Between the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania there is a surprising variety of culture and architectural style, as well as many historic and religious sites to keep any tour itinerary brimming with experience. For many, a guided tour is the best way to experience as much of the region as possible in a limited amount of time, without having to worry about organising many of the particulars.
While Tallinn or Vilnius are the more popular choices for start points on tours of the Baltic region, Helsinki, which lies just across the Baltic Sea from Estonia, is occasionally included, adding yet another dimension to the tour experience. So here are five of the best tours of the Baltics based on price, itineraries and previous guest reviews.
From: €1,390/per person
Representing the best value for money in terms of personalized experience, this Baltics private tour from Baltic Holidays, while coming pre-packaged with an itinerary that is designed to give you a great experience of the region, has room to tailor the experience to your preferences. Using local driver guides and hotels located in the old town of the cities included, you can get a deeper insight into the region that just would not be possible on a group tour. All three capital cities of the Baltic states: Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn, are included, with day trips to castles and national parks on the side.
From €466/ per person
For those looking to travel the Baltic region in the space of a week, and on a budget, this tour of the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian capitals, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius, is a great immersive exploration of the cities. It includes walking tours through each city’s old town, while leaving plenty of free time in between to explore in your own way. With the exception of Kadriorg Palace and Gutmanis Cave, entrance fees are not included in the price. However, all guides, transport, breakfast and seven nights in 3-star accommodations are taken care of.
From €623/ per person
Stepping beyond the confines of the Baltic states, this tour heads further west, along the southern fringe of the Baltic Sea, probing as far as Berlin. Starting in Tallinn, where you can explore the wooden harbour houses at Kalamaja, the tour then takes in highlights of Riga and Vilnius before moving into Poland. Take a guided walk to see the different architectural styles of Warsaw and try the national drink at a vodka bar. The final day sees the tour bus arrive in Berlin for a tour of the city’s top sights and a farewell dinner. Some accommodation is in hostels and all transport is via coach.
From €1,386/ per person
Active individuals might want to check out this most excellent of immersive Baltic experiences. The 11-day tour takes in many out of the way towns in the three Baltic nations, while also providing walking tours of the old towns and transportation along the major routes. All local bike hire is included with plenty of options for day-long bike rides, such as through Lahemaa National Park in Estonia, while bus transfers convey guests between cities. En-suite accommodation for 10 nights is included in the price, as are all breakfasts, with vegetarian and vegan options available on request.
From €2,282/ per person
One of the longer tours available is a more comprehensive exploration of the whole Baltic region. Starting out in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, the tour takes in Suomenlinna Sea Fortress and there is an option to catch a show at the National Theatre. The Baltic state capitals are a natural part of any tour, but there is also the chance to visit Curonian Spit National Park in Lithuania, as well as the country’s ancient forest wood carvings. The tour then passes into Poland, to Warsaw, before ending in Berlin, where highlights like the Brandenburg Gate and Kreuzberg neighbourhood make their way onto the itinerary.