8 days in Riga & Vilnius Itinerary

8 days in Riga & Vilnius Itinerary

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8 days in Riga & Vilnius Itinerary

Start: Helsinki, Finland
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Riga, Latvia
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Helsinki, Finland

5
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 14th (Thu), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Jurmala Beach. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga), pause for some photo ops at Freedom Monument (Brivibas Piemineklis), meet the residents at Riga Zoo, and don't miss a visit to Riga Town Hall Square.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Riga road trip tool .

Helsinki, Finland to Riga is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. In June, daily temperatures in Riga can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Riga

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Jurmala Beach
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Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Jurmala Beach ©
Jurmala Beach

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Trakai Island Castle Museum in Trakai (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Gediminas Castle Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gates of Dawn (Ausros Vartai), take a stroll through Vilnius Old Town, and don't miss a visit to Hill of Three Crosses.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Vilnius tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Riga to Vilnius takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vilnius

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Trakai Island Castle Museum
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Trakai Island Castle Museum ©
Trakai Island Castle Museum
Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus) ©

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