This holiday will be everything but boring … in just 9 days of travelling you will experience a real kaleidoscope of 5 countries with distinctive cultures and changing landscapes. Be impressed by elegant Stockholm with its fascinating museums, green and modern Helsinki and the charming capitals of the three Baltic States: Baroque Vilnius, Jugendstil Riga and medieval Tallinn. A picturesque castle, a national park, a magnificent palace, a marine fortress and many more sights await you on this trip. You will travel by bus in the Baltics and change to ferries and cruise ships in Scandinavia. The best way to have a real sense of the Scandinavian countries, called “the sea nations” is to travel by sea. So be ready to board two night cruises to Sweden and Finland, where you will not only admire stunning views of the Stockholm and Helsinki archipelagos but also have fun with various entertainment programs.
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.
Overnight in Vilnius.
Breakfast at the hotel.
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.
A pleasant 4-hour-tour to Trakai former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, 27 km to the west of Vilnius, is a favorite 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 at the hotel. Overnight in Vilnius.
Departure to Riga (320 km from Vilnius), the capital of Latvia.
Stop at the famous Hill of Crosses (200 km from Vilnius). The Hill of Crosses, a unique historic place in the world. It is probably the best place to get aquinted with cross-making, a branch of Lithuanian folk art, wich was inscribed on the UNESCO Non-material and Verbal Heritage Masterpiece List. On this hill more than 100 000 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 uniquenes.
Lunch by the Hill of Crosses.
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.
Evening arrival to Riga. Check in and dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Riga.
After the 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. Transfer to Riga Harbor.
17:00 Departure to Stockholm by ferry “Romantica” of Tallink Silja line. This cruise ship is a like a real city full of leisure opportunities: there are 5 restaurants, 3 pubs, sauna complex, beauty saloon and a plenty of shops. Throughout the entire journey, the ship’s entertainers will do their best to provide passengers with positive emotions. Here you can enjoy an elegant live music, circuses performance, karaoke singing or dance the night away in the ship’s disco bar.
Breakfast at the ferry.09:30 Arrival to Stockholm.
Morning city tour by bus and a walking tour of Stockholm. Stockholm – the beauty on the water – is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, built on 14 islands and protected from the sea by Skargarden, the Stockholm archipelago. During the excursion you will visit two squares on Riddarholmen and Söder island, walk through the Old Town, where you will pass narrow streets and alleys of the medieval part of the city. The excursion continues through the central parts of the modern Stockholm – City Hall.
Check in and lunch at the hotel. Free time in the city.
Dinner and overnight in Stockholm.
Breakfast at the hotel.
In the morning we will visit the world’s largest outdoor museum Skansen. It is a Swedish town looked like in the mid-19th century. Second part of museum includes visit of the Zoo with Nordic wild animals like the brown bear, elk and lynx.
Afternoon is devoted to the Vasa Museum, the Scandinavia’s most visited museum. The Museum was inaugurated in 1990. In the large ship hall stands the warship Vasa – the only remaining, intact 17th century ship in the world. The lower rig of it has been rebuilt, complete with masts, stays and shrouds.
Lunch in Stockholm. Transfer to Stockholm Harbor.
17:00 Departure to Helsinki by ferry “Serenade” of Tallink Silja line. A cruise on the Silja Serenade is like a city break in the Middle-Europe: imagine yourself walking on a shopping street! The heart of the ship is the pedestrian street Promenade, where you can find a wide variety of shops, 7 restaurants and 5 bars. You will enjoy special entertainment program of a high standard: enjoy show of aerial acrobats singing operettas right in the air, see a fashion show, hear the famous Italian live music or dance in an night club.
Buffet dinner in the ferry. Overnight in ferry.
Breakfast at the ferry.
09:55 Morning arrival to Helsinki, the capital of Finland.
Morning Helsinki sightseeing tour takes us around the harbors, up central Mannerheim Street and by the Parliament Building, the Finlandia Hall, market square, and the Sibelius Monument and for a visit at the famous Church-in the-Rock.
Check in and lunch at the hotel.
In the afternoon you will visit the Suomenlinna fortress. Situated on a group of islands off Helsinki, Suomenlinna was built during the Swedish era as a maritime fortress and a base for the Archipelago Fleet. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Finland’s most popular tourist attractions.
Dinner and overnight in Helsinki.
Breakfast at the hotel.
10:30 Transfer to the harbor and departure to Tallinn by ferry Tallink& Silja line.
12:30 Arrival to Tallinn. Check in and lunch at the hotel.
Afternoon city tour by bus and a walking tour takes you to the surroundings of Tallinn and its Old Town. City 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 to see 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.
Free time in Tallinn.
Dinner and overnight in Tallinn.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to Tallinn airport. Departure.
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