Baltic Capitals & St Petersburg Private Tour
This is a wonderful journey comparing and contrasting the three Baltic Capitals of Vilnius, Riga & Tallinn with a grand, majestic finale in St Petersburg. The balance between free time to explore on your own, and the company of our local guides to get you acquainted and learn local insights brings you the best experience. Our personal driver-guides offer a friendly and relaxed way to visit the sights enroute between the cities - which you can choose to suit your interests!
13 nights * 4 or 5 star handpicked hotels * Private guided walking tour of each city * Private guided day trips out of town * Train travel from Tallinn to St Petersburg * Tailored to suit you * From 2,409 EUR pp
Day 1 - VILNIUS
Our driver will meet you in the arrivals hall and drive you to your hotel (they will be holding a sign with your name on it).
Day 2 - VILNIUS
Vilnius Walking Tour With Private Guide (3 Hours)
Our English speaking guide will meet you in your hotel reception and take you for a 3 hour privately guided walking tour of Vilnius. This is a great way to get your bearings on your first day and see all the major sights of the city, making deciding what to visit and see in more detail a lot easier. If you like to try the local food where the locals eat - we recommend you ask your guide to finish your tour at an authentic Lithuanian restaurant where the food is delicious and good value for money. If you don't fancy walking for 3 hours, you are very welcome to stop at one of the many cafes in the old town and chat with your guide about life in Lithuania, what to see etc and pick up some local tips. This 'stopping time' is part of your 3 hours so make the most of their company and local knowledge!
Day 3 - VILNIUS
Trakai Castle & Grutas Park Private Day Trip
This enjoyable day trip visits two of Lithuania's unique sights in the company of our friendly English speaking driver. Grutas Park Soviet Sculpture Park has grown from strength to strength since we first visited. The local 'mushroom millionaire' bought up many of the old discarded Soviet statues that people were happy to see torn down from town squares across Lithuania, and parked them up here anticipating that one day they'd come in handy... and they did! Grutas Park is a museum of Soviet sculptures, where Stalin and Lenin can be sat upon for photos, and the exhibition has developed with many more interesting attractions to keep you entertained. Trakai Castle is a stunning island castle; walk out across the wooden bridges and explore the inner courtyard and exhibitions, before returning to the mainland and wandering the picturesque streets of Trakai village with its wooden houses and try a local 'kibinai'... look back to view Trakai Castle in all its splendour, a truly iconic Lithuanian view. The day trip starts with our driver picking you up at your hotel at 10.00 and you will return to Vilnius approximately 18.30. Lunch is available at the restaurant at Grutas Park (not everything has mushrooms!) but this is not included. The tour goes at your pace and if you need to stop, our driver will be happy to do so.
Day 4 - VILNIUS TO RIGA
Vilnius To Riga (Via Hill Of Crosses) Private Transfer
Our driver-guide will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to Riga. On the way you will visit the iconic Hill of Crosses near Siauliai, a unique and extremely emotive monument to Lithuania's history.
Day 5 - RIGA
Riga 3 Hour Private Walking Tour
You will be met in the reception area of your hotel by your English speaking guide for your privately guided 3 hour walking tour of Riga.
Day 6 - RIGA
Sigulda, Cesis & Turaida Private Day Trip (Castles Included)
A charming day trip with our driver-guide out to explore the Gauja national park area of Latvia. On this day trip you will visit:
Sigulda (Latvian Switzerland): enjoy a rare combination of medieval castles, picturesque hilly landscapes (with a river running amidst sandy caves), a sculpture park and flowers that are extinct in most countries of Europe. Here you will take a cable car across the valley to visit Turaida.
Turaida: in the language of the ancient Livs, Turaida means 'Garden of God';. Everybody who arrives in Turaida is convinced of the harmony of nature and creative work of man.
Cesis: a typical European medieval town, with a Latvian twist, and a medieval castle.
Day 7 - RIGA TO TALLINN
Riga To Tallinn (Via Parnu) Private Transfer
Our driver-guide will pick you up and drive you to Tallinn. On the way you have a 2 hour stop in Parnu. This is an independent stop; our driver-guide will show you where the main area is and then you are free to explore the town, or enjoy lunch in one of the excellent cafes or restaurants. If you want something a bit special we can arrange for you to have lunch at a splendid Art Nouveau Villa - this is a real treat!
Day 8 - TALLINN
Tallinn 3 Hour Private Walking Tour
You will be met in the reception area of your hotel by your English speaking guide for your 3 hour privately guided walking tour Tallinn
The tour includes both the upper old town Toompea and the lower old town that was a member of the Hanseatic League. In the upper old town you shall see: Palace Square with the baroque Toompea Palace now the Parliament House and the 19th century St.Alexander Nevsky Cathedral; then the oldest church in Tallinn the 13th century Cathedral of St.Mary the Virgin or the Dome Cathedral, a nice panorama from one of the view platforms, the18-19th century dwelling houses. In the lower old town you shall see the 15th century late gothic Town Hall the 15th century pharmacy, medieval guild and merchant’s houses. You also visit the area of the former Dominican monastery with picturesque artists workshops in medieval houses. You will also visit parts of the old ring work with towers /Kiek in de Kök ,etc/and pass through many romantic old streets like Long and Short Leg and more.
