Medieval cities, Soviet-era ruins, and some of the last truly wild places in Europe; the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have it all. Discover them now – before the crowds arrive
Uncover the authentic heart of the Baltic as you explore its picturesque capitals by foot on this active cruise through northern Europe with Ramblers Walking Holidays.
Each shore excursion focuses on a historic city and the beguiling countryside that surrounds it. In Tallinn, you'll explore the medieval old quarter before venturing out to the wild islands, just beyond the harbour. In Lithuania, a local guide will lead you through the Curonian Spit, a UNESCO-listed sand dune, bordering Kaliningrad. (It has known human habitation since pre-historic times). And in Riga, your walking tour includes the famous castle, cathedral and powder tower, as well as the famous Cat House too (a house with two angry-looking cat sculptures; it is said that the owner of the house wanted the cats to be placed with their tails turned towards the guild house)..
Throw in excursions to Helsinki, St Petersburg, Stockholm and Copenhagen and you’ll have encountered all that this fascinating region has to offer.
Trip: Baltic Discovery
When: Departures Jun & Sep
How long: 14 nights
How much: From £2,195 (exc. flights)
Venture deep into the heart of Lithuania on this 10-day fly-drive adventure with Regent Holidays.
You will be the master of your own itinerary, exploring the beautiful baroque town of Vilnius at your own pace before travelling to the fairytale red-bricked castle in Trakai – Eastern Europe’s only island castle. From Kaunas, you’ll follow the impossibly scenic Panemuné road, visiting castles and manor houses, before reaching Curonian Spit, a fragile landscape of shifting sand dunes and pine forests where elk and wild boar roam free.
Who: Regent Holidays
When: Departures throughout the year
How long: 10 days
How much: From £925 (exc. flights)
Immerse yourself in the rich history of one of the less discovered corners of Europe in this whistlestop tour of the Baltic Capitals with Tucan Travel.
Over a week you will wander the old towns of each of these capitals, sampling craft beer in Tallinn, losing yourself in Riga’s heritage-listed Old Town, and hunting for the secret stebuklas (miracle) tile in Cathedral Square, Vilnius; this marked the southern end of the 2-million person, 650-kilometre long human chain between Tallinn and Vilnius, formed to protest Soviet occupation in 1989.
An unforgettable introduction to the turbulent history of these cities and the exciting future that awaits them.
Trip: Baltic Capitals
Who: Tucan Travel
When: Regular departures Mar-Oct
How long: 7 days
How much: From £520 (exc. flights)
Discover age-old fishing villages, abandoned Soviet missile bases and untouched beaches on this 8-day adventure to Tallinn and Saaremaa Island with Regent Holidays.
Saaremaa is the largest island in Estonia, a place of deserted beaches, steeped in local folklore. You’ll discover Angla windmills, Kaali Meteorite Crater, Mihkli Farm Museum, medieval churches and nature reserves and explore the dolomite cliff and caves on the northern shore. Add the 13th-century St Catharine’s Church, abandoned Soviet missile base and the old Koguva fishing village and you have an unforgettable snapshot of this incredible part of the world.
Trip: Tallinn & The Islands
Who: Regent Holidays
When: Departures Mar-Aug
How long: 8 days
How much: From £1,195 (exc. flights)
Experience a different side of the Baltics on this journey through its hidden corners with Explore.
You’ll head south from Tallinn to Estonia's cultural capital, Tartu. From Riga, you’ll explore Rundale Palace, an exuberant fusion of German and Russian styles from the 18th century. In Lithuania, you’ll climb the ‘Hill of Crosses’ in Siauliai and visit the amber museum at Palanga before clambering across the spectacular sand dunes of the Neringa Spit and exploring the traditional fishing villages that dot the coast.
Finally, you’ll explore Latvia's lakeland, before rambling through the forested Gauja valley to the Crusader castles at Sigulda and Turaida. This is a side of the Baltics very few people get to see.
When: Departures May-Oct
How long: 15 days
How much: From £1,499
Ride through historic cities, untouched wilderness and along breathtaking coastline on this cycling tour of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with Exodus.
Starting in Tallinn, you’ll point your wheels south towards Tartu, Riga, Trakai and Vilnius. Between negotiating the cobbled streets of some of the most beautiful cities in Europe, you’ll cycle through beautiful national parks and along idyllic coastal paths – all at a pace where you can soak it all in.
Trip: Cycle The Baltics
When: Departures May-Sep
How long: 11 days
How much: From £1,099 (exc. flights)
Unlock the forgotten treasures and beguiling charms of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia on this jam-packed Baltic journey with G Adventures.
After decades of Communism these countries are open to the world again and revealing their secrets to the adventurous traveller. Beginning in charming cobblestoned Vilnius, and ending in beautiful Helsinki, this two-week trip gets to the very heart of the region. Get an up-close glimpse of Riga’s castles and art district, experience rural life in Estonia, and venture into the fortresses and medieval architecture of Tallinn before crossing to Finland by ferry. Make the Baltics your special travel secret.
Trip: Baltic Adventure
Who: G Adventures
When: Departures May-Sep
How long: 13 days
How much: From £1,249 (exc. flights)