21 days in Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania Itinerary

21 days in Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania Itinerary

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Tallinn, Estonia
— 5 nights
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Tartu, Estonia
— 1 night
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Sigulda, Latvia
— 2 nights
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Riga, Latvia
— 5 nights
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Kaunas, Lithuania
— 2 nights
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Vilnius, Lithuania
— 4 nights
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Tallinn, Estonia — 5 nights

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 sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town, see the interesting displays at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, and look for all kinds of wild species at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tallinn trip website.

Chennai, India to Tallinn is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Chennai to Tallinn, you'll gain 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Chennai in January: high temperatures in Tallinn hover around -2°C and lows are around -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tartu.
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Tartu, Estonia — 1 night

City of Good Thoughts

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 11th (Wed): look and learn at Science Centre AHHAA, then wander the streets of Tartu Old City, then make a trip to Tartu Town Hall Square, and finally view the masterpieces at Estonian Print & Paper Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tartu day trip site.

Getting from Tallinn to Tartu by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sigulda.
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Sigulda, Latvia — 2 nights

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. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): walk around Svetavots, take an in-depth tour of Burning Conscience, then explore the historical opulence of Cesis Medieval Castle, and finally pause for some photo ops at Old man of time. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Keizarkresls un keizarskats, take an in-depth tour of Turaida Museum Reserve, and then explore the historical opulence of Turaida Castle.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Sigulda trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tartu to Sigulda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in January, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Riga.
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Riga, Latvia — 5 nights

Paris of the North

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 sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga), admire the striking features of Alberta Iela, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and examine the collection at House Of The Black Heads.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Riga trip builder.

Getting from Sigulda to Riga by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Riga can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kaunas.
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Kaunas, Lithuania — 2 nights

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 19th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Kaunas Castle, then examine the collection at Museum of History of Lithuanian Medicine and Pharmacy, then buy something for everyone on your list at Akropolis, and finally examine the collection at National M. K. Ciurlionis Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): wander the streets of Laisves aleja (Liberty Boulevard), examine the collection at Devil's Museum, then make a trip to Ninth Fort, then brush up on your military savvy at Atomic KGB Bunker, and finally wander the streets of Old Town.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kaunas trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Riga to Kaunas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January in Kaunas, expect temperatures between -2°C during the day and -8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Vilnius.
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Vilnius, Lithuania — 4 nights

Jerusalem of Lithuania

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Trakai Island Castle Museum in Trakai (about 36 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), take in the spiritual surroundings of Gate of Dawn, get engrossed in the history at Gediminas Castle Tower, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Vilnius online journey maker.

Traveling by car from Kaunas to Vilnius takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can fly back home.
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Estonia travel guide

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Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
Baltic Tiger
Small in size but big in character, the proud nation of Estonia manages to pack historical cities, swathes of charming countryside, a picturesque coastline, and rugged islands into a relatively small amount of space. Thanks to its compactness, visitors can easily travel between the many tourist attractions the country has to offer. Although just a stone's throw away from Finland, Latvia, and Russia, Estonia boasts its own distinct culture, evident in the country's cuisine, music, and traditions. This vibrant nation emerged from over 40 years of Soviet rule to be one of the most economically successful of the European Union's eastern members and is leading the way in tech industries.
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Latvia travel guide

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Landmarks · Specialty Museums · History Museums
Nestled between Estonia and Lithuania, Latvia has a small but developing tourist industry and the country is authentic and welcoming. The Baltic coast stretches 500 km (310 mi) along Latvia's northern border, and lush green forests cover nearly half of the country. Founded in 1918, Latvia was occupied by both the Nazis and the Soviet Union, who incorporated the country and did not restore independence until 1991. Due to centuries of foreign rule, the country boasts a mix of ethnic backgrounds, while maintaining the Latvian language. With cosmopolitan Riga as the capital, Latvia offers a mix of urban excitement and rural nature.
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Lithuania travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings
Characterized by the majestic Baltic coastline and adjacent white sands, Lithuania boasts lush green forests, hidden lakes, and coastal wetlands. A nation with a turbulent history, Lithuania houses the remains of a former nuclear site and the remnants of defenses used to strengthen the frontier of the Tsarist empire. At the same time, it pays homage to its national heroes, honored in sculpture parks and museums throughout the country. Today, Lithuania boasts a thriving musical, cultural, and visual arts scene, hosting a range of festivals and concerts year-round.
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