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Estonia - Best Kept European Secret

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 6 people
Destination(s): Estonia   Lithuania   Latvia  
Specialty Categories: Sightseeing   Cultural Journey  
Season: June - August
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 799 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1159 Euro (EUR)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Tallinn. Arrival in Tallinn. Individual transfer to the hotel (not included). Check-in at the hotel. At 7:00 p.m. welcome meeting at the hotel with tour guide. Overnight in Tallinn.

Day 2: Tallinn. At 9:00 a.m. a city tour of Tallinn, visiting the Old Town of Tallinn - an example of Gothic architecture in the Baltic and Nordic countries. The tour includes Toompea Castle fortifications, the Dome Church (13th century), the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky (19th century), Town Hall Square (15th century), St. Catherine's Passage, where artists of St. Catherine guild present their work, St. Olaf’s Church. Afternoon optional: excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to Kadriorg Palace. In the evening optional: dinner at medieval restaurant “Peppersack” or similar. Overnight in Tallinn.

Day 3: Tal­linn - Tar­tu - Si­gul­da (380 km). Overnight in Tallinn. At 9:00 a.m. de­par­tu­re for Si­gul­da. Sto­po­ver in Tar­tu, the se­cond lar­gest town in Es­to­nia. Ci­ty tour of Tar­tu, inc­lu­ding Tar­tu Uni­ver­si­ty, To­o­me Hill Park with its mo­nu­ments, sculp­tu­res, brid­ges and ruins of Got­hic Church, pa­no­ra­mic view of the town with Ja­a­ni Church and Town Hall Squ­a­re. A furt­her dri­ve to Si­gul­da (Lat­via). Short stop in a small an­cient town of Ce­sis for a walk in Castle Park. Ar­ri­val in Si­gul­da, check-in at the ho­tel. Overnight in Sigulda.

Day 4: Si­gul­da - Vilnius (350 km). At 9:00 a.m. walk in Gau­ja Na­­­tio­­nal Park, inc­lu­ding vi­sit to Tu­rai­da Castle and the ruins of the 13th cen­tu­ry Cru­sa­der Castle in Si­gul­da. A furt­her dri­ve to Vilnius. Arrival in Vilnius, check-in at the ho­tel. Overnight in Vilnius.

Day 5: Vilnius - Trakai - Vilnius (50 km). At 9:00 a.m. a city tour of Vilnius, capital of Lithuania for more than 600 years. The tour includes: St.Peter and Paul’s Church, Gediminas Castle, Cathedral Square with St. Stanislaw Cathedral and Bell tower, St.Ann and Bernardines’ Church, Amber gallery-museum, Užupis -one of the oldest districts of Vilnius, mentioned in the historical sources as far back as the 16th century, novo days the artists’ “republic”, which has its own constitution, national anthem, calendar and map, the Gates of Dawn with a holy image of the Virgin Mary, Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit, Town Hall Square and Vilnius University (founded in 1579) with St. John’s Church. Afternoon trip to Trakai (25 km from Vilnius), the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Visit to the insular castle of the 14th century, erected on a small island in the lake Galve. Return to Vilnius. In the evening optional: dinner at Lithuanian restaurant “Lokys” or similar. Overnight in Vilnius.

Day 6: Vilnius - Hill of Crosses - Rundale - Riga (380 km). At 9:00 a.m. departure by coach to Riga, the capital of Latvia. Stop at the Hill of Crosses (16 km from Šiauliai), the unforgettable place with thousands of crosses on two small hills. A further drive to Riga. Stop in Rundale. Visit to Rundale Palace of the 18th century, a beautiful late baroque palace in Latvia. It is a splendid example of the early work of famous Italian architect F.B. Rastrelli. Arrival in Riga, check-in at the hotel. Overnight in Riga.

Day 7: Riga. At 9:00 a.m. a city tour of Riga. A combined coach and walking tour encompasses the most significant sights of Riga: driving along the central boulevards of Riga, enjoying the view of the City Canal Parks, the Bastion Hill, the Powder Tower, the Latvian National Theatre, the Fine Arts Museum, the Art Nouveau Buildings of the beginning of the 20th century, the Freedom Monument, University of Latvia, Latvian National Opera House and the Daugava River.

During the walking part of the tour you will enjoy the beauty of the ancient Hanseatic City: picturesque streets of the Old Town, the Dome Cathedral, the Church of St. Peter, the old Guild Houses, the Swedish Gate, St. Jacob’s Church, St. Mary Magdalene's Church, the Parliament House, Old Riga Castle. Following the visit of the famous market halls of Riga. Afternoon optional: excursion to Jurmala. In the evening optional: dinner at Latvian restaurant “Rozengrals” or similar. Overnight in Riga.

Day 8: Riga - Pärnu - Tallinn (300 km). At 9:00 a.m. departure for Tallinn with a stop in Pärnu, Estonian “Summer Capital”. This little town has been known as a summer health resort since the first spa opened here in the 1830s. A further drive to Tallinn. Arrival in Tallinn, check-in at the hotel. Overnight in Tallinn.

Day 9: Tallinn. Breakfast. End of the tour.

- Ar­ri­val/departure transfer (one way) in Tallinn: 
* Car (1-2 person) - 35 EUR per vehicle
* Minivan (3-6 person) - 55 EUR per vehicle
Additional night in Tallinn:
* 90 EUR per room per night, including breakfast, single
* 110 EUR per room per night, including breakfast, double
- Excursion (4 hours) to Jurmala - 35 EUR p/p
- Dinners in:
* Riga: 35 EUR p/p
* Tallinn: 35 EUR p/p
* Vilnius: 30 EUR p/p
- Half board at hotels (8 x dinners 3 course menu + tea/coffee)- 220 EUR p/p
- Excursion (3 hours) to Kadriorg Park and visit to Kadriorg Palace - 40 EUR p/p.

Rates per person:
- Single: 1159 EUR
- Double: 799 EUR.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 8 nights at the 5/4 star hotels
- All hotel taxes
- Buffet breakfast daily
- Welcome cocktail at hotel in Riga
- Morning pool and gym at hotels
- Transportation by air-conditioned coach or minivan as per itinerary on days 2-8
- English and German speaking guide escort on days 2-8
- Excursions as per itinerary
- Entrances to:
* The Dome Church,
* St. Jacob’s Church
* St. Mary Magdalene's Church in Riga
* Orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky in Tallinn
* Turaida castle
* St. Peter and Paul’s Church
* Vilnius University with St. John’s Church
* St. Stanislaw Cathedral
* Amber gallery-museum
* Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit in Vilnius
* Trakai castle
* Rundale Palace
- Individual information package (city guides and program)
- Porterage at hotels.