18 days in Latvia, Lithuania & Estonia Itinerary

18 days in Latvia, Lithuania & Estonia Itinerary

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18 days in Latvia, Lithuania & Estonia Itinerary

Start: Klaipeda, Lithuania
Drive:  2 h
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Kaunas, Lithuania
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Daugavpils, Latvia
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Aluksne, Latvia
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Tartu, Estonia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Saaremaa, Estonia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Parnu, Estonia
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Cesis, Latvia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
10
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
11
Liepaja, Latvia
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
12
Nida, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
13
Klaipeda, Lithuania
— Few hours
End: Klaipeda, Lithuania

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Kaunas, Lithuania

Kaunas ©
Situated between the Neris and Nemunas rivers, Kaunas is known for its old town, which, though smaller than the capital's, is in much better condition.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Aleksotas Hill and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Gertrude's Church.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Kaunas trip planner .

Klaipeda to Kaunas is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. July in Kaunas sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Vilnius.

Things to do in Kaunas

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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St. Gertrude's Church ©
St. Gertrude's Church

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Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius ©
The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, boasts an impressive medieval quarter--one of the continent's largest and a World Heritage Site with almost 2,000 historical buildings.
On the 21st (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at St John's church.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Vilnius trip builder website .

You can take a train from Kaunas to Vilnius in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Vilnius, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Daugavpils.

Things to do in Vilnius

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kernave Mounds
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Church of St. Theresa ©
Church of St. Theresa
St John's church ©
St John's church

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Daugavpils, Latvia

Daugavpils ©
Daugavpils is a city in southeastern Latvia, located on the banks of the Daugava River, from which the city gets its name. On the 23rd (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saints Boris and Gleb Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Daugavpils Fortress, and then have fun and explore at Zinoo.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Daugavpils online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Vilnius to Daugavpils takes 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Daugavpils are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Aluksne.

Things to do in Daugavpils

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Daugavpils Fortress ©
Daugavpils Fortress
Saints Boris and Gleb Cathedral ©
Saints Boris and Gleb Cathedral
Zinoo ©
Zinoo

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Aluksne, Latvia

Aluksne
Alūksne is a town on the shores of Lake Alūksne in northeastern Latvia near the borders with Estonia and Russia. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): engage your brain at Nature Museum Environment Labyrinth, steep yourself in history at Aluksne Castle-ruins, Manor and Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Aluksne Evangelical Lutheran Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Temple Hill.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Aluksne road trip site .

Drive from Daugavpils to Aluksne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Moscow Standard Time is 1 hour. In July in Aluksne, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tartu.

Things to do in Aluksne

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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nights
Tartu, Estonia

Tartu ©
One of the oldest cities in the Baltic region, Tartu boasts heaps of cultural attractions, a quaint Old Town, and bustling main square.
For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tartu online travel route builder .

Traveling by car from Aluksne to Tartu takes 2 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Aluksne to Tartu is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Tallinn.

Things to do in Tartu

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Taevaskoja Nature Trail
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AHHAA Science Centre ©
AHHAA Science Centre

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nights
Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn ©
A historic city with its eye firmly on the future, Tallinn blends medieval fortifications, gleaming skyscrapers, and charming boutiques with a spattering of Soviet relics.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Toompea Hill and Africa Beach and Promenade. Bring the kids along to Energy Discovery Centre and Beach Klooga. Change things up with these side-trips from Tallinn: Haapsalu Old Town (in Haapsalu) and Rakvere Castle (in Rakvere). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali and stop by The Little Red House Design Store.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Tallinn day trip planning app .

Getting from Tartu to Tallinn by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Tallinn sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Saaremaa.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Haapsalu, Beach Klooga, Rakvere Castle
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Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Rakvere Castle ©
Rakvere Castle
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali

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nights
Saaremaa, Estonia

Saaremaa ©
Saaremaa is the largest island in Estonia, measuring 2673km2. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Karja Catherine Church, then explore the striking landscape at Kaali Meteorite Crater, then step into the grandiose world of Kuressaare Castle, and finally step into the grandiose world of Saaremaa Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Trahter Veski, enjoy the sea views from Sorve Lighthouse, then identify plant and animal life at Viidumae Nature Reserve, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Kaarma Church of Saints Peter and Paul.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Saaremaa trip builder website .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Tallinn to Saaremaa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Saaremaa are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Parnu.

