Day 1: VILNIUS
Arrival at Vilnius airport. Transfer to the hotel. Check-in. Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Day 2: VILNIUS -TRAKAI -VILNIUS
After breakfast a city tour of Vilnius, capital of Lithuania for more than 600 years. The tour includes: Sts.Peter and Paul’s Church, Gediminas Castle, Cathedral Square, St.Ann and Bernardines’ Church, the Gates of Dawn with the holy image of the Virgin Mary, Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit, Town Hall Square and Vilnius University (founded in 1579) with St. John’s Church. Lunch.
Afternoon trip to Trakai (25 km from Vilnius), the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Visit to the insular castle of the 14th century, erected on a small island in the Lake Galvė. Return to Vilnius.
Day 3: VILNIUS-KAUNAS-KLAIPĖDA (320 km)
After breakfast departure to Klaipėda. On the way stopover in Kaunas, the second largest city of Lithuania, served as the capital between two world wars. City tour of Kaunas including the 13th century Kaunas Castle, lovely Town Hall of Kaunas, known locally as “White Swan”, Town Hall Square, the 14th century Church of Vytautas, Cathedral-Basilica, Perkūnas House and Laisvės avenue. The tour continues to the Pažaislis Church and Monastery Ensemble in Kaunas, which are the outstanding gems of the Baroque style in the entire region of Eastern Europe. A further drive to Klaipėda. Arrival in Klaipėda. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Day 4: KLAIPĖDA-JUODKRANTĖ-NIDA-KLAIPĖDA
After breakfast a city tour of Klaipėda, the main seaport of Lithuania, including
Theatre Square and the Old Town. Departure to Nida. Ferry trip to the Curonian Spit. Tour in Neringa on the Curonian Spit, separating the Baltic Sea from the Curonian Lagoon, is an unforgettable trip to the beautiful wild nature with sand dunes, pine forests and golden beaches. Arrival in Juodkrantė. Visit the Hill of Witches that houses a hundred fanciful and folksy wooden sculptures scattered along a forest path. Lunch. A further drive to Nida with short stops at a cormorant and heron colony and at “Dead” sand dunes. The tour of Nida resort, including the Fisherman’s House, famous German writer Thomas Mann’s Museum, Amber Gallery, old ethnographic cemetery, neo-Gothic church and a walk along impressive sand dunes. Return to Klaipėda.
Day 5: KLAIPĖDA-HILL OF CROSSES-RUNDALE -RIGA (350 km)
After breakfast departure to Riga. Stopover at the Hill of Crosses, the unforgettable place with thousands of crosses on two small hills.
A further drive to Riga. Stopover in Rundale. Visit to Rundale Palace of the 18th century, a beautiful late Baroque palace in Latvia. It is a splendid example of the early work of famous Italian architect F. B. Rastrelli. Arrival in Riga. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Day 6: RIGA
After breakfast a city tour of Riga, visiting medieval Hanseatic town, Riga Castle, St. Peter‘s Church, Dome Cathedral, the Old Guild Houses. Afternoon excursion to the Ethnographic Open Air Museum. Dinner at the city restaurant.
Day 7: RIGA
Breakfast. Transfer to Riga airport. End of the tour.
6 nights stay at hotels
All hotel taxes
Buffet breakfast daily
HB: 4 dinners on the days 1, 3, 5-6 and 2 lunches on the days 2, 4
Transportation by air-conditioned coach
Ferry ticket from Klaipėda to the Curonian Spit
Excursions as per itinerary
Entrances to: Vilnius University, Sts. Peter and Paul’s Church in Vilnius, Trakai Castle, Pažaslis Church and Monastery, Fisherman’s House and Thomas Mann Museum in Nida, Rundale Palace, Dome Cathedral and Ethnographic Open Air Museum in Riga.
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