After an amazing new tour to the Balkan Peninsula last year, our next new tour will lead us to Poland and the Baltic States. All the countries on this tour are part of the European Union, which makes travel easy.
We will start in Frankfurt, Germany, and head east towards the southern part of former East Germany, driving through the beautiful Thuringian forest. We marvel at the sandstone cliffs of the “Saxon Switzerland” landscapes on the River Elbe and explore the baroque town of Dresden. Then we travel to Poland to one of its top destinations: Krakow. Here we also visit the Auschwitz museum and tour a salt mine. Of course we explore Poland’s capital Warszawa (Warsaw) and then travel north by the Masuria natural landscapes to Vilnius in Lithuania. Like in all major cities we spend several days there to have enough time to experience the place or to take a side-trip before we head north through some small towns and rural landscapes of Latvia into Estonia. Here we visit Tartu, an important university town, and enjoy drives through beautiful scenery of forests and lakes. On the northernmost point of our trip we tour Tallinn, Estonia’s magnificent capital city. Here we spent extra time so you may explore the Lahemaa national park with its beautiful coastline or even take a day-trip by ferry to Helsinki in Finland. Then we travel south to the seaside resort of Purnä, still in Estonia, and on to Riga, the capital of Latvia. After enough time to enjoy this city with its splendid Art Nouveau architecture and rich history, we take a coach tour to the medieval gem of Cesis. Then we take scenic coastal routes south with a stop in the old Hanseatic League town of Ventspils and then stay on the Curonian Spit National Park with Europe’s highest sand dunes. From the old harbor city of Klaipeda we take a comfortable overnight ferry cruise back across the Baltic Sea to Kiel. Here in Germany we have a couple more days to explore the Hercules monument in Kassel and the pretty town of Fulda before returning to Frankfurt.
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