Saturday, 16 April 2011

Planning a Baltic Odyssey



The Train
We're thinking about our travel plans for this year, and somehow the idea of taking trains and ferries around the Baltic has captured my imagination.

My first attempt at an itinerary is to fly to Warsaw (Poland), take the train to Vilnius (Lithuania) via Sestokai, then another train to Riga (Latvia) via Daugavpils, either another train or a ferry to Tallinn (Estonia) and then the ferry from Tallinn to Stockholm (Sweden). Anyone who's been here a while knows how much I love trains and boats, so I'm sure you can see why it appeals to me. With two or three nights in each city, we should be able to build a great two-week trip. We might be taking Andy's mum with us, so we also need to make sure we come up with something that's suitable for all of us.

I've been to Tallinn before and really liked it, but the others are all cities which are new to me, and my only travel in the area is limited to the Tallinn-Helsinki ferry. If anyone has any tips, I'd love to hear from you.

The picture is the train we took from Mongolia to China on our honeymoon.

10 comments:

Lilian Nattel said...

I'm a train person too. I love the way you travel, though, because I'm so much more of a homebody.

Debbie said...

I haven't done a train trip but I've always wanted to. I think it would be fantastic.

Expats Again said...

Love the itinerary and the comfort of trains and boats. Be sure to take lots of pics to share with us.

Rachel said...

Looking forward to seeing where you go - it's not an area we know at all!

Charlotte said...

Ohhhh, I'm so jealous of this trip you are planning. Sounds wonderful. I've also always been a big fan of train travel. It's a romantic and fascinating way to see surrounding countryside.

Brady said...

Keep up the good writing!

Elizabeth Braun said...

I haven't been to that part of Europe at all - yet, but I agree with you about boats and trains. Not only do you really *see* things (what do you see on a plane, but clouds and daft films??), and that's why Sir often likes to get the bus in London as opposed to the Tube when we're there, but it's more challenging to deal with surface travel. Airports are the same everywhere and all the attendants speak English. Boring! Surface travel is a much more 'real' experience.

Look forward to hearing more about your trip. Wish we could travel this year, esp. as I seem to be getting a bit stronger at last, but we're still undersmployed and can't afford it.=(

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

Happy adventures and godspeed!

CK said...

Oh my goodness! just a little jealous... just a little...

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

It is such fun planning trips :)

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