(B) Journey to Czestochowa, known for the blackened picture of St.Mary in the Yasna Gora Monastery, popularly called the “Black Madonna.” This afternoon tour haunting Auschwitz-Birkenau, the notorious World War II concentration camp.It is now on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. (B, D) Your sightseeing tour today starts with a visit to Wawel Hill, viewing the Royal Castle and visiting the Royal Cathedral.Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town, where you will see the Main Market Square, Renaissance Cloth Hall, and St. The afternoon is free for a stroll around the city, shopping, or maybe sample some bigos or pierogi in a little café.This afternoon, travel to Riga, the capital of Latvia. View Vilnius University, dating back to 1570, Gediminas’ Tower in the Upper Town, and Vilnius Castle.(B, D) On a morning sightseeing tour, see Riga Castle, the magnificent Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Parliament building, Liberty Monument, and the district of Art Nouveau houses. (B) Depart this morning for Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. The afternoon is free or you may want to join an optional excursion to Trakai, beautifully set on three lakes.
End the day in Prague, with its Baroque churches, promenades, parks, and ancient city walls.November in Eastern Europe begins the winter season.Christmas markets begin to appear in major cities towards the end of the month as temperatures drop.Visit the Armory Museum, with its impressive collection of Tsarist, Russian, and foreign jewelry, armor, and other artifacts. Continue with a drive along the wide boulevards and a stroll through GUM, Russia’s largest department store.Continue, on the north bank of the River Moskva, passing by baroque Novodevichy convent; ending the tour at the popular Arbat shopping district. (B) Today we travel 75 km North of Moscow, to a small town of Sergiev Posad, former Zagorsk – founded in the 14th century and renowned as a center of ancient Russian art and architecture.