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9 Day | Jewish Tour of the Baltics

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7 nights' accommodation at select hotels

7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking local tour guide

Da'at  tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: daily breakfast and 3 dinners

Portage at the hotels

Day One: Monday

  • Depart the U.S.A. - your journey begins.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Tuesday

  • Arrive at Vilnius International Airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel on own. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Check into the hotel. (Official hotel check-in is from 3:00 p.m., if your room isn't ready upon arrival you can leave your luggage with the concierge.)
  • 2:00 p.m. Meet your tour educator and other group members in the hotel lobby.
  • Begin your trip in the Baltics with a panoramic introductory tour of Vilnius, Lithuania's largest city and its capital.  First mentioned in written sources in the beginning of the 14th century, the Old Town was recognized as a UNESCO Heritage site in 1994.
  • Traveling through the Old Town, the tour will include:
    • The Vilnius Castle Complex, a group of defensive, cultural and religious buildings which evolved between the 10th and 18th centuries, including the Lower and Upper Castle and the remaining Gediminas Tower, the traditional symbol of Vilnius, and the Cathedral.
    • The Old University, founded in 1579 by the Jesuits, is Lithuania's largest university and one of the largest in Eastern Europe. The collection of university buildings, exhibits various architectural styles, from Gothic and Renaissance to Rococo.
    • Hill of Three Crosses, originally constructed in 1916 by Polish sculptor Antoni Wiwulski, was torn down by the Soviets in 1950 and reconstructed in 1989 by Henrikas Šilgalis.
    • St. Anna's Church, originally erected in 1394, has been continually expanded throughout the centuries, using various art and architectural styles.
    • The Chapel of the Gates of Dawn, the only surviving of the ten original gates in the town wall, houses the famous icon, The Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of Mercy - dating from the early 17th century.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus A Jewish Journey to the Baltic States: Where have we been and where are we now 
  • Welcome dinner and orientation with your tour educator. Overview of the group journey; including reviewing the itinerary, the group themes, the different narratives. Share group and personal goals.

Overnight: Vilnius

Day Three: Wednesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus Yerushalayim De Lita: Join your tour educator and begin to unravel the story of Jewish life, thought and prayer in Vilnius, that rivaled Jerusalem itself.
  • Guided visit through the Medieval Jewish Quarter and what was traditionally known throughout the Jewish world as Vilna, ‘The Jerusalem of Lithuania'.  Vilna was one of the most significant pre-Holocaust
  • European communities with a community of over 100,000, a world center for the study of Torah and the home of Rabbi Eliyahu Kremer, also known as the Vilna Gaon (the Genius from Vilna).
  • Walking through what was once the heart of the Jewish people, the tour will include visits to:
    • The Vilnius Choral Synagogue, built in 1903 and today the only active synagogue remaining in this city that once boasted over 100.
    • The Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum, dedicated to the history of Lithuanian Jewish life, including an exposition on the Holocaust and a contemporary Center of Tolerance.
    • The building which housed the Judenrat (Vilna Ghetto Jewish Council) during the Holocaust.
  • Da'at Encounter Re-birth and renewal: Meet with representatives from the local Jewish community for a conversation on Jewish memory and current reality.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Memories of the past come alive: Visit the Jewish Cemetery of Vilna.
  • Visit Ponar Forest Holocaust Memorial, in honor and memory of the 100,000 people who were killed during the Holocaust, of whom more than 70,000 were Lithuanian Jews.
  • Depart for Trakai, one of Lithuania's most charming towns located on a peninsula between two lakes.
  • Founded before 1321, Trakai served as the ancient capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.  Famous for its medieval castles, beautiful lake fronts and iconic national landmarks, Trakai has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage City.
  • Visit the Trakai Castle, a fairytale- like island castle, situated in Lake Galve, built in the late 14th century and completed in the early 15th century. Stop at the Karaite Synagogue in the town, which is host to the oldest Karaite community in the Lithuanian-Polish Commonwealth, and is seen by the Karites as their homeland.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Vilnius

