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Baltics and Poland: City Life and Nature (PBC12)
13 days/12 nights
This is all-urban experience. To get more contrast we start in Krakow, Poland and will work our way to Tallinn, Estonia to make sure we meet all the differences in between. We will tick 4 beautiful countries – Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Starting from historical royal Krakow to unparalleled Warsaw. Next stop –Kaunas, the former capital of Lithuania, the unsung hero city of Lithuania and, of course, visit Vilnius – the current capital. Keep in mind all red roofs of Vilnius because these roofs will be the first recognizable thing in Riga too. Some say Vilnius and Riga are quite similar, others deny this – well, you’ll get the chance to compare it by yourself. Your last stop on this beautiful journey – charming Tallinn with all secrets, stories and legends about it.
KRAKOW (POLAND) • WARSAW (POLAND) • GIZYCKO (POLAND) • VILNIUS (Lithuania) • RIGA (Latvia) • TALLINN (Estonia)
Day 1, Tuesday, Arrival in Krakow
Today you arrive in the historical city of Krakow and transfer to your hotel 4* Novotel Krakow Centrum (or similar) . A welcome meeting with your guide will take place at the hotel.
Day 2, Wednesday, Krakow
For half a millennium Krakow was the royal capital of Poland and for centuries the city walls have guarded its traditions and secrets. The morning sightseeing tour takes us to the Old Town with the St. Mary’s Church, the Jagiellonian University, the Cloth Halls and Wawel with the Wawel Castle and the Wawel Cathedral. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine, an amazing labyrinth of tunnels going down as far as 327 meters. The evening offers an optional Polish dinner at Restaurant Hawelka. Spend the evening at leisure in the city centre.
Day 3, Thursday, Krakow - Warsaw
We leave for Czestochowa, the spiritual heart of Poland, where we visit the Jasna Gora Monastery with the Black Madonna. Through the flat low-laying plain of Central Poland we reach Warsaw in the early afternoon. Check-in at Hotel Novotel Centrum Warsaw**** or similar.
Day 4, Friday, Warsaw
Warsaw is essentially a post-war city with a meticulously reconstructed Old Town. The morning sightseeing tour includes the Royal Route and the Old Town with the Royal Castle, St John’s Cathedral, the Old Town Market Square and the Barbican. In the afternoon is offered an optional excursion to the Royal Lazienki Park with the Palace on the Water. The evening offers an optional Polish dinner at Restaurant Dawne Smaki.
Day 5, Saturday, Warsaw - Gizycko
We continue through the well forested North Poland into the Masurian Lakeland, a myriad of postglacial lakes representing some of the most beautiful nature in the whole of Poland. The afternoon excursion of the Masurian Lakeland takes us to picture-postcard town Mragowo, further to the beautiful Baroque church in Swieta Lipka and to the town of Gizycko, surrounded to all sides by the lakes. In the afternoon we check-in at Hotel St. Bruno****, or similar.
Day 6, Sunday, Gizycko - Vilnius
Today we continue along the eastern fringe of the Masurian Lakeland with endless blue lakes and attractive resort towns into Lithuania. We do a stop in Kaunas, the former capital of Lithuania, to admire the beautiful Old Town and the elegant white Baroque Town Hall before we arrive in the late afternoon to Vilnius. Check in at Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva**** or similar.
Day 7, Monday 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 8, Tuesday, Vilnius - Riga
Heading for Riga, the first stop is the Hill 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 9, Wednesday, Riga
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. The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.
Day 10, Thursday, Riga
After we got acquainted with Riga we have the possibility of discovering medieval Latvia. The optional tour for this morning takes us to the stunning scenery of the Gauja National Park and the town of Sigulda. We listen to the medieval Latvian legend of the Rose of Turaida and see the ruins of the Episcopal Castle and of the Castle of the Knights of the Sword before we return to Riga. The afternoon offers an optional visit to the Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th century country life. In the evening enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest.
Day 11, Friday, Riga - Tallinn
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 the Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia**** or similar.
Day 12, Saturday, Tallinn
Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquillity 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, 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 at Restaurant Maikrahv.
Day 13, Sunday, Tallin Departure
Bid Farewell to Tallinn and transfer to the airport for your flight home or ferry terminal for onward travel.
Hotels may be subject to change.
Baltics and Poland: City Life and Nature
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2019 DEPARTURE DATES AND PRICES
|4-hour excursion to Wieliczka Salt Mine||59.32 £|
|Polish dinner at Restaurant Hawelka||39.55 £|
|3-hour excursion to the Royal Lazienki Park and visit to Palace on the Water||39.55 £|
|Polish dinner at Restaurant Dawne Smaki||39.55 £|
|3-hour excursion to Trakai and visit to Trakai Castle||39.55 £|
|Folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas||39.55 £|
|4-hour excursion to Gauja National Park||49.43 £|
|3-hour excursion to the Open Air Museum||39.55 £|
|Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral||34.6 £|
|4-hour excursion to Jurmala||39.55 £|
|Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest||39.55 £|
|3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU||39.55 £|
|Medieval dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv||39.55 £|
|Half board at hotels (12 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea)||341.1 £|
Baltics and Poland: City life and nature is available all year round on enquiry basis.
Please get in touch with our Destination Managers and they will put together a perfect holiday for you.
Included in price:
• Arrival and departure airport transfers
• 12 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels
• 12 x buffet breakfast
• Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
• Personalized welcome package
• Entrances to Wawel Castle in Krakow, Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa, St. John’s Cathedral in Warsaw, Old University in Vilnius, Rundale
Palace and medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn
• Service of English and German speaking tour escort on all tours
• Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class vans throughout the itinerary
• Porterge at hotels
Package Does Not Include:
• International Flight (please speak with us to get the best prices on flights added to your tour)
• Optional tours and services