Researching the best way to make my way from Estonia into Latvia led me onto this tour – the Tallinn to Riga sightseeing bus.
At 55 euros it was a fair bit more in price than your normal A to B bus ticket however, I figured how often are you in the Baltics right?
Might as well see as much as I can along the way!
Using a small mini van there’s only capacity for about 8 people and my group consisted of two middle aged American couples and a couple other solo female travellers, like myself.
Our guide Martin was knowledgable, friendly and willing to answer any questions about both countries we’d be stepping foot in that day.
All up the trip was around 12 hours therefore, it is a long day but I felt for the amount we saw that the price and journey is justifiable.
Taking in a ‘military theme park’ in Valga, which was really a few old Soviet trucks and cars, the charming towns of Viljandi and Cessis, sandy cliffs of Sietiņiezis and the bobsled track of Sigulda (which I believe is still in use, although there were some Latvians filming a music video on it when we went!) there was no shortage of different scenery.
A highlight for a lot of us was also having a go on a traditional Estonian swing or kiik. I can’t remember the exact origin but I think they were created as a pastime back in the day but now it’s actually a sport. People get some serious air on these things and the best part is that so many people can go on it at once – it’s great fun!
The sightseeing tour is one way and we ended up in Riga that evening, pretty tired from the drive and amount of things we got up to as we bumped our way on Latvian roads (which aren’t the best and under a lot of construction).
Overall, I’d say if you too have come across this tour and are considering it as a way to get between Tallinn and Riga then definitely give it a go.
It’s a nice option to break up what would otherwise be just another bus journey and you really do get to see a lot along the way with a local. This is the site to book if any one is interested to learn some more and see some of the other tours on offer by Traveller.
Lastly, a final selection of some more snaps from the day!