20 days in Lithuania, Riga & Liepaja Itinerary

20 days in Lithuania, Riga & Liepaja Itinerary

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Kaunas, Lithuania
— 1 night
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Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
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Riga, Latvia
— 3 nights
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Liepaja, Latvia
— 6 nights
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Klaipeda, Lithuania
— 2 nights
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Juodkrante, Lithuania
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Kaunas, Lithuania

— 1 night
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.
For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kaunas online travel planner.

Kiel, Germany to Kaunas is an approximately 21.5-hour ferry ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kiel to Kaunas, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vilnius.

Things to do in Kaunas

Historic Sites

Vilnius, Lithuania

— 2 nights

Jerusalem of Lithuania

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 21st (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Vilnius trip planner.

Getting from Kaunas to Vilnius by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Vilnius are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Riga.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Riga, Latvia

— 3 nights

Paris of the North

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.
Kids will enjoy Jurmala Beach and Old City Riga (Vecriga). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Freedom Monument, admire the landmark architecture of Alberta Iela, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, and contemplate the long history of Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Riga journey planner.

You can drive from Vilnius to Riga in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Riga are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Liepaja.

Things to do in Riga

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Liepaja, Latvia

— 6 nights
Liepāja, is a city in western Latvia, located on the Baltic Sea directly at 21°E. It is the largest city in the Kurzeme Region and the third largest city in the country after Riga and Daugavpils. Family-friendly places like Ventspils Beach and Ventspils Water Park will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Kuldiga (Venta Rapid Waterfall, Kuldigas Sv. Katrinas Baznica, &more) and Ventspils (The Castle of the Livonian order, Children’s Town, &more). The adventure continues: stroll around Jurmalas Park, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at Northern Forts, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Orthodox Sea Cathedral.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Liepaja online travel planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Riga to Liepaja takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Klaipeda.

Things to do in Liepaja

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games · Nature

Side Trips

Klaipeda, Lithuania

— 2 nights

Port City

Lithuania's third-largest city, Klaipeda, sits as a seaport and cruise stop with a wealth of museums and medieval sites.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Lithuanian Sea Museum and then explore the striking landscape of Curonian Spit National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Sculpture The Black Ghost and then get in on the family fun at Dino parkas Radailiai.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Klaipeda journey app.

Traveling by car from Liepaja to Klaipeda takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Juodkrante.

Things to do in Klaipeda

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Juodkrante, Lithuania

— 3 nights
Juodkrantė with permanent population of about 720 people is a quiet Lithuanian seaside resort village located on the Curonian Spit. When in Juodkrante, make a side trip to see St. Jacob Apostle in Sveksna, approximately Sveksna away. The adventure continues: get outside with Raganu Kalnas (Hill of Witches), explore the striking landscape at The Dead Dunes, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Miniature Arts.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Juodkrante trip planner.

You can take a bus from Klaipeda to Juodkrante in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. On the 6th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Juodkrante

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lithuania travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings
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.