Things to do in Saaremaa

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Karja Catherine Church
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Kuressaare Castle ©
Kuressaare Castle
Saaremaa Museum ©
Saaremaa Museum
Viidumae Nature Reserve ©
Viidumae Nature Reserve

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Parnu, Estonia

Parnu ©
A holiday hotspot among Estonians and nearby nations, the coastal city of Parnu offers golden sandy beaches, an assortment of parks, and lively center.
On the 31st (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Riisa Trail, contemplate the long history of Red Tower, then kick back and relax at Parnu Beach Promenade, and finally contemplate the long history of Prison Escape.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Parnu trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saaremaa to Parnu takes 3.5 hours. In July in Parnu, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Cesis.

Things to do in Parnu

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Riisa Trail
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Parnu Beach Promenade ©
Parnu Beach Promenade
Red Tower ©
Red Tower

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Cesis, Latvia

Cesis ©
Cēsis, is a town in Latvia located in the northern part of the Central Vidzeme Upland. On the 1st (Sat), contemplate the long history of Old Brewery, don't miss a visit to Ancient Jewellery Smithy, and then step into the grandiose world of Cesis Medieval Castle.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cesis online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Parnu to Cesis takes 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Cesis can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Riga.

Things to do in Cesis

Historic Sites
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Cesis Medieval Castle ©
Cesis Medieval Castle
Ancient Jewellery Smithy ©
Ancient Jewellery Smithy

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Riga, Latvia

Riga ©
Often referred to as "The Paris of the North," Riga offers thriving nightlife and some of the best collections of Art Nouveau architecture in Europe.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Figurs for Professions and then identify plant and animal life at Ragakapa Nature Park. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Jurmala Beach, then take a peaceful walk through Dzintari Forest Park, then get your game on at OldTown Archery Riga, and finally make a trip to Riga Stock Exchange Building.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Riga road trip planning website .

You can drive from Cesis to Riga in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Riga are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Liepaja.

Things to do in Riga

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Jurmala, Salaspils Memorial Ensemble, Tervete Nature Park, Holy Trinity Church
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Jurmala Beach ©
Jurmala Beach
Tervete Nature Park ©
Tervete Nature Park
Dzintari Forest Park ©
Dzintari Forest Park

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Liepaja, Latvia

Liepaja
Liepāja, is a city in western Latvia, located on the Baltic Sea directly at 21°E. To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Liepaja online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Riga to Liepaja by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You'll set off for Nida on the 4th (Tue).

Things to do in Liepaja

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Nida, Lithuania

Nida ©
Nida is a resort town in Lithuania, the administrative centre of Neringa municipality. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Kursiu Nerija Nacionalinis Parkas, then get outside with Raganu Kalnas (Hill of Witches), and then admire the masterpieces at Amber Gallery-Museum. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront at Promedane of Nida, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Dead Dunes, then see the interesting displays at Thomas Mann Museum, and finally stroll the grounds of Nida Cemetery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nida online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Liepaja to Nida takes 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Nida are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Klaipeda.

Things to do in Nida

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Raganu Kalnas (Hill of Witches), The Dead Dunes
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Raganu Kalnas (Hill of Witches) ©
Raganu Kalnas (Hill of Witches)
Thomas Mann Museum ©
Thomas Mann Museum
Amber Gallery-Museum ©
Amber Gallery-Museum

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Klaipeda, Lithuania

Klaipeda
Lithuania's third-largest city, Klaipeda, sits as a seaport and cruise stop with a wealth of museums and medieval sites.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Sculpture The Kiss (Bucinys) and then kick back and relax at Smiltyne Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Klaipeda holiday website .

Traveling by car from Nida to Klaipeda takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Klaipeda

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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