History of Latvia

The Best of Lithuania & Latvia

LITHUANIA - LATVIA  


DAY 1: VILNIUS

Arrival in Vilnius airport. Have a private transfer to the hotel. Check-in. Have the afternoon at leisure and overnight in Vilnius.

 

DAY 2: VILNIUS - TRAKAI - VILNIUS

After breakfast enjoy a private guided tour in historic Vilnius Old Town (2hrs), one of the largest old towns in North-Eastern Europe. Passing by the most important sights like Cathedral Square with the Dome Church (exterior) and Clock-Tower (exterior), Town Hall Square and Vilnius University (exterior) with St. John’s Church (exterior), the Gates of Dawn with the holy image of the Virgin Mary. During the tour your guide will also show you Gediminas Castle (exterior) and Tower (exterior), beautiful St.Casimir`s Church (exterior). Vilnius is often called a Baroque city. However, the ruins of castles, narrow streets, church spires, bell towers, red tile roofs and residential cellars testify that Vilnius has had major influence from the Gothic style. In the 16th century Gothic became intertwined with Renaissance, and in the 17th – 18th century Baroque buildings started to appear.

Have a free time for the lunch.  

After lunch have a private tour to Trakai - the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Trakai town is situated lies on a narrow cape between 3 lakes, and it is famous for impressive Trakai Castle. Trakai and Trakai Castle are important to Lithuanian history. Associated with Grand Duke Gediminas, a medieval Lithuanian hero, Trakai rose to importance before the Grand Duchy of Lithuania joined with Poland. The area began to develop in the 1400s with its castle as the center of the action, though the area saw human habitation long before these permanent structures were built. Trakai Castle Museum is situated in two castles - one on an island in the middle of a lake, and one on the shore. A notable feature of Trakai is that the town was built and preserved by people of different nationalities. Historically, communities of Karaims, Tatars, Lithuanians, Russians, Jews, and Poles lived here.

Return to Vilnius.

 

DAY 3: VILNIUS - KAUNAS 

After breakfast have a private transfer to Kaunas, the second largest city of Lithuania served as the capital between two world wars.

Enjoy a private walking tour of Kaunas (2hrs).
Kaunas was chosen as the European Capital of Culture 2022. During excursion visiting historical places as well as something new – lately Kaunas is famous for inspiring street art – different building all around the city has some story painted on. Total collection consists of 50 street art objects.

City tour of Kaunas, including the historic places like Old Town of Kaunas with St George's Church, Kaunas Castle built at the confluence of the Nemunas and the Neris Rivers, the Town Hall Square surrounded by former 16th - 18th century merchants’ dwelling houses and baroque churches. 

Continue with visit the 9th Forth
It is a part of the Kaunas Fortress, which was constructed in the late 19th century. During the occupation of Kaunas and the rest of Lithuania by the Soviet Union, the fort was used as a prison and way-station for prisoners being transported to labour camps. After the occupation of Lithuania by Nazi Germany, the fort was used as a place of execution for Jews, captured Soviets, and others.
 
Have a free afternoon in Kaunas and overnight.  

 

DAY 4: KAUNAS - PALANGA - KLAIPEDA

After breakfast have a private transfer to Palanga (2hrs 30 min) – the nonofficial capital of amber. Visit the Amber Museum, which holds a great variety of amber pieces and the world’s biggest collection of inclusions.  Take a stroll in the Botanical Park of Palanga with Birute's Hill, the central street full of souvenir shops and hundreds of open-air cafes.

Drive to Klaipeda and check in at hotel.

In the afternoon have a private tour in Klaipeda Old Town (2hrs) with its Theatre Square dominated by the statue of Ann from Tharau, narrow alleyways with attractive courtyards, art galleries, cafes and small boutiques, blocks of lattice-work buildings, and old warehouse reflecting the influence of Germanic architecture of the Hanseatic period.

Overnight in Klaipeda.



DAY 5: KLAIPEDA - NIDA - KLAIPEDA 

Have a breakfast at hotel. Take a ferry ride to the Curonian Spit - an unforgettable place with amazing wild nature, kilometers of white sand dunes, pine forests, and unspoiled beaches. Visit the Hill of Witches with many wooden sculptures placed along a forest path, and continue to Nida and its Fisherman’s House, old ethnographic cemetery, neo-gothic church and an impressive 52-meter high sand dunes

Return to Klaipeda and overnight.

 

DAY 6: KLAIPEDA - HILL OF CROSSES - RUNDALE - RIGA

After breakfast departure by a private transfer to Latvia. Have a stopover at the Hill of Crosses.

The Hill of Crosses is located 12 km north of Siauliai. Over the centuries, crosses, giant crucifixes, carvings of Lithuanian patriots, statues of the Virgin Mary and thousands of tiny effigies and rosaries have been brought here by Catholic pilgrims. The number of crosses is estimated at more than 100,000.
After short break in Hill of Crosses leave for Latvia with a stopover in Rundale Palace.

Visit Rundale Palace - one of the most outstanding monuments of Baroque and Rococo art in Latvia built 1736-1740.
Rundale is one of the most visited sights in Latvia. Rundale Palace, once the summer residence of the Duke of Courland Ernst Johann Biron, is one of the most outstanding monuments of Baroque and Rococo art in Latvia. Built from 1736 to 1740 the palace was designed by outstanding Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the creator of the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg. The splendid interior of the palace dazzled contemporaries. Crystal chandeliers, silk wallpaper, sculptures, luxuriously tiled fireplaces, mirrors, elegant galleries, and refined colors and frescos were made by Italian artists Francesco Martini and Carlo Zucci. Enjoy a free time at Rundale Palace Garden.

