20 days in Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia Itinerary

20 days in Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia Itinerary

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Vilnius, Lithuania
— 5 nights
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Klaipeda, Lithuania
— 1 night
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Riga, Latvia
— 4 nights
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Sigulda, Latvia
— 3 nights
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Tallinn, Estonia
— 6 nights
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Vilnius, Lithuania

— 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Balloon Rides and Museum of History of Lithuanian Medicine and Pharmacy. Venture out of the city with trips to Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul (in Kaunas) and Rumsiskes Open-Air Museum (in Rumsiskes). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Theresa, explore the different monuments and memorials at Rasu Cemetery (Rasu kapines), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vilniaus staciatikiu Sventosios Dvasios vienuolynas, and see the interesting displays at Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Vilnius visit planning tool.

Washington DC, USA to Vilnius is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Washington DC to Vilnius. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Washington DC in September: high temperatures in Vilnius hover around 63°F and lows are around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Klaipeda.

Things to do in Vilnius

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Klaipeda, Lithuania

— 1 night

Port City

Lithuania's third-largest city, Klaipeda, sits as a seaport and cruise stop with a wealth of museums and medieval sites.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Laukinis Vyras, pause for some photo ops at Chimneysweeps, appreciate the history behind Vytauto Sliogerio atminimo plokste - peda, then pause for some photo ops at Monument To Fisherman, then admire the landmark architecture of Klaipedos Central Post Office, and finally pause for some photo ops at Chetyre Vetra Sculpture.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Klaipeda road trip app.

Traveling by car from Vilnius to Klaipeda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Klaipeda, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Riga.
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Riga, Latvia

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like JJugenda Stila Nami, Riga and Jauniela. There's much more to do: walk around Bastejkalna Park, take an in-depth tour of Zanis Lipke Memorial, examine the collection at Museum of Riga's History and Navigation, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Church.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Riga trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Klaipeda to Riga takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Riga can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sigulda.

Things to do in Riga

Museums · Parks · Tours · Nature

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Sigulda, Latvia

— 3 nights
Sigulda is a town in the Vidzeme Region of Latvia, 53km from the capital city Riga.OverviewSigulda is on a picturesque stretch of the primeval Gauja river valley. Step off the beaten path and head to Keizarkresls un keizarskats and Erglu Cliffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Sigulda: Sietiniezis Rock (in Valmiera), Ungurmuiza Manor (in Raiskums) and Cesis (May Park & Araishi wind mill). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Serpentine Road, walk around Vienkoci Park, explore the ancient world of The Krimulda Castle Ruins, and look for all kinds of wild species at Velnalas klintis un Velna ala.

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You can drive from Riga to Sigulda in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tallinn.

Things to do in Sigulda

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Tallinn, Estonia

— 6 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Off-Road Tours and Long Street (Pikk tanav). The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Kadriorg Palace, don't miss a visit to Rataskaevu Street, take in nature's colorful creations at Danish King's Garden, and take in the exciting artwork at Telliskivi Loomelinnak.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tallinn trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Sigulda to Tallinn in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In September in Tallinn, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tallinn

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours
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Lithuania travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings
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

4.3
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · History Museums
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.

Estonia travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
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.