Splendors of Poland & the Baltic States

Splendors of Poland & the Baltic States

Depart:
Escorted Tour-Land Only

13 Days/ 12 Nights

2019 Departures

July 9, 16, 23 and 30
August 6, 13, 20 and 27
Price per Person:
In a double room $2299
Single supplement $699
Package Includes:
12 nights first class hotels all with private facilities
Round trip airport transfers
Breakfast each morning
5 dinners-drinks not included
Motor coach transportation between cities
English speaking tour escort
Sightseeing as per itinerary
Luggage handling at hotels (1 piece per person)
Hotel taxes and service charges
Itinerary
Day 1 Krakow
Upon arrival in Krakow you will be taken to your centrally located Hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight Hotel Novotel Krakow Centrum or similar.

Day 2 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 you 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. This afternoon you will be taken on an excursion to the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine, an amazing labyrinth of tunnels going down as far as 327 meters. The evening You will enjoy a typical Polish dinner at the Restaurant Hawelka. Overnight in Krakow.

Day 3 Krakow-Czestochowa-Warsaw
Leave for Czestochowa, the spiritual heart of Poland, where you visit the Jasna Gora Monastery with the Black Madonna. Through the flat low-laying plain of Central Poland reach Warsaw in the early afternoon. Overnight at the Hotel Mercure Centrum Warsaw or similar.

Day 4 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 you will be taken on a excursion to the Royal Lazienki Park with the Palace on the Water. Dinner will be served at the Dawne Smaki restaurant. Overnight on Warsaw.

Day 5 Warsaw-Ketrzyn-Gizycko-Mrongovia
Continue through the well forested North Poland into the Masurian Lakeland, a myriad of post glacial lakes representing some of the most beautiful nature in the whole of Poland. The afternoon excursion of the Masurian Lakeland takes you to the quaint town of Ketrzyn, to the beautiful Baroque church in Swieta Lipka and to the town of Gizycko, surrounded to all sides by the lakes. In the late afternoon arrive to the Hotel St. Bruno or similar for overnight.

Day 6 Mrongovia-Kaunas-Vilnius
Today continue along the eastern fringe of the Masurian Lakeland with endless blue lakes and attractive resort towns into Lithuania. Enjoy a stop in Kaunas, the former capital of Lithuania, to admire the beautiful Old Town and the elegant white Baroque Town Hall before arriving in the late afternoon to Vilnius. Check in at the Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva or similar.

Day 7 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. This afternoon you will be taken on an excursion to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania, with the well preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island on Lake Galve. In the evening you will enjoy a folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas. Overnight Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva or similar.

Day 8 Vilnius-Hill of Crosses-Rundale Palace-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 you soon reach the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Following a guided tour of the palace travel through the rolling hills of Southern Latvia to reach Riga late afternoon, check-in at the Hotel Mercure Latvia or similar.

Day 9 Riga
Before you get acquainted with Riga you will discover medieval Latvia. This morning tour takes you to the stunning scenery of the Gauja National Park and the town of Sigulda. 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 you return to Riga. The afternoon is reserved for a visit to the Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th century country life. The evening you will enjoy an organ concert at the Dome Cathedral. Overnight in Riga.

Day 10 Riga
Riga founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert is the largest of the 3 Baltic capitals and boasts a true kaleidoscope of various architectural styles. The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, Dome Cathedral, St. Peter's Church, Swedish Gates, Three Brothers, Large and Small Guild House and the Freedom Monument. The afternoon is reserved for a visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. In the evening enjoy a typical Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest. Overnight in Riga.

Day 11 Riga-Parnu-Tallinn
The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. Enjoy a short tour of the resort before you continue through the North Estonian land of forests and arrive in Tallinn early afternoon. Overnight at the Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia or similar.

Day 12 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 cafes and restaurants. The sightseeing tour takes you around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where you see the Toompea Castle, the Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the medieval Old Town Hall. In the afternoon you will be taken on an excursion to the Kadriorg Park and a visit to the famous new KUMU Estonian art museum. The evening you will enjoy a medieval dinner at the Restaurant Maikrahv. Overnight in Tallinn.

Day 13 Tallinn-End of Tour
After breakfast you will be taken to the airport. You can extend your stay in charming Tallinn or continue to Helsinki, Stockholm or St, Petersburg.

Additional nights in Krakow and/or Tallinn available.



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