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Baltic Highlights

Baltic Highlights/Baltic Highlights Deluxe | Escorted Tour | Scandinavian American World Tours

ESCORTED - 24 GUARANTEED DEPARTURES

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Vilnius | Riga | Tallinn

English Language Tours start in Vilnius on Sundays
Guaranteed Departures Mar 31 – Sep 29, 2019

This tour of the Baltic capitals hits all the important sights, and then some! Stick with the exciting base tour or upgrade to truly superior and luxurious accommodations in each city, enjoying guided tours of Old Town Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn. From a host of ancient castles to a sea resort with Art Nouveau villas and the choice to sample a taste of different regions of the Baltics every night, this tour truly delivers on versatility as well as comfort.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Vilnius

Arrive in Vilnius and transfer on your own to your hotel for check-in, as well as a welcome meeting. Overnight in Vilnius, across the river from Old Town.

Hotel Radisson BLU Lietuva/upgrade to Hotel Radisson BLU Astorija (Old Town)

NOTE: Optional transfer to your hotel is available; please see the end of this tour for more information.

Day 02: Vilnius

Vilnius is known for its more than 1,200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. This morning’s sightseeing tour includes a panoramic tour of the city and a walking tour of the Old Town with Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, Peter and Paul Church, St. Anna’s Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn.

After the tour we continue to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania and we see the well preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve.

In the evening enjoy an optional folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas.

Hotel Radisson BLU Lietuva/upgrade to Hotel Radisson BLU Astorija (Old Town)

Day 03: Vilnius - Riga

Heading for Riga, the first stop is the Hill of Crosses, one of the most holy sites of Catholic Lithuania. After crossing into Latvia we reach the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Following a guided tour of the palace we travel through the rolling hills of Southern Latvia to reach Riga in the late afternoon, checking into our hotel near the train station.

Hotel Mercure Riga/upgrade to Hotel Semarah Grand Poet

Day 04: Riga

Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a true kaleidoscope of various architectural styles. The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, Swedish Gates, Three Brothers, Large and Small Guild House and the Freedom Monument.

The afternoon is reserved for an optional visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.

Hotel Mercure Riga/upgrade to Hotel Semarah Grand Poet

Day 05: Riga

Now that we’ve gotten acquainted with the beauty of Riga, we’ll have the possibility of discovering medieval Latvia. The optional tour for this morning takes us to the stunning scenery of the Gauja National Park and the town of Sigulda. We listen to the medieval Latvian legend of the Rose of Turaida and see the ruins of the Episcopal Castle and of the Castle of the Knights of the Sword before we return to Riga.

The afternoon offers an optional visit to the Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th-century country life. In the evening you can enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest.

Hotel Mercure Riga/upgrade to Hotel Semarah Grand Poet

Day 06: Riga - Tallinn

The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Pärnu. We do a short tour of the resort before we continue through the North Estonian land of forests and arrive in Tallinn early afternoon, checking in at your city-center hotel—only 20 minutes’ walk outside of Old Town Tallinn.

Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia/upgrade to Hotel Radisson BLU Sky

Day 07: Tallinn

Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquility and modern urban life. The medieval Old Town is a busy place in the summer with its many shops, galleries, souvenir markets, outdoor cafés and restaurants. This morning’s sightseeing tour takes us around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we see Toompea Castle, Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, medieval Old Town Hall and Great Guild Hall.

In the afternoon an optional excursion is offered to Kadriorg Park and to visit KUMU, the award-winning new Estonian Art museum, with its collections of classic and contemporary fine art. The evening offers an optional medieval dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv.

Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia/upgrade to Hotel Radisson BLU Sky

Day 08: Depart Tallinn

This morning after a final breakfast, optional transfer to the airport for your departure back home.

NOTE: Optional transfer to airport is available; please see the end of this tour for more information.
 

Additional Information

Price includes:

  • Fully escorted 8-day coach tour with a bilingual English/German speaking tour escort
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in centrally-located 4-star hotels* including (7) breakfasts
  • All listed sightseeing tours are conducted in a private coach and in English only (German speaking guests will have own coach for all city tours), all entrances included as outlined
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Personalized welcome package
  • Entrances to Old University in Vilnius, Rundale Palace and medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn
  • 1st-class motor coaches or 1st-class minivans throughout the itinerary
  • Luggage handling at hotels

NOTE: Prices do not include international airfare, extra beverages, extra items, travel insurance, or any services/items not listed in the program above. Hotel accommodations may change subject to space and/or availability.

