Baltic States & Berlin

TALLINN, RIGA, VILNIUS, HELSINKI & BERLIN

Save up to $800 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this remarkable journey to the Baltic States and Berlin. Reserve by November 6, 2014 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.

Itinerary at a glance Highlights Your tour includes
  • 3 nights in Vilnius
  • 3 nights in Riga
  • 2 nights in Tallinn
  • 3 nights in Berlin
  • 1 nights in Helsinki
  • Baroque Architecture in Vilnius
  • Trakai Castle
  • Rundale Palace
  • Dome Cathedral (Riga)
  • Russian Orthodox Dome Church (Tallinn)
  • Berlin Wall
  • Checkpoint Charlie (Berlin)
  • Unter den Linden (Berlin)
  • German Historical Museum (Berlin)
  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) via Finnair
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Europe transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at First Class hotels
  • 16 meals: 12 full buffet breakfasts (B) and 4 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
  • English-speaking tour director in the Baltics and local guides in Berlin and Helsinki

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(Land Only Prices Available Upon Request)

Tour cost airfare included

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$ 2799

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$ 2999

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$ 3099

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $579.
Business Class Upgrade: JFK-Helsinki-JFK add $3299
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

 

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your fascinating sojourn begins as you depart this evening on your overnight flight to Europe.
Day 2
Arrive Vilnius (Lithuania).
Welcome to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. You are escorted to your hotel located within an easy walk to the old town. All around, you’ll witness the signs of a city and country prospering anew after years in the shadow of the Soviet Union. This evening, savor a welcome dinner at a cozy local restaurant. Novotel Hotel (D)
Day 3
Boasting some of northern Europe’s most impressive Baroque architecture, central Vilnius skyline is adorned with domes and belfries. On the ground, you’ll discover a maze of winding narrow alleys lined with 18th century buildings with archways leading to cobbled yards. On a guided morning walking tour of Old Vilnius see Cathedral Square and the impressive Gedimino Tower. Later, visit the grounds of Vilnius University with its imposing inner courtyard; view the pristine Presidential Palace and see St. Anna church, a gem of gothic architecture. Afternoon is at leisure and you may wish to visit the old Jewish Quarter, former home to one of Europe’s largest, most prosperous Jewish communities. You may also relax at one of the many outdoor cafes and admire Vilnius’ thriving cultural diversity. (B)
Day 4
Trakai Excursion.
As you travel west of the city today, view the Television Tower, symbol of Lithuania’s fight for independence. Proceed to Trakai, an enchanting medieval style castle, idyllically surrounded by emerald-green lakes. Tour the castle, now a museum and admire the exhibits displaying treasures from the period when Lithuania ruled a vast area stretching from the Baltic to the Black Sea. Upon returning to Vilnius this afternoon, enjoy leisure time for independent exploration. (B)
Day 5
Vilnius/Rundale/Riga.
The pastoral countryside unfolds as you depart for Riga, the capital of neighboring Latvia. En route, visit splendid Rundale Palace, a baroque-style palace filled with opulent rococo furnishings. Arrive in Riga later this afternoon and settle in your centrally located hotel. Tonight you are our guest for a special dinner. PK Riga Hotel (B,D)
Day 6
Explore the treasures of this Baltic gem, boasting distinctive medieval and art nouveau architecture. A local expert leads you on a tour of the well-preserved and lovingly restored Old Town. Here view the magnificent Dome Cathedral and the Powder Tower and walk through the maze of old, narrow cobblestone streets. In your free afternoon the Old Town will delight you with colorfully restored merchant’s residences, cozy beer cellars, bustling cafes, shops and galleries. (B)
Day 7
Join a guided walking tour to discover the impressive Art Nouveau district. Here, view a large number of buildings constructed in the early 20th century and adorned with elaborate decorations. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore at your own pace. You may wish to visit the central market or one of the fascinating museums. (B)
Day 8
Riga/Parnu/Tallinn (Estonia).
As you depart Riga today, proceed across the border to Estonia and journey along the unspoiled Baltic Coast to Parnu, a lovely seaside resort. Arrive in Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, and one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. Radisson Blu Hotel Olympia Tallinn (B)
Day 9
Tallinn is certain to enchant any visitor! Thick ancient walls surround this medieval port town. The winding cobblestone streets are filled with old red-tiled roof houses and distinctive medieval age buildings. Your guided morning tour begins in the Upper Old Town where Tallinn was founded in the 12th century. Here, you may enjoy a breathtaking view of the attractive rooftops. Visit the ornate Russian Orthodox Dome Church before descending to the Lower Old Town where you’ll see the medieval Town Hall and bustling Town Hall Square. The afternoon offers plenty of opportunities to discover on your own. Savor the unique atmosphere and wander the narrow alleys filled with cafes, restaurants and inviting shops and galleries. This evening delight in a sumptuous dinner at a famous local medieval-themed restaurant. (B,D)
Day 10
Tallinn/Berlin (Germany).
This morning fly to Berlin, the capital of reunified Germany. Upon arrival enjoy a guided tour of what used to be called West-Berlin. Journey along elegant Kurfurstendamm, Berlin’s most famous shopping street. Drive through the handsome Tiergarten Park and view Charlottenburg Palace. Your tour concludes at your centrally located hotel. NH Mitte Hotel (B)
Day 11
Today, experience one of Europe’s most exciting cities and learn about its history while a local expert leads you on a sightseeing tour of former East-Berlin. You’ll see the impressive Brandenburg Gate and view the renowned “Checkpoint Charlie”, the link between East and West during the Cold War. See the remains of the Berlin Wall that was torn down in 1989 and proceed along the magnificent “Unter den Linden” boulevard in the historic center of the city. Drive by the ornate State Opera House, Berlin Cathedral and other stately monuments. You’ll also enjoy a relaxing one-hour boat cruise offering a unique view of Berlin’s charms. Later, visit the German Historical Museum, a spectacular museum documenting 2000 years of German history. The fascinating collection is matched by magnificent architecture, including an exhibition hall designed by the world-famous architect I.M. Pei.  The balance of the day is free to explore vibrant Berlin independently or relax in one of the many cafes and parks. (B)
Day 12
A full day to discover Berlin at your own pace. You may join an optional excursion to nearby historic Potsdam, where you’ll visit the splendid Sanssouci Palace, summer residence of the Prussian King Frederick the Great. This evening join your fellow travelers for an included farewell dinner. (B,D)
Day 13
Berlin/Helsinki (Finland).
Fly to the charming harbor city of Helsinki, the capital of Finland. On an included afternoon tour see Senate Square surrounded by 19-century classical buildings, Temppeliaukio Church, carved out of solid rock and the colorful Market Square. Scandic Grand Marina Hotel (B)
Day 14
Helsinki/USA.
Board your return flight. Your amazing journey ends as you arrive New York later today. (B)

