Must do in Baltics

Must do in

Baltics

A tour of the highlights of the Baltics provides a sturdy introduction to the region, its history and culture. It’s a great option for first timers or those short on time. In the Baltics, you can cover a lot of ground within just a few days since many highlights are located along major roads. For example, Latvia’s Rundale Palace or “Versailles of the Baltics” and Lithuania’s Hill of Crosses are en route between Vilnius and Riga, and Estonia’s beaches in Parnu are on the way between Riga and Tallinn.

Baltic capitals - each with its own flair

The historic centres of all three Baltic capitals are included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List but the cities are far from monotonous. Each has its own distinct character.

Riga is the largest city in the Baltics, known far and wide for its Art Nouveau architecture, world class opera house and buzzing Central Market. The neighbourhoods of Kipsala and Agenskalns are no less grand with their 18th – 21st century wooden architecture.

You may recognise Tallinn for its fairy tale old town but the city has many more layers, such as the neighbourhood of Kadriorg with its baroque palace and world-renowned contemporary art museum, and the harbour area of Kalamaja with its quaint wooden housing and bohemian spirit. Many visitors descend on Tallinn on a day trip by ferry from Helsinki.

As the capital of a predominantly Catholic country, Vilnius boasts remarkable churches. Climb to the top of Gediminas Hill for views of the city’s steeples and ever-changing panorama. For a feel of how the city is developing, visit the creative neighbourhoods of Naujamiestis and Uzupis.

Thanks to a new generation of inventive chefs and a reliable supply of quality local produce, Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn are becoming popular foodie destinations. Sample wild mushrooms, birch sap, rhubarb and other humble ingredients transformed into culinary masterpieces.

Highlights of Latvia

Latvia

Jurmala

At easy day trip distance from Riga, Jurmala is one of the Baltics’ favourite beach resorts famed for its intricate 19th century wooden houses, which mingle among the pines alongside impressive Soviet and contemporary resort architecture. Read more here.

Must do in Baltics
Latvia

Sigulda

The “Switzerland of Latvia” sits within Gauja National Park and is known as the winter sports capital of Latvia. Visitors flock here for active outdoor pursuits as well as delving into history at Sigulda Castle and Latvia’s most visited museum – Turaida Museum Reserve. Read more here.

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Latvia

Rundale Palace

Arriving at Rundale Palace is a true “wow” moment as you may not expect to see such an 18th century gem in the Latvian countryside. Architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli is also known for his Winter Palace in St Petersburg. Read more here.

Must do in Baltics

Highlights of Estonia

Estonia

Parnu

In summer, visitors flock to Estonia’s largest resort to enjoy its sandy beaches, while in winter it’s a favourite spa destination. Architecture geeks will appreciate the historical wooden homes, the modernist Parnu Beach House and Art Nouveau-style Villa Ammende. Read more here.

Must do in Baltics
Estonia

The islands

Estonia has over 2000 islands, which is much more than both other Baltic States. The rugged West Estonian Archipelago is fantastic for a tranquil escape. A short ferry ride from the mainland are some of its best known islands of Saaremaa, Hiiumaa and Kihnu with their Nordic maritime vibe. Read more here.

Must do in Baltics
Estonia

Estonian National Museum

Learn what makes Estonians tick at the award-winning museum in Tartu – Estonia’s second-largest city. The interactive exhibition will drag you in for hours of exploration if you don’t stop short admiring its incredible facade! Read more here.

Things to do in Tartu

Highlights of Lithuania

Lithuania

Trakai Island Castle

Often featured on postcards of Lithuania, the stunningly restored 14th-century castle sits on a luscious green backdrop on an island in Lake Galve. Read more here.

Trakai Castle tour
Lithuania

Hill of Crosses

Myth surrounds this unusual site of pilgrimage with no confirmed version of its story. For years, even centuries, visitors have placed crosses here, each for their own reason. The hill has been reborn numerous times after attempts to destroy it under Soviet rule. Read more here.

