12 days in Latvia, Kaunas & Vilnius Itinerary

12 days in Latvia, Kaunas & Vilnius Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): make a trip to Ninth Fort, then examine the collection at Devil's Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Kaunas Castle, and finally wander the streets of Old Town Kaunas.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kaunas trip itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Kaunas is an approximately 7- hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam to Kaunas, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August in Kaunas, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Vilnius.

Things to do in Kaunas

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Ninth Fort ©
Ninth Fort
Old Town Kaunas ©
Old Town Kaunas
Kaunas Castle ©
Kaunas Castle

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.
Explore Vilnius' surroundings by going to Trakai (Trakai Island Castle Museum & Chapel of St. John Nepomuk). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hill of Three Crosses, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gate of Dawn, and appreciate the history behind Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika).

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Vilnius itinerary planning app.

Getting from Kaunas to Vilnius by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Sigulda.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Trakai
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KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus) ©
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus)
Trakai Island Castle Museum ©
Trakai Island Castle Museum
Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower

3
nights
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 22nd (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sigulda Evangelic Lutheran Church, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gauja National Park, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Gutman's Cave. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Turaida Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turaida Lutheran Church, then head outdoors with Sigulda Adventure Park Tarzan, and finally step into the grandiose world of Old Sigulda Castle.

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Traveling by combination of flight and car from Vilnius to Sigulda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Sigulda are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Jurmala.

Things to do in Sigulda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gauja National Park
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Gauja National Park ©
Gauja National Park
Turaida Castle ©
Turaida Castle
Sigulda Adventure Park Tarzan ©
Sigulda Adventure Park Tarzan

1
night
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.
On the 24th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Brunurupucis (The Turtle) and then enjoy breathtaking views from Viewing Tower by Architect Bureau ARHIS. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Jurmala Beach, take a peaceful walk through Dzintari Forest Park, and then make a trip to Jomas iela.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Jurmala day trip planning app.

Drive from Sigulda to Jurmala in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. August in Jurmala sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Riga.

Things to do in Jurmala

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Jurmala Beach ©
Jurmala Beach
Dzintari Forest Park ©
Dzintari Forest Park
Jomas iela ©
Jomas iela

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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.
Riga is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga), make a trip to Riga Town Hall Square, take an in-depth tour of Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, and browse the exhibits of Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Riga holiday builder tool.

Getting from Jurmala to Riga by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Riga are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Riga

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Freedom Monument ©
Freedom Monument
Central Market (Centraltirgus) ©
Central Market (Centraltirgus)

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