TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Arrival. Transfer to the hotel.
Welcome to Europe!!!. On arrival at the airport we shall be waiting to transfer you to the hotel. You can enjoy free time until your tour starts, information about the meeting place and start time can be found on the information boards in the hotel reception area.
IMPORTANT - IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS on arrival at the hotel you will have your booking made but the guide of your trip will normally not arrive until the start of the included activities. YOUR TIME BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS THEREFORE FREE. At your hotel they can help you with all the information you need.
NB: The schedules you will find in this itinerary are approximate. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the circuit, may adjust the schedules.
Tallinn – The capital of Estonia, a country with strong Scandinavian influence and a language similar to Finnish, is a wonderful city, whose medieval centre is still intact.
09.00hrs- We will participate in a comprehensive tour through the city streets, and admire its walls, churches, squares and mediaeval streets filled with tourist attractions.
Tallinn - Parnu - Turaida - Riga.
Total distance: 365 km.
Scenery: Extensive plains covered with woods and small towns on the way.
08:30 h. - Tallinn – Departure-. Crossing forests and plains.
10:15 h. - Parnu.- A popular spa city where we will stop for coffee in the city centre.
11:00 h. - Parnu – Departure-. We cross the border to LATVIA and make a short stop near a beach on the Baltic coast. We will pass through attractive scenery with hills and forests and Gauja National park.
14:00 h. -Sigulda. We will pay a visit to this pretty tourist resort and then stop for lunch, included, at a local restaurant. Afterwards, we set out for Turaida Castle, which is close by. Also includes admission to this impressive medieval fortress and its enormous park.
18:00 h. - Turaida –Departure-.
19:00 h. - Riga –Arrival-.
In the morning we will go on a city tour of Riga, the capital city of Latvia and the most populated city from among the Baltic countries. The city is known not only for its cultural town center but, also, for its medieval old town, its Art Nouveau architecture and its well-preserved vestiges from the country´s time under the Soviet rule. We will include a quick transfer to the "Salapsil memorial”, located in what once was a Nazi´s Labour correctional camp. Built in 1967, this is one of the largest memorial complexes in Europe, built to commemorate the victims of Nazism. Free-time during the afternoon.
Riga - Rundale Palace - Hill of Crosses - Trakai - Vilnius.
Total distance: 410 km.
Scenery: Extensive plains with farmlands.
08:30 h. - Riga –Departure-. Extensive plains of Latvia.
10:00 h. – Rundale Palace .- Admission to this huge palace is included. It was built at the same time as the city of St. Petersburg. We will visit the interior of the palace and its gardens.
11:15 h. - Rundale Palace –Departure-.We leave for LITHUANIA, a country with a strong Catholic influence.
12:15 h. - Kryziu Kalnas (Hill of crosses). This impressive hill has thousands of crosses, which speak of the Catholic legacy of this country, which was for many years under the rule of the Soviet Union (the regime that repressed Catholicism). Perhaps you would like to leave a cross there? Today is Sunday, a particularly interesting day to visit it.
12:45 h. - Kryziu Kalnas –Departure-. Lunch included on the way. We travel to the centre of Lithuania, to the industrial regions of Panevezys.
17:00 hrs.- Trakai- A beautiful castle located on an island in the middle of a lake. This is a memorable site, with the castle on the lake, the village with its wooden houses on the bank and forests. Admission to the castle is included.
19.00hrs- Vilnius –Arrival-. We recommend strolling through its beautiful old town.
Note: Depending on the duration of sunlight, the visit to Trakai may take place on Wednesday after visiting the city.
Vilnius.- Sightseeing tour of the city erected on top of seven hills (like Rome, to which they like comparing it). Its baroque churches, its walls, its castle, its market streets in the centre, its 1,200 medieval houses…. Free afternoon.
After breakfast, end of our services.