5 countries around Baltic sea

 13 DAYS /12 NIGHTS

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5 Baltic countries

Day 1

Arrival to Vilnius. Transfer to the hotel.  Welcome dinner at national Lithuanian cuisine restaurant. Free time to explore Vilnius. Spend night in Vilnius

Highlights

Vilnius is capital of Lithuania and the largest city in the country. The founder of Vilnius is considered to be the Grand Duke of Lithuania Gediminas who first mentioned name of Vilnius in the written chronicles in his letter to the towns of Western Europe in 1323. Vilnius was centre of the largest country in Europe in 14th – 15th centuries but today it has about 580 thousand inhabitants and one of the largest old towns in Eastern Europe that covers 360 hectares. Green parks and urban heritage are combined into unforgettable mix that so many visitors enjoy. Because of this unique mix of architecture and landscape it was included into UNESCO World Heritage List. One of the largest medieval old towns in Northern Europe, and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vilnius Old Town is full of beautiful buildings, eclectic shops, picturesque churches and elegant palaces.

Day 2

Transfer to Kaunas (100 km). Lunch. Kaunas sightseeing tour. Spend night in Kaunas

Highlights

Kaunas. Kaunas is the second largest city in Lithuania, first mentioned in an old manuscript of 1361. It is situated in the valley of two longest rivers of Lithuania: Nemunas and Neris. The town itself became an example of a confluence of people and cultures, an attractive blend of architecture and nature. The town has seen many ups and downs, but has stayed the source of forces for resistance, the guard of national identity, and has once actually been the temporary capital of Lithuania.

The tour includes: the Old Town of Kaunas with St. George’s Church, Kaunas Castle built at the confluence of Nemunas and Neris rivers, the courtyard of the Theological seminary, the Town Hall Square surrounded by former 16th – 18th century merchants’ dwelling houses and baroque churches – the Jesuit Church and the Cathedral, the Church of Vytautas dating back to the 14th century and the Perkunas (Thunder) House (no visits inside); a walk on the central street – Liberty avenue – bustling with street vendors, musicians, full of cafes and souvenir shops; afternoon visits include Ciurlionis Picture Gallery and Devils’ Museum.

M.K. Ciurlionis Picture Gallery preserves and exhibits the works of the famous Lithuanian artist, Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis, who painted and composed music at the turn of 20th century.

Devils’ Museum contains a collection of sculptures and carvings of devils collected by Lithuanian painter Antanas Zmuidzinavicius. His private collection gave start to the museum which now houses several thousand devil figurines both local and from all over the world.

Pazaislis Monastery and Church. Located in splendid isolation among the fields and woodlands of the right bank of Nemunas river is a striking Baroque ensemble in Northern Europe founded in 1662 by the Great Chancellor Krzysztof Zygmunt Pac ordered by the Camaldolese Hermits. The main construction has been built in 1674 when the entire ensemble was finished in 1712. The building and the dome was founded after 1755 by king’s chamberlain Michal Jan Pac.

Day 3

Transfer to Kėdainiai (50 km), Kėdainiai  sightseeing tour, lunch, visit mead production company, mead cellar, mead tasting, transfer to Taujėnai manor and Anykščiai (150 km). Anykščiai tour. Spend night in Spa Vilnius, modern wellness and SPA treatment centre in Anykščiai.

Highlights

Kėdainiai (population 32 000) is a town near the center of Lithuania well known for its brick old town. With most Lithuanian old towns being wooden and therefore less intact, the lovely small medieval district of Kėdainiai is unusual. The well-cared clean streets run towards numerous squares where markets used to take place. Kėdainiai was especially important for medieval trade.

The main square is “Great Market” (Didžioji Rinka) opens to Nevėžis river at one side. On the opposite side there stands a former city hall with a tall roof.

Taujėnai Manor. Taujėnai mentioned in the second half of the sixteenth century. Classical-style palace, built in 1802, survived to this day. Manor until the mid of twentieth century was Radvilians residence. 

Anykščiai.  Anykščiai (population 12 000) lies on the Šventoji river, the longest river to both start and end in Lithuania. Despite not having magnificent buildings (other than the imposing gothic revival Saint Matthew church of 1909 with its tallest-in-Lithuania 79 m twin towers) the town has quite many interesting places.

 Puntukas Stone. Puntukas stone, the second largest stone in Lithuania according to its size (after Barstyčiai Stone) . It is covered by indentations reminding of the flight across the Atlantic Ocean by pilots S. Darius and S. Girėnas, the first Lithuanians to complete this mission (and worldwide air mail pioneers). The bas-relief was made in secret by Bronius Pundzius in 1943 as Lithuania was occupied by the Nazi Germany at the time.

