Arrival to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Bus transfer to the hotel.
Free time in Vilnius. Many tourists after visiting Vilnius and its region tend to fall in love with Vilnius, pegging it as their favorite Baltic city of them all. Vilnius Old Town is one of the biggest in Eastern Europe, there more than 1500 buildings which remained from various centuries: city boasts the most wonderful architectural styles of Southern and Western Europe, Gothic and Renaissance, as well as the original “Lithuanian” Baroque, also called the last vivid flash of Baroque in Europe.
Dinner and overnight in Vilnius.
Breakfast. Morning City Tour, the 3-hour acquaintance with Vilnius Old Town where you can feel the atmosphere of the city’s history of the 16-19th centuries while walking along its narrow winding streets or visiting the most exiting architectural and historic monuments: Vilnius Cathedral erected on the historic site where pagan gods were worshiped and where Vilnius was founded as far back as the 13th c., a nearby Gediminas Castle on the hill rising above the city centre, a gem of the Lithuanian Gothic’s – the 16th c. St. Anne’s Church, the Vilnius University, a famous centre of science and enlightenment since its very foundation in 1579, Vilnius Town Hall, Jewish Quarter and the Dawn Gate with a miraculous icon of Virgin Mary.
Afternoon excursion to Trakai former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, 27 km to the west of Vilnius, is a favourite place for an outing. The Trakai Castle situated on an island in the midst of Lake Galve is the most famous and most photographed 15th cent. castle. Standing on an island in Lake Galve, the Castle now houses an interesting museum telling its history, famous in the times of the Grand Duke Vytautas when the country borders were stretching from the Baltics till the Black Sea. Enjoy a small town -Trakai, located on a 2-km-long peninsular with attractive old wooden houses, mostly built by Karaites, a Judaism sect brought by Duke Vytautas from the Crimea and still living here.
Dinner and overnight in Vilnius.
Breakfast. Departure to Riga (320 km from Vilnius), the capital of Latvia.
Stop at the Hill of Crosses near Šiauliai (200 km from Vilnius). The Hill of Crosses, a unique historic place in the world. It is probably the best place to get acquainted with cross-making, a branch of Lithuanian folk art, which was inscribed on the UNESCO Non-material and Verbal Heritage Masterpiece List. On this hill more than 20,000 crosses have been discontinuously put up to plead for grace or to express gratitude since the ancient times. It is the only place of its kind in the world, included to the Guinness Book of Records for its uniqueness.
Lunch en route.
After crossing the border of Latvia, you will visit the Rundale Palace (30 km from Hill of Crosses), Rundale Palace (18th cent.) is the most outstanding monument of Baroque and Rococo art in Latvia. The palace is an example of the early work of Italian-Russian architect Rastrelli who also designed the famous Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. You will be impressed by the authentic beauty the Golden Hall, the White Hall, private quarters of the Duke of Courland Johan Ernst Biron. Interiors are decorated with authentic 18th century furniture, paintings and china. To complete your impressions have an enjoyable walk in a beautiful French-style park.
Arrival to Riga. Dinner and overnight in Riga.
Breakfast. Riga City Tour by bus and walking tour. The tour includes the most significant sights of Riga and begins along the central boulevards of Riga, enjoying the view of the City Canal parks, the Art Nouveau buildings of the beginning of the 20th century, the Opera House. In Old Riga you will see the Dome Cathedral, the Church of St. Peter, the old Guild Houses, the Swedish Gate, the architectural ensemble Three Brothers, St. Jacob’s Church, the Parliament House, Old Riga Castle, and view the many wonderfully restored buildings, now housing cozy restaurants, cafes, bars and souvenir shops.
Lunch in Riga.
Afternoon tour to the Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum is one of the show-pieces of Latvia’s cultural heritage, founded in 1924. Situated 10 km from Riga centre in a pine forest on the banks of Jugla Lake, the museum consists of some 90 traditional rural buildings.
