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The Baltic Countries (Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia) Medieval and Modern

October 01 to 13, 2017

Join us to a unique and young destination. The cities of the Baltic countries were some of the wealthiest and most important cities in medieval northern Europe. Estonia and Latvia can boast a glorious Hanseatic and Livonian legacy, while Lithuania was a vital component of the biggest state in medieval Europe, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. However, for most of the 19th and 20th centuries interrupted only by the interwar period, the Baltic countries were forgotten treasures incorporated into Imperial Russia and later into the Soviet Union. Since the Baltic countries regained their independence at the beginning of the 1990s, the cities have regained their past beauty and glory and have recaptured their natural position on the European map. This tour takes you on a thrilling journey through the three Baltic countries’ millennium of history with remarkable contrasts between the medieval past and the modern present and with plenty of beautiful unspoiled countryside in between.

Tour Escort: Led by local guides

Air & Land Cost per person in double (From NYC) $5,775.00

Single Supplement: $525.00

Airfare credit for doing your own air: $700.00

Group Size: minimum 6 participants; maximum 12 participants

Tour Notes

Possible extension to Helsinki and St. Petersburg
For those who can afford few extra days, we recommend taking the ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki (2 hrs) and spend a day visiting the highlights of Finland’s elegant capital then take the speed train to St. Petersburg, Russia (3-4 hrs) and spend a few days there exploring the marvelous museums, palaces and cathedrals. Call us for additional information.

Your tour Includes:

  • Airfare from NYC (or select east coast cities).
  • All transfers with assistance
  • Transportation with a modern A/C motor coach
  • Accommodation at first class & Boutique hotels in large cities and best available in smaller towns
  • All meals as per the itinerary and water on board bus
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • All entrance fees to visited sites (mentioned in the itinerary)

Your tour Does Not Include:

  • Tips and gratuities to porters, drivers and guides
  • Dayroom or extra hotel nights necessitated by airline flight schedule changes or misconnections
  • Travel insurance (Highly recommended)
  • Items of a personal nature, i.e. souvenirs, camera fees, laundry, phone calls, emails, etc.
  • Airline taxes and surcharges (approx. $425.00)
  • Beverages with meals and meals not mentioned

View Tour Itinerary

Sun-Mon, Oct 01-02
USA to Vilnius

Depart USA in the evening for Europe, arriving the next day in Vilnius.

Tuesday, Oct 03

After breakfast, enjoy a morning sightseeing tour through centuries of Lithuanian history starting with the sights related to early Lithuanian history: the Gediminas Tower and the Lower Castle, which was rebuilt for Lithuania’s millennial celebrations, Vilnius Cathedral and into the Old Town with the Gates of Dawn and the Madonna of Vilnius and the Old Town Hall. The tour continues with a visit to the Old University including a private visit to the Old University Library. Enjoy your Lunch at Restaurant Zuvine. Afterwards head to visit the infamous KGB Museum and continuing with a visit to the Soviet-era TV Tower and the Parliament Building, both of which were at the center of the dramatic events of January 1991. The tour concludes with a visit to the bohemian Uzupis District, a picturesque area of the city, where students, artists and free-spirited dreamers enjoy their own creative independence. Then return to your hotel for the overnight. (B,L)

Wednesday, Oct 04
Vilnius to Kaunas

Depart from Vilnius to Kaunas, making a visit en route to Trakai. The highlight of the sightseeing tour of this small town is a visit to Trakai Castle, a well preserved 15th century castle beautifully located on Lake Galves. Continue to Kaunas and upon arrival, enjoy a tour takes you to the Old Town, home to the medieval ruins of Kaunas Castle as well as the Town Hall Square with its beautiful Baroque Old Town Hall, Kaunas Cathedral and the House of Perkunas. The tour concludes with a visit to the Ciurlionis Museum, commemorating Lithuania’s most famous painter and composer. Afterwards transfer to hotel Daugirdas for check in and overnight. In the evening experience traditional Lithuanian dinner at Restaurant Medziotuju Uzeiga. (B,D)

Thursday, Oct 05
Kaunas, Siauliai to Klaipeda

After breakfast head to Klaipeda, via Siauliai. The first stop is the Hill of Crosses near Siauliai, one of the holiest relics of Catholic Lithuania. Then continue to Klaipeda – located on the Western coastline of Lithuania. Upon arrival and check in at Hotel National, in the afternoon enjoy a tour of the city which is concluded at a traditional Svyturis brewery. (B)