The Treetops walking path, located in the famous Anykščiai Pinewood is the only treetop path in the Eastern Europe. The path is in the level of the tree crowns and it lasts for 300 meters, evenly going up to 21 meters high. The 13 stops in the real spaces will help you to get to know and experience the variety of Lithuanian forests, to know and understand the importance of the Anykščiai Pinewood plants around the area. On the 14th stop, which is on the highest point on the tower (the height of the tower is 34 meters), the breath-taking view of the Šventoji river curves opens up, and the tower tops of the St. Matthew’s church.

Day 4

Morning departure to Rokiškis (62 km). Rokiškis sightseeing tour. Transfer to Ilzenbergas Manor (30 km). Lunch. Spend night in Spa Vilnius, modern wellness and SPA treatment centre in Anykščiai.

Highlights.

Rokiškis. Rokiškis (pop. 15 000) is among the most appealing towns of northeastern Lithuania (Aukštaitija). It is centered around a very large rectangular main Nepriklausomybės (Independence) square. The square connects the Saint Matthew church (a neo-gothic masterpiece) on its western side to an extensive 18th century Tyzenhauzai family manor in the east.

Manor ensemble. The Rokiskis Manor House was built in 1801 in the style of classicism under the design of an unknown architect.  Since 1952 the Rokiškis Regional Museum has been located in the palace of the manor house. Rokiskis manor – a unique collection of cultural heritage of estates. Here You can find old and new folk art collections with the exceptional works of the 20th century’s most famous Lithuanian wood carver, Lionginas Šepka, and the only collection of nativity sculptures in the country.

Ilzenbergas Manor. 500 years of history – beside You. You may get this unique experience in the Ilzenberg Manor, which has dedicated one of the oldest and most beautiful manor spaces to its guests. The centenarian park and the guest house at the periphery, the Manor Bathhouse with a special story, and the Love Bridge running to the lake island shrouded in legends.

Ilzenberg Manor area is not just a park and the manor. People are living here year-round, besides, the first and the largest in the Baltic countries Ilzenberg Manor Farm is operating here in compliance with biodynamic farming principles.

Day 5

Morning departure to Riga, Latvia. Rundale palace. Lunch. Free time to explore Riga.  Spend night in Riga.

Highlights.

After crossing into Latvia we soon reach the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Following a guided tour of the palace we travel through the rolling hills of Southern Latvia to reach Riga in the afternoon, shopping, check-in at centrally located hotel.

Day 6

Riga sightseeing tour. Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest. Spend night in Riga.

Highlights.

Riga. The capital of Latvia. Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a real kaleidoscope of architectural styles. The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guilds and the Freedom Monument. The afternoon is reserved for an optional visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches.

he famous Lithuanian artist, Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis, who painted and composed music at the turn of 20th century.

Devils’ Museum contains a collection of sculptures and carvings of devils collected by Lithuanian painter Antanas Zmuidzinavicius. His private collection gave start to the museum which now houses several thousand devil figurines both local and from all over the world.

Pazaislis Monastery and Church. Located in splendid isolation among the fields and woodlands of the right bank of Nemunas river is a striking Baroque ensemble in Northern Europe founded in 1662 by the Great Chancellor Krzysztof Zygmunt Pac ordered by the Camaldolese Hermits. The main construction has been built in 1674 when the entire ensemble was finished in 1712. The building and the dome was founded after 1755 by king’s chamberlain Michal Jan Pac.

Day 7

Morning departure to Tallinn, Estonia. Parnu. Lunch. Free time to explore Tallin. Spend night in Tallin.

Highlights.

The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. We do a short tour of the resort before we continue through the North Estonian land of forests and arrive in Tallinn early afternoon, check-in at centrally located hotel,  free time to explore Tallin, shopping.

Day 8

Tallinn sightseeing tour. Estonian dinner. Spend night in Tallin.

Highlights.

Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. This Baltic city is a fascinating blend of Eastern and Western European influences, and like most cities with an 800-year-old history, it is a patchwork of historic areas. 
The city’s pride and joy is without a doubt the medieval old town, Toompea, with its cobbled streets and colourful alleyways. The sightseeing tour takes us around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we see Toompea Castle, Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, medieval Old Town Hall and Great Guild Hall. In the afternoon an optional excursion is offered to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU, the award-winning new Estonian Art museum, with its collections of classic and contemporary fine art. The evening offers an optional medieval dinner.

Day 9

By ferry to Helsinki. Lunch. Helsinki sightseeing tour. Spend night in Helsinki.