Hill of Crosses tour
Lithuania

Curonian Spit

The dreamy UNESCO World Heritage Site’s rolling dunes are scattered with historical farms and fishing villages. If you’re lucky, you can find pieces of amber on the beach! It’s a popular first stop for those arriving by ferry to Klaipeda. Read more here.

Outdoor activity from Klaipeda
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Like a local

Perhaps you’ve been to this part of the world before or prefer to venture deeper than a country’s capital and top attractions. Read more on our web site here.

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and we’ll happily build a bespoke itinerary recommending additional stops on the way.

What travelers say about us

Barry Toward
Barry Toward
2022-09-18
We have just spent 9 days travelling through the Baltic countries with Valdis as our guide. Although the itinerary and accommodation had been pre-arranged Valdis supported our trip brilliantly, bringing to life the individual countries with city walking tours, nature trails and visits to other sites. He is great fun, extremely knowledgable and became an integral part of our small group. His contribution to our holiday played a key part in making it a great and enjoyable experience (and he recommends good places to eat!)
Sam Paliwal
Sam Paliwal
2022-09-02
If you are looking to go to the Baltic's on an active vacation, make sure to check out Baltic Nature Travel as your travel advisor. We recently finished a 10-day self-driving tour of the Baltic's and wanted to have an active trip whilst not missing out on all the cultural highlights of the region. Valdis, the owner of Baltic Nature Travel was very responsive and organized a trip that included kayaking, long distance bicycle riding, hiking in different forests, cooking activities, cultural highlights, hot-air balloon riding, etc-- all in a matter of 10 days and customized the trip to our liking. We were very satisfied with his responsiveness to our needs and his ability to stay ahead and plan various activities appropriately. Just to give you one example of Valdis's ability to think ahead: in one of the hotels, they have very limited parking. On his own initiative, Valdis made a to call to the hotel and reserved a parking spot for us for the one night that we were going to stay at that hotel. It helped out a lot, as we had to leave very early in the morning. There are other numerous examples where he was available to answer questions and help us as necessary, both before and during the trip. He is an excellent guide, calm and collected and his team of guides around the region were quite knowledgeable and fluent. The accommodation for the trip were quite good and and they can be easily adjusted based on your budget. I highly recommend his touring company for your Baltic travel experience and would like to add that as a person he's very likable and easy-going.
Lajos Nagy
Lajos Nagy
2022-07-23
A perfect series of daily hiking tours and town walkarounds. I especially was amused by the jungle-like forests and friendly conversations along the way. Everything was perfectly planned and organized, I definitely recommend, worth thousand-times more than simply visiting cities in a rush.
Tom Demandt
Tom Demandt
2022-05-30
We had an excellent day hike with our guide Valdis. He was very friendly, very service minded and knowledgeable. The hike through Gauja National Park was really beautiful. Heartily recommend for anyone looking for an active day trip outside Riga.
Sergey Zhuravlev
Sergey Zhuravlev
2022-02-28
I enjoyed the hiking tour in the Beberbeķi-Skulte regions of Riga. The route was mainly through the forest, so this is a great opportunity to get away from the city bustle and daily routine and to spend a few hours in nature. The tour guide Valdis is very friendly and he has a lot to tell about the area. I am looking forward to the next tour and recommend joining it.
Sa Si
Sa Si
2022-02-15
I had a wonderful hiking tour trough Kemeri National Park with Baltic Nature Travel. Valdis is a very well informed and nice guide! I would totally recommend a tour with him!
aarpr
aarpr
2022-01-24
Really nice activities and tours by Valdis. Highly recommended. Definetely I will repeat soon.
Eimear Friel
Eimear Friel
2022-01-18
Thoroughly enjoyed my hike with Valdis and Solveiga. It was exactly what I hoped for. Perfect for someone looking to explore more of Latvia but nto sure where to go!
Fiona Koe
Fiona Koe
2022-01-18
Awesome hike, beautiful scenery. Valdis was very friendly and knowledgeable. Will recommend

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