Friday, Oct 06
Klaipeda, Nida to Liepaja

Start your day with a tour to the Curonian Spit, a thin, 100 km stretch of land between the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon with small fishing villages, pine forests and endless sand dunes. Our first stop is the Hill of Witches in Juodkrante. Continue to Nida, where you visit the High Dunes, Thomas Mann’s summerhouse and get acquainted with the charming resort town before driving back to Klaipeda. In late afternoon continue to Liepaja, upon arrival, transfer to Hotel Kolumbs, for check in and overnight. Enjoy your dinner at Restaurant “Pastnieka Maja”. (B,D)

Saturday, Oct 07
Liepaja to Riga

Liepaja takes its name from the numerous lime trees in the city and we start the day with a short stroll in the Old Town with its Trinity Church. After breakfast head to visit the city including its Karosta Prison and surrounding village – former closed navy port of Soviet Union. Then head to the capital of Latvia – Riga. Before arriving there, making a stop at Skriveri factory of delicious for a degustation of traditional Latvian delight – “Gotina”. Upon arrival transfer to Hotel Astor for check in and overnight. (B)

Sunday, Oct 08

During the morning city tour you will get acquainted with all the splendors of the city: the Old Town with Riga Castle, St. Peter’s Church, the Dome Cathedral, the Three Brothers and the Swedish Gate. You will pay a private visit to the Small Guild House and finally, to taste the flavours of the city, you are invited to a degustation of the traditional Riga Black Balsam and Riga Chocolate. Lunch at Restaurant Forest. Afternoon you will visit the New Town and tour the amazing Art Nouveau district and visit the Riga Art Nouveau Museum, which offers an impression of an art nouveau apartment designed in the first years of the 20th century. The tour continues with a private backstage visit at the Latvia National Opera. Return to your hotel for the overnight. (B,L)

Monday, Oct 09
Riga, Rundale, Riga

Start your morning with an excursion to the Baroque-style Rundale Palace, the most magnificent palace in the Baltic countries. Of particular interest are the Golden Hall (the Throne Hall) and the White Hall (the Grand Ballroom). Behind the palace you will find the beautiful French garden. Then enjoy a private lunch at Rundale Palace, traditional Latvian lunch in the Coffee Chamber. Afterwards return to Riga and enjoy your afternoon free at leisure to explore the city on your own. (B,L)

Tuesday, Oct 10
Riga, Cesis to Tartu

Start your day with a tour to Northern Latvia to reach Tartu in the afternoon. Visit to a Gauja National Park with Turaida Episcopal Castle and reach Cesis city. Afterwards visit the Old Town takes you to the 13th century St. John’s Church and the ruins of the Castle of the Livonian Order. From Cesis, continue to Tartu and upon arrival transfer to Hotel London for check in and overnight. Dinner at Restaurant “Gundpowder Cellar”. (B,D)

Wednesday, Oct 11
Tartu, Lehmaa to Tallinn

During the morning sightseeing tour you will visit the Old Town with the Old Town Hall and the Main Building of Tartu University. Continue to Lahemaa National Park, reaching Vihula Manor for lunch before visit to Palmse Manor, a memorial to the von Prahlen family, and Sagadi Manor, a 17th century manor with a beautiful manor house, you continue to the tranquility and romance of the charming 16th century Vihula Manor for a tour of the estate and a private visit to the Vodka Museum. Late in the afternoon arrival to Tallinn and transfer to Hotel von Stackelberg for check in and overnight. (B,L)

Thursday, Oct 12

The morning tour of the Old Town takes you over seven centuries back in time, around the medieval city walls and towers and into the Upper Town to Toompea Castle and St. Mary’s Church, then down to the Lower Town, where you will visit the medieval Old Town Hall and the Great Guild Hall, the historical home of the Great Guild, the most powerful of Tallinn’s medieval guilds. The tour concludes with a private visit to the Dominican Monastery. Afternoon tour continues through history to the Russian period and the 18th century for a visit to Kadriorg Park and Palace. The remainder of the afternoon brings you back to the present with a visit to the Kumu Art Museum. Afterwards return to your hotel for the overnight. (B)

Friday, Oct 13
Tallinn to USA

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the US. (B)

“We (STS) reserve the right to change hotels, restaurants or the order of activities if/as needed”

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