9 days in Europe Itinerary

9 days in Europe Itinerary

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9 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Porto, Portugal
Fly:  7 h 45 min
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h
2
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Riga, Latvia
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
4
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: Porto, Portugal

2
nights
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
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.
On the 29th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Senate Square, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki itinerary planner .

Porto, Portugal to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to Helsinki is 2 hours. In March, Helsinki is colder than Porto - with highs of 3°C and lows of -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Tallinn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Tallinna Teletorn, then examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, then steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): make a trip to Tallinna Raekoja Plats, then take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town, then contemplate the long history of St. Olaf’s Church, and finally stroll around Kadriorg Park.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tallinn journey builder site .

Traveling by ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. March in Tallinn sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour ©
Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour

1
night
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 3rd (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Freedom Monument, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, then take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga), and finally don't miss a visit to Riga Town Hall Square.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Riga vacation planner .

You can fly from Tallinn to Riga in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Riga

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Freedom Monument ©
Freedom Monument
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): see the interesting displays at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), then admire the striking features of Trakai Island Castle Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of Chapel of St. John Nepomuk. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika), take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, then wander the streets of Vilnius Old Town, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Vilnius trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Riga to Vilnius takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Vilnius sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Trakai
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Trakai Island Castle Museum ©
Trakai Island Castle Museum
Vilnius Old Town ©
Vilnius Old Town
Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower

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