Day 1: Vilnius (Saturday). Arrive in Vilnius - capital of Lithuania. Optional - transfer to the Hotel Reval Lietuva. Check-in at hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Time to explore Vilnius on your own. Tour meeting with welcome drink.
Day 2: Vilnius (Sunday). Vilnius is known for its more than 1200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. The morning 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 Gates of the Dawn. The afternoon is offering a 3 hour excursion to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania, with the well preserved Trakai Castle, located at the Lake Galves. In the evening we invite you to a folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas.
Day 3: Vilnius-Riga (Monday). Heading for Riga the first stop is the Hills of Crosses, one of the most holy relicts of catholic Lithuania and after crossing into Latvia we will soon reach the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. After a guided tour of the palace we travel through South Latvia to reach Riga in the late afternoon for check-in and overnight at Hotel Reval Latvija.
Day 4: Riga (Tuesday). Before we get acquainted with Riga, we discover medieval Latvia. The excursion today takes you to the Gauja National Park and to Sigulda. We listen to the medieval Latvian legend of the “Rose of Turaida”, and see Maja’s Tombstone, the ruins of the Episcopal Castle, the ruins of the castle of the Knights of the Sword and the mysterious Gutman Cave before we return back to Riga in the afternoon. Evening free.
Day 5: Riga (Wednesday). Riga founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert 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 Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a large exposition of 18th century Latvian countryside life. In the evening we will enjoy a Baltic seafood dinner at the modern Restaurant “Zivju”.
Day 6: Riga-Parnu–Tallinn (Thursday). The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Pärnu with a short tour of the resort. The balance of the day goes through North Estonian forest land to Tallinn with check-in at Hotel Reval Olumpia.
Day 7: Tallinn (Friday). 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, out-door 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 Cathedral, the Alexander Nevsky Church and the Niguliste Church. In the afternoon an excursion to Kadriorg Park is offered with a visit to the re-opened Kadriorg Palace with its art collections. In the evening enjoy a medieval evening at the Restaurant "Peppersack".
Day 8: Tallinn (Saturday). Tour ends after breakfast. Optional - departure transfer.
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