5 days in Latvia & Estonia Itinerary

5 days in Latvia & Estonia Itinerary

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Riga, Latvia
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Tallinn, Estonia
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Riga, Latvia

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, contemplate the long history of Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, and then examine the collection at Riga Motormuseum. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Freedom Monument, hunt for treasures at Central Market (Centraltirgus), don't miss a visit to Riga Town Hall Square, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, and finally stop by Old City Riga (Vecriga).

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Riga day trip tool.

Helsinki, Finland to Riga is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. In February in Riga, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Tallinn, Estonia

— 3 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.
Tallinn is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill, take in panoramic vistas at St. Olaf’s Church, see the interesting displays at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, and don't miss a visit to Tallinna Raekoja Plats.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tallinn trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Riga to Tallinn takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in February, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

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.