Warsaw and the Baltic States

Northern Europe & Russia

Regional Journey

Warsaw and Baltic States (Summer 2019)

Duration: 8 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. Discover stylish, vibrant cafe societies with fascinating history.

  1. Day 1

    Arrive Warsaw.

    On arrival at Warsaw airport, your transfers depart for your hotel at 10:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Relax and settle in before joining your Travel Director at 18:00. Your Welcome Dinner is at Restaurant Zapiecek, an authentic local restaurant full of Polish charm and serving delicious traditional meals accompanied with wine.

  2. Day 2

    Exploring the Proud Polish Capital of Warsaw.

    A Local Expert will show you how well the Polish capital was restored after almost complete obliteration during World War II. This incredible restoration can be credited to the amazing detail of Canaletto's paintings! Pass the tiered Palace of Culture and stroll through Łazienki Park to the Chopin Memorial. Take a moment to reflect at the Monument to Ghetto Heroes, built in 1948 to commemorate the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943. Then walk to the Market Square in the Old Town. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. Don't miss the chance to visit Wilanow Palace, the residence of Polish King Sobieski, known as Victor of Vienna, or perhaps attend an exclusive private recital of Chopin music by a celebrated Polish pianist?

  3. Day 3

    Vilnius, Venerable Capital of Lithuania.

    Pass Augustów and Suwalki during your scenic journey through Masuria, a region rich in lakes and vast forests. Cross into Lithuania and continue to the capital city of Vilnius.

  4. Day 4

    Vilnius and the Island Castle of Trakai.

    Start your morning at the Baroque Church of St. Peter and St. Paul before moving on to see the neoclassical cathedral. Join your Local Expert for a leisurely walk through the pretty Old Town and see the Jesuit University and the Gates of Dawn. A highlight of your travels will be a visit to the fortified island castle of Trakai. Originally built in the 13th century and now restored to all its glory, this red-brick castle is located on an island in Lake Galvė. In the evening, unwind at your hotel or venture out and explore more of Vilnius. Budding artists should head to Užupis, the city’s bohemian art district. Translating to 'the other side of the river,' this relaxed district is home to a number of art galleries, coffee shops and boutique stores.

  5. Day 5

    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. Continue your escorted journey 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.

  6. Day 6

    Riga Sightseeing and on to Tallinn.

    Explore Riga's Old Town with your Local Expert, visit the old aircraft hangers that now house the Riga Central Market, one of the largest visited in Eastern Europe. Enjoy the vibrant colours and flavours when sampling some of the local delicacies as you wander through the maze of stalls. Your travels continue along the shores of the Gulf of Riga and across the Estonian border to reach Tallinn. Hailed by travel aficionados as the new Prague, Tallin is a lively city, where history and modern culture merge. From its brightly coloured architecture, to its quirky art scenes, Tallin is made for the curious and creative.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    Surrender to the Magic of Tallinn.

    With a Local Expert, drift back through 800 years of history as you stroll 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 may choose to walk up Toompea Hill to see the castle and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Enjoy free time to browse Tallinn’s shops, famous for fine amber and silver jewellery. Join your travelling companions at a local restaurant for your Celebration Dinner. Toast your trip as you savour a freshly prepared meal, rich with traditional flavours and accompanied with wine.

  8. Day 8

    Depart Tallinn.

    Departure transfers arrive at Tallinn airport at 05:00 and 10:00.

Highlights

 

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Vilnius: Explore the Old Town and see the Jesuit University, the Gates of Dawn and the former Soviet KGB headquarters, as you are led by your Local Expert.
  • Warsaw. Your Local Expert will explain how this city that was once obliterated city, has been faithfully restored, thanks to art! Explore the Market square in the Old Town, see the tiered Palace of Culture and visit the Chopin Memorial and pay your respects at the Ghetto Heroes Monument.
  • Trakai: Take in the idyllic lake setting as you cross the wooden footbridge to the red-brick Gothic castle.
  • Vilnius: Visit the church of St. Peter and St. Paul and see the cathedral.
  • Siaulai: Visit the unusual Votive Hill of Crosses.
  • Riga. Sightseeing of Riga's Old Town with a Local Expert includes a visit to the Domkirk and seeing the city walls, the House of the Three Brothers and the castle of the Livonian Knights.
  • Tallinn: The Old Town is almost a scene from a fairytale and you will have the chance to explore, led by your Local Expert. Visit the market square and see the old German weighing house, pharmacy and Town Hall. If you're feeling energetic, perhaps walk up Toompea Hill to see the castle and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
  • Scenic Drives: Enjoy the views as you travel through Masuria and along the Gulf of Riga.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Tallin: Enjoy an authentic meal in a local restaurant surrounded by your newfound friends at your Celebration Dinner in Tallinn.
  • Riga: Enjoy the vibrant colours and flavours when sampling some of the local delicacies as you wander through the maze of stalls in Riga Central Market
  • Dining Summary: 7 Breakfasts (B) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

STAY IN STYLE

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

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

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

 

The Westin Warsaw.

