4 BALTIC CAPITALS + 1

4 BALTIC CAPITALS + 1

TOURS OF THE BALTIC STATES, HELSINKI TOURS

Day 1

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VILNIUS

the coat of arms of Vilnius

  • arrival in Vilnius
  • check in at the hotel
  • lunch
  • tour of the Old Town

cathedral

Vilnius University

Pilies and Didzioji Street

Gate of Dawn

  • dinner
  • return to the hotel

Hotel in Vilnius

Hotel

Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn, Vilnius. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

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Holy Virgin, who potectest bright Czestochowa

And shinest above the Ostra Gate in Wilno! Thou who dost shelter the castle of Nowogrodek with its faithful folk!

As by miracle thou didst restore mi to health, […]

So by miracle Thou wilt return us to the bosom of our country.

Adam Mickiewicz, Sir Thaddeus, Book One, opening lines

Gate of Dawn, Vilnius, Lithuania. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

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ČEBUREKAI

dumplings fried in oil, with lamb or cheese stuffing

Chebureki. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

The Old Town in Vilnius, Lithuania. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel
Vilnius, Lithuania. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

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THE OLD TOWN IN VILNIUS

The Old Town in Vilnius is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List

Vilnius Cathedral, Lithuania. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

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VILNIUS CATHEDRAL

Vilnius cathedral is a place where king of Poland Alexander Jagiellon, the Grand Duke of Lithuania Vytautas and Queens Barbara Radziwill and Elizabeth of Austria are buried. The heart of King of Poland Wladyslaw IV Wasa was placed in the tombs too. During Soviet rule the cathedral was converted into a warehouse. Many epitaphs in Polish were removed and the statues of saints were taken down from the roof. Later the cathedral was a concert hall and an art gallery. Officially the religious function of the church was restored in 1989.

Vilnius University, Lithuania. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

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VILNIUS UNIVERSITY

Vilnius University – third oldest university in the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and one of the oldest in this part of Europe. It was created by King Stefan Batory in 1579. After the partitions of Poland-Lithuania the university was a refuge for Polish language and patriotism. The most famous alumni were Adam Mickiewicz, Juliusz Slowacki, Czesław Miłosz. Many notable Poles and Lithuaninans were professors of the university – Piotr Skarga, Jakub Wujek, Franciszek Bohomolec, Adam Naruszewicz, Joachim Lelewel.

Meals

Dinner – Lithuanian cuisine

Guided tour

Guided tour

Vilnius, Lithuania. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Chris

Day 2

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VILNIUS

  • Rasos cemetery
  • Užupis district
  • St. Anne’s Church and the Church of St. Francis and St. Bernard
  • lunch
  • Upper Castle and the Gediminas’ Tower
  • Church of St. Peter and St. Paul
  • Gediminas’ Avenue (formerly Mickiewicz Street)
  • free time
  • dinner
  • return to the hotel

Lunch – cepelinai

Meals

Dinner – potato kishka

ADAM MICKIEWICZ IN VILNIUS

Church of St. Francis and St. Bernard, Vilnius, Lithuania. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

-between 1815 and 1819 he studied at the Vilnius University

-he wrote ‘Grazyna’

-between November 1823 and March 1824 he was imprisoned in the former Bernardine cloister for his cooperation with secret organizations of Philomaths and Philarets. He was kept in legendary Konrad’s Cell described in the third part of ‘Dziady’ (Forefather’s Eve). It was believed that this was the place where Konrad spoke out so called Great Improvisation – one of the milestones of Polish literature – a monologue where Konrad challenged God. 

RASOS CEMETERY

Burial place for many notable Poles, Lithuanians and Belarusians – poets, scientists, patriots. The cemetery is considered being one of most beautiful and significant in this part of Europe with importance similar to Warsaw’s Powazki, Krakow’s Skalka or Lychakiv in Lviv. One of the most important places for Poles in the Rasos Cemetery is ‘The Mother and Son’s Heart’ mausoleum devoted to Polish national hero Jozef Pilsudski. There are the grave of Maria Pilsudska and the buried heart of Jozef Pilsudski.

St. Anne's Church, Vilnius, Lithunia. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

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ST. ANNE’S CHURCH

Pearl of the brick-built late Gothic architecture. The founder of the church was Grand Duke of Lithuania and King of Poland – Alexander Jagiellon. It is said that Napoleon liked the church so much that he wanted to move it to Paris.

