Travel to Lithuania with PAT TOURS
GRAND TOUR OF LITHUANIA - 2017
10 days/9 nights
Starts in Vilnius on Fridays:
May 19 - May 28
June 16 - June 25
June 30 - July 910
August 11 - August 20
September 1 - September 10
$1,950 dbl occupancy ($480.00 sgl. suppl.).
Airfare not included.
Tour Cost Includes:
- Accommodations in first class hotels
- Air conditioned coach or a van
- Sightseeing tours as specified
- Meals: breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 2 dinners as specified
- English speaking guide throughout the tour
- Arrival and departure transfers
- Baggage handling of one suitcase per person
- Entrance fees and hotel taxes.
|On Thursday depart U.S.A. for Vilnius.|
|2nd Day/Fri - VILNIUS. Upon arrival in Vilnius, you will be transferred to the hotel in city center. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant where you will taste local cuisine and meet members of your group and your tour escort. (D)|
|3rd Day/Sat - VILNIUS. Full day to explore historic Vilnius. Tour of the charming Old Town of Vilnius by car and on foot: Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Castle, the University campus, Pilies street with the 16-18th century historical and architectural monuments, Gothic corner of Vilnius with St Anne's and Bernardine churches, the former Town Hall square, the Gates of Dawn with a miraculous icon of Virgin Mary, the 17th century Baroque church of St Peter and Paul. Included is also a visit to the KGB museum. Balance of day at leisure. (B)|
|4th Day/Sun - VILNIUS - Trakai - Kerneve. After breakfast drive to Trakai (17 miles) - the ancient capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, with short en route stop at the Parliament Building and TV Tower. Visit the 15th century Insular Trakai Castle housing an exhibition on prehistoric findings and the 17-18th century applied art, the way of life of the Lithuanian Grand Dukes, and the Karaites, brought to Lithuania from the Crimea. Lunch in the restaurant with beautiful views of the castle. Continue to the first capital of Lithuania, Kernave. Here you will be able to climb five mounds and enjoy a superb breathtaking view of the river valley graced by the bends of the river Neris. Back to Vilnius for balance of the day free.. (B, L)|
|5th Day/Mon- VILNIUS - DRUSKININKAI. Enjoy the day in unspoiled countryside. Visit to Dzukija National Park located in Southern part of Lithuania, famous for wild forests, mushrooms and berries, authentic villages and friendliness of local people. You will visit ethnographic village Zervynos and see the lifestyle of locals. Here you will have lunch and learn how to cook Lithuanian specialty -Sakotis(tree cake). Continue to the Grutas Parkas – an outdoor museum of notorious Soviet political figures. Overnight in charming spa town Druskininkai. Enjoy yourself at a spa or an aqua park. (B, L)|
|6th Day/Tue - DRUSKININKAI - Rumsiskes - KAUNAS.. Morning drive to Kaunas. En route stop in Rumsiskes – unique open air ethnographic museum, depicting the 18-19th century architecture, traditions, crafts and the way of life of different ethnographic regions of the country. On arrival in Kaunas a sightseeing tour will introduce you to this second largest city and the capital of Lithuania between the World Wars. The tour includes: the Old Town of Kaunas with its St George's church, castle ruins, Theological seminary, the Town Hall Square, the Jesuit church, the Cathedral, the Church of Vytautas and the Perkunas House. Included is a visit to the Ciurlionis Art Museum and the Convent of Pazaislis, famous for its architecture and miraculous icon of Virgin Mary. Overnight in Kaunas. (B)|
|7th Day/Wed - KAUNAS - KLAIPEDA. After breakfast, journey to the seaside by Panemune castle road with few stops and lunch along the way. Sightseeing tour of Klaipeda - Lithuania's third biggest city - a historic seaport and resort. Old Town of Klaipeda with the Theatre square and the statue of a girl Ann from Tharau, numerous old streets and buildings, Linden street with the old post-office and Mazvydas Sculpture Park. Overnight in Klaipeda. (B)|
|8th Day/Thu - KLAIPEDA - Nida - PALANGA. Full day visit to the Curonian Spit. Take the ferry to Neringa - visit Juodkrante, climb the Hill of Witches studded with numerous wooden sculptures based on Lithuanian legends and folk tales. Stop at a bird sanctuary. Drive to Nida (18 miles), a small old fishermen village famous for its majestic shore sand dunes, neo-gothic church and old ethnographic cemetery. Overnight in sea-side resort of Palanga. (B)|
|9th Day/Fri - PALANGA. Morning sightseeing of Palanga offers a visit to the famous Amber Museum which houses an exquisite amber collection. Walk through the Botanical Park of Palanga with Birute's Hill - a 22-metre-high dune, the main street full of souvenir shops, sidewalk cafes, leading to the beach and the pier. Lunch in Kretinga where you will visit the museum and get acquainted with local traditions,crafts and lifestyle of this part of Lithuania. Afternoon and evening is free time to enjoy resort life and beautiful sunsets. (B, L)|
|10th Day/Sat - PALANGA - Hill of the Crosses - VILNIUS. Today your coach returns to Vilnius with stop at the holy site of Catholic Pilgrimages – The Hill of Crosses. Farewell dinner in a local restaurant in the old town. (B, D)|
|11th Day/Sun - VILNIUS - USA. After breakfast termination of tour services and transfer to the airport. (B)|
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