Self-drive Estonia and Latvia tour 13 days
Self-drive tour

Self-drive Estonia and Latvia tour 13 days

  • 12 nights / 13 days
  • Tallinn - Sagadi - Mustvee - Tartu - Cēsis - Ligatne - Sigulda - Kuldiga - Jurmala - Riga
  • From April to September.

Program

DAY 1. ARRIVAL IN TALLINN

Welcome to Tallinn! Pick up your rental car at the Tallinn airport and check into the hotel.

DAY 2. DICOVER TALLINN

On a guided walking tour of Tallinn, you will explore a well-preserved medieval center known as the Old Town. You will visit many historic sites including Toompea Castle, a stately baroque castle which today houses the Parliament of Estonia, the 13th century Dome Church, the Russian Revival Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and many more.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 3. LAHEMAA NATIONAL PARK | TALLINN – SAGADI (DRIVE ~85 KM, HIKE ~7 KM)

After breakfast, drive to a scenic coastline northeast of Tallinn. Lahemaa National Park is considered one of the last unspoiled regions of the Baltic coastline. You will go on a 7 km guided hiking tour starting from Sagadi to Kasmu Peninsula and back. On the Kasmu Peninsula you will find the biggest natural accumulation of rocks in Estonia. You will see the Kasmu village, one of the most beautiful seaside villages in Estonia.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 4. ALONG THE LAKE PEIPUS | SAGADI – MUSTVEE – TARTU (DRIVE ~170 KM)

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, and afterwards drive along the shore of Lake Peipus, which is the fifth-largest lake in Europe. It is also the largest transboundary lake on the continent, as it shares borders with both, Estonia and Russia. The old traditions are still alive and honoured by the Old Believers living on the shore of Lake Peipus. At the Old Believers Museum, a tea ceremony is waiting for you. The ceremony will be led by an instructor wearing a headscarf required by local customs. In the late afternoon, arrive in Tartu, the second-largest city in Estonia.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 5. CHARMIN UNIVERSITY TOWN | TARTU

In the morning, join a Tartu Old Town walking tour. Enjoy the historic streets, Town Hall Square with the statue of Kissing Students, St. John’s Church with its many terracotta sculptures, and Tartu University, which was founded in 1632.  Free time in the afternoon.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 6. GAUJA NATIONAL PARK | TARTU – CESIS (DRIVE ~ 175 km)

In the morning, cross the Estonian-Latvian border and stop in Cesis, a medieval gemstone and the third oldest town in Latvia. During the guided walking tour visit the charming ruins of the Medieval Castle, explore the history, and feel the medieval spirit in candle light.

Despite the wars, the Old Town has remained almost unchanged. On the tour, you will see such highlights as the Roze Square, Princess’ House and St. John’s Church. Eight hundred years long history of Cesis is visible not only on the streets but also in Cesis castle complex.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 7. MAGNIFICENT SANDSTONE OUTCROPS ON GAUJA RIVER  CESIS – LIGATNE – SIGULDA (DRIVE ~ 40 KM, KAYAK ~4 KM)

The morning begins with a drive to the River Gauja where you have to start a self-guided kayaking tour. On the 4 km long paddling distance you will see magnificent sandstone outcrops.

After, visit a paper-mill village Ligatne that still looks almost the same as in the 19th century.  In the afternoon, continue driving south to Sigulda, the heart of the Gauja National Park.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 8. HIKING IN GAUJA NATIONAL PARK | SIGULDA (HIKE ~17 KM)

Today is reserved for hiking. On a guided hiking tour, you will walk around 17 km. The hike starts in the heart of the Gauja National Park – Sigulda. Sigulda is also known as the Little Switzerland of Latvia. Scenic views are guaranteed! Do not worry if the hiking path brings you up to steep bluffs – the Gauja National Park has established good infrastructure for hikers to climb to the best viewing points.

A meditative musical experience is waiting for you during the hike – ancient sounds of Latvian traditional string instrument “kokle”. Latvians have a saying that “kokle” is given to them by God. Relax and enjoy the ethno-music concert!