Head to the ferry terminal in Tallin early in the morning for a 2-hour ferry ride to Helsinki, the capital of Finland.  After disembarking at the harbour in Helsinki, make your way to your centrally-located hotel in the city. With a full day ahead of you, we recommend getting the Helsinki Card, which gives you access to all main sights, museums and public transportation. Spend the night in Helsinki.

Highlights.

Helsinki is Finland’s capital, founded in 1550 by King Gustav Vasa of Sweden, and for much of its history the city was under either Swedish or Russian rule until Finland finally gained independence in 1917. Today, Helsinki is a blend of its various Eastern and Western influences, and it pulls off the trick of looking like an international metropolis while still feeling like a small town.
Its wide avenues are lined with buildings that echo centuries of architectural excellence from Gothic to Art Deco and cutting-edge contemporary design, and even the locals have their own unique sense of style. Not surprisingly, Helsinki was chosen as World Design Capital for 2012. Yet among all this urban modernity are abundant green spaces and parks scattered throughout the city. 
Geographically, the city is spread across a cluster of promontories and peninsulas. The city centre is on the southern peninsula at the end of the city’s main road Mannerheimintie, and the busy shopping streets of Aleksanterinkatu and Esplanadi both lead to Senate Square, the historical heart of the city.

Day 10

Helsinki & overnight cruise to Sweden. Dinner in the ship.

Use this day to explore more of Helsinki, a city world-famous for its modern design. Some famous sights you may wish to visit include the Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, the Parliament Building, the Olympic Stadium, the Sibelius Monument and the Temppeliaukio Church. We also recommend a stop at Kauppatori, a popular marketplace overflowing with fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh fish, furs and souvenirs.

Then in the late afternoon, it’s time to embark on an overnight cruise to Stockholm. Enjoy a relaxing evening on board the ship and spend the night in one of the ship’s cabins. Take full advantage of the on-board amenities such as cafes, restaurants and shops.

Day 11

Stockholm. Free time to explore Stockholm. Swedish dinner. Spend the night in Stockholm.

Savour the maritime scenery during breakfast as the ship navigates through Sweden’s Archipelago, a collection of over 30,000 islands and inlets. After disembarking at the harbour and checking into your hotel in central Stockholm, the rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure. Relax in one of the many green parks, take a “fika” (Swedish coffee break) or spend the afternoon at Fjäderholmarna, the closest of Stockholm’s Archipelago islands, where you can partake in a guided tour, browse the local handicrafts and enjoy an authentic Swedish dinner. We recommend buying My Stockholm Pass, which gives you free admission to a total of 75 experiences, free sightseeing tours, discounts to a number of restaurants, shops and much more.  Suggested attractions include the Vasa Ship Museum or City Hall’s famous Blue Hall, site of the annual Nobel Prize banquet.

Day 12

Stockholm sightseeing tour. Spend the night in Stockholm.

Highlights.

Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges on Lake Mälaren, which flows into the Baltic Sea past an archipelago of over 24,000 rocky islands and islets. Besides the sleek designs and world-class nightclubs, this famously sophisticated city is also remarkable for its classic architecture, royal heritage, abundant green spaces and many waterways. Here you will find a wide selection of museums and attractions, most of which can be reached easily on foot or public transport within the city’s inner zones.

After its establishment in the 1250s, Stockholm rapidly grew to become the largest and most important city in Sweden. As the city was untouched by the World Wars, there are still many old buildings remaining from as far back at the 15th century, as can be seen in the medieval streets of the Old Town (Gamla Stan). The city’s strategic location also made it the site of many power struggles throughout the ages, which you can learn more about at places like the Vasa Ship Museum on Djurgården, an island that is home to many of Stockholm’s most popular attractions.

Day 13

Departure

Enjoy one last Scandinavian breakfast before it is time to check out from your hotel. Transfer to Arlanda Airport is provided. Passengers departing with the afternoon flight will have time for some last-minute shopping, a perfect way to end your holiday.

Note: Extra days and activities in Vilnius before or in Stockholm after the tour can easily be added to this package; contact us for details

Price: from 1899 Eur/per person

INCLUDED

  • Meet and greet transfer from Warsaw airport to hotel
  • Welcome get-together drink with your group
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary in a luxury coach with an experienced driver and licensed guide (multilingual)
  • All on-tour transportation including shuttles and ferries
  • Accomodation (comfort/quality) for 11 nights
  • Overnight cruise from Helsinki to Stockholm; cabin accommodation (comfort/quality)
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & handling of one suitcase per person
  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 Lunches
  • 11 Dinners
  • Entrances

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights to Warsaw/From Copenhagen
  • Personal travel insurance

Currency: Please note that we charge in Euros (€). Prices in other currencies are for indication only and subject to fluctuation.

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