Latvia, BALTIC BLUES TRAVEL, Riga
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- From Vilnius to Tallin, Pilgrim Tour - 8 days
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- The Baltic Discoverer: 10 days/9 nights
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From Vilnius to Tallin, Pilgrim Tour - 8 days
DAY 1 - Vilnius
Arrival to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. During the bus transfer to the hotel 1 hour Panoramic Tour by bus.
Free time in Vilnius. After visiting Vilnius and its surroundings many tourists fall in love with Vilnius, designating it as their favorite Baltic city. Vilnius’s Old Town is one of the biggest in Eastern Europe. There are more than 1500 buildings from various epochs: the old town boasts the most wonderful architectural styles of Southern and Western Europe, Gothic and Renaissance, as well as the original “Lithuanian” Baroque, also called the last vivid flash of Baroque in Europe.
Dinner at the traditional Lithuanian restaurant in the heart of Vilnius Old Town.
Overnight in Vilnius.
DAY 2 - Vilnius
Morning City Tour, the 3-hour introduction to the Vilnius’s Old Town, where you can soak in the atmosphere of the city's history of the 16-19th centuries, while walking along its narrow winding streets or visiting the most exiting architectural and historic monuments, such as Vilnius Cathedral erected on a historic site of pagan gods worship and where Vilnius was founded as far back as the 13th c., a nearby Gediminas Castle rising above the city centre, a gem of the Lithuanian Gothic style - the 16th c. St. Anne's Church, the Vilnius University, a famous centre of science and enlightenment since its very foundation in 1579, Vilnius Town Hall, Jewish Quarter and the Dawn Gate with a famous and miraculous icon of Virgin Mary.
Lunch and free time in Vilnius.
Dinner at the hotel restaurant with the folk entertainment program.
Overnight in Vilnius.
DAY 3 - Vilnius – Trakai - Pazaslis Monastery - Kaunas
Departure to Kaunas (100 km from Vilnius), the second city of Lithuania.
Stop and excursion in Trakai the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and a favored place for sightseeing outside of Vilnius. The Trakai Castle, situated on an island in the midst of Lake Galve, is the most famous and most photographed 15th cent. castle. Standing on an island in Lake Galve, the Castle now houses a museum focused on the history of the epoch of the Grand Duke Vytautas when the country borders spanned from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea. Enjoy Trakai, a small town located on a 2-km-long peninsula, and dotted with quaint old wooden houses, mostly built by Karaites, a Judaist sect brought by Duke Vytautas from the Crimea and still living in Trakai.
Stop at the Church and Monastery of Pazaislis, one of the most wonderful mature Baroque architectural masterpieces in the north-eastern Europe. The monastery was built in 1664-1719 and has a fascinating history full of dramatic changes. Now it belongs to St. Casimir abbey. The monastery is located on the picturesque bank of the Kaunas Lagoon.
Lunch in Kaunas.
Kaunas Walking City Tour. Kaunas is the second major city in Lithuania, known for its beautiful Old Town. The Old Town of Kaunas consists of the most important, ancient city architectural monuments: the 13th century Castle, the Old Town Hall, nicknamed the "White Swan", the Archicathedral Basilica, the Church of St. Francis Xavier and the Jesuit monastery, Perkunas House and Vytautas Church. The green and blooming pedestrian street Laisves Aleja is the main business and leisure area of Kaunas.
Overnight in Kaunas.
DAY 4 - Kaunas – Siluva - The Hill of Crosses - Rundale Palace - Riga
Departure to Riga (220 km from Vilnius), the capital of Latvia.
Stop in Siluva town, famous for the first widely known apparition of the Mother of God in Europe. This happened in a region marked with religious controversies, some of which even led to bloodshed. Today Siluva is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Lithuania with its ancient traditions of the plentiful Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the response of the faithful to the invitation of the Mother of God to worship Her Son. Thousands who come to pray for physical and spiritual health often experience a spiritual rebirth and an opening of their hearts to God. Visit The House of John Paul II in Siluva.
Stop at the famous Hill of Crosses near Siauliai, a unique hill with thousands of crosses. The Hill of Crosses near Šiauliai is a unique historic place: the crosses were put up here by individuals almost since the ancient times to plead for grace or to express gratitude. It is probably the only place of its kind in the world. Currently, it is known to hold more than 20,000 crosses, including both works of folk artists and simple wooden crosses. A cross made by a Lithuanian cross-maker during the visit of the Pope John Paul II to Lithuania in 1993 can also be found on the hill.
After crossing the border of Latvia, you will visit the Rundale Palace (50km from Hill of Crosses). Rundale Palace (18th cent.) is the most outstanding monument of Baroque and Rococo art in Latvia. The palace is an example of the early work by an Italian-Russian architect Rastrelli who also designed the famous Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. You will be genuinely impressed by the authentic beauty the Golden Hall, the White Hall, and the private quarters of the Duke of Courland Johan Ernst Biron. Interiors are decorated with authentic 18th century furniture, paintings and china. To immerse yourself even more in the enchanting atmosphere, take an enjoyable walk in a beautiful park laid out in a French-style.
