a home surrounded by water, the castle was the main seat for the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, which stretched from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea. The castle retains its truly medieval character still today. We'll first take a private boat tour on the picturesque Lake Galve, as we admire the scenery lining the shores and views of the castle island itself. Afterwards, we'll have a guided tour of the medieval structure, with its donjon, the Ducal Palace, the interior courtyards and the medieval knights' chambers. After a leisurely lunch, we'll continue to the shores of Kauna Lagoon, where we'll find the Lithuanian Open Air Museum, one of the largest of its kind in Europe and featuring fascinating exhibits of daily life from the end of the 18th century. After touring the Open Air Museum, we'll return to Vilnius, and the rest of the evening will be at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, Vilnius

Day 4: Vilnius to Riga via Hill of Crosses and Rundale Palace  

Today, we'll say goodbye to Vilnius, as we set out for the Latvian capital of Riga. On the way, we'll stop at the revered Hill of Crosses, where ever since the November Uprising of 1831, both Lithuanians and foreign visitors have placed over 100,000 crosses and religious artifacts. After visiting this moving sight, we'll cross the border into Latvia and visit the beautifully restored, and surrounded by stunning gardens, Rundale Palace, built for the Dukes of Courland in the 18th century by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who also designed St. Petersburg’s Hermitage, and stands as a magnificent example of Baroque and Rococo art. We'll have a private guided tour of the palace and gardens and enjoy lunch on the grounds, before continuing to Riga. In the evening, we'll arrive at our opulent hotel in the heart of the city, just across from the National Opera House. After some time to relax and refresh, we'll enjoy our first taste of fine Latvian dining during dinner at the hotel's excellent restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Grand Kempinski Hotel, Riga

Day 5: Riga City Tour  

Today we'll explore Riga, affectionately known as the "Paris of the Baltics", for its unparalleled elegance and proliferation of both medieval and Art Nouveau buildings throughout the city. In the morning, we'll start with a guided walk through the 13th century cobble-stone streets of the Old Town, witnessing the grandeur of Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, the Church of St. Peter, the Swedish Gate, and the numerous lovingly restored guild and merchant houses along the way. After an atmospheric lunch in an Old Town cafe, we'll continue with a boat tour to appreciate the city from the perspective of its canals. Afterwards, we'll venture out to the New Town, famous for its Art Nouveau architecture and its golden domed Russian Orthodox Cathedral. After returning to the hotel, the evening will be free to further explore Riga's wonders according to our own interests.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Grand Kempinski Hotel, Riga

Day 6: Sigulda  

After breakfast, we'll venture outside the city and travel back in time to the Middle Ages, as we visit the town of Sigulda. Situated in the primeval Gauja River Valley, among pristine birch and pine forests, dotted with red sandstone caves, Sigulda is home to 13th century Crusader ruins as well as the Neo-Gothic, meticulously restored Sigulda Castle. We'll have a private tour of the castle and its grounds before crossing the river to the medieval Turaida Castle, where we can learn about its history, then ascend to the main tower and witness spectacular views of the beautiful Turaida Reserve. In the afternoon, we'll return to Riga and enjoy dinner at a renowned Old Town restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Grand Kempinski Hotel, Riga

Day 7: Riga to Tallinn via Parnu  

This morning, we'll leave Riga and travel to Estonia's capital Tallinn, distinguished by its modern and innovative business district, as much as by its remarkably well-preserved historical Old Town. En route, we'll stop at the seaside resort town of Parnu, Estonia's summer capital. Here, we'll take a guided walk past the town's 19th-century timber villas and neoclassical spa buildings to end at the wide, sandy Pärnu Beach, with its shallow waters and boardwalk promenades, as we enjoy the festive atmosphere of this popular vacation spot. We'll have an elegant spa lunch just steps from the beach, then continue on to Tallinn and check into our luxury hotel right in the center of the medieval Old Town. In the evening, we'll celebrate the city's seamless blend of past and present with dinner featuring both traditional Estonian fare and contemporary international influences.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Hotel Telegraaf, Tallinn

Day 8: Tallinn City Tour  

Today after breakfast, we'll be introduced to the contrast of modern life in a medieval setting, as we take a guided city tour through layers of Tallinn’s tumultuous history. From the bustling Old Town, founded in the 13th century and divided into the Lower Town and Upper Town. The Lower Town has richly decorated merchant and guild houses, towering churches, and the distinctive Gothic Town Hall; the Upper Town, also called Toompea, was the seat of German landlords in the 18th and 19th centuries. We'll visit the active Russian orthodox Alexander Nevski Cathedral, as well as the old Dome Church, which for centuries served the local German nobility. After some free time for lunch, we'll continue to the Petrine Baroque Kadriorg Palace, built for Catherine I of Russia by her husband, Peter the Great. We'll tour the palace and its art museum, displaying works from the 16th through the 20th centuries, before returning to the city center to immerse ourselves in a medieval Hanseatic dining experience during dinner at a restaurant converted from a 15th century wealthy merchant's house.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Hotel Telegraaf, Tallinn

Day 9: Open Air Museum; Estonian Sauna and Spa  

This morning, we'll continue our Estonian experience with a visit to the Open Air Museum, where we'll get a view of rural life from the 18th through the 20th centuries. We'll have the option to tour this picturesque village by bicycle or on foot, engaging in exciting experiences amidst the rustic beauty of one of Estonia's most beloved attractions. In the afternoon, we'll experience an authentic Estonian sauna followed by a session at an exclusive spa. This celebrated Estonian bathing tradition takes advantage of the curative properties of natural plant treatments and is said to cure all that ails you. After this unique spa experience, we'll celebrate our Baltic adventures and toast to our new friends, as we share our favorite memories of the Baltic Renaissance tour during a festive farewell dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Hotel Telegraaf, Tallinn

Day 10: Departures  

This is our last day in Estonia, and if you're ending your journey here, we will have arranged for your private transfer to Tallinn International Airport, according to your flight's departure time. If you're joining us for the Saint Petersburg 2 tour to Russia, we'll enjoy a morning at leisure, before our early afternoon flight to Saint Petersburg.
Meals: Breakfast

This tour ends at after breakfast on Monday, August 5, 2019 in Tallinn.
We will arrange your private airport transfer according to your flight departure time, you can book the flight at any time today. If you are combining this tour with the Saint Petersburg 2 tour to Russia, we will take an afternoon flight from Tallinn to Saint Petersburg.

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