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The Baltic States: Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia

  • Destination: Estonia, Europe, Latvia, Lithuania
  • Start: 09/20/2019
  • End: 09/28/2019

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OPTIONAL PRE-TRIP EXTENSION TO BELARUS

  • Double Occupancy $3895 | Single Occupancy $4895
  • 9 days/7 nights in the Baltic States, including 2 nights in Vilnius Lithuania, 3 nights in Riga Latvia & 2 nights in Tallinn Estonia
  • Pre- optional Extension to Belarus
  • Luxury/Deluxe (5★) accommodations throughout
  • Activity level: Easy
  • ADDITIONAL: International Air Routing: USA – Vilnius Lithuania (VNO)/ Tallinn (TLL) – USA

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Day 1

FRI SEP 20, 2019 • Depart the USA

Depart the USA on any regularly scheduled flight to Vilnius (VNO), Lithuania.

Day 2

SAT SEP 21 • Arrive Vilnius, Lithuania

Arrival to Vilnius. Transfer to the hotel. Check in to the Hotel Kempinski Vilnius, A Luxury 5-star hotel with breathtaking views of Old Town. The remainder the day is at leisure to relax after your flight.

Gather this evening for a festive Welcome Dinner to meet fellow travelers.

Hotel: Hotel Kempinski Vilnius
Room: Superior
Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 3

SUN SEP 22 • Vilnius

Our morning tour of Vilnius features the historical Old Town, known for its baroque architecture. Enjoy lunch in the city.

Afternoon tour to Trakai, located 30 minutes from Vilnius. It was the ancient capital of Lithuania. Today it is famous for its 14th-century fortress in the middle of Lake Galvė. Once a home to Lithuania’s grand dukes, it now houses the Trakai History Museum. Dinner is on our own this
evening.

Hotel: Hotel Kempinski Vilnius
Room: Superior
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

MON SEP 23 • Vilnius | Riga, Latvia

The Hill of Crosses, near the Lithuanian-Latvian border, is a unique place of national pilgrimage and an unforgettable emotional site. Despite the Soviets attempt to destroy the site, thousands of crosses stand on this sacred spot. The crosses, with their handwritten messages, reveal much about the history of the Lithuanian people and testify to their strong will and faith. Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass at the site in 1993.

After entering Latvia, our next stop is at Rundale Palace built in the 18th century and presenting an outstanding example of the early work of Italian-Russian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli who also designed the famous Winter Palace in St.Petersburg. The professionally renovated palace interiors are decorated with authentic 18th century furniture, paintings and china. We will stop for lunch en route. Late afternoon arrival in Riga, the capital of Latvia. Check in to the elegant Hotel Kempinski Riga, located in the Old Town, which has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1997. We will dine out this evening at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Hotel Kempinski Riga
Room: Superior
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

TUE SEP 24 • Riga

Enjoy the beauty of this Hanseatic city. The tour encompasses the most significant sights of Riga – Riga Central Market, the Dome Cathedral, the Church of St. Peter, the old Guild Houses, the Swedish Gate, the architectural ensemble called Three Brothers, Old Riga Castle, and the many wonderfully restored buildings, now housing cozy restaurants, cafes, bars and souvenir shops.

The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the city on your own.

Hotel: Hotel Kempinski Riga
Room: Superior
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6

WED SEP 25 • Riga

Our morning tour travels along the central boulevards of Riga, passing by City Canal parks, the Bastion Hill, the Powder Tower, the Latvian National Theatre, and the Fine Arts Museum. Pass the Art Nouveau buildings of the beginning of the century and stop for a visit to the Art Nouveau Museum. After lunch, continue to the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum, one of the show-pieces of Latvia’s cultural heritage, founded in 1924. Situated 10 km from Riga center in a pine forest on the banks of Jugla Lake, the museum consists of some 90 traditional rural buildings: farmhouses, windmills, fishermen’s huts and churches that have been assembled here from the four provinces of Latvia: Kurzeme, Vidzeme, Latgale, Zemgale.

Hotel: Hotel Kempinski Riga
Room: Superior
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

THU SEP 26 • Riga | Tallinn, Estonia

The city of Sigulda, often referred to as the Latvian Switzerland, marks the beginning of the Gauja National Park which includes the remains of Turaida Castle, a medieval cemetery, the legendary grave of the Rose of Turaida, sandstone grottoes and the sculpture garden dedicated to Latvian Folklore. Stop for lunch and in the afternoon drive to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Check in to the Hotel Schossle Tallin. This exceptional, boutique hotel is located in a medieval street where merchants and traders lived 500 years ago.

