Baltic Grand Tour

Baltic Grand Tour

Vilnius - Trakai – Kaunas – Pakruojis – Hill of Crosses – Rundale – Riga – Sigulda – Tallinn

The advantages of the trip:

  • The most beautiful places in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, which are included in the tripadvisor;
  • A detailed tour itinerary; 
  • A comprehensive introduction to Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia: natural contrasts, cultural factors, political and historical twists; 
  • The Old Town in Vilnius, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list; 
  • 3 capitals;
  • Educational programs;
  • Night in Pakruojis Manor;
  • Attraction: fly with hot air balloon;
  • Qualified local guides.

Day 1. Vilnius

Arrival to Vilnius. Transfer to the hotel. Rest.

In the evening, dinner will be waiting for you in the traditional Lithuanian restaurant or lovely dinner at TV tower restaurant which is located 165 meters height (for an additional fee, ordered in advance) or similar.

Overnight stay at the hotel. Europa City Vilnius Hotel 3*** (in the center, good reviews) or similar.

Day 2. Vilnius – Trakai (38km) – Kaunas (87km)

Breakfast. After breakfast sightseeing tour with a qualified guide in the Vilnius Old Town, where you will take a walk in cobblestone streets, on vibrant yet romantic spirit of the past. By the way, in 1994 Old Town was included in UNESCO World Heritage List. You will visit Vilnius Cathedral and the Cathedral Square, the Royal Palace, the Presidential Palace, Vilnius University, Amber Museum-Gallery, and the Gates of Dawn.

After Vilnius trip to Trakai, it's one of the most prominent tourist destinations. The legendary Lithuanian royal residences, impressive blue lakes, scenic coastline, castles are all preserved here in Trakai. You will continue sightseeing Trakai Island Castle*. It’s an impressive island of Lake Galve which is the symbol of the city Trakai. It is the only castle in Eastern Europe, built on the island, and one of the most visited architectural sites in Lithuania. There is Palace on the island, where Trakai History Museum is located. Lunch time. At the end of it we go to The Royal Old Kybyn Inn*, the restaurant of Karaims National food “kibinai”. There we will try to make your own “kibinai”. You will be instructed how to make it. After that your “kibinai” will be cooked by the staff of the restaurant and during lunch time you will eat it together with one more extra “kibinai” made by the restaurant.  

If there is a good weather and the wishes of the opportunity to book flight over Trakai by hot air balloon. Balloons usually overfly the Trakai castle, several lakes and the national park. It is amazing possibility to see from high! Those who do not want to fly we can offer trip by boat in Trakai. Entertaining, educational ride in the lake in Trakai with comfortable, modern, ecological boat (hot air balloon and trip by boat for an additional fee, ordered in advance).

Quite late at night we will go to Kaunas. For extra charge will be able to try national food in the old town of Kaunas.

Dinner time. Overnight stay at the hotel. Kaunas City Hotel 3*** (in the center, good reviews) or similar.

Day 3. Kaunas – Pakruojis Manor (142km)

