VILNIUS – TRAKAI – DZŪKIJA REGION – MINGĖ – CURONIAN SPIT – KLAIPĖDA – HILL OF CROSSES – RUNDALE – RIGA – FERRY TO STOCKHOLM
Why this tour?
- 3 Baltic countries comprehensively in just 8 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;
- SPA time for relaxation with 1 included procedure;
- 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.
Day 1: Arrival in Vilnius
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Welcome meeting. Accommodation in a 4-Star hotel.
Day 2: Vilnius – Trakai – Vilnius
Morning excursion of 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, the Gate of Dawn possessing a miraculous icon of Virgin Mary, and the 17th century Baroque church of St. Peter and Paul famous for its exceptional all-white interior. In the afternoon, a tour of Trakai will take place beginning with a degustation of the traditional cuisine of Karaims, adherents of Karaite Judaism brought to Lithuania by the Grand Duke Vytautas from Crimea. This city is the ancient capital of Lithuania located 28 km from Vilnius. Trakai 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. There will be a possibility to sail with a boat along the Lake Galvė and absorb the picturesque magnificence of surrounding nature. Terrific dinner in the television tower with a sensational view of nocturnal Vilnius. Accommodation in a 4-Star hotel.
Day 3: Vilnius – Dzūkija
Departure from Vilnius to the region of Dzūkija for SPA relaxation. En route cheese degustation and a stop at the dazzling mound hills, as well as, the panoramic towers in order to absorb the beauty of Dzūkija. Spectacular photos are guaranteed! Late afternoon relaxation in Druskininkai, the capital of mineral waters of Lithuania. Free time for SPA. Accommodation in a 4-Star hotel.
Day 4: Dzūkija – Mingė – Curonian Spit – Klaipėda
Departure from Dzūkija to Kuršių Nerija/Curonian Spit. The route follows the bank of the Nemunas river, which designs a thrilling sense of adventure as if you are a part of a Travel Channel program. The magnificence of castles and palaces will be for you to experience. Afternoon arrival in Mingė for a traditional fishermen lunch followed by a boat trip to the Curonian Spit, which is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Curonian Spit is 98 km long, thin, curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast. Authentic fishermen houses along the way will give you a rustic feeling of a time long past. Tours in Nida and Juodkrantė, small-scale angler villages, which are popular holiday destinations for Lithuanians and foreigners alike. Late afternoon excursion in Klaipėda. Accommodation in a 4-Star hotel in Klaipeda.
Day 5: Klaipėda – 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. Outstanding dinner in a medieval 13th century underground restaurant, which is lit solely by candles. Accommodation in a 4-Star hotel.
Day 6: Riga – Stockholm
Morning walking tour in the Old Town of Riga, 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 distinguished Dome Cathedral boasting one of the biggest pipe organs in Europe. 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 the whole of Europe. Ladies will be able to try Art Nouveau hats to feel the spirit of the early 20th century. Late afternoon departure from Riga to Stockholm in a ferry. Night on board.
Day 7: Arrival 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 8: Departure – transfer to the airport
Included in the price:
- Accommodation in excellent 4-Star hotels with breakfast;
- Welcome meeting with a glass of wine and special gifts;
- 6 lunches/dinners in an authentic atmosphere;
- 1 SPA procedure in Dzūkija SPA Hotel;
- English (or any required language) speaking guide services;
- Entrance fees (Vilnius University, Trakai Castle, Rundale Palace, Art Nouveau museum, City Hall in Stockholm and Vasa museum);
- Boat tickets Mingė-Nida;
- Ferry tickets Riga-Stockholm;
- Transportation services along the route;
- Arrival and departure transfers;
- Information package.
Not included in the price:
- Flight tickets;
- Extra meals and drinks.
Total km during the whole 8-day tour – ~1300 km + sailing distance ~500 km