11 days in The Baltics Itinerary

11 days in The Baltics Itinerary

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11 days in The Baltics Itinerary

Start: Tallinn, Estonia
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Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Tartu, Estonia
— 2 nights
3
Jurmala, Latvia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Tallinn, Estonia

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Haapsalu Old Town and Rakvere Castle. Discover out-of-the-way places like Haapsalu Castle and Viewing Point Kohtuotsa. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik, steep yourself in history at St. Olaf’s Church, and make a trip to Toompea Hill.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tallinn vacation app .

If you are flying in from Estonia, the closest major airport is Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport. In August, daytime highs in Tallinn are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can take a train to Tartu.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Haapsalu, Rakvere Castle
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Haapsalu Old Town ©
Haapsalu Old Town
Rakvere Castle ©
Rakvere Castle
Haapsalu Castle ©
Haapsalu Castle

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Tartu, Estonia

Tartu ©
One of the oldest cities in the Baltic region, Tartu boasts heaps of cultural attractions, a quaint Old Town, and bustling main square.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Tartu Town Hall Square, then wander the streets of Tartu Old City, then stroll around Tartu University Botanical Garden, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Tartu Toy Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look and learn at AHHAA Science Centre.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tartu trip builder site .

Traveling by train from Tallinn to Tartu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Jurmala.

Things to do in Tartu

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks
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Tartu Town Hall Square ©
Tartu Town Hall Square
AHHAA Science Centre ©
AHHAA Science Centre
Tartu Old City ©
Tartu Old City

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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 (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Jurmala Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Viewing Tower by Architect Bureau ARHIS, then stroll around Dzintari Forest Park, and then cool off at Livu Akvaparks.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Jurmala trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Tartu to Jurmala takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Jurmala

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Dzintari Forest Park ©
Dzintari Forest Park
Jurmala Beach ©
Jurmala Beach
Livu Akvaparks ©
Livu Akvaparks

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ponary cmentarz and Bernardine Church (Bernardinu Baznycia). Your inner history buff will appreciate Church of St. Theresa and Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania. Step out of Vilnius with an excursion to Trakai Island Castle Museum in Trakai--about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vilniaus staciatikiu Sventosios Dvasios vienuolynas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, see the interesting displays at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), and take in the exciting artwork at Vilnil. Museum of illusions.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Vilnius travel route site .

Traveling by flight from Jurmala to Vilnius takes 3.5 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 up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Trakai Island Castle Museum
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Ponary cmentarz ©
Ponary cmentarz
Church of St. Theresa ©
Church of St. Theresa

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