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$1673.75 Cultural & Theme Tours

BALTIC JEWISH HERITAGE TOUR

DAY 1 Friday VILNIUS Arrival to Vilnius. Private transfer to the hotel. Friday night dinner. DAY 2 Saturday VILNIUS Free morning. Afternoon Vilnius Old Town tour. By the 18th century Vilnius had become the world center of traditional Talmudic learning, eventually becoming known as the Jerusalem of the North. Pass by baroque Vilnius university and learn about Yiddish institute. Vilnius Choral Synagogue (outside), Cathedral square, St.John‘s Bell Tower, gothic corner, Medieval Jewish quarter, Great Vilna Synagogue, ghettos. DAY 3 Sunday VILNIUS – PONAR – TRAKAI – VILNIUS Morning departure to the ancient capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania – Trakai. En route stop at Ponar Forest and Memorial to pay respect to the thousands of Jews, shot in the early days of the war. Continue to Trakai, famous for the medieval insular castle and heritage of karaites ethnic minority. Return to Vilnius. Visit Vilna Gaon Jewish State and Samuel Bakk art museum. Drive to Vilna Gaon’s grave.DAY 4 Monday VILNIUS – ZIEZMARIAI – KAUNAS Departure to Kaunas. En route - unique wooden synagogue of Ziezmariai. Sightseeing tour of Kaunas Old Town: castle ruins, Town Hall Square, Cathedral and Perkunas House, former Kaunas Jewish ghetto, Kaunas Choral Synagogue. Learn about great things Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara has done to save around 6000 jewish people when Holokaust started. DAY 5 Tuesday KAUNAS – KEDAINIAI – PAKRUOJIS - RUNDALE – RIGA Visit the Ninth Fort Museum, a former death site of thousands of Jewish during the World War II. Next stop -  Kedainiai, a town where the Vilna Gaon lived and worked and where 3 synagogues have remained. Don‘t miss Pakruojis town. Pass by impressive manor and the oldest wooden synagogue in Lithuania, dating 1801. Later trip to Rundale palace in Latvia, created by legendary architect B. Rastrelli, with Baroque rose garden. DAY 6 Wednesday RIGA Day to get acquainted with charming Old town of Riga. "Art Nouveau" district, where many prominent Jewish Latvians, among them the philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin, once lived. The site of Jewish Ghetto, the only remaining Synagogue, which today serves as the central meeting place for the Jews of Latvia. Latvian Holokaust museum.  DAY 7 Thursday RIGA – TURAIDA- PARNU – TALLINN Drive to Estonia’s capital city - Tallinn. Pass by part of Gauja National park and stop at Medieval Turaida castle. Another short stop at Estonia’s resort town – Parnu. DAY 8 Friday TALLINN Enjoy a tour of the charming city of Tallinn, rated as one of Europe's best-kept secrets. Walk past the impressive Alexander Nevski Cathedral to the Town Hall Square. Visit Tallinn‘s synagogue and learn about Estonian Jewish community life. Free afternoon DAY 9 Saturday Private transfer to the airport. Departure.

$744.53 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Highlights of Baltic States in 8 Days

DAY 1. (Sun): Arrival Vilnius. Arrival in Vilnius, optional transfer to Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.   DAY 2. (Mon): Vilnius. Vilnius is known for its more than 1.200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. The morning sightseeing tour includes a panoramic tour of the city. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania, with the well preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve. In the evening enjoy an optional folklore dinner. DAY 3. (Tue): 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 soon reach the magnificent Rundale Palace. Following a guided tour of the palace we travel through the rolling hills of Southern Latvia to reach Riga late afternoon, check-in at Hotel Mercure Riga**** or similar.  DAY 4. (Wed): Riga. Before we get acquainted with Riga we 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. The evening offers an optional organ concert. DAY 5. (Thu): Riga. Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a real kaleidoscope of architectural styles. The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guilds and the Freedom Monument. In the evening enjoy an optional Latvian dinner. DAY 6. (Fri): Riga-Tallinn. The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. We do a short tour of the resort before we continue through the North Estonian land of forests and arrive in Tallinn early afternoon, check-in at the Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia**** or similar.  DAY 7. (Sat): Tallinn. Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquillity and modern urban life. The 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 visit to KUMU, the award-winning new Estonian Art museum, with its collections of classic and contemporary fine art.   DAY 8. (Sun): Tallinn Departure. Optional transfer to airport.

