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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BALTICS WITH CHRISTMAS MARKETS VISIT (GUARANTEED DEPARTURE) - with unbiased reviews

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BALTICS WITH CHRISTMAS MARKETS VISIT (GUARANTEED DEPARTURE)

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Feel the bustling energy of cosy Christmas markets in all three Baltic capitals. Contrast and compare the various traditions, cuisines of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and sip hot mulled wine while on the go and find out where the first Christmas tree was decorated in the world. We packed an agenda of local best hits to spend a week in Baltic countries. This tour is about you getting to know Baltic countries: biggest cities and get a grip on history, culture and nature during this magical time of the year - full of Christmas lights and flavours. There is so much to see and to feel in here!
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Pass By: Vilnius Old Town, Vilnius 01129 Lithuania

Arrival in Vilnius, optional transfer to your hotel, check-in, welcome meeting with a guide. Welcome drink. Overnight in Vilnius 3* Hotel

Stop At: Vilnius Old Town, Vilnius 01129 Lithuania

After breakfast – morning sightseeing tour will introduce you to Vilnius full of Christmas spirit. Vilnius is known for its more than 1.200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. Walking tour (2,5-3 hours) includes visiting of the Old Town with Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, St. Anne’s Church, Old University, the Gates of Dawn, Užupis district which is known as the independent republic of Vilnius city. During the tour you will visit two Christmas markets in Vilnius. Get lost in the paradise of hand made crafts and festive flavours. Enjoy a cup of mulled wine or a local snack and get to know about the local traditions during this magic time of the year and see the most beautiful Christmas tree in Europe! In the evening enjoy an optional historical Lithuanian dinner at Restaurant Ertlio namas. Overnight in Vilnius 3* Hotel

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Trakai Island Castle Museum, Kestucio Str. 4, Trakai 21104 Lithuania

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast we drive to Trakai town - historic, picturesque place with a castle in a middle of the lake. Locals take a day trip there and we invite you for one as well. See Trakai Castle, lakes and beautiful views around. In winter it is especially beautiful with it’s frozen lakes and landscapes. For lunch (OPTIONAL) try out special Karaim dish ‘kibinai’ which is only typical for Trakai town because it is a home for the oldest ethnic group of Karaims living to this day in Lithuania. Trakai trip takes around 4 hours including lunch break. Overnight in Vilnius 3* Hotel

Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: Hill of Crosses - Kryziu Kalnas, Siauliai 81439 Lithuania

On this day we will travel from Vilnius to Riga. On our way we will stop at the Hill of Crosses, one of the most holy sites of Catholic Lithuania. The exact number of crosses is unknown, but estimates put it at about 100.000. The tour will last up to 1 hour. After crossing into Latvia we soon reach the magnificent Rundale Palace, our second stop. The former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Following a guided tour (2 hours) of the palace we travel through the rolling hills of Southern Latvia to reach Riga late afternoon. Evening at your leisure in the capital of Latvia. Overnight in Riga 3* Hotel.

Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: Riga Town Hall Square, Kalku iela, Riga Latvia

Explore Riga in the morning the biggest out of three Baltic capitals claiming it had been the first one to put a decorated Christmas tree in public. The city has three Christmas markets right in the center of the city. Enjoy the smell of hearty foods mixed with the warmth of drinks like mulled wine and hot chocolate while people look at the warm woolen scarves, mittens and winter slippers on display at one of the stands. Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a true kaleidoscope of various architectural styles. The walking tour (2 hours) 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 free to explore on your own. Overnight in Riga 3* Hotel.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Gauja National Park, Ausekla iela 6, 2150 Latvia

After breakfast we will go to Tallinn with a stop in Gauja National Park, the largest national park in Latvia. The guide takes you to the stunning scenery of the Gauja river valley around the town of Sigulda. You will visit Gutman’s Ala, the largest sandstone cave in the Baltic states where you will hear the medieval Latvian legend of the Rose of Turaida which will lead you to explore the ruins of the Turaida Castle and the Museum Reserve. We will have guided walking tour in the park and the castle (1.5- 2 hours). After the stop we will continue our trip to Tallinn which we reach in the late afternoon. Overnight in Tallinn 3* Hotel.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Tallinn Old Town, City Center, Tallinn Estonia

In the morning you will have a walking tour in Tallinn not forgetting it’s Christmas market which is a true fairy-tale land – there is a tall Christmas tree on the historic town square surrounded by little houses shining with lights that sell Christmas delicacies and folk craft products. Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquility and modern urban life. The medieval Old Town is a busy place all year round with its many shops, galleries, souvenir markets, cosy cafés and restaurants. The sightseeing tour (2-2.5 hours) takes us around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we see Toompea Castle, Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, medieval Old Town Hall and Great Guild Hall. In the afternoon an optional excursion (3 hours) is offered to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU, the award-winning new Estonian Art museum, with its collections of classic and contemporary fine art. Overnight in Tallinn 3* Hotel.

Duration: 3 hours

Pass By: Tallinn Old Town, City Center, Tallinn Estonia

Optional transfer to the airport.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Vilnius Old Town, Vilnius, Lithuania
Duration
8 days
Return Details
Tallinn, Estonia
Inclusions
  • Breakfast
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  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
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  • Breakfast
  • 7 nights accommodation in centrally located 3* hotels
  • Welcome meeting with a drink upon arrival
  • Road taxes and parkings throughout the tour
  • Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn City tours with Christmas markets visit
  • Snack or drink in the Christmas market
  • Entry/Admission - Vilnius Old Town
  • Entry/Admission - Trakai Island Castle Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Hill of Crosses - Kryziu Kalnas
  • Entry/Admission - Riga Town Hall Square
  • Entry/Admission - Gauja National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Tallinn Old Town
Exclusions
  • Flights
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Optional activities and tours
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
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  • Duration: 8 days
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