Tours Karolis (LT) is Doing
Riga–Tallinn Sightseeing Tour Bus
Explore the very best of North-Latvian & South-Estonian countryside on your way to Tallinn.
Karolis is our very own happy camper. He loves nature and spending time in it in good company. This makes him the perfect tour guide for our day trips.
He has studied Biology and Biodiversity. His studies made him aware and curious of everything around him - there are so many stories in the nature that usually remind stories untold: animal tracks, plants used by our ancestors. Karolis believes that our culture is shaped by the nature surrounding us.
Karolis is a fan of challenging himself - he has taken up a 7000km hitchhiking trip, sleeps in a tent if possible and spent weeks at sea to learn things about himself and his surroundings.
On his tours, Karolis will make sure you will find your own stories and connections to the places you visit, all of this spiced with some interesting details about nature and culture.
Explore the very best of South-Latvian & North-Lithuania countryside on your way to Vilnius.
Explore the very best of South-Latvian & North-Lithuania countryside on your way to Riga.
Explore the very best of South-Estonian & North-Latvian countryside on your way to Riga.
This was a great tour - it gave us the opportunity to see places along the way between Riga and Vilnius that we wouldn't otherwise have seen since we were short on time.... the bus was comfortable and since the group was small it was a really enjoyable trip without the 'big group' feeling!
The Riga to Vilnius transfer went without any hick ups. We had an guide/driver, well informed and a former Biologist. A full mini van with splendid and diverse conversation. The trip is long but a great way of getting between the two counties and visiting The Hill of Crosses on the way. Highly recommend.
100% recommended! The tour guide (Carols? not sure how to spell it, but is the guy that studied biology) was great, super friendly and helpful :) and every place we visited was worth it, except where we ate, food was awful! I think nobody liked it. Everything else was perfect.
Karolis is a friendly guide who immediately made us feel at ease, and gave us a lot of interesting information about each stop along the view. The small group of 8 people is a plus: we made friends with almost all of the participants. The time in each stop is adeguate to tour the place and the places themselves are quite interesting and worthy of visit. The general price is honest. I would definitely recommend this tour to other tourists.
The stops were all very nice, and the explanation and cultural discussions were terrific.
Your options from Talinn to Riga are limited and rather than take a long train ride or a dreaded airport visit, I decided to take a Traveller tour van and see some more of the countryside. Karolis, our guide, was fantastic, he was very knowledgeable, and an overall good guy who had a passion for the area. He told stories with heart that were more than just about the sights, but about the people and the emotional history behind them. The van was comfortable, the group I was with was great. Bathroom breaks were not an issue as you're only driving for max two hours at a time. Toward the end of the almost 12-hour excursion, I was more than ready to arrive at my hotel, and some of the stops (the military museum) were a bit dull, to be honest, but again Karolis' stories made them interesting. Truth be told there isn't a whole lot to see on the route, but at least you can say you checked it out. Overall, as a single traveler, I would definitely recommend.
The places we went to were amazing. We spent enough time in each place. The tour guide was helpful and professional.
Great day with a great guide and group of fellow travellers
A great way to see the countryside and places you might not know about along the way from Riga to Tallinn. Our guide was knowledgeable, engaging, and all-around fun to travel with. From the ruins of a Teutonic castle to the quirky military museum to the bobsleigh run it was a packed day. The highlight was a walk through the forest in Gauja National Park. Couldn’t ask for a better way to transit from Tallinn to Riga.
Excellent trip with our very knowledgeable guide Karolis - great to see sights we wouldn't be able to see otherwise and really good to learn a bit about the history and stories behind the places we visited. Really nice to travel with others and share experiences, in a comfortable minibus with big windows. And the lunch in a typical Lithuanian restaurant was delicious.
Loved the first stop. Could have used some conversation while driving the initial 2 hours to the first stop, perhaps some general info on Estonia economy, culture or history. Lunch was delicious. The military museum seemed pointless and the guide did not add much. It's a shame we didn't have more time to hike through the national park, especially since our guide clearly loves nature. The second village was OK. The bobsled was also OK but not great. The guide was sweet but a little awkward. He spoke a bit more about Lithuania and less about Estonia & Latvia
Nice trip with 2 interesting stops in small village. Interesting to see the landscape and nature especially with our guide karolis, who is an nature expert!
