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Poland and Classical Baltics, 12 days, 11 nights - Guaranteed Departure Tours
NEW for 2018, we are now offering to combine the ever popular Classic Baltics tour with the highlights of Poland’s must-see cities of Krakow and Warsaw. In 2000, Kraków was named European Capital of Culture. In 2013 Kraków was officially approved as a UNESCO City of Literature and in 2016, received the prestigious “The Best European City Trip 2016” award for the third consecutive time. Warsaw's widely varied architecture reflects the citys long, turbulent history, from Gothic churches and neoclassical palaces to Soviet-era blocks and modern skyscrapers. Our New Poland and Classic Baltics tour will introduce you to the endless charm and rich history of these beautiful cities and the classic Baltic must-sees in just 12 days!
- Introduction to your journey
- Your Itinerary
- Tour Departures and Prices
- What's Included
KRAKOW (POLAND) • WARSAW (POLAND) • VILNIUS (Lithuania) • RIGA (Latvia) • TALLINN (Estonia)
Today you arrive in the historical city of Krakow and transfer to your hotel. At 20:00, a welcome meeting with your guide will take place at the Novotel City West hotel. Guests staying at the Secesja hotel will be picked-up at 19:30 and transferred to the meeting and back.
In the morning, enjoy a fascinating Krakow city tour with transfer from hotels including visits to the Old market square, Cloth Hall, Barbican and City Walls. After the tour, enjoy a free afternoon or join the highly recommended OPTIONAL tour to Wieliczka salt mine with return transfers from hotels and city centre. In the evening, you can choose to listen to the OPTIONAL live piano concert of Chopin music at Chopin Gallery (transfer from hotels and complimentary glass of wine included). Spend the evening at leisure in the city centre.
In the morning, you will depart by coach to the city of Czestochowa and visit of the Jasna Gora monastery, the most important pilgrimage site of Poland. The monastery houses the world-famous picture of Virgin Mary, called Black Madonna. Lunch is included on the way to Warsaw.
In the morning, enjoy the tour of Warsaw with transfer from hotels including visits to Old Market square, St John’s cathedral and Royal Castle square with Sigismund column. You will have some free time in the city centre before an OPTIONAL Chopin tour with transfer from hotels. The tour includes a visit to the church of Holy Cross with the urn of Chopin’s heart, visit to Lazienki Royal Park with famous Chopin’s statue and entrance to Chopin’s museum. Spend the evening at leisure in the city centre.
In the morning, transfer to Vilnius, Lithuania. On the way, stop in the picturesque little town Augustow located on the river Netta. It is surrounded by beautiful lakes. Lunch on the way to Vilnius. Arrival in Vilnius is included.
In the morning, join the Vilnius sightseeing tour including visits to the medieval as well as the modern sections of the city. Visit the Grand Cathedral of Peter & Paul, the small church of St Anna, a gem of Gothic architecture, and the University of Vilnius. In the afternoon, you can choose an OPTIONAL tour to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania. On the beautifully situated island in the middle of the Galves lake, there lies a 14th century red brick castle which now houses a history museum. Spend the evening at leisure in the city centre.
After breakfast, departure by deluxe coach to Riga. En route, you will visit the Hill of Crosses, a famous hill with more than a thousand crosses, and the splendid 18th century Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Kurland. Lunch on the way to Riga is included.
After breakfast, a sightseeing tour allows you appreciate a city steeped in culture. The old town will delight you with the colourfully restored merchant’s residences, the cosy beer cellars and cafes, historical monuments like the Dome Cathedral, St Peter's Church, the Powder Tower and more. View the masterpieces of early 20th century: the Art Nouveau architecture. Spend the afternoon at leisure.
You can start your day with an OPTIONAL Sigulda sightseeing tour. Sigulda is often called the 'Latvian Switzerland' because of the beauty of its landscape. Visit the 13th century Turaida castle and the mysterious Gutmana Cave linked to a romantic medieval love legend. Spend the afternoon at leisure.
After breakfast, you will departure by coach to Tallinn. En route, you will visit the Ethnographic Open Air Museum on the outskirts of Riga to see the traditional Latvian rural buildings, the oldest ones dating from the 17th century. View the Baltic Sea coast along the way and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Estonian town Parnu. Lunch on the way is included.
