11 days in Latvia, Estonia & Helsinki Itinerary

11 days in Latvia, Estonia & Helsinki Itinerary

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11 days in Latvia, Estonia & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
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:  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 Old City Riga (Vecriga) and Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs. Get some historical perspective at Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum and Vermanes Garden. When in Riga, make a side trip to see Rundāle Palace in Pilsrundale, approximately Pilsrundale away. On the 27th (Wed), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Jurmala Beach. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of JJugenda Stila Nami, Riga.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Riga road trip planning website.

London, UK to Riga is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Riga due to the time zone difference. In July in Riga, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish 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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Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum ©
Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Rundāle Palace ©
Rundāle Palace

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 St. Catherine's Passage. Get a sense of the local culture at Tallinn Old Town and Toompea Hill. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Kumu Art Museum, examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, wander the streets of Pirita, and stroll around Kadriorg Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tallinn trip planner.

Fly from Riga to Tallinn in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Tallinn, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to 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 Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Temppeliaukio Church and Helsinki Cathedral. Change things up with a short trip to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo (about 50 minutes away). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, make a trip to The Esplanadi Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki travel itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off 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 ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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