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Trip Report Vilnius, Riga, Tallin, Helsinki

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My family went to these cities this summer. We started in Vilnius and went to Trakai castle and the city of Vilnius. We went for a baseball tournament and were entertained there by local families who took us to the most amazing zip-lining and obstacle course I have ever seen. They also took us to a water park which my son described as "way better than Wild Rivers". The Lithuanian people were extremely friendly and relaxed. I loved that there were hardly any tourists anywhere we went.

Riga was an easy bus ride away. it was a small, walkable, gorgeous city. I have always thought of the Baltic states as being difficult to travel to, but they are actually so easy. The restaurants in Riga were plentiful and the food was great everywhere we went.

Tallinn was also an easy bus ride away. Tallinn was a bit more crowded with tourists, especially when the cruise ships were in for the day. But when they left, it returned to a serene, uncrowded, medieval city.

We took the ferry to Helsinki, mostly because we could not get a flight out of Tallinn to get back home. After the Baltic states, Helsinki did not excite us. Perhaps it was because of the early morning ferry or because it wasn't in our original itinerary. It just didn't seem magical like the other countries.

Sorry I don't have a day by day trip report. To summarize, the days were relaxing (we did not have a huge to do list like when you go other places), the food was great, and it was probably the most interesting, easy, relaxing, European vacation I have ever been on. Hotels and food were a bargain compared to Western Europe. I highly recommend the Baltic states!

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