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Day 2: Arrive Vilnius, Lithuania. Welcome to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. You are escorted to your hotel located within an easy walk to the old town. All around, you'll witness the signs of a city and country prospering anew after years in the shadow of the Soviet Union. This evening, savor a welcome dinner at a cozy local restaurant. Novotel Vilnius Hotel Dinner provided.
Day 3: Vilnius. Boasting some of northern Europe's most impressive Baroque architecture, central Vilnius skyline is adorned with domes and belfries. On the ground, you'll discover a maze of winding narrow alleys lined with 18th century buildings with archways leading to cobbled yards. On a guided morning walking tour of Old Vilnius see Cathedral Square and the impressive Gedimino Tower. Later, visit the grounds of Vilnius University with its imposing inner courtyard; view the pristine Presidential Palace and see St. Anna church, a gem of gothic architecture. Afternoon is at leisure and you may wish to visit the old Jewish Quarter, former home to one of Europe's largest, most prosperous Jewish communities. You may also relax at one of the many outdoor cafes and admire Vilnius' thriving cultural diversity. Breakfast provided.
Day 4: Trakai Excursion. As you travel west of the city today, visit the Television Tower, symbol of Lithuania's fight for independence. Proceed to Trakai, an enchanting medieval style castle, idyllically surrounded by emerald-green lakes. Tour the castle, now a museum and admire the exhibits displaying treasures from the period when Lithuania ruled a vast area stretching from the Baltic to the Black Sea. Upon returning to Vilnius this afternoon, enjoy leisure time for independent exploration. Breakfast provided.
Day 5: Vilnius, Rundale & Riga, Latvia. The pastoral countryside unfolds as you depart for Riga, the capital of neighboring Latvia. En route, visit splendid Rundale Palace, a baroque-style palace filled with opulent rococo furnishings. Arrive in Riga later this afternoon and settle in your centrally located hotel. Tonight you are our guest for a special dinner in a typical local restaurant. Breakfast & dinner provided. Hotel Monika or similar
Day 6: Riga. Explore the treasures of this Baltic gem, boasting distinctive medieval and art nouveau architecture. A local expert leads you on a morning tour of Riga to view the elaborate facades of the early 20th century art nouveau structures. Proceed to the well-preserved and lovingly restored Old Town and see the magnificent Dome Cathedral and the Powder Tower. In your free afternoon the Old Town will delight you with colorfully restored merchant's residences, cozy beer cellars, bustling cafes, shops and intriguing museums. Breakfast provided.
Day 7: Sigulda Excursion. Venture outside Riga, along the Gauja River Valley to Sigulda, one of Latvia's most picturesque towns. Here, visit Turida Castle and enjoy the natural beauty of the nearby national park, Latvia's premier nature reserve. Return to Riga and enjoy leisure time in this enchanting town. Breakfast provided.
Day 8: Riga, Parnu & Tallinn, Estonia. As you depart Riga today, visit the renowned Ethnographic Open Air Museum, a showpiece of Latvia's cultural heritage. Proceed across the border to Estonia and journey along the unspoiled Baltic Coast to Parnu, a lovely seaside resort. Arrive in Tallinn, Estonia's capital, and one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. Domina Inn Ilmarine Breakfast provided.
Day 9: Tallinn is certain to enchant any visitor! Thick ancient walls surround this medieval port town. The winding cobblestone streets are filled with old red-tiled roof houses and distinctive medieval age buildings. Your guided morning tour begins in the Upper Old Town where Tallinn was founded in the 12th century. Here, you may enjoy a breathtaking view of the attractive rooftops. Visit the ornate Russian Orthodox Dome Church before descending to the Lower Old Town where you'll see the medieval Town Hall and bustling Town Hall Square. The afternoon offers plenty of opportunities to discover on your own. Savor the unique atmosphere and wander the narrow alleys filled with cafes, restaurants and inviting shops and galleries. This evening delight in a sumptuous dinner at a famous local medieval-themed restaurant. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 10: Tallinn, Helsinki & Berlin. Board a fast ferry across the Gulf of Finland to Helsinki, Finland's charming capital. On an included orientation tour see the imposing Senate Square, Templliaukio Church, carved out of solid rock and colorful Market Square. Proceed to the airport and board a short flight to Berlin, the capital of reunified Germany. Your local host meets you at the airport and escorts you to your centrally located hotel. NH Berlin-Mitte or Berlin Excelsior Hotel Breakfast provided.
Day 11: Berlin, Germany. Today, experience one of Europe's most exciting cities and learn about its fascinating history as a local expert leads you on a sightseeing tour of former East and West Berlin. View the renowned "Checkpoint Charlie," the link between East and West during the Cold War. See the remains of the Berlin Wall that was torn down in 1989 and proceed along the magnificent "Unter den Linden" boulevard in the historic center of the city. Drive by the ornate State Opera House, Berlin Cathedral and other stately monuments. In West Berlin, journey down elegant Kurfurstendamm, Berlin's most famous shopping street. You'll also see the impressive Brandenburg Gate, the handsome Tiergarten Park and Charlottenburg Palace. The afternoon is at leisure to explore on your own. Breakfast provided.
Day 12: Berlin. Start your day with a guided visit to the world-renowned Pergamon Museum located on Museum Island. You'll be impressed with the fascinating exhibits of Greek and Roman antiquities including ancient Pergamon's Great Altar. Later, enjoy a relaxing one-hour boat cruise offering a unique view of Berlin's charms. The afternoon is at leisure to explore vibrant Berlin independently, shop or relax in one the many parks and cafes. This evening join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a famous local restaurant. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 13: Berlin/USA. Board your return flight. Your amazing journey ends as you arrive New York later today. Breakfast provided.
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