11 days in Vilnius, Riga & Krakow Itinerary

11 days in Vilnius, Riga & Krakow Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
2
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
3
Krakow, Poland
— 5 nights

2
nights
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.
When in Vilnius, make a side trip to see Trakai Island Castle Museum in Trakai, approximately Trakai away. There's still lots to do: visit Vilnius Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower, see the interesting displays at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church Of St Peter And St Paul.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Vilnius trip website.

Lagos, Nigeria to Vilnius is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lagos to Vilnius. Traveling from Lagos in December, expect Vilnius to be cooler, temps between 1°C and -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Riga.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

Trakai Island Castle Museum
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Trakai Island Castle Museum ©
Trakai Island Castle Museum
Vilnius Old Town ©
Vilnius Old Town
Uzupis ©
Uzupis

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): kick back and relax at Jurmala Beach and then wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga). Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, take an in-depth tour of Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, then steep yourself in history at Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Freedom Monument.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Riga trip planner.

You can drive from Vilnius to Riga in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Riga can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Riga

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Jurmala Beach
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Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Jurmala Beach ©
Jurmala Beach
Freedom Monument ©
Freedom Monument

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nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Go for a jaunt from Krakow to Oswiecim to see Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Wieliczka Salt Mine, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica, have fun at Cracow Shooting Academy, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Krakow trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Riga to Krakow takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
Kazmierz The Former Jewish District ©
Kazmierz The Former Jewish District
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