Baltic nature explorer
Multi-day group tour

Baltic Nature Explorer

  • 10 days / 9 nights
  • Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
  • Vilnius - Kernave - Klaipeda - Samogitia National park - Riga - Sigulda - Cēsis - Soomaa National park - Tallinn - Lahemaa National park
  • Hike ~25km
  • Bike ~ 60 km/ 40 miles
  • Kayak ~ 6km/ 4 miles optional

Program

1.DAY: ARRIVAL VILNIUS

Arrival in Vilnius, optional transfer to the hotel, check-in hotel Tilto*** or similar. Welcome meeting with your tour leader in the hotel lobby.

2.DAY: VILNIUS – TRAKAI (KAYAK~3KM/ OPTIONAL)  -VILNIUS

Vilnius is known for its more than 1.200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. The morning walking tour of the Old Town with Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, Peter and Paul Church, St. Anna’s Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn.

For the afternoon we have a tour to Trakai. Trakai city is beautifully located between 5 lakes. We will get to know the history and culture of Lithuania, and the secrets of local communities and cultures such as Karaims and Russian Old Believers. After that, you have an opportunity to do a kayak tour. You will see serene landscapes and navigate around numerous islands on the lake and see the landmarks of Trakai such as Island Castle, Užutrakis Mansion or ruins of Peninsular Castle.

3.DAY: VILNIUS  – KERNAVE (HIKE~5KM) – KLAIPEDA

In the morning we are transferred to Kernave, just a short drive (~40 km) from Vilnius to Kernave. We will hike a 5-km trail in Neris Regional Park to see the picturesque backcountry and visit historical sites. Discover mysterious fort hills and traces of ancient settlements dating back to 9000 years B.C. Walkthrough UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site

Afternoon we transfer to the coastal city Klaipeda. Klaipeda first became a part of Lithuania in 1923 and has a long history as a German town called Memel. The walking tour takes us to the Old Town with its narrow cobblestone streets and old guild houses and we visit the Theatre Square and the Aennchen von Tharau. Check-in at the Bohema Art Hotel*** or similar.

4.DAY: FULL DAY CURONIAN SPIT BIKE TOUR (BIKE~60KM)

Curonian Spit is a thin stretch of land between the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon. After crossing the lagoon we do Curonian Spit biking tour where we see small fishing villages, pine forests and endless sand dunes. Leisurely stroling the cycling path you can spend your day at the beach, visiting fisherman’s settlements and late afternoon make the way back to your hotel with bike. Cycling distance from Klaipeda to Juodkrante and back to Klaipeda approx. 60km.

5.DAY: KLAIPEDA – SAMOGITIA (HIKE ~5KM) – RIGA

From Klaipeda we continue to the Samogitia National Park that in Lithuanian is called „Žemaitija” (lowlands), to see the picturesque Lake Plateliai. We hike approx. 5km through a bog, and forest. After that, we continue to Siauliai and Hill of Crosses, one of the holiest sites of Catholic Lithuania where till nowadays are erected hundreds of thousands of crosses. And after that, we head to Latvia and reach Riga in the late afternoon. Check-in hotel Konventa Sēta *** or similar.

6.DAY: RIGA – JURMALA – RIGA (BIKE~30KM/ OPTIONAL)

Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a real kaleidoscope of architectural styles. Riga’s walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guilds, and the Freedom Monument.

Afternoon we take the train to Jurmala. You have the opportunity to join an optional bike tour in the vibrant seaside town. In the mid-19th-century holidaymakers began escaping the city to relax in Jurmala it developed as a resort, often called the ‘’Northern Riviera”. We will cycle along a pine-covered dune, see expressive wooden architecture, modern villas, and endless sandy beaches. We stop for a swim at one of the 11 established swimming areas before we take the train back to Riga.

7.DAY: RIGA – GAUJA NATIONAL PARK (HIKE ~5KM AND  + KAYAK ~3KM OPTIONAL) – CESIS

In the morning we drive to Sigulda to enter the Gauja National park, and hike approx. 5 km. After, we take the cable car to enjoy picturesque views over the Gauja Valley. Inspired by the beauty of the park we enjoy nature on our leisure. Or we offer you an optional kayaking tour in the river Gauja to see the sandstone cliffs and outcrops.

Afternoon we continue to Cesis. We get acquainted with its old town and medieval castle on a walking tour. Later we offer an optional local food and wine degustation from Lígatne winery and visit “Anfabrika” rocks and cellars, they are 17 m high, beautiful reddish cliffs. There are several rectangular holes in the foot – these were cellars that were abandoned long time ago. Check in hotel Cesis *** or similar.

8.DAY: CĒSIS – SOOMAA NATIONAL PARK (HIKE ~5KM) – TALLINN

The tour continues from Cēsis to Estonia and we drive (~150 km) to Soomaa National park. In the wetlands of Estonia and walk the great swamp on the wooden path (~5km).

