13 days in Latvia, Vilnius & Kaunas Itinerary

13 days in Latvia, Vilnius & Kaunas Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fly:  3 h 15 min
1
Jurmala, Latvia
— 2 nights
Bus:  45 min
2
Riga, Latvia
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Sigulda, Latvia
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  2 h 15 min
4
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
5
Kaunas, Lithuania
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  7 h
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Art Studio 'Inner Light' and Summer House and Garden Complex of Kristaps and Auguste Morbergs. Get out of town with these interesting Jurmala side-trips: Tervete (Tervetes Taurini, Tervete Nature Park, &more). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Jurmala Beach, stroll around Ragakapa Nature Park, and delve into the lush surroundings at Dzintari Forest Park.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Jurmala visit planning site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Jurmala is an approximately 3.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Jurmala is 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Riga.

Things to do in Jurmala

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tervete
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Jurmala Beach ©
Jurmala Beach
Tervete Nature Park ©
Tervete Nature Park
Art Studio 'Inner Light' ©
Art Studio 'Inner Light'

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs and Riga Motormuseum. Old City Riga (Vecriga) and St. Peter's Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Riga side-trips: Bauska (Bauska Town Hall & Bauskas Sveta Gara Evangeliski Luteriska Baznica) and Rundāle Palace (in Pilsrundale). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, get your game on at OldTown Archery Riga, don't miss a visit to Riga Town Hall Square, and admire the masterpieces at Romans Suta and Aleksandra BeLcova Museum.

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You can take a bus from Jurmala to Riga in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August in Riga, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Sigulda.

Things to do in Riga

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bauska, Rundāle Palace
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Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs ©
Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs
Rundāle Palace ©
Rundāle Palace

1
night
Sigulda, Latvia

Sigulda ©
Sigulda is a town in the Vidzeme Region of Latvia, 53km from the capital city Riga.OverviewSigulda is on a picturesque stretch of the primeval Gauja river valley. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stop by Aerodium Sigulda, then identify plant and animal life at Velnalas klintis un Velna ala, then explore the historical opulence of Turaida Castle, and finally explore the striking landscape at Raganu katls.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sigulda trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by train from Riga to Sigulda takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. August in Sigulda sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Sigulda

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Turaida Castle ©
Turaida Castle
Velnalas klintis un Velna ala ©
Velnalas klintis un Velna ala
Raganu katls ©
Raganu katls

3
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.
Trakai Island Castle Museum and Gediminas Castle Tower will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus) and Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika). Change things up with a short trip to Kenesa in Trakai (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Vilnius Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gate of Dawn, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God, and take in the exciting artwork at Vitrazo Manufaktura.

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Getting from Sigulda to Vilnius by combination of car and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Vilnius are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kaunas.

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) ©
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus)

2
nights
Kaunas, Lithuania

Kaunas ©
Situated between the Neris and Nemunas rivers, Kaunas is known for its old town, which, though smaller than the capital's, is in much better condition.
On the 28th (Fri), take a stroll through Old Town Kaunas, then brush up on your military savvy at Atomic KGB Bunker, then identify plant and animal life at Aleksotas Hill, and finally see the interesting displays at National M. K. Ciurlionis Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of Saint Anthony of Padua, identify plant and animal life at Vytauto Kalnas, then explore the galleries of Sugihara House, then see the interesting displays at Devil's Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kaunas Castle.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kaunas day trip app.

Getting from Vilnius to Kaunas by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaunas

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Birstonas
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National M. K. Ciurlionis Art Museum ©
National M. K. Ciurlionis Art Museum
Old Town Kaunas ©
Old Town Kaunas
Kaunas Castle ©
Kaunas Castle

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