WARSAW – KAUNAS – TRAKAI – KERNAVĖ – VILNIUS – HILL OF CROSSES – RUNDALE – RIGA – GAUJA NATIONAL PARK – TURAIDA – PARNU – TALLINN – CRUISE TO STOCKHOLM – CRUISE TO HELSINKI – CRUISE TO ST. PETERSBURG – HELSINKI
Why this tour?
- 7 countries comprehensively in just 11 days;
- Intriguing tours and activities to keep you engaged: towns, villages and breathtaking landscapes;
- A diversity of transport types: bus, ferry/cruise.
- Accommodation in excellent 4-Star hotels;
- Dinners on a cruise ship;
- Welcome meeting with special gifts;
- Entrances to the objects of interest;
- Hotels with breakfast;
- Traditional regional cuisine from different time periods ranging from the 13th to the 21st century;
- Tour guide services in your preferred language;
- Service of 1st class motor coaches,
- A class cruise cabins;
- Visa-free trip to Russia.
Day 1: Arrival in Warsaw
Upon arrival, a welcome meeting with wine and snacks. Free time for relaxation. Accommodation in a 4-Star hotel.
Day 2: Warsaw
Excursion in Warsaw including the uniquely restored Old Town, which suffered heavily during the World War II and is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Authentic Polish Lunch in a restaurant and a tour of the breathtaking Royal Lazienki Park-and-Palace complex. Marvelous and memorable photos are guaranteed! Accommodation in a 4-Star hotel.
Day 3: Warsaw – Kaunas
Departure from Warsaw to Kaunas (Lithuania). Excursion in the Kaunas Old Town highlighting the “longest bridge in the world”. Degustation of traditional Lithuanian cuisine. Afterward, a tour of the luxurious Pažaislis Monastery – the pearl of the Northern European baroque and a visit to 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 – Kernavė – Vilnius
Leaving Kaunas for Vilnius. En route stop at the old Lithuanian capital – Trakai, as well as, the first capital of Lithuania – Kernavė. Trakai is located 28 km from Vilnius. 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 delicious cuisine of Karaims, adherents of Karaite Judaism brought to Lithuania by the Grand Duke Vytautas from Crimea, that you will be able to indulge yourself in. The marvelous mound hills of Kernavė will be for you to admire. Impressive landscape, rich history, and valuable archaeological findings have put the archeological site of Kernavė mound hills on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List. Late afternoon arrival in Vilnius. Excursion in the historic Vilnius Old Town including the Vilnius Cathedral and its square, the complex of Vilnius University, Pilies street containing historical, as well as, architectural monuments, which date back to the 16th-18th century, the Gothic corner of Vilnius with St. Anne’s and Bernardine churches, the former Town Hall square, and the Gate of Dawn possessing a miraculous icon of Virgin Mary. Accommodation in a 4-Star hotel in Vilnius.
Day 5: Vilnius – Hill of Crosses – Rundale – Riga
Leaving Vilnius for Riga. En route stop at the Hill of Crosses near Šiauliai, a unique place of national pilgrimage. After reaching Rundale, degustation of traditional Latvian cuisine. Arrival in Riga will be followed by a tour of the Riga’s Old Town, which 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.
Day 6: Riga – Gauja National Park – Turaida Castle – Parnu – Tallinn
Leaving Riga for Tallinn alongside the Riga Bay. En route stop at the Gauja National park and the Turaida Castle dating back to the 13th century. Authentic Estonian lunch and excursion in Parnu city. 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. For a complete medieval immersion, servants, customary to the time-period, will guide you. Accommodation in a 4-Star hotel.
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. The tour ends in Town Hall Square with a view of the Town Hall, a Gothic masterpiece of the 13th-14th century. Free time for lunch. Late afternoon departure from Tallinn to Stockholm. Night and dinner on a cruise.
Day 8: Stockholm – Helsinki
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 to Abba props and contemporary art. You will visit the marvelous City Hall and Vasa museum. Departure to Helsinki. Night and dinner on a cruise.
Day 9: Helsinki – St. Petersburg
Arrival in Helsinki. The tour of Helsinki includes the Senate Square, which is a historical center, the Presidential Palace, the City Hall, the Parliament building, the Finlandia Hall, and the Opera House. Leaving Helsinki with a cruise to St. Petersburg. Night and dinner on board.
Day 10: St. Petersburg – Helsinki
The astounding St. Petersburg was the residence of Tsars and is one of the world’s most dazzling and romantic places. This remarkable city is also known as the Venice of the North because it is located on various islands and has many canals and bridges. During the excursion, you will explore Nevsky Prospect, Kazan Cathedral, St. Isaac´s Cathedral, Peter and Paul’s Fortress, as well as, Peter and Paul’s Cathedral and the Winter Palace, which belongs to the Hermitage complex. Hermitage museum contains over 3 million pieces of art dating from late antiquity to the present day. Among the Hermitage´s treasures, you will find the masterpieces of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens and minds of similar caliber. Departure from St. Petersburg with a cruise. Authentic lunch including traditional Russian cuisine. Night and dinner on board.
Day 11: Arrival in Helsinki – transfer to the airport
Included in the price:
- Transfer to and from the Warsaw/Helsinki airport;
- Transportation services by bus;
- English (or any required language) speaking guide services
- 10 nights with breakfast in a 4-Star hotel;
- Ferry in A2 class cabins;
- 5 traditional regional meals;
- 4 dinners on board;
- Covered entrance fees to Trakai Castle, Pažaislis Monastery, Rundale Palace, Sigulda Castle, Turaida Castle, Dom Church in Tallinn, City Hall in Stockholm, Vasa Museum and Hermitage in St. Petersburg.
Not included in the price:
- Flight tickets.