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  • Date: April
  • Destination: Baltic Highlights
  • Duration: 8 nights
  • Price: 1369
Destination Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn
From Dublin
Date April – September 2019
Duration 8 Nights
Price From €1,369pp
Flight Details Dublin to Vilnius
Tallinn to Dublin (times to follow)

Details are for guidance only and are subject to change

Introduction to Baltic Highlights

This Travel Escapes tour brings you to three gems of the Baltic – Vilnius, Riga & Tallinn on an 8 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.

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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. Evening welcome meeting with tour leader (and champagne, cocktail or juice).

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 Hotel Mercure Riga**** 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 

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Dublin. Or you could avail or our amazing extensions

Helsinki Extension (Optional)

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 flight back to Dublin.

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Optional Extension

Helsinki

When so close there’s a great opportunity to visit Finland.

  • Transfer to the port
  • Ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki and enjoy a refreshing tour through the Finnish archipelago.
  • On arrival transfer to hotel
  • Tour of Helsinki
  • 2 nights in the 4 star Hotel Glo Art**** or similar.
  • Transfer to the airport
  • Flight to Dublin
Price – Call for details.

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Price Inclusions

  • Flight Dublin to Vilnius
  • Airport transfer to hotel
  • 8 x overnights at centrally located 4-star hotels
  • 8 x buffet breakfast
  • Welcome meeting with champagne, cocktail or juice
  • Entrances to Old University in Vilnius, Rundale Palace and medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn
  • Service of English speaking guide throughout
  • Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
  • Portage at hotels
  • Tallinn –   Return flight to Dublin
  • Helsinki – Return direct flight to Dublin
  • Taxes and charges included
  • 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
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Upgrade to deluxe 5* hotels  – prices on request
  • Single room supplement €420 (deluxe €630)
    • No single supplement on 14th September 2019 departure
  • 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 and visit to Trakai Castle: 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 with City Museum: EUR 40.00 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****

The Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva, in Vilnius, stands on the banks of the River Neris. The hotel is in the heart of Lithuania’s capital, near rich historic sites such as the Old Town and Vilnius Cathedral. Old Town is also the place for shopping. Wander around the cobbled streets and explore the wide range of stores and markets. You’re close to an array of transport options, including bus and train station, while the airport is just 9 kilometers away.

Riga – Hotel Mercure Riga or similar 4****

Welcome to Mercure Riga Centre, a brand new designer four star Superior hotel situated in the historical heart of Riga in a magnificent Art Nouveau building from 1901 designed by K. Peksens. A perfect location for tourists. Easy walking distance to the historical Old Town and other important tourist, cultural, and business attractions such as the Freedom Monument,
National Opera, Dome Square, and the Riga Congress Centre. The hotel offers 143 rooms: contemporary designed 124 Classic single or double rooms, exquisitely appointed 11 Privilege, 4 Deluxe and 4 Junior Suites. Two rooms for persons with reduced mobility. A children’s bed and a crib on demand. The hotel services include: a car parking, bicycle rental, babysitting on request, Wi-Fi, self-service business corner, safe deposit at the reception, hotel infrastructure adapted for persons with reduced
mobility.

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

Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia warmly welcomes you in the city heart of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Our palette of proven quality services and cosy hotel environs tailored to your satisfaction make us the right choice be it for business or vacation. The hotel features 390 comfortably furnished and tastefully decorated hotel rooms with modern conveniences, such as high-speed WiFi and 24-hour room service. Our One Touch mobile application helps to make your stay even more comfortable and enjoyable. The fitness and health center Club 26 situated on the 26th floor offers the opportunity to take a refreshing swim in a pool, work out in a well-equipped gym or relax in a hot sauna while admiring magnificent and memorable views of Tallinn. There are also different options for your dining convenience: enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner at our international restaurant Senso, a lighter meal or fresh pastries and cakes at the best café in the city – Café Boulevard, or a refreshing drink at the Lobby Bar.

Deluxe Hotels:

Vilnius – Hotel Radisson Blu Astorija or similar 5*****

Riga – Hotel Radisson Blu Ridzene or similar 5*****

Tallinn – Hotel Radisson Blu Sky or similar 5*****

 

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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
13 April 2019 €1,369
04 May 2019 €1,369
11 May 2019 €1,369
18 May 2019 €1,369
25 May 2019 €1,369
01 June 2019 €1,369
08 June 2019 €1,369
15 June 2019 €1,369
22 June 2019 €1,369
29 June 2019 €1,369
06 July 2019 €1,369
13 July 2019 €1,369
20 July 2019 €1,369
27 July 2019 €1,369
03 August 2019 €1,369
10 August 2019 €1,369
17 August 2019 €1,369
24 August 2019 €1,369
31 August 2019 €1,369
07 September 2019 €1,369
14 September 2019 €1,369*
21 September 2019 €1,369
28 September 2019 €1,369

* No single supplement on 14th September 2019 departure

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