5 days in Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania Itinerary

5 days in Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania Itinerary

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Tallinn, Estonia
— 1 night
Riga, Latvia
— 1 night
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 1 night


Tallinn, Estonia — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Peapiiskopi Kirik, walk around Kadriorg Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Olaf’s Church, and finally take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, then don't miss a visit to Toompea Hill, and finally examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tallinn sightseeing planning app.

Helsinki, Finland to Tallinn is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July, daytime highs in Tallinn are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Riga.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games · Museums
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Riga, Latvia — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Nativity of Christ Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Freedom Monument, then admire the striking features of House Of The Black Heads, then take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Riga Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Riga Town Hall Square, get engrossed in the history at Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, then hunt for treasures at Central Market (Centraltirgus), then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally make a trip to Cat House.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Riga trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Tallinn to Riga takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Riga can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Vilnius.
Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Spas
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Vilnius, Lithuania — 1 night

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 12th (Tue), wander the streets of Vilnius Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Vilnius Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower, take a stroll through Uzupis, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church Of St Peter And St Paul, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Vilnius online day trip planner.

Drive from Riga to Vilnius in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
Tours · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites
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Estonia travel guide

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.

Latvia travel guide

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.

Lithuania travel guide

Specialty Museums · Churches · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.