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Baltic Metropoles

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  • Date: April
  • Destination: Baltics
  • Duration: 11 nights
  • Price: 1449
Destination Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki
From Dublin
Date May-September 2017
Duration 10 Nights
Price From €1,449 pp
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Introduction to Baltic Metropoles

This Travel Escapes tour brings you to four gems of the Baltic – Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn & Helsinki on a 10 night, 4-star touring holiday. Starting in Vilnius you will discover the history, sights & culture of these wonderful cities with experienced guides on what is sure to be a memorable experience.

A shorter version of the tour, visiting Vilnius, Riga & Tallinn, called the Baltic Highlights, is available here.

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Itinerary

DAY 1 Dublin – Vilnius

Fly direct Dublin to Vilnius with Ryanair. Arrival in Vilnius and transfer to the Radisson Blu Lietuva**** or similar. Overnight stay

DAY 2 Vilnius

Day at leisure in Vilnius.

DAY 3 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 4 Vilnius – Riga

Heading for Riga, the first stop is the Hills 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 Radisson Blu Latvija**** or similar.

DAY 5 Riga

Before we get acquainted with Riga we’ll have the possibility of discovering medieval Latvia. The optional tour this morning takes us to the stunning scenery of the Gauja National Park and the town of Sigulda. We’ll listen to the medieval Latvian legend of the Rose of Turaida, and see Maja’s Tombstone, the ruins of the Episcopal Castle, the ruins of the Castle of the Knights of the Sword and the mysterious Gutman Cave before we return to Riga. The afternoon offers an optional visit to the ethnographical open air museum, a spacious exposition of the 18th century country life. The evening offers an optional organ concert at Dome Cathedral.

DAY 6 Riga

Riga, founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, 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. In the afternoon there is an optional visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. In the evening, enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest.

DAY 7 Riga – Tallinn

The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. We do a short tour of the resort and a leisurely stroll along the beach. The rest of the day we go through the North Estonian land of forests to Tallinn, check-in at the Radisson Blu Olympia**** or similar.

DAY 8 Tallinn

Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquility 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, the Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the medieval Old Town Hall. In the afternoon an optional excursion is offered to Kadriorg Park with a visit to Kadriorg Palace and its art collections.  The evening offers an optional medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack.

DAY 9: Tallinn-Helsinki
This day offers an optional day excursion to Lahemaa National Park, where we visit Palmse Manor, a memorial to the von Pahlen family, and Sagadi Manor. The tour ends with a visit to the charming 16th century Vihula Manor and the Vodka Museum. After lunch break, we head back to Tallinn to take the ferry to Helsinki and enjoy a refreshing tour through the Finnish archipelago before arriving in Helsinki. Upon arrival we are transferred to our hotel and check-in at Hotel Glo Art**** or similar.
DAY 10: Helsinki
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 harbours and the 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. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, an oasis in the midst of the city with cottages, farmsteads and manors from all around Finland.
DAY 11: Helsinki
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Dublin.

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Price inclusions

  • Flight Dublin to Vilnius
  • Airport transfer to hotel
  • 10 x overnights at centrally located 4-star hotels
  • 10 x buffet breakfast
  • Welcome meeting  on day 2 with champagne, cocktail or juice (no Champagne or cocktails included in Light package)
  • Entrances to Old University in Vilnius, Rundale Palace, Dome Cathedral in Riga and medieval Old Town Hall in Tallinn
  • Service of English speaking guide throughout
  • Portage at hotels
  • Helsinki – Return flight to Dublin via Copenhagen
  • Stockholm – Return direct flight to Dublin with Aer Lingus.
  • Taxes and charges of €130
  • 1 checked bag 15kgs included per person.

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Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit €200 per person (Full payment due if within 12 weeks)
  • Full payment due on confirmation
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit card
  • Optional Insurance €30 (conditions apply)
  • Single room supplement €580
  • Supplement for Half Board at hotels €200 (deluxe €250) (does not include hotel in Helsinki)
  • Prices are correct at time of going to press, flight supplements may apply depending on availability of negotiated airfares
  • FLIGHT TIMINGS are subject to change at any time until air tickets are issued.

Optional Excursions

  • 3 hour excursion to Trakai & Trakai Castle €40
  • Folklore Dinner at Restaurant Belmontas €40
  • 4 hour excursion to Gauja National Park €50
  • 3 hour excursion to the Open Air Museum €30
  • Organ Concert at the Dome Cathedral €35
  • 4 hour excursion to Jurmala with City Museum  €40
  • Latvian Dinner at Restaurant La Boheme €40
  • 3 hour excursion to Kadriorg Park & KUMU €40
  • Medieval Dinner at Restaurant Peppersack €40

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Accommodation details

Vilnius – Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva or similar 4****

Riga – Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija or similar 4****

Tallinn – Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia or similar 4****

Helsinki Hotel Glo Art or similar 4****

 

Testimonials:

I am writing this email to tell you how much I really enjoyed your very well organized Baltic Highlights Tour of the Baltic countries. We had an excellent guide, who was well informed and took good care of the group.  I feel Vilnius was my favourite city we visited. I found the Hotels were very comfortable, staff very efficient, choice of food at breakfast immense.

The historic buildings well preserved and National parks likewise showing lovely craftsmanship. I went to these countries to see the architecture. I found the flat countryside with the dark trees and the grey Baltic Sea a little depressing but that’s not your fault you didn’t promise us exciting and varied scenery.

An excellent Tour well planned

All the best, Ms C Downey, August 2015.

Dates and Prices

Date Price
20 May 2017 €1,449
27 May 2017 €1,449
03 June 2017 €1,449
10 June 2017 €1,449
17 June 2017 €1,449
24 June 2017 €1,449
01 July 2017 €1,449
08 July 2017 €1,449
15 July 2017* €1,449
22 July 2017* €1,449
29 July 2017* €1,449
05 August 2017* €1,449
12 August 2017* €1,449
19 August 2017* €1,449
26 August 2017* €1,449
02 September 2017 €1,449
09 September 2017 €1,449

*Vilnius airport will be closed from 14th July till 31st August for reconstruction of the runways. During this period guests will be flown to Kaunas Airport and then transferred to your hotel. The transfer time is approx 1hr 20mins

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