8 days in Europe Itinerary

8 days in Europe Itinerary

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8 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 1 day
ferry:  2​h
2
Tallinn, Estonia
— 1 night
bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h
5
Riga, Latvia
— 1 day
Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Lisbon, Portugal

1
day
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Helsinki road trip website .

Lisbon, Portugal to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Lisbon to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in January, expect Helsinki to be cooler, temps between -3°C and -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Tallinn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
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.
To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tallinn trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn in 2 hours. Another option is to fly. January in Tallinn sees daily highs of -2°C and lows of -7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour ©
Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, then stop by Dzenis Amber, and finally appreciate the history behind Freedom Monument.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Riga trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Tallinn to Riga in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Riga are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Riga

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Freedom Monument ©
Freedom Monument
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): wander the streets of Vilnius Old Town and then admire the striking features of Chapel of St. John Nepomuk.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Vilnius trip builder site .

Fly from Riga to Vilnius in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Riga in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Vilnius, with lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Vilnius

Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Chapel of St. John Nepomuk
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Vilnius Old Town ©
Vilnius Old Town

1
day
Riga, Latvia

Riga ©
On the 28th (Tue), enjoy breathtaking views from View of Riga from St Peter's Church Tower, hunt for treasures at Central Market (Centraltirgus), admire the striking features of Riga Stock Exchange Building, admire the landmark architecture of Alberta Iela, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Riga Cathedral, and finally pause for some photo ops at Bremen Town Musicians.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Riga online visit planner .

Getting from Vilnius to Riga by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Riga

Shopping Historic Sites
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Central Market (Centraltirgus) ©
Central Market (Centraltirgus)
Riga Cathedral
Riga Cathedral
Alberta Iela ©
Alberta Iela

2
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
On the 29th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Lenin's Mausoleum, explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Red Square.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Moscow holiday builder .

Traveling by flight from Riga to Moscow takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Riga to Moscow, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Riga in January, with highs in Moscow at -7°C and lows at -12°C. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums
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Red Square ©
Red Square
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery

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