Departure from Tel Aviv [21:25]. Arrival to Vilnius [01:35]. Meeting and transfer to your hotel in the city center.
December 05 / DAY 2 / VILNIUS CITY TOUR – TRAKAI - VILNIUS
In the first part of the day general acquaintance with Lithuanian capital: Gediminas Castle, the Cathedral square, Vilnius University Campus, the Presidential Palace, City Hall Square, “Gate of Dawn”, a gem of gothic architecture St. Anne’s church and one of the most famous baroque pattern in Vilnius - St. Peter and Paul's church, walking through the old Jewish Quarter: former home to one of the most prosperous Jewish communities in Europe. In the second part of the day tour of Trakai: the ancient capital and the residence of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania with its 15th century insular castle surrounded by lakes. Today the castle of Trakai houses an exhibition on prehistoric findings and the 17th-18th century applied art, the way of life of the Lithuanian Grand Dukes, and the Karaites, a Judaistic sect brought by Grand Duke Vytautas from the Crimea.
Return to Vilnius at the second part of the day for overnight.
December 06 / DAY 3 / KAUNAS CITY TOUR
Drive to Kaunas, the interim capital of pre-war Lithuania. Sightseeing in the Old Town of Kaunas and visiting a Jewish suburb of pre-war Kaunas - Slobodka (Vilijampole). *Possibility to visit the Art Gallery of M.K. Ciurlionis (the outstanding Lithuanian painter and composer) or Devils’ Museum with a great collection of devils’ statuettes.
Late afternoon departure to Vilnius for overnight.
December 07 / DAY 4 / VILNIUS – free day
Free time in Vilnius: walk along medieval pedestrian streets in the heart of the Old City, enjoy a lunch in the restaurant of Lithuanian cuisine, buy local souvenirs and simply discover the charm of Vilnius city at your own pace. *Possibility to visit the KGB museum or the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania.
*For those with music fervour we can offer to attend The Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre.
December 08 / DAY 5 / VILNIUS – TEL AVIV
After leisurely morning transfer to the airport for return flight [16:45] to Tel Aviv.
The tour package includes:
All transportation during the tour by modern air-conditioned bus Accommodations at the hotel chosen Daily buffet breakfast Hebrew-speaking local guide Airport transfers upon arrival and departure Entrance tickets to Trakai castle
The tour does not include:
WIZZAIR direct flight tickets Tel Aviv – Vilnius – Tel Aviv Entrances to the Art Gallery of M.K. Ciurlionis & Devils’ Museum, the KGB Museum, the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, tickets for the evening performances. _________________________________________________________
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