49 days in The Baltics Itinerary

49 days in The Baltics Itinerary

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49 days in The Baltics Itinerary

Start: Flam, Norway
Drive + Fly:  10​h
1
Riga, Latvia
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Cesis, Latvia
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Tartu, Estonia
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Ida-Viru County, Estonia
— 4 nights
Taxi + Train:  1​h 15​min
5
Rakvere, Estonia
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Haapsalu, Estonia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Saaremaa, Estonia
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Tallinn, Estonia
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Palanga, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Kaunas, Lithuania
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Train + Bus:  10​h 15​min
End: Flam, Norway

7
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.
Popular historic sites such as Rundale Palace Museum (Rundales Pils) and Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Jurmala Beach and Pilsetas kanals. Step out of Riga to go to Salaspils and see Salaspils Memorial Ensemble, which is approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga), see the interesting displays at Riga Motormuseum, take an in-depth tour of Latvian War Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church.

For ratings and other tourist information, read our Riga trip itinerary maker.

Flam, Norway to Riga is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Flam to Riga is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Cesis.

Things to do in Riga

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Jurmala, Salaspils Memorial Ensemble, Rundāle Palace
Highlights from your plan
Dzintari Forest Park ©
Dzintari Forest Park
Rundāle Palace ©
Rundāle Palace
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)

1
night
Cesis, Latvia

Cesis ©
Cēsis, is a town in Latvia located in the northern part of the Central Vidzeme Upland. For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cesis trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Riga to Cesis takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tartu.

Things to do in Cesis

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cesis Medieval Castle ©
Cesis Medieval Castle
Ancient Jewellery Smithy ©
Ancient Jewellery Smithy

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tartu Old City and Barclay de Tolly Mausoleum. Visit Tartu Town Hall Square and Otepaa Maarja Lutheran Church for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Otepää Seikluspark (in Otepaa) and Ruins of the Viljandi Order Castle (in Viljandi). There's much more to do: engage your brain at AHHAA Science Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Church, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden of the University of Tartu, and admire all the interesting features of University of Tartu.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tartu holiday planner.

Getting from Cesis to Tartu by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Ida-Viru County.

Things to do in Tartu

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Otepaa, Ruins of the Viljandi Order Castle, Barclay de Tolly Mausoleum
Highlights from your plan
Tartu Town Hall Square ©
Tartu Town Hall Square
Ruins of the Viljandi Order Castle ©
Tartu Old City ©
Tartu Old City

4
nights
Ida-Viru County, Estonia

Ida-Viru County ©
Home to much of what makes Estonia great, Ida-Viru County boasts beautiful scenery, an interesting capital, and a selection of historical buildings alongside its proud industrial heritage.
Narva Museum and Narva Alexander's Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fama Centre and Toila Martsa Hiking Trail. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Narva Joesuu, get engrossed in the history at Vaivara Sinimagede Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at The Lords Resurrection Cathedral, and examine the collection at Kohtla Mining Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ida-Viru County vacation planner.

Drive from Tartu to Ida-Viru County in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rakvere.

Things to do in Ida-Viru County

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Narva Joesuu ©
Narva Joesuu
Narva Castle ©
Narva Castle
Fama Centre ©
Fama Centre

5
nights
Rakvere, Estonia

Rakvere ©
Rakvere is a town in northern Estonia and the county seat of Lääne-Viru County, 20 km south of the Gulf of Finland.HistoryThe earliest signs of human settlement dating back to the 3rd–5th centuries AD have been found on the present theatre hill. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Rakvere Castle and Kasmu Nature and Cultural History Trail. Get in touch with nature at Lahemaa rahvuspark and Brown Bear Watching in Estonia. Explore Rakvere's surroundings by going to Palmse mõis-vabaõhumuuseum (in Vihula) and Lake Porkuni (in Tamsalu). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at German Military Cemetery, make a splash at Aqva Hotel & Spa, contemplate the long history of Toolse Order Castle, and appreciate the history behind Tarvas Sculpture.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rakvere holiday planner.

