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  • Sep 08, 2018 - Sep 21, 2018


Includes air from Boston & New York
Limited to 24 guests

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St. Petersburg & The Baltic Capitals

The curtain opened, and finally we could see what lay behind … now, sophisticated travelers are drawn to witness a world transformed. Visiting four distinct nations, four thriving capitals and their provincial outskirts, we discover for ourselves the fascinating heritage and stimulating contemporary life of this remarkable and diverse region.

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Day 2-4 Vilnius – Radisson Blu Astoria Hotel

Day – 5-7 Riga Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel

Day – 8-10 Tallinn Radisson Blu Sky Hotel

Day – 11-13 St. Petersburg Belmond Grand Hotel

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September 8: Depart U.S. for Vilnius, Lithuania

September 9:Vilnius
After connecting in Europe, a short flight this morning brings us to Vilnius, the attractive Lithuanian capital with Baroque architecture, numerous churches, medieval towers and fortifications, and one of Eastern Europe’s oldest “Old Towns.” Our afternoon in this historic city is at leisure before tonight’s dinner at our hotel. D

September 10: Vilnius
We see the highlights of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on this morning’s tour, including Cathedral Square, Gediminas’ Tower, Vilnius University, and the President’s Palace. We also tour the fascinating KGB Museum. The remainder of the day is at leisure, perhaps to relax at one of the many outdoor cafés; explore the old Jewish Quarter and ghetto; or admire the city’s architectural diversity. B

September 11: Vilnius/Trakai Today we travel about 20 miles outside Vilnius to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania set in a resort village surrounded by five lakes. Here we tour 15th-century Trakai Castle, with exhibits commemorating the days when the Grand Duchy of Lithuania stretched all the way from the Baltic to the Black Sea. After a turbulent history of Russian rule, in 1991 Lithuania became one of the first of the Soviet Union’s breakaway republics and today, again, is a sovereign democratic nation. B,D

September 12: Vilnius/Riga
We leave this morning for Riga, the Latvian capital. En route we stop for lunch in Šiauliai where we visit the Hill of Crosses, a pilgrimage site and symbol of Lithuanian nationalism. After crossing the border into Latvia, we travel through gentle countryside to the restored 18th-century Baroque palace of Rundale. Designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli who also designed St. Petersburg’s Hermitage, Rundale’s construction took more than 30 years and 1,500 workers. From here we continue on to surprisingly sophisticated Riga, once known as the “little Paris of the North.” We dine tonight at our hotel. B,L,D

September 13: Riga
This morning’s city tour reveals the special treasures of this Baltic gem, once Russia’s coveted warm-water port and the largest of the Baltic capitals. Riga boasts lovingly restored architecture ranging from medieval to art nouveau; a well preserved Old Town; magnificent churches, including St. Mary’s Cathedral (the Dom), with its 6,789-pipe organ; and a lively arts scene. The afternoon is free; our well located hotel offers easy access to Riga’s attractions. B

September 14: Riga/Sigulda
Today we travel east of Riga to Sigulda to visit Gauja National Park, Latvia’s premier nature preserve. Our excursion includes a visit to Gutmanis’ Cave, a 35-foot cavern bubbling with fresh spring water believed to have curative powers; and the ruins of Turaida Castle, whose round red brick tower rises above the forest canopy. We return to Riga mid-day and dine together tonight. B,D

September 15: Riga/Parnu/Tallinn
En route to the Estonian capital of Tallinn, we stop for lunch in seaside Parnu, Estonia’s “summer capital.” We reach Tallinn late this afternoon; dinner is at a local restaurant. B,L,D

September 16: Tallinn
This northernmost Baltic capital has endured a history similar to that of its cousins: a favored port location often coveted by its more powerful neighbors; centuries of war with brief periods of independence; 20th-century annexing by Russia; and finally, again, independence. We see layers of Tallinn’s tumultuous history on this morning’s city tour featuring the surprisingly well preserved medieval Old Town. Then the remainder of the day is free to enjoy this 800-year-old city as we wish. Green spaces abound, including vast Kadriorg Park, surrounding the palace and featuring a Japanese tea garden. B

September 17: Tallinn
This morning we visit the Estonian Open-Air Museum at Rocca-al-Mare, where 18th- and 19th-century life is recreated with authentic wooden farm houses, churches, and other structures from rural Estonia. We enjoy lunch together then have an afternoon at leisure to explore Tallinn independently. This evening is at leisure to dine on our own in this city with restaurants ranging from “nouveau Estonian” to American. B,L

September 18: Tallinn/St. Petersburg
We depart this morning by coach for St. Petersburg, stopping for lunch in Narva, Estonia. After arriving late this afternoon we enjoy dinner together tonight. B,L,D

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September 21-23, 2018
St. Petersburg – On Your Own

3 days/2 nights for $425 total price
Single Supplement: $295

Explore more of this fascinating city – Russia’s cultural heart – at your own pace, from our centrally located hotel on Nevsky Prospekt, adjacent to Arts Square.

Your Tour Price Includes
• 2 nights’ accommodations at Belmond Grand Hotel Europe (Deluxe)

• 2 meals: 2 breakfasts

• Transfer to airport

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