11 days in The Baltics Itinerary

11 days in The Baltics Itinerary

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11 days in The Baltics Itinerary

Start: Reykjavik, Iceland
Fly:  7 h
1
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
2
Riga, Latvia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Tallinn, Estonia
— 4 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: Reykjavik, Iceland

3
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.
When in Vilnius, make a side trip to see Trakai Island Castle Museum in Trakai, approximately Trakai away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Gediminas Castle Tower, take a stroll through Vilnius Old Town, pause for some photo ops at Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika), and see the interesting displays at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus).

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Vilnius trip site .

Reykjavik, Iceland to Vilnius is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Reykjavik in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Vilnius, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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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.
Bring the kids along to Jurmala Beach and Dzintari Forest Park. Step out of Riga with an excursion to Jomas iela in Jurmala--about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga), hunt for treasures at Central Market (Centraltirgus), admire the striking features of House of the Black Heads, and have some family-friendly fun at OldTown Archery Riga.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Riga trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Vilnius to Riga by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April in Riga, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Jurmala
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Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Jurmala Beach ©
Jurmala Beach
Dzintari Forest Park ©
Dzintari Forest Park

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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.
Family-friendly places like Tallinn Zoo and Stroomi Beach will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Toompea Hill, take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town, take in panoramic vistas at St. Olaf’s Church, and make a trip to Tallinna Raekoja Plats.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tallinn trip maker tool .

You can fly from Riga to Tallinn in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Riga in April, plan for little chillier days in Tallinn, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tallinn

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Tallinn Zoo ©
Tallinn Zoo
Energy Discovery Centre ©
Energy Discovery Centre

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