Optional services available for pre-booking: Private car transfer (1-3 persons) from airport to Radisson BLU Lietuva/Astorija $43; private minivan transfer (4-7 persons) from airport to Radisson BLU Lietuva/Astorija $68 (prices are the same for return transfer from Hotel Radisson BLU Olympia/Hotel Radisson BLU Sky to the airport). Half board at all hotels (7 3-course dinners with coffee/tea): $228 ($265 for upgraded hotels).

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NOTE: Dates marked with an asterisk* indicate dates in which you can upgrade to a superior hotel category; upgraded rates are supplied with a corresponding asterisk*.

Departure Dates and Information
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Tour dates & availability per 11/2/2018. All departures are guaranteed and in USD. Departure is a land-only escorted tour. Tour space is not guaranteed until booked and confirmed. All tours are guided in English. Dates marked with an asterisk* indicate departures that are available for upgrade to a superior hotel category; please contact us for more information and availability.

Land Only
Price

Single
Supplement

March
31


$846 p.p. double


$370

April
14


$846 p.p. double


$370

May
5, 12, 19, & 26


$846 p.p. double


$370

June
2, 9, 16*, 23, & 30*


$846 p.p. double
$1043 p.p. double*


$370
$432*

July
7, 14*, 21, & 28*


$846 p.p. double
$1043 p.p. double*


$370
$432*

August
4, 11*, 18, & 25*


$846 p.p. double
$1043 p.p. double*


$370
$432*

September
1, 8, 15, 22, & 29


$846 p.p. double


$370

2019 Optional Tours Available for Pre-Booking

Vilnius - Excursion to Trakai and Trakai Castle

We invite you to visit the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania with its beautiful lakeside setting and the insular red brick castle in Galve Lake. The castle museum of Trakai offers an exhibition on the Lithuanian Grand Dukes and prehistoric findings. It is easy to conjure up images of ladies in dress and knights in shining armor there. Located 27 km away from Vilnius, Trakai is a wonderful place to have a rest. It is a small and very quiet town—there is no heavy traffic. Trakai Castle enchants with its magic—having entered the main gates to the castle you will feel like you’ve turned back the clock to ancient times. You will admire a spectacular view of the Trakai area and hear interesting legends and stories from your guide about Trakai and its famous castle.
Details: 3 hours, 2PM, $49 per person.

Vilnius - Folklore Dinner at Restaurant Belmontas

The same architect who tastefully renovated and redesigned the President’s Palace, Ričardas Stulpinas, has worked with the Belmontas owners to create a perfectly located venue beneath the steep-sided banks of the picturesque, fast-flowing River Vilnia. The original mill on this spot was built in 1838. Part of it stood empty for several years because the owners’ repeated requests to open an inn were turned down by the government of Vilnius. In 1847 the owner’s wife, Joana Karinova, decided that enough was enough and she opened her own illegal smuklė (“tavern”), despite the protests of the police. The food selection, though weighted in favor of Lithuanian cuisine, has much to offer. You’ll be able to enjoy traditional Lithuanian food–herring with hot potatoes, “Pupkin’s pork steak” with hot sauce, and dessert—apple pie with ice cream. You can enjoy this dinner and picturesque place with a glass of wine or beer. Gero apetito!
Details: 8PM, $49 per person.

Riga - Excursion to Gauja National Park and Sigulda

For 90 km the Gauja River flows through an ancient river valley that is the heart of Gauja National Park. Nowhere else in Latvia will you find so many steep banks, ravines, streams, sandstone, and dolomite cliffs and caves as in the ancient Gauja River Valley and its tributaries. Like other national parks in the east regions of the Baltics, Gauja National Park includes natural territories relatively untouched by man, as well as historic rural landscapes and important ancient monuments. The park also offers walking trails, observation points, rest places, well established camping facilities, car parks, cafes, and various types of tourist cabins.
Details: 4 hours, 8:30 AM, $62 per person.

