Poland & Baltic Capitals Escorted Group Tour
A journey of discovery through Poland and the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia. This is a comfortable coach tour visiting the main highlights of the region, you will be spoilt with beautiful old towns, architecture, culture, and landscapes as you tour from Krakow up to Tallinn in the lush summer time.
12 nights * 4 star hotels * Optional day trips & tours * Departure dates May - September * Escorted Group Tour * From EUR pp
DAY 1: (TUESDAY): ARRIVAL KRAKOW
Arrival in Krakow, optional transfer to Hotel Q Plus Krakow**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.
DAY 2: (WEDNESDAY): KRAKOW
For half a millennium Krakow was the royal capital of Poland and for centuries the city walls have guarded its traditions and secrets. The morning sightseeing tour takes us to the Old Town with the St. Mary’s Church, the Jagiellonian University, the Cloth Halls and Wawel with the Wawel Castle and the Wawel Cathedral. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine, an amazing labyrinth of tunnels going down as far as 327 meters. The evening offers an optional Polish dinner at Restaurant Hawelka.
DAY 3: (THURSDAY): KRAKOW - WARSAW
We leave for Czestochowa, the spiritual heart of Poland, where we visit the Jasna Gora Monastery with the Black Madonna. Through the flat low-laying plain of Central Poland we reach Warsaw in the early afternoon. Check-in at Hotel Radisson Blu Sobieski**** or similar.
DAY 4: (FRIDAY): WARSAW
Warsaw is essentially a post-war city with a meticulously reconstructed Old Town. The morning sightseeing tour includes the Royal Route and the Old Town with the Royal Castle, St John’s Cathedral, the Old Town Market Square and the Barbican. In the afternoon is offered an optional excursion to the Royal Lazienki Park with the Palace on the Water. The evening offers an optional Polish dinner at Restaurant Dawne Smaki.
DAY 5: (SATURDAY): WARSAW - BIALYSTOK
Today we continue through the well-forested Eastern Poland to Podlasie region and Bialowieza. The forest there represents the ancient forest that once covered all of Europe. We will visit Bialowieza National Park and its famous European Bison Show Reserve. After a light stroll along nature trails of the forest, we continue to Biaylistok where we check in at Hotel Ibis Styles Bialystok*** or similar. In the late afternoon, we visit Bialystok and its landmark Branicki Palace.
DAY 6: (SUNDAY): BIALYSTOK - VILNIUS
We depart from Bialystok heading to Vilnius through attractive resort towns into Lithuania. We do a stop in Kaunas, the former capital of Lithuania, to admire the beautiful Old Town and the elegant white Baroque Town Hall before we arrive in the late afternoon to Vilnius. Check in at Hotel Radisson Blu Lietuva **** or similar.
DAY 7: (MONDAY): VILNIUS
Vilnius is known for its more than 1,200 medieval buildings and 48 churches. The morning sightseeing tour includes a panoramic tour of the city and a walking tour of the Old Town with Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, Peter and Paul Church, St. Anne’s Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania, with the well-preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve. In the evening enjoy an optional Lithuanian dinner at Restaurant Senoji Trobele.
DAY 8: (TUESDAY): VILNIUS - RIGA
Heading for Riga, the first stop is the Hill of Crosses, one of the holiest sites of Catholic Lithuania. After crossing into Latvia we soon reach the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Following a guided tour of the palace we travel through the rolling hills of Southern Latvia to reach Riga late afternoon, check-in at Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija**** or similar.
DAY 9: (WEDNESDAY): RIGA
Founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a real kaleidoscope of architectural styles. The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guilds and the Freedom Monument. The afternoon is reserved for an optional visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.
DAY 10: (THURSDAY): RIGA
After we got acquainted with Riga, we have the possibility of discovering medieval Latvia. The optional tour for this morning takes us to the stunning scenery of the Gauja National Park and the town of Sigulda. We listen to the medieval Latvian legend of the Rose of Turaida and see the ruins of the Episcopal Castle and of the Castle of the Knights of the Sword before we return to Riga. The afternoon offers an optional visit to the Riga Motor Museum which has an impressive collection of vintage car including a very unique collection of old Soviet limousines from the Kremlin Garage. In the evening enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant Forest.
DAY 11: (FRIDAY): RIGA - TALLINN
The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. We do a short tour of the resort before we continue through the North Estonian land of forests and arrive in Tallinn early afternoon, check-in at the Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia**** or similar.
DAY 12: (SATURDAY): TALLINN
Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquillity and modern urban life. The medieval Old Town is a busy place in the summer with its many shops, galleries, souvenir markets, outdoor cafés and restaurants. The sightseeing tour takes us around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we see Toompea Castle, Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, medieval Old Town Hall and Great Guild Hall. In the afternoon an optional excursion is offered to Kadriorg Park and a visit to KUMU, the award-winning new Estonian Art museum, with its collections of classic and contemporary fine art. The evening offers an optional medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack.
DAY 13: (SUNDAY): TALLINN DEPARTURE
Optional transfer to the airport.
