19 days in The Baltics Itinerary

19 days in The Baltics Itinerary

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19 days in The Baltics Itinerary

Nimes, France
Fly:  22​h
Saaremaa, Estonia
— 3 nights
taxi + bus:  3​h 30​min
Tallinn, Estonia
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
Tartu, Estonia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Riga, Latvia
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
Kaunas, Lithuania
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle + train:  9​h 15​min
Nimes, France

3
days
Saaremaa, Estonia

Saaremaa ©
Saaremaa is the largest island in Estonia, measuring 2673km2. Kuressaare Episcopal Castle and St Catherine’s Church will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Viidumae Ecological Reserve and Angla Tuulikumägi. Take a break from Saaremaa with a short trip to Muhu Jaanalind in Muhu, about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaali Meteorite Crater, contemplate the long history of Trahter Veski, experience rural life at GoodKaarma OÜ, and kick back and relax at Jarve.

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Nimes, France to Saaremaa is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Nimes in July: high temperatures in Saaremaa hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Saaremaa

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

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Muhu
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Kuressaare Episcopal Castle ©
Kuressaare Episcopal Castle
Viidumae Ecological Reserve ©
Viidumae Ecological Reserve
Jarve ©
Jarve

4
days
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.
Get outdoors at Tallinn Zoo and Beach Klooga. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cape Pakri and Atlantis H2O Aquapark. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik, take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town, and explore the world behind art at Kadriorg Palace.

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Do a combination of taxi and bus from Saaremaa to Tallinn in 3.5 hours. In July in Tallinn, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can take a train to Tartu.

Things to do in Tallinn

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Outdoors

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Beach Klooga, Atlantis H2O Aquapark, Cape Pakri
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Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral ©
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

1
day
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.
On the 17th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Tartu Town Hall Square, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Paul’s Church of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, then examine the collection at KGB Cells Museum, and finally get curious at AHHAA Science Centre.

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Getting from Tallinn to Tartu by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Riga.

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#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Childrens Museums
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Tartu Town Hall Square ©
Tartu Town Hall Square
AHHAA Science Centre ©
AHHAA Science Centre
KGB Cells Museum ©
KGB Cells Museum

3
days
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vermanes Garden and Old City Riga (Vecriga). You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dzintari Forest Park and Gauja National Park. On the 18th (Wed), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Jurmala Beach. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church.

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Traveling by car from Tartu to Riga takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Riga can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Kaunas.

Things to do in Riga

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Jurmala, Gauja National Park
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Jurmala Beach ©
Jurmala Beach
Dzintari Forest Park ©
Dzintari Forest Park
Gauja National Park ©
Gauja National Park

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Ninth Fort, look for all kinds of wild species at Aleksotas Hill, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Gertrude's Church. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Old Town Kaunas, step into the grandiose world of Kaunas Castle, then brush up on your military savvy at Atomic KGB Bunker, and finally shop like a local with Laisves aleja (Liberty Boulevard).

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kaunas travel route 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 train. In July, daily temperatures in Kaunas can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Vilnius.

Things to do in Kaunas

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

3
days
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.
Attractions like Toy museum and Energy and Technology Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Explore hidden gems such as Vilniaus staciatikiu Sventosios Dvasios vienuolynas and St. Casimir's Church (Sv. Kazimiero Baznycia). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Theresa, take a stroll through Gediminas Avenue, make a splash at Vichy Vandens Park (Vichy Aqua Park), and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Vilnius online itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Kaunas to Vilnius in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Vilnius, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Vilnius

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Theme Parks
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Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
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Church of St. Theresa