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 9. LATVIA”S PALACE | SIGULDA – RUNDALE PALACE – KULDIGA (DRIVE ~290 km)

In the morning, drive south and pass by Riga to Rundale. On the Rundale Palace guided tour you will see the 18th century baroque palace that was built for the Dukes of Courland and Semigallia. The palace was built by Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who also created Russia’s ornate Winter Palace and Tsarskoye Selo.  In the afternoon, continue to Kuldiga, the most romantic town in Latvia.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 10. THE MOST ROMANTIC TOWN IN LATVIA | KULDIGA

Join a guided walking tour to see the romantic blend of Kuldiga’s architecture, small winding streets and channels. The heart of the town is the Venta River and the Ventas Rumba, the widest waterfall in Europe. Discover this charming place at a slow pace. Free time in the afternoon.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 11. LATVIA”S COAST | KULDIGA – JURMALA (DRIVE ~120 KM, CYCLE ~12 KM)

In the morning, drive to Latvia’s most famous resort town Jurmala which stretches 30 km along the seaside. Take a break from the city on the sandy Jurmala beach. Enjoy a peaceful walk along the pine forest dunes without any rush. Do a self-guided bike tour and explore Jurmala. In the mid-19th-century holiday makers began escaping the city to relax in Jurmala, and it developed as a resort, often called the ‘’Northern Riviera”. You will cycle along a pine-covered dune, see the expressive wooden architecture, modern villas, and endless sandy beaches.  Stop for a swim at one of the eleven established swimming places.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 12. DISCOVER RIGA | JURMALA – RIGA (DRIVE ~40 KM)

In a short drive from Jurmala you are in Riga, the largest city in the Baltics. Take a guided walking tour to see the Art Nouveau most famous buildings on the streets of Alberta and Elizabeth, as well as the Old Town with Riga’s Castle and the Three Brothers houses, oldest dwellings in the city.

Make a visit to the Riga Central Market, one of the largest covered markets in Europe. Taste smoked meat, pickled vegetables, Latvian bread, seasonal treats, and more. The market opened in 1930, and it consists of five former Zeppelin airship hangars.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 13. DEPARTURE FROM RIGA

Drop off the rental car at the Riga airport.

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Private tour price

In double occupancy:

  • In 4-star hotels for two persons traveling in a VW Polo or similar rental car is 2050 EUR per person.
  • In 3-star hotels for two persons traveling in a VW Polo or similar rental car is 1770 EUR per person.
  • In 4-star hotels for four persons traveling VW Passat or similar rental car is 1560 EUR per person.
  • In 3-star hotels for four persons traveling VW Passat or similar rental car is 1310 EUR per person.
  • In 4-star hotels for six persons traveling in a VW Multivan or similar rental car is 1150 EUR per person.
  • In 3-star hotels for six persons traveling in a VW Multivan or similar rental car is 1000 EUR per person.

Single room supplement – 490 EUR

Included
  • 12 overnights per program in centrally located 3-star / 4-star hotels;
  • Car rental for 13 days;
  • Guided walking tours in Tallinn, Tartu, Cesis, Kuldiga, and Riga;
  • Guided tour in Rundale Palace;
  • Tea ceremony at Lake Peipus;
  • Ethno-music concert;
  • Guided hiking tours in the Lahemaa National Park and the Gauja National Park;
  • Kayak rental in the Gauja National Park;
  • Bicycle rental in Jurmala;
  • Entrances in Cesis Castle, Latvian Open-Air Museum and Rundale Palace.
How to dress

Please, dress accordingly to the weather forecast! Due to very changeable weather, layering is key to enjoying the hike, and rain protection is a must-have. Any comfortable shoes are good enough for this tour.

Physical rate from 1 to 10

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Level of difficulty

The tour has easy biking and hiking trails with a few steep climbs. The terrain is mostly flat. The hiking tours include small footpaths through the woods, walking around the town, boardwalks and countryside roads. In the rivers and lakes, the current is slow and safe to kayak without any previous experience.

Season

From April to September.

Bookings

Bookings are on the request and should be made at least one week before the departure date. The itinerary can be modified according to the client’s wants and needs.

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Sheila Dunk
Sheila Dunk
2022-06-04T01:33:30+0000
Absolutely brilliant day out with Valdis, we didn’t stop talking from the moment he picked me up. He was knowledgeable... about the area, answered all my questions about Latvia and was just delightful to be with.The area of the hike was stunning, we got some good spots for views and pictures, the weather was beautiful and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend the day. The hike isn’t difficult, plenty of ups and downs and with a decent level of fitness anyone can do this hike.read more
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
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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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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