Baltic States Tour: Advantages of a Self-guided tour

The self-guided tour is to discover new places and try new things.

It's to meet new people, explore unique landscapes, taste different food and beverages. To learn how people do something on the other side of the globe, what jokes they tell, and what they are ashamed of.

Do you like to plan trips on your own? Me, too.

I do it for a living. I do it for myself and my family and friends when we travel together. As a travel planner, you are the one who’s energetic enough to push the group. You keep them fascinated; you encourage them to the next location. I know that feeling very well. When people get used to that, you do all the planning, preparation, and execution of a trip; they just can’t imagine one without you.

To me, it’s a great feeling – if I don’t plan, they’ll simply sit at home. If I do plan, their world opens up. 

Do you like to travel independently?! Let’s see what advantages and possibilities are there on the Baltic States tour.

No set travel schedule

You won’t have to hurry up to be ready at 9 a.m. sharp. You won’t have a guide trampling in to meet you at the gate of your hotel. There’s no set time nor for lunch, neither for the end of the day tour. Freedom of choice can be beneficial if you like to travel on a whim. 

 In this scenario, you have as much time as you want. The Baltic States tour usually includes Vilnius, Trakai, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Riga, Sigulda, and Tallinn. 

If you are on your own, I would also include Druskininkai SPA city, Ignalina Lakes district, beer brewery in Bitzai, this is for a Lithuanian part. In Latvia, I would not skip, Liepaja seaport, Ventspils port and resort town, and Kuldiga waterfalls. In Estonia, you can find a lot of new spots on Saaremaa island and in the University town of Tartu.

No told stories

Since you will not use a guide, you won’t be filled with the extraordinary amount of anecdotes, statistics, local legends, and all the information a valuable guide can give you. 

We live in a world saturated with too much information. Relax! You’re on vacation after all – put your phone on “flight mode” and have a rest.

Many times people undervalue the level of the Baltic travel services and expect to see typical East European countries. Here I have a surprise for you. Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn are absolutely western cities. Each is different and has its own character. And I can assure you that you can comfortably navigate on your own and enjoy the things you see without an escorted tours Baltic States.

Beyond the Guidebook

I am a guide myself, and usually, guides prioritize the significant highlights for the travelers.

I am a guide myself, and usually, guides prioritize the significant highlights for the travelers. But sometimes people want to enjoy simple attractions in simple places. They’ll see something we do not see as guides. 

For example, there are many beautiful National Parks in the Baltic States

Aukštaitija and Žemaityjos National Parks in Lithuania, Gauja, and Razna National Parks in Latvia and Lahemaa and Soomaa National Parks in Estonia. Most guided tours do not include these places. While they are really worth a visit.

 

As an alternative to the big cities, you can enjoy the beautiful little towns and villages.

 In Lithuania, it can be Kedainiai, Anyksciai, or even smaller ones like Prienai and Jonava. Exploring Latvia, you’d enjoy Cesis, Araisi, and Amatciems. In Estonia, it can be Viljandi and Parnu.

Activities and Fun Things to Do on the Baltic States tour

Activities like kayaking, cycling, forest trekking, picking berries, or mushrooms are not part of the guided tours. You can go to golf fields, hunting, fishing, air ballooning, parachuting, learning skills like cooking, painting, knitting, and more.

You can visit numerous art galleries, meet local artists, and learn about their philosophy and lives.

Find the best food experience.

Choose your restaurant, go essential or spring for luxury. Sample Michelin-starred dishes or head to the bistro around the corner from your hotel.

Get around your way. Rent a car and learn the map and plan of the city. Or hop on public transport and master the buses and trams. If you’re driven around by a guide, you’ll likely not remember how you went to places. The Baltic States are well-mapped, and road signs are reliable, so it’s not a problem to find your way around.

Final note

Well, if you want to feel like a king, join Jerulita Travel Baltic States tour, and you learn and experience a lot with our best guides. If you come from far away, we recommend a combination tour with the neighboring countries. Poland and Baltic States tours are perfect historical and cultural combinations. Scandinavia and Baltic tours can be a bit lengthy, but lovely combination as well. Quite a typical extension is to St. Petersburg and Moscow.

Our company has twenty years of experience providing private Baltic tours. We have noticed that an excellent price-value ratio is on small group tours. Whatever you choose – we are here to offer you the best possible service.