GRAND BALTIC TOUR
11 days/ 10 nights
..from Belarus to Finland
DAY 1. Minsk. Arrival in Minsk. Private transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. Welcome dinner. Overnight.
DAY 2 Minsk. Breakfast at the hotel. Minsk is one of the last undiscovered secrets of Europe, modern and historical at the same time, a green city with a cosmopolitan and bustling atmosphere and surprisingly bright, clean and safe. The morning sightseeing tour takes us to the Independence Square and the Independence Avenue with its amazing collection of Stalinist Classicism, the Old Town, the Island of Tears, the reconstructed Trinity District and the Janka Kupala Park. Overnight.
DAY 3 Minsk - Mir - Nesvizh. Breakfast at the hotel. The day offers an excursion to one of the greatest treasures of Belarus, UNESCO World heritage sites – Mir & Nesvizh. Mir castle is an exceptional example of a central European fortification, reflecting in its design and layout successive cultural influences of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance that blend harmoniously to create an impressive monument to the history of Belarus. Later continue to Nesvizh – one of the oldest and most mysterious cities in Belarus. Visit Nesvizh castle and local history museum. Return to Minsk for overnight.
DAY 4 Minsk - Vilnius. Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to the Minsk airport. Departure to Vilnius. Arrival to Vilnius. Private transfer from the airport to a hotel. Accommodation. Vilnius city tour. City tour of Vilnius includes the UNESCO listed Old Town with it‘s main historical and architectural monuments: the Cathedral and University campus, the Gothic corner and the Gates of Dawn, St. Peter and Paul’s Church and the Parliament. Free afternoon. Overnight.
DAY 5 Vilnius – Trakai – Vilnius. Breakfast at the hotel. Morning trip to to Trakai, the ancient capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, visit to the 15th century Insular Trakai Castle. Return to Vilnius. Free time to stroll around and do shopping. Overnight in Vilnius. Overnight.
DAY 6 Vilnius – Hill of Crosses – Rundale Palace– Riga. Departure to Riga with en route stops at the Hill of Crosses near Siauliai – a unique place of national pilgrimage of Lithuania, and the Baroque Rundale Palace in Latvia created by legendary architect B. Rastrelli, with Baroque rose garden. Afternoon arrival in Riga, the capital of Latvia. Overnight.
DAY 7 Riga. Morning walking tour of the Old Town of Riga. Enjoy the beauty of the ancient Hanseatic city, while strolling through the cobble-stone, picturesque streets of the Old Town. In Old Riga you will see the Dome Cathedral, the Church of St.Peter, the old Guild Houses, the architectural ensemble Three Brothers, Old Riga Castle and much more. Afternoon free to visit cosy restaurants, cafes, bars and souvenir shops. Overnight.
DAY 8 Riga – Sigulda – Tallinn. Drive alongside the Riga Bay to Tallinn. En route stop in one of the most beautiful cities in Latvia – Sigulda, located in the picturesque Gauja Valley dotted with caves and castles. Visit Turaida museum reserve with Turaida castle. Late afternoon arrival to Estonia’s capital. Overnight.
DAY 9 Tallinn. City tour of Tallinn features the Old Town with its Town Hall Square, numerous churches, the Toompea Castle. The most outstanding sights include a 14th-15th century Gothic Town Hall, St. Nicholas church, now housing a museum of medieval art; an old chemist’s shop; numerous authentic Hanseatic merchants’ houses, etc. Kiek in de Kök - a fascinating tour through the Bastion Tunnels - a fascinating and informative insight to the history of Tallin. The tour begins with a video and is followed by a guided tour along the tunnels, ending with a slightly train ride. Afternoon free to explore Tallinn on your own. Overnight.
DAY 10 Tallinn - Helsinki. Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Tallinn Ferry terminal. Ferry departure to Helsinki ( around 2,5 h.). Helsinki is truly located at the crossroads of Western and Eastern culture and this is reflected everywhere in the green and lively Finnish capital. The sightseeing tour takes us around the harbour and Senate Square with the Lutheran Cathedral, up central Mannerheim Street and by the Parliament Building, the Finlandia Hall, and the Sibelius Monument and for a visit at the famous Church-in the-Rock. Overnight.
DAY 11 Helsinki. Breakfast. Private transfer to the airport. End of the tour. Departure.
Price depends on the hotel category/ number of people traveling/ season/ language of guide
Accommodation at the hotels of selected category
Car/minibus transfers on arrival / departure
Sightseeing tours with car/minibus and English speaking guide as per itinerary
Admission fees: Mir Castle, Nesvizh castle, Vilnius university, Trakai castle, Rundale Palace, Turaida Castle, Kiek in de Kök
Ferry ticket Tallinn – Helsinki
Flight ticket Minsk – Vilnius