Rundale Palace Garden
The selection of plants for the park is based on information obtained from 18th-century garden descriptions and books on Baroque gardens. The park of Rundale Palace is an essential part of the palace complex; it has retained its original layout without any significant changes. The garden was created between 1736 and 1740, at the same time as the palace was constructed. The park was not affected by modernization in the 19th century when formal gardens were transformed into landscape gardens. Cartography and inventory carried out in 1974 revealed that in the 19th-century trees in the park were still planted according to Rastrelli’s design.

Free time for lunch in Palace. Late afternoon arrive and overnight in Riga.



DAY 7: RIGA

After breakfast enjoy a private Riga Old town tour (2hrs). A walking tour through Riga Old Town seeing remarkable sites like St.Peter's Church with its famous rooster, St.Jacobs Church, Dom Square and Dom Cathedral, home to one of the world's most valuable historic organs. The Powder Tower and city walls will make you feel the breath of the medieval. The guide will tell you about the oldest stone residential dwellings in Riga, the Three Brothers, the Great and Small Guilds, and the fortification wall of Riga with the Swedish Gate the last surviving gate in the wall. The guide will introduce you to the intriguing story of the Cat House and show you Town Hall Square with the beautiful and elegant Blackheads House. The tour will take visitors to Riga Castle founded in 1330, the Parliament, the Monument of Liberty and fantastic Riga`s Opera House.

Continue to world- famous Art Nouveau district. 

Walk to Art Nouveau district. Riga is like a museum of architecture, covering periods from Gothic to Classicism. But the real treasure of the city is the largest and best-preserved collection of Art Nouveau buildings in the world. This fact was corroborated by UNESCO in 1997 and now the central section of Riga is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Riga is sometimes called the "capital" of Art Nouveau thanks to the heritage of 800 buildings of Art Nouveau. 

The exteriors of the Art Nouveau buildings are imaginatively decorative and won`t leave guests incurious or without an opinion. 

Free time to discover the city on your own. Overnight in Riga.

 

DAY 8: RIGA -  CESIS - SIGULDA - RIGA

After breakfast have a private tour to Cesis Town and Sigulda Town.

Cesis is one of the oldest Latvian towns. Rich in picturesque landscapes and reminders of the past, it embodies an intriguing sense of antiquity. 

The well-preserved medieval castle ruins in Cesis teach us about the medieval lifestyle in Latvia from the 12th to the 16th century.  Have a guided sightseeing walk in Cesis, visiting the old stone castle of the Livonian Order built in 1206, as well as St.John’s Church, the beautiful Castle park and historical squares of the town.

Enjoy the stories about the medieval history of the town while walking through the small lanes and many historic squares of Cesis, which still maintain their layout as in medieval times. Cesis is the origin of the red-white-red national flag of Latvia.

Have a free time for the lunch.  

Continue with visit of Sigulda. Sigulda is a place where the beauty of nature is an integral part of the town. It is situated on a picturesque stretch of the Gauja River Valley and is known as the "Switzerland of Vidzeme" because of the reddish Devonian sandstone which forms rocks and caves on both banks of the river. The town is particularly beautiful on clear autumn days because of the rich range of colors in the trees. Discover historic monuments, museums, natural objects and attractions like Turaida Medieval Castle built in 1214, the wooden church built in 1750, and a sculpture garden dedicated to Latvian folklore on Dainu Hill, Gutmanis Cave - the largest internal erosion cave in the Baltic states, measuring 19m deep, 12m wide and 10m high, is not only a natural wonder, but also a place steeped in myths and legends.

Return in Riga and overnight. 

 

DAY 9: RIGA

Have a breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Riga airport.

 

Package price in Euro per person based on twin sharing room in Low Season (1st of November -15th of April) in 2024:

Number of people

Rates 3* Hotel

Rates 4* Hotel

Rates 4* Premium

 2 people

 2135 €

2239 €

2308 €

 3 - 4 people

1628 €

1732 €

 1801 € 

 5 - 6 people

1325 €

1429 €

1498 €

 Single Room Supplement

195 €

239 €

 290 €


 

Package price in Euro per person based on twin sharing room in High Season (16th of April - 31st of October) in 2024:

Number of people

Rates 3* Hotel

Rates 4* Hotel

Rates 4* Premium

 2 people

 2203 €

2295 €

2430 €

 3 - 4 people

 1696 €

1788 €

 1923 € 

 5 - 6 people

 1393 €

1485 €

1620 €

 Single Room Supplement

 243 €

318 €

 358 €


For more people, please request the price!

Package price includes the following services:
8 nights overnight in a centrally located hotel on twin sharing basis;
Breakfast 8 times per stay;
Private airport transfers in Vilnius and Riga;
All private transfers as mentioned per itinerary;
Services of certified English speaking local guide for sightseeing tours;
Ferry ticket Klaipeda - Curonian Spit - Klaipeda;
The tax on ecology;
Accommodation for the driver for 3 nights;
Parking fees;
Entrance fees (Trakai Castle, 9th Forth, Amber Museum, Rundale Palace & Garden, Cesis castleruins, Turaida Castle);
All applicable taxes and service tax;
Assistance 24/7 during  travel

The package does not include the following services:
Any expenses of personal nature - telephone calls, laundry, mini bar etc.
Any airline tickets;
Travel insurance;
Costs incurred in case of hospitalization or evacuation etc.
Tips and porter charges;
Any other services not specified above

 

Payment terms and conditions:
100% 30 days before arrival

Cancellation rules:
29-16 days before arrival 50% non-refundable
Less than 15 days before arrival - 100% non-refundable

*Prices might increase if there is a special event (large scale conference, a concert of world-famous superstar etc.) in any of the destinations and majority of hotels are booked out.