Route: Vilnius-Trakai-Kaunas-Curonian Spit-Klaipeda-Siauliai-Riga-Pärnu-Tallinn
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Day 1 Arrival-VILNIUS
Arrival to the airport and transfer to the hotel. Full day dedicated to the free visit of Vilnius. Located at the confluence of the rivers Neris and Vilnia, the capital of Lithuania is one of the most visited cities in Eastern Europe. The Old Town, a Baroque masterpiece, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994. Vilnius holds almost 50 Churches of various architectural styles and several authentic buildings with Gothic, Renaissance and Classical features. During your walking tour you will discover the the small and cosy Old Town, the well known Gates of Dawn, the Cathedral, the Gediminas Tower, the old University, the St. Anne’s Church and many others unique spots. Overnight.
Day 2 VILNIUS-TRAKAI-KAUNAS (115 km)
Morning breakfast and car delivered at the hotel. Continuation of the visit of Vilnius and departure to Trakai the old capital of Lithuania. Trakai, located between Kaunas and Vilnius, was the 14th century capital of Lithuania. It is renowned for its magnificent castle, the largest of this kind in Eastern Europe, located on an island in a picturesque lake. At the end of the visit transfer to Kaunas and check-in at the hotel. Kaunas was the provisional capital of Lithuania for over two decades, between the First and the Second World War. The second largest city in Lithuania has something to be proud of: the first theatre school, the first opera and the first Song Festival. Kaunas is also famous for its charming old town and for its 14th century castle, one of the oldest brick castles in Lithuania. Overnight.
Day 3 KAUNAS-CURONIAN SPIT-KLAIPEDA (320 km)
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to the Curonian Spit for a full afternoon excursion. The narrow and lengthy peninsula, washed by the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Sea reminds one of a desert. “It feels like standing at the entryway to Heaven,” this is how the French writer Jean-Paul Sartre described his visit to this unforgettable site. The Curonian Spit was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000 as one of the most beautiful and unique landscapes in Europe. The strip of sand, stretching into the sea, has several cosy, neat and picturesque fishermen’s villages, breath-taking dunes and is the home to one of the largest grey heron and cormorant colonies in Europe. During the excursion you’ll discover the high dunes, the Thomas Mann’s summerhouse, the hill of witches and the lovely city of Nida. In the late afternoon transfer to Klaipeda and check-in at the hotel. Klaipėda is the third biggest city in Lithuania, with a population of around 190,000 people .The town of Klaipėda was founded in 1252 and is an unique Lithuanian city by virtue of its colourful and turbulent history and also because the architectural style of its Old Town is similar to many western European cities. Located on the coast of the Baltic Sea, Klaipėda, with its rich history, traditions, cultural life, and unique architecture, has become an outstanding tourism attraction centre. During the visit we’ll also discover the Theatre Square and the Aennchen von Tharau Fountain. Overnight.
Day 4 KLAIPEDA-SIAULIAI-RIGA (335 km)
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Riga. Before reaching the latvian border we suggest you a stop in the Siauliai county for the visit of the Hill of Crosses. The hill-fort of Jurgaičiai near Šiauliai, known as the Hill of Crosses, is a favourite attraction for tourists and pilgrims. The hill is literally smothered with crosses; there are over 50,000 crosses, shrines, statues of saints and rosaries on the hill. The Hill of Crosses is considered to be a monument to human faith and survived numerous attempts by the Soviet authorities to destroy it. Departure to Riga and check-in at the hotel. Rest of the afternoon dedicated to the visit of Riga. The heart of Riga lies in its old town. Each step on its cobbled streets reveals a page of the eight centuries long history of the city. It is small enough to make you feel at home and at the same time also big enough to keep you enraptured by its history and UNESCO world heritage. During your free visit you will discover the most historical spots of the old town like the Cathedral, the Riga Castle, the Swedish Gate, the St. Peter’s Church, the Dome square, the building of the Three Brothers, the Freedom monument, the Art Nouveau District and many other sites. Overnight.