Day 9 - TALLINN
Lahemaa National Park Private Tour
Privately guided day trip to Lahemaa national park with our driver-guide. Lahemaa national park was the first national park of the former Soviet Union. Given its size it is one of Europe's biggest national parks. Four large peninsulas are separated by four bays, with wild beaches and old fishing villages. Within the park are four manor houses; the baroque Sagadi Manor, Palmse Manor, picturesque Vihula Manor and Kolga manor are all well worth visiting and are grand stops for sightseeing in the park.
Your guide will pick you up at your hotel at 10am. After an hours drive we will visit your selection of the following places according to weather and time:
Palmse manor house
One of the most grandiose manor house ensembles in Estonia and a wonderful overview of Estonian manor life and architecture through the centuries.
Altja fisherman’s village
Altja is a typical traditonal Baltic seaside village, with all of its houses stretching along one street. The Uustalu and Toomarahva farms at Altja are typical coastal farms and have been restored by Lahemaa National Park. On the point at Altja you can see the fishing net sheds which were reconstructed on the basis of old photographs and the memories of the villagers. The village also has its own swing and tavern, where you can try local dishes.
Käsmu village and peninsula
Käsmu is a beautiful small coastal village set in the Lahemaa National Park on the north coast of Estonia. It is steeped in maritime history and known in Estonia as the "Captains Village". Käsmu was also used by, and home to, many smugglers of salt and fish in the past century. Between 1884-1931 it was home to the Estonian School of Navigation (or Nautical School), which is now replaced by the welcoming and interesting Käsmu Sea Museum.
Viinistu art museum
Viinistu Art Museum has permanent exhibitions of both classical and modern Estonian art, and often hosts international travelling exhibitions.
Viru bog walking trail
The Viru Bog Nature Trail is a 3.5 kilometre nature trail that consists of a wooden walkway built right on top of one of Estonia's many bogs (approximately one third of Estonia is wetland).
We will back at the hotel approx 17:00
If you wish to have Lunch at Mer Mer home restaurant in Lahemaa national park 3h (food and drinks payable locally) this is possible and it is same price as the regular Lahemaa day trip quoted in this proposal however you will see fewer places in Lahemaa and have a longer lunch break. If you would prefer to have lunch at Mer Mer and see everything possible in Lahemaa national Park we suggest you add extra time to the Lahemaa trip. If you wish to add time to your tour please let us know (extra fee payable).
Day 10 - TALLINN TO ST PETERSBURG
Our driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the train station.
Train from Tallinn to St Petersburg, your tickets will have been prepurchased for you and delivered to you. Seat - First Class* (2)
Our driver will meet you in the arrivals hall at St Petersburg and drive you to your hotel (they will be holding a sign with your name on it).
Day 11 - ST PETERSBURG
St Petersburg 3 Hour Private Walking Tour
You will be met in the reception area of your hotel by your English speaking guide for your privately guided city walking tour. This private tour will give you the possibility to see the most beautiful and famous architectural monuments in St Petersburg like St Isaac's Cathedral, Peter and Paul fortress etc... Our guide will go at your pace, and please say if you want to stop, or see anything of particular interest to you. This is a great way to meet a local and hear first hand about life in St Petersburg.
St Petersburg Hermitage Tour
Your English speaking guide will meet you at your hotel for a private tour to the the State Hermitage Museum. The Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg was, from 1732 to 1917, the official residence of the Russian monarchs and home of Nicholas II, the last czar of Russia and the Romanov family. The main architectural ensemble of the Hermitage which is situated in the centre of St Petersburg consists of the Winter Palace, the buildings of the Small, Old (Great) and New Hermitages, the Hermitage Theatre and the Auxiliary House.
The collection of the State Hermitage includes more than three million works of art and artefacts of the world culture.
Day 12 - ST PETERSBURG
St Petersburg Tsarskoye Selo Tour (Catherine's Palace)
You will be met in the reception area of your hotel by your English speaking guide for a 4 hour privately guided tour to Tsarskoye Selo.
Tsarskoye Selo (Catherine's Palace) is a small town 29km away from St Petersburg. The town is centred around the magnificent Catherine's Palace. The palace was created between 1744-1796 under empresses Elizabeth and Catherine the Great. For a long time it was one of the favourite residences of the Russian Royal family.
