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The Baltic Sea Connection

Program Number: 3340RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/21/2015 - 6/4/2015; 8/16/2015 - 8/30/2015;
Duration: 14 nights
Location: Lithuania/Estonia/Latvia/Russia
Price starting at: $3,995.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 28; 13 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 11 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Tucked into a corner of the European continent, on the border with Russia, these Baltic nations sharing the Baltic sea coastline have emerged from the era of Communism with a face turned firmly toward the future. See how centuries of living in the shadows of more dominant nations have emphasized their unique characters as they embark on the 21st century. Trace their history, artistry and politics all the way to St. Petersburg.




Highlights

• A former Lithuanian government official discusses the status of the Baltic states in the European Union.
• Enjoy an evening with local Baltic residents and cultural events such as traditional music and dance performances, or a classical concert.
• Licensed experts and university staff highlight Medieval architecture of the Baltics and art treasures of the Hermitage and Summer palaces of Russian Tsars.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles daily, standing in museums; no wheelchair facilities.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival St. Petersburg (Russia), 4 nights; coach to Tallinn (Estonia), 3 nights; coach to Riga (Latvia), 3 nights; coach to Vilnius (Lithuania), 3 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from U.S
1 night
Arrival St. Petersburg (Russia)
4 nights

An expert on regional politics highlights Lithiania's struggle for independence. Excursions in and around Vilnius focus on history and modern revival. Visit the 14th-century Trakai Castle, situated on an island in Lake Galve, enjoy a walk in the Old Town. Enjoy and evning with the locals.



Coach to Tallinn (Estonia)
3 nights

During an expert-led walk explore Tallinn's Upper Town, including a visit to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Dome Church and Lower Town with numerous shops and St. Catherine's Arts and Crafts Center. Walk through the Kadriorg park and hear of the effects of Estonia's accession to the EU from a local expert.



Coach to Riga (Latvia)
3 nights

Drive along the Baltic coast through Parnu, a seaside resort town on the way to Tallinn. During an expert-led walk explore Tallinn's Upper Town, including a visit to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Dome Church and Lower Town with numerous shops and St. Catherine's Arts and Crafts Center. Walk through the Kadriorg park and hear of the effects of Estonia's accession to the EU from a local expert.



Coach to Vilnius (Lithuania)
3 nights

An expert on regional politics highlights Lithiania's struggle for independence. Excursions in and around Vilnius focus on history and modern revival. Visit the 14th-century Trakai Castle, situated on an island in Lake Galve, enjoy a walk in the Old Town. Enjoy and evening with the locals.