Gediminas' Tower, Vilnius, Lithuania. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

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GEDIMINAS’ TOWER

Gediminas’ Tower is a symbol of the city and an important landmark in its skyline with a spectacular view that may be admired from the top of the tower. The first wooden fortifications on the top of the Castle Hill were built in 11th century.

Day 3

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RIGA

the coat of arms of Riga

  • bus tour to Riga
  • check in at the hotel
  • lunch
  • tour of the Old Town

cathedral

Riga Castle

St. Peter’s Church

The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia

  • Art Nouveau architecture in Riga – the vicinity of Brivibas iela and the Freedom Monument
  • dinner
  • return to the hotel

Hotel in Riga

Hotel

Lunch – eisbein

Meals

Dinner – Latvian salad

Art Nouveau townhouse on Alberta iela street in Riga. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

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Art Nouveau townhouse on Elizabetes iela street in Riga. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

ART NOUVEAU IN RIGA

Riga is a member of prestigious Réseau Art Nouveau Network grouping cities where this style is well represented in their skyline. Nearly one third of buildings in the centre were built in Art Nouveau style or at least have ornamental decorations characteristic to Art Nouveau. At the turn of the centuries 19th and 20th Riga was one of the most important business centres in the Baltic Sea region. This expanding, rich and cosmopolitan city needed a new centre beyond its medieval heart framed within the defensive walls. The architecture with floating, wavy lines, plant and beast ornamentation, mythological or religious motives, as well as colourful façades suited well to elegant, representative, new part of town. The most notable examples of Art Nouveau in Riga are buildings designed by Russian architect Mikhail Eisenstein. 

Art Nouveau townhouse on Alberta iela street in Riga. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Henning Klokkeråsen

Art Nouveau townhouse in Riga. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

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House of the Blackheads in Riga, Latvia. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

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OLD TOWN

Old Town in Riga is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, Riga. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Adam Jones

MUSEUM OF THE OCCUPATION OF LATVIA

In The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia Latvians confront the times of Soviet occupation after 1940. People who may have remembered those times did not realize how much hated was the occupant and how much perfidious and mendacious was the policy of the Communist Big Brother towards the Baltic States. The exhibition is shattering and dramatic. It is a must see!

Day 4

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TALLINN

the coat of arms of Tallinn

  • bus tour to Tallinn
  • check in at the hotel
  • lunch
  • walk of the Old Town

Market Square

Town Hall

Upper Town

St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral

  • free time
  • dinner
  • return to the hotel

SINGING REVOLUTION

Estonians are called a singing nation. The tradition to sing songs dates back to the middle of 19th century and played a fundamental role in the process of national awakening and forming of Estonian culture. The Singing Revolution lasted from 1986 to 1991, i.e. to the moment of regaining the independence. Mass protests against Soviet occupation often took a form of concerts were people holding hands sang folk and patriotic songs. 11 September 1988 during such a singing assembly in Tallinn there were 300 thousand participants, i.e. every third Estonian.

Hotel

Hotel in Tallinn

Lunch – mulgikapsad

pork with cabbage and boiled potatoes

Meals

Dinner – silgusoust

Baltic herring with bacon and sour cream

Tallinn - the City Hall and the Town Sqaure. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Guillaume Speurt

OLD TOWN IN TALLINN

Old Town in Tallinn was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997.

The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Tallinn, Estonia. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

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Tallinn, Estonia. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Stian Støer Ødegård

Day 5

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HELSINKI

the coat of arms of Helsinki

  • morning cruise to Helsinki
  • tour of the centre

Senate Square and the Cathedral

Kauppatori market square

Kamppi – the chapel of silence

– The Parliament House

Finlandia Talo concert & congress hall

Temppeliaukion kirkko (Rock Church)

Sibelius monument

  • lunch
  • cruise to Suomenlinna Fortress
  • visit to the Fortress
  • cruise to Tallinn
  • dinner
  • accommodation

Hotel in Tallinn

Hotel

Lunch – Karelian dumplings

Meals

Dinner on-board

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KARJALANPIIRAKKA

Karelian dumpings stuffed with mashed potatoes

Karelian dumplings. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

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Cruise from Tallinn to Helsinki. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

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Cruise

Ferry cruise

Kamppi Chapel, Helsinki. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

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KAMPPI CHAPEL

Kamppi Chapel is also known the chapel of silence as it was designed as a place for contemplation for everybody regardless the religion or the philosophy of life. It is a place to calm down in one of the busiest districts of Helsinki. In 2012 Helsinki was declared the World Capital of Design. Due to this programme the chapel was built. Project’s designers – Kimmo Lintula, Niko Sirola and Mikko Summanen – won the International Architecture Awards in 2010. 

