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Riga - The Hotspot for Pioneering Travellers

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 16 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 6 people
Destination(s): Latvia   Estonia   Lithuania  
Specialty Categories: Sightseeing   Cultural Journey  
Season: June - August
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1190 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1590 Euro (EUR)

Tour Itinerary:

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

Day 2: 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 3: Ri­ga - Parnu - Tal­linn (300 km). At 9:00 a.m. de­par­tu­re for Tal­linn with a stop in Pärnu, Estonia “Summer Capital”. This little town has been known as a summer health resort since the first spa opened here in the 1830s. Further drive to Tallinn. Ar­ri­val in Tal­linn, check-in at the ho­tel. Overnight in Tallinn.

Day 4: 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 5: Tal­linn - Tar­tu - Si­gul­da (380 km). 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. 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: Vil­nius - Druskininkai (130 km). Lei­su­re ti­me in Vilnius. 12:00 p.m. departure for Druskininkai. Stop in Gru­tas vil­la­ge for a vi­sit to Gru­tas Par­k an open-air ex­hi­bi­tion of the So­viet era sculp­tu­res and mo­nu­ments. Ar­ri­val in Drus­ki­nin­kai, check-in at the ho­tel. Ci­ty tour of Drus­ki­nin­kai, the ol­dest he­alth re­sort in Lit­hu­a­nia. The pri­de of the town is its mi­ne­ral springs. In 1794 the king of Po­land and Lit­hu­a­nia an­noun­ced a dec­ree of­fi­cial­ly de­sig­na­ting Drus­ki­nin­kai as a he­alth re­sort. Welcome meeting in the spa center of the hotel Vilnius Spa Sana. Tasting of medicinal herb tea. Possibility to try various spa treatments against extra payment. Dinner at hotel.

Da­y 9: Druskininkai - Kaunas - Klaipeda - Juodkrante - Nida (400 km). At 9:00 a. m. departure for Nida. Stopover in Kaunas – former temporary capital of Lithuania. City tour of Kaunas- the second largest city of Lithuania - includes ruins of the castle, Town Hall Square with its impressive monuments, visit to Cathedral. Arrival in Klaipeda. Ferry trip to the Cu­ro­nian Spit. Visit the Hill of Witches which houses a hundred fanciful and folksy wooden sculptures scattered along a forest path in Juodkrante. Arrival in Nida. Check in at hotel. Dinner at hotel. Overnight in Nida.

Da­y 10: Ni­da. Walking tour of Nida resort, including the Fisherman’s House, famous German writer Thomas Mann’s House, Amber Gallery, old ethnographic cemetery, neo-Gothic church and a walk along impressive sand dunes. Overnight in Nida.

Da­ys 11-12: Ni­da. Leisure time. Ni­da is an old fis­hing vil­la­ge on the Cu­ro­nian Spit was­hed by the Bal­tic Sea from one si­de and the Cu­ro­nian La­go­on from the ot­her si­de. To­day Ni­da is the lar­gest set­tle­ment of the town of Ne­rin­ga and one of the most be­au­ti­ful re­sorts in Lit­hu­a­nia. The an­cient fis­her­men’s ar­chi­tec­tu­re is dis­tin­guis­hed by its ori­gi­na­li­ty. One can cho­o­se from a va­rie­ty of ac­ti­vi­ties such as wa­ter sports and cyc­ling.

Day 13: Ni­da - Mi­ni­ja - Vente - Klaipeda (70 km). At 11:00 a.m. de­par­tu­re by bo­at from Ni­da to the Ne­mu­nas Ri­ver Del­ta Re­gio­nal Park. En route stop in Uostadvaris. Visit of the lighthouse built in 1876 and the oldest water lifting station in Lithuania, nowadays a Polder Museum. Continue to Kintai settlement passing the Mi­ni­ja vil­la­ge cal­led the Lit­hu­a­nian Ve­ni­ce, whe­re the Ri­ver Mi­ni­ja ser­ves as the main street. Lunch at the restaurant in Kintai, tasting of local fish dish. Departure by coach to the Vente Horn. Visit of the ornithological station and the 19th century lighthouse. Ar­ri­val in Klaipeda. Check-in at the hotel. Overnight in Klaipeda.

Day 14: Klaipede - Palanga - Klaipeda (50 km). Ci­ty tour of Klai­pe­da, the main se­a­port of Lit­hu­a­nia, includes walking in the old part of the town which is interesting for frame-built architecture, cozy closed yards, paved streets, the Theatre Square with a sculpture of “Annchen von Tharau”, Old Post Office. Trip to Palanga, the biggest seaside resort of Lithuania. City tour including the vi­sit to the Bo­ta­ni­cal Gar­den and Am­ber Mu­seum in the Pa­la­ce of Count Tys­zkie­wicz, with over 25000 pie­ces of am­ber and 15000 inc­lu­sions of in­sects on dis­play, further walk by the Birute Hill along the sea coast, on the sea bridge and on pedestrian Basanaviciaus street famous for its cafes and restaurants with live music. Return to Klaipeda. In the evening optional dinner at the restaurant “Taravos Anike” or similar. Overnight in Klaipeda.

Day 15: Klaipeda - 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. 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.

Day 16: Riga. Breakfast. End of the tour.

Optional :
- Ar­ri­val/departure transfer (one way) in Riga:
* Car (1-2 person)- 40 EUR per vehicle
* Minivan (3-6 person)- 60 EUR per vehicle
- Additional night in Riga:
* 90 EUR per room per night, including breakfast, single
* 105 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
* Klaipeda - 30 EUR p/p
- Half board at hotels (13 x dinners 3 course menu + tea/coffee) - 340 EUR p/p
- Excursion (3 hours) to Kadriorg Park and visit to Kadriorg Palace - 40 EUR p/p.

Price Includes:
- 15 nights at the 5/4/3 star hotels
- All hotel taxes
- Buffet breakfast daily
- Welcome cocktail at hotel in Riga
- Morning swimming pool and gym at hotels
- Tasting of medicinal herb tea in the spa center of the hotel
- Swimming pool and bath complex for 1,5 hour in the spa center of the hotel
- 10 % discount for spa treatments in the spa center of the hotel
- Dinner at hotel in Druskininkai on day 8
- Dinner at hotel in Nida on day 9
- Lunch at the restaurant at Kintai, tasting of local fish dish on day 13
- Transportation by air-conditioned coach or minivan on days 2-9, 13 - 15
- Ferry ticket from Klai­peda to the Cu­ro­nian Spit
- Ecological fees for Cu­ro­nian Spit
- Bo­at trip from Ni­da to the Ne­mu­nas Ri­ver Del­ta Re­gio­nal Park
- English and German speaking guide escort on days 2-10, 13 - 15
- Excursions as per itinerary
- Entrances to:
* The Dome Church
* St. Jacob’s Church in Riga
* 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
* Grutas Park
* Thomas Mann Museum
* The Fisherman’s House - museum in Nida
* Amber Gallery in Nida
* Amber museum in Palanga
* Rundale Palace
- Individual information package (city guides and program)
- Porterage at hotels.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.