Baltic Lifestyle

Price
1200 USD
Duration
11 days / 10 nts
Activity Level
INTENSIVE
Tour Category
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Baltic Lifestyle

Baltic Lifestyle is a unique itinerary, specifically designed to take you through the roads less travelled of spectacular Baltic countryside. You’ll travel through the small towns with ancient history.

Tallinn - Lahemaa - Tartu - Marciena - Daugavpils - Vilnius - Liepaja - Riga 

Highlights
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  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • City walls of the Old Town

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral stands out from the old town buildings with it's bright color and Byzantine architecture. It's one of the latest constructions of the old city, the Russian Orthodox church, build by the request of Russian Emperor Alexander the 3rd in the 1900. It's located on the high point of the Toompea Hill in front of the Parlament building.

20 minutes

The fascinating walls of the old town remind us of the middle ages. The numerous towers each have their own history and the unique name. The most famous of those are "Paks Margareeta" (Fat Margaret), Kiek in de Kök (look into the kitchen), Tower behind the tower and many others. Tallinn is one of the very few towns with that large number of the middle age constructions preserved. 

15 minutes

Detailed Program

Time Description 
DAY 1:           ARRIVAL IN TALLIN
Arrival in Tallinn, optional transfer to Hotel Santa Barbara*** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting to get to know your fellow travelers.
DAY 2:           IN TALLINN. DRIVE TO LAHEMAA NATIONAL PARK
Tallinn is a beautiful medieval city with unique charm and beauty. The Old town hasn't been touched by the modern life, so you can travel centuries back in time. 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.

The tour continues with the drive on to Lahemaa National Park in the early afternoon to check-in at Hotel Vihula Manor Country Club & Spa****, a charming 16th century estate located in the heart of the park. The highlight of the day is a traditional rural dinner in Kaval-Ants Tavern - the former old ice cellar
DAY 3:           IN LAHEMAA NATIONAL PARK. DRIVE TO TARTU

The day begins with Lahemaa National Park 2 hour walking tour (medium) to see beautiful untouched nature and many charming manor houses and a visit to the impressive Manor House in Palmse.



After the walk we'll travel on to Tartu, the University Town. The Tartu tour includes the walk through the charming Old Town and the stop by the University founded in 1632. Check in at Hotel London**** or similar.
DAY 4:           TO MARCIENA VIA VALMEIRA

After leaving Tartu our voyage goes south, cross the Latvian border to Valmiera, a 14th century Hanseatic town. It's particularly famous for the great Livonian order castle. The town tour will conclude with the exciting visit to the small, private Valmiermuiza Brewery to taste some local beer and get to know some centuries old secrets. Another highlight of the day is a visit to local farm for some delicious organic cheese produced by the farmers.



In the late afternoon we'll arrive to Hotel Marciena Manor****, a former picturesque and romantic estate. We'll conclude this day with a BBQ dinner at Marciena Manor.
DAY 5:           TO DAUGAVPILS VIA AGLONA

In the morning our first destination is Aglona, for a visit to Aglona Basilica, a spectacular church, built in late baroque style. We'll visit the ceramics workshop to learn about Latgalian (eastern Latvian) culture.



Later we'll drive on to Latvia's 2nd largest city, Daugavpils. The city tour includes the walk through the historical centre of the city and a visit to the 19th century Daugavpils Fortress. The day's highlight is a tour of  Mark Rothko Art Centre. It's the only museum of Europe, where we can see this number of his works. We'll check in Hotel Svente Manor**** just outside of the city and enjoy optional Latgalian dinner at Restaurant Art Hub.
DAY 6:           TO VILNIUS VIA AUKSTATIJA NATIONAL PARK

Today we'll move on to Lithuania. The first stop will be in Aukstatija National Park, which is famous for its lakes, rivers and streams, splendid forests and hills. The park tous is a 20 km bike ride, which will end in Paluse town, located by the beautiful lake, famous for its wooden church. In the afternoon, we'll depart for Vilnius. Upon arrival we check in at Hotel Artis**** or similar.

