9 days in Estonia, Latvia & Helsinki Itinerary

9 days in Estonia, Latvia & Helsinki Itinerary

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Riga, Latvia
— 3 nights
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Sigulda, Latvia
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Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
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Helsinki, Finland
— 1 day
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Tallinn, Estonia
— 1 night
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Hara, Estonia
— 1 night
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Tallinn, Estonia
— 1 night
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Riga, Latvia

— 3 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kemeri National Park as well as Dzintari Forest Park. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): walk around Dzintari Forest Park, explore the striking landscape of Kemeri National Park, then kick back and relax at Jurmala Beach, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from View of Riga from St Peter's Church Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga) and then contemplate the long history of Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Riga itinerary planner.

Lodz, Poland to Riga is an approximately 10-hour car ride. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in April, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Sigulda.

Things to do in Riga

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Sigulda, Latvia

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. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Turaida Castle and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gauja National Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sigulda journey website.

Traveling by car from Riga to Sigulda takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Sigulda sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 2nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tallinn.

Things to do in Sigulda

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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Tallinn, Estonia

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum as well as Tallinn Town Wall. On the 3rd (Wed), stroll around Kadriorg Park, steep yourself in history at Tallinn Town Wall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, then see the interesting displays at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum, then wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town, and finally steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tallinn online trip planner.

Getting from Sigulda to Tallinn by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Traveling from Sigulda in May, Tallinn is slightly colder at night with lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums
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Helsinki, Finland

— 1 day

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
You've now added Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

Fly from Tallinn to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Helsinki are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
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Tallinn, Estonia

— 1 night
To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tallinn day trip planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Tallinn in 3 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. On the 5th (Fri), you'll travel to Hara.

Things to do in Tallinn

Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife · Tours
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Hara, Estonia

— 1 night
On the 5th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lahemaa rahvuspark.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hara trip maker website.

You can drive from Tallinn to Hara in an hour. In May, daytime highs in Hara are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Hara

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Tallinn, Estonia

— 1 night
Your day by day itinerary now includes Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum as well as Tallinn Town Wall. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Tallinn Town Wall, then identify plant and animal life at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from St. Olaf’s Church.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tallinn day trip planning site.

Getting from Hara to Tallinn by car takes about an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums
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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.