Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania holiday
Optional single supplement from £335 - £345.
Minimum age 16.
Description of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania holiday
During this twelve day Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia holiday, you will dip in and out of great capitals, Cold War history and even the coast. Starting in Estonia’s capital of Tallinn, where the medieval walled old town is a hub of Estonian contemporary and ancient culture. Followed closely by Tartu, a fascinating Hanseatic city dating back to the 11th century. In between these two towns, and as with all the stops on this tri-nation holiday, wilderness is never too far away and here in Estonia, we take time in Lahemaa National Park where the terrain varies from empty beaches to ancient moss covered pine forests that feel untouched by time or human intervention.
Moving south into Latvia, we’ll enjoy the cultural gems of Cecis, a beautiful medieval a town located in the Central Vidzeme uplands where the castle and cobbled streets are a delight to wander around. Wandering is also a theme in the nearby Gauja National Park, where we will have a guided tour through this unusual red and yellow sandstone river valley carved up with cliffs and caves, including the famous Gutmanis caves. A magical world under an hour from Riga, Latvia’s art nouveau inspired capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The last country on this Baltic journey is Lithuania, with your visit starting in Klaipeda, an ancient port town with fine castle ruins and historic traditional houses. There is more coast to be explored on the stunning 98km long Curonian Peninsula, a dune covered spit that is so beautiful and unique it has merited UNESCO World Heritage Status. More UNESCO Heritage highlights await on the final day of the holiday, this time in Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, with many different cultural influences over the centuries. A guided tour here will help unravel its history.
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14 Reviews of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania holiday
Reviewed on 05 Sep 2019 by Graham JonesThe most exciting part of the holiday was helping to celebrate with those of the Baltic States the 30 years of freedom from Soviet control. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Aug 2019 by Amir YoffeWonderful and knowledgeable guide who went above and beyond. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Sep 2019 by Elaina HershowitzEach country was terrific; the tour did what I had hoped and it was good value for the money. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Sep 2019 by Alan TeeceAll three countries had something special to offer from Tallinns beautiful Old Town to the Sand Dunes of the Curonean Spit. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Jul 2019 by Ray TweedaleA very nicely varied tour and excellent tour guide. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Jun 2019 by Helen MillerThe beautiful buildings and cities as well as the music and friendly people were memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Jun 2019 by Janine ShamleyI loved Riga and everything about Lithuania! Read full review
Reviewed on 13 May 2019 by Atashi MandalVery satisfactory. Read full review
Reviewed on 31 May 2018 by Tony GarlandThis holiday exceeded our high expectations in virtually every way. We would recommend it unreservedly. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Sep 2018 by Caroline EgenTallinn and the Curonian spit...were the most memorable parts of the holiday Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Jul 2018 by Maryanne RoachA very interesting and enjoyable trip. A good group of 20 people who jelled well. An excellent tour leader. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Aug 2017 by Nel PicketteThe most memorable was Tallinn old town and walking tour of each old town. Enjoyed the amount of free time and self choice meals built into itinerary. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Jun 2017 by James FairbanksEverything was memorable but the Cold War Museum in an abandoned Soviet missile launch site and the Occupation Museum in Riga are the two things that made the biggest impression on me. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Jul 2016 by Fiona BELLReally fantastic! I learned so much about these Baltic countries and their people and environment. Read full review
PlanetAccommodation and Meals:
You will spend 11 nights in locally run hotels, all in good locations and some with sustainability certification (Konventa Seta in Riga). The hotels use locally produced ingredients wherever possible for breakfast and picnic meals- this is usually a combination of fresh bread, cheeses, meats, fruit and vegetables. Where meals are provided, the food will often be typical of the region; however we do encourage clients to use authentic, small restaurants and cafes as well. Your guide will be able to recommend or take you to some traditional restaurants, selling sauerkraut, borsch, veal and fish dishes. If there is time, we recommend the impressive market in Riga.
Much of this trip is spent sightseeing towns and cities or exploring National Parks where we operate with a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy. When we do use motor transport we ensure that it is always proportionate to our small group size and never excessive. By visiting Laheema N. P. and Gauja N.P. on this trip, we contribute a portion of our entrance fees to conservation efforts in these areas. We have also volunteered in the Curonian Spit National Park doing conservation activities in order to protect the environment we see encounter on this trip.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleLocal Craft and Culture:
We are enthusiastic about exploring the culture of each of the three countries on our route. There are several cultural stops on the trip, like Toompea Palace and castle, Turaida castle, Plokstine Cold War Museum, the Monastery of Pazaislis, the Hill of Crosses and Trakai castle. All of these sites and surrounding communities benefit from profits generated by entrance fees and souvenirs sold. There are a wide range of local handicrafts available for purchase during the trip including amber jewellery, hand knitted accessories and wooden toys. Clients can also locally produced specialties such as smoked fish on the Curonian Spit, honey and rye bread in Latvia or kama (milky drink made from grains) in Estonia.
A Fair Deal:
All of our guides are local to the Baltics and in exchange for their insider’s knowledge and passion for the area, we ensure they are paid and treated fairly. You will also find that those working in the hotels and museums are locals as it is a natural requirement for those in the tourist industry to speak all three Baltic languages. Our support of locally staffed businesses helps to provide alternative employment opportunities in areas which are sometimes quite rural. The economy and local community therefore benefits.
This small group tour has a maximum of 20 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.