Lunch in Rundale.
Arrival to Riga. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight in Riga.
DAY 5 - Riga - Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum - Riga
Riga City Tour. Riga has endless ways of enticing visitors through its rich history, architecture, spacious gardens and parks, museums, art galleries, world-class opera…and daily treats like a walk in the enormous and colorful central market or a visit to a cozy café, club or pub...
The tour includes the most significant landmarks of Riga and begins along its central boulevards. On the walk you will enjoy the view of the City Canal parks, the Art Nouveau buildings of the beginning of the 20th century, and the Opera House. In the Old Riga you will see the Dome Cathedral, the Church of St. Peter, the old Guild Houses, the Swedish Gate, the architectural ensemble Three Brothers, St. Jacob's Church, the Parliament House, the Old Riga Castle, and view the many beautifully restored buildings now housing cozy restaurants, cafes, bars and souvenir shops.
Lunch at a restaurant in the heart of Riga’s Old Town.
Tour of the Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum – a key exhibit of Latvia's cultural heritage, founded in 1924. This is one of the oldest open-air museums in Europe. Situated in a pine forest on the bank of Jugla Lake, the museum consists of some 90 traditional rural buildings dating back to the 17th century: historical dwellings, homesteads, a tavern and windmills have been gathered here from all over Latvia.
Dinner at a traditional Latvian restaurant in Riga’s Old Town. Overnight in Riga.
DAY 6 - Riga – Sigulda – Tallinn
Departure to Tallinn (307 km from Riga), the capital of Estonia.
Stop in the Gauja National Park, Sigulda city (50km from Riga) often referred to as the Latvian Switzerland. Gauja National park includes the valley of the Gauja River which together with its tributaries forms a particularly original landscape. The territory includes more than 500 monuments of archeology, architecture, and history dating as far back as the 11th century. Enjoy beautiful vistas of the Gauja River Valley, visit the 13th century Turaida Castle, now housing a small History Museum, and take a relaxing walk in the adjoining Sculpture Park, featuring works of Latvian sculptors.
Lunch at Sigula restaurant.
Late afternoon arrival to Tallinn. Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Overnight in Tallinn.
DAY 7 - Tallinn - Kadriorg Palace and Park - St. Brigitta`s Convent Ruins
Morning City Tour by bus and walking tour takes you to the surroundings of Tallinn and its Old Town.
Unlike most European cities, which have old buildings mixed in between the modern ones, Tallinn's Old City is a charming in its unity of style. You leave the bustling modern life behind when you enter into the world of cobblestone streets and dim alleys, sputtering torches and secret stairways. The Old City holds new surprises around every corner, even for its old inhabitants.
City tour includes a visit of the Upper Town - Toompea (Cathedral Hill) with an impressive Russian Orthodox Church and the 13th century Gothic style Dome Cathedral. The Upper Town viewing points offer excellent bird's eye views of the Lower Town. The tour continues in the Lower Town. Among its highlights - the Gothic Town Hall (early 15th century), the pharmacy, opened in 1422 and still functioning, the Great Guild and Blackheads Fraternity Houses - both from the 15th century.
Visit of Kadriorg (5km from Tallinn) famous for its baroque palace and a park ensemble, built in 1718 as the summer palace for the family of Russian tsar Peter I. The palace is now home to the Kadriorg Art Museum. In addition to viewing the nation's collection of foreign art, visitors will get to see the mind-bogglingly ornate Great Hall, and the room that served as president's office in the 1930s.
Visit of St. Brigitta's Convent Ruins. The largest convent in Old Livonia, St. Bridget’s was founded in 1407 as part of a Swedish religious order and functioned until its destruction by Ivan the Terrible’s forces in 1577. A massive, gothic façade and walls of the main building, foundations, cellars and a cemetery remain.
Dinner at the Estonian traditional restaurant in Tallinn Old Town.
Overnight in Tallinn.
DAY 8 - Tallinn
Transfer to the Tallinn airport.
- 7 0vernights in 3 or 4-stars centrally located hotels in Vilnius, Kaunas, Riga and Tallinn;
- 7 Breakfasts in the hotel;
- 5 lunches and 6 dinners accordingly to the programme;
- Transfers according to the programme with 35-50 seats bus;
- Tour leader escort during whole tour;
- Entrance to the Vilnius University, Trakai Castle, Pazaislis Nonastery, Rundale Palace, Rigas Dome, Turaida Castle, Kadriorg Palace and Tallinn Dome;
- 8 guided excursions: City Tours in Vilnius, Kaunas, Riga and Tallinn, Trakai, Pazaislis Monastery, Hill of Crosses, Rundale Palace, Turaida Museum and Kadriorg Palace.