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Tartu, Estonia – 2024 European Capital of Culture

Spoiler alert – Estonia’s cute and compact capital Tallinn isn’t the country’s only cultural metropolis. Enter second city Tartu, the southern university city, so long under the northern counterpart’s shadow. As Tartu prepares to enter 2024 as a European Capital of Culture, with a packed program of edgy and eye-catching events, it’s an excellent time to immerse yourself in the fascinating southern Estonian region.

Low Food Miles: The City Restaurants Embracing the Natural Bounty of the Baltics

The natural bounty from the cold-water seas, rivers and forests has fed the people of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia for centuries. Realising the best way to keep food miles low is to embrace the cooking techniques and traditional ingredients of their ancestors, innovative farm-to-table restaurants have cropped up in Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn, creating a sustainable food scene akin to Scandinavia’s New Nordic movement.

Go Urban, Go Green: Sustainable City Breaks

Is it possible to have your city break abroad and still be a responsible traveller? Laura Gelder looks for ways to go green on an urban holiday. Gone are the days when we can feel smug for hopping on a low cost carrier on a Friday night after work (mini bottle of warm Prosecco in hand), spending the weekend in another country’s capital – exploring, bar-crawling, eating exciting food – and popping back in time for work on Monday morning.

Community Tourism: Get Involved

The phrase ‘community tourism’ is increasingly heard in travel, but what does it actually mean? Community tourism needs to relate to localised ownership of a project or property, to fair pay, to gender equality, to the maintenance of traditional culture (unadulterated and not simply performed in song and dance shows), and to ecological integrity.

5 Places to Visit for Animal Conservation

Embark on a thrilling adventure into the heart of animal conservation as we unveil the top five destinations that promise a transformative experience for both wildlife enthusiasts and nature advocates alike. From the lush rainforests of Borneo to the breathtaking biodiversity of Costa Rica, the mystic allure of Thailand, the untamed wilderness of Malawi, and the awe-inspiring savannas of Uganda, each destination beckons with its unique charm and dedication to preserving the planet’s most extraordinary creatures.

By Rail: UK to Vilnius, Lithuania Return

Embark on an unforgettable rail journey, the low-carbon way, from London through the heart of Europe as we kickstart our Sustainable Journeys adventure en route to The Baltics, stopping in Brussels, Warsaw before arriving in Vilnius, Lithuania. From Vilnius you’ll join The Baltics by Electric Car trip. Then, if you’d rather not fly, take the slow environmentally kinder way home leaving Tallin and stopping over in Stockholm, Hamburg and Brussels on your way back to London.