(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 transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
A welcome package with a city map, and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
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 followed by the Pirita River where the Olympic Yachting Regatta was hosted in 1980. Take a few minutes to admire the Olympic Centre 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 tour continues with the Parliament building and the 100 year old Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, famous for its onion domes. With its interesting collection of coat-of-arms and tombstones, the Dome Cathedral, built the13th-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. 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 a private vehicle with an English speaking driver and an English speaking guide at Turaida Castle. Entrance fees are included.
Hotel Gutenbergs (4*) is a boutique style hotel located in the centre of Old Town in Riga. The buildings of the hotel were constructed in the 16th and 19th centuries to serve as a printing-house. In 2001, it was reopened as a hotel keeping many of its original features. 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 take you back in time and you’ll feel as if you just entered the 18th century.
The guided walking tour of Old Riga takes you down the streets through the centre of this medieval Hanseatic old town. Marvel at the splendors of the Dome Cathedral, the Old Guild house, 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. Your private guide will also show you St. Peters Church, House of the Blackheads, Dome Cathedral, 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.
The luxurious Grotthuss Hotel (4*) is a boutique hotel situated in the heart of Vilnius old town within a three-minute walk to Town Hall, museums, and a vibrant fashion district. The estate dates back to the 18th century and it is surrounded by a 16th century city. The sight-seeing is the most worthwhile and popular with many sites just around the corner from the hotel. This exclusive little gem is renowned for its exceptional value, caring service, and generous hospitality. The property offers bright spacious rooms with individual elegant décor. Each room benefits from original features such as ceiling decorations, private bathrooms, original Lithuanian artist paintings, and sumptuous linens.
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 and was surrounded by a defensive city wall in 1503. The Old Town is not only one of the most beautiful, but one of the biggest in Europe. The over one thousand archaeological, historical, architectural, and cultural monuments in the Old Town make this city a true treasure. For this reason Vilnius was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Your guide will provide you with inside information about Vilnius' history and take you to the city’s Cathedral and Town Hall Square, the University, St Anne's and Bernardine Churches, the Gates of Dawn, and St. Peter and Paul's Church. Entrance fees are not included.
A private transfer between the airport and the city or your accommodation is provided.
Depart from Villnius airport - end of itinerary.
February 19, 2014
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