Baltic Highlights

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This Travel Escapes tour brings you to three gems of the Baltic – Vilnius, Riga & Tallinn on a 8 night, 4-star touring holiday. Starting in Vilnius you will discover the history, sights & culture of these wonderful cities with experienced guides on what is sure to be a memorable experience.

Itinerary

Day 1 Dublin to Vilnius

Fly direct Dublin to Vilnius with Ryanair. Arrival in Vilnius and transfer to the Radisson Blu Lietuva**** or similar. Overnight stay

Day 2 Vilnius

Day at leisure in Vilnius.

Day 3 Vilnius

Vilnius is known for its more than 1.200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. The morning sightseeing tour includes a panoramic tour of the city and a walking tour of the Old Town with Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, Peter and Paul Church, St. Anne’s Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania, with the well preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve. In the evening enjoy an optional folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas.

Day 4 Vilnius to Riga

Heading for Riga, the first stop is the Hills of Crosses, one of the most holy sites of Catholic Lithuania. 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 late afternoon, check-in at Hotel Mercure Riga**** or similar.

Day 5 Riga

Before we get acquainted with Riga we’ll have the possibility of discovering medieval Latvia. The optional tour this morning takes us to the stunning scenery of the Gauja National Park and the town of Sigulda. We’ll listen to the medieval Latvian legend of the Rose of Turaida, and see Maja’s Tombstone, the ruins of the Episcopal Castle, the ruins of the Castle of the Knights of the Sword and the mysterious Gutman Cave before we return to Riga. The afternoon offers an optional visit to the ethnographical open air museum, a spacious exposition of the 18th century country life. The evening offers an optional organ concert at Dome Cathedral.

Day 6 Riga

Riga, founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, 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. In the afternoon there is an optional visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. In the evening, enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest.

Day 7 Riga to Tallinn

The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. We do a short tour of the resort and a leisurely stroll along the beach. The rest of the day we go through the North Estonian land of forests to Tallinn, check-in at the Radisson Blu Olympia**** or similar.

Day 8 Tallinn

Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquility and modern urban life. The medieval Old Town is a busy place in the summer with its many shops, galleries, souvenir markets, outdoor cafés and restaurants. The sightseeing tour takes us around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we see Toompea Castle, the Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the medieval Old Town Hall. In the afternoon an optional excursion is offered to Kadriorg Park with a visit to Kadriorg Palace and its art collections.  The evening offers an optional medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack.

Day 9 Tallinn

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Dublin. Or you could avail or our amazing extensions

Day 8 Tallinn -Helsinki Extension (Optional)

This day offers an optional day excursion to Lahemaa National Park, where we visit Palmse Manor, a memorial to the von Pahlen family, and Sagadi Manor. The tour ends with a visit to the charming 16th century Vihula Manor and the Vodka Museum. After lunch break, we head back to Tallinn to take the ferry to Helsinki and enjoy a refreshing tour through the Finnish archipelago before arriving in Helsinki. Upon arrival we are transferred to our hotel and check-in at Hotel Glo Art**** or similar.

Accommodation

Vilnius – Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva or similar 4****
Riga – Hotel Mercure Riga or similar 4****
Tallinn – Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia or similar 4****

Deluxe Hotels:

Vilnius – Hotel Radisson Blu Astorija or similar 5*****
Riga – Hotel Radisson Blu Ridzene or similar 5*****
Tallinn – Hotel Radisson Blu Sky or similar 5*****

Extra Information

Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit €200 per person (Full payment due if within 12 weeks)
  • Full payment due on confirmation
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Upgrade to deluxe 5* hotels for €210 pp*
  • Single room supplement €400 (deluxe €630)
  • Prices are correct at time of going to press, flight supplements may apply depending on availability of negotiated airfares
  • FLIGHT TIMINGS are subject to change at any time until air tickets are issued.

* Only available: 16 June, 30 June, 14 July, 28 July, 11 Aug & 26 Aug

Optional Excursions

  • 3-hour excursion to Trakai and visit to Trakai Castle: € 40.00 pp
  • 4-hour excursion to Gauja National Park: € 50.00 pp
  • 3-hour excursion to the Open Air Museum: € 40.00 pp
  • Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral: € 35.00 pp
  • 4-hour excursion to Jurmala with City Museum: € 40.00 pp
  • 3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU: € 40.00 pp

  Cost per person: €1,249pp
  Number of nights: 8

24 March 2018 €1,249
21 April 2018 €1,249
05 May 2018 €1,249
12 May 2018 €1,249
19 May 2018 €1,249
26 May 2018 €1,249
02 June 2018 €1,249
09 June 2018 €1,249
16 June 2018 €1,249
23 June 2018 €1,249
30 June 2018 €1,249
07 July 2018 €1,249
14 July 2018 €1,249
21 July 2018 €1,249
28 July 2018 €1,249
04 August 2018 €1,249
11 August 2018 €1,249
18 August 2018 €1,249
25 Augut 2018 €1,249
01 September 2018 €1,249
08 September 2018 €1,249
15 September 2018 €1,249

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