Baltics and Belarus in 11 Days (Guaranteed Departure)

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This is an off-the-beaten-track twist to Your Baltic adventure. And it is an adventure indeed as it will start in Minsk, a city that will surprise You in a good way - clean, green, contemporary, safe. After a few nights in Belarus, we will enter EU and travel through our highliths of Baltics for You to get to know traditions, similar yet original culture and history. Vilnius will be the first on the way – marvelous historical city with 48 churches, green parks and cozy Old Town’s streets. Keep in mind all red roofs of Vilnius because these roofs will be the first recognizable thing in Riga. Some say Vilnius and Riga are quite similar, others deny this – well, you’ll get the chance to compare it by yourself. Your last stop on this beautiful journey – charming Tallinn with all secrets, stories and legends about it.
 
 
 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Accommodation in charming locations (from fine Vihula Manor (EE), authentic Senoji trobele (LT) to Riga Central Market (LV));
  • Variety of tastes from restaurants to some local craft produce (dinner at Kaval-Ants Tavern, BBQ dinner at Marciena Manor, visit Valmiermuiza brewery, taste organic cheese);
  • Compare Tallinn, Daugavpils, Vilnius and Riga architecture to feel the difference;
  • Visit Lahemaa National Park dotted with manor houses;
  • Bike through the green nature by the lakes of Lithuania;
  • Take a glimpse to Baltic coastline through Klaipeda and Liepaja.

Tour package includes:

  • 10 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels

  • 10 x buffet breakfast

  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice

  • Personalized welcome package

  • Entrances to Peter and Paul Church in Vilnius, Rundale Palace and Medieval Guild Hall in Tallinn

  • Service of German and English speaking tours escort on all tours

  • Service of Italian only speaking tour escort on Baltic countries segment and Italian and Spanish speaking tour escort on Belarussian segment on some tours 

  • Service of Italian and Spanish speaking tour escort on some tours

  • Service of 1st class coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary

  • Portage at hotels

DAY 1 (THURSDAY): ARRIVAL MINSK
Arrival at the airport, optional transfer to Hotel Minsk**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.
 
DAY 2 (FRIDAY): MINSK
Minsk is one of the last undiscovered secrets of Europe, modern and historical at the same time, a green city with a cosmopolitan and bustling atmosphere and surprisingly bright, clean and safe. The morning sightseeing tour takes us to the Independence Square and the Independence Avenue with its amazing collection of Stalinist Classicism, the Old Town, the Island of Tears, the reconstructed Trinity District and the Janka Kupala Park. The afternoon offers optional visit to Museum of the Great Patriotic War with more than 8000 exhibits related to the devastating tragedy of WWII in Belarus.
 
DAY 3 (SATURDAY): MINSK
The day offers and optional excursion to one of the greatest treasures of Belarus, Mir Castle, ca. 100 km southwest of Minsk, a UNESCO World heritage site. The castle is an exceptional example of a Central European fortification, reflecting in its design and layout successive cultural influences of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance that blend harmoniously to create an impressive monument to the history of Belarus. The evening offers an optional dinner at Restaurant Gambarinus.
 
DAY 4 (SUNDAY): MINSK - VILNIUS
The morning is free in Minsk to explore more of the city individually. In the afternoon we are driving 180 km to reach Vilnius, check-in at Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva**** or similar.
 
DAY 5 (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 6 (TUESDAY): VILNIUS - RIGA
Heading for Riga, the first stop is the Hill 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 Welton Riverside**** or similar.
 
DAY 7 (WEDNESDAY): RIGA
Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, Riga 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. The afternoon is reserved for an optional visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.
 
DAY 8 (THURSDAY): RIGA
After we got 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 Riga Motor Museum. In the evening enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest.
 
DAY 9 (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 10 (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 Maikrahv.
 
DAY 11 (SUNDAY): TALLINN
Optional transfer to the airport.
 
  • Your hotel.
  • Your hotel.

Visa

Visa can be obtained at arrival at Minsk-2 International Airport for residents of countries, where there is no Belarus consulate. Residents of countries, where there is a Belarus consulate, are required to apply for visa here. Costs for visa support for issuing visa at consular departments in foreign countries are included into the prices. Supplement for visa support for issuing visa at Minsk-2 International Airport: EUR 10.00 pp

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional tours and services
  • Gratuities
  • Visa

More than 50 days before tour start date – no cancellation fee charged
49-35 days before tour start date – 25% of tour price will be charged
34-22 days before tour start date – 75% of tour price will be charged
21-0 days before tour start day – 100% of tour price will be charge