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Belarus and Baltic Explorer Guaranteed Tour

07/06 - 17/06/18
21/06 - 01/07/18
05/07 - 15/07/18
19/07 - 29/07/18
02/08 - 12/08/18
16/08 - 26/08/18
from 1145 euro
Minsk, undiscovered secret of Europe
Panoramic tour of Vilnius
A true kaleidoscope of architectural styles
Medieval tranquillity and modern urban life

Duration: 11 days/ 10 nights

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Day 1
Arrival in Minsk.Check-in at hotel.Welcome meeting


We warmly welcome you in Minsk – the capital of the Republic of Belarus, its political and cultural centre. It was first mentioned in the chronicles of the XIth century. Today, it is a dynamic city with expansive boulevards, modern and historical buildings, endless parks and well-developed infrastructure. Being an impressive example of the Soviet planning on a grand scale, Minsk however has a number of outstanding historical sights, proving city’s rich history. Check-in, welcome meeting.

Overnight in Minsk.

Day 2
Minsk city tour.Optional visit to World War II Museum


Sightseeing tour of Minsk includes the main avenues (Independence avenue, Victory avenue) and the architectural monuments of the XVIIth - XXth centuries (the Upper Town with the City Hall, Holy Spirit Cathedral and the Cathedral of Holy Virgin Mary, old streets of the Trinity Suburb). The Victory Monument and the National Library (included into the list of the most outstanding buildings of the world) are waiting to be explored.
The afternoon offers an optional visit to Museum of the Great Patriotic War with more than 8000 exhibits related to the devastating tradegy of WWII in Belarus.

Overnight in Minsk.

Day 3
Minsk-Mir-Minsk


Transfer to Mir, which is a small town 90 km to the south-west from Minsk. It is most famous for the fairy-tale Mir Castle, still known today as the “medieval flower”. Castle is an impressive architectural monument, included into the list of World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. It was erected at the end of the XVth century and today it is a combination of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture that makes Mir Castle so unique. This red brick castle is also a historical monument, which used to belong to several aristocratic families, who have left their mark in the history of the town and of the country in general.

Transfer to Minsk. Overnight in Minsk.

Day 4
Minsk-Vilnius


The morning is free in Minsk to explore more of the city individually. In the afternoon transfer to Vilnius.

Check-in at hotel. Overnight in Vilnius.

Day 5
Vilnius city tour.Optional excursion to Trakai


Vilnius is known for its more than 1200 medieval buildings and 48 churches.The morning sightseeing tour includes a panoramic tour of the city and a walking tour of the Old Town with Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, Peter and Paul Church, St. Anne`s Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn.

The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania, with the well-preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve. In the evening, enjoy an optional folklore dinner at restaurant.

Overnight in Vilnius.

Day 6
Vilnius-Riga


Transfer to Riga. The first stop is the Hill of Crosses, one of the most holy sites of Catholic Lithuania. After crossing into Latvia, we soon reach the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Following a guided tour of the palace we travel through the rolling hills of Southern Latvia to reach Riga late afternoon.

Check-in at hotel. Overnight in Riga.

Day 7
Riga city tour.Optional visit to the Ethnographical Open Air Museum


Before we get acquainted with Riga we have the possibility of discovering medieval Latvia. The optional tour for this morning takes us to the stunning scenery of the Gauja National Park and the town of Sigulda. We listen to the medieval Latvian legend of the Rose of Turaida, and see the ruins of the Episcopal Castle and of the Castle of the Knights of the Sword before we return to Riga.

The afternoon offers an optional visit to the Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th century country life. The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.

Overnight in Riga.

Day 8
Riga-Jurmala-Riga


Riga founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert is the largest of the 3 Baltic capitals and boasts a true kaleidoscope of various architectural styles.The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, Dome Cathedral, St Peter`s Church, Swedish Gates, Three Brothers, Large and Small Guild House and the Freedom Monument.

The afternoon is reserved for an optional visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches.In the evening enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish restaurant.

Overnight in Riga.

