22 days in The Baltics Itinerary

22 days in The Baltics Itinerary

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22 days in The Baltics Itinerary

Start: Hyderabad, India
Fly:  14​h
1
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Kaunas, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Klaipeda, Lithuania
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Cesis, Latvia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Tartu, Estonia
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Tallinn, Estonia
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Parnu, Estonia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Riga, Latvia
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Hyderabad, India

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vilnil. Museum of illusions and Vilniaus staciatikiu Sventosios Dvasios vienuolynas. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania and Ponary cmentarz. Step out of Vilnius with an excursion to Trakai Island Castle Museum in Trakai--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Theresa, wander the streets of Vilnius Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Holocaust Museum (The Green House), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Casimir.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Vilnius trip builder .

Hyderabad, India to Vilnius is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hyderabad to Vilnius, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hyderabad in November, expect Vilnius to be cooler, temps between 5°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kaunas.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Historic Sites Spas

Side Trip

Trakai Island Castle Museum
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Vilnius Old Town ©
Vilnius Old Town
Vilnil. Museum of illusions ©
Vilnil. Museum of illusions
Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania ©

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 2nd (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christ's Resurrection Church, examine the collection at Sugihara House, see the interesting displays at Museum of History of Lithuanian Medicine and Pharmacy, then admire the striking features of Kaunas Town Hall, and finally take an in-depth tour of Rumsiskes Open-Air Museum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Ninth Fort, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, then see the interesting displays at National M. K. Ciurlionis Art Museum, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Akropolis.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kaunas travel route website .

Traveling by train from Vilnius to Kaunas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Kaunas, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Klaipeda.

Things to do in Kaunas

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Rumsiskes Open-Air Museum ©
Rumsiskes Open-Air Museum
Ninth Fort ©
Ninth Fort

1
night
Klaipeda, Lithuania

Klaipeda ©
Lithuania's third-largest city, Klaipeda, sits as a seaport and cruise stop with a wealth of museums and medieval sites.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): examine the collection at Lithuanian Sea Museum and then explore the striking landscape of Curonian Spit National Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Klaipeda road trip planner.

You can drive from Kaunas to Klaipeda in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cesis.

Things to do in Klaipeda

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Curonian Spit National Park ©
Curonian Spit National Park
Lithuanian Sea Museum ©
Lithuanian Sea Museum

1
night
Cesis, Latvia

Cesis ©
Cēsis, is a town in Latvia located in the northern part of the Central Vidzeme Upland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Cesis Medieval Castle, contemplate the long history of Old Brewery, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gauja National Park.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cesis online trip builder .

Getting from Klaipeda to Cesis by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In December in Cesis, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tartu.

Things to do in Cesis

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gauja National Park
Highlights from your plan
Gauja National Park ©
Gauja National Park
Cesis Medieval Castle ©
Cesis Medieval Castle

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 6th (Fri): look and learn at AHHAA Science Centre, then ponder the design of The Kissing Students fountain, and then have fun and explore at Tartu Toy Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Estonian National Museum, then take a stroll through Tartu Old City, then contemplate the long history of Tartu Town Hall Square, and finally see the interesting displays at Estonian Print & Paper Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tartu visit site .

Drive from Cesis to Tartu in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Tallinn.

Things to do in Tartu

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks
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AHHAA Science Centre ©
AHHAA Science Centre
Tartu Old City ©
Tartu Old City
Tartu Toy Museum ©
Tartu Toy Museum

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lahemaa rahvuspark and Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tallinn Old Town and Toompea Hill. Take a break from Tallinn with a short trip to Rakvere Castle in Rakvere, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: stop by Town Hall Pharmacy, examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, contemplate the long history of Tallinn Town Wall, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tallinn trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by train from Tartu to Tallinn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tallinn can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Parnu.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Lahemaa rahvuspark, Rakvere Castle
Highlights from your plan
Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Lahemaa rahvuspark ©
Lahemaa rahvuspark
Rotermann Quarter ©
Rotermann Quarter

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Thu), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, kick back and relax at Parnu Beach Promenade, and then contemplate the long history of Prison Escape.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Parnu online travel planner .

Getting from Tallinn to Parnu by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December in Parnu, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Riga.

Things to do in Parnu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Parnu Beach Promenade ©
Parnu Beach Promenade
Room Escape Games

6
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.
Visiting Tervete Nature Park and Jurmala Beach will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Kemeri National Park and Latvian National Museum Of Art. Take a break from Riga with a short trip to Rundāle Palace in Pilsrundale, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Old City Riga (Vecriga), admire the natural beauty at Vermanes Garden, delve into the lush surroundings at Dzintari Forest Park, and examine the collection at Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs.

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

Traveling by car from Parnu to Riga takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. December in Riga sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Riga

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Jurmala, Tervete Nature Park, Rundāle Palace
Highlights from your plan
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Tervete Nature Park ©
Tervete Nature Park
Kemeri National Park ©
Kemeri National Park