26 days in The Baltics Itinerary

26 days in The Baltics Itinerary

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26 days in The Baltics Itinerary

Start: Haugesund, Norway
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Kaunas, Lithuania
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Klaipeda, Lithuania
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
4
Siauliai, Lithuania
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Bauska, Latvia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Sigulda, Latvia
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
7
Riga, Latvia
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
8
Tallinn, Estonia
— 7 nights
Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Haugesund, Norway

4
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.
Step out of Vilnius to go to Trakai and see Trakai Island Castle Museum, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Gediminas Castle Tower, examine the collection at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Vilnius road trip site .

Haugesund, Norway to Vilnius is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Haugesund in May, expect nights in Vilnius to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kaunas.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Panemunes Castle in Pilis (about 1 hour away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Ninth Fort, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, walk around Kaunas Lagoon Regional Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Pazaislis Monastery.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kaunas trip planner .

Getting from Vilnius to Kaunas by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. May in Kaunas sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Klaipeda.

Things to do in Kaunas

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Panemunes Castle
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Klaipeda side-trips: St. Jacob Apostle (in Sveksna), Kursiu Nerija Nacionalinis Parkas (in Nida) and Vente Cape (in Silute). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Curonian Spit National Park, don't miss a visit to Klaipeda Old City, pause for some photo ops at Sculpture The Kiss (Bucinys), and examine the collection at Lithuanian Sea Museum.

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Traveling by car from Kaunas to Klaipeda takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Kaunas in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Klaipeda: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Siauliai.

Things to do in Klaipeda

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Vente Cape, St. Jacob Apostle
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Curonian Spit National Park ©
Curonian Spit National Park
Lithuanian Sea Museum ©
Lithuanian Sea Museum
Vente Cape ©
Vente Cape

1
night
Siauliai, Lithuania

Siauliai ©
Šiauliai is the fourth largest city in Lithuania, with a population of 133,900. On the 17th (Sun), stop by Akropolis, then see the interesting displays at Siauliai Ausros Museum, then make a trip to Chaimas Frenkelis Vila, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hill of Crosses - Kryziu Kalnas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Siauliai trip planner .

You can take a train from Klaipeda to Siauliai in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bauska.

Things to do in Siauliai

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Hill of Crosses - Kryziu Kalnas ©
Hill of Crosses - Kryziu Kalnas
Chaimas Frenkelis Vila ©
Chaimas Frenkelis Vila
Akropolis ©
Akropolis

1
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Bauska, Latvia

Bauska ©
Bauska is a town in Bauska Municipality, in the Zemgale region of southern Latvia. On the 18th (Mon), see the interesting displays at The branch of the Riga Motor Museum in Bauska, admire the striking features of Bauska Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Rundāle Palace, and finally make a trip to Rundale Palace.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bauska trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Siauliai to Bauska takes 1.5 hours. In May in Bauska, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sigulda.

Things to do in Bauska

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rundale Palace, Rundāle Palace
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Rundāle Palace ©
Rundāle Palace
Rundale Palace ©
Rundale Palace

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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. On the 19th (Tue), learn about winemaking at Ligatne Winery, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gauja National Park, and then explore the historical opulence of Old Sigulda Castle. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Turaida Castle, then Head underground at Gutman's Cave, and then step into the grandiose world of Cesis Medieval Castle.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sigulda online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Bauska to Sigulda in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Riga.

Things to do in Sigulda

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cesis Medieval Castle, Ligatne Winery, Gauja National Park
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Gauja National Park ©
Gauja National Park
Turaida Castle ©
Turaida Castle
Cesis Medieval Castle ©
Cesis Medieval Castle

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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.
Riga is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga), see the interesting displays at Riga Motormuseum, enjoy the sand and surf at Jurmala Beach, and make a trip to Riga Town Hall Square.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Riga journey planner.

You can take a train from Sigulda to Riga in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trip

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

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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, parks, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Olaf’s Church, take in panoramic vistas at Tallinna Teletorn, and see the interesting displays at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tallinn driving holiday planner .

Getting from Riga to Tallinn by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Tallinn when traveling from Riga in May, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tallinn

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali