12 days in Riga & Lithuania Itinerary

12 days in Riga & Lithuania Itinerary

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12 days in Riga & Lithuania Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Siauliai, Lithuania
— 1 night
train + Drive:  1​h 30​min
Plateliai, Lithuania
— 1 night
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  2​h 30​min
Nida, Lithuania
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  1​h 30​min
Klaipeda, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Kaunas, Lithuania
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Brussels, Belgium

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.
On the 6th (Mon), kick back and relax at Jurmala Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Ragakapa Nature Park, then take a peaceful walk through Dzintari Forest Park, then admire the natural beauty at Vermanes Garden, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Livu Square.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Riga trip itinerary planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Riga is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Riga can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Riga

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

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Jurmala
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Jurmala Beach ©
Jurmala Beach
Dzintari Forest Park ©
Dzintari Forest Park
Vermanes Garden ©
Vermanes Garden

2
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.
Vilniaus staciatikiu Sventosios Dvasios vienuolynas and Bernardine Church (Bernardinu Baznycia) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Balloon Rides and Kernave Mounds. Change things up with a short trip to Trakai Island Castle Museum in Trakai (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Theresa, see the interesting displays at Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania, steep yourself in history at Ponary cmentarz, and take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Tower.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Vilnius trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Riga to Vilnius takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Vilnius can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Siauliai.

Things to do in Vilnius

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Trakai Island Castle Museum, Kernave Mounds
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Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
Church of St. Theresa ©
Church of St. Theresa

1
night
Siauliai, Lithuania

Siauliai ©
Šiauliai is the fourth largest city in Lithuania, with a population of 133,900. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get outside with Splius Adventure Park, don't miss a visit to “Cockerel” Clock Square, then examine the collection at Photography Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Siauliai Hill of Crosses.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Siauliai itinerary site .

Take a train from Vilnius to Siauliai in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Siauliai sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Plateliai.

Things to do in Siauliai

#Outdoors, #Historic Sites, #Museums
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Splius Adventure Park ©
Splius Adventure Park
Siauliai Hill of Crosses ©
Siauliai Hill of Crosses
Photography Museum ©
Photography Museum

1
night
Plateliai, Lithuania

Plateliai ©
Plateliai is a town in Samogitia, Lithuania. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): brush up on your military savvy at Šaltojo karo muziejus, then examine the collection at Cold War Museum, and then step off the mainland to explore Zemaitija National Park.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Plateliai day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of train and car from Siauliai to Plateliai in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Plateliai can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nida.

Things to do in Plateliai

#Wildlife, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Šaltojo karo muziejus
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Zemaitija National Park ©
Zemaitija National Park
Cold War Museum ©
Cold War Museum

1
night
Nida, Lithuania

Nida
Nida is a resort town in Lithuania, the administrative centre of Neringa municipality. On the 13th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Kursiu Nerija Nacionalinis Parkas.

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Getting from Plateliai to Nida by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August in Nida, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Klaipeda.

Things to do in Nida

#Nature, #Parks
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2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Curonian Spit / Kursiu Nerija National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the local landmark of Jūratė ir Kastytis, kick back and relax at Palanga Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, then see the interesting displays at Palanga Amber Museum, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Birute's Hill.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Klaipeda trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Nida to Klaipeda takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kaunas.

Things to do in Klaipeda

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trip

Palanga
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Palanga Beach ©
Palanga Beach
Palanga Amber Museum ©
Palanga Amber Museum

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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.
On the 16th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Ninth Fort, learn about all things military at Atomic KGB Bunker, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Gertrude's Church, then see the interesting displays at Devil's Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Laisves aleja (Liberty Boulevard). Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Aleksotas Hill, then wander the streets of Old Town Kaunas, and then explore the historical opulence of Kaunas Castle.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kaunas route builder site .

You can drive from Klaipeda to Kaunas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaunas

#Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites, #Wildlife
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Old Town Kaunas ©
Old Town Kaunas
Ninth Fort ©
Ninth Fort
Kaunas Castle ©
Kaunas Castle

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