Optional Tours

To enhance and make your visit to the Baltic States & Berlin more complete and memorable, you will be offered locally several optional tours and cultural evening activities. Some rates are quoted in US dollars and in euros (one euro equals approximately US $1.37) and are subject to change. Payment should be made in cash (euros or the equivalent in local currency). Credit cards and travellers checks are not accepted. Optional tours are subject to a minimum number of participants (normally 10) and may therefore not be offered if this minimum is not met.

Vilnius
Rumsikes Open Air Museum (euro 45 per person)
Travel outside Vilnius to the Rumsikes Open air Museum where you’ll be able to enjoy cultural exhibits and learn more about daily life in Lithuania. You’ll view national costumes and enjoy a tasting of some local cheeses, honey and a traditional local drink. (This 4-hour excursion includes transportation, entrance fees, traditional snack and drink and services of English speaking local guide). 
Riga
Jewish Heritage Tour ($50 per person)
Explore the rich and turbulent history of the Jewish people in Riga on this fascinating tour.
Riga
Jurmala Excursion ($55 per person)
Join an enjoyable 4-hour excursion to the famous seaside spa resort of Jurmala. Travel to picturesque   Jurmala, located about 15 miles outside Riga along a sandy Baltic’s Sea beach and bordered by vast pine forests and the Lielupe River. You’ll view the town’s many charming wooden summer cottages, decorated with fascinating carvings, dating back to the late 19th century. You’ll also have some free time to stroll around and enjoy the lively street atmosphere, visit some of the many art galleries and relax in an outdoor café. 
Berlin
Potsdam and Sanssouci Palace (euro 39 per person)
On this half-day guided excursion travel outside Berlin to nearby Potsdam and visit the rococo Palace of Sanssouci that became the favorite summer refuge of Prussia’s greatest king, Fredrick the II. You’ll enjoy a tour of the palace as well as the magnificent gardens. You’ll also visit the lovely baroque town of Potsdam and view the Dutch Quarter and the Russian Colony Alexandrovka. 

Please note: This optional excursion departs from a central Berlin departure point, not from your hotel. You’ll be advised on the departure point when you make your reservation and have to make your own way from the hotel to this departure point and back to the hotel on the return at your own expense. This excursion normally operates on Sunday at 10am and 2pm). The excursion lasts about 4 hours. You may sign up for this tour through your Berlin guide or through the hotel’s concierge. 

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Your flights from New York’s JFK Airport to the Baltics and back are on Finnair. Your flight is scheduled to depart at 5:30PM. We recommend that you check-in 3 ½ hours before departure. Your return flight is scheduled to arrive back to JFK at about 4:00PM. Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT

Actual seat assignment will be provided at the airport. You may call Finnair (800 950 5000) two weeks before the departure and provide them with your AAdvantage number. Please note that smarTours is not involved in either your seat assignment or in the crediting of miles. It is between you and the airlines! Also note, mileage accrual eligibility is subject to change without prior notice.

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visas are not required for American passport holders. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS

Your airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.  Please advise us in writing should your address change.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.

CLIMATE

You may expect day time temperatures averaging in the 50’s and low 60’s in May and September, 60’s and 70’s in June through August. Nights will be cooler.

NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING

The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants.  Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20-25 per meal per person.  Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals. 

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars.  Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency.   It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.

BAGGAGE

Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase maximum 44 pounds) and one carry-on piece not to exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.

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