Accommodations
St. Petersburg: Superior three-star hotel facing the fashionable Nevsky Prospekt.Tallinn: Three-star hotel short walking distance to the Old Town. Riga: Four-star hotel blends modern design and medieval architecture. Vilnius: Four-star hotel on the bank of the Neris River.
Meals and Lodgings
   Park Inn Nevsky Hotel
  St. Petersburg, Russia 4 nights
   Park Inn Central Hotel
  Tallinn, Estonia 3 nights
   Avalon Hotel
  Riga, Latvia 3 nights
   Novotel Vilnius Hotel
  Vilnius, Lithuania 3 nights
 Park Inn Nevsky Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Park Inn is a recently opened 3-4-star hotel (270 rooms) in the heart of St Petersburg. It is housed in an impressive modern building occupying an entire city block and facing the fashionable Nevsky Prospekt and a side street. The hotel offers all the modern amenities and is conveniently located within walking or short driving distance to many tourist attractions and theaters and is also next to a Metro stop and the Moscow train station. 24-hour security and English-speaking staff.
  Contact info: 4 Lit. A, Goncharnaya Street / 91 Lit A Nevsky Prospekt
St.Petersburg,  191036 Russia
phone: +7 812-406-7310
web: www.rezidorparkinn.com
  Room amenities: Newly furnished, comfortable air conditioned rooms have private showers (no bathtubs), telephones, and satellite TV. The rooms are tastefully furnished, although rather small, and all have safes and hairdryers. There is a charge for Internet connection in the guestrooms.
  Facility amenities: The Park Inn Hotel has a pleasant modern lobby, elevators, a nice restaurant, several bars, concierge service for theater tickets, a small fitness center, a well-equipped business center with Internet access, and conference facilities. The hotel offers various services including laundry, dry cleaning, room service, etc. Free Internet connection is available to guests in the hotel lobby.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $350 twin (approx). Additional hotel nights can be requested by contacting Road Scholar Travel Services. RSTS will confirm the reservation and rate and you will pay the hotel directly by credit card or by cash for the additional nights. Please note that the reservation will be separate from the program reservation, and it is likely that you will need to check out of the room and check back into a different room with the group. Additional nights can also be booked independently via the Internet.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Park Inn Central Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The Park Inn Central is a comfortable, newly renovated, modern hotel, managed by Radisson, and situated near Old Town and the city center, within walking distance to major city sites. The hotel staff speaks English, offers 24-hour front desk service, and 24-hour security.
  Contact info: 7C, Narva mnt
Tallinn EE
10117,   Estonia
phone: + 372 633 9800
web: www.parkinn.com/hotel-centraltallinn
  Room amenities: Standard guest rooms are comfortable, clean and spacious with twin beds. They are air-conditioned, have private showers, all standard amenities and a hairdryer. Internet access is available for a fee, and there is a direct-dial phone, cable TV, and a minibar. No safes in standard rooms.
  Facility amenities: The hotel has 245 spacious guestrooms with modern amenities,a nice modern lobby, elevators, ATMs, a good restaurant, lobby bar, and a stylish café. It provides standard hotel services, including 24-hour laundry and dry-cleaning service and free high-speed, wireless Internet access in the hotel lobby. Internet access for a fee is also available in standard rooms. It has good conference facilities and a small fitness area with a jacuzzi and sauna.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Avalon Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Opened in June 2007, the newly built, award-winning 4-star Avalon Hotel successfully blends modern design with the medieval traditions of the city's architecture. It is located in the city center and is adjacent to the Old Town of Riga.
  Contact info: 70 Kaleju St.
Riga,  LV-1050 Latvia
phone: +371 67169999
web: www.hotelavalon.eu
  Room amenities: All rooms are spacious, air conditioned and offer all the standard amenities, including private baths or showers, satellite TV, telephone, minibars, safes and hairdryers.
  Facility amenities: The Avalon is fully air-conditioned, has a modern, tastefully designed lobby, conference facilities, a business center with Internet access, several bars, a fitness center, and a nice restaurant. It offers a wide range of standard services, employs English-speaking staff and has 24-hour security.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Novotel Vilnius Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Novotel Vilnius Hotel is part of the Accor Hotel chain and it is a medium size (159 rooms), 4-star hotel ideally located in the city center, next to the Old Town. The overall atmosphere of the hotel, its modern architecture and simple but elegant interior reflect the spirit of modern Vilnius. It is located in the fashionable area of the city with many shops and restaurants and in close proximity to tourist and cultural sites. The hotel has 24-hour security and employs English-speaking staff.
  Contact info: Gedimino Ave 16
Vilnius,  LT 01103 Lithuania
phone: (+370)5/2666200
web: www.accorhotels.com
  Room amenities: Spacious, comfortable, tastefully-furnished guest rooms, with private bathrooms, satellite TV, and telephones. Rooms are air conditioned and have hairdryers.
  Facility amenities: The hotel features a nice lobby, a fitness center, conference facilities offering Internet access, a lobby bar, and an excellent restaurant. It is fully air conditioned and offers various services.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Approximately $110 twin basis. Additional hotel nights can be requested by contacting Road Scholar Travel Services. RSTS will confirm the reservation and rate and you will pay the hotel directly by credit card or by cash for the additional nights. Do note the reservation will be separate from the program reservation and it is likely that you will need to check out of the room and check back in to a different room with the group. Extra nights can also be reserved independently via the Internet.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Day 2: 3:00 PM at the hotel. You will be staying at the Park Inn Nevsky Hotel. At 6:00 pm, meet in the hotel lobby for Road Scholar registration. You will be staying at Park Inn Nevsky Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Day 15: 9:00 AM, program officially ends. Drop off at airport. You will be staying on the Novotel Hotel the night before. You will be staying at Novotel Vilnius Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
n/a
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Available if traveling within Europe.
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Petersburg
  Nearest airport:  LED Pulkovo Airport
  Transportation to site: A group arrival transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air-inclusive program and arrive on the group date.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Vilnius
  Nearest highway: n/a
  Nearest airport:  Vilnius VNO
  Transportation from site: A group departure transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air-inclusive program and depart on the group date.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: In transit
(Thursday, May 21)
   
