MULTI-DAY / BALTIC / TALLINN, RIGA AND VILNIUS CITY BREAK
|OLD RIGA EXCURSION / TALLINN OLD TOWN EXCURSION / OLD VILNIUS EXCURSION / RUNDALE PALACE / OPEN AIR MUSEUM / KADRIORG PALACE / TRAKAI CASTLE / CĒSIS / SIGULDA|
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•Travel by transport along a route
•Accommodation 6 nights
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•Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off
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•Visa in Europe
•Meals & Tips (lunch & Dinner)
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DAY 1 - ARRIVE IN TALLINN
Tallinn is the capital city of Estonia and an ideal holiday destination if you want to combine the comforts of modern world, versatile nightlife and luxurious adventures with rich cultural scene in the local historical setting. Tallinn’s medieval Old Town is known around the world for it’s authentic Hanseatic architecture. Enjoy the cobblestone streets and houses dating back as far as to 11th century.
DAY 2 - TALLINN OLD TOWN
Tallinn excursion (2,5hrs) - on the tour we cover: Town Hall Square, Freedom Square, Danish King's Garden, Parliament Building, City Wall, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Toompea Castle was erected on the foundations of the crumbling eastern wing of the fortress built on the site in the 13th and 14th centuries. Eyecatching for its late baroque facade, the castle was built between 1767 and 1773. Today the castle is home to the Riigikogu (the Estonian parliament).
Tour in Kadriorg palace (2hr) - it can be considered to be the grandest example of palace and park design in Estonian architectural history. The palace, originally an imperial summer residence, has been extremely well preserved since the early 18th century. Designed to resemble the Italian palaces of the time, the palace has a facade which is three levels at the front and sides and two levels at the rear in a mix of architectural styles. A banquet hall and winter garden were added to the rear facade of the palace in 1933/34.
DAY 3 - TRANSFER TO RIGA, CĒSIS, SIGULDA
Transfer to Riga (350km). On the way to Riga we will visit Cēsis and Sigulda. f you wish to be carried away by history, Sigulda is the right place. Since the time when the tribes of Balts and Livs fought with the German crusaders, Sigulda has boasted of exciting legends and mighty castles, which are situated in the distance of a cannon shot from each other. Durring this tour we will visit: Cesis - is characterized as a typical European medieval town and you can see it strolling around the old town. The emblem, a defensive stone wall, Town Hall and other characteristic elements of the medieval city, in Cesis can be dated back to at least the 14th century. Archaeological Park Araisi - now it’s possible to see a reconstruction of the Lake castle from the 9th century in a full scale, open-air exposition of the ideal reconstructions of 3 separate buildings of the Stone and Bronze Ages on the so called Daughter’s Island. Here you can also experience the ruins of the medieval stone castle. The reconstruction of the Lake Castle is the only project of its kind, which has no equal in all of Northern Europe. Turaida Museum Reserve (2hr) - is a heritage site. The 42 hectares of grounds are replete with archaeological, architectural, historical and art monuments, all of which provide an account of the events from the eleventh century onwards. The Gutmanala (Goodman's Cave) - grotto is the most popular and vast cave in Latvia. It was formed in the course of 10,000 years by water gradually eroding sandstone. The grotto is a protected geological site and the oldest tourist attraction in Latvia. Goodman's Cave is 10 m high, 12 m wide and 18.8 m deep.
Free evening in Riga.
DAY 4 - OLD RIGA EXCURSION, LATVIAN OPEN-AIR ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM
Old Riga excursion (2hrs) - is the historical and geographical centre of Riga on the right bank of the Daugava. Old Riga covers a relatively small inner area of the 13th-18th century fortifications where unique monuments of medieval architecture which, surprisingly, have survived two world wars are concentrate. The tour includes Riga Castle, Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, Swedish Gates, Three Brothers, Large & Small Guild Houses & the Freedom Monument.
Latvian Open-Air Ethnographic Museum in Riga (3h) - an unusual pace can be found a half and hour’s drive from the centre of Riga on the shore of Jugla Lake. Leisurely walks, skiing in winter, putting yourself in the lives of ancient Latvian farmers and fishermen, discovering the bathhouses used by ancient Latvians, being part of festive celebrations or forging your own jewellery; all of this is offered by the Latvian Open-Air Ethnographic Museum.
DAY 5 - TRANSFER TO VILNIUS, RUNDALE PALACE
Transfer to Vilnius (300km), we will stop and visit Rundale palace (3hr) - is set amidst the fertile Zemgale Plains in the south of Latvia. The Rundale Palace ensamble, one of the most outstanding monuments of Baroque and Rococo architecture in Latvia, was built between 1736 and 1740 as a summer residence for Ernst Johann Biron, Duke of Courland and a favourite of the Russian Empress Anna Ioannovna. The palace was designed by the Russian court architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli and built under his supervision
Free time in Vilnius
DAY 6 - VILNIUS OLD TOWN
After the breakfast we will have morning transfer to Trakai (28 km), former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and one of the most visited places in the region. We will have excursion in The towers of the Trakai Island Castle ( 2hr), casting their reflections on the surface of Lake Galvė, are reminders of the 15th century when the Great Duchy of Lithuania was at the peak of glory and its lands reached as far as the shores of the Black Sea. The Island Castle, built during the 14th–15th centuries, was one of the strongest fortresses and one of the most important places for guests. Messengers and dukes embraced its halls. Present-day kings and presidents have also paid a visit.
The old town of Vilnius is one of the largest surviving medieval old towns in Northern Europe. In 1994 the Vilnius Old Town was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in recognition of its universal value and originality. It is a place where some of Europe's greatest architectural styles gothic, renaissance, baroque and neoclassical stand side by side and complement each other.
Walking tour (3h) in the Old Town with Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, Užupis, St. Anne’s Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn.
• The Cathedral of St. Stanislav and St. Vladislav is the most important place of worship for the country‘s Catholics and the venue for the main Christian, folk and national festivities. In 1922, the Cathedral was granted the title basilica (meaning „royal“). This is the highest church category awarded by the Pope only to very special churches.
• A Gediminas’ Tower - an observation deck on the top of the tower is the best place from which to appreciate a magnificent panorama of Vilnius.
• Užupis is sometimes compared to Monmartre in Paris or Christiania in Copenhagen. Užupis is a “republic” of artists. It has its own anthem, constitution, president, bishop, two churches, one of the oldest graveyards in Vilnius (Bernardine Cemetery), seven bridges, and a guardian (the bronze angel of Užupis). The constitution of the Republic of Užupis is displayed on a fence at the beginning of Paupio Street.
• The Gates of Dawn is one of the most visited shrines in Vilnius that is famous not only in Lithuania but also abroad, worshipped by the representatives of other creeds too. This is the only surviving gate of the first original five gates in the city wall that was built between 1503 and 1522.
Free time in Vilnius.
DAY 7 - DEPARTUREArrangements end after breakfast with transfer to the Vilnius airport.