It was great to see so many interesting sites and get all the interesting information from our guide.
Well worth the cost, such an excellent way to get from Riga to Vilnius. Karolis was an excellent guide and it certainly doesn't feel like you are spending 12 hours on a bus journey.
I was quite happy with my decision to go on the tour. Karolis (LT) was very knowledgeable about the region, culture, history, and I appreciate hearing them. In addition, he is simply sweet and kind.
It was an excellent experience to go from Riga to Vilnius. The free time given to each attraction was exactly what we needed. Tour guide Karolis was explaining with every detail each attraction and he was able to answer every question while he was really friendly always with a smile despite so many hours of driving and guiding. The restaurant we went was really cosy and cute!!! Thank you for this experience
Our guide Karolis was really friendly and an expert when it comes to flora. He learned me a lot about the environment we traveled through. The trip also gave me the possibility to visit Viljandi, which is the most beautiful place I've seen in Estonia so far (after three visits). The whole trip I've felt really comfortable. Karolis his genuine interest in the motivations of people to visit Riga and Tallinn made the trip really pleasant as well.
I was happy to be able to visit the Latvian and Lithuanian countryside and learn a lot about these two countries at the same time. The car ride was long but that was also how we got to ask questions to know better of the lands. Our guide, Karolis, also told us many jokes that are both funny and informative! I enjoyed this tour a lot and highly recommend it.
With Karolis as our guide we set off on time and made the short journey to our first stop. By this time we were all chatting about our different experiences in the Baltics and looking forward to discovering more. The stops do vary but we visited the prison camp, mountain of crosses, a palace of the lover of one of the Romanov daughters and finally the old town of Kaunas. Our fellow travellers parted in great spirit and whilst a little weary from the journey far more aware of both Latvia and Lithuania. Great trip, very charming and knowledgeable guide and would recommend the experience to young and old alike.
If you have the time make sure to take this tour as it will take you through the Estonian and Lan Feehan countryside and introduce you to some of the past from these two countries. In addition the tour guides her fantastic, Good drivers and very knowledgeable about the region. Highly recommend!
We had a wonderful, relaxed yet informative journey from Vilnius to Riga. 5 guests from Asia, Australia, North America plus our driver and guide Karolis from Lithuania (Europe). Karolis kept us informed with in-depth discussions and historical background on each stop, while keeping us on time. And he allowed enough free time to explore at each stop as well, which I greatly appreciated.
Karolis was great. Very knowledgeable and a really good bloke. Really enjoyed the day. All the stops were decent though Hill of Crosses the highlight. Only issue was trying to get the pick up point details which included 2-3 phone calls the day before. 2 or 3 out of 5 for the admin. 5 for the guide and tour.
What a nice way to travel from point A to point B! Our guide, Karolis, was funny, enthusiastic...he shared touching personal stories about his family. I would highly suggest this as a way to explore the Baltic countryside!
11 hours, 4 stops, 2 countries, one super guide! I would recommend to everyone that wants to discover the 2 cities this transport option. Great feeling - green countryside, blue sky and interesting fact about history
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. What a perfect way to travel from one city to another and see and experience several major sights along the way. The tour was very well organized, the insight of the guide was fantastic, and the day really enriched our understanding of both countries that we traveled in. We highly recommend this tour!
We took the tour from Vilnius to Riga. Our guide was fun and provided lots of interesting facts. Would definitely do it again.
The travel from Tallinn to Riga was pleasurable and educational. Our guide, Karolis, was informative about the history of the area( and he has masters degree in Biology). Overall the trip was comfortable and we saw the countryside. We were able to connect with few others on the trip and had fun for next 3 days in Riga.
All the people on the bus were thinking 12 hours is a long time. All the people on the bus were surprised how quickly the time went. The guide was very good, the stops were nicely paced, there was a good variety of places visited. A maximum of 8 people kept the experience more personal than a lager group and there was time allowed to do your own thing. Much more interesting than taking the 'normal' bus. I can only see this trip growing in popularity.
This was a fabulous way to travel from Vilnius to Riga (or vice versa). We got to see more of Lithuania in a small group of 7 without having to plan anything extra. We had a great bunch of interesting travellers , who were open to chatting and lots of laughs. Our guide, Karolis, has a dry sense of humour, which matched our group perfectly. Highly recommended if travelling this route is part of your itinerary.
