The Baltic capitals and highlights of Lithuania and Scandinavia

 13 DAYS /12 NIGHTS

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The Baltic capitals and highlights of Lithuania and Scandinavia

Explore the Baltic capitals and see the very best of the Scandinavian cities, on this fully escorted holiday.

Day 1

Fly to Warsaw, where you will be transferred to your hotel.  Welcome dinner. Spend the night in Warsaw.

Day 2

Warsaw sightseeing tour.  Dinner. Spend the night in Warsaw.

Sightseeing tour will introduce you to this beautiful capital. You will see the ‘Royal Route’ with its aristocratic residences, statues and historic churches before visiting the Old Town, the Castle Square, the Barbican and such historical sites as the Ghetto Memorial, the Chopin Monument and the Belvedere Palace.

Highlights

Warsaw. The capital of Poland. Warsaw was almost completely destroyed during the World War 2. Rebuilt after destruction today Warsaw is modern and fast growing city.

Day 3

Transfer to Lithuania. Transfer to charming spa town Druskininkai. Dinner in Druskininkai. Spend the night in Druskininkai.

We depart our hotel early this morning as we continue our journey east through the beautiful Polish countryside and cross the border to Lithuania. Owing much to the rich cultural currents of central Europe, Lithuania once shared an empire with neighbouring Poland that stretched from the Baltic Sea almost to the Black Sea.

Highlights

Druskininkai is the southernmost town of Lithuania. It is the oldest and the biggest resort of the country famous for its salty springs and mild and warm microclimate. City is surrounded by pine forests, majestic Nemunas River, lakes, playful Ratnyčios creek. It is full of squares and parks, Druskonis Lake is located in the centre of Druskininkai. In 1794, by the decree of Stanisław II August Poniatowski, Druskininkai was declared a therapeutic area. This is when a more thorough research of the healing resources was initiated. From as early as the beginning of the 19th century mineral water and mud baths were unofficially operating in Druskininkai. Today the mineral water and therapeutic mud, which has made this resort famous for hundreds of years, are combined with modern technologies.

Nowadays the resort is famous for its old traditions of sanatorium treatment, amazing nature and rapidly developing tourism services infrastructure. It is an international resort of active recreation and therapy.

Day 4

Trip to Dzukija National Park (40 km.). Cooking lesson of Lithuanian specialities and  lunch. Spa facilities in Druskininkai. Overnight in Druskininkai.

Highlights

Dzukija National Park located in Southern part of Lithuania, famous for wild forests, mushrooms and berries, authentic villages and friendliness of local people. Zackagiris (Zacka Forest) nature path winds through a picturesque area embracing ethnographic villages that have been declared ethno cultural reserves, landscape reserves, wind-swept sand dunes, the Skroblus Reserve in the conservation zone of the park and Cepkeliai Marsh, the largest wildlife sanctuary in Lithuania. The National Park is also distinctive for its rich cultural heritage, namely, its Dzūkai villages, which have preserved their traditional architectural features as well as the local residents’ unique way of life.

Day 5

Morning transfer to Vilnius. Vilnius sightseeing tour.  Dinner at national Lithuanian cuisine restaurant. Spend the 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 6

Transfer to Trakai (28 km.). Lunch in Trakai. Transfer to Kaunas. Kaunas sightseeing tour. Dinner.  Spend the night in Kaunas.

Highlights

Trakai – the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Visit the 15th century Insular Trakai Castle housing an exhibition on prehistoric findings and the 17-18th century applied art, the way of life of the Lithuanian Grand Dukes, and the Karaites, brought to Lithuania from the Crimea.

Trakai Castle is one of the most visited tourist sites in Lithuania. A 300 m wooden bridge leading to the castle, and up to 12 km long channel connecting the lakes, halls and galleries of indescribable beauty, stained glass, frescoes, secret passageways fascinate even those who are indifferent to history. At present the castle is the home to the history museum, often hosting mediaeval tournaments, various concerts and craft days.

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 7

 Morning departure to Riga. Riga sightseeing tour. Dinner. 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.

Day 8

Morning departure to Tallin. Tallin sightseeing tour. 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 & overnight cruise to Sweden. Dinner in the ship.

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.

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

Stockholm sightseeing tour. Dinner. 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 11

Transfer to Copenhagen, Denmark. Lunch. Spend the night in Copenhagen.

 We leave our hotel and continue past Sodertalje and through the wooded hills of Kolmarden, once notorious in Sweden for its bandits and highwaymen. We cross the Gota Canal and eventually reach Lake Vattern, the second largest lake in Sweden. Driving south alongside the lake we pass through Granna and Jonkoping at the southern end of the lake. From here our journey takes us past Varnamo and Ljungby and into the port of Helsingborg. Here we board the ferry for the short crossing to Denmark and the port of Helsingor, one of the country’s oldest towns and the setting for Shakespeare’s play ‘Hamlet’ (the ferry time will be advised by your coach crew). Rejoining the coach we drive the short distance to the capital city of Copenhagen, Denmark for a two night stay in the area.

Day 12

Copenhagen sightseeing tour. Dinner. Spend the night in Copenhagen.

 Copenhagen Sightseeing Tour covers the most significant places in the capital. This audio bus and boat tour takes you to sights such as the Gefion Fountain, Tivoli, Christiansborg Palace, the Opera, Our Saviour’s Church, Amalienborg Castle and much more. The highlight of the tour is of course the visit to the Little Mermaid Statue. After the introduction, you will have the rest of the day free to explore the city with its plethora of museums, shopping, restaurants and nightclubs.

Highlights

Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is one of Scandinavia’s most beautiful cities. One might think it’s a sort of Paris or Amsterdam of the North owing to its small cobbled streets and classical architecture in the historical quarters, the narrow canals lined with colourful old buildings and its abundance of cultural attractions, most of which are tightly clustered within the central area.

From old-fashioned amusement park rides to canal boat tours, it’s safe to say that this city has something for everyone. Here you will find world-class art institutions along with a number of exceptional museums and grand palaces. For something less conventional, there’s also the city’s bohemian mini-state of Christiania, the trendy district of Vesterbro and a flourishing artisan scene around the formerly gritty street of Jægersborggade in the Nørrebro neighbourhood.

Known best for its avid biking culture, beer brewing heritage, ultra-modern designs and Hans Christian Andersen stories, Copenhagen has also become a major foodie hotspot in recent years with internationally acclaimed restaurants like NOMA and its New Nordic culinary culture. It’s nice to know that after all the walking (or biking) you’re bound to do in this city, you won’t leave with an empty stomach.

Day 13

Departure

Today you will be transferred from Copenhagen to Kastrup Airport for your flight back home. If you are departing on the afternoon flight, you will have time to further explore the city and maybe do some last minute shopping on the famous “Ströget” street—a perfect way to end your weekend break in Copenhagen.

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

Price: from 1999 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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