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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 per person for 12 days, 11 nights
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  • Max Group Size: 12
  • Moderate
  • Road Trip

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.

Highlights
  • 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

Itinerary

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.

Additional Info

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.

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.

Accommodation

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!).

Dates and Prices

Jul 01–Jul 12, 2020
The total cost of this trip is $4,715. A $500 deposit is required to hold your space. The deposit is non-refundable after three days. The final payment of $4,215 will be due by April 2, 2020. All reservations will be final after this date and subject to our cancellation policy. By submitting your deposit, you agree to the trip’s Terms & Conditions. For travelers wishing to have single accommodations during the trip, an additional $765 will be due at the time of the final payment.
Included
  • 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.
Excluded
  • 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.
Shared Room
$4,715 per person
Single Room
$5,480 per person
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