DEPARTURE DATES 2023
Tour Departure Date - Tour End Date
30th May - 11th June 2023
20th June - 2nd July 2023
4th July - 16th July 2023
18th July - 30th July 2023
1st August - 13th August 2023
8th August - 20th August 2023
15th August - 27th August 2023
29th August - 10th September 2023
12 nights at centrally located 3-4 star hotels
12 x buffet breakfast
Welcome meeting with champagne-cocktail or juice
Personalised welcome package
Entrances to Wawel Castle in Krakow, Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa, St. John’s Cathedral in Warsaw, Bialowieski National Park, Peter and Paul Church in Vilnius, Rundale Palace and medieval Great Guild Hall in Tallinn
Service of English speaking tour escort on all tours
Service of 1st class motor coaches or 1st class vans throughout the itinerary
Portage at hotels
OPTIONAL EXTRAS - choose your preferred tours!
Transfer airport to Hotel Q Plus Krakow: EUR 45.00 for private car (1-3 pax), EUR 65.00 for private van (4-7 pax)
4-hour excursion to Wieliczka Salt Mine: EUR 60.00 pp
Polish dinner at Restaurant Hawelka: EUR 40.00 pp
3-hour excursion to the Royal Lazienki Park and visit to Palace on the Water: EUR 40.00 pp
Polish dinner at Restaurant Dawne Smaki: EUR 40.00 pp
3-hour excursion to Trakai and visit to Trakai Castle: EUR 45.00 pp
Folklore dinner at Restaurant Senoji Trobele: EUR 40.00 pp
4-hour excursion to Gauja National Park: EUR 50.00 pp
3-hour excursion to the Riga Motor Museum: EUR 40.00 pp
Organ concert at the Dome Cathedral: EUR 35.00 pp
4-hour excursion to Jurmala: EUR 40.00 pp
Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest: EUR 45.00 pp
3-hour excursion to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU: EUR 45.00 pp
Medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack: EUR 45.00 pp
Transfer Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia to airport: EUR 45.00 for private car (1-3 pax), EUR 65.00 for private van (4-7 pax)
Half board at hotels (12 x 3 course dinner with coffee/tea): EUR 350.00 pp
Please note flights are NOT included in this package. You are welcome to book your own flights, or we can do this for you, simply call or email us for a quote.
PRE/POST TOUR EXTRA NIGHTS
If required we can book additional nights at the start or end of your tour, or arrange an add-on pre/post tour to any of our other destinations.
Please note this coach tour is guaranteed (if two or more persons are booked on). It is run by our local partners ViaHansa. Max group size is 31 persons.
WE LEARNED A LOT AND ENJOYED THE EXPERIENCE.
Thank you for organizing our holiday.It went without a hitch of any kind.We are so grateful.We learned a lot and enjoyed the experience. Our guides were excellent...Our drivers were excellent too.
BALTIC CAPITALS PRIVATE TOUR, MR & MRS BUTCHER, MAY 2022
EVERYWHERE WE WENT WE WERE THANKED FOR SUPPORTING POLAND BY NOT CANCELLING OUR TRAVEL
We had a wonderful holiday and we felt so amazingly welcome. As you know, with the impact of the current war in Ukraine, the country is under great financial pressure and tourist industry is suffering. Everywhere we went we were thanked for supporting Poland by not cancelling our travel. We’ve got to say the whole sordid business had little impact on our holiday. We felt very safe, and it was heartwarming to see firsthand how the Polish nation has risen to the challenge and helped the Ukrainians. As we’ve said we had a fantastic time and really enjoyed all that we saw. Things we’d change are few which show how good the itinerary was that you and the team had organised for us. Absolutely loved the extra trips that you had suggested. It’s a given that we’d be happy to recommend your company to anyone (and have done so on numerous occasions already).
POLAND PRIVATE TOUR, MR & MRS O, APRIL 22
THE BEST CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE IN POLAND
We’ve just returned from the best Christmas holiday experience in Poland…. All organised by Sally and team from Baltic Holidays… Where do I begin???? The whole trip was organised by Sally… flights, transport, hotels, food, restaurants, trips and lots lots more. It was Christmas Wonderland. Our rooms were amazing and well equipped, warm and comfortable. The hotel is next to the entrance to the forest/mountains… so lovely snowy walks and sledging.We walked into Zakopane, skied, sledged and so so much more.I can’t explain in words how grateful I am for this amazing holiday that Sally organised for Fred, Freya,Gaia and myself.I am still quite emotional about how amazing the experience was, especially when the pandemic seemed to be against us travelling.Regarding covid… we felt safe and at no risk… and we have returned home to receive negative PCR tests.All I can say is definitely give Baltic Holidays a call and book a holiday asap…. You deserve it!!!!
THE HOLMES FAMILY, KRAKOW & ZAKOPANE, CHRISTMAS 2021
ALTOGETHER A GREAT SUCCESS.
Dear Jurga and Sally, Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed our trip to Poland. Everything went well and the hotels were excellent. We were particularly pleased with our two drivers/guides who were knowledgeable, friendly and extremely helpful. Altogether a great success. Thank you for organising it so efficiently.
TAILOR-MADE PRIVATE TOUR OF POLAND, THE GRINKES, SEPTEMBER 2019
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 not pick 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 desired destinations 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 experience so 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 Tallinn. 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 house was 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 hotel in 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 house was 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 am 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 is a 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 planning a trip to 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?); the hotels 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 and your team for organising a very successful holiday, everything worked exactly as the itinerary, varied and 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.
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
WE LEARNED A LOT AND ENJOYED THE EXPERIENCE.
Thank you for organizing our holiday.It went without a hitch of any kind.We are so grateful.We learned a lot and enjoyed the experience. Our guides were excellent...Our drivers were excellent too.
BALTIC CAPITALS PRIVATE TOUR, MR & MRS BUTCHER, MAY 2022