Riga, Jurmala, Vilnius, Trakai, Tallinn, Saint-Petersburg, Helsinki

from 18 of March till 27 of March 2016

Baltic Cruise and Russian Beauty

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Baltic cruise is ideal for those seeking a cruise that's a little different.  Explore magical destinations that you never thought were possible to visit by ship. Baltic cruise is packed with wondrous sights and unique destinations to explore.  Feast your eyes upon the treasures found in the majestic Hermitage museum in St Petersburg and discover the historical delights of Russia's second city. Baltic cruises open your eyes to natural wonders and the unbelievable beauty of the North. You will wake up each day in a new and spectacular location; you'll realize that a Baltic cruise is the only way to visit the best that the Baltic have to offer.

“By reason Russia can't be grasped," wrote the famous poet Fyodor Tyutchev
Since the Middle Ages the world has wondered what to believe about Russia. The country has been reported variously as a land of unbelievable riches and indescribable poverty, cruel tyrants and great minds, generous hospitality and meddlesome bureaucracy, beautiful ballets and industrial monstrosities, pious faith and unbridled hedonism. These eternal Russian truths coexist in equally diverse landscapes of icy tundra and sun-kissed beaches, dense silver birch and fir forests and deep and mysterious lakes, snow-capped mountains and swaying grasslands.

TOUR  (Riga, Jurmala, Vilnius, Trakai, Tallinn, Saint-Petersburg, Helsinki), 10 days/9 nights

DSCF2299.JPG1 Day. Arrive to Riga Welcome to historical Riga!
Rest in hotel until 14.00
14.30 Lunch at restaurant in Old Town
15:30 Walking Tour in Old Town. Riga's Old Town is one of the nice places to wander around aimlessly in the whole region. Convent Court, House of the Blackheads,  Three Brothers buildings, walls and towers, Dome Cathedral, St. Peter and St. Jacob Churches, the Swedish Gate and the unique charm of the Old Town ...
One of the centerpieces of the Old Town, the Riga Dome Cathedral is not to be missed and it is seen from long distance. Red brick on the outside, the Dome (or 'Dom') Cathedral is also a beauty from within. Whitewashed walls tower over the faithful, while austere woodwork provides a pleasing contrast. Regular concerts give it a work out.
An impressive feature of the Riga skyline since the Dark Ages, St. Peter's Church has seen a few refurbishments in its time. The jinxed tower has had a nasty habit of collapsing at the mere mention of fire, lightning or World War II. These days you can board an elevator 70 meters up the spire for panoramic views of the city (and who said the Soviets never built anything worthwhile). It's worth poking your nose in the nave too for a glance at the Gothic interior or better still for one of the photo exhibitions or concerts that often take place here.
DSCF2306.JPGWhen looking into the House of the Blackheads, you will find a big building that is situated in Old Town. The original building of the House of the Blackheads was constructed during the fourteenth century. It was created for the Brotherhood of the Blackheads Guild. This was a guild that was developed for foreign merchants that were not married in Riga. During the years 1580 and 1886, most of the ornamentations were added to this building. In 1941, the building was bombed by the Germans and went under reconstruction throughout 1995 to 1999.
One of the most interesting buildings in Old Riga is Swedish Gate. It belongs to the former fortification wall surrounding all of the Old City. In one of the wings the Swedish gate was built into the fortification wall in 1698 has situated. Except for the recently restored small exit from St. John Church's Courtyard into Kaleju Street, this is the only Riga gate that has survived in its original form.
17:30 Free Time in Old Town (walking in old town, concert at 7 pm, shopping Gallery Riga) Overnight at the hotel in Riga.
Overnight at the hotel in Riga


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7.00 Transfer to Vilnius (Capital of Lithuania).
12.00 Welcome to Vilnius Grand Resort 5* http://www.vilniusgrandresort.com/

Walking tour in Vilnius Old Town. With sightseeing Vilnius You will meet the Old Town, the historical centre of Vilnius, that is one of the largest in Eastern Europe (360 ha). The most valuable historic and cultural heritage is concentrated here. The buildings in the old town - of which there are about 1.5 thousand - were built over a number of centuries, resulting in a mixture of all European architectural styles. Although Vilnius is often called a baroque city, with sightseeing tour you will find here examples of the Gothic, Renaissance and other styles. The main sightseeing sights of the city are Gediminas Castle and the Cathedral Square, the symbols of the capital. Together, they comprise the gateway to the historic city centre.
Dinner at Vilnius Grand Resort 5*
Overnight at Vilnius Grand Resort 5*

Trakai202.jpg3 Day  - Trakai
9.00 Breakfast at Vilnius Grand Resort 5*
11.00Tour to Trakai. Trakai, the ancient capital of Lithuania situated 30 km from Vilnius. Trakai region features unique relief: the combination of numerous unbelievably pure lakes and moraine hills create a breathtaking sight. There are even ancient legends explaining the exceptional lucidity of the lakes. According to one of those legends, the Skaistis Lake ("Lucid") was made from a young maiden's tears. All her life the beautiful girl was waiting for her beloved worrier, who had been sent to war against Teutonic Knights, and never came back. The "town on the water", as Trakai usually called, is particularly rich in architectural and cultural monuments; there are more than 300 of them.
The main landmark of the town is the famous insular Trakai Castle, situated on the island in the Galve Lake.
Free time in the evening at Vilnius.  
18.00 Depart to Riga (arrive near 22.00-23.00)
Overnight at the hotel in Riga

