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  • Date: June
  • Destination: Vilnius, Klaipeda, Riga & Tallinn
  • Duration: 9 nights
  • Price: 1559
Destination Vilnius, Klaipeda, Riga & Tallinn
From Dublin
Date June-August 2017
Duration 8 nights
Price €1,559
Flight Details Dublin – Vilinus 17.30 / 22.45

Tallinn to Dublin to be advised

Details are for guidance only and are subject to change

Introduction to Baltics for Foodies

This Travel Escapes tour brings you to four gems of the Baltic – Vilnius, Klaipeda, Riga & Tallinn on a 8 night, 4-star touring holiday specially crafted to showcase the best of the region’s cuisine.

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL VILNIUS

On arrival you will be met for a transfer to your hotel.

DAY 2: VILNIUS

Arrival in Vilnius, optional transfer to Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting where our tour escort will introduce us to the program and to the traditions of Lithuanian cuisine over a glass of local “champagne” and offer recommendations for trying contemporary Lithuanian cuisine in the Old Town.

DAY 3: VILNIUS-KLAIPEDA
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. Anna’s Church, Old University the Gates of Dawn and a shop with Lithuanian herb liquors. After the tour we continue to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania and we see the well preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve. The balance of the day is spent en route to Klaipeda, where we arrive late afternoon. Check-in at Hotel National**** or similar.
DAY 4: KLAIPEDA
The day is reserved for a full-day tour to the Curonian Spit, a thin, 100 km stretch of land between the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon with small fishing villages, pine forests and endless sand dunes. Our first stop is the Hill of Witches in Juodkrante. After that, we continue to Nida, where we visit the High Dunes and Thomas Mann’s summerhouse. During the lunch break we take a stroll around the charming harbour and enjoy a light lunch with the speciality of the Curonian spit: freshly smoked fish. In the afternoon, we drive back to Klaipeda. In the evening we enjoy a traditional Lithuanian dinner with Lithuanian specialties such as the famous cepeliniai at Restaurant 19th Century.
DAY 5: KLAIPEDA-RIGA
Klaipeda first became a part of Lithuania in 1923 and had a long history as a German town called Memel. A short sightseeing tour takes us to the Old Town with its narrow, cobblestone streets and old guild houses and we visit the Theatre Square and the Annchen von Tharau Fountain. We now continue to the Samogitia National Park, where we embark on a walking tour around the picturesque Lake Plateliai. After that, we continue to Siauliai and Cross Hills, one of the holiest sites of Catholic Lithuania. We head North into Latvia and reach Riga in the afternoon, check-in at Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija**** or similar. The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral. Riga is famous for its many sophisticated gourmet restaurants and our tour escort will recommend the best of them for dinner.
DAY 6: RIGA
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 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 reserved for a visit to one of the largest market in Europe, Riga Central Market, where we will learn about Latvian cuisine and Latvian organic food and sample Latvian organic specialities, such as black bread, vegetables, fresh fish, sausages, countryside cheese and much more. In the evening enjoy a Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest with traditional Latvian specialties topped with a shot of Riga Black Balsam.
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 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. Upon check-in, our tour escort will invite for afternoon tea with Estonian cheesecake and give an introduction of Estonian cuisine and recommendations for trying new Nordic cuisine in Tallinn.
DAY 8: 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, Great Guild Hall and visit an old marzipan shop. 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 a traditional Estonian dinner with medieval Estonian specialities such roast duck at Restaurant Peppersack.
DAY 9: TALLINN DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport for flight back to Dublin or optional extension to Helsinki or Stockholm.

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Price inclusions

  • 8 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels
  • 8 x buffet breakfast
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Personalised welcome package
  • Introduction to Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonia cuisine and restaurant recommendations
  • 3 x 3-course national cuisine dinners with coffee/tea, 1 x smoked fish lunch, 1 x afternoon tea
  • Entrances to Old University in Vilnius, Thomas Mann’s Summerhouse in Nida and medieval Great Guild Hall and old marzipan shop in Tallinn
  • Special excursion to Riga Central market with sampling of organic Latvian food
  • Service of English and German speaking tour escort on all tours
  • Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
  • Portage at hotels

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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)
  • 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

  • Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral: EUR 35.00 pp
  • 3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU: EUR 40.00 pp

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Accommodation details

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

Klaipeda – Hotel National or similar 4****

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

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

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Dates and Prices

Date Price
10 June 2017 €1,559
24 June 2017 €1,559
01 July 2017 €1,559
15 July 2017* €1,559
29 July 2017* €1,559
05 August 2017* €1,559
12 August 2017* €1,559
26 August 2017* €1,559

*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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