$917.68 Private & Custom Tours

Highlights of Baltic States in 8 days Private tour

DAY 1. Arrival in Vilnius, optional transfer to your hotel, check-in, welcome meeting.DAY 2. Vilnius is known for its more than 1.200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. The morning sightseeing tour includes a walking tour of the Old Town with Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, Peter and Paul Church, St. Anne’s Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania, with the well preserved Trakai Castle. In the evening enjoy an optional historical Lithuanian dinner.DAY 3.  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 soon reach the Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Following a guided tour of the palace we travel through the rolling hills to reach Riga late afternoon. Evening is free. DAY 4. Before we get acquainted with Riga we 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. The evening offers an optional organ concert.DAY 5. Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a real kaleidoscope of architectural styles. The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guilds 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. In the evening enjoy an optional Latvian dinner.DAY 6. The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. We do a short tour of the resort before we continue through the North Estonian land of forests and arrive in Tallinn early afternoon. Free evening, overnight in Tallinn.DAY 7. The medieval Tallinn's Old Town is a busy place in the summer with its many shops, galleries, souvenir markets, outdoor cafés and restaurants. The 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 visit to KUMU, the award-winning new Estonian Art museum, with its collections of classic and contemporary fine art. The evening offers an optional medieval dinner.DAY 8. Optional transfer to airport.

$1090.82 Transfers & Ground Transport

Small Group Highlights of the Baltic States in 8 Days (Guaranteed Departure)

Departures:  28.06.2019 - 05.07.2019; 12.07.2019 - 19.07.2019; 26.07.2019 - 02.08.2019; 09.08.2019 - 16.08.2019; 23.08.2019 - 30.08.2019.HIGHLIGHTS: Small group! Visit Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn Old Towns – 3 UNESCO World heritage sites in one trip! Spend a night at the forest cabin and enjoy the hospitality of locals. Enjoy hearty local homemade breakfast and dinner. Taste local flavours and specialties at the food market in Vilnius. Explore nature in Gauja National Park. Visit the holy site of Hill of Crosses. Description:1st DAY. Arrival in Vilnius2nd DAY. VILNIUS Sightseeing & TASTING  3rd DAY. Trakai & Local Forest Stay4th DAY. TRAKAI TO RIGA 5th DAY. RIGA Sightseeing 6th DAY. Riga – GAUJA NATIONAL PARK - TALLINN 7th DAY. TALLINN Sightseeing 8th DAY. Departure

$1142.77 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Baltic Foodie Tour 8 Days

See the highlights of the Baltics and taste local cuisine!Visit local farm with live animals!Taste variety of Lithuanian cheeseHave hearty homemade lunchMeet local welcoming peopleTaste local flavours and specialties at the food marketLearn about local craft beers directly in the small breweryDay by day description:1st DAY. Arrival in Vilnius, optional transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Vilnius 3* Hotel.2nd DAY. Vilnius Old Town, food market, tasting of Lithuanian handcrafted cheese, rustic meat products, bagels and juice. Afternoon visit to Trakai. Overnight in Vilnius 3* hotel.3rd DAY. Exploring heritage cuisine of Southern Lithuania4th DAY. From Vilnius to Riga. Visit to a local farm. Sightseeing Hill of Crosses. Overnight in the 3* Hotel in Riga.6th DAY. Riga - Gauja national park - Tallinn Overnight in Tallinn 3* hotel.7th DAY. Explore flavours and smells of Tallinn. Overnight in Tallinn 3* hotel.8th DAY. Departure. Optional transfer to the airport.

$80 Transfers & Ground Transport

Tallinn-Riga Sightseeing Tour Bus

Our knowledgeable local guides take a small group, maximum of 8 people, for a fun filled 12 h road trip from Tallinn to Riga. You will learn about the history of Estonia and Latvia and its people by visiting several places with our experienced guides. We’ll take you from small towns and medieval castle ruins to quirky local sights and through the beautiful countryside.Get ready to roam not one but two medieval castles, Viljandi and Cēsis, and discover how they became to be ruined. Learn about the history of Estonia and Latvia in Valga the border town between the two countries. We’ll visit the Gauja National Park where you can hike by the picturesque sand cliffs in Sietiņiezis and take in the sights of the medieval Old Town in Cēsis. Before we reach Riga we’ll stop in Sigulda to climb up the only Bobsleigh Track in the Baltics.In Valga we also stop for a lunch at a local restaurant. Kindly let our guides know if you have any special dietary needs that we should take in account. Location of the lunch is subject to availability and the meal is not included in the price of the tour.

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