12 days in The Baltics Itinerary

12 days in The Baltics Itinerary

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12 days in The Baltics Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Tallinn, Estonia
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Tartu, Estonia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Riga, Latvia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Cesis, Latvia
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
5
Palanga, Lithuania
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Chicago, United States

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): examine the collection at Niguliste Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Viewing Point Kohtuotsa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Stroomi Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Tallinn City Museum Linnamuuseum. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Fat Margaret (Paks Margareeta), take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik, stop by Town Hall Pharmacy, then wander the streets of Rotermann Quarter, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kadriorg Palace.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read Tallinn trip itinerary maker site .

Chicago, USA to Tallinn is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Chicago to Tallinn, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, Tallinn is little chillier than Chicago - with highs of 65°F and lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Tartu.

Things to do in Tallinn

Museums Historic Sites Beaches
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Kadriorg Palace ©
Kadriorg Palace
Rotermann Quarter ©
Rotermann Quarter

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Tue), examine the collection at A. Le Coq Beer Museum, examine the collection at Eesti Lennundusmuuseum, then wander the streets of Tartu Old City, and finally learn more about the world around you at University of Tartu Natural History Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tartu trip maker app .

Traveling by train from Tallinn to Tartu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Riga.

Things to do in Tartu

Museums Neighborhoods
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Tartu Old City ©
Tartu Old City
Eesti Lennundusmuuseum ©
Eesti Lennundusmuuseum

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dzintari Forest Park and Latvian National Museum Of Art. Get a sense of the local culture at Art Museum RIGA BOURSE and Zanis Lipke Memorial. Venture out of the city with trips to Tervete Nature Park (in Tervete) and Kemeri National Park (in Jurmala). Next up on the itinerary: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Livu Square, and learn about winemaking at Noble Wine.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Riga route site .

You can drive from Tartu to Riga in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Riga sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cesis.

Things to do in Riga

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Jurmala, Tervete Nature Park
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Tervete Nature Park ©
Tervete Nature Park
Kemeri National Park ©
Kemeri National Park
Dzintari Forest Park ©
Dzintari Forest Park

1
night
Cesis, Latvia

Cesis ©
Cēsis, is a town in Latvia located in the northern part of the Central Vidzeme Upland. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Erglu Cliffs, then explore the engaging exhibits at ZINOO Cesis, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Ieriku Dzirnavas.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cesis trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Riga to Cesis takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Cesis can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Palanga.

Things to do in Cesis

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Ieriku Dzirnavas
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ZINOO Cesis ©
ZINOO Cesis

1
day
Palanga, Lithuania

Palanga ©
Palanga is a seaside resort town in western Lithuania, on the shore of the Baltic Sea. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Sculpture Fisherman's Daughters, take an in-depth tour of Kretinga Museum, admire the natural beauty at Birute Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Birute's Hill, then ponder the design of Jūratė ir Kastytis, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Palanga trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cesis to Palanga. In June, daily temperatures in Palanga can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Vilnius.

Things to do in Palanga

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Kretinga Museum
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Birute's Hill ©
Birute's Hill
Kretinga Museum ©
Kretinga Museum

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Vilnil. Museum of illusions and Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, National Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Balloon Rides and PuckoriU Atodanga. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania, get engrossed in the history at Telia Nemuziejus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bernardine Church (Bernardinu Baznycia), and look for all kinds of wild species at Neris Regional Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Vilnius trip planner.

Traveling by car from Palanga to Vilnius takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Palanga in June, you will find days in Vilnius are somewhat warmer (70°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Wildlife Parks
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