Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania vacation

“A 12 day small group tour, with an expert local guide, around Estonia. Latvia and Lithuania’s cultural and natural heritage highlights.”

Highlights

Tallinn | Lehamaa National Park | Tartu | Cesis | Gauja National Park | Riga | Jurmala | the Hill of Crosses | Klaipeda | Curonian spit | Nida Great Dune | Plokstine Cold War Museum | Kaunas | Vilnius

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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled 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, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
Diet:
We cater for both vegetarians and vegans.
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Accommodation 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.

Activity:
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.

UK Office:
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.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Local 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.

Group Size:
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.

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Reviewed on 05 Sep 2019 by

The most exciting part of the vacation 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

Wonderful and knowledgeable guide who went above and beyond. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2019 by

Each 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

All 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

A very nicely varied tour and excellent tour guide. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2019 by

The beautiful buildings and cities as well as the music and friendly people were memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2019 by

I loved Riga and everything about Lithuania! Read full review

Reviewed on 13 May 2019 by

Very satisfactory. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 May 2018 by

This vacation exceeded our high expectations in virtually every way. We would recommend it unreservedly. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2018 by

Tallinn and the Curonian spit...were the most memorable parts of the vacation Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2018 by

A 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

The 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

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2016 by

Really fantastic! I learned so much about these Baltic countries and their people and environment. Read full review

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