Self Guided Walking in the Baltic States in 14 Days

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  • Take a closer look at wildlife areas not affected by human activities;
  • Enjoy walks in modern yet full of history cities;
  • Compare three different capitals;
  • Take a walk into medieval castles;
  • Discover historically and culturally colorful countries.

On this two weeks trip through Baltic states, there will be an opportunity to enjoy the unique distinctiveness of nature in all three countries. Explore old and mystical forests full of secret lakes in Lithuania, take a walk by the fairytale-like springs in the vivid valleys of Latvia and enjoy lots alike Nordic nature – cliffs and stony beaches in Estonia. In addition to all of this, the route we created reveals not only medieval castles but also gives a chance to discover synthesis between ancient history and conveniences of the modern 21st century. Feel the differences between a greenest old town in Europe – Vilnius, multi-architectural old town of Riga and culturally rich, the remarkable old town of Tallinn - all three, unique capitals of Baltics. Enjoy this walking tour across Baltic states where untouched nature meets ancient history.

Day 1 - Arrival to Vilnius

Arriving to Vilnius. OPTIONAL Airport transfer to Hotel. Overnight in Vilnius.

If you arrive earlier - take an easy walk around the old town. Otherwise, you can book extra day to explore Vilnius more.

Overnight in Vilnius

 

Day 2 - Walking Pavilniai regional park

Today you will explore a regional park which is within Vilnius city boundaries. You will take a short train ride, will walk along the river, walk up and down some hills and through the forests - and everything without really going out of town.

Pristine Pavilniai Regional Park is a protected area that includes the 65 m height Puckoriai rock exposure at the Vilnia river valley. 20 thousand years old formations are visible from the lower side after 1 km easy hike from a restaurant located in a former mill.

Walking 4 h, 10 km

Public transport: Vilnius train station - Pavilnio st. (7 min)

Overnight in Vilnius

 

Day 3 - From Vilnius to the Countryside among the Lakes

Today after a short train ride you will find yourself in the cosy medieval town surrounded by picturesque lakes and forests.

Trakai, located 30 km from Vilnius is a historical capital of Lithuania and it’s beauty leaves no one indifferent.

Locals take a day trip there and we invite you for one as well. See Trakai Castle, lakes and beautiful views around. Trakai used to be a medieval residence of Lithuanian Grand Dukes. Once a significant and powerful town, nowadays the town is enjoying tranquility and the status of summer resort with its only 5000 residents. The town is also famous for it's karaim community living here since 14th century who make "kibinai" the best local pastries in the area.

This day offers two hikes to choose - a shorter one around the Trakai town and peninsula and a longer one with an extension to Varnikai Reserve that will lead you through an old forest and meadow offering nature lovers an opportunity to enjoy spectacular views and the rich natural biodiversity found here.

Walking:

Short route - 2 h, 7 km

Long route - 5 h, 15 km

Public transport: Vilnius train station - Trakai - Vilnius

Overnight in Vilnius

 

Day 4 - Vilnius to Plateliai

On this day you will go to Zemaitija national park which is named as the most mystical national park in Lithuania. The park territory is covered with fir forests which are populated by a huge number of protected plant and animal species; remains of ice-age plants were also found here. Not only the birds inscribed on the Red List of Lithuania breed in the park but also the birds protected in Europe, such as the hazel grouse, corncrake and whooper swan which produce a sound similar to a trumpet. The park’s jewel is the biggest and deepest lake in zemaitija, surrounded by legends, the Lake Plateliai with its seven islands.

In the morning take a train from Vilnius to Plunge from which you will be picked by private car and transferred to Plateliai. 

In the afternoon take a short leisure walk in the surroundings.

Train from Vilnius to Plunge 3,5 h.

Walk near lake Plateliai.

Overnight in Plateliai

 

Day 5 - Walking in Zemaitija National Park

Today’s walk along the Sheire nature trail will be a true delight for travelers who appreciate the natural environment and are longing for the peace of the forest. Walking on this trail you will touch untreated nature and see true forest life. Take a breath of fresh air and caress the stems of plants swaying in the wind. You will begin walking along the shore of the lake and later get into the forest where you will be accompanied by solemn trees that stretch as far as 50 meters towards the sky. Further onto the trail you will see how the surrounding nature changes from the forest to the swamped lakes and boggy landscapes.

