21 days in Estonia, Latvia & Helsinki Itinerary

21 days in Estonia, Latvia & Helsinki Itinerary

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21 days in Estonia, Latvia & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt, Germany
Fly:  3​h
1
Riga, Latvia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Sigulda, Latvia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Parnu, Estonia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Saaremaa, Estonia
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Muhu, Estonia
— 1 night
Ferry + Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
Ferry:  2​h
7
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Tartu, Estonia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Riga, Latvia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
End: Frankfurt, Germany


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3
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Jurmala Beach and Dzintari Forest Park. Change things up with a short trip to Rundāle Palace in Pilsrundale (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: stop by Old City Riga (Vecriga), browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Centraltirgus), take in panoramic vistas at View of Riga from St Peter's Church Tower, and don't miss a visit to Riga Town Hall Square.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Riga trip planning site .

Frankfurt, Germany to Riga is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Frankfurt in July, you will find days in Riga are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Sigulda.

Things to do in Riga

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Jurmala, Rundāle Palace
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Jurmala Beach ©
Jurmala Beach
Dzintari Forest Park ©
Dzintari Forest Park
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)

2
nights
Sigulda, Latvia

Sigulda ©
Sigulda is a town in the Vidzeme Region of Latvia, 53km from the capital city Riga.OverviewSigulda is on a picturesque stretch of the primeval Gauja river valley. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Turaida Castle, then get outside with Sigulda Adventure Park Tarzan, and then step into the grandiose world of Old Sigulda Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gauja National Park and then explore the striking landscape of Cable Car Across Gauja.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sigulda online trip planner .

Traveling by train from Riga to Sigulda takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Parnu.

Things to do in Sigulda

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Gauja National Park
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Turaida Castle ©
Turaida Castle
Sigulda Adventure Park Tarzan ©
Sigulda Adventure Park Tarzan
Gauja National Park ©
Gauja National Park

2
nights
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 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cool off at Tervise Paradiis Water Park, then kick back and relax at Parnu Beach Promenade, and then let little ones run wild at Parnu Beach Playground.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Parnu online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Sigulda to Parnu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Saaremaa.

Things to do in Parnu

Parks Theme Parks Beaches
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Parnu Beach Promenade ©
Parnu Beach Promenade
Parnu Beach Playground ©
Parnu Beach Playground
The Parnu Jetty ©
The Parnu Jetty

4
nights
Saaremaa, Estonia

Saaremaa ©
Saaremaa is the largest island in Estonia, measuring 2673km2. Kids will enjoy Jarve and Spa Hotel Ruutli Water Park. Change things up with a short trip to Panga Cliff in Panga (about 30 minutes away). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Kuressaare Castle, identify plant and animal life at Viidumae Nature Reserve, walk around Kuressaare Town Park, and get engrossed in the history at Saaremaa Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Saaremaa trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Parnu to Saaremaa takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Parnu in July, Saaremaa is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Muhu.

Things to do in Saaremaa

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Panga Cliff
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Kuressaare Castle ©
Kuressaare Castle
Jarve ©
Jarve
Spa Hotel Ruutli Water Park ©
Spa Hotel Ruutli Water Park

1
night
Muhu, Estonia

Muhu ©
On the 2nd (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Uugu Bluff, then experience rural life at Muhu Jaanalind, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Catherine’s Church.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read Muhu itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saaremaa to Muhu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Muhu are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Muhu

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Uugu Bluff ©
Uugu Bluff
St Catherine’s Church ©
St Catherine’s Church
Muhu Jaanalind ©
Muhu Jaanalind

3
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.
Bring the kids along to Tallinn Zoo and Energy Discovery Centre. There's still lots to do: stop by Tallinn Old Town, don't miss a visit to Toompea Hill, see the interesting displays at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, and walk around Kadriorg Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read Tallinn online trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of ferry and car from Muhu to Tallinn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Muhu in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Tallinn. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tallinn

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Tallinn Zoo ©
Tallinn Zoo
Energy Discovery Centre ©
Energy Discovery Centre

2
nights
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Linnanmaki Amusement Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, and then admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the resident critters at Korkeasaari Zoo and then explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Tallinn to Helsinki by ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Tartu.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Bronze Pig, then take a stroll through Tartu Old City, and then look and learn at AHHAA Science Centre. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Tartu Town Hall Square, then admire the natural beauty at Tartu University Botanical Garden, and then admire the local landmark of The Kissing Students fountain.

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You can fly from Helsinki to Tartu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of flight and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Riga.

Things to do in Tartu

Childrens Museums Museums Theme Parks
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AHHAA Science Centre ©
AHHAA Science Centre
Tartu University Botanical Garden ©
Tartu University Botanical Garden
Tartu Old City ©
Tartu Old City

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night
Riga, Latvia

Riga ©
On the 10th (Mon), get to know the resident critters at Riga Zoo, browse the fresh offerings at Medus Istaba, then don't miss a visit to Bremen Town Musicians, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Riga Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Riga visit planner.

You can drive from Tartu to Riga in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Riga

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Riga Zoo ©
Riga Zoo
Riga Cathedral
Riga Cathedral
Bremen Town Musicians ©
Bremen Town Musicians

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