Hi Warlord, thank you for sharing your experiences. You’ve been quite helpful in the past as well J
Wow, ok, so you think 5 nights is too much. Hmmm, you’ve given me a lot to think about.
I’ve been please with what I’ve read so far on Tallink-Silja ferries. Linda Line is a definite pass.
I’m glad you mentioned Salaspils in Riga. I hadn’t come across it yet. I would definitely like to visit.
Back to do some research. Thanks again for your help!
In Response to Re: 3 weeks - Helskinki-Tallinn-Riga-Vilnius:[QUOTE]
Well it really depends on what you like to do and see. I found Helsinki to be fairly dull and I was only there for about 2 days and couldn't wait to get out. I didn't find much to see, and everything was very expensive as well.
I took the Tallink-Silja line over to Tallinn, that one had the best prices for the times (in fact had more times than Viking, Linda or Eckeroline) and I got my ticket the day of so no need to book it online (though if you are there for 5 days, than you can get it anytime during your trip. I've heard negative things about Linda Line so avoid that. It will depend on the time you want to leave though. All these may go over early in the morning, but as for me, I wanted to at least go in the early afternoon or late morning and found Eckeroline only had one evening ferry and Viking only had 2 (11:30 and 21:30 times). I found Tallink-Silja to be a bit cheaper leaving at the 14:00 ferry. It's about 2 hours and not that thrilling of a trip, but it still got me into Tallinn at a decent time. I would avoid Linda Line if possible as it frequently gets cancelled due to weather.
It's too bad you can't do the land travel and are flying. It's fun to see the country side and you could have even broken down your trip further to spend less time in all the main cities and more times outside in the smaller towns like Pärnu or Tartu etc. Plus LUX Express was a great bus company, very comfortable, WiFi and great prices. I used Lux Express for the entire trip.
Tallinn was fun, it's a more younger crowd city, but the old town is really fun. I liked it probably better than most other old-tows throughout Eastern Europe and this is one of the cities I'd like to go back to. It's a smaller city though, so 5 days (actually 5 days in any of the cities might be overkill, at least for me it would be). I just liked Estonia the best.
Riga is kind of cool, and visiting Salaspils concentration camp was kind of interesting as not many people go there. Bad thing about Latvia is the price excange for the Lats. It's a pricey city in comparrison to Tallinn and especially to Vilinius. Riga's old town is a decent size, however it is heavily plagued by the Stags that come from Britian. So expect to see a lot of drunk English groups dressed up and such around at all hours of the night. You will get that in Tallinn to a minor degree and Vilnius as well, but Riga seemed to be the hotbed for that. So Old Town isn't that quiet if you are looking for a peaceful sleep. Also near Riga are some castles out in the country in the hills. There are a few that are easily accessible by bus (shouldn't be too long for you, can't recall how long it was). I went to Silgulda, Turida Castle and to Kirmulda/Sanitarium, though I walked to all of them from the bus station, but that's a bit of a walk for some. There are other buses that will take you around to the other castles. But this was a fun trip to do. Another area is C?sis which is a bit further away, but has a castle there and supposedly is nice to see as well.
Vilnius was fun, I liked it and wish I had a longer stay there, but my flight got cancelled and they had me cutting my trip short by a day and night and having to go back to Helsinki which I was not happy about at all. It's by far the cheapest location of your entire trip as well. Old town is ok, but I just liked the feel of Lithuania and would like to try and see Kaunus next time.
Anyways if I were ever to go back, I'd like to hit up Vilnius again and definately little old Tallinn. Those were my favorites and especially since my time in Vilnius was cut short by a day and night. Next time though I'd go see Tartu in Estonia and maybe see C?sis on the way down through Lithuania to Kaunus and back to Vilnius again.
Hope some of this helps you out a bit...
Posted by warlord[/QUOTE]