 Depart From: your home airport in the USA to St. Petersburg, RF.

Day 2: Arrivals in St. Petersburg
(Friday, May 22)

Note: Participants in this Flex Active program which includes independent exploration must be prepared to walk up to 2 miles daily including on unpaved surface and up/down stairs. The program is not suitable for participants with wheelchairs or walkers. Be prepared to carry/roll personal luggage on occasion, as porters are not always available. Group meals are fixed, cannot be changed on demand; a vegetarian menu(not vegan) is served if requested in your PIFs, other special meals cannot be confirmed.



   
 Arrive To: Arrival in St. Petersburg Pulkovo airport in the afternoon. Group Transfers to hotel for all participants holding air tickets from Road Scholar. Independent travelers are welcome to join the pre-scheduled group transfer or make their way to hotel by 6pm. Estimated travel time to hotel is about 1 hour.
 Afternoon: Hotel check in. RS registration at 6pm in hotel lobby.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Park Inn Nevsky Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Political discussion/ City drive, Peter and Paul's fortress/ Evening performance
(Saturday, May 23)

Note: Light walking.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning participate in a discussion on "Russia Today", which will address the Russian society, political system,and issues of religion and ethnicity" (presented by a university professor). Q&A . Folowing the lecture begin city exploration by motorcoach, to see major architectural and historical landmarks including: Peter and Paul Fortress and cathedral, the bithplace of the city; the golden domed St. Isaac’s cathedral; the Bronze Horseman monument, a tribute to Peter the Great, the founder of the city; finally, drive along the fashionable Nevsky Prospekt passing by numerous palaces, gardens, canals and graceful bridges.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Return to hotel to rest before the evening program. Or: explore the city on your own, suggestions of interesting sites to visit will be made on site.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel or in a local restaurant.
 Evening: Attend an evening performance ( the exact date and performance to be announced 4-5 weeks prior to departure).
   
Accommodations: Park Inn Nevsky Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: The Romanov dynasty : Summer estates of the Russian Tsars..
(Sunday, May 24)

Note: Extensive walking in parks and palaces. Be prepared to walking up/down stairs, uneven terrain, standing in museums. comfortable shoes are recommended, rest areas are available.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Today is dedicated to the Romanov Dynasty (of Russian tsars). En route to Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) hear a presentation on the Romanov family who ruled Russia over 300 years. Visit Catherine's Palace in Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), and see an elaborate baroque Palace built in 1752 by Tsarina Elizabeth to honor the memory of her mother Catherine I. Later it became a favorite retreat for Catherine II (the Great). See the Eighth Wonder of the World -- the extraordinary Amber Room-- decorated with six tons of solid amber carved and framed in gold leaf. The original room was mysteriously lost or stolen by the Nazis during WWII and later meticulously reconstructed by the Russian artists.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Continue on to Peterhof, a favorite summer estate of Peter I (the Great). See (exterior) the elaborate Grand Palace built to rival the palace of Versailles, now a museum, the Mon Plaisir Palace, a more humble villa, the Grand Cascade, and enjoy an expert led walk in the spectacular Lower Park by the Gulf of Finland, featuring over 150 fountains. (note: excursions to palaces and other museums on site are not part of the visit)
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Park Inn Nevsky Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Hermitaqe museum/ Free afternoon
(Monday, May 25)

