Thursday, 14 July 2011

Our Baltic Route

By the time you read this, I should be almost home. I have a hundred stories forming in my head - all competing for space in my mind, competing to be written, competing to be blog-worthy. There'll be time for all that once I'm curled up comfortably on my own sofa again. Likewise the thousands of photos I need to sort, process, and upload.

As I write this (on Sunday) I'm sitting in a hotel room in Lithuania, almost at the end of our trip. So you'll have to make do with a route plan sketched in 'paint' on my little laptop.

Our final route wasn't very different to my initial ideas, but we managed to reduce the number of flights to nil (ideal since I'd just come off a longhaul flight home from Portland) and we're doing the sections on land by a combination of trains and coaches. There was also some influence from practical considerations: for instance, there was a three-nights-for-two offer at the hotel in Tallinn where I wanted us to stay, so staying for two nights would have been certifiably daft.

This, then, was our final itinerary:

  • Stroud to London to Harwich by train

  • Harwich to Esbjerg (Denmark) by ferry, overnight

  • Esbjerg to Copenhagen by train

  • Copenhagen to Malmo (Sweden) by train

  • Malmo to Stockholm by train, overnight

    • One night in Stockholm

  • Stockholm to Tallinn (Estonia) by ferry, overnight

    • Three nights in Tallinn

  • Tallinn to Riga (Latvia) by coach

    • Two nights in Riga

  • Riga to Daugavpils by train

    • One night in Daugavpils

  • Daugavpils to Vilnius (Lithuania) by coach

    • Two nights in Vilnius

  • Vilnius to Warsaw (Poland) by coach

    • One night in Warsaw

  • Warsaw to Amsterdam (Netherlands) by train, overnight via Germany

  • Amsterdam to Hook of Holland by train

  • Hook of Holland to Harwich by ferry, overnight

  • Harwich to London to Stroud by train

More detail in due course. (Soon, I promise.)


Slamdunk said...

Wow, sounds like quite an adventure. I hope you get some time to relax and recover.

Elizabeth Braun said...

Now that trip will add a few countries to your list! Looking forward to reading more. We won't be able to to afford travel for a few years now really as we'll be living on a £16K per year studentship for 4 years whilst Sir does his PhD!

Are you like me and keep an 'Idea Book' to scribble down all your ideas and outlines ready for such a time as you might be able to follow them up?

Anonymous said...

Safe journey home - and we'll look forward to hearing about your adventures in due course!

Charlotte said...

Awwww, what a fun adventure this sounds like :) Can't wait to hear all the stories. And yes, safe travels on your way back home, girl! XOXO

Rabbit Hole Report said...

That is some serious travel stamina, Rachel! I can only imagine how many stories and photos you've gathered along the way. Wishing you the best with your homecoming and post-processing. :)

Kimberly said...

Sounds like so much fun, and what an adventure.

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

Brilliant trip! I actually prefer taking ferries and trains to flying and you get to see so much more.

I look forward to hearing more of your adventures.

Thanks for the compliment on my photos :-) Have a lovely weekend xo

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Sounds like such a great trip Rachel! What a fun adventure.

A Cuban In London said...

That is some adventure you've just been in. What I liked about it the most was that it didn't require flying. Hooray! Great. I can't wait to read your posts about your trip.

Greetings from London.

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