Breakfast. After breakfast in hotel we will start exploring the city from Kaunas Castle*. This is one of the most visited places in Kaunas - the impressive remains of the castle. The architectural point of view, Kaunas Castle is considered the oldest stone castle in Lithuania. In 1361m. Kaunas castle was mentioned in written sources for the first time. Kaunas Castle is located in Kaunas region tourism information center. The castle often hosts various cultural events and festivals. St. Jurgis Church and Bernardine Monastery is one of the oldest remaining building in Kaunas. The interior remained significant Renaissance and Gothic elements. Seminary. Its history began after 1863 rebellion. Motiejus Valančiaus, Antanas Baranauskas, Maironis, Vaižgantas worked in Kaunas. Kaunas Town Hall Square. This is one of the most beautiful and most famous buildings in Kaunas Old Town. House of Thunder. It is the oldest residential building in Kaunas. This house was built in XV century. It was thought that the building was formerly a temple dedicated to the God Thundered. Currently, the House of Thunder runs Jesuit High School Library. Vytautas the Great Church is located in a very beautiful place - on the right bank of the Nemunas River. It is believed that in 1400 Vytautas the Great built a wooden church first. This church was ruined many times by fires, military, and even the Nemunas River during spring time. Vilnius Street. The most beautiful street of the Old Town combines the old and the new town. Now it’s Peace alley (Laisves alley) where you will see XVI century buildings, unique phone booths. It is located near the historical and Lithuanian Presidency. Liberty Avenue. This is the central street of the town. There are many city agencies, lots of greeneries, historical buildings, art monuments, shops, souvenir shops, cafes and bars in this street.  If it possible we will go to visit Sugihara House*. Sugihara house was a Japanese consulate in 1939-1940 where a famous Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara worked. This diplomat became famous when he saved the lives of about 10,000 Lithuanian, Polish and German Jews during the years of World War II. He issued “life visas” to Japan without any official approval of Japanese Government. Many Jews called the gates which once were next to the house the “gates of hope”. Next we star to move to North of Lithuania. We will reach small village called Seduva. There we will have lunch. Nice peaceful place relaxing moments and nice Lithuanian food. 

Lunch time. After nice meal we will move to Pakruojo Manor*. Which has a very big sort of entertainment and educational programs in amazing and huge territory. We will have a very nice excursion which called “Sweet courtier life”* or “Visiting Manor house”*

The educational program is designed for those who love not only sweets. You will have a chance to make vintage candies of different shapes on your own, adding the most favorite flavorings – nuts, seeds and so on. The hostess will tell you interesting facts about sweet courtier life.

After all educational programmes, next you will be accommodate in the hotel “Stadala” of Manor which is a peaceful place and sanctuary from urban noise and way of life.

For those who love to have more vintage photos can order a photo session in the area. Also the Manor has very good SPA and massage service, you can relax here after long day. In the evening you can have dinner and try-out local food in restaurant “Taktierius”.

Dinner time. Overnight stay at Stadala Hotel 2** of Pakruojis Manor (good reviews) or similar.

Day 4. Siauliai – Rundale (76km) – Jurmala (85km)

Breakfast. After breakfast we move to Siauliai, but we will just passing bye this 4th by the size city in Lithuania. Our fort target of a day is Lithuania. The Hill of Crosses in Lithuania is an architectural and historical place. The Hill of Crosses, where everyone not only from Lithuania have set crosses for couple centuries. We will have short stop here to take a luck at unique place in all the Baltic States. Then we will go to Latvia, and our first attraction will be the most beautiful Rundale Manor in the South of Latvia. Rundale Manor* is also called “Little Versailles”. It is situated on the Zemgale lowland. Near the castle is located a beautiful park. This amazing Palace is one of Latvia's most famous architectural landmarks - a Baroque period ensemble complete with palace, barns and garden-park. This palace was designed by Italian architect F. B. Rastreli, who created the famous Hermitage palace in St. Petersburg. Rundale Palace, keeping the original idea of the creator - the palace in the centre, represent the power of the king. At the moment, in the palace are big art collection.  We spend here few hours and after lunch we will go straight to hotel near Jurmala, resort and summer capital. Lunch time. Jurmala area is unique place with the 26km-long sandy beach, which is ready for everyone. It is a perfect place not only for swimming, playing volleyball, football, handball or frisbee at the beach, but also for water motorcycling or horse riding (for an additional fee, ordered in advance).

Free time for souvenir shopping. Dinner time. Overnight stay at hotel. Villa Anna 3*** (good reviews) or similar.

 Day 5. Jurmala – Riga (40km) – Sigulda (53km)

Breakfast. After breakfast walking tour of Jurmala which is the only official resort in Latvia (15km. from Riga). The resort of Jurmala is famous for its certain stocks, its soft climate, the sea, its useful air, and the therapeutic mud and mineral waters. There are plenty of actions in each of the 4 seasons and at any time of the year for every tourist to the city, such as art shows, local and international concerts, and various other events. There will be time to walk along the sea coast and central Jurmala street full of cafes and souvenir shops. Afterwards, drive to Riga.

