7 days in Latvia, Estonia & Lithuania Itinerary

7 days in Latvia, Estonia & Lithuania Itinerary

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Start: Washington DC, United States
Bus + Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Riga, Latvia
— 1 day
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Sigulda, Latvia
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  2 h 15 min
3
Tallinn, Estonia
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
4
Tartu, Estonia
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Cesis, Latvia
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
6
Kaunas, Lithuania
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
7
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  15 h 30 min
End: Washington DC, United States

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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.
On the 27th (Mon), wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga), stop by Dzenis Amber, and then don't miss a visit to Riga Town Hall Square.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Riga trip maker tool.

Washington DC, USA to Riga is an approximately 14- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of subway and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 7 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in January, expect Riga to be little chillier, temps between 29°F and 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Sigulda.

Things to do in Riga

Neighborhoods Shopping
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Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Riga Town Hall Square ©
Riga Town Hall Square
Dzenis Amber ©
Dzenis Amber

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night
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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Sigulda Evangelic Lutheran Church, then step into the grandiose world of Turaida Castle, and then admire the striking features of Turaida Lutheran Church.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sigulda itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Riga to Sigulda takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Sigulda are 29°F, while nighttime lows are 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Sigulda

Historic Sites
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Turaida Castle ©
Turaida Castle
Sigulda Evangelic Lutheran Church ©
Sigulda Evangelic Lutheran Church
Turaida Lutheran Church
Turaida Lutheran Church

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night
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.
To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tallinn holiday maker tool.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Sigulda to Tallinn in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°F in January, and nighttime lows around 20°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Tartu.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites
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Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali
Peapiiskopi Kirik ©
Peapiiskopi Kirik

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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.
To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tartu day trip planner.

Getting from Tallinn to Tartu by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll set off for Cesis on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Tartu

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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night
Cesis, Latvia

Cesis ©
Cēsis, is a town in Latvia located in the northern part of the Central Vidzeme Upland. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Ungurmuiza Manor, then don't miss a visit to Ancient Jewellery Smithy, and then explore the historical opulence of Cesis Medieval Castle.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cesis tour planning app.

Getting from Tartu to Cesis by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 28°F, and evening lows to 19°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Kaunas.

Things to do in Cesis

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ungurmuiza Manor
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Cesis Medieval Castle ©
Cesis Medieval Castle
Ungurmuiza Manor ©
Ungurmuiza Manor
Ancient Jewellery Smithy ©
Ancient Jewellery Smithy

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Kaunas Castle, then don't miss a visit to Kaunas Town Hall, and then contemplate the long history of Ninth Fort.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kaunas attractions planner.

Getting from Cesis to Kaunas by car takes about 5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Kaunas can reach 28°F, while at night they dip to 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Vilnius.

Things to do in Kaunas

Historic Sites
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Ninth Fort ©
Ninth Fort
Kaunas Castle ©
Kaunas Castle
Kaunas Town Hall ©
Kaunas Town Hall

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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.
On the 31st (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Church Of St Peter And St Paul.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Vilnius day trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Kaunas to Vilnius takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Vilnius can reach 26°F, while at night they dip to 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vilnius

Historic Sites Museums
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St. Anne's Church ©
St. Anne's Church
Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika) ©
Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika)

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