Day Four: Thursday

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Drive to Kaunas, Lithuania's second largest city and once its temporary capital.  Until 1940 Kaunas, also known as Kovno, boasted a Jewish population of 35,000-40,000, one fourth of the city's entire population.
  • LaDa'at Focus Native (and semi-native) daughter and sons: A Literary Journey in the footsteps of Zamenhoff, Mapu and Leah Goldberg with your tour educator.
  • Getting acquainted: Drive through the city for a panoramic tour of the Old Town to view the Kaunas Cathedral, Old Town Hall and Square and Kaunas Castle.
  • Meet the family: Meet on the corner of Hebrew, Yiddish, Esperanto and the Enlightenment, passing the streets and homes of those who were significant in the development of modern Jewish thought: 
    • Zamenhoff Street, named in honor of Ludwig Eliezer Zamenhoff and his residence here. Zamenhoff believed that an international language had the power to unite the world and aside from being a great linguist, invented the universal language of Esperanto.
    • Mapu Street, named in honor of Abraham Mapu, a native of Slobodka and Hebrew novelist of the Jewish Enlightenment, considered the creator of the modern Hebrew novel, influenced by, and inspiration for, the budding Zionist movement.
    • The childhood home of Leah Goldberg, who began her literary journey at the age of 12. Writing in multiple languages, Goldberg was one of Israel's most prominent and influential poets and authors. In addition she was a professor of literature, a play-write, acclaimed translator and a symbol of the manifestation of modern Jewish literature in the Land and State of Israel.
    • The Ohel Yakov Choral Synagogue and the Children's Holocaust Memorial, located in its courtyard.
    • The office and home of the Righteous Amongst the Nations, Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese Counsel who generated thousands of travel visas for Jews during the Holocaust, in direct opposition to the orders of his government, and thus, at great peril to himself, was directly responsible for their escape and survival.
  • Lunch on own en route.
  • Depart for Sauliai, Lithuania's fourth largest city, for a short city tour. The city was founded in the first half of the 13th century.
  • Stop en route at the Hill of the Crosses, a Lithuanian national pilgrimage spot on which crosses have been placed since at least the 19th century as a symbol of devotion, defiance and Lithuanian National Identity.
  • Cross into Latvia and arrive in Riga, the capital of Latvia and largest city in the Baltic States.  Jewish presence dates back to the 13th which is the same century the city was founded.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Riga

Day Five: Friday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Journey through Jewish Past, Proud and Painful: Visit the Old Jewish Quarter of Riga, which at its peak, prior to the Holocaust, was home to almost 44,000 Jewish inhabitants and was the heart of Jewish life in Latvia. Visit the Memorial of the Burnt Synagogue, site of the Great Choral Synagogue, destroyed by the Nazis on July 4, 1941. It stands as a memorial to the Jewish victims killed by the Nazis. In the aftermath of the war, the once strong Jewish population of Riga numbered 150 alone.  
  • Visit Rumbula Memorial where many Jews of Riga and Germany perished.
  • Visit Salaspils Concentration Camp monument complex in remembrance of the Soviet victims of the Nazis.
  • Biggest city deserves the biggest market: Continue to the Riga Market, the biggest indoor market in the Baltic States.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Art imitating life imitating art: Time to walk through Riga's Art Nouveau district; the Art Nouveau Movement was the architectural and artistic answer to the literary modernist movement that began in the late 19th century. Riga has one of the largest centers of Art Nouveau in Europe.
  • LaDa'at Focus Jewish Life, vibrant, multifaceted and deep: Visit the Jewish Museum led by the curator of the museum.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat services at the Peitav Synagogue, built in 1905, it is Riga's sole surviving synagogue.
  • LaDa'at Focus Gut Shabbes: Shabbat dinner at the hotel with leaders of the local Jewish community.

