This walking tour covers the three Baltic States - Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Discover their cultural heritage on this amazing trip and explore some of their numerous national parks. Wandering through forests and along sand dunes, learn to bog walk and discover different ecosystems that are just some of the highlights. You’ll also get to visit the capitals of each country, witness the 'old towns' that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and wander around Lithuania's gorgeous 15th-century Trakai Castle. Indeed, you are going to have a wonderful time in Latvia with this tour itinerary.
(Day 1): Arrival in Tallinn
(Day 2): Traveling to Lahemaa National Park
(Day 3): Venture to the medieval town of Cesis
(Day 4): Exploring Gauja National Park
(Day 5): Wandering Through Kemeri National Park
(Day 6): Visiting Curonian Spit
(Day 7): A Tour of Lake Galve and Trakai Castle
(Day 8): Departure
Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Riga, Tallinn
The trip begins in the Estonian capital, Tallinn. Located on the coast, in the Gulf of Finland off the Baltic Sea, the city is also a major port. The 'Old Town' of Tallinn is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the city used to be a European Capital of Culture in 2011.
After a walking tour of Tallinn's 'Old Town', travel east to the largest and oldest national park of Estonia, Lahemaa National Park. Apart from its rich nature the park also honors Estonia's cultural heritage, embracing ancient fishing villages as well as 17th and 18th-century manor houses. Today, wander the 'Beaver Trail', discovering the diversity of the park’s plant and animal life and looking out for beaver dams and dens along the Altja River Valley. If you happen to be lucky, you will get to witness the beavers themselves amongst the trees or in the water. This walking tour ends in the 400-year-old fishing village of Altja. After enjoying an optional lunch, learn to bog walk in specially designed bog shoes. Typically used by local villagers, these special shoes allow you to hike through this captivating ecosystem. You will be staying overnight in the national park.
Todays walks cover a total distance of 18 km over approximately 6 hours. The terrain on the Beaver Trail is mildly whirling and forested, and also wet and flat for the bog walk.
Today you will be crossing the border into Latvia, driving to Cesis in Gauja National Park. This is going to take approximately 3.5 hours. Latvia's biggest park, it is famous as 'Latvian Switzerland' because of its rolling landscapes. The park incorporates the valleys of the Gauja River and its side stream, and also more than 500 historical features including stone castles, hill forts, churches, windmills, and watermills. Cesis itself is an ancient town, about 800 years old, and its 13th-century castle used to be the main stronghold of the Livonian knights who ruled a majority of Latvia and Estonia during ancient times. Later in the afternoon, head out for a walk in the park along a forested nature trail to Gauja River and Gauja Rocks, a well-known local site.
Today's walk is approximately 5 km and takes about 2 hours. The terrain is mildly hilly and forested.
Today morning, you’ll be driven to Sigulda and walk a nature trail through the forests and river valleys of Gauja National Park. Wandering past the ruins of Livonian ancient fortresses and a neo-gothic castle, this walk terminates at the 13th century Turaida Castle. As part of the route, you’ll take a cable car and enjoy stunning views down over the forest. Later in the afternoon, you’ll be driven to Riga, the capital of Latvia, where you’ll have a short introductory tour of the city and overnight. Situated at the mouth of the Daugava River on the Gulf of Riga, the 'Old Town' of Riga is also a UNESCO Heritage Site, especially renowned for its Art Nouveau as well as 19th-century wooden architecture.
Today’s walk covers a distance of 8 km over approximately 3.5 hours. The terrain is swinging and forested.
This morning, you’ll be driven west to Kemeri National Park, discovered in 1977 to conserve the local wetlands, coastal lakes, and dunes. Make a walk on a raised boardwalk above the wetlands and discover the unique mosses, bog pine trees, and tiny pools and lakes. Later return back to the seaside and spa resort of Jurmala to relish an optional lunch. Jurmala is famous for its therapeutic mineral waters and curative mud, and also its fascinating multi-style architecture. After lunch, continue south and cross the border into Lithuania. Travel southwest to Klaipeda and board a ferry to Nida on the Curonian Spit, your base for the next 2 nights.
Today’s walk in Kemeri National Park is approximately 3-4 km and takes about 1.5 hours. The terrain is typically flat - an elevated boardwalk over wetlands.
The Curonian Spit National Park is an approximately 98 km long sand dune spit that bisects the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. Chains of sand dunes elevated up to 60m high, pine forests, old Curonian houses and breaking waves make up this UNESCO Heritage Site. Today, you’ll walk through the various landscapes of the spit - sand dunes, coastal and pine forests in and around Nida.
Today’s walk on the Curonian Spit is approximately 12 km and takes about 4 hours. The terrain is majorly flat and sandy. Some of the areas are forested.
Today, you’ll be making a long journey southeast to Trakai which is going to take approximately 6 hours. Trakai, the formal capital of Lithuania’s Grand Duchy, is situated on a peninsula in Lake Galve. It is now well-known for its 15th-century castle sitting outside the town on a tiny island. Embark on a picturesque walk around the town and lake, and make a visit to the castle. Later, head out on a short journey to Vilnius, where you’ll have a short city tour and an optional last dinner. Note that the Vilnius’ 'Old Town' is also a UNESCO Heritage Site.
Today's walk around Trakai is approximately 4-5 km and takes about 1.5 hours. The terrain is typically flat and forested in some areas.
This morning, your trip ends as you return back to the international airport and catch a flight back home.
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