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history • 12 days, 11 nights

Baltic Odyssey: Monuments, Myths, and Memory

history • 12 days, 11 nights

Baltic Odyssey: Monuments, Myths, and Memory

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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
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  • Travel Style
    Road Trip
from $4,715 USD per person
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Trip Overview

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 escorted by expert AO leader 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.

  • Deep dive through Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania
  • Fascinating religious traditions
  • Distinct capital cities: Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius
  • Castles, shrines, prisons, and missile silos
  • Surreal Soviet-era monuments and modernist architecture


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania

Trip Leaders

Darmon Richter
Darmon Richter is a British writer with a particular interest in monuments, tunnels, and extraordinary architectural spaces. In 2020 he authored "Chernobyl: A Stalkers’ Guide", and in 2022 he completed a Ph.D. in post-communist studies. Darmon writes Ex Utopia and has been contributing to Atlas Obscura since 2013. He has been leading trips for Atlas Obscura since 2017, guiding travelers through the history, landscapes, and architecture of countries such as Bulgaria, Ukraine, Moldova, Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Will Mawhood
Originally from London, Will Mawhood moved to Estonia in 2011, and later relocated to Latvia, where he still lives. He's written extensively on the history, politics and culture of the Baltics region—on topics ranging from the Lithuanian language's surprising obsession with bees to the odd story of the most expensive Soviet subway system ever designed (intended for Riga, but never constructed after protests). He put his experience of almost a decade of complete obsession with the Baltics into this itinerary, drawing from regular travels to almost every corner of the region. He also translates from Latvian now and then—ask him to pronounce the famously impenetrable Latvian tongue-twister šaurliežu dzelzceļš (narrow-gauge railroad).

Additional Info


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!).

Traveling Solo?

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.

Activity Level

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.

Arrival & Departure

You should plan to arrive in Tallinn, Estonia by 3 p.m. on Day 1 and depart Vilnius, Lithuania anytime on Day 12. Both cities have well-connected international airports. 

  • Accommodation throughout the trip at comfortable local hotels
  • All meals as described in the itinerary (excluding airport transfers)
  • An experienced Atlas Obscura Leader to accompany you for the duration of the trip as well as special guests throughout
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events
  • A curious group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue (terms apply)
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences
  • Transportation and flights to Tallinn, Estonia, and from Vilnius, Lithuania, including airport transfers
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages
  • Passport and visa fees, if applicable
  • COVID-19 testing requirements
  • Customary gratuities to Trip Leader(s)
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