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.”

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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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Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania vacation

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

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

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.

14 Reviews of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania vacation

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Reviewed on 05 Sep 2019 by

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


Probably helping to celebrate with those of the Baltic States the 30 years of freedom from Soviet control.

However, there were many other, and very varied, highlights throughout the trip.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Ensure that you make the most of the opportunities and are suitably fit for a reasonable amount of walking. We were and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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


To some extent, because the local populations, particularly outside of the main cities, are still enjoying meeting people from different nations.
Having visited various national parks and natural habitats, we hope we helped to underline their importance.

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


We thought that the operator had devised a very good itinery with lots of places of interest, used an exceptional tour guide and some very knowledgeable local
guides, good drivers and a very satisfactory range of hotels.

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2019 by

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




2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?




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




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


Wonderful and knowledgeable guide who went above and beyond.

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2019 by

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


Each country was terrific; the tour did what I had hoped and it was good value for the money.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


None

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


Money spent will help these economies grow

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



Reviewed on 09 Sep 2019 by

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


All three countries had something special to offer from Tallinns beautiful Old Town to the Sand Dunes of the Curonean Spit. All greatly helped by Jovita a wonderful tour manager and well informed local guides. This is a very active vacation make sure you are up to 4 hrs waking per day on cobbled streets.
Do not forget your umbrella and rain jacket. Showers are short but very heavy

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Beware of the hotel quality look for an upgrade of your room or you will be disappointed

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


Yes

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


Excellent vacation let down by poor hotels with badly arranged breakfast buffets and dark small rooms not 3/4 star more like 2.

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2019 by

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


Tallinn old town, Arte Nouveau buildings in Riga, Trakai Castle on the lake

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take a travel kettle.

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


Yes

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


A very nicely varied tour and excellent tour guide.

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2019 by

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


The beautiful buildings and cities, lots of music and friendly people

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Very informative trip but action packed covered a lot of ground in a short time. Climate changed quickly in early June needing both hot weather and cool weather clothes.

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


I would think so, all the guides where local and we always eat in restaurant run by the local people. Lots of refilling of drinking water bottles

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


Great guide, good size of group, lots of information. I learnt a lot and enjoyed the folklore and music. I would recommended it.. but not as a rest.

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2019 by

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


I loved Riga and everything about Lithuania!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take clothes for every season!

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


Yes, the guide directed us where to buy gifts from local craft people. And they made sure we had water provided so we didn’t buy plastic bottles.

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


I didn’t really interact with Responsible Travel as I was connected directly to the tour operator after my first email. The operator was fantastic in every way and I’d travel with them again and recommend them to others.

Reviewed on 13 May 2019 by

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


The variety of destinations.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Book an extra day in Vilnius. This trip is not for those who are very active or adventurous. Hotel rooms can be very cramped, so pack accordingly.

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


Definitely was a benefit to the local people and economy. Not sure about any environmental impact.

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


Very satisfactory

Reviewed on 31 May 2018 by

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


There were so many highlights during this excellent, massively varied trip that it is difficult to choose only one. The capital cities of Tallin, Riga and Vilnius
were distinct and delightful; the trips to the countryside and the coast were fascinating; To mention only a few highlights, we would have to include the upper city in Tallin; the canal cruise and the Art Nouveau museum in Riga; the former Soviet Nuclear Missile site; the Trakai castle and the old town center of
Vilnius..

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for some long, though interesting, days traveling by bus. Be sure to take anti mosquito preparations for some sites.

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


It did benefit local people in that we ate in local restaurants and cafes and bought local souvenirs. Drinking water was supplied from large containers to refill individual water bottle, rather than by continually buying new bottled water.

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


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

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2018 by

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


Tallinn and the Curonian spit

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make sure you are prepared to walk a bit since some travelers were not able to do everything.
Also having not been on a tour before we had booked a nice restaurant the first night in Tallinn and did not realise we would all be going out and introducing
each other - maybe put that on the literature.

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


Yes

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


Excellent

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2018 by

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


A day spent on the Curonian Spit and swimming in the Baltic. The Art Nouveau architecture and boat trip in Riga.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be ready for some hotels without AC if going during a heat wave! Excellent wi-fi. Restaurants very willing to do individual bills.
There are no dinners included in the price and eating out every evening gets a tad expensive as prices are similar to those in the UK. Lots of castles and churches and sightseeing on cobbles.

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


Eating out in restaurants every day must have contributed to the local economy!

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


A very interesting and enjoyable trip. A good group of 20 people who jelled well. An excellent tour leader.

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2017 by

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


Tallinn old town. Walking tour of each old town. Enjoyed the amount of free time and self choice meals built into itinerary.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Expect a few long days but also a well managed and very interesting historical and sociological overview of the coutries visited. Remember to take rain gear whever you go!

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


Definitely supported local employment. There was evidence that the coutries were environmentally aware but i didnt notice a direct link to our tour.

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


Excellent. The guide was informative and personable. Always available and very helpful with tips re eating etc. Accommodation was generally of a high standard and the buses very comfortable.

Reviewed on 16 Jun 2017 by

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


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 travelers booking this vacation?


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 vacation 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 vacation 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:

Dear James,
Firstly, thank you for your comments, we are delighted that overall you had a great trip.

We’d like to give you a little more information regarding your comments on question 3. As you have said there wasn’t 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 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.

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.

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2016 by

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


Historic cities, interesting and often tragic histories and natural beauty in the landscapes. Lots of insights into the more recent past of the Cold War also.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for a fascinating time, and take good walking shoes as you may cover a lot of ground!

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


Local people benefited from our tourism via hotels, restaurants , markets and local guides. We were all environmentally aware.

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


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

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