Today we offer an optional walk from Plateliai to the Cold War museum (a Cold War Soviet missile base) which is a must visit while staying in the area. Built in the 1960s in secret from the Lithuanian people, the base had enough firepower to flatten most of Europe, and may have played a role in the Cuban missile crisis. There’s a small exhibition on the history of the Cold War in the Baltic countries, and on the construction and role of the base, as well as some Soviet detritus in the gift shop.

Please note that this trail is not circular with the length of 11 km one way. If you do not want to walk the way back, you can take a local taxi (contacts will be provided), or alternatively do this trail by bicycle (rental options available in Plateliai).

Walking: 2-3 h, 7-8 km.

Optional walk - 11 km one way, 22 km round, 6-7hours.

Overnight in Plateliai

 

Day 6 - Transfer - Plateliai - Plunge - Riga

Today you will go to Latvia and start exploring another Baltic country.

In the morning you will be picked by a private transfer and taken to the bus station in Plunge where you will take a bus going to Riga. There is no direct and regular train service between Lithuania and Latvia, so today’s transfer will be by bus.

In 3,5 hours you will arrive to Riga where you will have the second half of the day exploring it’s charming Old town.

Private transfer: Plateliai-Plunge (30 min)

Bus: Plunge-Riga (3,5 h)

Walking in Riga: 2h, 3-4 km

Overnight in Riga

 

Day 7 - Riga in the morning - train to Sigulda in the afternoon

In Riga while meandering its narrow streets and ancient alleyways you will discover the must visit sites and some hidden corners. Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a true kaleidoscope of various architectural styles. The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, Swedish Gates, Three Brothers, Large and Small Guild House and the Freedom Monument.

In the afternoon you will take a local train to Gauja national park (Sigulda or Cesis according to availability).

Walking: 2-3 h, 5-7 km

Private transfer from Hotel to Riga train station.

Train: Riga-Sigulda (1h 15 min).

Private transfer from Sigulda train station to hotel.

Overnight in Sigulda.

 

Day 8 - Sigulda - Krimulda - Turaida

The Gauja National Park often called Switzerland of Latvia by locals is the largest and oldest of the national parks in Latvia, characterized by great biological diversity, variety of landforms, natural springs, sandstone outcrops, picturesque views and unique natural, cultural and historical monuments.

During this day you will have a very picturesque walk in Sigulda  and hike medieval castle ruins, hills, caves, cliffs, impressive forests and wonderful sights of river Gauja valley.

Walking: 6-7 h, 12-14 km

Overnight in Sigulda

 

Day 9 - Sigulda walking - Raganu katls - Paradise Hill

Sigulda is a place where nature lies in close interaction with what has been created by men. Only 2-3 km off the central square of railway station, there is the deep ravine of the River Vejupite and old valley of the River Gauja, where there are interesting natural objects and relatively unchanged nature. Suitable for those not afraid of climbing up and down the steep slopes of the ravine. A hike is not the easiest one, but definitely worth climbing uphill-donwhill for a picturesque views.

Walking: 6-7 hours, 12-14 km

Overnight in Sigulda

 

Day 10 - Train to Tallinn

Today you will leave Latvia behind and continue to explore the tiniest of the Baltics - Estonia - a wildly beautiful land of pristine forests, biodiverse wetlands and remote offshore islands.

Your trip will start in the late morning by a train ride to Valga - a small town on Estonian border (2 hours by train) where you will change trains and continue your trip to Tallinn, Estonia’s capital (3,5 hours train ride).

Evening is free at your leisure.

Private transfer from Sigulda to Train station.

Train: Sigulda-Valga (2 hours), Valga-Tallinn (3,5 hours).

Private transfer from Tallinn train station to Hotel.

Overnight in Tallinn.

 

Day 11 - Tallinn explore

Tallinn, one of Europe’s newest capitals, boasts a rich mix of architecture and culture in a small geographic area. Its Old Town was almost untouched by war and remains perfectly preserved. And outside the city walls there are beguiling districts of brightly painted wooden houses, parks, redeveloped docks, beaches and forests.

