22 days in Latvia, Estonia & Lithuania Itinerary

22 days in Latvia, Estonia & Lithuania Itinerary

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Start: Tallinn, Estonia
1
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Tartu, Estonia
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Valga, Estonia
— 2 nights
train:  1 h
4
Cesis, Latvia
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Sigulda, Latvia
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
6
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
7
Daugavpils, Latvia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
9
Kaunas, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h
10
Klaipeda, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Tallinn, Estonia

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.
Tallinn is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: visit Tallinn Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Olaf’s Church, take in panoramic vistas at Tallinna Teletorn, and see the interesting displays at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tallinn road trip planning app.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiport is Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Tallinn can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Tartu.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill

2
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.
On the 8th (Wed), find something for the whole family at AHHAA Science Centre, then admire the natural beauty at Tartu University Botanical Garden, and then appreciate the history behind Sculpture Bronze Pig. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Tartu Old City and then steep yourself in history at Tartu Town Hall Square.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tartu trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Tallinn to Tartu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Valga.

Things to do in Tartu

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

2
nights
Valga, Estonia

Valga ©
Valga is a town in southern Estonia and the capital of Valga County. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at Valga Militaarteemapark-Muuseum - Valga Isamaalise Kasvatuse Püsiekspositsioon SA, then appreciate the history behind Nipernaadi, then pause for some photo ops at Monument to Alfred Neuland, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Valga Prison Camp Cemetery.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Valga road trip planning website.

Getting from Tartu to Valga by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cesis.

Things to do in Valga

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Helme Caves, Barclay de Tolly Mausoleum
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Barclay de Tolly Mausoleum ©
Barclay de Tolly Mausoleum
Helme Caves ©
Helme Caves

2
nights
Cesis, Latvia

Cesis ©
Cēsis, is a town in Latvia located in the northern part of the Central Vidzeme Upland. On the 11th (Sat), make a trip to Araisi Lake Dwelling Site.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cesis trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Valga to Cesis takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Cesis are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Mon) before leaving for Sigulda.

Things to do in Cesis

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Cesis Medieval Castle ©
Cesis Medieval Castle
Raksi Park ©
Raksi Park
Araisi Lake Dwelling Site ©
Araisi Lake Dwelling Site

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. Sigulda is known for historic sites, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Turaida Castle, explore the fascinating underground world of Gutman's Cave, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gauja National Park, and pause for some photo ops at Sculptural Group Parade of the Knights.

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

Sigulda is very close to Cesis. In September in Sigulda, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Riga.

Things to do in Sigulda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gauja National Park, The Secret Soviet Bunker
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:
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Gutman's Cave ©
Gutman's Cave
Turaida Castle ©
Turaida Castle
Gauja National Park ©
Gauja National Park

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, appreciate the history behind Statue of Roland, don't miss a visit to Riga Town Hall Square, then get engrossed in the history at Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, and finally pause for some photo ops at Freedom Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Jurmala Beach, hunt for treasures at Central Market (Centraltirgus), and then admire the striking features of House of the Black Heads.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Riga online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Sigulda to Riga in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. September in Riga sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can take a train to Daugavpils.

Things to do in Riga

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Jurmala Beach
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Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Freedom Monument ©
Freedom Monument
Jurmala Beach ©
Jurmala Beach

2
nights
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 18th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Daugavpils Fortress, then walk around Dubrovin Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple-chapel of Alexander Nevsky, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saints Boris and Gleb Cathedral.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Daugavpils trip planner.

You can take a train from Riga to Daugavpils in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Riga in September since evenings lows in Daugavpils dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Daugavpils

Historic Sites Parks
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Saints Boris and Gleb Cathedral ©
Saints Boris and Gleb Cathedral
Dubrovin Park ©
Dubrovin Park
Daugavpils Fortress ©
Daugavpils Fortress

2
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Trakai (Trakai Island Castle Museum & Chapel of St. John Nepomuk). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower, wander the streets of Uzupis, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church Of St Peter And St Paul, and pause for some photo ops at Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika).

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Vilnius online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Daugavpils to Vilnius takes 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Vilnius are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kaunas.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Trakai
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Vilnius Old Town ©
Vilnius Old Town
Trakai Island Castle Museum ©
Trakai Island Castle Museum
Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower

2
nights
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.
On the 22nd (Wed), steep yourself in history at Ninth Fort, don't miss a visit to Kaunas Town Hall, then take a stroll through Old Town Kaunas, then step into the grandiose world of Kaunas Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Sugihara House, then look for gifts at kARTu, then don't miss a visit to Laisves aleja (Liberty Boulevard), and finally examine the collection at Devil's Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kaunas journey maker tool.

You can take a train from Vilnius to Kaunas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kaunas are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Klaipeda.

Things to do in Kaunas

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Ninth Fort ©
Ninth Fort
Kaunas Castle ©
Kaunas Castle
Old Town Kaunas ©
Old Town Kaunas

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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 24th (Fri): examine the collection at Lithuanian Sea Museum and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Curonian Spit National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Sculpture The Black Ghost, then appreciate the history behind Vytauto Sliogerio atminimo plokste - peda, then don't miss a visit to Sculpture Golden Mouse, and finally make a trip to Meridianas.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Klaipeda online holiday planner.

You can drive from Kaunas to Klaipeda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Klaipeda sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Klaipeda

Wildlife Nature Parks
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Curonian Spit National Park ©
Curonian Spit National Park
Lithuanian Sea Museum ©
Lithuanian Sea Museum
Sculpture The Black Ghost ©
Sculpture The Black Ghost

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