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Baltic Jewels’ tour introduces a fascinating Baltic destination, a colourful mosaic of a different cultural heritage and a fabulous nature. Discover old towns of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn with the great European architecture of Gothics, Baroque and Art Nouveau. You will reach the world of sand dunes covered by the green carpet of mountain pines, fresh salty Baltic winds, picturesque fishermen villages. The Curonian Spit, one of the most beautiful and unique landscapes in Europe, UNESCO World Heritage site. A unique nature phenomenon, a sandy stretch of land, 98 km long and from 400 m to a few kilometres wide between the Curonian
Lagoon and the Baltic Sea. A great holiday site, full of sweet scent of pines,water and ozone. Do not miss this wonder for you soul!
Arrival to Vilnius. Transfer to hotel with guide escort. Accommodation. Overnight in Vilnius.
Vilnius city walking tour including the most interesting architectural and historic monuments of the 16th – 19th centuries, such as majestic classical Vilnius Cathedral with the history dating back to the 14th century, a monument to Grand Duke of Lithuania Gediminas, the founder of Vilnius, the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, Gediminas Hill & Tower, St. Anne’s Church – the 16th century gem of the Lithuanian gothics, the Vilnius University founded in 1579, the Dawn Gate with a holy icon of Virgin Mary etc.
On afternoon you will have a nice tour to Trakai, 28 km from Vilnius, the ancient Lithuanian capital, famous for its 15th c. Gothic Castle amidst the lake, now housing a History Museum. A further drive to Kaunas, Lithuania’s second largest city. Arrival to Kaunas, accommodation in hotel. Overnight in Kaunas.
Morning you will have a tour of Kaunas, the provisional (1919-1940) capital of Lithuania between 2 world wars, including the Old Town with its most interesting sights: a majestic Cathedral, the graceful Town Hall, Liberty Avenue, etc. A further drive on the Panemunes road. The banks of the Nemunas, Lithuania’s largest river, will enchant you with their history and incredible natural beauty. Explore Scenic Route Panemunė and get to know Lithuania better. So pleasing to the eye, the landscape features numerous castles, an abundance of hill forts and manors. Romantics will quickly feel the special aura of Raudonė Castle, Panemunė Castle and Raudondvaris Manor that radiates their centuries-old history. In the evening arrival to Klaipeda, Lithuania’s only seaport city, the only ice-free on the Baltic Sea. Overnight in Klaipeda.
After breakfast enjoy a walking tour of Klaipeda old town. Klaipėda’s main attractions are the historic buildings in the city’s centre, dating from the 13th to 18th centuries, with picturesque half-timbered construction, similar to that found in Germany, France, England, Denmark. After the city tour you will have a ferry crossing of the Curonian Lagoon and will reach the Spit between the waters of the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea. The first en route stop in Juodkrantė, one of the oldest fishermen settlements with the further drive to the main tourist attraction Nida, the most romantic sea resort in Lithuania. A visit to the picturesque sand dunes area with an impressive sundial on the top of Parnidis dune with a full panoramic view of Nida and the Curonian Lagoon. A visit to the Amber Gallery to hear the story about amber, the Lithuanian gold stone. Fish-tasting at a local fisherman yard. Return back to Klaipeda for overnight.
After breakfast 300 km drive to Riga the capital of Latvia, another Baltic Republic. En route stop in the most famous Catholic pilgrimage site – the Hill of Crosses, a sacral places in Lithuania, with thousands of crosses placed here by Lithuanians thanking God for his mercies. Around 200,000 crosses of various sizes adorn the hill now. In the late afternoon arrival to Riga. Accommodation at hotel and overnight.
After breakfast a morning walking tour of Old Riga including the most famous architectural monuments: the 13th century Dome Cathedral and its famous organ – one of the biggest organs in Europe, medieval dwelling houses „Three Brothers“, 13th c. St. Jacob’s and St. Peter’s Churches, 14th century Riga Castle. A visit to Riga Central Market in the heard of Riga, first opened in 1930 being the largest and most progressive marketplace in Europe since then. Every day it sells vegetables, dairy produce, meat, fish and grocery, manufactured goods, farmers’ products. Afternoon tour to the Art Nouveau area famous for its exclusive early 20th century architecture style. Free time in Riga and overnight.
After breakfast a morning departure to Tallinn the capital of Estonia. A first stop in Gauja Nationalpark, called the Latvian Switzerland. A visit to Turaida Castle to experience a genuine atmosphere of the Middle Ages listening to romantic legends, admiring the ruins of the 13th c. Knights’ Castle, the mysterious sandstone grottoes on the river bank. A futher drive north to Tallinn. En rout a short stop in Pärnu. This medieval city has an easygoing and romantic flair to it. Being largest resort in Estonia, Pärnu is also a home to a variety of spas from large water parks to more intimate and historical bath houses. Accommodation at hotel in Tallinn. Overnight.
After breakfast a morning tour in Tallinn. A walking Tallinn tour includes The Upper Town – Toompea Hill, the 13th c. Gothic style Dome Cathedral, a perfect city panorama. In the Lower Town the tour includes the Gothic Town Hall (early 15th c.), St. Nicholas Church a museum of medieval art, the pharmacy, opened in 1422 and still functioning. Continue tour to the recreation area in Tallinn : Kadriorg Palace, Pirita with impressive ruins of St Birgitta Convent, Song Festival Grounds.
Afternoon tour to the Open-Air ethnographic museum Rocca al Mare featuring old Estonian rural architecture. Overnight in Tallinn.
Departure transfer to the Airport Tallinn.