Day 13 - ST PETERSBURG
St Petersburg Peterhof Tour (4 Hours)
Versailles was the inspiration behind Peter the Great's desire to build an imperial palace in the suburbs of his new city St Petersburg. The palace, park and the famous system of fountains, including the truly spectacular Grand Cascade were later extended by Peter’s granddaughter, Empress Elizabeth, who loved the place just as much as he did. Catherine the Great moved the court to Pushkin but, afterwards, Nicholas I ordered the building of the modest Cottage Palace in 1826, meaning that Peterhof was once again the Official Imperial Residence and so the park was continually undergoing improvements in the 18th and 19th centuries. During the Second World War, Peterhof was ravaged by German troops like almost all of St. Petersburg’s suburban estates. However, it was one of the first to be resurrected and the estate was almost fully restored by 1947 thanks to the work of military engineers and over one thousand volunteers. The original name of Peterhof was replaced with ‘Petrodvorets’ so that it did not sound German and this is the name still given to the surrounding town, although the palace and park are now known as Peterhof once again.
Day 14 - END OF TOUR
Our driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the airport. OR YOU CAN EXTEND YOUR TOUR TO MOSCOW!
Bestselling private tour to Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn & St Petersburg
Exceptional personal guides and drivers
Can start any day of the year
Can start in Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn or St Petersburg to suit your flights
Choose from 3, 4 or 5 star hotels
Tailor the itinerary to suit you - add day trips, extra nights or travel on to our other destinations
From 2,409 EUR pp
Most people will need a VISA for Russia, we provide all necessary support documents for you to apply for your visa
For groups of friends we can offer a discount, so please ask us about this
If you want to visit a particular place or event - we can arrange this!
This tour does not include flights - you can book your own or we can do this for you
Tailor-made itineraries are our speciality and we want you to get the right tour for you
Call or email us to discuss your plans
TRAVEL COMPANIES LIKE YOURS ARE A REAL FIND.
Hi Phil and Jurga, We want to thank-you and all the guides, drivers etc. for organising such an amazing and unforgettable trip for us. We had a brilliant time and came home with a completely different and very positive perspective of the Baltic States and Finland. We found every city we visited absolutely fascinating and simply could notpick a favourite. It is hard to pick a highlight, but one of them would have to be the local guides and the drivers who took us for our day outings and did the transfers. Without exception, they were first class. Their passion for their country and willingness to talk about their lives and experiences and, as an example, the impact the Soviet occupation had on them and their families, really brought each country to life and helped us understand a little of what it must have been like then. We were also so impressed with all the paperwork and vouchers we received and know a lot of organisation went on behind the scenes. It all went like clockwork and we were nothing but impressed by your efficiency. Thanks again for a super holiday. We would like to visit St Petersburg and Russia at some point in the future and would have no hesitation in using you again to organise the trip.
BESPOKE PRIVATE BALTIC TOUR, MRS VARLEY, SEPTEMBER 2019
A WONDERFUL TRAVEL/LEARNING EXPERIENCE VISITING LITHUANIAN, LATVIA AND ESTONIA!
To the Baltic Holidays Team, we want to express our heartfelt thanks for a wonderful travel/learning experience visiting Lithuanian, Latvia and Estonia! The quality of the guides is exceptional! Each one brought knowledge, passion, pride of their country with enthusiasm and excitement about sharing with us. Their communication skills, friendliness and willingness to share their family stories as related to their countries history of occupation and freedom. This one on one interaction was the highlight of our trip! The itinerary was just right for us with a nice mix of guided versus independent time. The planning team at Baltic Holidays were most helpful from start to finish. We appreciate the suggested itineraries, flexibility of dates and response to emails in timely manner. This trip exceeding our expectations!! Thank you!!
PRIVATE TOUR OF THE BALTIC CAPITALS, S SHULZ & R PERRY, JUNE 2019
WITHOUT DOUBT THE FINEST TOUR COMPANY I HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED
They put together an amazing, personalized 1 month tour of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. They drove me to the capitals of each and also to 3 of their incredible beach resorts on the Baltic Sea. There were a lot of moving parts on this tour and it ran like clockwork and any minor hiccup was remedied immediately. I have traveled the world and they are without doubt the finest tour company I have ever encountered and I will be using them soon for a tour of Russia and Ukraine. The staff is terrific and great fun to work with. They go way out of their way to create a flawless experience. Kudos to Jurga, Sarah and Linas for all their amazing work and kindness. If you want to tour the Baltic States, make sure your first call is to Baltic Holidays!!
TAILOR-MADE BALTIC TOUR, MR FRESTON, AUGUST 2018
THANK YOU FOR PUTTING TOGETHER SUCH AN INTERESTING AND VARIED PROGRAMME.
