(Klaipeda, Kaunas, Vilnius)
Explore the unique history of the Baltic nations with your private guide. A proud maritime tradition, mix of Soviet culture and today's westernized capitals all combine to make this trip memorable. Visitors will enjoy a richly rewarding stroll through the compact old cities lined with cafes, boutiques, spectacular churches and castles. Private transfers between cities offer the chance to explore the countryside or stop at a quaint shop on a whim. Enjoy it all with the convenience of a personal vehicle and driver.
A private transfer between airport and your accommodation or the city of Tallinn is provided.
A welcome package with your vouchers, a city map, and any other touristic information that you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip. A key chain gift is also included.
Situated in the old city of Tallinn, My City Hotel (4*) is surrounded by the business and entertainment districts and is adjacent to fashionable shops and restaurants. Reflecting a tradition of classical style and elegance, the hotel offers a charming setting, ideal for any traveler. All 68 elegantly designed guest rooms feature amenities to satisfy the needs of the most demanding traveler. The warm atmosphere and professional staff of My City Hotel will make your stay in Tallinn pleasant and memorable.
Stating your private city tour at St. Charles’ Cathedral, you will explore Tallinn’s highlights, while your private guide provides you with exclusive inside information of the town’s history. The visit to the National Library is be followed by the Pirita River where the Olympic Yachting Regatta was hosted in 1980. Take a few minutes to admire the Olympic Center on the opposite side of the river before your guide takes you to the ruins of St.Bridget’s Convent. On the way back to the city, you pass the Song Festival Grounds where every 5 years a 120-year-old Estonian song festival takes place. The residential area of Lasnamäe and the Kadriorg Park and Palace. From here a short walk leads you up the Toompea Hill. The tour continues with the Parliament building and the 100 year old Alexander Nevsky Cathedral which is famous for its onion domes. With its interesting collection of coats-of-arms and tombstones, the Dome Cathedral, built 13th-14th centuries is well worth a visit. Two viewing platforms provide you with breathtaking panoramic views of this charming town and are followed by a visit to the Long Leg and Short Leg Streets. Back in the Lower Old Town you will learn about St. Nicholas Church before concluding your city exploration at the Town Hall Square, its Pharmacy the Town Hall building itself which is often described as a ‘Gothic Masterpiece’. Entrance fees are not included.
Enjoy a private transfer from Tallinn to Riga, via Parnu and Sigulda. On your way visit Sigulda with Gauja National Park. The park, located about 50 km from Riga in the Gauja River valley, is known as the most popular tourist and leisure destination. This tour enables one to experience a genuine whiff of the Middle Ages, a time of romantic legends, castles, and heroic figures by visiting the ruins of the 13th century Turaida Castle, and a local History Museum. During the tour you will have private vehicle with an English speaking driver and an English speaking guide at Turaida Castle. Entrance fees are included.
Gutenbergs (4*) is a boutique style hotel located in the center of the Old Town in Riga. The buildings of the hotel were built in the XVI and XIX centuries for needs of a printing-house and in 2001, it was opened as a hotel. Famous for its gorgeous interior, romantic and historical style, it has 38 rooms of various designs with all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay. With beautiful paintings, engravings, antiques, and old books in the guest rooms and corridors, it will be as if it is centuries ago.
The guided walking tour of Old Riga takes you down the streets at the centre of this medieval Hanseatic old town. Marvel at the splendors of the Dome Cathedral, the Old Guild house, the Riga Castle, and the architectural wonders of the Jugendstil district. The walking tour continues to the Monument of Freedom then proceeds to the newly renovated Opera House. From there the tour takes you into Old Riga with stops at Konveta Seta, the colourful 13th century buildings that formerly housed the Convent of the Holy Spirit and is now a modern hotel complex; St. Peters Church, the House of the Blackheads, the Dome Cathedral, the Riga Castle, which is now the residence of the President of Latvia, and the houses of the Latvian parliament building, the Saeima. The tour also includes visits to many other sites of historical and architectural interest such as Jackob’s Barracks and the Powder Tower.
Enjoy a private transfer from Riga to Klaipeda. During your transfer visit Rundale Palace located 66 km away of Riga. One of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Latvia, it was built in 1736-1740 as a summer residence for the Duke of Courland, Ernst Johann Biron. The palace was designed by an outstanding Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the creator of the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg. The Rundale Palace is one of the few remaining palaces in Latvia, where the very essence of the 18th century may still be experienced. Continue to Hill of Crosses located 12km from Siauliai. It is believed that there was a castle, but it was burned by Sword bearers in 1348. The crosses were mentioned for the first time in written chronicles in 1850, though their appearance is connected with the suppression of the rebellion in 1831. You will then be taken to Klaipeda. Entrance fees to Rundale Palace included.
Located in the heart of the city, the Radisson Blu Hotel (4*), Klaipeda is a prime seaside destination for families on holiday and to the Baltics. The 74 rooms and four Suites offer stylish New England maritime décor and first-class amenities. Dine in-house at the maritime-themed Newport Restaurant or catch happy hour at the Lobby Bar. All guests have access to the fully equipped fitness studio and steam bath. Offering the best in amenities, such as Free high-speed, wireless Internet access and a restaurant and bar, this Klaipeda hotel offers something for everyone.