Hotel: Hotel Schlössle Tallinn
Room: Classic
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

FRI SEP 27 • Tallinn

This morning we will tour the surroundings of Tallinn and its Old Town. Among the attractions we included are a visit of Catherine’s Valley Park and Palace, the Song Festival Amphitheatre. You’ll see Tallinn’s number one attraction: Toompea Hill and the Parliament building, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tall Hermann, Kiek in de Kök and Dome Cathedral. The tour ends in Town Hall Square with a view of the Town Hall, a Gothic masterpiece of the 13th-14th centuries.

The afternoon is free to explore on your own.

This evening we celebrate with a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Hotel Schlössle Tallinn
Room: Classic
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9

SAT SEP 28 • Tallinn/USA

Transfer to the airport for a flight back home from Tallinn (TLL).

Rates & Facts

Rates per person The Baltic States Belarus Optional
Double Occupancy $3895 $1995
Single Occupancy $4895 $2150

Inclusions
  • Accommodations in 5★★★★★ hotels as listed in the itinerary
  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches& 2 dinners (Baltic States); 2 lunches & 3 dinners (Belarus)
  • Excellent local guide services as per program
  • Entrances to all sites listed in the itinerary
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transportation
  • Coda representative on minimum participation el restaurants
  • Pre-departure assistance and travel Portfolio
Not included

International airfare; Trip cancellation & Interruption insurance; Drinks with meals; Meals not mentioned in the itinerary; Passport & visa expenses if required; items of a personal nature; gratuities to guide and driver and misc. tips.

International Airfare

You will need to book flights from the USA to Vilnius (VNO) or to Minsk (MSQ) and return from Tallin (TLL). Lufthansa (LH) / United (UA) or Austrian Airways (OS) are among airlines that can be used to book airfare for this tour. We recommend booking at least 7 months in advance if you want to use Frequent Flyer Miles or the American Express Platinum card 2-4-1 program.

Travel Documents

A valid passport is required for international travel and must be valid for 6 months after the return date. No visa is required for USA passport holders for Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia or Belarus (if staying no more than 5 days.) TWO BLANK PASSPORT PAGES ARE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY INTO BELARUS. Additional pages are required for stamps for the Baltic States. Be sure you have enough empty pages in your passport.

Health

No immunizations are required for travel on this tour. However, the Center for Disease Control suggests that all travelers make sure they are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

The CDC also suggests that most travelers get a vaccine for hepatitis A because it can be contracted through contaminated food or water in all three destination countries, regardless of where you are eating or staying.

Minimums

All departures are guaranteed on a minimum number of participants. A Coda Tour Manager will accompany a tour also based on a minimum number of participants. This tour can be operated as a Private Tour, can be customized and repriced based on a final itinerary.

Pre-Departure Information

A complete portfolio of pre-departure information will be mailed to you approximately three weeks prior to departure.

Optional Pre-Trip Extension to Belarus | Sep 17-21, 2019


Day -3

TUE SEP 17, 2019 • Depart USA

Depart the USA on any regularly scheduled flight to Minsk (MSQ), Belarus.
Day -2

WED SEP 18 • Arrive Minsk, Belarus

Arrive at Minsk. Transfer to the 5* Hotel Europe for check in. Relax after the flight. Dinner is at the hotel this evening.

Hotel: Hotel Europe
Room: Classic
Meals: Dinner

Day -1 & 1

THU-FRI SEP 19 & 20 • Minsk, Mir & Nesvizh

Over the next 2 days, we will tour the highlights in and around Minsk, Belorus. These highlights may include St Martyr Grand Princess Elisabeth Convent, “Stalin‘s line”, Ganka Farmstead, the ethnographic Museum Dudutki & The Palace and Castle ensemble in Niasvizh

Hotel: Hotel Europe
Room: Classic
Meals: Daily Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

SAT SEP 21 • Minsk - Vilnius

Depart Minsk early this morning on the Fast Train to Vilnius (2.5 hours). Arrive in Vilnius and transfer to the hotel to join the main group.

Meals: Breakfast

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