14 days in Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania Itinerary

14 days in Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania Itinerary

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14 days in Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  23​h
1
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Tartu, Estonia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Parnu, Estonia
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Riga, Latvia
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
5
Kaunas, Lithuania
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

2
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.
Get some cultural insight at Tallinn Old Town and Toompea Hill. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik and Pirita. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, admire the masterpieces at Kadriorg Palace, examine the collection at Niguliste Museum, and make a trip to Tallinna Raekoja Plats.

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Johannesburg, South Africa to Tallinn is an approximately 18-hour flight. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in November, with highs in Tallinn at 5°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Tartu.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Kadriorg Palace ©
Kadriorg Palace
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): look and learn at AHHAA Science Centre, then steep yourself in history at Tartu Town Hall Square, then have fun and explore at Tartu Toy Museum, and finally wander the streets of Tartu Old City.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tartu trip planner .

Getting from Tallinn to Tartu by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Parnu.

Things to do in Tartu

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AHHAA Science Centre ©
AHHAA Science Centre
Tartu Old City ©
Tartu Old City
Tartu Town Hall Square ©
Tartu Town Hall Square

few
hours
Parnu, Estonia

Parnu ©
A holiday hotspot among Estonians and nearby nations, the coastal city of Parnu offers golden sandy beaches, an assortment of parks, and lively center.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Parnu Beach Promenade.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Parnu trip planner.

You can drive from Tartu to Parnu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Riga.

Things to do in Parnu

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Parnu Beach Promenade ©
Parnu Beach Promenade

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Dzintari Forest Park and Gauja National Park. Explore hidden gems such as Rundāle Palace and Pilsetas kanals. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga), admire the striking features of JJugenda Stila Nami, Riga, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nativity of Christ Cathedral.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Riga attractions planning website .

Getting from Parnu to Riga by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In November, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Kaunas.

Things to do in Riga

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rundāle Palace, Gauja National Park, Dzintari Forest Park
Highlights from your plan
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Gauja National Park ©
Gauja National Park
Rundāle Palace ©
Rundāle Palace

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 14th (Thu), examine the collection at Devil's Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Kaunas Castle, and then wander the streets of Laisves aleja (Liberty Boulevard). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Ninth Fort, take an in-depth tour of Rumsiskes Open-Air Museum, and then take a stroll through Old Town Kaunas.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kaunas route website .

Take a bus from Riga to Kaunas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in November, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Vilnius.

Things to do in Kaunas

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Laisves aleja (Liberty Boulevard) ©
Laisves aleja (Liberty Boulevard)
Ninth Fort ©
Ninth Fort
Rumsiskes Open-Air Museum ©
Rumsiskes Open-Air Museum

1
night
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 16th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Gediminas Castle Tower, see the interesting displays at Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, then take a stroll through Vilnius Old Town, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Vilniaus staciatikiu Sventosios Dvasios vienuolynas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Gediminas Avenue, see the interesting displays at Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Theresa, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally see the interesting displays at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus).

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Traveling by train from Kaunas to Vilnius takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Vilnius Old Town ©
Vilnius Old Town
Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania ©

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