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Jewels of the Baltic


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Day 1: Flight to Warszawa

Today your schedule includes a half-day tour of Warszawa.

Nowadays Warszawa is a modern European metropolis and with almost 2 million inhabitants it is also the largest city in Poland. The Old Town, 90% of which was destroyed during World War II, has been meticulously and faithfully restored. You will see the picturesque Old Town, St. John’s Cathedral, the Royal Castle from the outside and the elegant Royal Way, Łazienki Park and Palace and the Chopin Museum. You will also visit the Palace in Wilanów, the summer residence of the kings of Poland.

Overnight stay in Warszawa.

Day 2: Warszawa – Malbork – Gdańsk (379 km)

You will travel from Warszawa to Gdańsk and on the way visit Malbork Castle – an outstanding feat of medieval construction. This towering gothic structure even today astonishes the visitor with the severity of its form, the coolness of its castle halls, the mystery of its passages, the depth of its moats and the span of its thick defensive walls. In the 12th century brothers of the military order known as the Teutonic Knights chose that place as the seat of their monastic order. It is the biggest gothic castle complex in the world. It is also considered to be the biggest brick construction raised with human hands. Today you can see 18 permanent exhibitions, including an extensive collection of amber, militaria and gothic sculpture. In 1997 the castle was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Overnight stay in Gdańsk.

Day 3: Gdańsk

Today’s visit to the TriCity will begin with a tour of the Old Town of Gdańsk that is almost 1000 years old. Gdańsk has been a witness to the turbulent events of the 20th century, it was the birthplace of Solidarity, the trade union movement which brought about the downfall of communism in Europe. The city is also inseparably linked with the name of Solidarity legendary leader – Lech Wałęsa, who initiated the decommunisation of Europe. Your tour will pass along the “Royal Way”, taking in its major sites, including the 17th century Golden Gate, the Neptune Fountain and the late-Gothic Artus Court, and the Town Hall dating from the 14-15th centuries. The Town Hall tower offers a spectacular view of the city. One of the most interesting buildings in old Gdańsk is St. Mary’s Church – the largest Gothic church in Poland. You will then make a short trip to Sopot, where you will stroll along the longest pier in Europe and have a coffee. It will help to restore your energy before moving onto Gdynia. The harbour here is home to many famous ships which are open to the public, including the destroyer "Błyskawica", a precious national relic and the only remaining ship that was built before World War II, and the Polish sailing frigate “Dar Pomorza” which is currently preserved in Gdynia as a ship museum.

In the afternoon we suggest a visit to an amber workshop where you will observe how amber is crafted into jewellery and other items, and also buy amber souvenirs.

Overnight stay in Gdańsk.

Day 4: Gdańsk – Mikołajki (257 km)

You will leave Gdańsk for Mikołajki, which is a major attraction for sailing and water sports enthusiasts. The region is also rich in flora and fauna. A number of unique places lie within a radius of just a few kilometres of Mikołajki. The town itself neighbours the Masurian Landscape Park.

In the afternoon you can take either a boat trip on Poland’s largest lake or spend  time on your own.

Overnight stay in Mikołajki.

Day 5: Mikołajki – Vilnius (357 km)

Today you will travel to Vilnius.

Upon arrival in Vilnius, afternoon city tour.

During sightseeing in Vilnius tourists visit Old Town of Vilnius (St. Anna's Church, ST. Peter's and Paul's Church, the Cathedral, University, Gates of Dawn). The Old Town, which isincluded in the UNESCO World Heritage List, looks like a maze of small streets. In the centre of the Old Town there is the Cathedral with a bell tower. It occupies the site of an ancient pagan temple to the God Perkunas and originally lies within the fortification system of the Lower Castle. In the narrow old streets one will see numerous pieces of historical heritage, like St. Anna's Church - a gem of Gothic architecture, University building, St. Peter-Paul Church, as well as the ruins of the Upper and Lower Castle.

Overnight stay in Vilnius.

Day 6: Vilnius – Siauliai – Rundale – Riga (380 km)

Today you will travel to Riga, on the way visiting Hill of Crosses and RundalePalace.

First, visit Hill of Crosses in Siauliai.

The Hill of Crosses located 12 kilometers north from the small industrial city ofSiauliai (pronounced shoo-lay) is the Lithuanian national pilgrimage centre. Upon a small hill there are many hundreds of thousands of crosses that represent Christian devotion and a memorial to Lithuanian national identity.

