The three Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have emerged from the shadow of their USSR past to be among the most popular tourist destinations in Europe today. Once these countries were surrounded in mystery, now they are open for the world to explore.
Though the Baltics comprises three countries, organising the perfect itinerary can take a little bit of planning. Many visiting this incredible region will only plan to visit the capital cities of Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius, which would be a huge mistake. Whilst these 3 capitals are lovely, vibrant and diverse, a visitor should miss the smaller cities and country towns. There is so much more to see and experience in the Baltics that you really should make some time to plan your best route.
Tallinn, Estonia is the most northerly capital of them all, boasting both Germanic and Scandinavian influences, as well as an onion-domed Russian Orthodox Cathedral that will take your breath away, and a beautifully compact Medieval Old Town built on a hill from which you could look out over the Baltic Sea and to Finland beyond. One of Europe's most enchanting cities, Tallinn offers a wonderful mix of medieval and modern, ensuring that you'll find plenty of distractions to fill your itinerary especially in the World Heritage Listed Old Town.
Riga, capital of Latvia is the gem of the Baltics, this charming city will stir you with its Germanic-looking spires and steeples and some of the best examples of Art Nouveau architecture in the world; also resulting in UNESCO making it a World Heritage Site. Located on the Baltic Sea at the mouth of the River Daugava this multicultural city is rich in ancient history and cultural heritage.
Not to be outdone Lithuania's capital, Vilnius will seduce you with its magnificent Baroque and Gothic Churches, rolling green hills and splendid Old Town charm and cobbled streets. Even UNESCO was bewitched, by Europe's largest Baroque Old Town, so much so they made it a World Heritage Site.