Highlights of the Baltics Summer 2020
Brochure Type: Europe & Britain Costsaver 2020
A journey through the medieval capitals of the Baltics will keep you on your toes as you wind your way from Warsaw to the fairy-tale facades of Tallinn. Delve into decades of Soviet rule, the youthful spirit of new nations and a Hanseatic heritage that put these crossroads on the trading map for centuries. Local Specialists will reveal the legacies left by foreign rulers and the stories that have brought a new lease on life to the region.
- Riga Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes the Old Town, views of the House of the Blackheads, and the Freedom Monument
- ?iauliai Visit the remarkable pilgrimage site of the 'Hill of Crosses'
- Tallinn See the 15th-century Luhike Jaig Gate and the old Hanseatic Quarter on your included sightseeing with a Local Specialist
- Vilnius Enjoy views of the Bishop's Palace and the church of St. Peter and Paul on your included sightseeing with a Local Specialist. See Gediminas Tower
- Warsaw Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes a visit to the Old Town. See the monumental 'Palace of Culture and Science' building
- 8 Breakfasts
- 3 Three-course dinners
- Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
- Luxury air-conditioned coach
- Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- Variety of Optional Experiences
- City orientation tours
- An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
- All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
- Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply
Call (714) 282-1126 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14624027
- Tour Operator
- Trafalgar Tours
- Offer valid through 12/31/2019
- 9 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Warsaw||Arrive Warsaw (2 Nights): Tucked away, but not forgotten, the Baltics stand at the edge of Europe - revived and reinvigorated after years of Nazi and Soviet occupation. Storybook capitals and stunning natural landscapes lie ahead, but first Poland's capital gets the nod as your launchpad to a region that has emerged vibrant despite its tragic history. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers later this evening for a glimpse into what lies ahead.|
|Day 2||Warsaw||Warsaw Sightseeing and Free Time: A lesson in courage and perseverance awaits this morning as you join a Local Specialist to visit Warsaw's Old Town. Its facades are more modern than medieval and a testament to the resilience of the Poles who have lovingly restored their capital city after it was razed to the ground in retaliation for the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. See the site of the Warsaw Ghetto, immortalised in the poignant Roman Polanski film - The Pianist, then spend the rest of the day exploring the city your way. An Optional Experience could see you explore Wilanow Palace with its collection of royal furniture.|
|Day 3||Vilnius||Warsaw - Vilnius (2 Nights): The journey north begins today, through pastoral landscapes and rural villages to Vilnius, Lithuania's elegant capital. There isn't a city in Northern Europe with a medieval Old Town its size and you'll have an opportunity to explore every inch of its Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance splendour on your own. Signs of the city's 50-years of Soviet occupation can still be seen, but it is the city's beautiful architectural heritage, gritty street art and youthful spirit which take centre stage on your visit. Launch into a love affair with Lithuanian food this evening joining an optional dinner and folklore show. Skanaus!|
|Day 4||Vilnius||Vilnius Sightseeing and Free Time: All the iconic sights of Vilnius are revealed this morning as you join a Local Specialist to see the 16th-century Bishop's Palace and the University, the oldest in the Baltics. Explore the Baroque Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. built on the site of a temple to the pagan goddess of love. Then walk to the Gates of Dawn, the Carmelite Church of St. Theresa and former Jewish Ghetto, passing the Cathedral, new Royal Palace excavations and the former site of the synagogue, destroyed during World War II. Switch the new capital for the old capital on an Optional Experience to Trakai with its enchanting lakeside castle.|
|Day 5||Riga||Vilnius - ?iauliai - Riga (2 Nights): Don't leave Vilnius this morning without fueling up on some of the city's famous kibinai pasties. Savoury or sweet, take your pick, before you leave the city bound for the Hill of Crosses at Šiauliai where millions of crosses jostle for their spot in a non-violent protest against decades of Russian and Soviet rule. Arrive in the ancient city of Riga later - its Gothic skyline has witnessed German, Scandinavian and Russian rule across eight centuries. You'll get to hear all their tales of triumph and tragedy over the next day.|
|Day 6||Riga||Riga Sightseeing and Free Time: Riga's UNESCO-listed Old Town reveals one of the world's finest collections of Art Nouveau buildings and a rich Hanseatic trade heritage that comes to life in the colourful stories shared by your Local Specialist this morning. Stroll through the winding medieval streets keeping your camera at hand to capture St. Peter's Church, the Three Brothers and Riga Cathedral. The rest of the day is free to explore Riga on your terms. Admire the skyline from the comfort of a canal boat, indulge in the herbal flavours of the city's favourite Black Balsam at a traditional city tavern, or join an Optional Experience at the Bergi Open Air Museum, revealing Latvia's cultural heritage.|
|Day 7||Tallinn||Riga - Tallinn (2 Nights): Follow the Gulf of Riga north into Estonia, travelling via Parnu, a popular beach resort for Tallinn locals. Arriving in their fairy-tale hometown a little later, you'll encounter a lively blend of Scandinavian and Russian flavours. It is the enchanting and well-preserved Old Town that will capture your heart however, as you take a step back in time and wander through cobbled streets lined with red-roofed Hanseatic merchant houses and medieval churches. The city's strategic location has made it a gateway to the Baltics and Russia for centuries and it has lost none of this old-world ambience as you'll come to discover over the next day.|
|Day 8||Tallinn||Tallinn Sightseeing and Free Time: Behind the 13th-century Walls of Tallinn lies a UNESCO-listed treasure trove of beautifully preserved medieval facades. Admire the city's gabled houses and hidden courtyards that reveal the rich heritage of a city which once held pride of place in the Hanseatic League. Your Local Specialist will take you past the 15th-century Luhike Jalg Gate and you'll visit Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, a symbol of Russian power with its magnificent gold-plated dome. Leave the city behind on an Optional Experience to Lahema National Park. You'll enjoy afternoon tea and pastries in one of the 18th-century manor houses before returning to Tallinn. A second Optional Experience could see you visit Tallinn's Kalamaja, a fishing harbour turned Bohemian Quarter with its colourful wooden buildings.|
|Day 9||Tallinn||Depart Tallinn: You've embraced the youthful spirit of a Baltic region free from the shackles of its Soviet past and explored beautifully restored medieval capitals along the way. Inspired by the resilience and enviable verve of your Baltic hosts, you'll close the curtain on your journey across Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, saying a fond nagemist to new friends. Transfers are available to Tallinn Airport. Conditions apply.|
- Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1.
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- Hotel Class Key: D: Deluxe SF: Superior First Class F: First Class