Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania walking holiday

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Environment

We visit the Curonian Spit National Park, a 98km long peninsular and UNESCO World Heritage site which is shared by Lithuania and Russia and whom are jointly responsible for protecting it. The designation ensures the conservation of the rare ecosystems of this area through preventing development and regulating construction to limit the interaction between people and the environment. In addition the Curonian Spit is only reached by ferry on the Lithuanian side decreasing ease of access and footfall.

As a travel company 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 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.

Community

We explore the UNESCO Wold Heritage 'Old Towns' of Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius on foot, admiring the traditional medieval architecture and gain an understanding of the impact that soviet rule had in this area.

In Lahemaa National Park we visit a 400-year old fishing village and learn the traditional way of bog walking used by the inhabitants of this village to get around. We are briefed a local guide and provided with specially adapted shoes which enable us to step back in time and walk through the ecosystem learning about the flora, fauna and folklore.

As a company 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 the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

1 Reviews of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania walking holiday

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


Our tour guide and bus driver were amazing. Egle was so friendly and so knowledgeable, that she made the whole experience something more special than it already was. As someone who has been a tour leader, I can tell you that she was just wonderful - the best at her job! Our driver was friendly, funny and kind. On our "beach" day (which he had off as we did not need the vehicle for transport), he went to the beach in Nida and collected tiny pieces of amber which he gifted to all the women on the trip.

I thought the bog walk (the one using the bog shoes as opposed to the one on the boardwalks) was a unique and amazing experience. I loved the dune and beach walk (though I wish I knew we might find amber slivers on the beach, as I would have done a little beach combing).

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


In summer, you don't need hiking boots; a good pair of walking trainers would be enough. I would also recommend that for the bog walk, you have shoes that you don't mind getting a bit wet - it doesn't have to be boots. The bog shoes are similar to snow shoes (sometimes used for both purposes here) so they are attached to your normal walking shoes. Also, we did a long hike into the bog area when we could have started at a closer point. Bog walking is not that difficult, but I found the standing still for 5-10 minutes while being given information about nature and the area to be challenging. It is difficult to stand comfortably in the uneven bog in the bog shoes.

This trip is packed with things to do. Even though the days are long, activities and some of the things we did were not accessible after dinner hours, so we had to conclude most of our activities by 7 PM. This made some of what we did feel a bit rushed.

Also, in summer, some of the hotel rooms were hot, especially ones we had on the top one or two floors. Even with the windows opened, not much cool air circulated. Luckily 2 out of the 3 hotels like this had standing fans that they provided upon request.

Finally, it is summer in the northern hemisphere - the days are long. Not every room had blackout curtains, and many people had restless sleeps due to the light entering the room. I highly recommend bringing a sleeping mask (one with moulded eye pieces so they don't touch the lids), as it really helped me to sleep better.

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


It was hard to tell regarding the benefit to local people (other than our tourism dollars). Our guide and bus driver were local. Some of the hotel accommodations were by locals (though some were big chain economy hotels). Our nature walks were all environmentally conscientious which I did appreciate.

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


This trip was much better than I expected. I am so glad I booked it.
I would recommend adding one extra day so that the trip doesn't feel rushed almost every day.

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