Warsaw (Traditional) - Poland

Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel, Vilnius.

Vilnius (Historic) - Lithuania

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

Radisson Blu Ridzene Hotel, Riga.

Riga (Traditional) - Latvia

The Radisson Blu Ridzene Hotel is set in the most ideal location of the city, overlooking Riga's Esplanade Park and just a 5 minute walk from the UNESCO World heritage Site of the city's Old Town. Rooms are decorated in a traditional-style and with free WiFi you'll be able to stay connected to friends and family during your travels.

Radisson Blu Sky Hotel, Tallinn.

Tallinn (Traditional) - Estonia

Perfectly located in Tallinn's Maakri area, just a 15 minute walk to the city's historic Old Town, the Radisson Blu Sky Hotel is ideal for your two night stay. Spacious rooms with a splash of colour and complimentary WiFi are the perfect place to retreat to and relax after a day of sightseeing. Alternatively, enjoy a drink or casually dine at the hotel's Lounge24 rooftop bar which showcases panoramic views over the Old Town to the sea.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
11428 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 21 October, 2018

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    Trip: Enjoyed except for 1st Hotel too far from city

    Service: Disappointed at the location of some of the hotels. Too far out of the city First meal in St Petersburg well below par

  • 08 October, 2018

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    Trip: Time went too fast with too much to see!

    Service: Organized, well planned and executed.

  • 07 October, 2018

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    Trip: New countries, good overview.

    Service: While brief, gave a glimpse of three 'new' countries. Relaxed pace.

  • 02 October, 2018

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    Trip: We have a witty tour director , Alex, who is very passionate with his job, and always taking the interests of his passengers to heart, thus making the whole trip very pleasant & enjoyable! Alex is ever so helpful. Riga is quite an interesting place . A night stop is too short . Would be nice if Insight could include an extra night in Riga to allow the travelers to absorb more sights.

    Service: The tour director is friendly, courteous & helpful. The driver is very skilled when maneuvering corners & sharp bends. However, if only we could receive the email from our tour director a week earlier. The emails on upcoming trips is welcoming ..

  • 01 October, 2018

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    Trip: Good coverage in the time available Wonder if an extra 24 hours for tour to enable an extra day in Riga - tour at one point became a long half-day plus drive, overnight city stop before moving on with a long driving day to next city. Think we spent about 24 hours in Latvia all up

    Service: Booking of tours and delivery of tour information was very easy We were sent a 2017 version of the Highlights of Poland summary rather than the 2018 version so were unaware of some changes to the basic tour and optional extras package until we were on the bus Would prefer if a number of the optional extras were just included in the standard tour and pricing. From my perspective, better to pay up front than be confronted with another payment of some hundreds of Euros while on the bus For both Poland & Baltic States tours I found the optional "cultural" performances in Krakow and Lithuania to be quite disappointing. While the local food at each was OK, the "cultural" performances were difficult to see (as held in restaurant if you were sitting at the back of a table grouping you had minimal chance of seeing much of the costumes or dancing), and the performances quickly degenerated into the performers dragging group members from their tables to participate in dancing. Some group members enjoyed this, but I was disappointed not to properly see the costumes, have relatively unobstructed view of the dancing, etc. A number of other members of my group were similarly disappointed.

  • 01 October, 2018

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    Trip: Very professional and well organised

    Service: Very professional and well organised

  • 30 September, 2018

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    Trip: Our guide Peter was wonderful. This was one of my top trips,

    Service: Well organized tour, please include optional tours. Not as extras.

  • 30 September, 2018

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    Trip: Saw the best of every place we visited- but would suggest an extra night in Riga

    Service: Very well organized- would definitely recommend

  • 30 September, 2018

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    Trip: 1 night in Riga a bit rushed

    Service: Well organized

  • 30 September, 2018

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    Trip: Location of hotels right at the center of town

    Service: Location of our hotels right at the center of town👍

  • 23 September, 2018

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    Trip: Wonderfully historic venues!

    Service: Great tour, great driver and great tour director!

  • 23 September, 2018

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    Trip: The places visited were wonderful to see. The old towns were extremely interesting and great photographs were taken. Our TD. Suggested great restaurants.

    Service: They were friendly and professional. Knowing names is an important skill for TD. We were given excellent infornation, taught some basic language skills, always on schedule, treated with respect and encouraged to get the most from our experiences.

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