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Insight Vacations Warsaw and the Baltic States (Summer 2017) (E979)

9 Days starts and ends in Warsaw Print
Tour Style: Regional Tour
Europe & Britain 2017/18
Visits: Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia

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

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Warsaw: See the Palace of Culture, the Chopin Monument in Łazienki Park, visit the Ghetto Memorial and walk
    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.

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.

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.

Insight Vacations Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).
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.(WD)
Day: 3 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?(BB)
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.(BB)
Day: 5 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.(BB / DW)
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.(BB)
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'.(BB / D)
Day: 8 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.(BB / CD)
Day: 9 Depart Tallinn
Departure transfers arrive at Tallinn Airport at 05:00 & 10:00.(BB)

Available Room Types: Single, Twin, TwinShare, Triple

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Guaranteed Departure 06/24/2017 $1,795.00
Guaranteed Departure 07/01/2017 $1,795.00
Guaranteed Departure 07/15/2017 $1,795.00
Guaranteed Departure 07/22/2017 $1,850.00
Guaranteed Departure 07/29/2017 $1,850.00
Guaranteed Departure 08/05/2017 $1,850.00
Guaranteed Departure 08/12/2017 $1,850.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/02/2017 $1,795.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/16/2017 $1,795.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/23/2017 $1,795.00
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