The Curonian Spit is a 98 km long, thin, curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast. Meet your guide at your hotel for a private tour, on which you will visit an area that hosts some of the worlds most precious sand dunes and a menagerie of elk, deer, and avian wildlife. The fragile spit, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is divided between Lithuania and Russia’s Kaliningrad region in the south. After your tour concludes you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Enjoy a private transfer from Klaipeda to Kaunas via Palanga. On the way, you will get to visit the Amber Museum. The museum's collection of amber comprises about 28,000 pieces, of which about 15,000 contain inclusions of insects, spiders, or plants. About 4,500 pieces of amber are exhibited; many of these are items of artwork and jewelry. Continue to your final destination Kaunas. Entrance fees included.
As the 2nd largest town in Lithuania, Kaunas has a primarily Lithuanian population, ensuring a truly authentic experience. The past and present are deeply intertwined in this historic town with numerous architectural monuments, gothic and baroque churches and beautiful 18th and 19th century buildings on display. Visit the fortification wall, built in the 13th century but later destroyed by crusaders. Explore the Town Hall Square, in the heart of the Old Town, where municipal meetings took place. Marvel at the beauty and the tumultuous history of The Jesuit Church, the first Baroque Church constructed in 1666 and renamed after Saint Alexander Nevsky in 1825. The Cathedral, The Church of Vytautas, and The Perkunas House are all notable sites that must be seen for their history and varied architectural influences. At the end of the tour visit Devil's Museum. Entrance fees are included.
The Best Western Hotel (4*) Santakos is situated on a very calm and quiet street in the very heart of Kaunas, considered to be the most Lithuanian town in Lithuania. Built in 1895 as a wine cellar with ascetic exterior, 100 years later, in 1995, the building was transformed into a cozy hotel with elegant exterior; later it was one of the first to become a prestigious visiting card of the city. In 1999, the hotel was the first to be awarded the four-star rating. The rather modest ascetic red-brick exterior of the building emphasizes the coziness and homelike atmosphere of the interior, where rational forms with classical elements and features of historicism prevail. Wooden beams, decorative stoves, fire places and nice ceramic art work are only a few of the features that can be found at the hotel.
Enjoy a private transfer from Kaunas to Vilnius.
Boutique Grotthuss hotel (4*) is located on an idyllic cobble-stone street in the heart of Vilnius’ Old Town secured by UNESCO, within several minutes walking distance of all the major points of interest (Town hall only 3 min. away). The hotel offers 20 beautifully appointed rooms and suites with original paintings and artworks. The aristocratic atmosphere and elegant service, along with all conveniences to modern life, including Internet access in all hotel (ISDN in rooms + Wi-Fi everywhere), makes this the ideal hotel for the discerning traveller. The restaurant “La Pergola” with a beautiful terrace is ideal place to have a lunch or dinner with a glass of wine in a good company. You will be surrounded by waitress attention and elegance. Restaurant “La Pergola” is one of the leading gourmet restaurants in Vilnius, with a wide wine selection the sommelier will recommend for You most impressive wine to each dishes. The restaurant is away from city noise, rush You will find a cosiness and calm, guests are calling “it is a pearl in a shell”. The shell is a part of ancient Vilnius defence wall.
The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, is one of the oldest cities in Europe. In the 14th century, at the foot of the hill, the town started to develop. In 1503, Vilnius was surrounded by the defensive wall. Old Town of Vilnius is not only one of the most beautiful, but one of the biggest in Europe. The heart of Vilnius, Old Town, is a mixture of different epochs and architectural styles. There are more than one thousand archeological, historical, architectural, and cultural monuments in the Old Town. That's why in 1994 Vilnius was included in the list as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Vilnius Cathedral and Town Hall Square, Vilnius University, St Anne's and Bernardine Churches, Gate of Dawn, and St Peter and Paul's Church. Entrance fees are not included.
Enjoy a private transfer to the airport.
Depart from Villnius airport - end of itinerary.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Estonia for the most up to date visa information.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Latvia for the most up to date visa information.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Lithuania for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is required. Medical facilities are poor quality and not widespread. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/lithuania.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Vilnius. Government: Republic. Gained independence from Russia/Germany 1918-1940 and from the Soviet Union in 1990. Language: Lithuanian is the official language. Lithuania has a large number of dialects for such a small territory, including High Lithuanian (Aukstaiciai) and Low Lithuanian (Zemaiciai). Religion: Predominantly (79%), Roman Catholic with Russian Orthodox and Protestant, including Evangelical Lutheran and Evangelical Reformist. Time: GMT + 2 (GMT + 3 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October). Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. European two-pin plugs are in use. Telephone: Country code +370. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good. Internet: Internet is available; public access is at the Lithuanian National Library and increasingly at Internet centers and cafes in main cities and towns.
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