Note: Extensive walking (up to 2 miles),including up/down stairs, comfortable shoes are recommended.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning participate in an expert led visit to the Hermitage Museum, one of the world's greatest art galleries. Enjoy the dazzling collection of Old Masters, French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, as well as numerous art treasures of all eras from all over the world.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the museum or in the city.
 Afternoon: Afternoon is free at the Hermitage, or, to explore the city on your own and suggestions for interesting sites and museums will be made.
 Dinner: Dinner in a city restaurant.
 Evening: Evening free to relax.
   
Accommodations: Park Inn Nevsky Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: St. Petersburg - Narva - Tallinn, Estonia transfer by motor coach.
(Tuesday, May 26)

Note: Extensive driving time including border crossing 7-8 hours. Motor coach is air conditioned, facilities on board.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Morning motorcoach transfer from St. Petersburg, Russia, to Tallinn, Estonia, with a stopover in the town of Narva for customs and border crossing formalities.
 Lunch: Packed lunch en route.
 Afternoon: Continue on to Tallinn with a late-afternoon arrival at the program hotel. Tallinn was founded in 1154 and, at over 850 years old, is the oldest of the three Baltic capital and is the historical, cultural, and political center of Estonia.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel.
   
Accommodations: Park Inn Central Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Discussion on politics and economy of modern Estonia/walking excursion in Old Town/Performance
(Wednesday, May 27)

Note: Extensive walking on cobble stone surface, up/down stairs and hills.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Participate in a discussion on Estonian economy and social and political issues in the aftermath of Estonia's entry into the EU. Following the discussion begin an expert led city walk to learn about the history of Estonia and the architecture of Old Tallinn. The Old Town is on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. It has all features of a 15th-century trading town and the general look of a typical, prosperous Hanseatic town. We shall see the Toompea Castle, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Dome Church, and other interesting sites in the Upper Town.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: A city walk continues in the Lower Town of Tallinn. The medieval Old Town is a busy place with shops, galleries, souvenir markets, outdoor cafes and restaurants. We shall see the Old Town Hall, called Raekoja Plats,and the Tower, both dating back to the 15th century, pass by St. Nicholas Church and the Town Hall Square and end up at Catherine's Arts and Crafts Center. .................................................................. Attend an afternoon performance. The rest of the day is free for independent explorations.

 Dinner: Dinner on your own
   
Accommodations: Park Inn Central Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Visit to Kadriorg-Piriita/ Free afternoon and evening
(Thursday, May 28)

Note: Expected travel time is about 4-5 hours.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel in Riga.
 Morning: This morning we learn about historic ties Estonia has with Russia and visit the Kadriorg Palace - a stunning baroque splendor with stuccoed ceilings and landscaped gardens all round. Nowdays, as a branch of the Art Museum of Estonia it houses a rich collection of paintings, graphics, sculptures and applied from Russia. Then take a drive through the nearby seaside suburb of Piriita, a popular recreational area by the Baltic sea and a favorite venue for mid-summer festivals and active holidays. Return to Old Town.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own
 Afternoon: The afternoon is free to explore on your own and suggestions of interesting sites to visit will be made on site.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Park Inn Central Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Tallinn, Estonia - Parnu - Riga, Latvia
(Friday, May 29)

Note: Expected driving time 4-5 hours.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: This morning we drive to Riga, Latvia. On the way to Riga, enjoy Estonian countryside, the picturesque Baltic coastline, numerous hills and lakes. Have a short stop in Paarnu, a seaside resort town.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own en route.
 Afternoon: Late afternoon arrival in Riga. Riga, founded in 1201 by the German Bishop Albert, is the largest of the three Baltic capitals; it boasts a kaleidoscope of architectural styles, a busy seaport, and a rich cultural life. Check in at hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at program hotel.
   
