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. "
Featured trips & expertise
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.
Discover Estonia's culture and history by exploring its cities, starting in the capital of Tallinn with a guided tour of its medieval core and sprawling Kadriorg Park with Russian-inspired architecture. Head inland and explore the bohemian university city of Tartu, home of the renowned Estonian National Museum. End your trip on the shores of Lake Peipus learning about the Russian Orthodox Old Believers community, then relax on the sandy beaches of Pärnu on Estonia's west coast.
Discover the traditional brews of Lithuania on this beer tour, starting in Vilnius with a day trip to Trakai Castle on Lake Galve. Explore the Biržai Region where traditional brewing methods still dominate the market, learning about this rich history in the beer museum of Biržai Fortress. End the trip in Lithuania's old capital of Kaunas for two brewery tours at STUMBRAS Brewery and Genys Brewing Company, plus a visit to the quirky Devil's Museum.
This trip through Latvia starts in Riga, touring the medieval Old Town, the Central Market, and the Latvian National Opera and Ballet House, and ending with a traditional dinner with folklore dancing. You'll then explore the country's rural landscapes with visits to waterfalls and caves in the town of Kuldīga, as well as the preserved Bauska Castle and the palaces of Rundāle and Jelgava. End your trip in Jūrmala, a seaside resort where you'll ride bikes along the beach and swim in the sea.
This adventure into the Baltic states takes you through Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, where you'll explore medieval cities and take nature excursions to national parks. You'll also visit Lake Peipus, one of Europe’s largest lakes, and tour coastal villages plus take a road trip down the long and narrow Curonian Spit. Other highlights include Trakai Castle, the Hill of Crosses, and even a craft beer tasting.
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.