Riga - Excursion to Latvian Ethnological Open Air Museum

The collection of Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum features 18th-century rural life in Latvia and is made up of 140,000 items, traditional countryside buildings including farmsteads, churches, windmills, and a fishermen’s village, which give a good impression of varieties of the Latvian districts—Kurzeme, Zemgale, Latgale, and Vidzeme. It presents the tiny Latvia of the former times that hides unobtrusively behind the pine forest at Lake Jugla. Almost all the sections of the population and ethnic groups as well as their social and material culture are represented there. Like households of Livi fishermen and Russian old-orthodox, craftsmen workshops of woodworkers and forge, Latgale potters, Vidzeme weavers and potters.
Details: 3 hours, 2:30 PM, $49 per person.

Riga - Organ Concert at Dome Cathedral

The Dome Cathedral is a unique church of cathedral type with a monastery, and it’s also the oldest and grandest church in Latvia. The first stone was placed in 1211. The church owns one of the most valuable historic organs in Europe. You’ll experience a beautiful organ concert that will leave you breathless! You’ll also be able to visit Cross Gallery of the Riga Dome, a remarkable masterpiece of early Gothic in the Baltics. The 118-meter long, three-part gallery is spanned with 29 cruciform arches, and its arcade with limestone columns faces the yard.
Details: 7PM, $43 per person.

Riga - Excursion to Jurmala Sea Resort

Jurmala—the largest resort city in the Baltic countries —is well-known for its natural treasures: the mild climate, sea, healthy air, curative mud and mineral water. The attraction of Jurmala hides in its almost-33-km-long white sand beach, large pine forest, and the natural border of the city—the river Lielupe. In Jurmala, you’ll discover a combination of charming wooden houses built in the beginning of the last century and modern resort buildings. You’ll also be able to visit Jurmala City Museum. The Museum collection contains many pieces telling visitors about life in the health resort from the end of the 19th century until today, the largest swimwear collection in Latvia, old postcards of Jurmala, works of famous painters, pieces of underwater archaeology, as well as a gift shop.
Details: 4 hours, 2PM – 6PM, $49 per person.

Riga - Traditional Latvian Dinner at Restaurant Forest

There can be no denying that Latvia’s “green gold”, its timber and forest resources, has become the number one industry in Latvia and is continuing to grow. But the forests also play an important role in the folklore and contemporary culture of the country. The wide variety of wildlife in Latvia is a testament to the quality of environment. Clean waters, forests, and meadows form a safe haven for many species endangered elsewhere. For this dinner, we have created a meal that consists of local food, at the same time giving a modern approach to Latvian cuisine. We call it ‘new tendencies of Latvian cuisine’. You will be able to start with amuse-bouche and then try season vegetables cream soup, cod fillet with spinach praline, served with layered vegetables and lemongrass sauce, and for dessert one of the traditional Latvian specialties: carrot cake! As a supplement to dessert, you will have a chance to taste Latvian black balsam.
Details: 8PM, $49 per person.

Tallinn - Excursion to Kadriorg Palace Park and KUMU Art Museum

The Kadriorg Palace and Park is a resplendent summer residence, built by Tsar Peter I in the 18th century for his empress Catherine. Italian architect Niccolo Michetti was flown from Rome especially, to make sure that the Palace was the gleaming red Ferrari of stately homes - with plenty of baroque splendor, stucco ceilings and landscaped gardens all round. KUMU is a place for those who are interested in culture, the main building of the Art Museum of Estonia, serves both as Estonia's national gallery and as a center for contemporary art. The complex itself is a work of art: it was opened in 2006 after nearly a decade of planning and construction, and is considered a modern architectural masterpiece. Arches and sharp edges mark out the copper and limestone structure, which is built into the side of a limestone cliff. KUMU’s exhibition aim to appeal simultaneously to a diversity of audiences. Exhibitions display both classical and contemporary art and everything in between.
Details: 3 hours, 2PM – 5PM, $49 per person.

Tallinn - Medieval Dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv

Located in an interesting historical house dating to the 15th century in the heart of Tallinn’s Old Town Hall Square, Restaurant Maikrahv is a romantic venue with a unique medieval atmosphere and delicious food. Elegance and a varied international menu offer the opportunity to sample an authentic medieval feast with a modern twist: dine on traditional Estonian specialties consisting of roast beef, Baltic herring fillet, mulgi-style cabbage and more.
Details: 8PM, $49 per person.

Tour Information

Tour Type:Escorted Tour
Price: from $846
Duration:8 days
Cities Visited:Vilnius - Riga - Tallinn
Departures: March - April - May - June - July - August - September

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