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
Discover the adventurous sides of Latvia and Lithuania on this 13-day journey through two of Europe's hidden gems. Setting out from the bustling capital of Riga, you'll tour romantic medieval towns, immerse yourself in unspoiled Baltic landscapes, and embark on a series of unforgettable outdoor excursions. Explore the biodiverse boglands of Kemeri National Park, cycle along the beaches of the Curonian Spit, kayak past castles on Lake Galve, and end your journey amongst the Baroque grandeur of Vilnius.
Located in Latvia's northeast, the vast Gauja National Park is home to winding rivers, sandstone cliffs, and dense unspoiled forests. On this active week-long itinerary, you'll explore the enchanting capital of Riga before heading into the wilds of the park for a series of unforgettable hikes. In between, you'll explore the medieval gem of Cesis, visit the perfectly preserved 19th-century village of Ligatne, and finish your adventure on the windswept shores of the Baltic Sea.
Home to ancient pine forests, tranquil rivers, and hundreds of interconnected lakes, Lithuania's Aukstaitija National Park is a paradise for kayakers. On this week-long adventure, you'll get your bearings in the capital of Vilnius before heading to Trakai for an afternoon of paddling around its spectacular island castle. Then it's on to the country's oldest national park, where you'll spend four days kayaking through crystal clear waters and discovering a land of riverside villages, grassy islets, and unspoiled nature.
Discover a different side of Europe on this 12-day journey through Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Starting in quirky Helsinki, you'll hop across the Bay of Finland to make your way south through the charming capitals, unspoiled countryside, and rich cultural heritage of the Baltics. Tour Tallinn's medieval streets, spot rare wildlife in Lahemaa National Park, stroll the windswept shores of Lake Peipus, and explore the fairytale castles of Sigulda and Turaida. After sampling the specialties of Riga's famous covered market, your adventure ends in ancient Vilnius, where you'll spend your final evening learning to cook the region's favorite dishes.
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.
Recent trip reviews for Valdis
Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania
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.