 
DAY 7:           IN VILNIUS

Vilnius is full with the medieval charm and beauty. It is 74 quarters large, with 70 streets and lanes numbering 1487 buildings. It is a place where some of Europe's greatest architectural styles-gothic, renaissance, baroque and neoclassical-stand side by side and complement each other. 



In our sightseeing tour you'll enjoy 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 is free to explore on our own. Optional evening program includes zeppelinas culinary master class and a traditional Lithuanian dinner at Restaurant Senoji Trobele.
DAY 8:           TO LIEPAJA (LITHUANIA) VIA TRAKAI
The first stop is Trakai Castle, located on an island in Lake Galvė. Trakai was one of the main centers of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the castle held great strategic importance. It is the most spectacular of Lithiania's remaining castles, with tall brick walls and wooden walkways.
In the afternoon we'll move on to Klaipeda. Klaipeda's Old Town is different from the rest of Lithuania since it has a lot of German and Scandinavian architecture. It is unique with its fachwerk architectural style and the planned street structure, can't be found in any other old town in Lithuania. We'll visit the Theater Square and the Simon Dach Fountain. 

After Klaipeda  tour we'll turn towards Latvia and stop at the small town of Liepaja on the Baltic sea shore. Check in at Hotel Kolumbs**** or similar. Optional casual dinner will be offered in a small beach café right.
DAY 9:           TO RIGA VIA JURMALA

Name Liepaja means lime trees. The city is full of those. The great start for the day is a stroll throught the Old town to see the Trinity Church and Jurmalas (Seaside) Park. We'll also visit the former Naval Port area with its stunning Orthodox Cathedral.

  We'll continue with the drive to Jurmala through colorful Duchy of Courland. Jurmala is Latvia's most famous seaside resort with gorgeous wooden houses and sandy beaches. The highlight of the day is an easy walk down the seashore on the soft sand, perhaps looking for the golden dot of amber washed by the sea to the shore.

We reach Riga late in the late afternoon and check in at Hotel Astor Riga**** or similar.
DAY 10:         IN RIGA

Old Town of Riga is famous for its cathedrals, old buildings, churches. Take a walk through the labyrinth of the narrow brick streets, enjoying the colorful buildings, little shops and sweet restaurants. See the famous Dome square and cathedral, Castle with the Castle square, Town Hall, house of the Blackheads and others. The optional visit to one of the largest markets in Europe, Riga Central Market, is available in the afternoon. It's a chance to learn about Latvian cuisine and Latvian organic food and sample Latvian specialities, such as black bread, vegetables, fresh fish, countryside sausages and much more.

The tour will be concluded a Latvian farewell dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest with traditional Latvian specialties topped off with a shot of Riga Black Balsam.
DAY 11:         DEPARTURE HOME
Tour concludes. Optional transfer to the airport.

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  • Accommodation on twin-share basis at centrally located 3-4* hotels,
  • Meals: 10 b/fasts and 3 dinners,
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice;
  • 1st class vehicle (van) for entire itinerary;
  • English- and German-speaking guide for entire itinerary;
  • Admissions to Palmse Manor, Valmiermuiza Brewery, organic cheese sampling at a local farm, Aglona Basilica, ceramics show-room in Aglona, Mark Rothko Art Centre in Daugavpils, Old University in Vilnius and Trinity Church in Liepaja;
  • Biking equipment rentals (bike and helmet) on Day 6;
  • Portage at hotels
  • Arrival / departure transfers (see in Extras)
  • International flights / trains;
  • Gratuities (recommended)

NOT suitable for people with limited walking ability and wheelchair users.

Tour Dates 2019:

GLB01: 16.06 - 26.06.2019
GLB02: 30.06 - 10.07.2019
GLB03: 14.07 - 24.07.2019
GLB04: 21.07 - 31.07.2019
GLB05: 04.08 - 14.08.2019
GLB06: 11.08 - 21.08.2019



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