9 days in Lithuania, Estonia & Latvia Itinerary

9 days in Lithuania, Estonia & Latvia Itinerary

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9 days in Lithuania, Estonia & Latvia Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  6​h
1
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
2
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Kaunas, Lithuania
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Trakai, Lithuania
— Few hours
train:  1​h
6
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: London, United Kingdom

1
night
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.
To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Vilnius travel route planning tool .

London, UK to Vilnius is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Vilnius. Traveling from London in November, expect Vilnius to be a bit cooler, temps between 5°C and 0°C. You'll set off for Tallinn on the 28th (Thu).

Things to do in Vilnius

Nightlife Museums Tours

2
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.
You've added Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum, Toompea Castle, Great Guild Hall, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 28th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Kadriorg Palace, then see the interesting displays at Great Guild Hall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik, and finally take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tallinn online driving holiday planner .

Fly from Vilnius to Tallinn in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Tallinn

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

2
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.
You've added Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum, Livu Square, Bastejkalna Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 30th (Sat), get outside with Saulkrasti Beach, explore the world behind art at Latvian National Museum Of Art, then appreciate the history behind Freedom Monument, then walk around Bastejkalna Park, and finally make a trip to Old City Riga (Vecriga). On the next day, head outdoors with Jurmala Beach, take a peaceful walk through Dzintari Forest Park, take an in-depth tour of Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Riga Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of Livu Square, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Riga trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Tallinn to Riga in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Riga can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Kaunas.

Things to do in Riga

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jurmala, Saulkrasti Beach
Highlights from your plan
Jurmala Beach ©
Jurmala Beach
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs ©
Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs

1
night
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've added Stumbras Museum, The Old Church of Zapyskis, St. Gertrude's Church, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hill of Crosses - Kryziu Kalnas, examine the collection at Stumbras Museum, admire the landmark architecture of The Old Church of Zapyskis, don't miss a visit to Laisves aleja (Liberty Boulevard), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Gertrude's Church, and finally wander the streets of Old Town Kaunas.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Kaunas trip planner.

You can take a bus from Riga to Kaunas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kaunas can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Trakai.

Things to do in Kaunas

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Hill of Crosses - Kryziu Kalnas
Highlights from your plan
St. Gertrude's Church ©
St. Gertrude's Church
Hill of Crosses - Kryziu Kalnas ©
Hill of Crosses - Kryziu Kalnas
Ninth Fort ©
Ninth Fort

few
hours
Trakai, Lithuania

Trakai ©
Just west of Vilnius lies the lake resort and historical city of Trakai, famed for its fairy tale-like cityscape and the eclectic mix of communities that built it.
On the 3rd (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Trakai Island Castle Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Trakai itinerary planner.

Getting from Kaunas to Trakai by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Trakai can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Vilnius.

Things to do in Trakai

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Trakai Island Castle Museum ©
Trakai Island Castle Museum

2
nights
Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Holocaust Museum (The Green House), The Whisky Shop & Bar by Duokle Angelams and Uzupis Angel. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Ponary cmentarz, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Casimir, then view the masterpieces at Vilnil. Museum of illusions, and finally raise your glass at The Whisky Shop & Bar by Duokle Angelams. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Holocaust Museum (The Green House), examine the collection at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), step into the grandiose world of Presidential Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church Of St Peter And St Paul, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hill of Three Crosses, and finally see the interesting displays at Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Vilnius day trip planner .

You can take a train from Trakai to Vilnius in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vilnius

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Vilnius Old Town ©
Vilnius Old Town
Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus) ©

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