We enjoyed a really wonderful trip. The itinerary was great, and the hotels very well positioned in the towns, and very comfortable. Thank you for putting together such an interesting and varied programme. We had the pleasure of being shown the sights by some marvellous guides. All very passionate about their interests, and very interesting. Their English was extremely fluent, and their knowledge, second to none. We would certainly use your company in the future and recommend your service to our friends.
BALTIC CAPITALS & HELSINKI PRIVATE TOUR, MR & MRS JAMES, OCTOBER 2018
THIS IS THE SIGN OF AN EXCELLENT WELL PREPARED TOUR OPERATOR.
In Minsk our guide Helen was spectacular. She was very informative and accommodated changes as we went along.It was a real treat to visit her parents and their dacha. Our guide in Palanga was Vytaute and she was probably the best guide we have had in the world. She was lively, extremely informative, made changes and recommended changes as we went along.We had dinner at her parents restaurant.This was a real treat and we enjoyed the experience as well as meeting and dining with her parents. This is what we really like. We like restaurants with no tourists. The hotel choices were outstanding and all of our guides were superb. The guides were knowledgable, informative and accommodating.They wanted to make sure we had a good experience and learned about their country/city. Not many recommendations for improvement. This is the sign of an excellent well prepared tour operator.You were able to provide us with a memorable trip.
BELARUS & BALTIC TAILOR-MADE PRIVATE TOUR, THE TUCKER GROUP OF FRIENDS, JUNE 2018
THE TRIP WAS AMAZING - WE HAD A FABULOUS TIME!
Well what can I say! The trip was amazing-we had a fabulous time! Everything went like clockwork.You chose brilliantly with the accommodation. Thecottage in Palanga was perfect-we had a chance to really relax, cook together and catch up with sleep. Palanga was great to see by bicycle. The manor house in Latvia was stunning and the hosts were a beautiful, kind couple. Finally in Kaunas it was like staying at a relatives house. We felt very welcome and cared for and my children said that Jurgis and Danute reminded them of their grandparents as they felt so comfortable with them! So all in all-a huge thankyou. I have already told lots of people about our holiday and recommended your company.
LINGARD FAMILY HOLIDAY IN LITHUANIA, AUGUST 2018
THANK YOU FOR ONE OF THE BEST HOLIDAYS WE HAVE EVER HAD (AND WE HAVE HAD A FEW!)
Thank you so much for putting together a top notch experience. Please can you pass on our appreciation to Jurga too. Everything went smoothly. The itinerary was spot on, there was something fantastic to see on the days we were on the move and we never felt the journeys were too long. Thank you for one of the best holidays we have ever had (and we have had a few!)
HEMSLEY GROUP, TAILOR MADE SELF-DRIVE TOUR OF THE BALTICS, MAY 2018
THE STAFF AT BALTIC HOLIDAYS ARE PROFESSIONAL, KNOWLEDGEABLE AND EXCEEDINGLY FLEXIBLE
My husband and I worked with the exceptional staff at Baltic Holidays to plan two remarkable tailor-made vacations: One to Russia, Finland and Estonia, the other to Eastern Europe visiting Bucharest, Budapest and Prague. The accommodations were perfect and located in convenient places in the cities we visited. The guides we had for day trips both in and out of the cities were knowledgeable, smart and each and everyone went out of their way to make our visit wonderful. We were warmly greeted at the airport and bus stations with staff that took us to our hotels and delivered us back on time and in comfort. Baltic Holidays went the extra mile to help us get tickets to concerts, operas and even the Moscow Circus. But best of all the staff at Baltic Holidays are professional, knowledgeable and exceedingly flexible. We spend lots of time communicating on e-mail about different trip options until we got our plans just right. We feel like the staff are friends now and look forward to working with them again on our next adventure.
TAILOR-MADE TOURS OF EUROPE, TERI DOWLING & MAL LITWILLER
THE EXPERTS FOR A TAILOR MADE TRIP TO THIS FASCINATING PART OF THE WORLD
Baltic Holidays did a first class job for us from start to finish. The care and attention with which they planned the trip was outstanding. They were highly flexible to our professional photography needs. Each of the guides went beyond the call of duty in helping us and we saw some extraordinary off the beaten track events and people. They are the experts for a tailor made trip to this fascinating part of the world.
MR J STRACHAN, TAILOR-MADE PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR OF THE BALTIC STATES, JULY 2017
HATS OFF TO BALTIC HOLIDAYS. YOU GAVE US A TRIP OF A LIFETIME.
Our trip was superb, Philip. As you well know, before the trip I customized it quite a bit. Your team was terrific in accommodating that customization. The result was a unique and spectacular trip. I could go on at great length to tell you how much we enjoyed this trip but, instead, will save time by simply telling you that Denise and I have traveled quite extensively and we both agreed that this was one of our favorite trips ever. That is in large part due to your team's hard work before we landed and once we were in country. The Baltics trip was the first time that we traveled on our own but used a tour company to help plan and then fully support the trip. You have now spoiled - and ruined - us. Hats off to Baltic Holidays. You gave us a trip of a lifetime.
