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Belarus, Lithuania and Latvia Tour in 11 days, 10 nights - Minsk, Vilnius, Riga

11 days, June - August 2017

Day 1 of Belarus, Lithuania & Latvia Tour (Thursday): Minsk

Arrival at the airport in Misk, optional transfer to Hotel Renaissance Minsk**** or same standard hotel in Minsk. Check-in at your hotel, welcome meeting with our tour guide is to follow. Please ask at the reception for the details if needed.

Day 2 of Belarus, Lithuania & Latvia Tour (FRIDAY): Minsk

Minsk is the capital of Belarus is one of yet undiscovered gems of Eastern Europe. Its a modern, vibrant and historically significant city. Minks morning sightseeing tour will cover 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. In the afternoon there is a chance to prebook an optional tour to Museum of the Great Patriotic War – a museum which occupies area of 3000 sq.m. houses more than 8000 exhibits.

Day 3 of Belarus, Lithuania & Latvia Tour (SATURDAY): Minsk

Today we are offering you an option tour to the greatest sight of Belarus - Mir Castle, which s A UNESCO World Heritage. Mir Castle is a special sight of Belarusian architecture, it was founded by duke Ilinich more than 4 centuries ago near village Mir (Grodno Region). 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 of Belarus, Lithuania & Latvia Tour (SUNDAY): Minsk-Vilnius

There is an optional sightseeing tour to the Catholic and Orthodox Churches of Minsk available. This tour also includes the Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Spirit.

We will depart for Vilnius in the afternoon. Check in at Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva**** or same standard hotel in Vilnius.

Day 5 of Belarus, Lithuania & Latvia Tour (MONDAY): Vilnius

Today, Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is one of the most frequently visited cities of Eastern Europe. It draws attention, not only because of its unique architectural character, but also by its cultural events and attractions. During the first ten years of independence the city has become a tourist attraction centre. It is, therefore, not surprising that during these ten years the number of tourists has consistently increased and at the same time tourist infrastructure and services have been developed. 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. In the afternoon its possible to book a sightseeing tour to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania, with the well preserved Trakai Castle, picturesquely situated on an island in Lake Galve. Optional Lithuanian folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas is to follow in the evening.

Day 6 of Belarus, Lithuania & Latvia Tour (TUESDAY): Vilnius-Riga

Today we will depart for Riga, Latvia, the first stop of the route is the Hills of Crosses, which is Lithuanian historical and architectural monument. The Hill of Crosses in Siauliai, Lithuania is the national pilgrimage centre Thousands of Crosses have been placed on the hill since the 1200's. After crossing we will stop by magnificent Rundale Palace (Latvia), the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland where you will have a guided tour there. We will arrive to Riga, the capital of Latvia in late afternoon, check-in at Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija**** or same standard hotel in Riga.

Day 7 of Belarus, Lithuania & Latvia Tour (WEDNESDAY): Riga

Before you get to know more about Riga City you discover beautiful medieval Latvia first. This optional tour will take you the astonishing scenery of the Gauja National Park and the town of Sigulda. There you will be told the amazing Latvian legend of the Rose of Turaida, and see Maja’s Tombstone, the ruins of the Episcopal Castle, the ruins of the Castle of the Knights of the Sword and the mysterious Gutman Cave before we return to Riga. You can also book optional tour in the afternoon - a visit to the Ethnographical Open Air museum in Riga, a spacious exposition of 18th century country life where you will see examples of typical latvian architecture. Optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral in the Riga Old Town can be booked too for the evening.

Day 8 of Belarus, Lithuania & Latvia Tour (THURSDAY): Riga

Riga is the capital of Latvia, it was officially founded in 1201. The historical core of Riga is situated on the right bank of the Daugava River, about 10 kilometers from where the Daugava flows into the Gulf of Riga. The natural terrain of this area is a flat and sandy plain, about 1 to 10 meters above the sea level. The walking tour of the Riga Old Town features Riga Castle, Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, Swedish Gates, Three Brothers, Large and Small Guild House and the Freedom Monument. Enjoy an afternoon optional visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. In the evening enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest in Riga.

Day 9 of Belarus, Lithuania & Latvia Tour (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 of Belarus, Lithuania & Latvia Tour (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 Peppersack.

Day 11 of Belarus, Lithuania & Latvia Tour (SUNDAY): Tallinn

Optional transfer to the airport.

·8 night at central 4 star hotels

·8 x buffet breakfast at a hotel

·Entrances to Vilnius Old University in Vilnius and Rundale Palace in Latvia

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

·Service of Italian and Spanish speaking tour escort on all tours

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

·Portage at hotels

·Service and VAT

·Transfer from airport to Hotel Renaissance Minsk: EUR 60.00 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 100.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)

·3-hours tour to Alivaria Beer Museum: EUR 45.00 pp

·6- hours tour to Mir Castle: EUR 75.00 pp

·Optional dinner at Restaurant Mirsky Zamok: EUR 55.00 pp

·3-hours tour to Churches of Minsk: EUR 35.00 pp

·3-hour excursion to Trakai and visit to Trakai Castle: EUR 40.00 pp

·Lithiunian Folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas: EUR 40.00 pp

·4-hour sightseeing tour to Gauja National Park in Sigulda: EUR 50.00 pp

·3-hour sightseeing tour to the Open Air Museum in Riga: EUR 40.00 pp

·Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral in Riga's Old Town: EUR 35.00 pp

·4-hour excursion to Jurmala, Latvia: EUR 40.00 pp

·Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest: EUR 40.00 pp

·Transfer Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija to airport: EUR 35.00 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 55.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)

·Half board meals at hotels (10 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea): EUR 335.00 pp

Visa can be received at the 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

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