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  • Date: June
  • Destination: Polish & Baltic Jewels
  • Duration: 13 nights
  • Price: 1959
Destination Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia
From Dublin
Date June – August 2018
Duration 12 Nights
Price €1,929 pp
Flight Details Dublin to Krakow
Tallinn to Dublin (indirect)

Details are for guidance only and are subject to change

Introduction to Polish & Baltic Jewels

Explore the history and culture of the Baltic states and Poland on this 12 night escorted tour taking you from Krakow in Poland to Warsaw & Mragowo before reaching Vilnius in Lithuania, Riga in Latvia and Tallinn in Estonia.

Itinerary

DAY 1 (TUESDAY): ARRIVAL KRAKOW
Arrival in Krakow, optional transfer to Hotel Park Inn Krakow**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.

DAY 2 (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 offer an optional Polish dinner at Restaurant Hawelka.

DAY 3 (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 Centrum Warsaw**** or similar.

DAY 4 (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 Bazyliszek.

DAY 5 (SATURDAY): WARSAW-MRAGOWO
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 quaint town of Ketrzyn, to the beautiful Baroque church in Swieta Lipka and to the town of Gizycko, surrounded to all sides by the lakes. In the late afternoon we check-in at Hotel Mercure Mrongovia Resort & Spa****, superior rooms, or similar.

DAY 6 (SUNDAY): MRAGOWO-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 7 (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 8 (TUESDAY): 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 Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija**** or similar.

DAY 9 (WEDNESDAY): RIGA
Before we get 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 the Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th century country life. The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.

DAY 10 (THURSDAY): 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 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 11 (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 12 (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 Peppersack.

DAY 13 (SUNDAY): TALLINN DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Dublin.

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Price inclusions

  • Flight from Dublin to Krakow
  • All Transfers
  • 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, Old University in Vilnius, Rundale Palace and medieval Great Guild Hall in
    Tallinn
  • Service of English speaking tour escort on all tours
  • Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class vans throughout the itinerary
  • One 15kg check in bag per person
  • Flight from Tallinn to Dublin

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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 available (call for details)
  • Single room supplement €550
  • 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

  • 4-hour excursion to Wieliczka Salt Mine: EUR 60.00 pp
  • Polish dinner at Restaurant Hawelka: EUR 40.00 pp
  • 3-hour excursion to the Royal Lazienki Park and visit to Palace on the Water: EUR 40.00 pp
  • Polish dinner at Restaurant Bazyliszek: EUR 40.00 pp
  • 3-hour excursion to Trakai and visit to Trakai Castle: EUR 40.00 pp
  • Folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas: EUR 40.00 pp
  • 4-hour excursion to Gauja National Park: EUR 50.00 pp
  • 3-hour excursion to the Open Air Museum: EUR 40.00 pp
  • Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral: EUR 35.00 pp
  • 4-hour excursion to Jurmala: EUR 40.00 pp
  • Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest: EUR 40.00 pp
  • 3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU: EUR 40.00 pp
  • Medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack: EUR 40.00 pp

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Accommodation details

Hotel Park Inn Krakow**** or similar
Hotel Mercure Centrum Warsaw**** or similar
Hotel Mercure Mrongovia Resort & Spa****, superior rooms, or similar
Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva**** or similar
Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija**** or similar
Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia**** or similar

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Dates and Prices

Date Price
26 June 2018 €1,929
10 July 2018 €1,929
17 July 2018 €1,929
24 July 2018 €1,929
31 July 2018 €1,929
07 August 2018 €1,929
14 August 2018 €1,929
21 August 2018 €1,929

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