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Arrive Vilnius Upon arrival in Vilnius, you will be met at the airport and driven to your hotel. In the evening your guide will join you for a welcome orientation.
Vilnius After breakfast, you begin the day with a city tour of Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital for over 600 years. The tour includes the city’s most beautiful churches – St. Peter and Paul, St. Ann’s Church, a gem of Gothic architecture. After, you will continue to Vilnius University — one of the oldest universities in Eastern Europe (founded 1579).
After breakfast, you depart to Riga, the capital of Latvia. On the way, you will visit The Hill of Crosses, one of Lithuania’s holiest shrines. The next stop will be Rundale to visit the magnificent 18th Century Rundale Palace. This palace was designed by F.B. Rastrelli, who also designed the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. Rundale Palace is considered the finest example of baroque architecture in the Baltic States. Upon arrival, you’ll check into your hotel.
You will begin the day with a city tour of Riga, a medieval Hanseatic town. The tour includes St. Peter’s Church, the Powder Tower, and Dome Cathedral, which boasts one of the world’s largest pipe organs. You will have an opportunity to see the old town which has some of the most beautifully restored merchant houses, cozy beer cellars and cafes, historical monuments, and much more. Also, you’ll get a chance to view some of the masterpieces of early 20th Century Art Nouveau architecture. The rest of the afternoon will be on your own.
Day to explore on your own or book an optional tour.
After breakfast, you depart for Tallinn, Estonian’s capital. On the outskirts of Riga, you will visit the Ethnographic Open Air Museum, and also get a chance to see some of the traditional 17th century Latvian rural architecture. As you enter Estonia, you will stop in Parnu. Parnu is a resort town dating back to medieval times and is becoming a chic summer center of Estonia. It is also known as Estonia’s Summer Capital. Upon arrival in Tallinn, you will check into you hotel.
A half day’s tour of this picturesque old city will introduce you to whole districts dating back to the Middle Ages that are still intact today. You’ll see the medieval upper and lower town with its narrow streets and beautiful merchants’ houses. The afternoon is at your leisure.
Departure. Transfer to the airport.