Grand Tour Of The Baltic States
DAY 1 MADRID – VILNIUS Meeting in Barajas Airport at the indicated time to embark on flight to Prague. Arrival in Prague and connection to the flight to Vilnius. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.
DAY 2 VILNIUS Breakfast and departure for a full-day tour (with Lunch) of Vilnius, capital of Lithuania. We will be able to contemplate its lovely Old Town, with narrow and sinuous streets that date from the 15th and 16th centuries, full of charm and history, the Christian cathedral, which is not only a place of worship but also a symbol of the identity of the city, the Jewish Quarter, the Gothic church of Saint Anne, the university. Dinner and lodging.
DAY 3 VILNIUS – EXCURSION TO KAUNAS AND TRAKAI Breakfast. Departure to take an excursion to Kaunas, second most important city in Lithuania, where City Hall, the Music Palace, and the Cathedral stand out. Lunch. Departure for Trakai, capital of Lithuania in the 15th century, where the Gothic Castle from the 15th century is prominent on a small island in Lake Galve. this fortress served as a defense against the attacks duirng the Crusades in the Middle Ages. Return to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.
DAY 4 VILNIUS – RUNDALE PALACE – RIGA Breakfast. Departure for Siauliai to see the pilgrimage center known as the Hill of the Crosses. Continuation to the Rundale Palace, magnificent palace from the 15th century, former residence of the Duke of Courland designed by the same archtect who designed the winter palace of Saint Petersburg. Decorated with authentic furniture and porecelain from the period, the Gold and White Salons, as well as the bedroom of Duke Johan Ernest Biron, impress. The palace is the baroque masterpiece of the Baltic States. Lunch. Continuation to Riga, capital of Latvia. Dinner and lodging.
DAY 5 RIGA Breakfast. Departure to take a tour of the city. Today it is the largest of the Scandanavian Baltic capitals, and it is singular in its richness and the quality of its architecture. The Old City, which dates from the medieval period, is an enchanting labyrinth of alleyways, parks, rivers and canals. We will discover a great variety of buildings, from Romanesque to Neoclassical, the Central boulevards of Riga, with its beautiful parks, Bulwark Hill, the Powder Tower, The fantastic Art Nouveau buildings, The bridges of the Daugava River, the Church of Saint Peter, the the Swedish Gate, the Church of Saint Jacob, Parliament, etc. Its most imposing building is the Lutheran Cathedral, from the 12th century, and Pila Castle, constructed between 1328 and 1515. Lunch. Continuation of the visit. Dinner and lodging.
DAY 6 RIGA – PAERNU – TALLINN Breakfast. Departure for Paernu, lovely coastal city and the largest city spa in Estonia, where we will be able to stroll through its famous pedestrian street Pahavaino. Continuation to Tallinn, capital of Estonia, having lunch en route. Arrival in Tallinn. Dinner and lodging.
DAY 7 TALLINN Breakfast. Full day tour of Tallinn. We will visit the two parts into which it is divided, the Upper City and the Lower City. The Upper city is the administrative and most aristocratic, with governmental offices and the Toompea Fortress, with its Main Castle, famous for its gardens and its towers. In the Lower City the animated Market Square, with its cafés and artisan shops, Town Hall and the Municipal Pharmacy, still functioning since its Medieval origin, all stand out. The city has two Cathedrals, the Russian Cathedral of Alexander Nievski and the Cathedral of Saint Mary. We will visit the historic center, one of the best preserved medieval neighborhoods in all of Europe and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch during the tour. We will stroll through the commercial Pikke Street, with its flower stands and artisan shops, where the three oldest buildings in Tallinn, known as the three sisters, are found. Folkloric dinner. Lodging.
DAY 8 TALLINN EXC. HELSINKI Breakfast. Departure to take an excursion in Jet Seacat, with Lunch, to Helsinki, founded in 1550 on a penninsula in the Golf of Finland. Helsinki has interesting buildings and monuments, such as the Neoclassical Cathedral, the train station from 1916, Parliament, made of gray granite, the Olympic stadium, the Concert hall and Congress, whose façade is marble, the park, with the monument to Sibelius, symbol of the city, Senate Square, the Port Market, Tempeiulaikko Church excavated from the rock, etc. It also has the oldest and largest university in Finland, founded as a technical university in 1849, and many museums and galleries. Return in Jet Seacat to Tallinn. Dinner and lodging.
DAY 9 TALLINN – MADRID Breakfast. Transfer at the designated time to the airport to board a flight bound for Madrid and END OF TRIP