MR & MRS SERGESKETTER, TAILOR-MADE TOUR OF THE BALTIC CAPITALS, KALININGRAD & BELARUS, JULY 2017
WE HAVE LEARNT SO MUCH ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE FIVE COUNTRIES
Dear Jurga, We arrived home safe and sound on Saturday afternoon and, now, our minds are full of wonderful memories of a very enjoyable trip. Thank you very much for organising such a comprehensive holiday for us. Everything went like clockwork: guides were excellent, erudite and solicitous and good travelling companions, excellent selection of hotels -a faultless holiday. We have learnt so much about the history of the five countries and have met many friendly and welcoming people. Once again thank you for all your work.
MR CYSTER, GRAND BALTIC PRIVATE TOUR (VILNIUS, RIGA, TALLINN, HELSINKI, ST PETERSBURG, MOSCOW), SEPTEMBER 2017
WE WILL CERTAINLY BE BOOKING THROUGH BALTIC HOLIDAYS AGAIN
We had the most wonderful holiday. It was brilliantly organised for us from start to finish. What can I say - we loved everything! It is not easy to meet the needs of 6 people ages 14 and up, but our holiday did just that. All the accommodation was wonderful... The trips were fantastic. I was a little unsure what we would get from a walking tour in Vilnius as I hadseen some of the main sights on my last visit, but it was great! The rest of our daytrips, including visits to Trakai, Hill of Crosses, and the Curonian Spit were with Linas, our lovely guide. We were so well looked after. He did everything possible give us a good experience of the country, especially when we took a day trip to the region where our family used to live, helping us to explore our connections to the area. The only problem with the trip is that it has left us so desperately wanting to return to Lithuania again - there is still so much to see and explore! It may take a little while to get back there but we will certainly be booking through Baltic Holidays again when we do. Sending best wishes to all of the lovely Baltic Holidays team, and thank you for a truly memorable holiday.
MIKALAUSKAS FAMILY, TAILOR-MADE TOUR OF LITHUANIA, AUGUST 2017
WE HAD AN ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL TIME.
We had an absolutely wonderful time. It exceeded our expectations, helped by good weather and the absence of crowds. I am so glad I read that article in The Guardian which prompted me to call you. We particularly loved the day in the canoe and on the bog, the cookery class, the lovely guide in Tallinn and being left on our own to walk and cycle. Thank you all so much!
PHILIPPA, TAILOR-MADE TOUR OF ESTONIA, SEPTEMBER 2017
BALTIC HOLIDAYS MET EVERY NEED AND EXPECTATION!
We enjoy the ease of first-class packaged holidays but prefer traveling independently and on our own agenda with assistance as required. In this regard Baltic Holidays met every need and expectation! Once we set our desireddestinations and dates, Baltic Holidays put together the most suitable hotels, booked expert drivers, and arranged for top notch guides in each city. Everything worked like clockwork. We were able to sit back and enjoy the trip without ever worrying about transportation, payments, or hotel arrangements.
MR & MRS WHITE, TAILOR-MADE PRIVATE BALTIC CAPITALS TOUR, SEPTEMBER 2017
THE GUIDES WERE EXCEPTIONAL, THE DRIVING EXCELLENT, THE HOTELS PERFECTLY LOCATED
Sally, thank you for all the work you did to make our trip so remarkable---the guides were exceptional, the driving excellent, the hotels perfectly located and comfy and the opera seats perfect---what a trip!!---we especially liked Ben in Vilnius for his energy, willingness to answer all questions and ability to show us so much in a short time---also Inga in Riga for her flexibility, quick pace and deep knowledge of the culture and architecture--and also Aldis for his willingness to go above the expected, to share stories of his beloved Latvia, to help us understand the history of his country and the beauty of it---and Ivo for helping us understand manor life and that history, for his stories about life in Estonia, for going beyond in making sure we saw more of Tallinn on our way back---thanks for choosing everything with such care---we loved the countries.
HEIDI FIELDS GROUP OF 6 FRIENDS, BALTIC CAPITALS TAILOR-MADE TOUR, OCTOBER 2017
THE ORGANISATION WAS OUTSTANDING
We want to say how much we enjoyed the whole trip.The organisation was outstanding and everything went just as was planned.Of course being our first visit, everything we saw was a completely new experienceso we have many happy memories to look back on, with each capital city quite different to the other two, as we found when going to Riga from Vilnius and then to Tallin. Tartu was a charming little town too and we were glad we included a cross-country trip. The hotels were excellent and overall there is nothing at all we could suggest needed improvement. We are so glad and grateful that we were finally able to make the trip after the disappointment in April. Our sincere thanks to everyone who was involved in providing us with a truly memorable experience.
