Uncover the treasures of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia with on an immersive journey through the Baltics
Uncover the cultural riches and historical intrigues of four fascinating countries on a journey across northern Poland and the Baltic states. Beginning the adventure in Poland's premier seaside hub of Gdansk, learn of the city's former shipbuilding industry and military significance during a boat ride out through Westerplatte and into the Gulf of Gdansk. See where Pope John Paul II took time out among the lakes and forests of Wigry National Park and visit a major military headquarters used during fighting for the Eastern Front. Crossing into Lithuania, spend an afternoon exploring Vilnius' old town (and kooky breakaway republic), then finish things up becoming acquainted with the lively and picturesque capitals of Latvia and Estonia, Riga and Tallinn. Encompassing both historical attractions and outings for the active, a bit of Europe both old and new, this is the trip for travellers wanting to check out a side of Europe often overlooked.
Explore Gdańsk's old port and shipbuilding yards during a boat cruise on the Baltic
Tour the remnants of Wolf’s Lair, an important military headquarters during the battle for the Eastern Front
Stalk along the ramparts of Malbork Castle; at one time in history the world's largest brick castle
Unearth historical Vilnius on a guided tour of its cathedrals, churches and city square
Sample local delicacies in Riga, a city that rewards those who know its secrets
Enjoy a farmstay and home-cooked meal on Estonia's largest island, Saaremaa
With its perfectly preserved medieval wall and watchtowers, Tallinn's Old Town is a rewarding place to explore on foot
Day 3 includes a long drive. You'll be stopping in interesting places along the way but the day is a long one.
On days 2 and 4 you'll be out on the water, travelling by boat in the Bay of Gdansk and Wigry Lake.
This trip stops in at some places with dark histories. Not everyone will necessarily want to visit Westerplatte or Wolf’s Lair.
Roads in northern Poland and the Baltic states are generally good, but these in rural areas can get a bit rough. If you suffer from motion sickness, consider bringing along some medication.
While Wigry Lake National Park is certainly beautiful, it is a wetland. Mosquitos and midges can sometimes be an annoyance, so consider bringing mosquito spray and perhaps a head net.
In many cities in Poland, Lithuania and Latvia streets are made of cobblestones. In addition, some of the accommodation we use across this region may not have lifts, so you will be expected to carry your luggage up and down some stairs. It is recommended that you leave any wheelie bags/case at home and bring a backpack instead.
A single supplement is available on this trip, with the exception of Days 3 & 4 (Wigry Lake) and Day 9 (Saaremaa).
Our Uncover Northern Poland and the Baltics trips score an average of 4.6 out of 5 based on 5 reviews in the last year.
Loved this tour! It was a great way to experience some of the less visited countries in Europe and learn about their history and unique cultures that they've managed to maintain despite their tumultuous past. Their location between Scandinavia, Germany and Russia means they have a rich history to explore, especially the more recent events of WWII and communist occupation. The food was delicious, the scenery amazing and the locals you get to meet offer a great insight too.
Review submitted 15 Oct 2017