Suomenlinna Fortress, Helsinki. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Jussi Hellsten / VisitFinland

THE SUOMENLINNA FORTRESS

The Suomenlinna fortress is situated on six islands and was built in order to defend Helsinki from possible attacks from the sea. It is now inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Helsinki Cathedral. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

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Helsinki National Museum. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

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ALVAR AALTO

World famous, modernist architect and applied art designer. His works are inspired by nature and traditional Finish architecture. The buildings are oriented to people as well as their needs and they perfectly fit into their natural environment. Organic, floating forms, functionality and ‘abundant’ simplicity are characteristic features of Alvar Aalto’s works. It all gives the impression that the buildings regardless the time passed are still up-to-date and fresh. The most famous works of Aalto in Finland are Finlandia Talo and Helsinki University of Technology in Otaniemi. 

The library in Vyborg designed by Alvar Aalto with famous Artek stools, Russia. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

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The vase designed by Alvar Aalto. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

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The library in Rovaniemi designed by Alvar Aalto, Finland. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

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Finlandia Talo, Helsinki, Finland. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

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KAALIKÄÄRYLEET

Finnish cabbage rolls

Finnish cabbage rolls. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

 photo: Juho Kuva/VisitFinland

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KORVAPUUSTI

cinnamon rolls

Cinnamon rolls. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

 photo: Vastavalo / Taru Rantala / VisitFinland  

Day 6

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TARTU AND KAUNAS

the coat of arms of Kaunasthe coat of arms of Tartu

  • breakfast on-board
  • bus tour to Tartu
  • walking tour of the town
  • coffee break
  • bus tour to Kaunas
  • lunch
  • check in at the hotel in Kaunas
  • walking tour of Kaunas
  • dinner

Accommodation in Kaunas

Hotel

Dinner – cepelinai

Meals

Tartu University, Estonia. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

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TARTU UNIVERSITY

The largest and highest ranked university in Estonia. It was founded in 1632 by King of Sweden Gustavus Adolfus on a basis of Jesuit grammar school established by King of Poland Stefan Batory. After close-down the Vilnius University and the Warsaw University by the tsarist authorities of Russia in 1831, the Tartu University become the main academy for Poles from the territories occupied by Russia.

Tartu City Hall, Estonia. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

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TARTU

The second largest city in Estonia, its intellectual and cultural capital.

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CEPELINAI

Huge dumplings in a shape of the Zeppelins. It is a traditional dish in Lithuania as well as in east Poland

Cepelinai. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

 photo: Antonio Campoy

St. Michael the Archangel Church, Kaunas, Lithuania. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

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KAUNAS

The second largest city of Lithuania. In the interwar period it was the temporary capital of Lithuania as Vilnius was annexed by Poland. Between 1819 and 1823 Adam Mickiewicz lived in Kaunas and worked as a teacher.

Old Town in Kaunas, Lithuania. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

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Old Town in Kaunas, Lithuania. Tours of the Baltic States, Helsinki tours – Hit The Road Travel

photo: Erin Altomare

Day 7

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RETURN TRIP

  • meals
  • transfer to the airport

PRICE from 565 € per person*

*price for a group of 48 people, incl. bus transport, day ferry cruise to Helsinki, night ferry cruise to Tallinn, meals, accommodation in hotel double rooms, entry tickets to attractions, guide service. The price does not include connecting flights to starting points and from the final destination of the tour.

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  • ferry or ship cruise
  • horse riding
  • knowledge
  • shopping
  • bus transfer
  • canoeing rally
  • monuments
  • art
  • attractions for kids
  • meals
  • amusement park
  • workshop or team building
  • car
  • plane
  • bike trips
  • swimming pool
  • active
  • relax
  • fishing
  • walking tour
  • diving
  • nature
  • spa
  • nature study
  • RIB
  • narrow-gauge railway
  • surf
  • adventure park
  • bungee jumping
  • go-karts
  • golf
  • off-roading
  • zip-line
  • shotting range or paintball
  • quads

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