BALTICS, POLAND, AND JEWISH

WARSAW – KAUNAS – TRAKAI – VILNIUS – HILL OF CROSSES – RUNDALE – RIGA – GAUJA NATIONAL PARK – TURAIDA – PARNU – TALLINN – FERRY TO STOCKHOLM

Why this tour?

  • 5 Baltic countries comprehensively in just 9 days;
  • Intriguing tours and activities to keep you engaged: towns, villages and breathtaking landscapes;
  • A diversity of transport types: bus, ferry.
  • Accommodation in excellent 4-Star hotels;
  • Welcome meeting with special gifts;
  • Authentic meals;
  • Entrances to the objects of interest;
  • Tour guide services in your preferred language;
  • Service of 1st class motor coaches and A class cabin in a ferry cruise.

Day 1: Arrival in Warsaw

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.  Free time. Welcome meeting. Dinner. Accommodation in a 4-Star hotel.

Day 2: Warsaw

Morning sightseeing tour of the Royal Route and the Old Town containing the Royal Castle, St John’s Cathedral, the Old Town Market Square, the Barbican and the Jewish quarter. Before World War II, Warsaw was a city with the biggest Jewish community in Europe. The only other city with a Jewish community of similar size was in New York! In the afternoon, you will have an authentic experience of Polish cuisine. After lunch, a trip to the breathtaking Royal Lazienki Park-and-Palace complex. Dinner. Accommodation in a 4-Star hotel in Warsaw.

Day 3: Warsaw – Kaunas

Departure from Warsaw to Kaunas (Lithuania). Excursion in the Kaunas Old Town, which is situated at a beautiful confluence of two rivers, and degustation of authentic Lithuanian cuisine. After lunch, a trip to Sugihara’s house. In 1939, Ch. Sugihara opened a Japanese Consulate in Kaunas. He helped thousands of Jews to escape death. After a brief introduction of Ch. Sugihara, a trip to the hotel where he stayed before leaving Lithuania and a stop at the train station where he departed while still working on visas which he threw through the train’s window. Afterward, a trip to the Pažaislis monastery, the pearl of Northern European baroque and Rumšiškės Open-Air Museum in order to see the classical Lithuanian lifestyle of days long past. Accommodation in a 4-Star hotel in Kaunas.

Day 4: Kaunas – Trakai – Vilnius

Departure to Vilnius. En route stop at the old capital Trakai. This city is most well-known for its alluring 14th-15th century castle, the only castle in all of Eastern Europe that is situated on an island, and the cuisine of Karaims, adherents of Karaite Judaism brought to Lithuania by the Grand Duke Vytautas from Crimea, that you will be able to experience. In the afternoon, we will reach and discover Vilnius from different perspectives: the Old Town and the Jewish quarter. Vilnius was famous as the “Jerusalem of the North” and once was a place of meetings for the Jewish scholars, where Yiddish Theaters abounded, and a place where Jewish community left its biggest trace in the Lithuanian history. Dinner. Accommodation in a 4-Star hotel in Vilnius.

Day 5: Vilnius – Hill of Crosses – Rundale Palace – Riga

Departure to Riga with en route stop at the Hill of Crosses, a unique place of national pilgrimage, and after crossing the border of Latvia, the imposing baroque residence – Rundale Palace, which was created by the Italian architect B. Rastrelli. Close to Rundale you will experience traditional Latvian cuisine in a farmstead. Late afternoon arrival in Riga, the capital of Latvia. Excursion in Riga’s Old Town features its most renowned architectural monuments: 13th century St. Peter’s Church, St. George’s Church, St. John’s Church, 14th century Riga Castle, Big and Small Guild houses, medieval dwelling houses “Three Brothers” and the Dome Square with its famous Dome Cathedral boasting one of the biggest pipe organs in Europe. After the excursion, sensational dinner in a medieval 13th century underground restaurant, which is lit solely by candles. Accommodation in a 4-Star hotel in Riga.

Day 6: Riga – Gauja National Park – Turaida Castle – Parnu – Tallinn

After breakfast, a brief view of Jugend style quarter in Riga and a visit to the Art Nouveau Museum. The building was constructed in 1903 as a Latvian architect’s K. Pēkšēns private house. The most compelling feature of the architect’s house is its spiral staircase with ornamental ceiling paintings. The Art Nouveau staircase is esteemed among the most remarkable architectural designs not only in Riga but also in Europe. Leaving Riga for Tallinn with en route stops at the Gauja National Park, to have an awe-inspiring trip with a cable car above the treetops, the Turaida Castle dating back to the 13th century, and the city of Parnu. Excursion and lunch in Parnu. Late afternoon arrival in Tallinn. Outstanding dinner in a restaurant, which dates back to 1475 with 17 medieval dishes for your enjoyment. You will get a thorough experience of the archaic Hanseatic customs. Accommodation in a 4-Star hotel in Tallinn.

Day 7: Tallinn – Stockholm

Morning city tour of Tallinn highlighting its surroundings and its Old Town will commence. You will visit Catherine’s Valley Park and Palace, the Song Festival Amphitheatre and its venue, which has rich 120-year-old traditions, as well as, various other sights. You will also see Tallinn’s most acclaimed attractions: Toompea Hill and the Parliament building, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tall Hermann, Kiek in de Kök and Dome Cathedral. Afternoon departure from Tallinn to Stockholm in a ferry. Dinner and night on board.

Day 8: Arrival in Stockholm

Morning tour in Stockholm. Elegant and spectacular Stockholm, also known as the “Baltic Venice”. Across the city, distinguished museums and galleries provoking to come inside, harboring everything from glittering Viking treasures and an ill-fated warship, to Abba props and contemporary art. You will visit the marvelous City Hall and Vasa museum. Free afternoon for souvenirs and relaxation. Accommodation in a 4-Star hotel.

Day 9: Transfer to the airport

Included in the price:

  • Accommodation in 4-Star hotels with breakfast;
  • Welcome meeting with a glass of wine and special gifts;
  • 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners in an authentic atmosphere;
  • English (or any required language) speaking guide services;
  • Entrance fees (Warsaw Royal Castle, Vilnius University, Trakai Castle, Rundale Palace, Art Nouveau museum, Turaida Castle, Dom Church in Tallinn, City Hall in Stockholm and Vasa museum);
  • Ferry tickets Tallinn-Stockholm with an A class cabin accommodation;
  • Transportation services along the route;
  • Arrival and departure transfers;
  • Information package.

Not included in the price:

  • Insurance;
  • Flight tickets;
  • Extra meals and drinks.