Further travel to Rundale

Rundale Palace, the most magnificent masterpiece of Baroque architecture in the Baltic States, lies at a distance of 70 km from Riga. It was built in the first part of the 18th century by the Italian architect F. B. Rastrelli, the Baroque genius from Italy who created many of St. Petersburg’s finest buildings including the Winter Palace. Professionally renovated palace interiors are decorated with authentic 18th cent. furniture, paintings and china. The most impressive are the Golden Hall, the White Hall, and the bedroom of the Duke of Courland Johan Ernst Biron. The palace boasts a beautiful French-style park.

Further travel Riga. 

Overnight in Riga.

Day 7: Riga – Jurmala – Riga (40 km)

Breakfast at the hotel. Today enjoy Riga- capital of Latvia

Sightseeing tour begins with driving along the central boulevards of Riga, enjoying the view of the City Canal parks, the Bastion Hill, the Powder Tower, the Latvian National Theatre, the Fine Arts Museum, the Art Nouveau buildings of the beginning of the century, the Freedom Monument, University of Latvia, the Opera House, the Daugava River with its bridges and Passenger Terminal. During the walking part of the tour you will enjoy the beauty of the ancient hanseatic city.. In the Old Riga you will see the Dome Cathedral, the Church of St. Peter, the old Guild Houses, the Swedish Gate, the architectural ensemble Three Brothers,St. Jacob’s Church, the Parliament House, Old Riga Castle, and view many wonderfully restored buildings, now housing cosy restaurants, cafes, bars and souvenir shops. You will see why Riga came to be known as one of Europe's leading exponents of the late 19th and early 20th century architectural style of Art Nouveau. Riga boasts Europe's greatest concentration of Jugendstil (German Art Nouveau) buildings.

 

Afternoon visit to Jurmala.

Jurmala, a resort town possessing 150-year-old resort traditions, occupies approximately one-tenth part of the coastal line. Jurmala is the place for a city dweller tired of life to reacquire the feeling of being the Nature's child. It is here that fresh sea wind will fill people's lungs and make them dizzy with the smell of pines; the eyes will rest in the blue of the sea, and the feet will sink in the soft golden sand. Now, after the 50-year-long isolation, generations from various countries may again enjoy the special gentle charm, curative waters and mud baths of Jurmala. With its romantic wooden houses in Art Nouveau (Jugendstil), its spacious beaches, forests, and calmly flowingLielupe River, Jurmala is especially attractive in the modern world of standards, for it has not lost its singularity

Return to Riga.

Overnight stay in Riga.

Day 8: Riga – Tallinn (310 km)

Today you will leave Riga for Tallinn. En route you will be able to admire the landscape and small towns of both Latvia and Estonia.

Afternoon Tallinn city tour.

 

City tour of Tallinn, a picturesque old city, where whole districts date back to the Middle Ages. You will visit the Old Town with its quaint narrow streets and beautiful merchants' houses exemplifying the best of Gothic architecture. The tour includes Toompea Castle, the 13th century Dome church, the 19th century Russian orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevskij, the 15th century town Hall square, the Old Guild built to celebrate Tallinn's membership in the Hanseatic League, and St. Olaf's Church. On driving part visit Tallinn’s suburbs and Song Festival Grounds, St Brigittes monastery and Pirita area.

Overnight stay in Tallinn.

Day 9: Tallinn – Helsinki – Tallinn

Today we will take you on day trip by boat to Helsinki, the capital of Finland.

Finnish traditions and a long history of eastern and western influences weave a rich and enchanting tapestry in Helsinki. With its mixture of historic and modern architecture the city is full of contrasts. Its must-see monuments include the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, the Uspensky Orthodox Cathedral and the Church in the Rock.

We suggest you spend the afternoon discovering the city on your own.

Overnight stay in Tallinn.

 

 

 

We can also offer you an optional ferry trip to Kaliningrad.

 

Kaliningrad(Königsberg) had been the long-time capital of East Prussia, before it was annexed by the Soviet Union at the end of World War II. Today the territory belongs to Russia, but its ties with Germany and Poland appear to become more important every year, particularly in the economic terms. The city was severely destroyed during the War and the Cathedral, which includes the grave of Immanuel Kant, has largely been reconstructed from ruins. Kaliningrad is also home to large amber fields, which are accessible to the public.

Day 10: Tallinn

Departure.