SIN/HEL AY132 2335/0635+1
Assemble at Changi International Airport for you Finnair flight to Vilnius capital of Lithuania via Helsinki.
HEL/VNO AY1101 0930/1115
Upon arrival, have lunch before we commence on a city tour of Vilnius, capital city of Lithuania. The Cathedral Square is not only a key location in city’s public life, it is the most lively and most significant and widely-known symbols of Lithuania. Continue to St. Peter & Paul Church with its 2000 sculptures; the Vilnius University – one of the oldest and most famous establishments of higher education in Eastern and Central Europe, was founded in 1579. St. Anne’s Church is considered one of the most unique churches in Europe and one of the most beautiful and famous buildings in Vilnius. The Gate of Dawn is one of the symbols of the city. These gates are a famous Catholic shrine not only in the whole of Lithuania but also abroad. Built on the road to the city of Medininkai, they were one of the original five gates of Vilnius built together with the city wall. Next, visit Uzupis, the self-proclaimed “Republic” of Užupis is Vilnius’ Bohemian and artistic district.
The ancient capital of the Lithuanian Grand Principality is located 28km from Vilnius. Visit medieval Trakai Castle, famous red-brick Gothic castle of the early 15th century, built as a mighty fortress against the Crusaders and later serving as the residence of Lithuanian Dukes. Standing on an island in Lake Galve, the Castle now houses an interesting museum telling a history of Lithuania during the times of the Grand Duke Vytautas when the country borders were stretching from the Baltics till the Black Sea. The area is also home to the karaite community, a Turkic and Judaic people who came to Lithuania to serve as bodyguards to the Grand Duke in the 14th century.
This morning, we travel north to Riga, capital city of Latvia. En-route, enjoy the beautiful country sceneries as we passed by farm houses, small villages and towns. Riga is a major industrial, commercial, cultural and financial centre of the Baltics. Its historical centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the city is particularly notable for its extensive Jugendstil architecture, which UNESCO considers to be unparalleled anywhere in the world. Arrive at Rundale Palace, the palace ensemble as one of the most outstanding monuments of Baroque and Rococo architecture in Latvia. It was built between 1736 and 1740 as a summer residence for the Duke of Courland and a favourite of the Russian Empress.
After breakfast, a walking tour of the old town visiting the 3 Brothers which is the oldest complex of dwelling houses in Riga. The houses are situated at the addresses 17, 19 and 21 MazaPils Street, and each represents various periods of development of dwelling house construction in the Middle Ages. St. Jacob’s Cathedral reflects the glorious days of the Hanseatic League and this building is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of old Riga. An impressive feature of the Riga skyline since the Dark Ages, St. Peter’s Church has seen a few refurbishments in its time; especially the jinxed tower which has a nasty habit of collapsing at the mere mention of fire, lightning or World War II. These days however St. Peter’s is fighting fit and just to prove it you can board an elevator 70m up the spire for panoramic views of the city. Riga Cathedral is the Evangelical Lutheran cathedral in Riga which is also the seat of the Archbishop. After lunch, continue tour by coach to visit the Monument of Freedom – honoring soldiers killed during the Latvian War of Independence (1918–1920). It is considered an important symbol of the freedom, independence, and sovereignty of Latvia. The Riga Art Nouveau Museum was opened in 2009 and located in an apartment where the outstanding Latvian architect lived till 1907. The museum will make you feel that you are travelling through time. Behold – the sitting room where its inhabitants welcome guests, discuss opera performances and the latest fashion in Paris. The fireplace den is located in the representational wing, a place for sipping wine by the fire. The spiral staircase is amongst the most impressive not only in Riga but also the whole of Europe. The Central market is Europe’s largest market & bazaar. The main structures of the market are five pavilions constructed by reusing old German Zeppelin hangars and incorporating Neoclassicism and Art Deco styles. The market is a popular place for shopping, offering almost everything – from fresh food to local handicraft to souvenirs.
This morning, visit Gauja National Park. Founded in 1973, and it was the first national park in the territory of Latvia at that time. About 900 plants, 149 bird and 48 mammal species inhabit its territories. Continue to Sigulda, 50km east of Latvia has become known as the ‘Switzerland of Latvia’. Next proceed to Turaida castle which has been rebuilt in the Soviet area and now houses exhibition space and a small café. It also has fabulous views over the valley and the river. Lastly, visit Gutmanis cave which lies half-way between Sigulda and Turaida castle and has a little creek flowing from it. A legend states that the water in the creek emanates from Gutmanis’ tears, and drinking it is supposed to be healthy and boosting one’s lifespan.
After breakfast, travel north to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Upon arrival, proceed for lunch before check-in to hotel. Afternoon will be free for leisure.
This morning, a walking tour of old city with its romantic cobblestone streets, charming red roofs, medieval and gothic styled houses is the best preserved old town in northern Europe. Admire the picturesque lower town, the fortified town wall with many towers, the Town Hall, one of the oldest continuously functional pharmacies in the world, St. Olav’s Church, AleksanderNevskiji’s Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament and experience the magnificent panoramic views from Toompea Hill. The Kadriorg Palace and Park is a resplendent summer residence, built by Tsar Peter I in the 18th Century for his empress, Catherine – with plenty of baroque splendor, stuccoed ceilings and landscaped gardens all round. The Art Museum of Estonia has also set up their foreign branch here and you’ll find a great collection of paintings, graphics, sculptures and applied art from Russia and West Europe displayed in the Palace’s spacious halls. The Song Festival Amphitheatre – was built in 1959 for the Estonian Song Festival. The stage was meant to hold over 15,000 singers but it’s also possible to use it the other way – the performance will take place in front of the stage and audience is sitting on the stage.
TLL/ HEL AY1024 1725/1800
HEL/ SIN AY131 2355/1640+1
Day is free to for some last minute shopping. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Singapore.
Arrive at Singapore in the afternoon with fond memories of Baltic countries.
|Flying hours (Approx)||
|Time Difference||Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are all 5 hours behind Singapore time.|
|Passport||Travellers must hold an international passport with a minimum validity of six months from the date of departure from each country is required.|
|VISAS||For Singapore & Malaysia passport holders, VISAS are not required for entry into Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia. However, for other nationalities, kindly check with our office or the embassies directly.|
|Travel Insurance||Travel insurance is highly recommended by us. It covers unforeseen circumstances such as delays, baggage loss, personal accidents, injuries or illnesses. Please approach our staff for your complete insurance needs.|
|Itinerary subject to changes||Itinerary & order of sightseeing tours may be reshuffled due to unforeseen circumstances|