15 days in The Baltics, St. Petersburg & Moscow Itinerary

15 days in The Baltics, St. Petersburg & Moscow Itinerary

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15 days in The Baltics, St. Petersburg & Moscow Itinerary

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly:  20 h 15 min
1
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Tartu, Estonia
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
4
Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
6
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Mexico City, Mexico

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'll explore and learn at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum and Kumu Art Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Olaf’s Church and Tallinn Town Wall. Go for a jaunt from Tallinn to Rakvere to see Rakvere Castle about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peapiiskopi Kirik, admire the striking features of Tallinna Raekoda, and take some stellar pictures from Viewing Point Kohtuotsa.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tallinn sightseeing planning tool .

Mexico City, Mexico to Tallinn is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 8 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Mexico City in septiembre: high temperatures in Tallinn hover around 19°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Tartu.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Rakvere Castle
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Viewing Point Kohtuotsa ©
Viewing Point Kohtuotsa
Rakvere Castle ©
Rakvere Castle
Kumu Art Museum ©
Kumu Art Museum

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Tartu Town Hall Square, stop by Tartu Old City, and then look and learn at AHHAA Science Centre.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tartu travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tallinn to Tartu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Tartu

Theme Parks Childrens Museums Museums
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Tartu Town Hall Square ©
Tartu Town Hall Square
AHHAA Science Centre ©
AHHAA Science Centre
Tartu Old City ©
Tartu Old City

3
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Peterhof State Museum Preserve and Sobor Petra I Pavla. Get some historical perspective at Neva Embankments and Nikolo-Bogoyavlenskiy Morskoy Sobor. Take a break from St. Petersburg with a short trip to Memorial Attack in Nizino, about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Monplaisir Historical Palace Museum, make a trip to Memorial Sign Strelka Of Vasilievskiy Island, explore the engaging exhibits at The Shadow Museum, and steep yourself in history at The Marly Palace.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg day trip planning app .

You can drive from Tartu to St. Petersburg in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Moscow Standard Time is 1 hour. In septiembre in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Memorial Attack
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The Menshikov Palace ©
The Menshikov Palace
The Marly Palace ©
The Marly Palace
Monplaisir Historical Palace Museum ©

3
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve and Krutitskoe Podvorye. Let the collections at Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve and Armoury Chamber capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries, admire the striking features of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, see the interesting displays at Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, and get to know the fascinating history of Cathedral Square.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Moscow trip builder.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Moscow by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. septiembre in Moscow sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Church of St. Sergius of Radonezh
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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika), take in panoramic vistas at Bell Tower of Vilnius Cathedral, examine the collection at Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bernardine Church (Bernardinu Baznycia), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gate of Dawn. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Casimir, get engrossed in the history at Holocaust Museum (The Green House), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Vilniaus staciatikiu Sventosios Dvasios vienuolynas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Theresa, then see the interesting displays at Vilnil. Museum of illusions, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vilnius trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Moscow to Vilnius by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Moscow to Vilnius due to the time zone difference. In septiembre, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Vilnius

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Bernardine Church (Bernardinu Baznycia) ©
Church of St. Theresa ©
Church of St. Theresa
Church of St. Casimir ©
Church of St. Casimir

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): admire the striking features of House of the Black Heads, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Riga Cathedral, examine the collection at KGB Building, then explore the galleries of Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Riga Motormuseum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Riga trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Vilnius to Riga in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In septiembre, daytime highs in Riga are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Riga

Museums Historic Sites
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Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum ©
KGB Building ©
KGB Building
Musee Art Nouveau ©
Musee Art Nouveau

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