Baltic capital cities tour

“An exquisite introduction to the Baltic states via a series of iconic landmarks in Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn.”

Highlights

Vilnius | KGB Museum | Traki Castle | Kaunas | Pakruojis Manor | Hill of Crosses | Riga | Riga Central Market | Parnu | Tallinn | Bastion Tunnels |

Description of Baltic capital cities tour

The Baltics – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – are showcased in all their glory during this enthralling small group tour that explores their historic capitals. From Trakai Castle to the Hill of Crosses, the famed Central Market of Riga to the Bastion Tunnels of Tallinn, the itinerary is packed with fascinating excursions that will give you a deeper understanding of Baltic culture.

You will roam the capitals on foot, led by experienced and knowledgeable tour leaders, and travelling between them in comfort aboard a small coach. What’s more, as you stay in locally owned accommodations and sample traditional cuisine in each city, the scope for cultural insights is unrivalled.

Your Baltics tour begins in Vilnius, where highlights include the Church of the Dawn, and the sombre KGB Museum. Moving on to Latvia, you will pause en route first at the 14th century Trakai Castle on an island in Lake Galve, and then Pakruojis Manor, a ‘living museum’ where the beer brewed on-site will make a sublime accompaniment to dinner.

Outside Riga, the Hill of Crosses is a symbol of national and religious hope undaunted by efforts by German and Soviet troops to suppress it. In the capital itself foodies will delight in a visit to the historic Central Market where you can taste some of the country’s finest regional delicacies such as smoked fish, sauerkraut and pickled garlic.

Finally you will head to Tallinn with its UNECO-listed old town but not before a brief stop at the idyllic resort of Parnu on the Gulf of Livona. The tour ends in Tallinn, but there will be a walking tour around key landmarks first, including of course the Bastion Tunnels that played a key defensive role during both World War II and Soviet occupation.

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Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Baltic capital cities tour

Environment

To help reduce the level of pollution within the city centres, the sightseeing tours we operate are mostly done on foot, which is also a great way of seeing all they have to offer first hand. When coaches are being used for these small group trips we also keep the size of the coach to a minimum, so rather than using gas guzzling 40-50 seaters we opt for more environmental friendly 15-25 seat coaches that use less fuel and therefore admit less carbon.

We hire tour leaders on this trip who know the area well and are trained by us in the importance of responsible tourism with guidance given on how they can make a difference. This is in everything from the lowest impact ways to travel, the most locally-authentic and seasonally-produced foods to purchase to where to get tap water and re-fill bottles.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our UK Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators. We acknowledge that air travel has a negative impact on our environment, so we work together with Cool Earth to offset carbon and protect our important rainforests.

Community

We use a local tour leader and guides on this trip who know the region very well. When travelling through the cities, our tour guide will show us the best local-owned restaurants, cafes and shops to visit. Trying traditional food and seeing local products made is always high on our priority list and we intend to give you a real taste of these charming Baltic cities.

The majority of the accommodation we use is locally owned. This not only provides direct employment within the hotel, but also has the effect of percolating money beyond to small businesses that supply the hotel and in this way money is spread throughout the region we visit. The historical capital cities of Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius are all UNESCO World Heritage Listed, and money spent within them helps to support the local communities and the preservation of the legacy of these distinctive cities.

The majority of visitors to the Baltic States will be surprised by the quality, variety and value of food and drink on offer. The majority of food is locally sourced and part of the regions heritage is being able to forage for food and make local brews. Walking through the forests you will see locals passing the time picking mushrooms and gathering berries. There are a lot of traditional family-run restaurants, with influences from Germany and Russia, serving locally produced dishes, which we would recommend on this trip.

On this trip we spend a night at the Pakruojis Manor, which has been painstakingly restored and is now a living museum, where we will taste beer brewed onsite using age old methods. By staying here we’re helping to keep rural traditions alive and also to fund the ongoing maintenance of this historic estate.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Having plenty of time (free or on guided walks) to see 3 very beautiful cities - Tallin, Riga and Vilnius.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take comfortable shoes! And either go into Tallin very early (before the Cruise ships offload) or after 4pm when they have left - the long light evenings in the
summer mean you have plenty of time to enjoy the old town.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


No - other than in the normal ways (i.e buying souvenirs and eating out)

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good.

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