Valdis

Riga, Latvia English German

About me

I believe in an authentic and active lifestyle. If you are a type of person that seeks for adventures which the vast majority of travelers have not experienced, then I will be happy to create a trip for you! On our Group Tours, Private Tours or Independent Tours I will bring you in nature, explore the local culture and traditions. Join my tours or come with your own adventure idea, and we will make it happen.

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Food

In spite of industrialisation and globalisation, Baltic peoples have not only managed to maintain their natural surroundings, but also to keep tradition alive. Heavily inspired by nature, many locals devote themselves to the ancient crafts and skills, which are typical of the region. To help ensure a future for their craft and to pass down interest to younger generations, numerous craftsmen now welcome visitors into their homes and workshops for tours and hands-on masterclasses. You could find yourself shaping a loaf of hearty rye bread before sliding it into a wood-fired oven and later devouring a thick slice slathered in hemp spread or honey. You might prefer a guided walk through the fields and forests with a herbalist to explain the properties of local flora, which are used in herbal tea blends and traditional medicine. Or perhaps you’d rather get your hands dirty in a pottery studio? Local wine tasting is a sophisticated option. Though some winemakers have been experimenting with grapes, most Baltic wines are fruit-based. Sparkling rhubarb is a great one to start with.

Sights

The historic centres of all three Baltic capitals are included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List but the cities are far from monotonous. Each has its own distinct character. Riga is the largest city in the Baltics, known far and wide for its Art Nouveau architecture, world class opera house and buzzing Central Market. The neighbourhoods of Kipsala and Agenskalns are no less grand with their 18th – 21st century wooden architecture. You may recognise Tallinn for its fairy tale old town but the city has many more layers, such as the neighbourhood of Kadriorg with its baroque palace and world-renowned contemporary art museum, and the harbour area of Kalamaja with its quaint wooden housing and bohemian spirit. Many visitors descend on Tallinn on a day trip by ferry from Helsinki. As the capital of a predominantly Catholic country, Vilnius boasts remarkable churches. Climb to the top of Gediminas Hill for views of the city’s steeples and ever-changing panorama. For a feel of how the city is developing, visit the creative neighbourhoods of Naujamiestis and Uzupis. Thanks to a new generation of inventive chefs and a reliable supply of quality local produce, Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn are becoming popular foodie destinations. Sample wild mushrooms, birch sap, rhubarb and other humble ingredients transformed into culinary masterpieces.

Local

Travelling to the Baltics is easy thanks to an ever-growing number of flight connections, ferry, bus and rail links. Within the Baltics, a bus and train network makes travel from point to point smooth. However, to dive deeper into the Baltics and get a true taste of what life is like outside major cities, we recommend travelling by car or minibus. Travelling by car in the Baltics gives you the freedom to stop for an invigorating lake swim, dine local at a traditional roadside tavern, roam through historical sites, take a foraging break in the woods or visit rural craftsmen for a guided workshop. Baltic Nature Travel are specialists at creating bespoke itineraries for self drive holidays.

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Trips offered by this Creator

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