26 days in Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania Itinerary

26 days in Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania Itinerary

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Tallinn, Estonia
— 6 nights
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Otepaa, Estonia
— 2 nights
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Tartu, Estonia
— 2 nights
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Cesis, Latvia
— 2 nights
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Riga, Latvia
— 5 nights
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Kaunas, Lithuania
— 3 nights
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Vilnius, Lithuania
— 5 nights
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Tallinn, Estonia — 6 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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, make a trip to Tallinna Raekoja Plats, and walk around Kadriorg Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Tallinn holiday maker app.

Chennai, India to Tallinn is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chennai to Tallinn is minus 3.5 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Chennai in January, with highs in Tallinn at -2°C and lows at -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Otepaa.
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Otepaa, Estonia — 2 nights

Otepää is a town in Valga County, southern Estonia, it is the administrative centre of Otepää Parish. On the 12th (Thu), get in on the family fun at Otepaa Seikluspark, walk around Lake Puhajarv Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pühajärv, and finally walk around Puhajarv War Oak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Valga Town Hall, Head underground at Helme Caves, steep yourself in history at Barclay de Tolly Mausoleum, then explore the historical opulence of Sangaste Castle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sangaste kirik.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Otepaa online route planner.

Getting from Tallinn to Otepaa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tartu.
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Tartu, Estonia — 2 nights

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 14th (Sat): examine the collection at Estonian National Museum, view the masterpieces at Estonian Print & Paper Museum, then laugh and play at Science Centre AHHAA, and finally pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Bronze Pig. On the next day, ponder the design of 'The Kissing Students' sculpture and fountain, admire the natural beauty at Tartu University Botanical Garden, wander the streets of Tartu Old City, then contemplate the long history of Tartu Town Hall Square, and finally admire the masterpieces at Tartu Art Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tartu trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Otepaa to Tartu takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cesis.
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Cesis, Latvia — 2 nights

Cēsis, is a town in Latvia located in the northern part of the Central Vidzeme Upland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Araisi Lake Dwelling Site, explore the fascinating underground world of Gutman's Cave, then explore the striking landscape of Cable Car Across Gauja, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turaida Lutheran Church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turaida Castle. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Old man of time, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John’s Church, take an in-depth tour of Burning Conscience, then deepen your knowledge of military history at The Secret Soviet Bunker, and finally make a trip to Rozu Square.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cesis road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tartu to Cesis takes 2.5 hours. In January in Cesis, expect temperatures between -2°C during the day and -8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough 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), examine the collection at Riga Motormuseum, admire the landmark architecture of Alberta Iela, and pause for some photo ops at Freedom Monument.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Riga route planner.

Traveling by car from Cesis to Riga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Riga can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Kaunas.
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Kaunas, Lithuania — 3 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.
Kaunas is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Laisves aleja (Liberty Boulevard), browse the different shops at Akropolis, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and look for gifts at Jaukus Namai.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kaunas trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Riga to Kaunas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Kaunas can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Vilnius.
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Vilnius, Lithuania — 5 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.
Go for a jaunt from Vilnius to Trakai to see Trakai Island Castle Museum about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gate of Dawn, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and wander the streets of Vilnius Old Town.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Vilnius tour planner.

You can drive from Kaunas to Vilnius in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to 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

4.3
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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