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2017 Balzekas Museum Trips

June 25 – July 5, 2017
Tour to Lithuania

June 25 – July 7, 2017
Tour to Lithuania &
St. Petersburg, Russia


September 2 – 12, 2017
Tour to Lithuania

In 2017, the Balzekas Museum will be offering 3 guided tours to Lithuania:

Trip #1

June 25 – July 5  – Trip to Lithuania

Sunday, June 25

Depart from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Vilnius, Lithuania

Monday, June 26
Vilnius

After arrival in Vilnius, you will be transported to your hotel. In the evening, there will be a Welcome Dinner at a traditional Lithuanian restaurant.
Dinner

Trakai Castle
Lithuanian Crosses

Tuesday, June 27
Trakai, Kernavė, Vilnius

This morning you will visit Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania, with its restored castle in the middle of Lake Galve. After a regional lunch, you’ll visit Kernavė, an ancient site in the Neris valley, the government seat of King Mindaugas 750 years ago. One still can admire and climb the many mounds where, hundreds of years ago, great castles stood. Upon returning to Vilnius, you will make a stop at the TV Tower, the site of the January 13th massacre. Here, during a stand-off with the Soviet army, civilians keeping vigil to protect the tower and Lithuania’s newly redeclared independence were crushed by Soviet tanks. Meet with a local historian for a talk entitled “Lithuania’s Past and Present”.
Breakfast/ Lunch

Gediminas Castle

Wednesday, June 28
Vilnius

Today you will tour Vilnius with its beautiful churches. Stops include: Vilnius Wednesday Cathedral and its catacombs, Vilnius University, the Money Museum, and Vilnius Valdovų Rumai. The tour concludes with a visit to the KGB Museum, where so much suffering was endured by the people of Lithuania during the Soviet occupation. The rest of the evening is free.
Breakfast/ Lunch

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Thursday, June 29
Kaunas

This morning you will depart for Kaunas, Lithuania’s second largest city, with a stop in Rumšiškės, a 500-acre open-air ethnographic museum that brings Lithuania’s history and regional diversity to life. Upon arrival in Kaunas, you will tour the Old Town, the Cathedral Square, Rotušė (City Hall), as well as Kaunas castle and the Resurrection Basilica. After your hotel check-in, you will have enough time to enjoy Kaunas on your own.
Breakfast/ Lunch

Friday, June 30
Kėdainiai, Palanga

After breakfast, you will depart for the Baltic resort town of Palanga with a special stop in Kėdainiai, boasting a fully restored Old Town with its unique buildings. Afterwards, continue on to Palanga. After the hotel check-in, you will have enough time to enjoy the resort on your own. Tour participants who would like to visit their ancestral towns can arrange to be picked up by a driver and taken to the place of their choosing. In the evening, they will rejoin the tour group in Palanga for an overnight stay.
Breakfast/ Lunch

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Saturday, July 1
Palanga

This morning you will tour Palanga. You will visit the Amber Museum, Hill of Birute, and the beautiful Botanical Garden. Lunch will be at the unique Lithuanian Restaurant Pas Juozapą. The rest of the afternoon and evening, you may enjoy the resort on your own.
Breakfast/ Lunch

Kuršių marios
The Curonian Spit
Kuršių marios The Curonian Spit
Tiškevičiaus rūmai
Tiškevičiaus rūmai

Sunday, July 2
Neringa, Klaipėda, Nida, Palanga

Today you will visit the Curonian Spit, Neringa, a long, thin, curved sand-dune isthmus that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast. After a short stop in the port city of Klaipėda and a visit to Švyturys Brewery, you’ll be transported by ferry to Neringa. Your first stop will be the Witches Mountain in Juodkrante, where you will be able to admire many unique wooden sculptures and other artwork. You will continue to Nida, a quaint fishing village, where you will have an opportunity to shop for some beautiful amber jewelry and to visit the highest dune on the isthmus. Upon returning in the afternoon, you will dine in the enclosed winter garden of a grand estate, the Tiškevicius Mansion in Kretinga. The mansion was built in the 19th century by a nobleman, Mikalojus Zubovas, and purchased in 1874 by Juozapas Tiškevičius. After returning to Palanga, join in a time-honored tradition among resort-goers, a sunset stroll along the famous Palanga pier.
Breakfast/ Lunch

Monday, July 3
Hill of Crosses, Vilnius

Hill of Crosses

Today the tour will take you to one of the most revered places in Lithuania, the Hill of Crosses, where thousands of crosses where placed by people asking God for special favors or thanking Him for favors granted. After lunch, at the unique Šeduvos Malūnas restaurant, located within a restored windmill, continue on to Vilnius. Upon arrival in Vilnius, you will check in to the Artis Hotel. The rest of the day is free.
Breakfast/ Lunch

Tuesday, July 4
Vilnius
Today you will visit the American Embassy and celebrate July 4. Later in the day you can do some shopping, and there will be enough time to establish business contacts or to visit with your Lithuanian relatives. In the evening there will be a Farewell Dinner.
Breakfast/ Lunch
Wednesday, July 5
After breakfast you will be transported to Vilnius Airport for your flight home.
Breakfast

Please note that the tour itineraries below are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control, such as, but not limited to, inclement weather or airline schedule changes.


Tour Price:
$2,995.00 per person, does NOT include airfare (Single Supplement: $575)
Reserve today! Call 773.582.6500

Tour Price:
$2,995.00 per person, does NOT include airfare (Single Supplement: $575)
Reserve today! Call 773.582.6500