Baltic Odyssey: Monuments, Myths, and Memory - Atlas Obscura Trips
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Photo Credit: Darmon Richter
Photo Credit: Darmon Richter
Photo Credit: Darmon Richter

Baltic Odyssey: Monuments, Myths, and Memory

from $4,715 USD per person for 12 days, 11 nights
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  • 12 People Maximum
  • Moderate Activity Level
  • Road Trip
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Trip Overview

Take a deep dive into Baltic history and culture on this immersive adventure through Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. We’ll travel from Tallinn to Vilnius exploring architectural marvels, abandoned sea forts, and some outrageously pretty towns along the way. We’ll cover everything from ancient traditions to the bunkers, silos, and grand memorial complexes (in addition to two formerly closed cities) left behind in the wake of the Soviet Union. We’ll be accompanied by two expert guides, including Darmon Richter, a British travel writer and Ph.D. researcher with a particular interest in the ideological architecture of Eastern Europe. Over the course of three countries and 12 days, we’ll meet the people who make up this diverse corner of northern Europe on a unique trip that promises to be both visually and intellectually stimulating.

  • Deep dive through Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania
  • Fascinating religious traditions
  • Distinct capital cities: Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius
  • Castles, shrines, prisons, and missile silos
  • Surreal Soviet-era monuments and modernist architecture


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania

Additional Info

Pricing & Single Accommodations

The total cost of this trip is $4,715. For those traveling by themselves, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability, at an additional cost of $765. Please contact us to request a single room.


Sometimes we’ll stay at modern 4-star resorts, while other nights we’ll be immersed in retro hospitality at mid-century modernist hotels (some of these buildings are attractions in their own right!).

Activity Level

This trip is suitable for guests of all ages (18 and above) and is not very physically strenuous—just be sure to pack your walking shoes, your flashlight, and your sense of adventure. Be aware that this tour also involves a good amount of driving time, so dress for comfort.

Arrival & Departure

You should plan to arrive in Tallinn, Estonia by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1 and depart Vilnius, Lithuania anytime on Sunday, July 12. Both cities have well-connected international airports. If you plan to arrive early or stay later, we’re more than happy to help in arranging your accommodation and suggesting activities in either of the two cities.

  • Eleven nights of hotel accommodation.
  • Daily breakfast and four group dinners.
  • All activities and entry fees.
  • The company of two experienced guides on hand throughout.
  • Private transport in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus.
  • Transportation and flights to Tallinn, Estonia and from Vilnius, Lithuania, including airport transfers. Note that this itinerary begins and ends in two different cities (and countries).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including all lunches, seven dinners, and all alcoholic beverages.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • If applicable, applying for visas.
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Upcoming Departures

  • Jul 1–Jul 12, 2020
    from $4,715 per person
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