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Does anyone fancy a weekend in Vilniius?
Located in south eastern Lithuania, at the confluence of the Vilnia and Neris Rivers, Vilnius was the European Capital of Culture in 2009. In the past, it has survived occupation by Imperial Russia, Poland, the Nazis and the Soviet Union. Today, it is a city undergoing huge changes, which lend it a vibrant, ‘happening’ atmosphere. More and more glass skyscrapers are springing up in the business and administrative district of the New City Centre, on the north side of the river, while brand names such as Gucci, Armani and Chanel are appearing on the high streets. In spite of this, the city retains the traditional charm of its Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage site), in which a mixture of late-Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque architecture still survives. Particular highlights include Gediminas Castle (peerless city views can be enjoyed from its red brick tower) and the Archcathedral Basilica, with its beautiful baroque chapel of St. Casimir
25 April 2014
Depart Stansted 1650 arrive Vilnius 2130
Transfer from the airport to the hotel
26 April 2014
Buffet Breakfast at hotel, then walking city tour. Afternoon free at leisure.
Dinner to be arranged at local restaurant for the evening.
27 April 2014
Buffet Breakfast at hotel
Day trip to Trakai Castle.
The historical capital of Lithuania is Trakai (http://www.way2lithuania.com/en/travel-lithuania/towns-and-countryside/trakai) which is otherwise known as the ‘town of lakes’. Trakai town owns a unique castle which is the only one of its type in the entire Eastern Europe. The castle is surrounded by waters on all four sides and is called the Trakai Island Castle. Though constructed in 1410 just after the famous Battle of Grünenwald as a defense fortress, it was turned into a residence of Grand Dukes of Lithuania Vytautas and Kęstutis. Later on, the Trakai Island Castle was used as a prison. At these times, however, it was almost completely neglected.
Transfer back to the airport
Depart Vilnius 2205 arrive Stansted 2300
The cost of the trip includes return flights and sharing a twin room on a bed and breakfast basis. Cost per person is £349.00 If you are interested in going, please pay a non refundable deposit of £120.00 by 19th January 2014. After this date please enquire about any price increase.
The price for this trip is only £359.00 and includes all of the following:
• Return flights from Stansted
• Sharing a twin room at a three star hotel including buffet breakfast
• Transfers to and from the airport in Vilnius
• City tour
• Day trip to Trakai Castle
Places will be limited, so get your place confirmed by paying the deposit. Final balance due 4 weeks before travel.
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