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Take a deep dive into Baltic history and culture on this immersive adventure through Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. We’ll travel from Tallinn to Vilnius exploring architectural marvels, abandoned sea forts, and some outrageously pretty towns along the way. We’ll cover everything from ancient traditions to the bunkers, silos, and grand memorial complexes (in addition to two formerly closed cities) left behind in the wake of the Soviet Union. We’ll be accompanied by two expert guides, including Darmon Richter, a British travel writer and Ph.D. researcher with a particular interest in the ideological architecture of Eastern Europe. Over the course of three countries and 12 days, we’ll meet the people who make up this diverse corner of northern Europe on a unique trip that promises to be both visually and intellectually stimulating.
The listed price of this trip is per person based on double occupancy.
For those traveling by themselves, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability, at an additional cost of $765. Please contact us to request a single room.
Sometimes we’ll stay at modern 4-star resorts, while other nights we’ll be immersed in retro hospitality at mid-century modernist hotels (some of these buildings are attractions in their own right!).
You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:
Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.
Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $765. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll send a separate invoice for the cost.
This trip is suitable for guests of all ages (18 and above) and is not very physically strenuous—just be sure to pack your walking shoes, your flashlight, and your sense of adventure. Be aware that this trip also involves a good amount of driving time, so dress for comfort.
You should plan to arrive in Tallinn, Estonia by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1 and depart Vilnius, Lithuania anytime on Sunday, July 12. Both cities have well-connected international airports. If you plan to arrive early or stay later, we’re more than happy to help in arranging your accommodation and suggesting activities in either of the two cities.
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though in most cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.
Too often, the Baltic countries are covered in just a few days by whizzing through the capitals. Tourism agencies in all three countries are increasingly trying to tempt visitors out of the economically fast-growing (and disproportionately large) capitals to the captivating smaller towns and unspoiled countryside, but this is still a slow process. While we'll certainly get a thorough taste of the delights of Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius, we'll also delve deep into further-flung and less tourist-heavy regions, making valuable contributions to local economies in doing so. Simply getting a better understanding of this part of the world through our ten days of total immersion will make a difference too—the Baltics are three fiercely distinct but very sparsely populated countries and for most of their history, they've been dominated by their larger neighbors, and for these reasons are often overlooked and misunderstood. Local people are invariably delighted to see foreigners showing an interest in their history and culture, or even trying a few words of their languages.