Riga is my home in the Baltic States (Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia). Backpacking and hiking in different parts of the world, I discovered that I like to talk about my city and the region’s history, culture, and nature. That is why I started to guide people. Talking about the local culture, traditions, and sights makes me happy and it would be great to share with you my travel ideas and trip plans so you can discover the Baltic States.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"I specialize in planning culture and adventure tours. Do you want to learn about the traditional cooking like smoking fishes, ride bicycle through the country side, visit a local farm and taste home-made food? We know how it’s to be a traveler and to make the travel itinerary so you have the best experience."
How did you get involved in travel?
"After 7 years of experience in planning, leading, and guiding tours I decided to become an entrepreneur to share my passion for adventures and create tours which give guest emotions, knowledge, and understanding. The concept came from my time abroad and what I liked to do in my travels. Usually, I planned an active trip outside the city, visited villages, towns, and I liked to get to know, experience, and understand more about it by visiting museums, nature parks, and artisan workshops. Nowadays, when I plan trips for my guests I think, how I would like the travel experience and how this would fit the guest."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"Hiking 1000 km across on Israel National Trail has been so far the most unique traveling experience I have done. "
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Rich culture and unspoiled nature are the stars of the show on this unforgettable 15-day journey through the Baltic States. Traveling through Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, you'll explore cultural highlights with tours of medieval cities, ancient castles, and fascinating museums. In between, the great outdoors beckons with kayaking, biking, and hiking excursions into a paradise of lakes, forests, and national parks.
Explore one of Europe's most unspoiled corners on this 13-day odyssey through Estonia and Latvia. Setting off from picturesque Tallinn, you'll discover beautiful Baltic landscapes with a blend of cultural tours and outdoor adventures. Tour medieval villages, hike through pristine natural parks, visit fairytale castles, and cycle along the windswept beaches of the Baltic Sea. Your journey comes to an end in Riga, strolling around the atmospheric Old Town and browsing its UNESCO-listed market.
Discover Estonia's many charms on this immersive 10-day tour through historic cities and unspoiled Baltic landscapes. Your journey begins and ends in the capital of Tallinn, where you´ll stroll the cobbled streets of its medieval center and visit stately churches and castles. In between, explore the biodiverse boglands of Lahemaa National Park, catch a ferry to the beaches and windmills of Saaremaa Island, visit the lively university city of Tartu, and skirt the shores of scenic Lake Peipus, Europe's largest trans-boundary lake.
Discover Estonia's charming cities and idyllic countryside on this relaxed, week-long cycling tour. Starting in the capital of Tallinn, wander its medieval Old Town and 18th-century Kadriorg Park before setting off by bike. Cycle through Lahemaa National Park's protected boglands, skirt the shores of scenic Lake Peipsi, and visit the lively bohemian city of Tartu. After exploring the windswept beaches and historic windmills of Saaremaa Island, your adventure ends with one last ride through the bucolic Noatootsi Peninsula.
Over seven days you'll cover the highlights of Latvia, from the medieval capital city of Riga to its gorgeous coastal villages. You'll also stop at unique locales, like abandoned fallout bunkers and former KGB headquarters, that are throwbacks to when Latvia was controlled by Soviet Russia. In between, you'll tour well-preserved castles, cathedrals, and opulent palaces, some of which date back as far as the 13th century.
This week-long trip combines Lithuania's biggest cities with its natural scenery, starting in the lively capital city of Vilnius with a guided walking tour of its historic medieval core. Explore the old town of Kaunas and escape into the countryside with trips to Takai Castle on Lake Galvė and the ancient sites of Kernavė. End your trip in the coastal city of Klaipėda, relaxing and biking along the sand dunes of Curonian Spit.
Recent trip reviews for Valdis
Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania · Latvia - Jul 20 - Jul 29, 2019
Overall we had a good trip. The private guides were all amazing! At times things felt a bit disjointed but our trip coordinator Ieva made herself available via WhatsApp so we could coordinate.