16 days in Estonia, Lithuania & Latvia Itinerary

16 days in Estonia, Lithuania & Latvia Itinerary

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Tallinn, Estonia
— 5 nights
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 4 nights
Kaunas, Lithuania
— 1 night
Riga, Latvia
— 5 nights


Tallinn, Estonia — 5 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 sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, don't miss a visit to Tallinna Raekoja Plats, steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill, and stroll around Kadriorg Park.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tallinn trip tool.

New Delhi, India to Tallinn is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Tallinn. Traveling from New Delhi in November, things will get much colder in Tallinn: highs are around 5°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can fly to Vilnius.
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Vilnius, Lithuania — 4 nights

Jerusalem of Lithuania

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 Island Castle Museum & Trakai Orthodox Church). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), make a trip to Lukiskes Prison 2.0, take a stroll through Vilnius Old Town, and stop by Uzupis.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Vilnius tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Tallinn to Vilnius takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Vilnius are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kaunas.
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Kaunas, Lithuania — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Pazaislis Monastery, don't miss a visit to Ninth Fort, pause for some photo ops at Laisves Karys, then visit Old Town, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kaunas Castle.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kaunas online day trip planner.

You can drive from Vilnius to Kaunas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in November, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Riga.
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Riga, Latvia — 5 nights

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.
Step out of Riga to go to Salaspils and see Salaspils Memorial Ensemble, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Old City Riga (Vecriga), get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, pause for some photo ops at Freedom Monument, and admire the striking features of House Of The Black Heads.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Riga online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kaunas to Riga takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In November, daytime highs in Riga are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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Estonia travel guide

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.

Lithuania travel guide

Characterized by the majestic Baltic coastline and adjacent white sands, Lithuania boasts lush green forests, hidden lakes, and coastal wetlands. A nation with a turbulent history, Lithuania houses the remains of a former nuclear site and the remnants of defenses used to strengthen the frontier of the Tsarist empire. At the same time, it pays homage to its national heroes, honored in sculpture parks and museums throughout the country. Today, Lithuania boasts a thriving musical, cultural, and visual arts scene, hosting a range of festivals and concerts year-round.

Latvia travel guide

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.