Day 9
Riga-Tallinn


The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu.We do a resort before we continue through the North Estonian land of forests and arrive in Tallinn early afternoon.

Check-in at hotel.Overnight in Tallinn.

Day 10
Tallinn city tour.Optional visit to KUMU


Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquillity and modern urban life.The medieval Old Town is a busy place in the summer with its many shops,galleries,souvenir markets,outdoor cafes and restaurants.The sightseeing tour takes us around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we see Toompea Castle,Dome Church,Alexander NevskyCathedral,medieval Old Town Hall and Great Guild Hall.In the afternoon an optional excursion is offered to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU, the award-winning new Estoninan art museum, with its collections of classic and contemporary fine art.The evening offers an optional medieval dinner at restaurant.

Overnight in Tallinn.

Day 11
Departure

Prices

Package Price Per Person: 1145 EURO (double occupancy)
Single Supplement: 500 EURO

Price includes: 

  • 10 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels
  • 10 x buffet breakfast
  • Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
  • Personalized welcome package
  • Entrances to Old University in Vilnius, Rundale Palace and Medieval Guild Hall in Tallinn
  • Service of German and English speaking tours escort on all tours
  • Service of Italian only speaking tour escort on Baltic countries segment and Italian and Spanish speaking tour escort on Belarussian segment on tours GBE13-GBE17
  • Service of Italian and Spanish speaking tour escort on tours GBE07-GBE11
  • Service of 1st class coaches or 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
  • Portage at hotels
  • Service and VAT

Optional Services:

  • Transfer from airport to Hotel Renaissance Minsk: 60 EURO for private car (1-3 persons),100 EURO for private minivan (4-7 persons)
  • 3-hour visit to Museum of the Great Patriotic War: 45 EURO pp
  • 6- hours excursion to Mir Castle: 80 EURO pp
  • Optional dinner at Restaurant Gambarinus: 40 EURO pp
  • 3-hour excursion to Trakai and visit to Trakai Castle: 40 EURO pp
  • Folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas: 40 EURO pp
  • 4-hour excursion to Gauja National Park: 50 EURO pp
  • 3-hour excursion to the Open Air Museum: 40 EURO pp
  • Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral: 35 EURO pp
  • 4-hour excursion to Jurmala: 40 EURO pp
  • Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest: 40 EURO pp
  • 3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU: 40 EURO pp
  • Medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack: 40 EURO pp
  • Transfer Hotel Radisson Blu Olumpia to airport:  35 EURO for private car (1-3 persons), 55 EURO for private minivan (4-7 persons) 
  • Half board at hotels (10 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea): 320 EURO pp

Visa

Visa can be obtained at arrival at Minsk-2 International Airport for residents of countries, where there is no Belarus consulate.  Residents of countries, where there is a Belarus consulate, are required to apply for visa here. Costs for visa support for issuing visa at consular departments in foreign countries are included into the prices. Supplement for visa support for issuing visa at Minsk-2 International Airport: 10 EURO pp

Hotels
Address: 1E Dzerzhinsky Ave., Minsk

Renaissance Minsk Hotel opened in 2014 is the first hotel in Belarus that belongs to the world-famous Marriott chain. The hotel sits near the city centre, parallel to one of the main thoroughfares, Dzerzhinski avenue. The Musical Comedy Concert Hall and underground station are 5 minutes walk from the hotel and serves as a great landmark for finding it on a map. Behind the glass façade of the Renaissance Minsk 267 modern and elegant guest rooms await you. The sophisticated architecture of the whole hotel is based on clear and simple lines where floor-to-ceiling windows flood the rooms with light, while spaciously designed entrance hall invite guests to the world of freedom and elegance. Exquisite Arborea Restaurant and Executive Lounge add lovely feel-good atmosphere. The hotel also offers incredible business facilities: seven multifunctional meeting rooms, business centre and unique Grand Ballroom. No wonder the Renaissance Minsk Hotel is top-rated among the best choices for business and leisure stay in Minsk.

 

Sights
The National Library
Mir castle
Nesvizh Palace
In the center of Vilnius
Trakai Island Castle
Riga
Riga City Centre
Kadriorg Park