Great way to travel from Vilnius to Riga. Karolis, our driver and guide, was enthusiastic and enjoyed showing us his beautiful country of Lithuania. The trip was well organised and we, a group of travellers covering all age groups, enjoyed our experience.
This tour is a great way to see more of Lithuania and Latvia than just the big cities, while travelling between them. Karolis was a fantastic guide - friendly, funny and very knowledgeable about the history and biology of the region. And having just 8 travellers made it a fun and manageable touring experience. I was especially glad to visit the Hill of Crosses, which would have been difficult to do independently, and my only criticism of the itinerary was that Trakai Castle was removed after we had already booked the tour. I think it would be more interesting to include Trakai and leave out Kauna. Overall it was a worthwhile tour though and I would recommend it to anyone needing to travel between Vilnius and Riga.
The countryside in the spring was really beautiful with yellow canola fields, blue skies and storks flying above. I was wowed by the gardens at Rundle Palace. Not something that I expected to see in Latvia. I booked the tour to see the hill of crosses and was not disappointed. Our guide was really warm-hearted and funny. It was more about the experience and less about the detailed history. He was really good at making us all feel at ease and connecting with a bunch of strangers. I would have preferred to arrive in Vilnius a bit sooner and skip out on our last stop as we we all tired and hungry by 9pm with only big lunch in our tummies but no supper. Bring along a granola bar would be my recommendation. Overall, loved it and would recommend it!
Very friendly guide who told us interesting stories, familiar atmosphere (small group), it was a perfect day. Recommended to everyone who wants to make the journey from Budapest to Vienna unforgetable.
Tour was relaxing fun and educational
The tour was really nice. I learnt a lot about the country and the culture. The tour guide was lovely.
We both really enjoyed this tour: the selection of places to stop was excellent and the tour guide both knowledgeable and entertaining. This is a great way of adding value to the trip between Vilnius and Riga.
Excellent friendly driver/guide. Stopped at all the interesting places between Riga and Vilnius. Ample time and explanation at stops. Lunch stop was at a great hotel. Great job!
Our guide Karolis was a superfriendly guide who drove us on time to several beautiful destinations between Lithuania and Latvia. If you would like to see both countries without your own car, book this tour!
The tour was very nice and our guide very kind and relaxed. He told us many intetesting details about The Baltics and was very enthusiastic. Nice lunch place also.
We took the Vilnius-Riga tour for a chance to explore the Lithuanian and Latvian countryside instead of a direct but dull bus - and we weren't disappointed. Karolis was a brilliant guide, very friendly and knowledgeable about all the places we visited and the region in general. The tour managed to pack a lot in without feeling too exhausting. Trakai Castle was a particular highlight but loved every bit of it - a beautiful part of the world and we are very glad we visited!
The guider is really enjoying what he is doing that where the naturality as a guider. The best way for Riga-Vilnius while stopping at places to go with details explanation of the places and country.
5 stops, each different, well picked up and very interesting. If you can see the nature, historical towns or some Soviet era past, I can fully recommend. Our gide Karolis from Lituania gave the tour a real "all-Baltic" spirit, also with his knowledge and good humour.
Good to have some stop-overs during the long hours of usual driving route. Local guides tell local stories along the way. The group size is just right.
Karolis was a great guide who clearly enjoys his job. It was great seeing so many sites between Tallinn and Riga that I wouldn't make it to otherwise.
Intially I was going to take the train until I stumbled on this trip. I am so glad I did this. Do not let the 12 hours duration put you off. The pace was surprisingly relaxing and time flew by. The stops were well spaced out and it was good to stretch the legs from time to time. There were many options for lunch and it was delicious. Lunch was pre-ordered before we arrived so that kept us on schedule. Karolis was entertaining and knowledgeable. Our trip was slightly less than 12 hours but I didn't mind as Karolis picked up on the collective vibe of tiredness in our group of 6. He added his own personal touch which make it memorable.
Very interesting tour with a nice guide. I recommend !
It’s great to combine sightseeing with getting me from Riga to Tallinn
It’s great to combine sightseeing with getting me from Vilnius to Riga.
