Baltic States Tour

  • Thursday, September 03, 2020
  • Thursday, September 17, 2020
  • Helsinki; Tallinn; Riga; Vilnius; Warsaw; & Krakow
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Registration

HELSINKI - BALTIC STATES – POLAND

03-17 SEPTEMBER, 2020

(Dates may change until international

flights are booked by early November)

15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS

Double Occupancy: $3,850 and Single Occupancy: $4,930 

 

OVERVIEW:

First, you may be asking:  Where are the Baltic States?  The Baltic States are in the northeastern region of Europe on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea.  They include Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.  Second, you may then ask:  Do I want to visit the Baltic States?  Easy answer…Yes.

The Baltic States have a complex history and individual culture.  Each country has been influenced by Scandinavians, Germans, Poles and Russians.  To round out our tour, we are starting in Helsinki and will continue into Poland.

The Baltic countries have a turbulent history but have embraced the modern world moving forward. The medieval castles, old town streets, cobbled stone squares, and church spires have all been spruced up.  In juxtaposition, Tallinn was dubbed ‘party capital of the year’ by the New York Times, Vilnius erected a statue of Frank Zappa and a tradition in Riga is to bungee jump naked! 

Whether you come for the history, architecture, food or culture, these 5 countries will give you insight to hidden treasures of Europe.  Let’s expand our travels to these lesser known yet extraordinary destinations!  Join us as we start in the sexy city of Helsinki and work our way south visiting highlights of the Baltic States before heading into Poland to Warsaw & Krakow to complete our tour.  

          

ITINERARY:

DAY 0 / Depart Orlando International Airport (MCO) for Amsterdam on KLM Airlines

DAY 1 / HELSINKI, FINLAND  (ARRIVAL)

            City tour of Helsinki by bus (3 hours)

DAY 2 / HELSINKI

            Free day

DAY 3 / HELSINKI – TALLINN, ESTONIA

            Transfer to the ferry port; Ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn, Estonia

DAY 4 / TALLINN

            Panoramic city tour of Tallinn

            Free afternoon

DAY 5 / TALLINN – PARNU – CESIS - GUTMANIS – TUAIDA – SIGULDA – RIGA, LATVIA

            Visits to Parnu; Tour of Cesis; Visit to Cesis Castle & Gauja Park; Panoramic  

            visit of Sigulda; Visit the Castle of Turaida and the Caves of Gutmanis

DAY 6 / RIGA

            Visit of Riga Central Market and complete panoramic tour of Riga; Visit’s Saint-

            Peter Church and the Cathedral of Riga; Visit the Art Nouveau district

            Free afternoon

DAY 7 / RIGA – RUNDALE - SIAULIAI - KAUNAS – VILNIUS, LITHUANIA

            Departure to Rundale; Visit Rundale Palace and “Hill of Crosses” in Siauliai

            Departure to Kaunas; Panoramic tour of Kaunas and arrival to Vilnius; 

DAY 8 / VILNIUS – TRAKAI - VILNIUS

            Panoramic tour of Vilnius; Visit to St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church and the 

            Vilnius University; Tour of Uzupis and a visit to Trakai Island Castle

DAY 9 / VILNIUS – WARSAW, POLAND

            Arrival to Warsaw with a complete panoramic tour of Warsaw

DAY 10 / WARSAW                                                           

            Visit to Lazienki Park & Palace          

            Afternoon free or optional activities

            Optional Tours:  Visit to Willanow Palace or a Chopin Concert

 DAY 11 / WARSAW - KRAKOW

               Departure to Krakow and visit to Auschwitz

            Arrival to Krakow with free time

DAY 12 / KRAKOW

            Panoramic city tour of Krakow and visit to Wieliczka Salt Mines

DAY 13 / KRAKOW

            Free day and Farewell dinner in a local restaurant

DAY 14 / KRAKOW Transfer to Airport for Departure back to MCO 

 

What’s included?

  • Roundtrip economy air from Orlando (MCO) to Amsterdam to Helsinki, Finland with return air from Krakow, Poland to MCO (subject to change); Airline baggage fees are not included

      Airline economy seats based on 2019 rates—subject to change until ticketed            

  • 4-Star hotels: 2-night’s stay in Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius & Warsaw; and 3-nights in Krakow
  • Breakfast Buffet Daily; four lunches and six dinners
  • All touring with local guides as stated in the detailed itinerary; basic gratuities included
  • Private air conditioned coach for the extended travel days and most day tours
  • Local taxes
  • Trip medical insurance (trip cancellation coverage is NOT included) 

 

Trip Advertised Price:  

Your Club has reserved space for 24 travelers: 

              Double Occupancy is $3,850 (cash) with 10 rooms available

              And a Single Occupancy is $4,930 (cash) with 4 rooms available.

       (Prices are based on estimated Euro to US$ exchange rate)—rates may vary)   

You must be a current member of The Space Coast Ski & Travel Club (SCSTC) or an affiliated Florida Ski Council (FSC) Club (a $1 reciprocity fee will be applied) to participate in this trip.

Payment Schedule:

SCSTC Deposit:    $500 per person payable with the completed trip application

First Payment:     $2,000 per person by 1 February 2020

Final payment:    Trip balance due by 1 June 2020

 

Trip Cancellation Penalties:

The following trip cancellation schedule and penalties will be applied:

Cancellation Penalty Schedule

Planned Date Applied

Penalty

Initial deposits fully refundable

(up to 180 days out)

1 March 2020

$0

179 to 90 days out from departure          

2 March to 1 June 2020

$100*

89 to 60 days out from departure

2 June to 1 July 2020

$500*

59 to 30 days out from departure

2 July to 1 August 2020

$1,000*

29 days or less out from departure

2 August to departure date

No refund

* Plus any other non-refundable charges for airlines, hotels and suppliers

Trip Cancellation Insurance is recommended to protect against these penalties.

 

Trip Registration:

Please complete a SCSTC Trip Application to secure your spot on this trip.  Our trips have been selling out quickly so recommend you send in your application and initial trip deposit soon.

Each traveler will be required to have a valid passport that expires 6 months or more beyond the completion date of this trip (no earlier than 31 March 2021).  No visas are anticipated for US citizens on this trip.  Please provide a copy of your passport photo page with your completed trip application.

Make all checks out to:
Space Coast Ski & Travel Club or SCS&T

Send Payments To:

   Jeff Koss
   763 Oak Ridge Dr.
   Indialantic, FL 32903

*To use a credit card, add 3% to all pricing and contact Carla to make payments with PayPal

Come join your fellow Club travelers on this trip to the historical areas of Eastern Europe.   If you have any questions, please contact our SCSTC Co-Trip Leaders: 

Carla Constantino:  carla@SpaceCoastSkiClub.com or

Jeff Koss: jeff@SpaceCoastSkiClub.com



TRIP LEADERS:

 

 


 

Jeff Koss

(321) 243-5677

Email: Jeff

 


 

Carla Constantino

(321) 749-0418

Email: Carla

 

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