In the afternoon out of the wilderness to the capital head next and arrive in Tallinn in the afternoon. Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquillity and modern urban life. Tallinn walking tour takes us around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we see Toompea Castle, Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, medieval Old Town Hall and Great Guild Hall. Check-in hotel Snelli*** or similar

9.DAY: LAHEMAA NATIONAL PARK (HIKE ~4KM, OPTIONAL)

On our last day, we offer an optional Lahemaa National Park tour. We explore the Estonian countryside that is home to towering pine forests, picturesque coastline, and mysterious bogs. We will take you to the biggest natural waterfall in Estonia. Also, we see the hidden old manor houses of Sagadi and visit the Forest museum, where the exhibition displays the role that nature plays in local lives.  We visit romantic little coastal villages like Käsmu and Altja. Hike through the Viru bog on the wooden trail over the wetland. And return back to Tallinn late afternoon.

10.DAY: DEPARTURE

Departure day, optional transfer to the airport

Services included

  • 9 overnights at centrally located 3-star hotels with breakfast buffet
  • Welcome meeting
  • Service of 1st class van throughout the itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide throughout the itinerary
  • Walking tours in Vilnius, Klaipeda, Riga, Cēsis, and Tallinn
  • Entrances: Vilnius University, Kernave archaeological park and Cēsis medieval castle
  • Curonian spit bike tour
  • Train ticket to Jurmala and back to Riga
  • Sigulda cable car ticket
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Tour dates

BNT01: 06.06 – 15.06.21

BNT02: 04.07 – 13.07.21

BNT03: 25.07 – 03.08.21

BNT04: 08.08 – 17.08.21

Package Price Per Person
  • EUR 1130.00 (double occupancy)
  • EUR 420.00 (single supplement optional)
Optional Activities
  • 2 h Trakai kayak tour: 40.00 EUR pp
  • 3 h Biking tour in Jurmala: 30.00 EUR pp
  • 2h Gauja National Park kayak tour 50.00 EUR pp
  • 6 h Lahemaa national park tour 70.00 EUR pp
Optional Meals
  • Local food and wine degustation 40.00 EUR pp
Optional Transfers
  • Transfer airport to hotel: EUR 35.00 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 55.00 for private van (4-7 persons)
  • Transfer hotel to airport: EUR 35.00 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 55.00 for private van (4-7 persons)
Tour information
  • Difficulty grade: We rate this tour from easy going to moderate. The terrain is mostly flat with very few hills to climb during the hikes and bike tours. The rivers are slow and safe to kayak without any experience before needed.
  • Group size: 2 – 12 persons
  • Single supplement: If you are travelling alone and prefer privacy you can opt for a private room. If you would prefer a cheaper shared room instead, let us know and we will try to pair you with another Baltic Nature Travel traveller of the same sex. If it won’t be possible, the single supplement is mandatory.
  • Note please:
    • Moderate physical fitness is required.

    • Please dress according to the weather conditions, wear appropriate footwear (sandals or hiking shoes depending on weather conditions would be ideal).

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Betti Sewell
Betti Sewell
2020-11-28T17:19:37+0000
The hike was beautiful and Valdis was relaxed, helpful and informative. Highly recommended.
Chris Palin
Chris Palin
2020-11-15T07:39:38+0000
Had a great experience with Valdis. The hike was really interesting with lots of points of interest including an... abandoned bob sleigh track. A great guide, fantastic day out.10 out of 10 I would definitely recommend to anybodyread more
Luca Ruella
Luca Ruella
2020-11-07T16:46:41+0000
Very nice guide and hiking in Sigulda. Totally recommended!
Elisa Bozzotto
Elisa Bozzotto
2020-10-31T21:30:28+0000
I love the atmosphere in the group and the offered trails. They show a part of the countryside that is still not yet... well know but definitely worth seeing. With woods that look like the one from a fairy story book and really good company it's definitely a suggested tou experience for the lovers of outdoors activities..The guide is super available and offer explanations and curiosity. Particularly useful is the description of how to reach the starting point with public transport (even with the specific schedule time). So I definitely recommend it 😉read more
Lina Kulikauskaite
Lina Kulikauskaite
2020-10-31T18:04:12+0000
Nicely chosen trail 🍂🌲very friendly and supportive guide. Had a lot of fun! Looking forward for next trip 👣📸
Kristīna Kļimoviča
Kristīna Kļimoviča
2020-10-05T05:49:53+0000
I am very grateful to Valdis for leading our hike through the Gauja National Park near Sigulda. It was the perfect... combination of the city sightseeing and enjoying nature. Valdis made stops at the most remarkable objects both in the city and in nature and told the most important things, which were neither too much nor too little. He really took good care of the group. Thank you for this day! Highly recommended!read more
Victor Papin
Victor Papin
2020-10-04T15:43:17+0000
Great welcoming & service, great hike.
Oskars Ikstens
Oskars Ikstens
2018-04-27T12:18:35+0000
Zane Kurševa
Zane Kurševa
2018-04-22T14:12:43+0000
Armīns Maslovskis
Armīns Maslovskis
2018-04-22T13:39:50+0000
Liene Lote Čemme
Liene Lote Čemme
2018-03-01T14:27:46+0000
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