BRIAN & SUE HOLLEY, NEW ZEALAND, SEPTEMBER 2017
TAILOR-MADE KNITTING GROUP TOUR OF LATVIA & LITHUANIA
We enjoyed every minute of our recent trip with Donna Druchunas to Lithuania and Latvia. Thanks to you and your team for all the work you did to make it happen! We had a lovely time, and are grateful to you, to Jurga, and to Baltic Holidays. THANK YOU!!
DONNA DRUCHUNAS' KNITTING TOUR OF LITHUANIA & LATVIA, THE WEINERTS, JULY 2019
THE ITINERARY WAS PERFECT, CONTAINING LOTS OF CONTRAST, VARIED SIGHT-SEEING AND SOME LOVELY RESTFUL DAYS
Just to say "Thank you," for arranging such a truly memorable holiday for us. The itinerary was perfect, containing lots of contrast, varied sight-seeing and some lovely restful days at the manor house, just relaxing and enjoying the beautiful setting. The hotels were good and especially well located in Riga and Jurmala, but the manor housewas something special. I don't think we had ever before stayed anywhere so peaceful. Our driver, Martinas,played a very significant part in our holiday. He was professional, flexible, friendly and knowledgeable. We both learned a great deal from his fascinating stories about his and his family's experiences and about life in Latvia today. We came to regard him as a friend and we were sorry to say goodbye to him. Aldis, who was with us for one day was also very kind and helpful. So, "Well done!" Baltic Holidays. We look forward to booking with you again.
PRIVATE TOUR OF LATVIA, JOHN & HEATHER, AUGUST 2019
YOU DID A VERY GOOD JOB OF SETTING THIS UP, DIRECTING US TO INTERESTING AND VARIED PLACES
Our trip went very well. Everything was a highlight but I think the best part were the guides. They were so knowledgeable, friendly, willing to answer all our questions. Marina would be my best friend if I lived in Finland. Ivo, Erlens, and, Linas were great too. The bike tour guides were fantastic also. All of them were passionate about their country and very knowledgeable about what we were seeing. Through them we felt we got to know the country, the history, the people and them too. Everyone was precisely on time. I think you did a very good job of setting this up, directing us to interesting and varied places: a hike through the bog, castles and palaces, cute towns, etc. The hotels were great. Friendly staff and so very well located. Again, thank you for making this trip so wonderful. I’d easily go on another trip with you.
TAILOR-MADE BALTIC CAPITALS TOUR, THE BELLS, AUGUST 2019
OUR TRIP WAS GREAT.
Hi Phil, Our trip was great. Everything we wanted and expected. We were met at exactly the stated times. Ivo was a fantastic guide, but Mati who drove us to Tartu was excellent. He went out of his way to find the cemetery I was looking for. This was the main reason for our trip. Overall we were very satisfied.
ESTONIA FAMILY HERITAGE TOUR, MS BARNES, SEPTEMBER 2019
HOW IMPRESSED WE WERE WITH THE ORGANISATION OF OUR TRIP
We had a fantastic holiday and everything went very smoothly. We were also lucky enough, albeit through a vehicle fault, to meet up with Jurga. Her husband was our guide on the day out in Riga but unfortunately the car developed a problem. Jurga came out with another vehicle. It was great to meet her having had so many e-mail conversations. It was good to be able to say how impressed we were with the organisation of our trip. It was really well put together and all of the guides were very good and knowledgeable. Bearing in mind the length of time we spent with them we had no hitches. We learnt a lot from the trip and enjoyed hearing the guides' stories.
ST PETERSBURG & BALTIC CAPITALS PRIVATE TOUR, THE LANGANS, AUGUST 2019
EVERY ONE OF OUR DRIVERS AND GUIDES EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS.
We appreciated all your good advice on the itinerary. It was a great idea that we go to St. Petersburg via Helsinki (a very cool city!)...the ferry and high-speed train were efficient and quite comfortable. The choice of hotels suited us perfectly...thanks for placing us so centrally in each city. The hotelin Tallinn was the most luxurious, but even at the more modest places in Vilnius and Riga, the location and the warm and helpful hotel staff made our stays delightful. And the manor housewas remarkable. Every one of our drivers and guides exceeded our expectations. The walking tours were informative, meaningful, and great fun.
BESPOKE BALTIC CAPITALS PLUS HELSINKI & ST PETERSBURG, MS EMORY, SEPTEMBER 2019
OUR WONDERFUL TRIP TO THE BALTICS AND ST PETERSBURG
At last I’m getting back on our wonderful trip to the Baltics and St. P. It all went great. We particularly enjoyed and were impressed by Linas in Lithuania. He’s an endless source of info and a lot of fun. Jurga was terrific and we did make a requested last minute change in St P which she handled with great efficiency. I think her management skills, task and choices were perfect for us in the Baltics. She isa consummate professional. So in closing on this rambling feedback, your company did not disappoint and I will recommend you to anyone I know who plans to visit the Baltics. I will also recommend the Baltics.