Dinner and overnight in Riga.
Breakfast. Departure to Tallinn (307 km from Riga), the capital of Estonia.
Stop in the Gauja National Park, Sigulda city (50 km from Riga) often referred to as the Latvian Switzerland. Gauja National park includes the valley of the Gauja River and together with its tributaries it forms a particularly original landscape. The territory comprises more than 500 monuments of archaeology, architecture, history starting with 11th century.
Enjoy beautiful vistas of the Gauja River Valley, visit the 13th century Turaida Castle, now housing a small History Museum, and relax walking in the adjoining Sculpture Park, featuring works of Latvian sculptors.
Lunch en route.
Evening arrival to Tallinn. Dinner and overnight in Tallinn.
Breakfast. Morning City Tour by bus and walking tour includes a visit of the Upper Town – Toompea (Cathedral Hill) with the impressive Russian Orthodox Church, the 13th century Gothic style Dome Cathedral. The Upper Town viewing points offer excellent bird’s eye views of the Lower Town. The tour continues in the Lower Town. Among its highlights – the Gothic Town Hall (early 15th century), the pharmacy, opened in 1422 and still functioning, the Great Guild and Blackheads Fraternity Houses – both from the 15th century.
Lunch in Tallinn.
Excursion continues in beautiful Flower park of the Kadriorg Palace (5km from Tallinn), which was founded by the Russian tsar Peter.
Dinner and overnight in Tallinn.
Departure to St. Petersburg (400 km from Tallinn) the city, the northern capital of Russian Federation, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Lunch near the Estonian – Russian border.
Later afternoon arrival to St. Petersburg. Short panoramic city tour.
Overnight and dinner in St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg City tour and excursion in St. Isaac Cathedral. For three centuries Saint-Petersburg has been impressing visitors from all over the world. The city is not only an open-air museum, but also an embodiment of last three hundred years of the Russian history. t is here splendid palaces, cathedrals and monuments are built, museums with the richest collections such as the Hermitage and the Russian museum, the famous Mariinsky Theater are constructed.
During the City tour you will see the main avenue – magnificent Nevsky prospect, Vasiliy Island, Palace square (Dvortsovaya ploschad’), make a stop nearby Cathedral “Our savior on the Blood” . Then pass through Smolny Cathedral, Admiralty and St.Isaac Cathedral.
St. Isaac Cathedral: One of the architectural monuments of the XIX century, the former principal cathedral of the Russian capital. The cathedral is graced with 112 solid granite columns weighting up to 114 tons each, and about 400 relieves and bronze sculptures.
Afternoon excursion in the Hermitage museum. The Hermitage fully lives up to its reputation as the world’s greatest art museum. The museum occupies six magnificent buildings right in the heart of St Petersburg. The leading role in this unique architectural ensemble is played by the baroque masterpiece – Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian tsars. Put together throughout two centuries and a half, the Hermitage collections of works of art (over 3,000,000 items) present the development of the world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th century.
Overnight in St. Petersburg.
Breakfast. Departure to Peterhof (29 km from St.Petersburg), the famous suburban residence of the Russian tsars has about 200 fountains that make its major attractions. World best artists designed the unique ensemble of fountains and cascades over long period of over 100 years. A 5-hour tour includes a tour of the Grand Palace with some unique early 18 century interiors and private chambers of Catherine the Great and an enjoyable walk round the grounds.
Afternoon tour to Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) – one of the best examples of Russian baroque with incredible collection of art. Named after the Empress Catherine I the first royal owner of the imperial palace in Tsarskoye Selo. We may never see again many of 57 palace’s halls which where destroyed during Second World War. Extensive restoration efforts managed to recreate 29 of original halls, including legendary Amber Room. It will remain the most dramatic mysteries in the history of art. Assembled with over 500,000 pieces of amber like a huge puzzle.
Dinner and overnight in St. Petersburg.
Transfer to the Airport.
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