Overnight: Riga

Day Six: Saturday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat services at the Peitav Synagogue.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Seeing the Sites: Tour of Riga's Old Town, a beautiful reflection of architecture, cafés, music,  history and more, with visits to: 
    • The Riga Castle.
    • St. Mary's Dome Cathedral, the largest cathedral in the Baltics.
    • The Large Guild, home to the Riga Orchestra and the Small Guild, a Crafts Corporation House.
    • The Freedom Monument, a 138-foot high granite, travertine and copper monument honoring soldiers killed during the 1918-1920 Latvian War of Independence.
    • The House of Blackheads, originally mentioned in the 14th century as an important center of public life for unmarried merchants - the Brotherhood of Blackheads was later destroyed during WWII and reconstructed at the beginning of this century.
    • The Town Hall square and an old Town Hall devastated during WWII and rebuilt in 2002.
    • St. Peter's Church, first built in the 13th century has since been expanded upon.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Riga

Day Seven: Sunday

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Visit the Holocaust Memorial and burial spot of almost 40,000 people from all over Europe who were murdered in the Bikernieki Forest during the years 1941 till 1944. Latvian and Western European Jews, Soviet war prisoners, and the Nazis' political adversaries, were killed here. To date 55 mass graves have been discovered here.
  • The power of nature: Drive to Sigulda, the “Switzerland of Latvia”, on the riverside of the Gauja River with its medieval castles, steep cliffs of red sandstone and the largest cave in the Baltics with a nearby spring with water infused with life lengthening qualities for all who drink from it.
  • Visit the Turaida Castle Museum.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • NOW we are moving: Drive via Paernu, Estonia's main summer resort, and continue to Tallinn, Estonia's capital and largest city, situated on the Gulf of Finland.
  • Arrive in Tallinn and check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Tallinn

Day Eight: Monday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Klooga Holocaust Memorial, located at the site of an Estonian forced labor camp set up by the Nazis during WWII and the Jewish cemetery in Rahumae, including the Jewish Chapel and Levinovitschi Mausoleum.
  • LaDa'at Focus L'Chayim, L'Chayim, To Life: Visit the Tallinn Jewish Center, School and Museum as well as the Beit Bella Synagogue, inaugurated in 2007 and the first synagogue to be built in Tallinn since 1944, and meet with members of the local Jewish community. The original synagogue was destroyed by a Soviet Air bombing on the Nazi-occupied city.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Tour of Tallinn's Old Town, with its medieval churches, original cobblestone alley ways, merchant houses and barns, some of which date back to the 11th century. A walk through the ‘medieval pearl of Europe' will include:
    • Town Hall Square
    • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
    • Niguliste Church
    • Dome Cathedral
    • Toompea Castle
    • Old Pharmacy House
  • Return to the hotel with time to freshen-up.
  • Final thoughts and feelings: Farewell dinner and group reflection.

Overnight: Tallinn

Day Nine: Tuesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Transfer on own to the Tallinn International Airport. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.

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Flight Details

Accommodation Details

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Radisson Blu Astorija

This landmark hotel, originally built in 1901 and recently renovated, offers sophisticated facilities while retaining its turn-of-the-century charm. Superbly located in the heart of the picturesque , the hotel is within walking distance of main attractions and shopping areas and a short drive from the airport.

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Radisson Blu Ridzene

Overlooking the park and historic Old Town, the Reval Ridzene Hotel is in the center of Riga and near the city's main parks, offering the hotel an almost tranquil setting. With modern luxuries, the utmost respect for privacy and attention to detail, the hotel is ideal for discerning travelers visiting Riga.

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Radisson Blu

Rising above the Estonian capital, the Radisson Blu Sky Hotel provides sweeping views of the city. Our location in Tallinn city center lets visitors walk to many cultural attractions, including the historical Old Town, and the Tallinn Airport is only 4 kilometers away.

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per vehicle. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the Expedition Educator are included.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Educator: All trips are conducted by our Expedition Educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff.
  • Luggage Responsibility: All tour packages allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to your insurance company.
  • Escorted tour packages are based upon a minimum number of participants. Cancellation of any tour for lack of participation will be advised at least 30 days prior to the tour's departure, and all money will be refunded. Landmark Cultural Expeditions will not be held responsible for any costs relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of airline tickets or visa fees. Voluntary cancellations due to political instability, acts of terrorism, government intervention or US State Department warning will be subject to the above fees, provided the program is deemed (by Landmark Cultural Expeditions) able to continue. Should Landmark Cultural Expeditions elect to cancel a departure for any of these reasons, every effort will be made to obtain refunds from suppliers, however no guarantees can be provided on their behalf.  

Not Included

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. 
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Tips to the tour educator and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
    • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
      $8 per participant per day for the tour educator, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver

Additional Information

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.