Tour: 6930 - 2013 (6930) - 2013 / 2015


Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be available. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

City Sightseeing On a morning guided tour by coach of Berlin, lasting approx. 3 hrs, the sightseeing will include Kurfurstendamn with Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church, Philharmonic Hall, new centre at Potsdamer Platz, last piece of Berlin Wall, former Checkpoint Charlie, Gendarmenmarkt with French and German domes, Berlin Cathedral, Humboldt University, State Opera House, St. Hedwig's Cathedral, the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, Belvue Palace, Column of Victory and Charlottenburg Palace.

Approximate value: €25 EUR per person

City Sightseeing The 3 hour sightseeing tour of Warsaw with local guide will be done mostly on the coach with short photo stops and will show you the city, magnificently reconstructed after wartime destruction. Places of interest will include the Old town, Royal route, Lazienki Palace, Ghetto, Palace of Science and Culture, new residential district, city parks and various monuments. Included also is the viewing of the film "Warsaw remains" at the Historical Museum. The sightseeing will either end at Castle Square or back at the hotel.

Approximate value: €30 EUR per person

Lithuanian Dinner & Folklore Enjoy a true Lithuanian experience with a speciality dinner in a restaurant situated on the outskirts of Vilnius. The restaurant is decked out with old artefacts representing rural life in Lithuania. The menu offers a 3 course dinner with local dishes plus drinks and coffee or tea. During dinner you will be entertained by a trio of musicians dressed in national costume providing live folklore music.

Approximate value: €48 EUR per person

Trakai Castle With a local guide you will be taken just a few miles outside Vilnius to visit Trakai Castle, situated on a peninsula in the middle of Lake Galve. This is one of Lithuania's most photographed castles. It was the heart of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania until 1323 when Grand Duke Gediminas moved the capital to Vilnius. A museum in the rooms around the internal courtyard offers an exhibition of prehistoric findings whilst in the outer buildings one can see items of furniture, ceramics and glassware from the feudal houses of the late centuries.

Approximate value: €25 EUR per person

Ethnographical Museum Join an exciting excursion to the Latvian Open-Air Ethnographic Museum to put yourself in the lives of ancient Latvian farmers and fishermen. The museum was established in 1924 and is considered to be one of the oldest and largest open air museums in Europe with 118 old buildings from all historical districts of Latvia. Its collection is unique because its formation started at a time when many objects were still preserved and had not been destroyed in the war. One can see household and working tools plus interior furnishings which characterise the owners' vocation.

Approximate value: €25 EUR per person

Latvian Nouvelle Cuisine Dine in style in a first class restaurant located in the fascinating art nouveau district of Riga. There is a choice of 2 menus both offering delicious Latvian specialities and including 2 drinks per person - so sit back and enjoy a relaxing dinner in a sophiscated, tasteful and elegant environment. During dinner you will be entertained with live piano music.

Approximate value: €45 EUR per person

Evening out in Tallinn A medieval experience not to be missed. You will be taken to a local restaurant in Tallinn which hopefully will give you an introduction to an old festival tradition held from the 13th to 16th century, where an old count held a festival to celebrate springtime, youth and happiness. The restaurant is located in a medieval building with the waiters dressed in medieval costumes. Sample delicious local dishes including drinks.

Approximate value: €45 EUR per person

Kadriorg Park & Palace Kadriorg Palace is one of the most beautiful examples of baroque style in Tallinn. When Peter the Great ordered a palace built in 1718, he knew he would spend time there only on rare visits to Tallinn and, in fact, stayed only once before his death in 1725. Designed by the Italian architect Niccolo Michetti, the grandiose palace and surrounding manicured gardens are a humbling example of Tsarist extravagance. Another important reason for visiting the Palace is that it is also home to the foreign art collection of the Art Museum of Estonia. While there, don't miss the decadent, two-storey main hall with its elaborately painted ceiling. The cultivated grounds and wild groves are still favorite places for wandering any time of the year. The visit is followed by a drive along the Finish Bay and a visit to St. Bridgit's Convent, founded in 1407 by the Bridgetine order. The convent crumbled in a siege by Ivan the Terrible in 1577 and its stones were later carted off to construction projects throughout Tallinn. What remains today are the towering Gothic gable and walls of the main hall as well as some surrounding foundations and cellars.

Approximate value: €30 EUR per person

Hermitage Museum Under the guidance of a local guide you will be led through the main section of the State Hermitage Museum and shown masterpieces of the world's second largest art museums, after the Louvre in Paris. The Museum is located in 5 historic buildings including a centerpiece - the Winter Palace - which was the residence of the Russian tsars. The Hermitage contains a collection of approximately 3,000,000 exhibits from ancient times to the present day.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person

Nikolaevsky Palace For a true Russian evening out why not join this excursion to Nikolaevsky Palace. The Palace was originally built for Grand Duke Nicole Nikolaevich in 1853. In 1895 it housed the Kseninsky Boarding School and then in the early 1918 the building was taken over by the Trade Union Council and renamed the Palace of Labour. On entering the Palace you will be greeted by soft music from a string quartet and after being seated you can enjoy a Russian show performed by folklore groups of the city. Lyrical dances and original Russian songs will help you to learn more about the Russian soul. During the interval you will be served Russian refreshments and a glass of Russian champagne.

Approximate value: €55 EUR per person

Peter & Paul Fortress A local guide will show you round this fortress commissioned by Peter the Great and built in 1703 as a protection against the Swedes. It stands on Hare Island and is one of the most historic parts of the area - in fact it eventually became St. Petersburg. The Fortress became a notorious prison for people such as Dostoevky, Trotsky and Lenin's eldest brother as well as many revolutionaries. In the centre of the complex is a beautiful Cathedral with a golden spire, which is such a contrast to the grim, depressing jail. Inside the Cathedral one can see the tombs of most of the Tsars and Tsarinas from the 18th century, including that of Peter the Great himself.

Approximate value: €30 EUR per person

Secrets of the Old City Stockholm is said to be one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in the world. Built on 14 islands in a panorama of lakes and sea, it boasts 10 centuries of history and culture. Although you will see many sights on the included sightseeing tour of Stockholm, it is well worth joining this afternoon excursion to see more in depth the Old Town. After being dropped off by coach near the old town you will meet up with a local guide to start a walking tour to see the Royal Palace, the Parliament, the 13th century Franciscan monastery church and the main square with the Stock Exchange building. The latter is now the site of the Nobel Museum and the Spanish Academy. At the end of this interesting walking tour you will be taken to one of the well-known cafes for refreshments (choice of either coffee or tea or hot chocolate or soft drink and a slice of cake). At the end of the excursion you will be taken back to the overnight hotel by coach.

Approximate value: €30 EUR per person

Vasa Museum Don't miss the opportunity to see the only almost fully intact 17th century ship that has ever been salvaged - The warship "Vasa" - that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. After a short drive out of the centre of Stockholm you will be accompanied by a local guide to visit the Vasa Museum, which was officially opened in June 1990, and apart from the main hall which contains the ship itself and various exhibits, you can also see an introductory film about the raising and preservation of the ship.

Approximate value: €22 EUR per person

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