|Subject: Re: Summer Plans?|
We are on the last preparations for our visit in the Baltic States.
Next sunday we will go to Vilnius in Lithuania (via New York and Helsinki).We will stay 5 nights in Vilnius.We will visit the city and make day trip to Trakai.
After Vilnius,we will make a stay of 2 nights in Kaunas.To go there we will take a bus or a train. We will spend 4 days in Klaipeda on the coastline of the Baltic Sea. The are many sand dunes in the region so it is called the "Sahara of Lithuania".The fastest way to go to Klaipeda is the bus from Kaunas.
We will go to Riga in Latvia on a 6 hours bus ride.We will spend 3 nights in Riga.
From Riga it will be an other bus ride to Sigulda in the Gauja River Valley.(we could also take a train?)This part of Latvia is called the Switzerland of Latvia".From Sigulda we will make day trips to Cesis and Valmiera.
To go to Estonia we have to go back to Riga and take an evening bus to Tartu (ride of 4 hours)
We will finish our visit in Tallinn, from where we will leave to come back to Canada (june 29th).
We used 2 travel books for our planning:Lonely Planet The best of the Baltics and "Le Petit FutÚ Pays Baltes".
We have found accomodations in Guest Houses and small hotels for 40 to 45 Euros on average by night.Unfortunately in Riga we have a room with shared bathroom...
If anybody have tips or comments we will be happy to read them.
Marc Hawey CÚcile Gareau Quebec city (counting beddy-byes before departure...)