We offer a range of Baltic Tours that visit the capitals and also go on to Russia. The Baltics are Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania which are independent states, and were formerly in the USSR. The Baltics are on the eastern shores of the Baltic Sea. They are in north eastern europe bounded by the Baltic Sea to the west, Russia to the East and Poland is south. The Baltic region is dotted with more than 7,000 lakes . The climate is cool and damp, Temperatures are moderate in comparison with Russia. Despite its extensive agriculture, the Baltic region remains more than one-third forested. Among the animals that inhabit the region are elk, boar, roe deer, wolves, hares, and badgers.
The vast majority of ethnic Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians live within the borders of their respective states. In all three countries virtually everyone among the titular nationalities speaks the native tongue as their first language.
- Baltic Capitals EU1401 – 8 days Vilnius in Lithuania, Riga in Latvia and Tallinn in Estonia
- Baltics, Russia and Poland EU906 – 13 days Russia, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
Estonian history extends across a long and winding road through time, telling the tales of many nations from Vikings to the kings, queens and medieval merchants of German, Swedish, Danish and Russian descent. Estonia’s deeply rooted pagan spirit and European mindset means that the country and its people bear close ties with nature while being a proudly independent EU and NATO member state with a growing reputation for innovation. The capital Tallinn was first established in the early medieval era. Today Tallinn is an exciting mix of old and new. Tallinn Old Town is one of the best preserved Hanseatic town centres in the world. A stone’s throw away you’ll find the city’s business centre with modern towers and luxurious hotels, trendy neighbourhoods and large shopping centres.
There is diversity amongst Latvia’s regions, from the wild shorelines of Kurzeme to the delightful potters, who live in Latgale, the “land of blue lakes.” In its 800 years of turbulent history, everyone from German knights to Swedish kings and Soviet commissars have left their footprints. Latvia’s capital city is Riga which is an exciting European metropolis at the crossroads of eastern and northern Europe. Riga’s skyline is filled with Gothic spires in the Old Town and modern facades of one of the world’s richest collections of Art Nouveau on the grand boulevards. Riga is a UNESCO World Heritage site of cobblestones and breathtaking river views, as well as Europe’s Wifi capital with almost 1,000 spots to get online for free.
Lithuania was first recorded as a country in 1009, however, the first people are thought to have settled in the territory as far back as the 10th millennium BC. The first Baltic tribes arrived some 7,000 years later and settled near the Baltic Sea. Lithuanians are proud to have been brought up in a country with such a rich historical past. The capital city is Vilnius filled with mysterious courtyards of the Old Town and the sculptures, the centuries-old architectural buildings. There are two rivers that flow through the middle of the city, green parks, and the lively streets that never sleep.
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