Round the Baltics I

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are considered to be three Baltic sisters. They are so close to each other, but so different in their every-day life! We offer a tour, which includes all three Baltic States. This tour is similar to a shape of a ring that is why we have called this tour “Baltic Ring”. Your trip will start and will end in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. But this is not the only possible way to visit the Baltic States, of course. We suggest visiting other neighbouring countries: let your journey start in Vilnius and finish in Stockholm (journey via Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Sweden). Just make up your mind and you will be the most welcomed guest in the Baltic.

Visit five Baltic capitals and much more in 10 days
(Vilnius-Riga-Tallinn-Helsinki-Stockholm)

1st day. Arrival to Vilnius – the capital of Lithuania. Choose a hotel. We can offer a very wide choice of hotels.
Have dinner at a local restaurant or at the hotel.

2nd day. A guided city tour of Vilnius. The tour includes a visit to Vilnius Cathedral, Pilies street, Vilnius University courtyards and Presidential office area, St. Ann’s church, St. Peter and Paul’s Church, the Gates of Dawn with the chapel housing a holy image of the Virgin Mary, Town Hall Square.
Tour to Trakai, the historical capital of Lithuania. In 1321 Grand Duke Gediminas built Trakai castle on the peninsula of Lake Galve. It is an amazing place to feel the ancient times of Lithuanian history. Have lunch in Trakai on the shore of a lake.
National dinner in the evening: try our dishes and drinks; be entertained by a folk show. You may have a medieval fiesta in Trakai, or just national dinner with folk show and drinks in Vilnius.

3rd day. Transfer to Riga with a stop to have a lunch and a stop in Siauliai to visit the famous Hill of Crosses. After the rebellions during the 1800s local people and people from far away began to put crosses on the hill in memory of the relatives who had been killed. Normally, the crosses are put on graves but since many of the rebel’s graves were unknown, the Hill of Crosses became a symbolic grave for all those who had been killed.
Check in at a hotel in Riga, the capital of Latvia.

4th day. A guided city tour around Riga. The tour is full of sightseeing possibilities: you can visit St. Peter’s Church, St. John’s Church, The courtyard of St. George (now The Courtyard of the Holy Spirit convent) and St. George’s church, the Dome Cathedral and Monastery, The Riga Castle, The Saeima (The Building of Parliament), Swedish Gates and a lot of more places. You will have your lunch in a cosy restaurant and dinner at a local restaurant or hotel. Have your free time to buy some souvenirs for your friends and family from Riga!

5th day. Tour to Jelgava, Salaspils, Sigulda. Jelgava is a large industrial centre and a significant transport junction. There you may visit Jelgava Palace, which is famous for its spectacular baroque style. Academia Petrina – the rare sample of late baroque with Jelgava History and Art Museum in it.
Salaspils is located not very far from Riga. It is an amazing place for its castles and nature. All groups of tourists come to visit Salaspils.
Sigulda is one of the most picturesque towns in Latvia. There are oak forests, the rolling, cave-lined banks of the River, medieval castles, and wild flowers, which make Sigulda a favourite resort for relaxation.
Have lunch in one of the medieval castles.
Transfer to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, the sister of Lithuania and Latvia. Have dinner at a local restaurant or the hotel.

6th day. City tour of Tallinn. You should visit Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Dominican Monastery, Kadriorg Park and Palace, Kiek in de Kok, Rocca al Mare and other interesting sites such as Town Hall Square, Toompea Hill and Town Fortifications. Visit other museums: Adamson-Eric Museum, which is affiliated with the Estonian National Art Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Applied Art Museum or the Archaeological Museum, the Doll Museum which is very interesting.
Have your free time to buy some souvenirs for your friends and family from Tallinn!

7th day. Tour to Parnu, Tartu.
Parnu is worth a visit for Red Tower of the Town Wall, Tallinn Gate, St. Catherine church and the church of Elisabeth, The Classical Town Hall. You can take a daily ferry to the island of Muhu from the port of Virtsu. Tartu is famous for its university.
Transfer to Helsinki, the capital of Finland

8th day. City tour of Helsinki. Helsinki is a great seaside city surrounded by a forest. There is plenty to see and do in a fortnight’s visit: the Cathedral, The Sibelius Monument, The Olympic Stadium, The Uspensky Cathedral, Senate Square, Lutheran Cathedral, Presidential Palace, Temppeliaukio Church, The Art Museum of The Ateneum, the City Museum and more.
We offer you to have lunch or dinner at a local restaurant and to have a traditional Finnish sauna.
Have your free time to buy some souvenirs for your friends and family from Helsinki!

9th day. Transfer to Stockholm, the capital of Sweden.
Admire the evening in Sweden.

10th day. Stockholm is considered to be one of the most popular tourist destinations. Have a city tour around Stockholm and visit the Royal Palace, wonderfully preserved Old Town, the Open-Air Museum, the Zoo, City Hall, Kaknas Tower, The Bergian Park, Ekoparken – an urban national park, Drottningholm Castle, Hallwyl Castle, Rosendal Castle, etc. You can take a walk down the cobbled streets of Gamla Stan in the evening.

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Exciting: St.Peter&Paul Church, Hill of Crosses.
Cities: Vilnius, Trakai, Siauliai, Riga, Tallinn.

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