Day 5 RIGA-PÄRNU-TALLINN (310 km)
Breakfast at the hotel and morning dedicated to the continuation of the visit of Riga. Departure to Tallinn. On the way we suggest you a stop in Pärnu for a short tour. Pärnu, the Estonia’s ‘summer capital’, is a highly acclaimed holiday destination and resort on the south-west coast of Estonia. Shadowy parks, attractive white sandy beaches and quality restaurants, spas and night-life are a draw for summer visitors. Pärnu has also a small and pleasant Old Town. At the end of the tour, departure and arrival to Tallinn in the late afternoon. Check-in at the hotel. Overnight.
Day 6 TALLINN
Morning breakfast at the hotel and rest of day to be spent for the visit of Tallinn.
Tallinn, is the oldest capital in northern Europe. The city was first recorded by the Arab cartographer al-Idrisi back in 1154. Tallinn’s subsequent 800 years of history has created a city of colourful buildings, slender spires, ancient hostelries and pleasant squares. Tallinn’s Old Town is one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the visit we suggest you to discover the Toompea hill (the upper part of the old town) with the Castle, the Cathedral and the Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral and the lower part of the old town with the Town Hall Square, the gothic Town Hall, the Town Hall Pharmacy (one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe), the St. Nicholas Church, the St. Olaf’s Church, the Great Guild Hall and the medieval merchants buildings. For the afternoon we suggest you to visit some great sites located outside the city centre like Pirita and Kadriorg or to explore the Ethnographic Open Air Museum of Tallinn. Two captivating neighborhoods just east of the city centre, Kadriorg and Pirita, are favourite destinations for sightseers looking for what’s beyond Old Town. After the Russian emperor Peter the Great conquered the Baltics in the early 1700s he established an estate and public park on this spot. He named the area Ekaterinenthal (Catherine’s valley, or Kadriorg in Estonian) after his wife, Catherine I. The elaborate Baroque palace he had built, along with the surrounding forests, ponds and fountains, are still the neighbourhood’s prime draw. Over the next two centuries the streets near the park became lined with ornate wooden mansions as Kadriorg developed into the upscale residential district that it remains today.
The Pirita district lies not far away from Kadriorg. With its 3km stretch of sand beach and a yachting harbor, Pirita is best known as a summer resort A quieter way to enjoy the area is to head across the road to the Pirita River delta, where row boats, canoes and water bicycles can be rented. Pirita is also worth visiting for its own bit of Medieval architecture, the ruins of St. Bridget’s Convent. The Estonian Ethnographic Open Air Museum lets you travel back in time to the rural Estonia of old. The vast, forested park is filled with thatched, 18-20th-century farm buildings, windmills, a wooden chapel and a village school, with staff demonstrating how people lived and worked in times past. Visitors can buy handicrafts and try out the traditional food served in the village tavern. Drop-off of the car at the hotel in the late afternoon. Overnight.
Day 7 TALLINN-Departure
Breakfast at the hotel and free time for additional visits and/or shopping in Tallinn. Transfer to airport.
PRICE PER PERSON (minimum 2 participants):
based on group size
Single room supplement: 235,00 Euro
The package includes:
2 ways transfer (airport-hotel-airport)
6 overnights in double room in hotels 3* with morning breakfast
Car rental from day 2 to day 6 (full kasko insurance, self risk €400, for minivan €500)
–for 2 people : VW Golf or similar
–for 3-4 people: Renault Megane SW or similar
–for 5-8 people: Renault Trafic or similar
Cost one-way (car return)
Services and taxes
The package does not include:
Flights and Visa (if required)
Parking costs (hotels and sites)
Ferry ticket to/from the Curonian Spit
Any other costs/expenses not specified under “The package includes”
Walking guided tour of Vilnius old town (3 hours): 160,00 Eur
Walking guided tour of Riga old town (3 hours): 160,00 Eur
Walking guided tour of Tallinn old town (3 hours): 160,00 Eur
Deposit of 30% upon reservation
Balance payment (70%) 40 days before arrival
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