17 days in The Baltics & Valletta Itinerary

17 days in The Baltics & Valletta Itinerary

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17 days in The Baltics & Valletta Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Tallinn, Estonia
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Riga, Latvia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Valletta, Malta
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Toronto, Canada

4
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.
Tallinn is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town, make a trip to Toompea Hill, examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, and admire the masterpieces at Kumu Art Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tallinn trip builder site.

Toronto, Canada to Tallinn is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Toronto in August: high temperatures in Tallinn hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vilnius: Trakai (Trakai Island Castle Museum & Chapel of St. John Nepomuk). There's still lots to do: stop by Vilnius Old Town, take a stroll through Uzupis, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church Of St Peter And St Paul, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hill of Three Crosses.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Vilnius trip planner.

Getting from Tallinn to Vilnius by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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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: take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga), enjoy the sand and surf at Jurmala Beach, hunt for treasures at Central Market (Centraltirgus), and examine the collection at Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs.

For more things to do and other tourist information, use the Riga road trip planner.

You can fly from Vilnius to Riga in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Valletta.

Things to do in Riga

Parks Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trip

Jurmala
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OldTown Archery Riga ©
OldTown Archery Riga
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Freedom Monument ©
Freedom Monument

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Valletta, Malta

Valletta ©
Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
On the 21st (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Casa Rocca Piccola, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Co-Cathedral, then take in the waterfront at Valletta Waterfront, and finally admire the natural beauty at Lower Barrakka Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): learn about all things military at Fort St Elmo - National War Museum, witness the site of a historic battle at Saluting Battery, then learn about all things military at Lascaris War Rooms, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ta Liesse Church, and finally admire the natural beauty at Upper Barrakka Gardens.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Valletta trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Riga to Valletta takes 5 hours. Traveling from Riga to Valletta, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, Valletta is a bit warmer than Riga - with highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Valletta

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Fort St Elmo - National War Museum ©
Fort St Elmo - National War Museum
St. John's Co-Cathedral ©
St. John's Co-Cathedral
Upper Barrakka Gardens ©
Upper Barrakka Gardens