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Valdis Čeičs

Riga is my home in the Baltic States (Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia). Backpacking in different parts of the world, I discovered that I like to talk about my city and the region’s history, culture and nature. Guiding people and showing them the local culture, traditions and sights makes me happy and I like that I get to show people around this incredible undiscovered jewel – 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?

"It all started in childhood going on family trips and skiing tours with my father. After graduating from the high school I chose tourism as my study field and committed to be a professional tour guide. In year 2012 started to organize and guide “Riga Free tour” but soon I started do city tours, bicycle tours and escort travels in the neighboring countries like Lithuania and Estonia, . But I always wanted to go for long walks, bike rides in wilderness and to show the local culture and nature. So with a group of friends came an idea to establish Baltic Nature Travel and to brings the guests behind the curtain and the off the beaten track. We can organize for you accommodation in small villages and country side where only few international guests arrive due to the language barrier and lack of information. Our travel escorts and tour guides are educated and experienced and with love will present you the sights and local culture."

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Gauja National Park in Latvia
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The festival grounds
Tallinn Song and Dance Festival - July 2019 - 5 Days

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Trakai castle at winter
Highlights of the Baltic States - 10 Days

Tour the highlights of the Baltic States on this packed 10-day trip. Visit the capital cities of Riga, Vilnius, and Tallinn, explore beautiful nature in Samogitia National Park, and relax on the white sand beaches of the Curonian Spit. Tour the fairytale Trakai Castle, wander around medieval streets and go shopping in the massive Riga Central Market, housed inside five former Zeppelin airship hangars.

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Recent trip reviews for Valdis

Annette

Latvia, estonia, lithuania , Latvia - Jul 20 - Jul 29, 2019

Traveler: Annette P. - Local specialist: Valdis Čeičs

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.