After breakfast, Estonia's capital is explored with an informative city tour. In the afternoon, enjoy OPTIONAL tour to Kadriorg Park & Palace, founded in 1721 by the Russian Emperor Peter the Great as a gift to his wife Catherine II to use as a summer residence.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport as your memorable trip comes to an end.
2 nights in Krakow – Secesja hotel ***
The Secesja hotel is located just a 5-minutes’ walk from the Wawel castle. The hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with a minibar and free WiFi. All rooms are comfortably furnished and decorated with stylish details. Each comes with a satellite TV and a modern bathroom with either a bath or a shower, and hairdryer.
2 nights in Warsaw – Campanile hotel ***
The Campanile hotel offers modern accommodation with bright rooms that feature a bathroom, satellite TV and free WiFi. Each room at the hotel is air-conditioned and equipped with a work desk and a tray with tea/coffee making facilities. The Campanile’s Restaurant serves regional, Polish and French dishes.
2 nights in Vilnius – Panorama hotel ***
The Panorama hotel is located on a hill next to the old town and the bus/railway station. The hotel has 224 modern and comfortable rooms and boasts in fine views of Vilnius city. The large restaurant offers European cuisine and has a capacity of 164 persons. 3 nights in Riga – Koventa seta hotel ***Superior The Konventa seta hotel is housed in a historic townhouse in the old town. All hotel’s 141 guest rooms feature classic design and wood furniture. The hotel boasts in Art Nouveau restaurant and cosy Golf bar, as well as two summer terraces.
3 nights in Riga – Gutenbergs hotel ***
The Gutenbergs hotel is set in 17th and 19th century connected buildings located in the very centre of the old town of Riga, next to the Dome Square and Dome Cathedral. Rooms are decorated in a boutique style and hotel’s restaurant features a summer terrace above the rooftops of the old town and offers meals from seasonal and local products.
2 nights in Tallinn – Metropol hotel ***
The Metropol hotel has 149 rooms and is located in the renovated Rotermanni section in the centre of Tallinn. Hotel Metropol offers high-quality accommodation, a restaurant, café and lobby bar, as well as a beauty salon and morning sauna.
2 nights in Krakow – Novotel City West hotel ****
The Novotel Krakow City West hotel offers its guests spacious, air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. The rooms have wooden furniture in warm colours, each one with a private bathroom and a hairdryer. Other hotel facilities include a swimming pool, a sauna, massages and the hotel restaurant that serves Polish and international dishes throughout the day.
2 nights in Warsaw – Novotel Centrum hotel ****
The modern-looking Novotel Warszawa Centrum hotel offers great panoramic views of Warsaw. All rooms are airconditioned and come with a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee facilities and a safe. The spacious bathrooms are equipped with a bath or a shower and a hairdryer. The restaurant serves international dishes and a wide variety of drinks. There’s also a Wellness Centre with sauna and a wide choice of fitness equipment.
2 nights in Vilnius – Radisson BLU Royal Astorija hotel *****
Located in the heart of the old town, the hotel was originally built in 1901. It offers sophisticated facilities whilst retaining its turn-of- the-century charm. The hotel has 119 well appointed rooms, brasserie Astorija and a wellness centre with gym, sauna and pool.
3 nights in Riga – Semarah hotel Metropole ****
SemaraH Hotel Metropole is located in a historical building from the 19th century, set in Riga old town. It offers elegant classic-style hotel rooms with free WiFi access.The hotel’s restaurant, De Commerce Gastro Pub, serves traditional dishes prepared in an innovative way.
2 nights in Tallinn – Nordic Forum hotel ****Superior
Next to the heart of Tallinn's attractive old town, the Nordic Forum hotel offers high-quality accommodation in a new and modern building. The hotel features 267 spacious guest rooms, restaurant Monaco with 152 seats and a Relax Centre on the top floor.
2019 DEPARTURE DATES AND PRICES ARE ON REQUEST BASIS.
- Arrival and departure airport transfers
- 11 Nights B&B Accommodation based on two people sharing a twin/double with private facilities
- Transportation between each destination in First Class coach
- Comprehensive sightseeing programme as per Holiday itinerary
- Services of English speaking local guides
- Welcome drink in Krakow
- 4 lunches on the way (Day 3, 5, 7 and 10), 2-course menu with coffee/tea and water
- Entrance tickets to Rundale palace & park and Riga Ethnographic Open-air museum
- Individual information package (tour program, city brochures and maps, restaurant suggestions)
Package Does Not Include:
- International flights
- Optional excursions / meals