James Fairbanks review 16 Jun 2017
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Everything 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.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Just do a bit of research on how to use free time in Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius - there is a lot to see in the limited amount of free time provided.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Not much sense of anything out of the usual on this.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
The tour made good use of the available time and took us places we never would have seen had we done what we originally had planned to do which was to just visit the three capital cities on our own. Our tour guide Lolita was excellent and out fellow travelers all interesting and pleasant people from three other nations. The total number on the tour was just was 11, an ideal size for a group tour. Other than some mix-up on the hotel about where the tour was to originate, our experience was entirely positive.
Read the operator's response here:
Firstly, thank you for your comments, we are delighted that overall you had a great trip.
Weíd like to give you a little more information regarding your comments on question 3. As you have said there wasnít much out of the usual here but I hope that you saw that the type of tourism on this trip makes an extra effort to contribute to local communities. Our decision to use locally run hotels that serve locally produced ingredients is reflective of this. Likewise our visitation of traditional local restaurants. We also visit a huge amount of sites that are maintained through our visitor fees which of course contribute to the local community and economy. 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. Our local staff have also volunteered in the Curonian Spit National Park doing conservation activities in order to protect the environment we see and encounter. All of our guides are local to the Baltics and in exchange for their insiderís 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.
We do hope that this explanation provides an adequate response to your review and offers you reassurance that we are continuously working on ensuring our trips are as responsible as possible. We hope to welcome you back to the Baltics one day.