Walking: 3 h, 5 km

Overnight in Tallinn

 

Day 12 - Tallinn - Lahemaa National Park

Located on the northern coast of Estonia, Lahemaa is perfect for a hiking trip and nature watching. Here you will find stony and sandy seashores, picturesque bogs, pine and cliff forests, rivers that cut into the limestone cliff as well as erratic rocks left over from the last Ice Age.

Lahemaa is one of Europe’s most important forest conservation areas, where many large mammals live. Located south of the national park, the large forested Korvemaa area is a home to moose, wild boars, brown bears, lynxes, foxes and other wild animals.

In the morning you will be transferred by private car to Kasmu captains’ village, drop your luggage and start exploring this tiny coastal town.

Known as the Captains’ Village, from 1884 to 1931 tiny Kasmu was home to a marine school that churned out ship captains. At one stage it was said that every Kasmu family had at least one captain in their midst. In the 1920s a third of all boats in Estonia were registered to this village.

There are a few hiking routes in the village and today you will take the shorter one Nature and Culture trail leading you through a pine forest and a bouldery coast.

Private transfer: Tallinn - Lahemaa National park (1 hour)

Walking: 2 h, 4,2km

Overnight in Kasmu

 

Day 13 - Lahemaa National Park

The second day in Lahemaa national park will be dedicated for further exploration of Kasmu peninsula.

Today you will take a second longer trail that makes the circle around the peninsula, 10 km of it run along the coastline where the forest and sea meet.

Walking: 6-7 hours, 15 km

Overnight in Kasmu

 

Day 14 - Departure

Optional transfer to Tallinn. 

Optional post tour accommodation available if you want to spend some more time in Estonia’s capital.

Departure.

  • 13 nights accommodation in 3* hotels or countryside lodges with breakfast
  • Detailed route notes and maps
  • Intercity train tickets from Vilnius to Plunge, from Sigulda to Tallinn and coach from Plunge to Riga
  • Private transfers by car where public transport not available
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel to/from Vilnius/Tallinn
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Personal Equipment
  • Taxi transfers or public transport
  • Entry fees/boat trips/optional excursions
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfers from train/bus station to hotels
Optional tours and services:
  • Ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki and 1 night 3* hotel accommodation in Helsinki - 2 persons - 120 EUR per person
  • Ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki and 1 night 4* hotel accommodation in Helsinki - 1 person, single room - 190 EUR per person
  • 7 Days Self Guided Walking in Curonian Spit Lithuania - 740 EUR per person in a double room
  • 7 Days Self Guided Walking in Curonian Spit Lithuania - 1090 EUR per person in a single room
  • Transfer from Vilnius airport to centrally located hotel - car 1-2 persons - 35 EUR
  • Transfer from Vilnius airport to centrally located hotel - minivan 1-6 persons - 55 EUR
  • Transfer from hotel to Tallinn airport - car 1-2 persons - 35 EUR
  • Transfer from hotel to Tallinn airport - minivan 1-6 persons - 55 EUR
  • Pre/post tour accommodation in Vilnius - 3* hotel - double room - 75 EUR
  • Pre/post tour accommodation in Vilnius - 3* hotel - single room - 70 EUR
  • Pre/post tour accommodation in Tallinn - 3* hotel - double room - 100 EUR
  • Pre/post tour accommodation in Tallinn - 3* hotel - single room - 90 EUR
  • Fine dining in Vilnius 6 course Lithuanian historical dinner - 45 EUR per person   
  • Local beer tasting in Vilnius - 30 EUR per person   
  • Traditional Karaim lunch in Trakai - 25 EUR per person
  • Latvian contemporary dinner at the restaurant "Forest" - 40 EUR per person   
  • 3 hours excursion to Kadriorg Park and KUMU Art Museum - 50 EUR per person  
  • More than 60 days before tour start date – 10% of tour price will be charged .10% is non-refundable, as this represents our direct cost of booking and preparing your tour.
  • 59-35 days before tour start date – 25% of tour price will be charged. 25% is non-refundable, as this represents our direct cost of canceling any arrangements made for your tour.
  • 34-22 days before tour start date – 75% of tour price will be charged. 75% is non-refundable, as this represents our direct cost of canceling any arrangements made for your tour.
  • 21-0 days before tour start day – 100% of tour price will be charged. 100% is non-refundable, as this represents our direct cost of canceling any arrangements made for your tour.