Legendary World Traveler Bill Altaffer Leads 2014 Baltics & Finland Tour
At last look, California’s Bill Altaffer is #5 on the web site. (In 2005, he was named #1.) Bill has organized and led, through MIR, countless special tours, from the backwaters of China, Turkey, and Russia to the sky-high Pamir Highway in Tajikistan.
Bill Altaffer in Star City, Russia’s premier cosmonaut training facility
Photo credit: Bill Altaffer
Capturing the Spirit of TravelThis year, Bill is leading a 20-day tour organized through MIR of Finland, Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania from August 22-September 10, 2014. As owner of Expedition Photo Travel, this septuagenarian ski instructor is a black-diamond expert at finding and capturing magical travel moments and unforgettable destinations, including more than 111 of the nearly 1,000 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Restored island castle of Trakai, Lithuania
Photo credit: Michel Behar
Highlights of this year’s 2014 Finland/Baltics tour include six UNESCO sites, such as the Old Town capitals of Tallinn, Estonia; Riga, Latvia; and Vilnius, Lithuania; as well as the natural beauty of the Curonian Spit. Windmills, the “Hill of Witches,” the “Hill of Crosses,” and the Amber Museum are featured photo ops as well.
The Hill of Crosses is a place of pilgrimage in Lithuania
Photo credit: Brian Seifipour
Traveling the WorldJust as there are “extreme athletes,” so there are “extreme travelers,” and Bill easily fits into this elite category. According to the Most Traveled People web site, there are 874 “countries, territories, autonomous regions, enclaves, island groups, and major states and provinces.” Bill has made it to more than 111 of them, and counting.
Estonia’s Song Festival Grounds was site of the 1988 “Singing Revolution,” leading to the end of Soviet rule
Photo credit: Jaak Nilson/Estonian Tourist Board
Travel to Finland and the Baltics with MIRYou don’t need to be a photography buff or digital photo geek to enjoy this tour. Just know that with Bill, you’ll be certain that he’ll point out the best shots and photo ops along the way. Here’s part of what one traveler said about one of Bill’s trips with MIR:
“[It’s] one of the best trips I have ever taken. An amazing combination of spectacular scenery, really nice people, truly varied experiences in every way. …Words can’t express it. It was magic and the memories are indelibly etched in my mind.” – M. Smith, Central Asia’s Five ‘Stans and Pamir Highway with Bill Altaffer and Expedition Photo Travel (September, 2010)
Join this special MIR tour to Finland and the Baltics with Bill Altaffer in August 2014. After all, anyone who’s filled more than a dozen passports – so far – must know a thing or two about “happy travel trails!”
If this tour date doesn’t work for you, consider other travel options to the Baltics, along with custom private journeys.
(Top photo credit: Peter Guttman)
PUBLISHED: June 19, 2014