Excellent private tour from Tallinn to Riga, everything was perfect and interesting: the organization, the place we visited, the spacious minibus, the excellent restaurant, and many fun moments. Special thanks to Karolis, our guide, he is a good guide and driver and he was very helpful, knowledgeable and pleasant. Regards, Marco
We had a fantastic day out with the added bonus of getting to our final destination (Vilnius). The 5 stops are very interesting and Karolis, our guide was very knowledgable about both countries - his passion is Lithuania though ;) He pointed out interesting things on the way and we had the added bonus that he is a biologist who knows much about the flora and fauna. The small group suited us perfectly and we had fun!! I can recommend Karolis - safe driver and a fun guide.
I enjoyed this tour from Riga to Tallinn. The only negative was the weather, which is obviously beyond your control (it rained at times during the day). The stops were interesting, and I enjoyed talking to Karolis (the guide) and the other travellers. Karolis did a great job as guide, with his knowledge of the sites, and was also a careful driver.
We really did enjoy that trip, our guide was lovely and as we were seating next to him we talked a lot about the countries and the culture. We loved the walk in the national park and the two cities of Cesis and Viljandi, we could have stayed there longer. The military museum was less interesting for us.
The tour from Riga to Vilnius was simply superb. Our guide Karolis was very knowledgeable and interpersonal and we were very happy with his company. Thank you, Karolis!
Very nice tour with interesting stops (hill of crosses) and many facts about the history of Latvia and Lithuania.
It's a no-brainer. Completly worth your money if you are to travel between the two baltic countries capitals. Taking this tour bus is a great idea and concept, and I can only imagine how boring would it be to travel from Tallin to Riga (or vice-versa) before this option was available. This is what travelling is all about. Meeting other like minded travellers, discovering such different places as a military museum, a beautiful forest or a medieval city, listening to interesting stories and legends about local folklore, and overall making good use of your time! The tour guide was kind, amiable and also hilarious (Thank you Karolis!). I couldn't expect more. I had a great time and arrived at my destination on time and with a day full of good experiences. Surely an option to try again if the opportunity arises.
I liked the stops along the way, But maybe we should be given the option to actually use the bobsled as opposed to just visit the track. Cesis town was my favorite. Our tour guide was flexible and caring. He drove carefully and attentive. The only think I would change is the choice of restaurant for lunch. It was not an authentic restaurant but a hotel restaurant which to me doesn’t align with the feel of the trip. Everyone that was taking this tour in our van were experienced travelers looking for cool experiences. I think a more traditional place will be more appreciated. A special thank you to our tour guide which showed us “city people” how to pick blueberries! I never tasted any blueberries as good as those. I think we all felt it was super awesome to do. We looked like little kids picking and eating blueberries from the shrubs. :-)
Our guide was very resourceful. He was full of interesting information that he shared with us along the way. His wide ranging background really added to our experience. He was able to give us insightful comments on the geology, geography, social history, and ecology of the Baltics as we went along. It added greatly to our Baltic experience. The lunch food and venue was stunning. In addition, our guide shared some local foods with us. I can wholeheartedly recommend this tour, with no reservations!!
We had a fantastic time on our tour with our knowledgeable and friendly guide Karolis. The sights were unique and interesting (particularly Gauja National Park). Karolis was really knowledgeable about the plants and animals of the region, and we enjoyed getting to learn about local biodiversity. Plus the van was a very comfortable ride!
I highly recommend this tour! Our guide Karolis was terrific... Excellent, safe driver, and very passionate about his work. I loved the sandstone cliffs and forest walk, as well as the stops in the medieval cities and the walk down the bobsleigh track! As other reviewers have stated, do not let the 12-hour length of this tour keep you from signing up for the experience. The time flies with the interesting stories from the guide and the wonderful stops. Unforgettable day!
Hong-Kong, Phillipines and Germany in one bus for 12 hours and we had fun right from the beginning! Learn something about history of the Baltics while travelling from Tallinn to Riga and see towns, castles and nature park! Karolis our guide was wonderful, drove carefully, took good care of us and gave interesting information on every stop while not boring us with lectures and knowledge. Just perfect, strongly recommended! Thanks!
