Riga, Jurmala, Vilnius, Trakai, Nuremberg, Zurich, Lucerne, Bern, Interlake

from 18 of March till 29 of March 2016

Visiting a fairy tale – Switzerland with Baltic Countries

switzerland-photos-feature.jpgLook past the silk-smooth chocolate, cuckoo clocks and yodelling – contemporary Switzerland, is all about epic journeys and sublime experiences. With its four official languages, majestic snow-capped mountains, scenic railways, small villages, picturesque alpine lakes, delicious cuisine, and historical monuments, Switzerland is a magical country sure to delight. Feel inspired by the breathtaking scenery—impressive peaks, thundering waterfalls, mountain lakes, tiny villages, and glacial ice fields—as you ride the world-famous Glacier Express train connecting St. Moritz and Zermatt. Board a mountain train to car-free Zermatt at the foot of the famous Matterhorn, and enjoy the must-see sights in Switzerland's cities, including Lucerne's Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument.

TOUR (Riga, Jurmala, Vilnius, Trakai, Nuremberg, Zurich,Lucerne, Bern, Interlake, Geneva), 12 days/11 nights

DSCF2299.JPGLatvia, the pearl of the Baltic States, is a European Union member and located in North-Eastern part of Europe – on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Latvia has for decenniums been at the cross-roads between East and West, North and South. This has made Latvia into a multi-cultured nation where the traditions of all these countries have merged, creating a unique environment, not to be found anywhere else in the world.

A land of wood and water, proud, independent Lithuania (Lietuva) is fast being recognised as one of Europe's gems. Southernmost of the Baltic states, it's a pocket-sized republic that's a nature-lover's delight, yet lacks nothing in urban excitement. The capital, Vilnius, is a beguiling artists’ enclave, its timeworn courtyards, cobbled streets and baroque churches animated by the vibrant, optimistic culture of today.

1 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 ...DSCF2306.JPG
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. When 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.jpg

3 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

Jurmala-beach.jpg4 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.
After Lunch - Free time. Overnight at the hotel in Riga

5 Day - Jurmala
Breakfast. 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.
After Lunch - Līvu Akvaparks. Overnight at the hotel in RigaNurnberg.jpg

6 Day
Departure from Latvia (~ 05: 00)
Transit through the territory of Poland.
Accommodation at the hotel, rest.
 
7 Day  - Nuremberg

Breakfast. Departure at Nuremberg. Walking through the city.

Nuremberg  is a modern city life with special atmosphere and comfort. For centuries, Nuremberg was the undeclared capital of the Holy Roman Empire and the preferred residence of most German kings, who kept their crown jewels here. Rich and stuffed with architectural wonders, it was also a magnet for famous artists, though the most famous of all, Albrecht Dürer, was actually born here. ‘Nuremberg shines throughout Germany like a sun among the moon and stars,’ gushed Martin Luther. Nuremberg’s different architectural styles are covered on your tour. Admire St Lawrence Church and pass Schöner Brunnen, a replica of a 14th-century water feature that translates as the “beautiful fountain”. You will find many surprises in Nuremberg.
Departure to the hotel in Germany, near the border with Switzerland. Overnight at the hotel.

zurich.jpg8 Day – Zurich – Lucerne
Breakfast. Departure at Zurich, on the way enjoys the beauty of the Rhine Falls.

Rhine Falls. There is beautiful landscape, the mighty Rhine, flying with incredible speed of clear water flow, freshness, rising in the air force and grandeur of nature to freeze. Waterfall has inspired many poets and writers, and it will give you a good mood.

Moving to Zurich tour. As a «metropolis of experiences» by the water, with a magnificent view of the snowcapped Alps on the horizon, Zurich offers a unique mixture of attractions – over 50 museums and more than 100 art galleries, international fashion labels and Zurich designs, and the most flamboyant and lively nightlife in Switzerland. Recreational activities range from a visit to the riverside and lakeside bathing areas in the very heart of the city, to a spectacular hike on the Uetliberg Mountain. After lunch excursion to Lucerne. Lucerne ranks amongst the world's prettiest cities, and there is so much to see. Contributing to Lucerne's cityscape alongside the world-famous Chapel Bridge and Water Tower are the Musegg Wall, the Jesuit Church, the Mill Bridge, the Lion Monument, the KKL culture and convention centre, and a host of other sites of interest. Return to the hotel in the evening. Overnight at hotel.

Interlaken Jungfraubahn 2.jpg9 Day Bern - Interlaken

Breakfast. Excursion to Bern. Not many cities have managed to retain their historic features quite as successfully as Bern, the capital of Switzerland. The old town of Bern is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and thanks to its 6 kilometers of arcades - the locals refer to them as 'Lauben' - boasts on of the longest weather-sheltered shopping promenades in Europe.

After lunch excursion in Interlaken. Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland between Lakes Thun and Brienz and at the feet of the three famous peaks Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau is a holiday and conference resort of international importance, and an ideal starting point for countless excursions to the region’s top destinations, such as the Jungfraujoch, Schilthorn and Schynige Platte. The composer Felix Mendelssohn wrote: «If you haven’t seen the Interlaken countryside, you haven’t seen Switzerland. »
Overnight at the hotel in Interlaken.

Geneva.jpg10 Day
Breakfast. Free time
or optional tourto the Jungfraujoch. It's not a cheap excursion, but very unique and worth the money. Jungfraujoch is Europe's highest train station. The Jungfraujoch is an Alpine attraction and viewing point, at an altitude of 3454 m. It is located in between the well known mountains Mönch and Jungfrau, in the heart of the UNESCO Natural World Heritage property.

11 Day at 28 of March – Interlaken
Breakfast.  Free time

12 Day
Depart to Delhi at 12:35 (Aeroflot)

PRICE OF THE TOUR: 155000 Rs. 
Price includes: Flight Delhi-Riga, Flight Geneva-Delhi, visa, insurance, Travel expenses, and transfers to / from airport to hotel, accommodation, two meals per day (breakfast and dinner), organizational costs and translation services, English speaking guide, escort of the organizers from the beginning to the end of the tour.
Not included: personal donations, personal expenses, porter age, tips, entrance fees, water
Surcharge for staying in a single room: 25000 Rs.

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