4 Day – Riga
9.00 Breakfast
10.00 Walking Tours: Art Nouveau Architecture and Albert Street. The most famous street in Riga houses an impressive array of Art Nouveau architecture. Most notably you see buildings designed by the Architect Mikhail Eisenstein, Konstantin Peksens and Eugene Laube. Art Nouveau has made it known and was presented from 1880s to 1910s. This movement walked under the flag of an art that would break all connections to classical times, and bring down the barriers between the fine arts and applied arts. Riga has the largest concentration of Art Nouveau buildings in Europe.
14.00 Lunch
15.00 Free time
Overnight at the hotel in Riga

DSCF2233.JPG5 Day - Jurmala
9.00 Breakfast
10. 00 Jurmala Tour
Jurmala - town on the wave. Jurmala is a wonderful place situated on the shores of the Riga Bay. Fine white sands, pine-trees on the dunes, fresh air and blue waters of the sea - all this makes Jurmala attractive for guests. Jurmala boasts its wooden architecture; most of the buildings are safe since the turn of the 19th-20th centuries. We start our tour in Riga and drive directly to the open-air museum of fishery where we can see fishermen's dwelling houses brought from all parts of Jurmala, You will hear about history and nowadays of Jurmala and visit V. Jermolajev's art Gallery Inner Light where you'll enjoy his paintings made in a special light technique. You will walk along famous Jomas Street and have a nice lunch on a lovely Jurmala cafe.
14.00 Lunch
15.00  SHOPPING in RIMMI/MAXIMA/STOCKMAN 
Overnight at the hotel in Riga

6 Day  - Cruise Tour
7.00 Breakfast
9. 00 Depart to Estonia
14.00 Walking Tour - Tallinn Old Town. Narrow cobble-stone streets, well-preserved buildings, merchant’s dwelling houses and ancient city wall, dating back centuries, quiet small courtyards and passageways, wonderful views from upper town to the red-tiled roofs, church towers, sea … but not only. Although the old town has kept his enchanting Middle Age aura, ultra-modern glass architecture, stylish parks and urban city life add contrast to this historical milieu.
Departure port. Placement on a cruise ship.
19.00 Depart to Sankt-Petersburg
Overnight on the board

 
DSCF4431.JPG7 Day  - Sankt-Petersburg
8.00 Breakfast on board of ferry
10. 00 Attractive sights of St. Petersburg Tour. St. Petersburg is an amazing city. Its imperial palaces and museums enjoy worldwide fame, while the Neva River and the many canals have deservedly given the city the title “The Venice of the North”. Visitors will discover all the splendors of the city: the Peter-Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace with world-famous Hermitage Art Museum, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, and much more. Evening is dedicated for exploring city on your own.
Free time until 22.00.
Overnight on the board.

8 Day - Sankt-Petersburg (Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin), Pavlovsk)
8.00 Breakfast on board of ferry
9. 00. Tour to (Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin). If any proof is needed for the extravagance of Russia's Imperial rulers, then it can be found in the fact that, in less than two centuries, the Romanov Tsars established not one but two suburban estates - at Tsarskoe Selo and Pushkin - that, in terms of grandeur and excess, outstrip even Versailles. aerial-view-of-tsarskoye-selo.jpgWhat is more, at Tsarskoe Selo, the 18th century saw the construction of two vast and truly exceptional palaces, both surrounded by extensive landscaped gardens with diverse and fascinating decorative architecture. Built for Empress Elizabeth by Bartolommeo Rastrelli, the architect of St. Petersburg's Winter Palace, the Catherine Palace is undoubtedly Tsarskoe Selo's top attraction, particularly renowned for the extraordinary Amber Room.

Pavlovsk is the youngest of the grand Imperial estates around St. Petersburg. Named in honour of Tsar Pavel, this fine neo-classical palace and its extensive landscaped gardens are stamped with his taste and even more so with that of his wife, the German-born Maria Feodorovna. Although there was no love lost between Pavel and his mother, Catherine the Great, it was she who originally presented him with the 362 desyatinas - 607 hectares - of land around the Slavyanskaya River. Perhaps it was the impossibility of living with her son at Tsarskoe Selo, combined with the desire to keep him and his family reasonably close, that prompted her to do so, although the official reason was the birth of her grandson, the future Alexander I.
19:00 Departure to Helsinki.
Overnight on the board.

DSCF4354.JPG9 Day - Helsinki
8.00 Breakfaston board of ferry.
10.00 The sightseeing tour will take to the historical centre, Senate Square, the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Parliament building, Finland Hall and the Opera House, the Sibelius Monument and famous Church-in the-Rock. Free time for lunch and explore the city on your own.
Free time in the evening.
Overnight at the hotel in Helsinki.

10 Day  Return back to Delhi from Helsinki

PRICE OF THE TOUR: 134999 Rs. 
Price includes: Flight Delhi-Riga, Flight Helsinki-Delhi, visa, insurance, Travel expenses, and transfers to / from airport to hotel, accommodation, two meals per day (breakfast and dinner), organizational costs, English speaking guide,ENTRANCE TICKET TO WORLD CLASS SPA IN RIGA,ENTRANCE FEE TO HARMITAGE MUSEUM ,ENTRANCE TICKET TO OPERA, ENTRANCE TICKET TO PUSHKIN
Not included: Personal donations, personal expenses, porter age, tips, entrance fees, water
Surcharge for staying in a single room is extra

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