BALTIC CAPITALS & ST PETERSBURG PRIVATE TOUR, THE COOKES, SEPTEMBER 2019
WE DID A LOT OF LAST MINUTE ADJUSTMENTS AND OFF THE BEATEN PATH TRIPS THAT WERE GREAT.
The trip was excellent!! Baltic Holidays did a wonderful job and I would definitely reach out to them again, at some point I will be planninga trip to the Russia. The guides were great and very flexible. I had been traveling for 4 weeks by the time my trip started so I had seen my fill of churches and castles, so we did a lot of last minute adjustments and off the beaten path trips that were great. I really enjoyed the trip, Sarah.
BESPOKE TOUR OF BELARUS, LITHUANIA, LATVIA & ESTONIA, MR J MCS, OCTOBER 2019
THANK YOU AND THE TEAM AT BALTIC HOLIDAYS FOR THE GREAT PROGRAMME, AS WELL AS FOR YOUR CARE AND ATTENTIVENESS
We had a wonderful tour last month and I'd like to thank you and the team at Baltic Holidays for the great programme, as well as for your care and attentiveness. I've posted the following review on TripAdvisor a few moments ago: We have recently returned from a two-week tour of the Baltics, combining the Baltic Capitals Private Tour with stays in Kaunas and Palanga at the end, and we can thoroughly recommend Baltic Holidays to others thinking of visiting the region. The itinerary was well thought through and was ideal for a first holiday in the three countries. The accommodation was well chosen and centrally located, which made it easy to explore each of the cities. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable, and enabled us to discover many great places that we would never have found on our own. We especially enjoyed the wonderful restaurants in each of the cities that we visited. Overall we had a great holiday and would like to thank Phil and the team at Baltic Holidays.
TAILOR-MADE BALTIC TOUR, MR & MRS HAGARD, AUGUST 2018
BESPOKE BALTIC TOUR - 'THE TRIP WAS EXCELLENT!'
The trip was excellent. All your arrangements worked like clockwork, and we were well spoiled. The guides were all delightful in their own different ways, especially Linas and Aldis. I was relatively surprised to find how modern looking, clean and civilised all the States were— and the roads are a damned sight better than ours. People everywhere were delightful. Altogether a great trip, for which many thanks. Keeping three well travelled old guys happy is not an easy task.
THREE WELL TRAVELLED OLD GUYS, BALTIC TAILOR-MADE TOUR, JUNE 2018
THE GUIDES WE HAD WERE EXCEPTIONAL!
The guides we had were exceptional! Kertu - told us so much about living in Communist times and brought the whole city to life. Inga, in Riga, really knows about architecture as she is working on her PH.D in that field. Thank you or someone for Ieva! We had a great time talking about nature, schools, etc. So, in all, everyone one was well or over-qualified to talk with us about cities, countries, communism, cooking and other stuff! Oh, I forgot Vickie, who took us to the Curonian Spit. What a fun, upbeat person! She brought a picnic lunch for us so we could sit and enjoy it on the hilltop above Nida, where the German writer's home is located.
MR & MRS SNYDER, TAILOR-MADE BALTIC PRIVATE TOUR, JUNE 2018
WE REALLY LOVE THE WHOLE TRIP – BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY
Thanks for your warmest escort in Vilnius and Kaunas, it has been a wonderful time for me, Sam and Tai. You and your expertise team like Cyrus and Vytaute have keep us informed that Lithuanians are sincere and courtesy to make friends... The sightseeing in KGB Museum, 9th Fort and Cold War Museum let our visions open wide that we seems to be the 'Pioneer'; to share our Lithuania experience amongst our peers group. We really love the whole trip - Between Shades of Gray, not to mention the accommodation, heritage sites and great food.
MRS WONG, BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY PRIVATE TOUR, MAY 2018
BALTIC CHRISTMAS MARKETS - VILNIUS, RIGA & TALLINN
My daughter Iona and I have to say how very much we enjoyed the trip - everything seemed to have gone very smoothly. All the three guides were fantastic too. We loved all the walks in each cities - simply perfect - pace, time and seeing things! We have recommended this trip and the company to all our family and friends.
PADDEN-DUNCAN FAMILY, BALTIC CHRISTMAS MARKETS TOUR, DECEMBER 2018
ESTONIA WAS FANTASTIC, SO MANY THANKS TO YOU AND YOUR STAFF
Estonia was fantastic, so many thanks to you and your staff (particularly Jurga) for arranging everything for us. Many highlights but in particular the cookery class at Mer Mer was unique (our guide Ivo took the recipes for the salmon and duck dishes we made - appreciate if you could ask him to forward on please?); thehotels were very very good, dinner at the Tchaikovsky was an unforgettable experience and the bog walking and canoeing in Soomaa was great fun. The dawn and evening safaris they run there to watch the beavers looked really good, albeit April would be a cold month to do that in. Tallinn was also a lovely city to spend a couple of days and nice to see it prior to tourist season. All the guides were excellent too. Our 7 yr old daughter had a fab time too!
