Day 1: Vilnius
Arrival to Vilnius, meeting and transfer to the hotel, check in. Optional dinner at the restaurant. Overnight in Vilnius.
Day 2: Vilnius & Trakai (breakfast at the hotel).
Vilnius Old Town walking tour (2 hours). You will see: Vilnius Cathedral and its square, the University campus, Pilies street with the 16 – 18th century historical and architectural monuments, Gothic corner of Vilnius with St. Anne’s and Bernardine churches, the former Town Hall square, the Dawn Gate with a miraculous icon of Virgin Mary, the 17th century Baroque church of St. Peter and Paul. Lunch time.
Trakai sightseeing tour (4 hours). Trakai - the ancient capital of Lithuania is now famous for its 15th century insular castle housing an exhibition on prehistoric findings and 17 – 18th century applied art, the way of life of the Lithuanian Grand Dukes, and Karaites, brought to Lithuania from the Crimea. Optional dinner at the restaurant. Overnight in Vilnius.
Day 3: Vilnius - the Hill of Crosses - Rundale Palace - Bauska Castle - Riga (breakfast at the hotel).
Guided transfer Vilnius - Riga with the sightseeing included:
The Hill of Crosses in North Lithuania (40 min). Hill of Crosses - a small hill covered with thousands of crosses has become a symbol of Lithuanian nationhood and deep religious faith. Since mid 19th century it has been the place of expressing gratitude to God for divine favors.
Rundale Palace & Rundale Palace park & lunch time (2,5 hours). Rundale Palace — the most beautiful baroque palace in the Baltics (18th century). The palace is an outstanding example of the early work of Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli.
Bauska Castle (1 hour). The Bauska Castle consists of a fortress built by the Livonian Order in the middle of the 15th century, a forecastle converted into the Dukes of Courland's residence at the end of the 16th century and ramparts from the 17th-18th century.
Arrival in Riga and hotel check in. Optional dinner at the restaurant. Overnight in Riga.
Day 4: Riga & Jurmala (breakfast at the hotel).
Riga City tour (3 hours). The bus tour encompasses the most significant sights of Riga. View of the city Canal parks, the Bastion Hill, the Powder Tower, the Art Nouveau buildings of the beginning of the century (short walk on Alberta street), the Freedom Monument, the Latvian National Opera etc. During the walking part of the tour you will enjoy beauty of the ancient Hanseatic city, while strolling through the cobble-stone, pictorial streets of the Old Town. In Old Riga you will see 13th century St.Peter's, St.George's and St. John's Churches, a part of restored city wall and the medieval John's yard. You will walk to the heart of old Riga - the Dome Square - Dome Cathedral and learn about the famous 19th century organ - one of the biggest organs in Europe. The route also includes visits to the medieval dwelling houses "Three Brothers", 13th century St.Jacob's Church, 14th century Riga Castle, Convent Yard, The Philharmonic Square, the Saeima building, Jacob's Barracks, the Powder Tower and Smilsu street, the Swedish Gate (inspired numerous myths and legends).
Transportation to the Lido Recreation Center. Lunch in Lido Recreation Center.
Lido is one of the most attractive public catering enterprises in the world and one of the most favourite places of family recreation in Riga. The Centre is characterized by a Latvian environment, tasty and various dishes, Lido beer, live music every evening, and celebration of national festivities with gorgeous decorations and concerts! *The building of Lido has been constructed of specially selected, more than 100 years old Latvian fir-trees.
Jurmala sightseeing (2 hours). Jurmala - the largest resort city in the Baltic States is well-known for its natural treasures-the mild climate, sea, healthy air, curative mud and mineral water and 33 km long white sand beach. In Jurmala you will discover a combination of charming wooden houses built in the beginning of the last century and modern resort buildings. You will enjoy a walk along the central pedestrian Jomas Street with its numerous cafes and souvenir shops and local amusemens and feel the typical Jurmala atmosphere, you will see Sea Pavilion, Jurmalas "Globe", Sculpture "The Turtle", Former Swimming Establishment of E.Racene and visit other places in Jurmala.
Optional dinner at the restaurant. Overnight in Riga.
Day 5: Riga - Sigulda - Cesis - Parnu -Tallinn (breakfast at the hotel).
Guided transfer Riga - Tallinn with the sightseeings included:
Excursion in Sigulda & time for lunch (4 hours). Sigulda is one of the most picturesque towns in Latvia in the Gauja River valley, situated in the Gauja National Park and is known as the most popular tourist and leisure destination as well as famous winter sport resort in Latvia because of its bobsleigh track and the down-hill skiing routes. You will see the Medieval Sigulda Castle, Sigulda new Castle (Kropotkin Palace), Turaida Medieval Castle, visit local history museum, Gutmana cave, Krimulda Manor and other historical and natural objects. Lunch time.
Excursion in Cesis Old Town & Cesis Castle (2 hours). Cesis is an ancient, little town placed 90 km from Riga and has unique medieval atmosphere, wonderful nature to be found around the town, interesting festivals and different recreation opportunities. Taking a walk along Cesis tiny streets, you will get a flavour of this medieval town, see St. John’s Church-the largest church in northern Latvia, Council House, Trader’s House, Harmony House and the Princesses House, as well as discover the magic of the Livs and Rose Squares. Guide will introduce you to the Cesis Castle complex and will show you the Castle Park that adjoins the Old Town where will see the Nut clan – Cesis oldest resident, - and its Castle mound.
Stop in Parnu (1 hour). Parnu has been the official summer capital of Estonia for 11 years! In fact, this resort city has been synonymous with sun, sea and beach for much longer than that – 170 years, no less.
Arrival in Tallinn and hotel check in. Optional dinner at the restaurant. Overnight in Tallinn.
Day 6: Tallinn (breakfast at the hotel).
Tallinn City Tour (3 hours). You will see: view of the medieval city wall, front of Toompea Palace and seat of the Estonian Parliament. The Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Dome Church (13th–18th century). The Town Hall Square and the outside of the Town Hall (14th century), the Pharmacy, St. Nicholas Church, the Holy Ghost Church and some Guild Houses from the Hanseatic period. Lunch time.
Kadriorg Palace & Pirita (3 hours). The Kadriorg Palace and park were founded by the Russian czar Peter I. According to the designs of the architect Niccolo Michetti, invited from Rome, the Palace was built after the Italian villas, consisting of a main building and of two annexes. Afterwards you visit the Song Festival Grounds where national song festivals are held and have a drive through a beautiful residential area of private wooden houses drowned in greenery. You will visit the ruins of the 15th century St. Brigitta's Convent and see the Pirita Marina which hosts annual international regattas.
Optional dinner at the restaurant/hotel restaurant. Overnight in Tallinn.
Day 7: Tallinn (breakfast at the hotel).
Check out and transfer to the airport.
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