The Baltics Uncovered
Fairytale castles, Gothic architecture and folk traditions; the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania offer a glimpse into a Europe that has long disappeared elsewhere.
This two-week Baltic tour travels from the northern city of Tallinn, on the shores of the Baltic Sea, through layers of history to Lithuania, once a European powerhouse and now emerging from behind the Iron Curtain. We explore the exceptionally well preserved medieval centres of the three capitals, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius, with their numerous examples of churches, merchants’ houses and guildhalls. As we wander through the cobbled streets and narrow alleys we’ll soak up the atmosphere of a bygone era.
On the tiny island of Kihnu we spend time in a rural fishing community where people still wear traditional dress. We also discover the unique bog landscapes of Lahemaa National Park.
On the Latvian coast we visit the seaside town of Jurmala. This was once a favourite with Soviet dignitaries, brimming with character. Spend the night in a grand manor house in the style of the old nobility.
Moving on to Lithuania we stop at the ‘hill of crosses’, a potent symbol of Lithuanian nationalism and resistance. Here we visit a local winery to sample unusual local produce, and explore the sand dunes and villages of the Curonian Spit.
On our Baltic Uncovered tour, we visit old castles, beautiful monasteries and explore some of Europe’s most unique landscapes, learning about the forces that have shaped the region over time, as well as gaining an insight into the Baltics today. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were little known for many years, seen as part of the Communist monolith that was Soviet Russia. But this journey uncovers their rich cultural heritage and traditions, that seldom fail to enchant those who visit.