12 days in Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia Itinerary

12 days in Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia Itinerary

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12 days in Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia Itinerary

Start: Memphis, United States
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Kaunas, Lithuania
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
3
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Memphis, United States

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Vilnius Old Town as well as Vilnius Free Walking Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania and Vingis Park. Rasu Cemetery (Rasu kapines) and Ponary cmentarz will appeal to history buffs. Explore Vilnius' surroundings by going to Kernave Mounds (in Kernave) and Trakai Island Castle Museum (in Trakai). There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Vilnil. Museum of illusions, get engrossed in the history at Gediminas Castle Tower, and examine the collection at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus).

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Vilnius route planner.

Memphis, USA to Vilnius is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Memphis to Vilnius due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Memphis in April, expect nights in Vilnius to be little chillier, around 35°F, while days are colder, around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kaunas.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kernave Mounds, Trakai Island Castle Museum
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Vilnil. Museum of illusions ©
Vilnil. Museum of illusions

2
nights
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.
On the 9th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Lithuanian Aviation Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Aleksotas Hill, and then explore the historical opulence of Kaunas Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Stumbras Museum, examine the collection at Museum for the Blind, examine the collection at Kaunas Seventh fort, then contemplate the long history of Ninth Fort, and finally explore the world behind art at Raudondvaris Dvaras.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Kaunas day trip website .

You can take a train from Vilnius to Kaunas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Riga.

Things to do in Kaunas

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Raudondvaris Dvaras
Highlights from your plan
Ninth Fort ©
Ninth Fort
Kaunas Castle ©
Kaunas Castle
Raudondvaris Dvaras ©
Raudondvaris Dvaras

2
nights
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 11th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Holy Prince Alexander Nevskiy, explore the world behind art at Latvian National Museum Of Art, see the interesting displays at The World of Hat Museum, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Livu Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): explore the activities along Pilsetas kanals, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, see the interesting displays at Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Riga Stock Exchange Building, and finally explore the world behind art at Art Museum RIGA BOURSE.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Riga trip planner.

Getting from Kaunas to Riga by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in April, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife
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The World of Hat Museum ©
The World of Hat Museum
Latvian National Museum Of Art ©
Latvian National Museum Of Art
Art Museum RIGA BOURSE ©
Art Museum RIGA BOURSE

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): hike along Harku Forest Nature Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Garden, and then identify plant and animal life at Paljassaare Special Conservation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood, contemplate the long history of Tallinn Legends, see the interesting displays at Estonian Health Care Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik, then make a trip to Viewing Point Kohtuotsa, and finally examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tallinn trip planner.

You can fly from Riga to Tallinn in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Riga in April, you will find days in Tallinn are little chillier (47°F), and nights are about the same (32°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tallinn

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali

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