Polish and Baltic Jewels

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13 days / 12 nights escorted tour where we enjoy Polen, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with our skilled English and German speaking guide. Accommodation in 4**** hotels and bustransport in 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans. 

What´s Included

Including: 

  • 12 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels
  • 12 x buffet breakfast
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Personalized welcome package
  • Entrances to Wawel Castle in Krakow, Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa, St. John’s Cathedral in Warsaw, Peter and Paul Church in Vilnius, Rundale Palace and medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn
  • Service of English and German speaking tour escort on all tours
  • Service of Italian only and Spanish only speaking tour escort on Baltic countries segment and Italian and Spanish speaking tour escort on Polish segment on all tours
  • Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class vans throughout the itinerary
  • Portage at hotels


Optional:

  • Transfer airport to Hotel Novotel Krakow Centrum: EUR 40 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 60 for private van (4-7 persons)
  • 4-hour excursion to Wieliczka Salt Mine: EUR 60 pp
  • Polish dinner at Restaurant Hawelka: EUR 40 pp
  • 3-hour excursion to the Royal Lazienki Park and visit to Palace on the Water: EUR 40 pp
  • Polish dinner at Restaurant Dawne Smaki: EUR 40 pp
  • 3-hour excursion to Trakai and visit to Trakai Castle: EUR 40 pp
  • Folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas: EUR 40  pp
  • 4-hour excursion to Gauja National Park: EUR 50 pp
  • 3-hour excursion to the Riga Motor Museum: EUR 40 pp
  • Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral: EUR 35 pp
  • 4-hour excursion to Jurmala: EUR 40 pp
  • Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest: EUR 40 pp
  • 3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU: EUR 40 pp
  • Medieval dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv: EUR 40 pp
  • Transfer Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia to airport: EUR 35 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 55 for private van (4-7 persons)
  • Half board at hotels (12 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea): EUR 345 pp 

Map

Itinerary

DAY 13
Sunday: Tallinn Departure
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Sunday: Tallinn Departure

Optional transfer to the airport.

NB! Please note that this tours starts in Krakow and ends in Tallinn - So please have that in mind when you book your flight tickets.

DAY 12
Saturday: Tallinn
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Saturday: Tallinn

Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquillity and modern urban life. The medieval Old Town is a busy place in the summer with its many shops, galleries, souvenir markets, outdoor cafés and restaurants. The sightseeing tour 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 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. The evening offers an optional medieval dinner at Restaurant Maikrahv.

DAY 11
Friday: Riga - Tallinn
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Friday: Riga - Tallinn

The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. We do a short tour of the resort before we continue through the North Estonian land of forests and arrive in Tallinn early afternoon, check-in at the Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia**** or similar.

DAY 10
Thursday: Riga
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Thursday: Riga

After we got acquainted with Riga we have the possibility of discovering medieval Latvia. The optional tour for this morning takes us to the stunning scenery of the Gauja National Park and the town of Sigulda. We listen to the medieval Latvian legend of the Rose of Turaida and see the ruins of the Episcopal Castle and of the Castle of the Knights of the Sword before we return to Riga. The afternoon offers an optional visit to  Riga Motor Museum which has an impressive collection of vintage car including a very unique collection of old Soviet limousines from the Kremlin Garage. In the evening enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest.

DAY 9
Wednesday: Riga
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Wednesday: Riga

Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a real kaleidoscope of architectural styles. The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guilds and the Freedom Monument. The afternoon is reserved for an optional visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.

DAY 8
Tuesday: Vilnius - Riga
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Tuesday: Vilnius - Riga

Heading for Riga, the first stop is the Hill of Crosses, one of the most holy sites of Catholic Lithuania. After crossing into Latvia we soon reach the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Following a guided tour of the palace we travel through the rolling hills of Southern Latvia to reach Riga late afternoon, check-in at Hotel Wellton Riverside**** or similar.

DAY 7
Monday: Vilnius
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Monday: Vilnius

Vilnius is known for its more than 1.200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. The morning sightseeing tour includes a panoramic tour of the city and a walking tour of the Old Town with Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, Peter and Paul Church, St. Anne’s Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania, with the well preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve. In the evening enjoy an optional folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas.

DAY 6
Sunday: Olsztyn - Vilnius
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Sunday: Olsztyn - Vilnius

Today we continue along the eastern fringe of the Masurian Lakeland with endless blue lakes and attractive resort towns into Lithuania. We do a stop in Kaunas, the former capital of Lithuania, to admire the beautiful Old Town and the elegant white Baroque Town Hall before we arrive in the late afternoon to Vilnius. Check in at Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva**** or similar. 

DAY 5
Saturday: Warsaw - Olsztyn
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Saturday: Warsaw - Olsztyn

We continue through the well forested North Poland into the Masurian Lakeland, a myriad of postglacial lakes representing some of the most beautiful nature in the whole of Poland. The afternoon excursion of the Masurian Lakeland takes us to the town of Gizycko, surrounded to all sides by the lakes, further to the beautiful Baroque church in Swieta Lipka and to picture-postcard town Mragowo. Finally we reach Olsztyn where we check-in at Hotel Przystan**** or similar.   

DAY 4
Friday: Warsaw
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Friday: Warsaw

Warsaw is essentially a post-war city with a meticulously reconstructed Old Town. The morning sightseeing tour includes the Royal Route and the Old Town with the Royal Castle, St John’s Cathedral, the Old Town Market Square and the Barbican. In the afternoon is offered an optional excursion to the Royal Lazienki Park with the Palace on the Water. The evening offers an optional Polish dinner at Restaurant Dawne Smaki.

DAY 3
Thursday: Krakow - Warsaw
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Thursday: Krakow - Warsaw

We leave for Czestochowa, the spiritual heart of Poland, where we visit the Jasna Gora Monastery with the Black Madonna. Through the flat low-laying plain of Central Poland we reach Warsaw in the early afternoon. Check-in at Hotel Mercure Warszawa Centrum**** or similar.

DAY 2
Wednesday: Krakow
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Wednesday: Krakow

For half a millennium Krakow was the royal capital of Poland and for centuries the city walls have guarded its traditions and secrets. The morning sightseeing tour takes us to the Old Town with the St. Mary’s Church, the Jagiellonian University, the Cloth Halls and Wawel with the Wawel Castle and the Wawel Cathedral. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine, an amazing labyrinth of tunnels going down as far as 327 meters. The evening offers an optional Polish dinner at Restaurant Hawelka.

DAY 1
Tuesday: Arrival Krakow
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Tuesday: Arrival Krakow

Arrival in Krakow, optional transfer to Hotel Novotel Krakow Centrum**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.



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