Baltic highlights 8 day tour

“Join a group of likeminded fellow travellers for this bite-sized Baltics tour taking in the cultural and natural hotspots of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia”

Highlights

Vilnius | Hills of Crosses | Gauja National Park | Sigulda | Riga | Parnu | Tallinn

Description of Baltic highlights 8 day tour

During this 8-day highlights tour of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia you will explore the deep history of these countries. Steeped in beautiful and characterful architecture, such as Neo-Gothic, Baroque, Rococo and Art Nouveau styles, there are some incredible designs to explore. You will also have countless museums and churches at your fingertips.

You will also get have the option to eat in local restaurants, experience the real Baltic cuisine and drink locally crafted beer and spirits.

If you choose you can see a live organ concert inside the Dome Cathedral or the fairytale castle at Trakai. You will also have the option to visit the Open Air Museum or perhaps you would like to explore the Gauja National Park. We believe in making a holiday as customisable as possible so you get what you want.

Should you wish to simply dive into the bar and restaurant scene then you are spoilt for choice as Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius have an eclectic and quirky collection of trendy cocktail bars, traditional restaurants and hipster bars. All have their own unique character and will satisfy everybodyís curiosities.

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Environment

During this trip, you will be staying at hotels, in Tallinn and Vilnius, which is part of The Rezidor Hotel Group, an ethical company that signed the United Nations Global Compact in 2009, which provides companies with 10 principles on Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-Corruption.
They are also part of the Blu Planet programme. As part of this programme, your hotels have partnered with Just a Drop to help give children around the world access to safe drinking water through the hotel brandís towel re-use programme. Guests are asked to reuse their towels and forego housekeeping. For every towel reused, your hotel makes a donation to Just a Drop. Over 9,000 children have been helped so far!

The hotels in Tallinn and Vilnius are also Green Key Members and uses Eco-Labelling. A Green Key stands for an establishmentís promise to its guests that by opting to stay with such an establishment, they are helping to make a difference on an environmental and sustainability level. An ecolabel identifies products or services proven environmentally preferable overall, within a specific product or service category. In order to gain Green Key certification, hotels have to fulfil a list of requirements that includes strong environmental standards, policy, action plans, education and communication. The Green Key demonstrates an organizationís dedication to taking responsibility for its surroundings and the society it is part of. The high environmental standards expected of these establishments are maintained through rigorous documentation and frequent audits.

On this trip, we keep transport down to a minimum - opting for walking tours where possible. As part of a small group, you are having a minimal impact on the environment because you are not hiring individual cars to get around.

The Baltic countries spend a great deal of time and money restoring historic buildings and natural areas which have previously been devastated by war or by mismanagement. This means it is incredibly important for local communities and businesses surrounding these historical areas to maintain their economy because this is what funds the restoration efforts. By visiting these communities you are making a huge contribution and helping the restoration activities and future community projects to flourish.

Community

During your trip, you will be making a huge contribution to the local communities. 95% of all the employees you will encounter in the hotels, bars, restaurants and historical locations will be local people.

We employ local guides who are very forthcoming in recommending true locally owned restaurants and your money will always go to the right people. When you are in any major cities your guides will help you find small, local and quirky cafe's, restaurants and bars down the wonky cobbled side streets.

When you spend your money locally, you are helping to pay for children's schooling, local charities, local community projects and so much more as your contribution filters out throughout the local economy.

Throughout your trip, you will see that all the local restaurants and cafe sell locally sources meat, cheeses, fish and so on. The Baltic countries eat a lot of hearty stews, soups and traditional foods and you will notice that the vegetables and meat will almost always be locally sourced.

This is also true for many market stalls and merchants who sell handcrafted merchandise and raw material such as 100% local wool, for example.

You will, of course, encounter a certain amount of commercial and corporate aspects, such as coffee shops and 'souvenir' shops which are clearly not part of the local economy, other than on a basic level. This means you will need to use your own judgement when spending your money in order to ensure it goes to the right people.

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