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A Week In... the Baltics

8 days with Tauck   Rating: Deluxe

Itinerary
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DAY 1 Welcome to Vilnius, Lithuania
Tauck's Baltic States tours begin at 6:00 PM at Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, Vilnius, Lithuania. A transfer is included from Vilnius Airport to the Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, your 5-star hotel in the heart of Vilnius' Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We invite you to join us for a welcome reception and dinner this evening at the hotel; your Tauck guest room offers views of historic Cathedral Square. (D)
 
DAY 2 Vilnius' Old Town and Trakai Castle
With its remarkable Baroque and Renaissance architecture, including the 16th-century cathedral and adjacent Cathedral Square, Old Town Vilnius is sort of a living museum – as you'll appreciate on a walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you wish, join us for a visit to the KGB Museum; set in the building that was headquarters of the German Gestapo during WWII, then of the Soviet Secret Police (KGB) from 1944-1991, it chronicles the repression of and resistance to the Soviet occupation of Lithuania. Later, set off along the Yellow Roads to the medieval town of Trakai; visit its historic castle dating to the 14th century. Back in Vilnius for the evening, explore as you please and enjoy dinner on your own. (B, L) 
 
DAY 3 Along the Yellow Roads to Latvia
From Vilnius, travel along the Yellow Roads through idyllic Lithuanian countryside and into Latvia. Stop in seaside Jurmala en route to Riga. Latvia's capital was among the leading trading centers of Central and Eastern Europe in its heyday from the 13th to the 15th centuries; you'll visit the city's opulent 19th-century Opera House, lovingly restored during the 1990s and now a source of great national pride for the people of Latvia, and do some exploring on your own. Spend the next two nights at the Grand Palace Hotel in the heart of the old city, where you'll have dinner tonight. (B, L, D)
 
DAY 4 Explore Latvia's medieval capital, Riga
Drive to Riga's New Town for a guided walking tour of what's considered the best collection of Art Nouveau buildings in Europe. Then it's on to Riga Market and the cobbled streets of Old Town, lined with historic structures dating back 800 years; you'll see Riga Castle, the Swedish Gate and the Three Brothers Medieval Dwelling House, all part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Those who wish may join us to explore some of Riga's somber reminders of the tragic years of the Holocaust in Latvia, on visits to the Jewish Museum and the city's old Jewish Cemetery (holidays permitting). (B)
 
DAY 5 On to Tallinn, capital of Estonia 
Our Baltic States tours take you from Latvia into Estonia this morning via the Riga – Tallin Road, with a stop in the seaside resort town of Parnu for lunch. Today's final destination is Estonia's capital city, Tallinn, a fine example of a Northern European trading center of the Middle Ages. A walking tour with your local guide explores Tallinn’s cobblestoned Lower Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its Town Hall square, walls and towers (including one affectionately dubbed “Fat Margaret”) and St. Olaf’s Church, which reigned as the known world's tallest building between 1549 and 1625. Your contemporary hotel is ideally located close to Old Town; enjoy dinner this evening at Gloria's, a noted local restaurant. (B, L, D)
 
DAY 6 Toompea Castle and a ferry to Helsinki 
In use since around the 9th century AD, mighty Toompea Castle in Tallinn's well-preserved city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, still looks pretty much as it did after 12th-century renovations, and is home to the Estonian Parliament today. After visiting this ancient hilltop stronghold, you'll board a high-speed ferry and cruise first class across the Gulf of Finland to Helsinki, Finland, for a two-night stay at the Hotel Kamp. An intriguing mix of parks, waterways, and numerous architectural styles, the Finnish capital is yours to explore on a sightseeing tour – including the Neo-Classical Senate Square; Helsinki Cathedral, with its iconic green cupolas and white columns; Finlandia Hall; and the Sibelius Monument, honoring Finland's greatest composer. (B, L)
 
DAY 7 Helsinki's National Museum, the "Rock Church" and the music of Jean Sibelius
A day of exploration in Helsinki winds up this ultimate in Baltic States tours today. Start with a guided visit to the National Museum of Finland in central Helsinki. In this National Romantic-style building, which originally opened in 1916 and was renovated and re-opened in 2000, a vast collection including archaeological finds, coins, jewelry, silver, weapons and other artifacts interpret Finnish history and culture from prehistoric times to the present day. Then visit Temppeliaukio (The Rock) Church, hewn from solid rock in the 1960s. Later, a private concert features the works of beloved Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), whose music helped foster his country's national identity during the 19th and 20th centuries. Spend the afternoon as you wish, and join us tonight for a farewell reception and dinner at the hotel. (B, D)
 
DAY 8 Journey home
Your Baltic States tours end in Helsinki, Finland. Our memorable Baltic States tours conclude in Helsinki; a transfer is included from the Hotel Kamp to Helsinki Airport. Allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in. (B)
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All This Included
Tauck's 8-day Baltic States tours offer an insider's view of the Baltic countries and their "Old World" capital cities. Discover Vilnius, Lithuania; Riga, Latvia; Tallinn, Estonia; and Helsinki, Finland – with their age-old castles, medieval lanes, and incredible architecture. In Lithuania, visit Old Town Vilnius, northern Europe's oldest and largest surviving medieval town, and 14th-century Trakai Castle. Explore Riga's treasure-trove of Art Nouveau architecture in New Town; its medieval Old Town featuring Riga Castle, the Swedish Gate and the Three Brothers Dwelling Houses; and its historic former Jewish Ghetto. En route to the Estonian capital of Tallinn, enjoy lunch in the summer resort town of Parnu; explore Tallinn's medieval Lower Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a guided walking tour; and visit historic Toompea Castle. Ferry to Finland for visits to Helsinki's Finlandia Hall, magnificent Tempeliaukio (Rock) Church and Sibelius Monument; attend a private concert of Sibelius' music, and much more! 
  • TAUCK’S YELLOW ROADS! Drive along coastal roads, through peaceful forests and idyllic farms as you travel across the Baltic region from Lithuania to Latvia and Estonia
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – A private concert featuring the music of Finnish national composer Jean Sibelius in Helsinki
  • Visits to Old Town Vilnius, northern Europe's oldest and largest surviving medieval town, and 14th-century Trakai Castle.
  • Riga sightseeing including its Art Nouveau New Town, medieval Old Town and and historic former Jewish Ghetto.
  • Lunch in the Estonian summer resort town of Parnu
  • A guided walking tour of Tallinn's medieval Lower Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a visit to Toompea Castle.
  • A first-class ferry ride from Tallinn to Helsinki
  • Visits to Helsinki's Finlandia Hall, Tempeliaukio (Rock) Church, Sibelius Monument and National Museum of Finland
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
  • 15 meals (7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 4 dinners), service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage

Highlights
  • Visits to Old Town Vilnius and 14th-century Trakai Castle
  • Exploring Riga's Art Nouveau New Town
  • Medieval Old Town and historic former Jewish Ghetto
  • Lunch in the Estonian summer resort town of Parnu
  • Walking tour of Tallinn's medieval Lower Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit to historic Toompea Castle
  • Helsinki sightseeing including Finlandia Hall
  • Tempeliaukio (Rock) Church and Sibelius Monument
  • A private Sibelius concert in Helsinki
Accommodations
Vilnius: Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square
Riga: Grand Palace Hotel
Tallinn: Swissôtel Tallinn
Helsinki: Hotel Kämp
Notes
  • June 15, August 10 and September 7 are small group departures, averaging 24 Tauck guests.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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