Tour the highlights of the Baltic States on this packed 10-day trip. Visit the capital cities of Riga, Vilnius, and Tallinn, explore beautiful nature in Samogitia National Park, and relax on the white sand beaches of the Curonian Spit. Tour the fairytale Trakai Castle, wander around medieval streets and go shopping in the massive Riga Central Market, housed inside five former Zeppelin airship hangars.

Highlights

  • Tour Vilnius' Old Town, its 1,200+ medieval buildings and 48 churches
  • Visit the Curonian Spit, one of the largest moving dunes in Europe
  • Explore the 14th-century storybook Trakai Castle
  • Discover the quirky bohemian semi-autonomous art district of Užupis in Vilnius

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival Day Vilnius
Day 2 Vilnius Vilnius
Day 3 Vilnius - Klaipeda Klaipeda
Day 4 Curonian Spit Klaipeda
Day 5 Klaipeda - Riga Riga
Day 6 Riga Riga
Day 7 Riga - Gauja National Park - Riga Riga
Day 8 Riga - Tallinn Tallinn
Day 9 Tallinn Tallinn
Day 10 Departure Day Tallinn

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival day

Panoramic views of Vilnius, Lithuania's capital
Panoramic views of Vilnius, Lithuania's capital

Welcome to Lithuania! Your adventure begins in Vilnius, the quirky and creative capital city. After checking in to your hotel, head out for a walking tour of the city's top sights. 

Visit Vilnius' Old Town, which is a UNESCO Heritage Site and famous for its baroque buildings. Stroll down the old streets, then continue to Gediminas Avenue, where most of Lithuania's governmental institutions are located. This street is also popular for shopping and dining. Enjoy a coffee in Lukiškių square, then head over to see the Frank Zappa monument on Kalinausko Street 1

Finish the day with a visit to Užupis, one of Vilnius's oldest district which operates as a semi-autonomous artist republic with its own constitution, national anthem, calendar, and map. The bohemian district offers many restaurant and bar options for dinner out on the town. 

Day 2: Vilnius

Vilnius Cathedral and bell tower
Vilnius Cathedral and bell tower

Spend the day touring the medieval Old Town neighborhood, famous for its 1,200+ medieval buildings and 48 churches. Must-see stops today include the Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, Peter and Paul Church, St. Anne's Chuch, the 16th-century Vilnius University, and the Gates of Dawn

In the afternoon take a trip to Trakai, an isolated castle located on an island in the middle of Lake Galvė. This former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania is located in a scenic region of lakes and forests and is a must-see for history buffs. These days it's home to the Historical and Applied Art Museum with an ethnographic collection on the Karaites people, a small ethnic minority native to the area. 

Day 3: Vilnius - Klaipeda

Ancient Kaunas Castle
Ancient Kaunas Castle

Depart from Vilnius in the morning and drive to Klaipeda, arriving in the afternoon. Stop at Kaunas on the way to see the old castle ruins and the medieval town. 

Klaipeda became part of Lithuania in 1923 and has a long and rich history as a German town called Memel. Enjoy a walking tour of the town to see the narrow cobblestone streets of the Old Town and the old guild houses. Visit the Theater Square and the Aennchen von Tharau Fountain.

Day 4: Curonian Spit

White sand beach on the Curonian Spit
White sand beach on the Curonian Spit

From Klaipeda take a short ferry to the Curonian Spit, a thin stretch of land between the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon. Spend the day exploring the small fishing villages, pine forests, and endless sand dunes. 

Your first stop of the day is the Hill of Witches in Juodkrante. From here continue to Nida to visit the high dunes and Thomas Mann's summerhouse. Enjoy dinner in the charming seaside resort town before returning to Klaipeda. 

Day 5: Klaipeda - Riga

Panoramic View of Lake Plateliai in Zemaitija National Park
Panoramic View of Lake Plateliai in Zemaitija National Park

From Klaipeda head to Samogitia National Park and explore the natural landscape on a 3 mile (5 km) hike around Lake Plateliai. Continue to Siauliai and the Hill of Crosses, one of Lithuania's holiest Catholic sites. Head north into Latvia and reach Riga in the afternoon, with enough time to settle in and explore a bit before dinner. 

Day 6: Riga

Cathedral Basilica of Saint James, Riga castle and River Daugava
Cathedral Basilica of Saint James, Riga castle and River Daugava

In the morning start your tour of Riga in the Old Town to see the Riga Castle and the 15th-century Three Brothers Houses, the city's oldest dwellings. Head to St. Peter's Church to enjoy panoramic views of the city, visit the ornate House of the Blackheads, and stop to see the 12th-century Dome Cathedral

After exploring Riga's origins continue to the Central District. Tour the Latvian National Opera and Ballet Theater and stop by the Freedom Monument which honors fallen soldiers of the 1918 War of Independence. Stroll down Alberta, Antonijas and Elizabetes Streets to see the magnificent Art Nouveau buildings. 

Continue to a more modern era with a tram ride to the 1930s Central Market, one of Europes largest covered markets. Wander through the former Zeppelin airship hangars and browse for smoked meats, pickled vegetables, sweets, and trinkets. End your tour at one of the market's many sit-down eateries for a relaxed lunch, then spend the afternoon exploring on your own. 

Day 7: Riga - Gauja National Park - Riga

Turaides castle in Sigulda, Latvia during autumn
Turaides castle in Sigulda, Latvia during autumn 

After breakfast, depart for Gauja National Park, then head out for a 6.2 mile (10 km) hike to see the stunning scenery and the largest cave in the Baltic Region. 

Afterward, visit the town of Sigulda. Often called the Latvian Switzerland for its famous winter sports resort, Sigulda is a popular tourist destination. Tour the ruins of Episcopal Castle and the Castle of the Knights of the Sword. Cross the Gauja River by cable car for an aerial view of the picturesque views, then return to Riga in the afternoon. 

Day 8: Riga - Tallinn

Sunny Parnu beach
Sunny Parnu beach

Depart from Riga in the morning. En route to Tallinn make an afternoon stop in Parnu, a beautiful seaside spa, for a cool drink and bite to eat. Arrive in Tallinn in the evening. 

Day 9: Tallinn

 St. Olaf Baptist Church and Tallinn City Wall in the morning
 St. Olaf Baptist Church and Tallinn City Wall in the morning

Spend the day exploring Tallinn, the medieval capital of the Baltic States. Start your tour in Tallinn's Old Town, where cobblestone streets and medieval walls surround the restored homes. Continue to the Toompea Hill Castle, home to the Estonian Parliament, then visit the Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Head to the Town Square to see the 15th-century Town Hall and Europe's oldest continuously operating pharmacy, which has been open since 1422. These days the building houses a museum. 

After a full morning head to the Maiasmokk Cafe, Tallinn's oldest cafe, for a traditional Estonian meal. After lunch, visit the adjacent marzipan museum. 

In the afternoon visit the Kadriorg Park for a relaxed stroll to see Catherine's Palace, Presidential Palace, and the National Art Museum.

Day 10: Departure day

Seaplane Hangars maritime museum
Seaplane Hangars maritime museum

Enjoy your last day in the Baltic Region with a morning visit to the Seaplane Hangars to see Estonia's Maritime Museum. Continue to the Teliskivi Creative City for a relaxed morning walk. The bohemian hub is popular with locals and tourists and is a great place to grab a cup of coffee and do some last-minute souvenir shopping. 

In the afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight home. Safe travels! 

Map

Map of Highlights of the Baltic States - 10 Days
Map of Highlights of the Baltic States - 10 Days