About Baltic Holidays
Since 1999, we have built a reputation as the leading specialists in tailor-made private tours and tailor-made travel to Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and the surrounding regions of Russia, Scandinavia & eastern Europe. We use our passion and knowledge to create the perfect trip for you, and deliver it with excellent customer service. We are a small team of dedicated experts and it is this team (both in the office and on the ground) that brings personality, anecdotes, recommendations and unique experiences to your trip. Our tours are not just flights & hotels or hotels & car hire… we will get you meeting people, experiencing local life and taking home memories of more than just the tourist sites.
Baltic Holidays Team
Jurga Zabaliuniene - owner & office manager
Office manager in Kaunas, Lithuania, Jurga keeps everything running nicely at Baltic Holidays HQ. With a degree in management, a Masters in marketing and many years of top class customer service experience, Jurga deserves an award in hospitality and for dealing with bureaucratic paperwork! Jurga has extensive local contacts in Lithuania and beyond to help with your travels, she is well travelled to many of our destinations and always on hand to help with your queries.
Sally Chambers - owner & operations manager
Based in the Lake District, England but with her mind in Lithuania, Moldova, Russia or whichever destination she is working on at the time, Sally oversees the day to day running of Baltic Holidays. Having lived and worked in Vilnius, Lithuania and having travelled extensively through the Baltic region and eastern Europe, Sally is an expert in travel to the area and knows just what is needed to make the perfect holiday or cultural tour. From working in Brussels at the European Commission, then at travel publisher www.inyourpocket.com in Vilnius, Sally then ran her own successful travel business for many years. She now coordinates Baltic Holidays’ operations and brings all the wonderful products to life on www.balticholidays.com.
Linas Zabaliunas - director & if Baltic Holidays had a president, he would be it
Travel and tourism are like oxygen to Linas. Immediately after independence, the Zabaliunas family started their own guesthouse business having visited an English B&B in Devon. Whilst completing his Masters’ degree in International Agricultural Economics Linas started working with family friend Phil Teubler, attracting British visitors to Lithuania and the Baltics. 17 years on, Linas still has the passion to share all the spectacular spots of Lithuania and more importantly takes clients off-the-beaten track to experience local traditions, culture, hospitality and local food. Professionally, Linas is also ‘President of the Lithuanian Countryside Tourism Association’ and ‘President of the Tourism Chamber of Republic of Lithuania’. Linas loves guiding our clients as much as he can and if you are visiting Lithuania there is a good chance you will meet him!
Phil Teubler - founder & travel advisor
Based in Manchester, England where he originally founded Lithuanianholidays.com, Phil's always happy to head to the airport on a research trip to any of our destinations! Phil's father came from a village in the Memel region of former Prussia (the Klaipeda region in today's Lithuania) and fled from the family home over the frozen Baltic Sea during World War II. Phil has Lithuania in his blood and since his first visit, his love for Lithuania has never waned. His energy and enthusiasm for Lithuania and the region as a whole is infectious and if you are planning a trip to the Baltics, you need to speak to him to get the best trip you possibly can. Phil knows our destinations thoroughly and will match you up with the best holiday or tour for you. Call him on +44 161 818 7140.
Sarah Oliphant - travel advisor
Also based in Manchester, Sarah is our calm and collected travel advisor who will listen to your plans, match them with her excellent experience of our destinations and turn them into a unique itinerary to suit you. Having previously worked for luxury tailor-made tour operator Carrier, Sarah brings with her high standards across the board and an elegance and poise that we all admire. After a break from the Baltics to have her brood, we are delighted to welcome Sarah back to ‘team Baltic’ making us feel more complete. Contact Sarah about your travel plans, your interests and requirements, and she will prepare a wonderful itinerary for you.
Rachel Suddart – marketing & communications guru
Hidden away on the edge of northern England’s Lake District lives Rachel, a lady with many a travel experience under her belt. Not many people have won a job via a TV programme, worked for ‘Lonely Planet’ the globally renowned travel publisher, volunteered looking after orphans in Romania and laboured hard on a Kibbutz in Israel – to name but a few. Since updating Lonely Planet’s Baltic States guidebook back in the year 2000, Rachel has been in love with the Baltic States and eastern Europe and she is the powerhouse that passes on our enthusiasm and love for our destinations to you the reader and traveller. She also loves New York, so chatting about Lithuania in Central Park would be the ideal Sunday afternoon for Rachel.
Our Local Teams
Our local teams in our destinations are by far the most important. They meet you, entertain you, provide a wealth of expertise and support - and make sure you have the best experience! We have worked with our trusted suppliers for many years now, and they are our good friends. This means our clients receive only the best service. Book a tour today and see for yourself!
Our mission is to match our clients' interests and plans with the best possible holiday to any of our destinations. We believe we can tailor the perfect trip to suit you, so start by telling us your interests and requirements and we can make the suggestions! Some of us were born and live in the Baltics, one of us lived and worked there as an expat, and one of us had parents who escaped from there during the war. These connections strengthen our understanding and local knowledge of the region, as well as our energy and passion for promoting them. We will always discover and try new places and activities, always handpick the best hotels and services for our clients, always promote meeting locals and experiencing real life, and we will always make sure you receive the best possible service.
Baltic Holidays are registered in Lithuania under the company name UAB Baltic Holidays. We are a registered Lithuanian Limited Joint Stock company and a member of the 'National Tourism Business Association' and 'British Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania'. Our British-Lithuanian team brings you the very best of Europe; we match western expectations with the very best local knowledge! Our British travel advisors, Lithuanian back office team, and TeamGB/LT management bring together the very best professionals in Baltic (and beyond) travel. We sell our holidays via our website www.balticholidays.com. We often participate in travel shows and exhibitions where you can come meet us in person. We encourage enquiries and feedback and you can always call us if you want to know more about Baltic Holidays. We welcome clients from all over the world.
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