Warsaw & the Baltic States - Insight Vacations

Warsaw and the Baltic States (Summer 2017)

Duration: 9 days Visiting: Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia

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Set out from Warsaw to explore the Baltic States, including the capitals Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius, and stylish, vibrant cafe societies with fascinating history.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

  2. Day 2

    Welcome to Warsaw.

    On arrival at Warsaw Airport, your transfers depart for your hotel at 10:30, 12:30 & 15:30. Relax and settle in before joining your Tour Director for a warm, friendly Welcome Reception, an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    Exploring the Proud Polish Capital of Warsaw

    (Relaxed Start) Sightseeing with a Local Expert from the Polish capital reveals just how well the city was restored after almost complete obliteration during World War II - largely due to the amazing detail in Canaletto's paintings! Pass the ‘wedding cake' Palace of Culture and stroll through Lazienki Park to the Chopin Memorial. Take some time to reflect at the Memorial of the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto. Finally, walk to the Market Square in the Old Town. The rest of the day is at leisure. Don't miss the Wilanow Palace, the residence of Polish King Sobieski - Victor of Vienna, or perhaps attend an exclusive private recital of Chopin music by a celebrated Polish pianist?

  4. Day 4

    Vilnius, Venerable Capital of Lithuania

    Pass lakeside Augustów and Suwalki on a scenic drive through Masuria, a region richly endowed with lakes and vast forests. Cross into Lithuania and continue to the capital city of Vilnius.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    Vilnius and the Island Castle of Trakai

    (Relaxed Start) Sightseeing with a Local Expert starts at the Baroque church of St. Peter and St. Paul before moving on to see the neo-classical cathedral. Join a Local Expert for a leisurely walk through the Old Town. See the Jesuit University, the Gates of Dawn and the former Soviet KGB headquarters, a reminder of grim and relatively recent events. Finally, enjoy a highlight visit to the fortified island castle of Trakai, originally built in the 13th century.

  6. Day 6

    Siauliai and the Art-Nouveau Nirvana of Riga

    Head north to visit the unusual ‘Votive Hill of Crosses' near Siauliai, the symbol of resistance against the Soviet occupation. Then it's on to the Latvian capital of Riga, a melange of Teutonic-inspired spires, stylish cocktail lounges and some of the world's most remarkable Art Nouveau architecture.

  7. Day 7

    Riga Sightseeing and on to Tallinn

    Sightseeing of Riga's Old Town with a Local Expert includes a visit to the Domkirk and shows you the city walls. See the House of the Three Brothers and the castle of the Livonian Knights. Then drive along the shores of the Gulf of Riga and cross the Estonian border to reach Tallinn, hailed by travel aficionados as the ‘New Prague'.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Surrender to the Magic of Tallinn

    (Relaxed Start) With a Local Expert, drift back through 800 years of history as you amble through the cobbled streets of the Old Town – a scene straight out of a fairytale. Visit the market square with its old German weighing house, pharmacy and Town Hall. The energetic can walk up Toompea Hill to the castle and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Then enjoy some time to browse Tallinn's shops, famous for fine amber and silver jewellery. Enjoy a Celebration Dinner in the evening, and toast your tour with your newfound friends.

  9. Day 9

    Depart Tallinn

    Departure transfers arrive at Tallinn Airport at 05:00 & 10:00.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Vilnius: A Local Expert will show you the Baroque church of St. Peter and St. Paul.
  • Warsaw: Your Local Expert will explain how this once obliterated city, its was been faithfully restored so well.
  • Siaulia: Visit the unusual ‘Votive Hill of Crosses'.
  • Trakai: Take in the idyllic lake setting as you cross the wooden footbridge to the red-brick Gothic castle.
  • Riga: Sightseeing of Riga's Old Town with a Local Expert includes a visit to the Domkirk and shows you the city walls.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Warsaw: See the Palace of Culture, the Chopin Monument in Łazienki Park, visit the Ghetto Memorial and walk<br /> through the Old Town.
  • Vilnius: Visit the church of St Peter and St Paul and see the cathedral. Walk with a guide through the Old Town to the Jesuit University, Gates of Dawn and the former Soviet headquarters of the KGB.
  • Siauliai: Visit the astonishing ‘Votive Hill of Crosses'.
  • Riga: Visit Domkirk and see the city walls, House of the Three Brothers, Swedish Gate and the castle of the Livonian Knights.
  • Tallinn: Stroll the cobbled streets of the Old Town to see the Weighing House, Pharmacy and Town Hall in the Market Square.
  • Narva: See the Hermannsburg fortress.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Tallinn: Enjoy a fantastic authentic dinner in a local restaurant surrounded by your newfound friends at your Celebration Dinner in Tallinn.
  • 7 Buffet Breakfasts (FB); 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) both with wine, plus tea or coffee.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Vilnius: Step onto Radisson Blu Astorija's veranda overlooking the Town Square.
  • Riga: Providing stylish accommodation in the heart of Latvia's capital, the Radisson Blu Ridzene occupies a superb city centre location near the historic Old Town district.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.

Wilanów Palace

To the Polish people, Wilanów is more than just a palace – it's a national treasure, the embodiment of an era from which much has been lost. Join a local expert for a guided visit to the ‘Polish Versailles’. Walk within the baroque royal residence to admire the stunning collection of furniture, portraits and china which forms part of the National Museum.

Adult Price: EUR 34.00

Code: WAR0001

Chopin Concert

The spirit of Warsaw and the music of Chopin go hand in hand. In a concert venue located in the centre of Warsaw, enjoy an exclusive private recital of his music performed by a celebrated Polish pianist. Champagne is served during the intermission.

Adult Price: EUR 46.00

Code: WAR0002

KGB Museum Visit

The former KGB headquarters are a grim reminder of the regime of terror that existed under Soviet occupation. A local expert takes you through the emphatically named Museum of Genocide Victims which recounts the Soviet years of political oppression and the partisan fight for independence. In the basement, reflect while in the cells used for the torture and imprisonment of dissidents right up until the late 1980's.

Adult Price: EUR 30.00

Code: VIL0001

Lithuanian Dinner And Entertainment

Take your seats for a fun-filled evening of traditional entertainment and hearty Lithuanian cuisine. Expect delicious dishes prepared according to age-old recipes, an authentic atmosphere and colourful folklore entertainment featuring traditional dancers, musicians and songs.

Adult Price: EUR 62.00

Code: VIL0002

Latvian Open Air Museum And Dinner

Situated in beautiful woodland beside a lake, explore over one hundred buildings from the 17th to 19th century for a glimpse of rural Latvian life over the centuries. Continue to a restaurant for a traditional Latvian dinner with drinks included.

Adult Price: EUR 56.00

Code: RIG0001

Accommodation

 

Sheraton Warsaw Hotel

Warsaw (Traditional) - Poland

This modern hotel is located in the heart of the city, close to the Polish Parliament and the diplomatic district.

Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel, Vilnius

Vilnius (Traditional) - Lithuania

Enjoy views overlooking the Old Town Square, from the verandah of Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel.

Radisson Blu Ridzene

Riga (Central) - Latvia

Radisson Blu Olumpia

Tallinn (Gateway) - Estonia

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