11 days in Latvia, Estonia & Helsinki Itinerary

11 days in Latvia, Estonia & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London, United Kingdom
Train + Fly:  4 h
1
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
2
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
Ferry:  2 h
3
Helsinki, Finland
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  6 h
End: London, United Kingdom


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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Rundāle Palace and Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs. Get some historical perspective at Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum and Vermanes Garden. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga), admire the landmark architecture of JJugenda Stila Nami, Riga, and kick back and relax at Jurmala Beach.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Riga trip site.

London, UK to Riga is an approximately 4- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Riga is 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Riga are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rundāle Palace, Jurmala Beach
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Rundāle Palace ©
Rundāle Palace
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum ©
Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tallinn Town Wall and Kumu Art Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Tallinn Old Town and Aleksander Nevski Katedraali. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill, take a stroll through Pirita, see the interesting displays at Fat Margaret (Paks Margareeta), and ponder the world of politics at Tallinna Raekoda.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tallinn attractions planner.

Fly from Riga to Tallinn in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tallinn

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Tallinn Town Wall ©
Tallinn Town Wall
Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Kumu Art Museum ©
Kumu Art Museum

4
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Helsinki Cathedral and Temppeliaukio Church. Change things up with a short trip to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo (about 50 minutes away). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take a stroll through Ullanlinna, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and head off the coast to Pihlajasaari Recreational Park.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki tour planner.

You can ride a ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. July in Helsinki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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