12 days in Latvia, Kaunas & Vilnius Itinerary

12 days in Latvia, Kaunas & Vilnius Itinerary

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12 days in Latvia, Kaunas & Vilnius Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  7 h
1
Kaunas, Lithuania
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Sigulda, Latvia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Jurmala, Latvia
— 1 night
Bus:  45 min
5
Riga, Latvia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1
night
Kaunas, Lithuania

Kaunas ©
Situated between the Neris and Nemunas rivers, Kaunas is known for its old town, which, though smaller than the capital's, is in much better condition.
On the 18th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Ninth Fort, then see the interesting displays at Devil's Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Kaunas Castle, and finally stop by Old Town Kaunas.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kaunas tour itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Kaunas is an approximately 7- hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Kaunas can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Vilnius.

Things to do in Kaunas

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Ninth Fort ©
Ninth Fort
Kaunas Castle ©
Kaunas Castle
Old Town Kaunas ©
Old Town Kaunas

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Vilnius: Trakai (Trakai Island Castle Museum & Chapel of St. John Nepomuk). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Gediminas Castle Tower, see the interesting displays at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), visit Vilnius Old Town, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church Of St Peter And St Paul.

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Traveling by train from Kaunas to Vilnius takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Vilnius sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Sigulda.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Trakai
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Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
Trakai Island Castle Museum ©
Trakai Island Castle Museum
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus) ©

3
nights
Sigulda, Latvia

Sigulda ©
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. On the 22nd (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sigulda Evangelic Lutheran Church, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gauja National Park, and then Head underground at Gutman's Cave. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Turaida Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turaida Lutheran Church, then head outdoors with Sigulda Adventure Park Tarzan, and finally step into the grandiose world of Old Sigulda Castle.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sigulda itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Vilnius to Sigulda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Sigulda are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Jurmala.

Things to do in Sigulda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gauja National Park
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Gauja National Park ©
Gauja National Park
Turaida Castle ©
Turaida Castle
Old Sigulda Castle ©
Old Sigulda Castle

1
night
Jurmala, Latvia

Jurmala ©
Known for its long white-sand beaches and Art Nouveau wooden houses, Jurmala presents itself as a luxurious seaside resort and family getaway spot.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Brunurupucis (The Turtle) and then enjoy breathtaking views from Viewing Tower by Architect Bureau ARHIS. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Jurmala Beach, stroll around Dzintari Forest Park, and then make a trip to Jomas iela.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Jurmala trip planner.

You can drive from Sigulda to Jurmala in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In August in Jurmala, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Riga.

Things to do in Jurmala

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Jurmala Beach ©
Jurmala Beach
Dzintari Forest Park ©
Dzintari Forest Park
Jomas iela ©
Jomas iela

3
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.
Riga is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Old City Riga (Vecriga), admire the landmark architecture of House of the Black Heads, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, and take an in-depth tour of Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Riga tour itinerary builder app.

You can take a bus from Jurmala to Riga in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August in Riga, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Riga

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Freedom Monument ©
Freedom Monument
Central Market (Centraltirgus) ©
Central Market (Centraltirgus)

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