Best of the Baltics: Treasures of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

On a comprehensive journey to the three Baltic capitals, learn about Tallinn, Vilnius and Riga’s tumultuous histories and experience the cultural gems this region has to offer.
Rating (4.83)
Program No. 23225RJ
12 days
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At a Glance

Few places know “bounce-back” like the Baltic States. For almost 50 years, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania hid under the shadow of Soviet rule until declaring their independence in 1990. Slowly but surely, each regained its footing and developed its own identity. With local experts, explore each of the Baltics’ colorful capitals and learn what makes them extraordinary. In Estonia, discover the Baltics’ oldest capital, Tallinn. Latvia’s Riga, the largest of the three capitals, is a complete architectural treasure. Last but not least, venture to Lithuania and explore Vilnius, one of Europe’s cultural gems. Experience the welcoming spirit of the locals in all three capitals on the learning adventure of a lifetime.

Extend Your Adventure

This program offers an optional program extension.

Extension: Highlights of Helsinki

Explore Finland’s hub for culture and design in the fascinating capital of Helsinki as you explore unique architecture, an innovative library, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and more.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 3 miles per day, standing for up to 2 hours on field trips. Many cobbled streets in city centers, some hilly and uneven terrain in rural areas.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the unbelievable architecture of Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius as you walk through their Old Towns and historic landmarks with local experts.
  • Immerse yourself in the different cultures through musical performances and by meeting local families.
  • Learn about the Baltic States’ political, economic and geographical position through fascinating lectures from university professors.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Dedalus Book of Lithuanian Literature
by Almantas Samalavicius (ed.)
The Baltic Revolution
by Anatol Lieven
Northern Shores: A History of the Baltic Sea and its Peoples
by Alan Palmer
The Baltic Story: A Thousand-Year History of Its Lands, Sea and Peoples
by Caroline Boggis-Rolfe
Latvia: A Short History
by Mara Kalnins
Yiddish Civilisation
by Paul Kriwaczek
Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania
by Eyewitness Travel
Estonia: A Modern History
by Neil Taylor
Peasant and Lord in the Process of Transition from Feudalism to Capitalism in the Baltics: An Attempt of Interdisciplinary History
by Juhan Kahk
Coup de Grace
by Marguerite Yourcenar
Everything is Wonderful: Memories of a Collective Farm in Estonia
by Sigrid Rausing
A Concise History of the Baltic States
by Andrejs Plakans

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