26 days in Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania Itinerary

26 days in Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania Itinerary

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Tallinn, Estonia
— 5 nights
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Parnu, Estonia
— 2 nights
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Tartu, Estonia
— 1 night
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Otepaa, Estonia
— 2 nights
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Sigulda, 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 — 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, admire the masterpieces at Kadriorg Palace, don't miss a visit to Toompea Hill, and identify plant and animal life at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tallinn trip planner.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Parnu.
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Parnu, Estonia — 2 nights

Estonia's Summer Capital

A holiday hotspot among Estonians and nearby nations, the coastal city of Parnu offers golden sandy beaches, an assortment of parks, and lively center.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): stroll through Parnu Beach Promenade, make a splash at Tervise Paradiis Water Park, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of New Art, and finally examine the collection at Parnu Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Sculpture of Johann Voldemar Jannsen, don't miss a visit to Tallinn Gate, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eliisabet's Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Prison Escape.

To see ratings and tourist information, go to the Parnu route builder tool.

You can drive from Tallinn to Parnu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): look and learn at Science Centre AHHAA, pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Bronze Pig, take a stroll through Tartu Old City, then make a trip to Tartu Town Hall Square, and finally admire the local landmark of 'The Kissing Students' sculpture and fountain.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tartu online visit planner.

Drive from Parnu to Tartu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) 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. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): stroll around Puhajarv War Oak, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pühajärv, then walk around Lake Puhajarv Park, and finally get in on the family fun at Otepaa Seikluspark. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sangaste kirik, explore the historical opulence of Sangaste Castle, steep yourself in history at Barclay de Tolly Mausoleum, then admire the striking features of Valga Town Hall, and finally Head underground at Helme Caves.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Otepaa tour itinerary tool.

Drive from Tartu to Otepaa in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive 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. On the 27th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Cesis Medieval Castle, do a tasting at Ligatne Winery, explore the historical opulence of Turaida Castle, then admire the landmark architecture of Turaida Lutheran Church, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cable Car Across Gauja. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Sigulda Evangelic Lutheran Church, walk around Canes Park, then explore the fascinating underground world of Gutman's Cave, then get to know the fascinating history of Castle Of The Livonian Order In Sigulda, and finally expand your understanding of the military at The Secret Soviet Bunker.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sigulda vacation website.

Traveling by car from Otepaa to Sigulda takes 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Sigulda are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) 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: wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, and contemplate the long history of Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Riga trip maker app.

Getting from Sigulda to Riga by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Riga are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) 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: shop like a local with Laisves aleja (Liberty Boulevard), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, and step into the grandiose world of Kaunas Castle.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kaunas trip builder website.

You can drive from Riga to Kaunas in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In February, daytime highs in Kaunas are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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.
Explore Vilnius' surroundings by going to Trakai (Trakai Island Castle Museum & Old Post Office). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), take a stroll through Uzupis, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and get engrossed in the history at Gediminas Castle Tower.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Vilnius trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kaunas to Vilnius takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Vilnius can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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Estonia travel guide

4.6
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

4.4
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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