One of most popular Jewish themed tours goes through Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia. It introduces to multilayered history: amazing personalities and heritage as well as tragic Holocaust period.
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.