THE WISE FAMILY, ESTONIA FAMILY HOLIDAY, APRIL 2019
TALLINN & HELSINKI - VARIED & INTERESTING
We would like to thank you & your team for organising a very successful holiday, everything worked exactly as the itinerary, varied & interesting, even the weather was good through the whole week … so thank you very much.
OCKWELL & FRIENDS, TALLINN & HELSINKI PRIVATE TOUR, AUGUST 2018
FIRST TIME WE HAVE USED A HOLIDAY COMPANY
We would like to thank you both for organising our recent short break in Riga. Everything worked perfectly from the moment we were met at the airport to when we were driven back to the airport at the end. It was the first time we have used a holiday company – we usually book our hotels and flights ourselves – but we are very glad that we did. We have been telling our friends about our good experience with Baltic Holidays, so hopefully you might get some more bookings! Thank you once again – and please thank Inga and Aldis for making our holiday so much better.
BARRY & FIONA, RIGA CITY BREAK, APRIL 2018
ALL OUR GUIDES/DRIVERS WERE GOOD, FRIENDLY AND INFORMATIVE
We really enjoyed the trip to the Baltics and had a great time. We want to thank you and Jurga for all the contact, suggestions and responses to questions/enquiries/etc. We thought all our guides/drivers were good, friendly and informative.We would be happy to recommend Baltic Holidays to prospective clients.The itinerary was great and we appreciated the suggestions from your company as we finalised our arrangements. We also appreciated that there is a company that offers tours in this part of the world during a time of the year when a lot of other companies don't offer any options.
MOSCOW & ST PETERSBURG PRIVATE TOUR
I wanted to let you know how nicely everything worked out. We will have a hard time deciding between Moscow and St Petersburg. Which one will we like better? Who knows. This is a really great trip and we want to thank you again!
JANE & TONY, MOSCOW & ST PETERSBURG, MAY 2018
MORE LIKE A FRIEND THAN A GUIDE
The organisation of our trip was very professional and ran like clockwork. It was great to have everything organised and to not worry about driving or finding places of interest. We met some lovely tour guides especially Vicky in Palanga who was a fantastic host and felt more like a friend than a guide. We were pleasantly impressed by the standards of Eastern Europe and enjoyed the food and reasonable prices too. We would definitely recommend the baltics to our friends. In fact our 22 year old son said we could even leave him in Lithuania!
THE LEVENE FAMILY, TAILOR-MADE PRIVATE TOUR OF THE BALTIC CAPITALS, JUNE 2017
VERY HAPPY WITH THE WAY YOU HAD ORGANISED OUR HOLIDAY
Dear Sarah, We really enjoyed ourselves. Helsinki and Tallinn are both great places to visit in very different ways. We loved the laid back atmosphere in Helsinki and walking by the sea right by the city centre. Tallinn is stunningly beautiful. Every corner you go round brings another amazing view. We were very happy with the way you had organised our holiday. The hotels were both excellent and all the pick ups were right on time. All in all we had a great time and enjoyed it from start to finish.
MR & MRS RHEAD, TAILOR-MADE TALLINN & HELSINKI TOUR, JULY 2017
THEY WERE VERY KIND AND MADE OUR TOUR VERY SPECIAL
We liked very much our tour! I would like to tell you that we liked specially the guides from Ukraine, Belarus, Kaliningrad and Vilnius. They were very kind and made our tour very special. In general, we liked all the hotels! Thanks a lot!
FABRICIO, TAILOR-MADE TOUR TO UKRAINE, MOLDOVA, BELARUS, KALININGRAD & LITHUANIA, AUGUST 2017
EVERY ASPECT OF THE HOLIDAY WORKED WELL
I would like to thank Baltic Holidays for the well organised holiday that was organised for my friend and I in August. We visited St Petersburg, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. Every aspect of the holiday worked well. Our accommodation was very comfortable, our guides informative and our drivers excellent. All staff were very punctual and polite. The places we were shown by our guides gave us a very good understanding of the countries we visited. My heartfelt thanks to Baltic Holidays.
RHONDA, BALTIC CAPITALS TAILOR-MADE PRIVATE TOUR, AUGUST 2017
MOSCOW & ST PETERSBURG PRIVATE TOUR
I wanted to let you know how nicely everything worked out. We will have a hard time deciding between Moscow and St Petersburg. Which one will we like better? Who knows. This is a really great trip and we want to thank you again!
JANE & TONY, MOSCOW & ST PETERSBURG, MAY 2018