In the Riga walking tour of the Old Town of Riga who is designated UNESCO World Heritage site. In Old town you will see remarkable sites: St.Peter's Church (800 year old), St.Jacobs Church - is one of the oldest churches in Riga constructed in Gothic and Romanesque styles, Dom Square and Dom Cathedral, home to one of the world's most precious historic organs. After you will know about the oldest stone residential apartments in Riga, the Three Brothers, the Great and Small Guilds, and the fort wall of Riga with the Swedish Gate the last standing gate in the wall.  The guide will present you the story of the Cat House and show you Town Hall Square with the fabulous and stylish Blackheads House. Souvenirs: Honey handmade products. Lunch time. After we will go to Sigulda. This town is located in Gauja National Park which is the largest and oldest of the national parks in Latvia. Free time.

Dinner time. Overnight stay at the hotel. Recreation Center Brūveri (good reviews and location) or similar.

Day 6. Sigulda – Tallinn (300km)

Breakfast. After breakfast visit Turaida Castle* builded in 13th century, castle also is known for its beautiful surroundings and history. Gutmanis cave, the biggest cave in the Baltics.  Big and long, with many notches on the walls. You can even find coat of arms from hundreds of years ago. After Sigulda drive to Tallinn. Lunch time.  Walking tour in the UNESCO heritage listed Tallinn Old Town. During the tour, you will see the best of both medieval and up-to-date parts of Tallinn. You can enjoy plenty of marvels through various eras and a quiet walk through stories worth of several centuries. Explore Holy Spirit Church that was built in the 14th century is one of the oldest and finest structures in Tallinn. The 600 years old Gothic Town Hall. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is an orthodox cathedral. The world`s oldest functioning Pharmacy on Town Hall Square and the 159 m. tall Oleveste Church which was the highest construction in the world in the 16th century. The tour ends near Toompea Hill for amazing views over the city. Toompea Castle was built in the 13th and 14th centuries and is the seat of Estonia's parliament. You will have some more free time to explore the city by you own and to make so souvenir shopping. For extra charge we can organize the dinner in show in Tallinn's most famous national food restaurants. Dinner and optional evening activities. Souvenirs: handmade products. Dinner time. Overnight stay at the hotel. Meriton Old Town Hotel 3*** (good reviews, city center) or similar.

Day 7. Transfer to Tallinn airport flight back home.

Breakfast. After breakfast we will take you to the airport of Tallinn where you will have your fight back to your country.

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • Traveling on a comfortable bus / minibus / car with an AC.
  • 6 nights/ 3-4 * hotel accommodation with breakfast dbl or twin rooms (at the early departure may be the breakfast package).
  • Excursion - entertainment program (in description).
  • Professional local guides.
  • The travel paperwork documentation.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

  • International flight tickets (but we will help you buy inexpensive flight tickets).
  • (*) - tour at paid attractions: tourists pay about 70 euros all in (*) selected objects.
  • Meals: Lunch, dinner.
  • Medical Insurance.
  • Single room coast extra.
  • Personal expenses, gratuities to local guides and drivers, beverages, and other expenses not mentioned.
  • P. S. you will have to pay extra for permission to take pictures and videos of certain objects.

DURING THE TRIP, IN ADDITION WE CAN OFFER YOU:

  • Special tours in the cities;
  • Concerts in Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn;
  • Tasting events of Beer and other Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian drinks;
  • Spa packages;
  • Air Balloon Flight **;
  • Airplane flight (guided tour) **;
  • Horse riding **;
  • and many other attractions.
  • ** Depending on the season and weather conditions.

ATTENTION!

  • The trip program can be adjusted (price adjusted after inquiry).
  • Anyone wishing to book 4* or 5 * hotels during the trip (price adjusted after inquiry).
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