The Baltic States Essentials and Jewish Heritage

The Baltic States Essentials and Jewish Heritage

The Baltic States

Short description:
Itenirary includes: Vilnius- /Trakai/ -Hill of Crosses-Rundale Palace-Riga- /Salaspils/ -Tallinn-Parnu-Riga-Kaunas-Vilnius.

Day1

DAY 1 (WEDNESDAY): VILNIUS - /TRAKAI/

09:50 Arrival from Tel Aviv to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Bus transfer to the hotel. Check-in at the hotel Best Western Vilnius 4* or similar.

Morning city tour by bus and a walking tour of Vilnius to see main historic and architectural monuments of the town. You will see the Medieval Jewish quarter, its lanes and courts, listen to the history of Great Vilna Synagogue, the personality of Gaon of Vilna. In Vilnius Old Town you will also see the world famous Jewish
printing house “Widow and Brothers Romm”, the Monument to Tsemakh Shabad and the Ghettos of Vilna where more than 40.000 Jews were concentrated in 1941-1943. Visit to Vilnius University and the Yiddish Institute, in which the Yiddish language is taught and Yiddish literature is fostered.

Visit to Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum
to see the collection of traditional and modern Jewish objects of art and documents and objects connected with the Holocaust. The museum demonstrates different aspects of the historical and cultural heritage and tragedy of Jews.

Optional: excursion to Trakai (28 km from Vilnius), the former capital of Grand Duchy of Lithuania with it's beautiful insular castle of 14th century, erected on the amazingly situated island in the middle of a lake. Visit the Karaite museum and the story of this small ethnic group (confessing Judaism), brought by Lithuanian duke Vytautas from Crimea as war prisoners about 600 years ago.
Transfer back to Vilnius. Overnight in Vilnius.

Day2

DAY 2 (THURSDAY): VILNIUS-HILL OF CROSSES–RUNDALE-RIGA

Departure to Riga (310 km from Vilnius), the capital of Latvia.
Stop by the famous Hill of Crosses (200 km from Vilnius), a unique place with 100000 crosses on it.

After crossing the border with Latvia, visit the Rundale Palace (50km from Hill of Crosses), which was designed for Duke of Courland, in the 18th century by Italian architect Rastrelli, the author of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. It is the best example of baroque architecture in the Baltic States.


Later afternoon arrival to Riga. Check-in at the Hotel Radisson Elizabete 4* or similar. Overnight in Riga.

Day3

DAY 3 (FRIDAY): RIGA - /SALASPILS/

Morning Riga City tour by bus and a walking tour of the Old Town to see the most interesting sights of the Old Town, the Monument of Liberty, the district of Art Nouveau buildings, the Jewish quarter, a memorial for the burnt Great Synagogue of Riga, the Jewish school founded in the 19 cent., the Synagogue.

Optional:
Afternoon visit to Salaspils, the Memorial to the victims of the Nazis. At this site, obscured by dense forest, the Nazis herded thousand of victims to be executed and buried in the anonymity of mass graves. Jews were brought from as far away as Austria and Germany; many Latvians and Russians were killed at this site as well. The current monument was unveiled only in 2001, and it illustrates the persistent Jewish soul and its refusal to be forgotten.
Overnight in Riga.
Day4

DAY 4 (SATURDAY): RIGA – JURMALA - TALLINN

Departure to Tallinn (300 km from Riga), the capital of Estonia.
Stop to visit Jurmala (25 km from Riga) - the largest seaside and spa resort in the Baltic States. The town is known for its unique natural resources such as its curative mineral waters, medicinal mud, pine forests and sand dunes. The town's architecture is represented by many styles including unique wooden Art Nouveau architecture.

Evening arrival to Tallinn. Check-in at the hotel Sokos Viru 4* or similar.
Overnight in Tallinn.
Day5

DAY 5 (SUNDAY): TALLINN - /Estonian Open Air Museum/

City tour by bus and a walking tour of Tallinn includes a visit to the medieval Old Town with its main historical and architectural monuments. There are few places in Europe where the aura of the 14th and 15th centuries survives intact as it does in Tallinn's Old Town.

Optional: visit to the Estonian Open Air Museum, located in a beautiful park by the sea, referred to by its old Italian name Rocca al Mare - Rock by the Sea. The museum exhibits a fine collection of 17th-19th century rural architecture from all over the Estonia.
Farmhouses, country pubs, windmills, and chapels will be on display and furnished according to the period styles.
Overnight in Tallinn.
Day6

DAY 6 (MONDAY): TALLINN – PARNU - RIGA

Departure to Riga.
En route stop and excursion in Parnu, a beautiful town of Hanseatic league and nowadays a beloved Estonian sea resort. You will see the ivory-coloured beaches, beautiful parks and old medieval houses of the charming Old Town.
Arrival to Riga. Check-in at the Hotel Radisson Elizabete 4*.
Overnight in Riga.

Day7

DAY 7 (TUESDAY): RIGA – KAUNAS - VILNIUS

Departure to Kaunas.
Kaunas City Tour to see most important, ancient architectural monuments of its beautiful medieval Old Town, green and flowering pedestrian street Laisves Aleja, Jewish ghetto, Sugihara Center the house where the poet Leah Goldberg once lived and Kaunas Choral Synagogue.
 
Continue trip to Vilnius.
Overnight in Vilnius at Best Western Vilnius 4*.
 
Day8

DAY 8 (WEDNESDAY): VILNIUS

10:00 Transfer to Vilnius airport. Departure.
11:15 Flight to Tel Aviv.

 

PACKAGE PRICE PER PERSON in EURO:

HOTELS SGL occupancy
 DBL occupancy

Best Western Vilnius 4*, Radisson Elizabete 4*,

Sokos Viru 4*

 1025 730



Please ask for a comission for tour operators or travel agency.

 

The tour prices in Euro include:
·    7 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels;
·    7 x buffet breakfast;
·    Entrances fees to Old University in Vilnius, Vilna Gaon State Jewish, Rundale Palace, Riga and Tallinn Doms, Sugihara house in Kaunas,   
·    English or Russian speaking guide escort during whole tour;
·    15 seats minibus or 45 seats bus with air-conditioner and video;
·    Sightseeing tours (Vilnius, Hill of Crosses, Rundale Palace, Riga, Jurmala, Tallinn, Parnu and Kaunas);
·    Service and VAT.


Optional:

·    3-hour excursion to Trakai and visit to Trakai Castle: EUR 35.00 pp
·    3-hour excursion to the Rocca al Mare Museum: EUR 35.00 pp
·    3-hour excursion to the Salaspils: EUR 30.00 pp
·    Half board at hotels (7 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea): EUR 175.00 pp