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This tour requires
    a visa for Russia.

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 - day 0
Participants leave their home town and fly to Amsterdam with possibly (if departed earlier) a stay at the IBIS hotel, near Central Station Amsterdam before continue their flight to Vilnius.
 - day 1
 

Vilnius - upon arrival you will be picked up from the airport or in case of delays or reroutings by cab to the Holiday Inn. All participants are expected to check in today and those who arrive early we will provide with info to start exploring the city on their own. Or use this day to rest and acclimatize.

 - day 2

Here you may have a genuine glimpse of 19th century life and picturesque cobble-stoned streets and numerous historic buildings.

The Holiday Inn.


All are invited to come to the hotel lobby where Cor and Johan will provide information about the plans for Vilnius and propose an escorted 2 hour walk through the center of Vilnius, followed by group dinner at a restaurant in town.

Holiday Inn Vilnius

The main tourist attractions and shopping center are within walking distance.

 - day 3


Holiday Inn Vilnius

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Vilnius guided city tour in the morning. You will see spectacular architectural and cultural masterpieces. The late Baroque churches are particularly outstanding. Napoleon once wished to carry over the Gothic St Anne's church to Paris. Fortunately he did not. UNESCO declared the OLD Town a part of the World heritage.

Group lunch at noon.
In the afternoon we'll go to the  Jewish State  Museum, divided over two buildings. One comprises Jewish cultural items, photographs, books and more, dedicated to the Jewish presence in Vilnius. The other museum focuses on Jewish life in pre-war Vilnius and its destruction during the Holocaust.
In the evening you will be free to explore Vilnius by night.

The Vilnius Jewish
State Museum:


 
 - day 4

 
At 8:30 am we make an excursion by bus through the neighborhood of Vilnius, followed by a group lunch at 12.30. The rest of the day will be for shopping or excursions of your choice, like an in depth visit to the Romanov Church or the Gestapo museum, where you will understand why Lithuania wanted to join free Europe.
Ruins of the Vilnius Synagogue Courtyard.

Holiday Inn Vilnius
 

At 7 pm you are all expected back in the hotel for the group dinner.

 - day 5
 

We leave Vilnius and travel by bus to RIGA , capital of the Republic of Latvia. We will have a group lunch in the fabulous Latvian Lido, followed by an early afternoon guided city tour by bus.

UNESCO included the old town of Riga in its list, because the historic center of Riga is of an outstanding universal value by virtue of the quality and the quantity of its Art Nouveau/Jugendstil architecture and its 19th century constructions in wood. It is generally recognized that Riga has the finest collection of art nouveau buildings in Europe
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Evening at leisure

Reval hotel
 
 

 - day 6
Riga - Reval Hotel Latvija

Visit to the RIGA museum of Occupation and the Jewish Museum are scheduled.

After the Museum visits a group lunch.

Did you know that our decorated Christmas tree tradition started in Riga, in the year 1510?

The Riga museum of occupation we visit shows the absurd war history of Latvia.
First Russia invaded Latvia in 1940.
A year later, July 1941, people thought they became liberated, when the German soldiers marched into Riga.

< The memorial at the Salispils concentration camp.
 - day 7


Ruins of Old Shul Synagogue.

RIGA Today's [individual] activities will be filled in by your choice of the many plans we supply.

In 1940-1941 leading Jews were arrested and perished in Stalin's Gulag. The NKVD deported 14,000 inhabitants of Latvia on June 14th 1941 including about 5000 Jews, half of them from Riga. More than 70,000 Latvian Jews were murdered during the Holocaust. After the war only a few survivors returned. Some Jews from the USSR settled in Riga.


Group dinner in the evening.

Riga - Reval Hotel Latvia
 - day 8

Alexander Nevski Cathedral

After three days Riga it is time to move on to TALLINN in Estonia. A lively harbor town with ships
entering from all over the world.

Enroute we will enjoy a lunch at the Peoleo restaurant.
In the afternoon we expect to check in at the Riga Radisson SAS hotel.

Leisure evening together we will enjoy at
   the Market Square.

Radisson SAS Hotel

RAVALA STREET 3 - TALLINN, 10143 TEL: +372 682 3 000
 - day 9
  Radisson TALLINN
RAVALA STREET 3 - TALLINN, 10143 TEL: +372 682 3 000

TALLINN

In the morning a guided walk through the medieval town center.

Group lunch at the hotel, after that optional activities, we will advise you about.


Defense Towers
 - day 10
  Radisson TALLINN
RAVALA STREET 3 - TALLINN, 10143 TEL: +372 682 3 000

TALLINN
A day you may spend with activities we selected or with those of your choice.

At 7 pm everybody is expected back to enjoy a group dinner, followed by a meeting.

 - day 11

Russia, St Petersburg is our target today, we leave by bus at 8 am for a drive along the coast. En route we have a group lunch and upon arrival a guided city tour by bus. St. Petersburg, founded in 1703 by Tsar Peter the Great, is Russia's most European City and is known as the "Venice of the North".

After check in at the Radisson hotel the evening will be for leisure.

Royal  Hotel
NEVSKY 49 - ST PETERSBURG, 191025 TEL: +78123225000

 
 - day 12
  Radisson Royal Hotel
NEVSKY 49 - ST PETERSBURG, 191025 TEL: +78123225000
inside the museum:

St Petersburg.
Today we will visit the State Hermitage Museum, consisting of 5 buildings. It is not just its collection, but also its beautiful exterior.
(see photo on the right side)

After group lunch, we visit Tsarkie Selo, the summer residence of Tsarina Elisabeth and Catherina the Great.

Evening at leisure.

Palace of Catherina the Great >


Above: exterior of the museum
 - day 13

St Catherina
St Petersburg

Your own interests can be explored today, with the help of our suggestions.

In the evening after early group dinner we hope to offer you an evening with opera ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre 

Radisson SAS Royal Hotel
 - day 14
  This day we say farewell to those who made their own arrangements. All others will join us at 8 am for a long bus ride from St.Petersburg to Vilnius, straight across Northwest Russia, providing a feeling of ordinary Russian life. Several stops will be made, including one for a group lunch.

At 7 pm we expect to be back at the Holiday Inn in Vilnius for a good night rest.

Holiday Inn Vilnius

 - day 15
 

In 2005 we added:

We do regret an early wake-up, because we have to leave the hotel at 6.15 am in order to meet flight TE 460, departing at 7.30am and arriving in Amsterdam at 9.05 am.

Back home (if with Northwest Airlines)

The videos shown on the bus partly pertain to the Holocaust sites, which we will watch before visit them. For the other part they contain information regarding the cities we are approaching. One video concerns the life of Miep Gies, Anne Frank's helper.
Pictures are merely a way to give an impression of what we will actually see on the trip. Hotels in particular always give pictures of their most beautiful rooms.
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