Accommodations: Avalon Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Lecture/ Occupation museum/city walk /performance
(Saturday, May 30)

Note: Extensive walking on cobble stoned surface in Old town.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: This morning attend a Lecture: “Latvia today, the political and economic situation in Latvia, and its socio-demographic structure.” ............................................................ Following the lecture, explore the Museum of Latvian Occupation, featuring many items and documents related to Latvia’s struggle for independence in various periods. After that join a local expert for a city walk and learn about the 800-year history and architecture of Riga Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage site). See medieval buildings, Riga Castle, and enjoy organ music at the Dome Cathedral.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: The afternoon is free to explore Tallinn on your own and suggestions of interesting sites and local museums to visit will be made on site.
 Dinner: Group Dinner in Old town.
   
Accommodations: Avalon Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Presentation on Latvian music/Visit to the Art Nouveau district
(Sunday, May 31)

Note: Expected travel time 6-7 hours. Facilities on board.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Today attend a presentation on Latvian national music. Learn of Latvian folkloric traditions and musical instruments. After the presentation, continue exploration of the city by motor coach.
 Lunch: Lunch in Old town.
 Afternoon: Enjoy an expert led drive through the Art Nouveau district famous for Jurgenstil architecture. After the excursion drive through the area of the former Jewish ghetto. ................................................................... Enjoy independent discoveries for the rest of the afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own
 Evening: Attend an Evening performance.
   
Accommodations: Avalon Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Riga, Latvia - Pilsrundele, Latvia - Vilnius, Lithuania transfer
(Monday, June 1)

Note: Expected driving time -4-5 hours.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: This morning spend time at a local market before driving to Vilnius, Lithuania. We drive via town of Pilsrundele where we stop and we participate in an excursion to the baroque palace of Rundele, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland.
 Lunch: Lunch in Pilsrundele.
 Afternoon: Arrive in Vilnius in the late afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel or city restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Novotel Vilnius Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Visit Tsarskoye selo (Pushkin) and Peterhof
(Tuesday, June 2)

Note: A full day trip. Extensive walking (up to 2 miles), comfortable shoes are recommended.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: This morning participate in a Lecture by a university professor focusing on the Baltic States's geographical and political position and Lithuania's integration into the European Community. After the lecture, join a local expert for a city walk, focusing on the city of Vilnius its history and baroque architecture: walk through the University campus, see the rich interior of Peter and Paul Cathedral and the Church of St. Anna, admire the medieval Gates of Dawn and stop at the site of the ancient synagogue.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own
 Afternoon: Afternoon free to enjoy the city on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own upon return. .
 Evening: Evening program. (TBA on site).
   
Accommodations: Novotel Vilnius Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14: Visit to the historic Trakai Castle./ Free time/ Farewell Dinner/performance
(Wednesday, June 3)

Note: Walking on unpaved terrain. rest areas are available.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. Check-out.
 Morning: This morning is dedicated to Lithuania's 1000-year old history. Drive for an excursion of the historic Trakai Castle. From a museum curator learn about the history of Lithuania and the historic events associated with Trakai Castle. For a short in meddle ages Trakai was the capital of Lithuania. From the castle you have a magnificent view of more than 30 glacier-made lakes. The 15th-century castle, constructed in 1406 under Grand Duke Vytautas, is strategically situated on three islands in the middle of Lake Galve. Trakai's pride is the Castle History Museum, which features many medieval objects and Lithuanian period furniture of the 18th-20th centuries.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own
 Afternoon: Retun to the city. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. Check with the group leader for suggestions or just wander the city.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner. Folkloric show.
   
Accommodations: Novotel Vilnius Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15: Transfers to airport.
(Thursday, June 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Program ends, transfer to airport for flights home. Independent travelers are welcome to join group transfers.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Vilnius Amber
Interesting collection of Amber for those who wish to learn more about Amber which the Baltic sea is famous for. Program staff will assist you with this visit if desired. Entrance fee is additional.
  Jewish
The museum is dedicated to Jewish history in Lithuania, featuring numerous documents and photographs related to various historic periods. Program staff will assist with this visit if desired. Entrance fee is additional.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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