It was very nice and a very efficient way of traveling from Tallinn to Riga. The stops were very interesting and it was a great way for tourists to see other parts of the country and not only the capital. Karol, our guide was extremely nice and very friendly and looked after us very well. Highly recommend!
This tour is a convenient way to get from one city to the next and learn/see some things along the way - though it does make for a long day. Our guide, Karolis was very knowledgeable and interesting to talk to. He really knows his nature so he was able to give much more insight during the short hiking portion. I enjoyed most aspects of the tour but I could have passed on the military museum. The history is interesting but the entire museum was in Estonian so besides Karolis’ explanation there wasn’t much to engage with. I would have rather used that time to visit another place or even have a short guided walk at our destination. The other locations are quite nice though - especially Viljandi. All in all, I would recommend the tour - just bring snacks and be prepared for a long day!
Guide was very friendly and had a lot informatins
A great experience. A very peaceful and kind guide. He gave us a lot of information about plants in the Gauja parc as he is a biologist.
Wonderful ride/tour from Tallin to Riga. On time, interesting stops, and very educational. Excellent guide. Worth the time.
Our guide was Karolis who we also had on tour from Tallinn to Riga so knew we would be well looked after and he would be informative about history and culture. We set off promptly with five other travellers from other continents, besides myself and my partner. The others’ lives and backgrounds were very interesting to listen to which made the trip more enjoyable. We stopped at a memorial, then a palatial garden, the previous capital of Lithuania, the Hill of Crosses and finally Trakai Castle early evening. We walked around the exterior of the castle which we accessed crossing bridges as it is surrounded by water. Beautiful place which Karolis knew well. Lunch was at an equestrian centre where we saw horses being ridden. Food was preordered and good quality and reasonably priced. It was a lovely tour and would thoroughly recommend, great guide too.
The journey started promptly at agreed time,. There were three other travellers on the tour from Texas besides me and my partner. Our guide was Karolis who was very attentive, informing us about places we stopped and answering questions about culture, history etc. We stopped an old town with great views over a river, at a museum of military vehicles, , walked around a medieval town which was preparing for a festival, walked to limestone cliffs by a river In woods which was lovely as it was a hot day and lastly visited a toboggan run, being able to walk down the top section. We stopped for lunch in a pleasant restaurant having preordered our food which was tasty and reasonably priced. All together we had a fun and interesting day, visiting places we wouldn’t have seen if caught a direct bus and able to chat to other travellers. A brilliant day with a great guide.
Karolis was great. Knowledgeable, funny, engaging. And he is an excellent driver. The itinerary was well balanced in terms of types of activitues and number. Thanks for the adventures!
Our guide Karolis is a young and energetic guide. He tried to do his best to make the trip comfortable and interesting. He is very kind and try to explain in details on the tour points. Unfortunately the weather is bad. So I put the overall rating as 4 stars. I believe under good weather condition, the tour will be rated as 5 stars.
Tour was well organized from the greeting at Tallinn to the guide and the car. Enjoyed learning about the history of this part of the world. The 5 stops were well placed and informative. My favorite was the town of Ceres and the stop at the bob track. Lunch was at a great restaurant and the selection and quality of the lunch was top class. Our guide Karel/Karolis (not sure I spelled this correctly!) from Lithuania was great and had nice stories about the history of the Baltic countries. Definitely a highly recommended trip!
Greatest way I’ve travelled between two cities ever.. so glad I booked this tour.. got to see so much more of the two countries than I would in a normal coach trip. The guide was attentive and knowledgeable, really friendly too. Thank you!!
The guide was a friendly young man doing his best. Unfortunately his English was not so good. As a driver he seemed to have trouble shifting gears. Finally he had a strong smell of sweat over him, every passenger noticed that...
Unfortunately, after reading other reviews, our expectations of this tour were high and they were not met. The weather didn’t help as we could not make one stop due to incessant rain and the short stroll in the National Park was pretty miserable. However, the other three stops were fairly irrelevant. There was nothing to see at the bobsleigh track and the military museum was nothing more than a glorified antique shop, selling war medals to people who didn’t earn them. The medieval town was pretty but again, had very little to see.it was definitely not worth dedicating 12 hours to seeing. Our guide was friendly and very open to questions but his inexperience was obvious. The lunch we chose was delicious but overall, we definitely would not be recommending this trip.