A Two Week Travel Itinerary For the Baltics

Gauja National Park  |©Liga Eglite/Flickr
Gauja National Park |©Liga Eglite/Flickr
Photo of Kasparas Asmonaitis
29 August 2017

This two-week travel itinerary through the Baltics is a perfect way to explore the best of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, from the historic cities, monuments and unique culture to delicious cuisine and breathtaking nature, including exuberant woods and mystical lakes.

Day 1-2: Vilnius

Start your trip in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania and one of the most beautiful cities in the whole of Eastern Europe. Make sure to visit the heaven of hippies, the independent state of Užupis, where people use art to express their ideas and spread the love. After that, walk around the majestic Vilnius Old Town and learn about the history of Lithuania through architecture, museums and galleries. After that, try traditional Lithuanian food in one of many fabulous restaurants.

On day two, take a short trip to Trakai and visit Trakai Castle, the most famous Lithuanian castle right on the lake. During the summer you can do some paddle boarding, canoeing or simply swim in the lake, while in the winter you can ski on the frozen lake of Trakai. It is only 20 kilometers away from Vilnius so after a day trip to Trakai, you can still make it back to experience the lively nightlife of the capital of Lithuania.

Vilnius Gediminas Castle | ©Mantas Volungevicius/Flickr

Day 3: Kaunas

Kaunas, the European capital of culture 2022, is a must-visit city in the center of Lithuania. During the past couple of years, Kaunas has invested a lot into tourism and infrastructure, making it an attractive city even for the travelers who have seen it all. Make sure to visit traditional Lithuanian bars and taste home-brewed beer, walk around wonderful Laisvės Alėja and simply enjoy the unique spirit of Kaunas city and its people.

Kaunas Town Hall Square | ©Guillaume Speurt/Flickr

Day 4: The Curonian Spit National Park

It would be a shame not to visit The Curonian Spit National Park, which attracts its visitors with the most beautiful nature you can find on Earth. Walk around untouched Lithuanian pine forests and breathe the fresh air of the Baltic Sea while sunbathing on one of many beautiful Lithuanian beaches. Nida is the most popular destination in the Curonian Spit National Park, but you can also choose to stay in more quiet resort towns such as Preila or Pervalka.

The Curonian Spit | ©Juozas Šalna/Flickr

Day 5: Klaipėda

Klaipėda is the third biggest city in Lithuania, attracting many tourists from all over the world with its stunning architecture, beautiful beaches and delicious cuisine. The architecture in Klaipėda is very different compared to other Lithuanian cities. This is because Klaipėda belonged to Germany for a long period of time in the past and it shows, especially on classic German fachwerk houses, which create a fairytale atmosphere you don’t ever want to leave.

Klaipėda | ©Julian-G. Albert/Flickr

Day 6: Liepaja

After visiting Lithuania, head straight to Liepaja, the quiet and wonderful Latvian beach town. Make sure to take a rest on the beach and walk around small but splendid Liepaja streets. It is also a good place to try some traditional Latvian dishes and compare them to Lithuanian ones, before heading to one of many bars in Liepaja for a drink or two.

Liepaja | ©Julian-G. Albert/Flickr

Day 7-8: Riga

It is a crime not to come to Riga while visiting Latvia. From beautiful parks and tremendous restaurants, to historic architecture and unique and lively neighborhoods, Riga has it all. You can spend an entire day alone in Miera Iela, the most hipster place in the world, and still feel the need to come back, so two days in Riga is the minimum, but if you have a lot of time, we recommend staying even longer. Of course, the Riga Old Town should be the first place where you go no matter how long you stay because it is one of the most beautiful Old Towns in the whole of Europe, and perfectly reflects on the rich Latvian history throughout the ages.

Riga | ©Bryan Ledgard/Flickr

Day 9: Gauja National Park

Gauja National Park is the biggest and without a doubt the most beautiful and diverse national park in Latvia, attracting many locals and tourists every day. Nature is extremely diverse from rock outcrops and springs, to picturesque landscapes. The place is highly protected by the government but is open for cultural history tourism, so you can expect to see some untouched Latvian nature up close.

Gauja National Park | ©Liga Eglite/Flickr

Day 10: Alatskivi

Alatskivi town is one of the most beautiful secret little towns in Estonia, located in the Eastern part of the country near the border with Russia. It is a perfect place to experience traditional rural Estonian culture and visit some of the most beautiful Estonian sights, including Alatskivi Castle, the majestic Gothic castle which shows the best of Estonian architecture. Also, you must find extra time to visit Lake Peipus, the fifth biggest lake in Europe, which is only a couple of minutes away from Alatskivi.

Alatskivi Castle | ©Bobo Boom/Flickr

Day 11: Tartu

Tartu is the second biggest city in Estonia and is also known as the capital of students. Prepare to experience the best of Estonia’s nightlife and also learn more about Estonian culture and history, while visiting the oldest Estonian university and meeting the brightest people who change Estonia for the better every day. Everyone can find what they are looking for in Tartu, from never ending parties, to the hub of wisdom and knowledge.

Rahva Muuseum | ©Marco Verch/Flickr

Day 12: Soomaa National Park

Soomaa National Park is a majestic and mystical national park which invites its visitors to see the best of Estonian nature. During the rainy season, the park floods and is only accessible via canoe, making it a once in a lifetime experience. You can take a beaver trail, see beaver’s dams and maybe even meet some of them. There are many other trails for people who want to see different sides of Soomaa National Park.

Soomaa National Park | ©Aivar Ruukel Follow/Flickr

Day 13-14: Tallinn

Just like the other capitals of the Baltics, Tallinn is definitely a must-visit city while traveling through Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Modern culture and technologies are intact with the rich history and culture of Tallinn, making it one of the most innovative cities in the world, where it feels like you’re in the Medieval ages while walking in the Tallinn Old Town. Make sure to visit some museums, try Estonian cuisine in best restaurants in the city and grab a drink at a local bar.

Tallinn | ©Rob Oo/Flickr

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