You can drive from Ida-Viru County to Rakvere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Rakvere, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Haapsalu.

Things to do in Rakvere

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haljala Parish, Lahemaa rahvuspark, Kasmu Nature and Cultural History Trail, Lake Porkuni, Natourest
Highlights from your plan
Lahemaa rahvuspark ©
Lahemaa rahvuspark
Rakvere Castle ©
Rakvere Castle
Palmse Manor and Open-Air Museum ©
Palmse Manor and Open-Air Museum

2
nights
Haapsalu, Estonia

Haapsalu ©
Haapsalu is a seaside resort town located on the west coast of Estonia. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Africa Beach and Promenade, then get to know the fascinating history of Haapsalu Old Town, and then explore the historical opulence of Haapsalu Castle.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Haapsalu trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rakvere to Haapsalu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Haapsalu sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Saaremaa.

Things to do in Haapsalu

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Africa Beach and Promenade ©
Africa Beach and Promenade
Haapsalu Castle ©
Haapsalu Castle

3
nights
Saaremaa, Estonia

Saaremaa ©
Saaremaa is the largest island in Estonia, measuring 2673km2. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kuressaare Episcopal Castle and Kaarma Church of Saints Peter and Paul. Get outdoors at Viidumae Ecological Reserve and Kaali Meteorite Crater. Change things up with these side-trips from Saaremaa: St Catherine’s Church (in Muhu) and Panga Cliff (in Panga).

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Saaremaa itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi from Haapsalu to Saaremaa in 4.5 hours. In October in Saaremaa, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 6°C at night. On the 10th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Saaremaa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Panga Cliff, St Catherine’s Church
Highlights from your plan
Saaremaa Museum ©
Saaremaa Museum
Kuressaare Castle ©
Kuressaare Castle
Angla Tuulikumägi ©
Angla Tuulikumägi

8
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Holy Spirit Church. Get some cultural insight at Toompea Hill and Kadriorg Palace. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town, step into the grandiose world of Toompea Castle, steep yourself in history at Town Council's Aphothecary, and explore the galleries of Kumu Art Museum.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tallinn custom trip planner.

Getting from Saaremaa to Tallinn by combination of taxi and bus takes about 4 hours. October in Tallinn sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill

7
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Vilniaus staciatikiu Sventosios Dvasios vienuolynas and The Church of St Theresa. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Trakai Historical National Park and Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Tower, examine the collection at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), take in the spiritual surroundings of CHURCH OF ST. Francis of Assisi (Bernardine) Parish, and shop like a local with Gediminas Avenue.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Vilnius sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Tallinn to Vilnius in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Vilnius can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Palanga.

Things to do in Vilnius

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ponary cmentarz ©
Ponary cmentarz
Church of St. Theresa ©
Church of St. Theresa

2
nights
Palanga, Lithuania

Palanga ©
Palanga is a seaside resort town in western Lithuania, on the shore of the Baltic Sea. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Palanga Amber Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at Palanga Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Amber Gallery-Museum and then kick back and relax at Nida Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Palanga itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Vilnius to Palanga takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kaunas.

Things to do in Palanga

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nida
Highlights from your plan
Palanga Beach ©
Palanga Beach
Nida Beach ©
Nida Beach
Palanga Amber Museum ©
Palanga Amber Museum

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Ninth Fort and Kaunas Castle are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Rumsiskes Open-Air Museum and Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Laisves aleja (Liberty Boulevard), examine the collection at M.K. Čiurlionis Museum of Art, don't miss a visit to House of Perkūnas, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Gertrude's Church.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Kaunas trip builder.

You can drive from Palanga to Kaunas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Kaunas can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kaunas

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Ninth Fort ©
Ninth Fort
Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul ©
Pazaislis Monastery ©
Pazaislis Monastery