We invite you to tour the castles, palaces, and forests of Europe's Baltic region over 10 unforgettable days. This packed itinerary includes stays in each capital of the three Baltic states, from the historic Old Town of Vilnius, in Lithuania, to the medieval cathedrals of Riga, in Latvia, to the fortress walls of Tallinn, in Estonia. In between, you'll stop at seaside resort towns, hike through national parks, and visit ancient religious pilgrimage sites.
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The best time to visit the Baltic States is late spring or summer. Spring begins in late April and the countryside takes on a green lushness, drawing horses out from their winter barns and city-dwellers out in droves to sidewalk cafés. Summers are relatively short (mid-June through August). You may experience a string of hot, dry days during this time, but showers and chilly nights can also be expected.
Temperatures cool down rapidly from September onwards. Autumn can be a beautiful season, as the golden leaves of deciduous trees begin to contrast with dark green pines. The first snowfalls can come as early as mid-November, and by December winter sets in with a vengeance. Average daytime temperatures can remain below freezing until March. That said, winter can also be a magical time, with lakes, rivers and large expanses of the Baltic Sea freezing over, crunchy snow cover adding an air of enchantment to medieval city centers, and plenty of skating rinks and saunas to keep you warm.
Where should you go?
Vilnius is Lithuania's beautiful capital, boasting a UNESCO-listed the Old Town and a number of photogenic viewpoints. Check out the Medieval-era Gediminas Tower, along with an abundance of other architectural landmarks, cultural venues, and charming cafes and restaurants. You should also make room in your itinerary for the Hill of Crosses, a pilgrimage site bedecked with hundreds of thousands of crosses and rosaries brought by visitors since the uprising of 1831. The Curonian Spit is another must-see: a 60-mile sand dune peninsula between the Baltic Sea and Curonian Lagoon.
How many days do you need?
Travelers with 7 days will have enough time to tour Lithuania or check out the highlights of the three Baltic capitals—Vilnius, Tallinn (Estonia), and Riga (Latvia). With 10 days, you can combine an in-depth Latvia tour with stops in Tallinn and Riga, and two weeks is enough to see all three countries, including rural places and hidden gems.
Visit three of the Baltic states at your own pace with this self-drive itinerary. You'll make your way through both national parks and historic cities and towns as you explore Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, taking in the old town districts, Gothic cathedrals, natural scenery, and more.
Come to the Baltic nation of Lithuania, one of the undiscovered gems of Europe. In just seven days you can experience the highlights, from touring the medieval streets of the capital of Vilnius to visiting the ancient castles dotting the countryside. Moreover, you'll take road trips along the Baltic coast, embark on nature tours, and visit Catholic pilgrimage sites.
Follow Europe's ancient amber trading route through five countries as you discover local art and history. Explore medieval town squares, taste the infamous amber drink, and try your hand at netting amber pieces from the Baltic Sea. End your journey in spectacular St. Peterburg to see rococo castles and the crown jewel of the amber road—the extravagant Amber Room.
In just five days you can experience the highlights of Lithuania on tours of its historic cities, country villages, and stunning coastline. It begins in Old Town Vilnius, the nation's capital, and from there you'll travel to rural castles and scenic lakes. After enjoying some time on the Baltic coast, you'll return to Vilnius but not before stopping at a historic Catholic pilgrimage site.
This 9-day tour provides the ultimate off-the-beaten-path adventure in Europe. Starting in Lithuania's historic capital, you'll travel west to the Baltic coast to bike and relax on sand dunes and pretty beaches. Then, continue to Latvia's capital where you'll explore medieval buildings and exquisite Art Nouveau architecture. Finish with some day-trips to impressive palaces and castles—as well as a gorgeous national park—before returning to cobblestoned Riga for a range of restaurants and cafes.
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May 22 - May 30, 2019
My wife and I had a wonderful time visiting Lithuania with the help of our guide Grazina. She was very knowledgeable about the places we visited, several of which were 'off the beaten path'. Also, our local specialist Ieva arranged local guides for other places we visited such as the Open Air Museum of Lithuania, my grandfather's village Zemaiciu Naumeistas, and the city of Kleipeda.
Trip to Lithuania
Jun 5 - Jun 11, 2019
My cousin and I had a great experience in Lithuania! Our tour guide Minda was fantastic and made the trip a special experience for us. We called him our Guardian Angel. As we drove or walked he gave us such great historical and cultural information just as we wanted. He felt like a friend or relative and was so comfortable to spend time with. We highly recommend him.
Leva did a great job helping us with our itinerary. I told her some places we wanted to go and the types of experiences we... read more