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Gauja National Park: One of the Best Hiking Destinations in Europe

Have you ever heard of the Gauja National Park? Most likely not, but then you have missed out on one of the best hiking destinations in Europe where one can wander around for days or even weeks, still amazed by biological diversity, cultural richness and beauty of the surroundings.

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Cēsis: a medieval gemstone

Cesis is a medieval gemstone and the third oldest town in Latvia. It attracts tourists with lovely streets and the beauty of natural treasures in the Gauja National Park. Charming ruins of the medieval castle invite you to explore the history and feel the medieval spirit in a candle light.

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Kuldīga: a Perfect Place for Romantics

Kuldīga is one of the most romantic towns in Latvia with wonderful cobblestone streets, lovely houses and red-tile roofs. As the Alekšupīte River circles around the old town, many travelers compare Kuldīga to Venice.

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Top 5 cities in Latvia - a guide through the highlights and alternative things to do

Get inspired and discover Latvia! We have put together a guide through the highlights and alternative things to do in 5 “must see” cities in Latvia.

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The best snacks for hiking in the Baltics

Have you ever wondered what to take for your meal on a hike? If you are in the Baltics and you are having this question, then in this article you can find some ideas and explanations why certain products are the best.

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How to find the best hiking route in the Baltics
How to find the best hiking route in the Baltics

From my experience, I will explain, how to find the best hiking paths in the Baltics and as well share with you my favorite ones.

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Coastal Hiking from Pāvilosta
Desolate and Meditative 46 km along the Baltic Sea: Coastal Hiking from Pāvilosta to Užava, Latvia

I have hiked the entire Latvian coastline of the Baltic Sea, about 500 km, and I can say with certainty – the route from Pāvilosta to Užava is the most desolate part of our seaside offering. A meditative hiking experience. This is a perfect hike for anyone who wants to feel the majesty of nature, experience a few days without civilization, an empty mind and blend with the sea and the wind.

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Best kayaking destinations
Best kayaking destinations in the Baltics

Every summer with friends we plan a kayaking trip, it is like a routine already and in this article, I want to share with you my favorite kayaking destinations that I like to return and experience again and again.

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Tours private vs group
Guided hiking tours: private vs group

In this article I share some knowledge related to the guided private and group hiking tours from my own experience working as a tour guide.

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best hiking destinations
Gauja National Park: One of the Best Hiking Destinations in Europe

Have you ever heard of the Gauja National Park? Most likely not, but then you have missed out on one of the best hiking destinations in Europe where one can wander around for days or even weeks, still amazed by biological diversity, cultural richness and beauty of the surroundings.

Read More...
Coastal Hiking from Pāvilosta
Desolate and Meditative 46 km along the Baltic Sea: Coastal Hiking from Pāvilosta to Užava, Latvia

I have hiked the entire Latvian coastline of the Baltic Sea, about 500 km, and I can say with certainty – the route from Pāvilosta to Užava is the most desolate part of our seaside offering. A meditative hiking experience. This is a perfect hike for anyone who wants to feel the majesty of nature, experience a few days without civilization, an empty mind and blend with the sea and the wind.

Read More...
Cēsis: a medieval gemstone

Cesis is a medieval gemstone and the third oldest town in Latvia. It attracts tourists with lovely streets and the beauty of natural treasures in the Gauja National Park. Charming ruins of the medieval castle invite you to explore the history and feel the medieval spirit in a candle light.

Read More...
Best kayaking destinations
Top 6 kayaking destinations in the Baltics

Every summer with friends we plan a kayaking trip, it is like a routine already and in this article, I want to share with you my top 6 favorite kayaking destinations that I like to return and experience again and again.

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Kuldīga: a Perfect Place for Romantics

Kuldīga is one of the most romantic towns in Latvia with wonderful cobblestone streets, lovely houses and red-tile roofs. As the Alekšupīte River circles around the old town, many travelers compare Kuldīga to Venice.

Read More...
Tours private vs group
Guided hiking tours: private vs group

In this article I share some knowledge related to the guided private and group hiking tours from my own experience working as a tour guide.

Read More...
The best snacks for hiking in the Baltics

Have you ever wondered what to take for your meal on a hike? If you are in the Baltics and you are having this question, then in this article you can find some ideas and explanations why certain products are the best.

Read More...
How to find the best hiking route in the Baltics
How to find the best hiking route in the Baltics

From my experience, I will explain, how to find the best hiking paths in the Baltics and as well share with you my favorite ones.

Read More...
Best kayaking destinations
Top 6 kayaking destinations in the Baltics

Every summer with friends we plan a kayaking trip, it is like a routine already and in this article, I want to share with you my top 6 favorite kayaking destinations that I like to return and experience again and again.

Read More...
Tours private vs group
Guided hiking tours: private vs group

In this article I share some knowledge related to the guided private and group hiking tours from my own experience working as a tour guide.

Read More...
The best snacks for hiking in the Baltics

Have you ever wondered what to take for your meal on a hike? If you are in the Baltics and you are having this question, then in this article you can find some ideas and explanations why certain products are the best.

Read More...
Tours private vs group
Guided hiking tours: private vs group

In this article I share some knowledge related to the guided private and group hiking tours from my own experience working as a tour guide.

Read More...
How to find the best hiking route in the Baltics
How to find the best hiking route in the Baltics

From my experience, I will explain, how to find the best hiking paths in the Baltics and as well share with you my favorite ones.

Read More...
The best snacks for hiking in the Baltics

Have you ever wondered what to take for your meal on a hike? If you are in the Baltics and you are having this question, then in this article you can find some ideas and explanations why certain products are the best.

Read More...
Best kayaking destinations
Top 6 kayaking destinations in the Baltics

Every summer with friends we plan a kayaking trip, it is like a routine already and in this article, I want to share with you my top 6 favorite kayaking destinations that I like to return and experience again and again.

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Zijian Hua
Zijian Hua
2022-11-02
Valdis is an experienced guide, a local from Riga. He has a wealth of knowledge and is always able to tell you interesting history along the way. The route plan of the hiking is also reasonable. In autumn, the fallen leaves near Sigulda are also very beautiful. If you are planning to do an outdoor hike in Latvia too, then don't hesitate to join a walking group organized by Valdis.
bllhmn
bllhmn
2022-10-31
I took the tour in Lilaste. The train ride was very relaxing. The lakes and coast were amazing. It is great exercise and a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
John B
John B
2022-10-30
Great hike at Lilaste. Friendly tour guide. Definitely looking forward to the next hike. Highly recommended for those who want a short break from the daily routine.
Rachel Pamplin
Rachel Pamplin
2022-10-18
I enjoyed I enjoyed my tour of Cesis: Medieval Heritage and Natural Treasures! I loved being able to do a little of many things. Exploring the old city, touring a medieval castle, and a walk through a national park. The scenery was amazing and my guide was knowledgeable and helpful! As a single female, I felt safe the entire time and and would recommend to others!
Colleen Bramanis
Colleen Bramanis
2022-10-11
We have enjoyed 2 days with Valdis who has shown us around Riga Old Town and a tour out to Sigulda. A very friendly tour guide who tailored the days to our needs with no fuss. Valdis is easy to get along , has a good sense of humour and is extremely knowledgeable. Fortunately for us Valdis is also very fluent in English. I can highly recommend him as a tour guide.
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.

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