Baltic treasures: Latvia and Lithuania

Date: 
03 October 2018 to 10 October 2018
Price: 
From £2,240 with flights
Trip destination: 
Latvia and Lithuania

Discover the ‘old-world’ charm of two beautiful countries with their strong central European values, traditions and cultures. Though Latvia and Lithuania are close neighbours, each has its own distinct history and traditions. Lithuania was a Grand Duchy and one of the most powerful states in Eastern Europe. Latvia by contrast was dominated for a long time by a German Order that brought  Christianity and later a financial boom. In Riga this led to an unrivalled growth of Art Nouveau architecture which can still be admired today. Professor Leporc will explain how these proud peoples are once again building a distinct cultural heritage that was almost destroyed prior to the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Highlights

  • Explore Vilnius with its fusion of eastern European and western architecture
  • Enjoy Roman Catholic, Lutheran and Orthodox churches exemplifying many cultures, nationalities and religions since the 14th century
  • Visit the magnificent 140-room Rundāle Palace, built by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, whose buildings characterise St Petersburg
  • Explore the vibrant town of Kaunas, home to the M K Ciurlionis Museum of Art with an eclectic collection of Western paintings from the 16th to 20th centuries
  • Enjoy a ballet or opera at one of the wonderful theatres in Riga or Vilnius

Trip scholars

Professor Alexei Leporc, Curator of Western European Art at the Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

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