41 days in Lithuania & Latvia Itinerary

41 days in Lithuania & Latvia Itinerary

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41 days in Lithuania & Latvia Itinerary

Start: Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Riga, Latvia
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Valmiera, Latvia
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Ventspils, Latvia
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Klaipeda, Lithuania
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
5
Siauliai, Lithuania
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Kaunas, Lithuania
— 7 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
7
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 8 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

9
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.
Explore Riga's surroundings by going to Turaida Castle (in Sigulda) and Salaspils Memorial Ensemble (in Salaspils). On the 13th (Fri), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Jurmala Beach. Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring nature at Gauja National Park. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga), take an in-depth tour of Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, contemplate the long history of Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, and hunt for treasures at Riga Central Market.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Riga vacation planner.

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt to Riga is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. In October, Riga is much colder than Sharm El Sheikh - with highs of 12°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Valmiera.

Things to do in Riga

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jurmala, Salaspils Memorial Ensemble, Gauja National Park, Turaida Castle
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Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Freedom Monument ©
Freedom Monument
Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs ©
Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs

3
nights
Valmiera, Latvia

Valmiera ©
Valmiera is the largest city of the historical Vidzeme region, Latvia, with a total area of 18.1km². Explore Valmiera's surroundings by going to The Secret Soviet Bunker (in Ligatne), Cesis (Araisi Lake Dwelling Site, Ancient Jewellery Smithy, & more) and Veczemju Mantinu Cliffs (in Salacgriva). It doesn't end there: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Valmiermuiza Beer Brewery.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Valmiera sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Riga to Valmiera takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Valmiera can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ventspils.

Things to do in Valmiera

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cesis, Veczemju Klintis, The Secret Soviet Bunker
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Veczemju Klintis ©
Veczemju Klintis
Cesis Medieval Castle ©
Cesis Medieval Castle
The Secret Soviet Bunker ©
The Secret Soviet Bunker

3
nights
Ventspils, Latvia

Ventspils ©
Ventspils is a town in northwestern Latvia in the historical Courland region of Latvia, and is the sixth largest city in the country. Get out of town with these interesting Ventspils side-trips: Venta Waterfall (in Kuldiga), Edole Castle (in Edole) and Dundagas pils (in Dundaga).

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ventspils vacation planner.

Getting from Valmiera to Ventspils by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October in Ventspils, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Klaipeda.

Things to do in Ventspils

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Edole Castle, Dundaga Castle, Venta Rapid Waterfall
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Ventspils Beach ©
Ventspils Beach
Venta Rapid Waterfall ©
Venta Rapid Waterfall
Piejuras Brivdabas Muzejs
Piejuras Brivdabas Muzejs

4
nights
Klaipeda, Lithuania

Klaipeda ©
Lithuania's third-largest city, Klaipeda, sits as a seaport and cruise stop with a wealth of museums and medieval sites.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Klaipeda: Palanga (Palanga Beach & Kurortu Pramogos) and Nida (Nida Dunes & Nida Beach). Spend the 27th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Curonian Spit / Kursiu Nerija National Park. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Palanga Amber Museum, stroll through The Sculpture Park, admire the natural beauty at Palanga Birute park beach, and make a trip to Sculpture Golden Mouse.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Klaipeda tour planner.

Getting from Ventspils to Klaipeda by car takes about 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Klaipeda can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can take a train to Siauliai.

Things to do in Klaipeda

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Palanga, Nida
Highlights from your plan
Curonian Spit National Park ©
Curonian Spit National Park
Birute Park ©
Birute Park
Palanga Amber Museum ©
Palanga Amber Museum

4
nights
Siauliai, Lithuania

Siauliai ©
Šiauliai is the fourth largest city in Lithuania, with a population of 133,900. Get out of town with these interesting Siauliai side-trips: Senvage (in Panevezys) and Pakruojis Manor Living Museum (in Pakruojis). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Siauliai Hill of Crosses, see the interesting displays at Rūta, don't miss a visit to Chaimo Frenkelio vila, and look for gifts at Akropolis.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Siauliai itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Klaipeda to Siauliai in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Siauliai, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Kaunas.

Things to do in Siauliai

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pakruojis Manor Living Museum, Senvage
Highlights from your plan
Ruta Sokolado Muziejus ©
Ruta Sokolado Muziejus
Hill of Crosses - Kryziu Kalnas ©
Hill of Crosses - Kryziu Kalnas
Senvage ©
Senvage

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kaunas: Druskininkai (Druskininkai Aquapark & Snow Arena). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Old Town Kaunas, buy something for everyone on your list at Akropolis, see the interesting displays at Museum of History of Lithuanian Medicine and Pharmacy, and explore the historical opulence of Kaunas Castle.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kaunas travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Siauliai to Kaunas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Vilnius.

Things to do in Kaunas

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Druskininkai
Highlights from your plan
National M. K. Ciurlionis Art Museum ©
Ninth Fort ©
Ninth Fort
Old Town Kaunas ©
Old Town Kaunas

8
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Vilnius: Trakai (Trakai Historical National Park & Trakai Castle). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Gediminas Tower, wander the streets of Vilnius Old Town, examine the collection at Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and St. Paul's Church.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Vilnius itinerary builder.

Getting from Kaunas to Vilnius by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Vilnius are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Trakai Island Castle Museum
Highlights from your plan
Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
Trakai Island Castle Museum ©
Trakai Island Castle Museum
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus) ©

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