36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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Helsinki, Finland
— 5 nights
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Mariehamn, Finland
— 2 nights
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Turku, Finland
— 3 nights
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Kaunas, Lithuania
— 2 nights
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Vilnius, Lithuania
— 5 nights
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Palanga, Lithuania
— 2 nights
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Bauska, Latvia
— 2 nights
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Riga, Latvia
— 5 nights
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Parnu, Estonia
— 1 night
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Tallinn, Estonia
— 7 nights
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Helsinki, Finland

— 5 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Tampere (Tampereen Tuomiokirkko & Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Helsinki sightseeing planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Melbourne to Helsinki. May in Helsinki sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Mariehamn, Finland

— 2 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of The Cultural History Museum of Aland, examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then stroll around Lilla holmen, and finally take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): explore the engaging exhibits at The Aland Island Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Bomarsund, then examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, and finally examine the collection at Kastelholm - Open-air Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn trip maker site.

You can fly from Helsinki to Mariehamn in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or ride a ferry. When traveling from Helsinki in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Mariehamn, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Turku, Finland

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get some cultural insight at Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Explore hidden gems such as Forum Marinum Maritime Centre and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Rauma (Old Rauma & The Church of the Holy Cross). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Turku vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kaunas.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Kaunas, Lithuania

— 2 nights
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 20th (Thu), explore the different monuments and memorials at Ramybes parkas, steep yourself in history at Sugihara House, examine the collection at National M. K. Ciurlionis Art Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, then explore the historical opulence of Kaunas Castle, and finally take a stroll through Old Town Kaunas. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Ninth Fort, then take an in-depth tour of Rumsiskes Open-Air Museum, and then explore the historical opulence of Raudondvaris Dvaras.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kaunas online attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Turku to Kaunas with the Route module. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Turku in May: high temperatures in Kaunas hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Vilnius.

Things to do in Kaunas

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vilnius, Lithuania

— 5 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.
Let the collections at Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania and Gediminas Castle Tower capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Gate of Dawn and Church of St. Theresa. Change things up with these side-trips from Vilnius: Trakai (Kenesa & Trakai Island Castle Museum). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church Of St Peter And St Paul, examine the collection at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Casimir, and view the masterpieces at Vilnil. Museum of illusions.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Vilnius travel route planner.

Drive from Kaunas to Vilnius in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Vilnius, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Palanga.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Palanga, Lithuania

— 2 nights
Palanga is a seaside resort town in western Lithuania, on the shore of the Baltic Sea. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Kretinga Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, then kick back and relax at Palanga Beach, then examine the collection at Palanga Amber Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Birute Park. On the next day, walk around Birute's Hill, then get engrossed in the history at Vinetu Kaimas, then don't miss a visit to Meridianas, and finally enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Klaipeda University.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Palanga trip planner.

You can drive from Vilnius to Palanga in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or fly. Traveling from Vilnius in May, you will find days in Palanga are a bit cooler (18°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bauska.

Things to do in Palanga

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Bauska, Latvia

— 2 nights
Bauska is a town in Bauska Municipality, in the Zemgale region of southern Latvia. On the 29th (Sat), make a trip to Bauska Town Hall, take an in-depth tour of Rundāle Palace, then step into the grandiose world of Bauska Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Bauskas Sveta Gara Evangeliski Luteriska Baznica, and finally see the interesting displays at The branch of the Riga Motor Museum in Bauska. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Tervetes Taurini, look for all kinds of wild species at Tervete Nature Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument to Janis Cakste.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Bauska trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Palanga to Bauska in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Riga.

Things to do in Bauska

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Riga, Latvia

— 5 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.
Get some historical perspective at Turaida Castle and Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee Art Nouveau and Latvian National Museum Of Art. Get out of town with these interesting Riga side-trips: Sigulda (Turaida Lutheran Church & Sigulda Adventure Park Tarzan). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nativity of Christ Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Livu Square, take in nature's colorful creations at Vermanes Garden, and get engrossed in the history at Zanis Lipke Memorial.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Riga trip site.

Drive from Bauska to Riga in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Riga sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Parnu.

Things to do in Riga

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Parnu, Estonia

— 1 night

Estonia's Summer Capital

A holiday hotspot among Estonians and nearby nations, the coastal city of Parnu offers golden sandy beaches, an assortment of parks, and lively center.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Valgeranna Beach, then stroll through Parnu Beach Promenade, and then steep yourself in history at Prison Escape.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Parnu driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Riga to Parnu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Parnu are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tallinn.

Things to do in Parnu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Tallinn, Estonia

— 7 nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum and Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tallinn Town Wall and Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik. Change things up with these side-trips from Tallinn: Rakvere (Tarvas Sculpture, Rakvere Castle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on Traveller Tours, examine the collection at Niguliste Museum, explore the world behind art at Kumu Art Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peapiiskopi Kirik.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tallinn online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Parnu to Tallinn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Parnu in June since evenings lows in Tallinn dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Finland travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."

Lithuania travel guide

4.4
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.

Latvia travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · History Museums
Nestled between Estonia and Lithuania, Latvia has a small but developing tourist industry and the country is authentic and welcoming. The Baltic coast stretches 500 km (310 mi) along Latvia's northern border, and lush green forests cover nearly half of the country. Founded in 1918, Latvia was occupied by both the Nazis and the Soviet Union, who incorporated the country and did not restore independence until 1991. Due to centuries of foreign rule, the country boasts a mix of ethnic backgrounds, while maintaining the Latvian language. With cosmopolitan Riga as the capital, Latvia offers a mix of urban excitement and rural nature.

Estonia travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
Baltic Tiger
Small in size but big in character, the proud nation of Estonia manages to pack historical cities, swathes of charming countryside, a picturesque coastline, and rugged islands into a relatively small amount of space. Thanks to its compactness, visitors can easily travel between the many tourist attractions the country has to offer. Although just a stone's throw away from Finland, Latvia, and Russia, Estonia boasts its own distinct culture, evident in the country's cuisine, music, and traditions. This vibrant nation emerged from over 40 years of Soviet rule to be one of the most economically successful of the European Union's eastern members and is leading the way in tech industries.