If you’re looking for an authentic trip across Europe without the crowds of people, a tour to the Baltics is to be considered. Including the three beautiful countries of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, they have the perfect mix between culture, nature, and stone castles. Holidays to the Baltics are known for being one of the most affordable places to travel in Europe for those on a budget. You can get to the Baltics by flying into Warsaw, Poland and then taking the train over or you can take many direct flights as well.
- Discover the Baroque style architecture of the old town of Vilnius, Lithuania, full of towering Catholic churches including the Vilnius cathedral. This is a perfect city to walk through the Old Town district discovering all their secret shops and bazaars. While you’re there, take a climb up the hill to Gediminas Castle especially in the morning to get a view of the sunrise over the city.
- Venture across to Latvia’s capital city of Riga for a different Medieval architectural style with tall towers and the central square with the Riga Cathedral. A short walk away you’ll find the Freedom Square where you can whiteness the ceremonial changing of the guard daily.
- Ending your Baltics tour will take you to Estonia where you can relax in the university town of Tartu that’s filled with young creative artists on every corner. You’ll find stunning art installations on the side of ancient crumbling churches. Time to take that artsy Instagram shot!
- The Baltics can be very cold during the winter and not the best for exploring, so it’s best to go during the spring and summer months for the best experience. This means between March - May and September - October to escape the heat and cold seasons.
- All of the Baltic countries use the Euro (EUR) as of 2015 which makes it a breeze when traveling across borders here.
- While there are trains throughout the Baltic countries, it’s much more convenient and affordable to travel by bus in this region. The buses are very comfortable with plenty of legroom and some have personal TV screens on each seat.