Pilgrimage tour across the Baltic States
7 days/ 6 nights
Day 1/ Vilnius
Arrival at Vilnius. Meeting at the airport with deluxe class coach and a guide. City tour of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, founded in 1323, by Grand Duke Gediminas. The tour starts at the Cathedral Square. The Cathedral of Vilnius, founded on ancient pagan grounds, is also visited. Pay the attention to the chapel of St. Casimir, the only Saint of Lithuanian origin. The tour is continued at Vilnius University, the oldest university in the Eastern Europe, founded in 1579, the Town Hall of Vilnius, built at the end of the 18th century, beautiful ensemble of Orthodox monastery, St. Teresa's Church and the Gates of Dawn, hosting the holy image of the Virgin Mary. Lunch at a restaurant downtown. The city tour of Vilnius is continued at St. Ann's Church, the best-known sample of Gothic architecture in Lithuania and Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, the example of baroque in Lithuania. Mass at the Cathedral of Vilnius. Dinner at the hotel. Night at a chosen hotel in Vilnius.
Day 2/ Vilnius - Trakai - Vilnius
Breakfast at the hotel. A trip to Trakai. Excursion on foot in Trakai, the former capital of Lithuania, visiting famous Trakai Castle, erected in the middle of Galve Lake. Lunch in Trakai. After the city tour of Trakai return to Vilnius to hear an organ music concert at St. Casimir's Church. Well-known pieces of classical music will be performed by a famous organ player in unique atmosphere of the first baroque church in Vilnius. The duration of the concert 30 - 45 minutes. Dinner at the restaurant downtown. Night at a chosen hotel in Vilnius.
Day 3/ Vilnius - Siauliai - Rundale - Riga
Breakfast at the hotel. On the way to Riga, the first stop is at the Hill of Crosses. It is a unique example of Christianity in Lithuania, revealing the creation of Catholic believers, who took those thousands of crosses into one place. Mass at the Hill of Crosses. Lunch in Siauliai. The next stop is at Rundale Palace, a beautiful example of the Italian baroque, built by famous architect Rastrielli. The Palace built for favourite of Jekaterina II Count Biron reminds Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. The trip then leads to Riga. Arrival at Riga. Dinner at the hotel's restaurant. Night at a chosen hotel in Riga.
Day 4/ Riga
Breakfast at the hotel. City tour of Riga, the capital of Latvia, famous for its art nouveau (Jugendstil) style. Nowhere in Europe does art nouveau define the city space as wonderfully as it does here. World War II devastated many of Europe's art nouveau style treasures, but in Riga 40 percent of the downtown buildings are of this style. There is also a sprawling medieval old city, a labyrinth of cobblestone roads and merchant houses. The city tour will include visiting Dome Cathedral, St. Peter's Church, Cat's House, Great and Small Guild Houses, House of Blackheads, Riga's Castle, Freedom Monument and Opera building, Mentzendorf's House - the unique example of mediaeval Riga's architecture with well preserved frescoes and interiors.
Lunch at a restaurant downtown. Dinner at the hotel. Night at a chosen hotel in Riga.
Day 5/ Riga - Sigulda - Tallinn
Departure to Tallinn. En route visit to Sigulda, a small town in Gauja National Park, which is sometimes called "Latvian Switzerland". A visit to Turaidas Castle, where the grave of Turaidas Rose, a Latvian maiden who chose to die rather than give in to the wishes of a filthy nobleman, is located. Lunch in Sigulda. Then a trip to Tallinn. Arrival at Tallinn. Visit to the museum of Dominican St. Catherine's Monastery where the excursion called "Medieval Monastery - a Step Back in Seven Centuries" will take place. The guide will share 2-3 torches with the group and the group moves across the monastery rooms as a torchlight procession to the Capitula Hall. The leader introduces the history and the architecture of the monastery during this excursion. Stories will be told about limestone as Estonian national stone, about dolomite and medieval stone masons of Tallinn. The guide will show medieval carved stone slabs. The concert we suggest in this program is monks' songs, which will be performed in Gregorian Choral, which is an extraordinary happening for everyone. Dinner at the hotel. Night at a chosen hotel in Tallinn.
Day 6/ Tallinn
Breakfast at the hotel. City tour of Tallinn, including visiting main sights of the old town as well as sports complex of Pirita, where part of Summer Olympic Games in 1980 took place, Kadriorg Park, where the residence of Estonian President is located, The Valley of Songs, where the National Songs festivals take place. In the old town the Town Hall, Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Kiek in de Kok (Peep into the kitchen), the watchtower on Vabaduse square, Toompea Hill and Town fortifications, almost 2 kilometres of the town wall, which is an evident example of history turned into heritage and heritage turned into identity, are visited. Lunch in a restaurant downtown. Free time to be spent at your choice after lunch.
Night at a chosen hotel in Tallinn.
Day 7/ Tallinn
Breakfast at the hotel. A trip to the airport. Departure.