8 days in Ukraine, Riga & Vilnius Itinerary

8 days in Ukraine, Riga & Vilnius Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Porto, Portugal
Fly:  7 h
1
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
3
Kiev, Ukraine
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Chernobyl, Ukraine
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Kiev, Ukraine
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Porto, Portugal

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Old City Riga (Vecriga) as well as Le Kiki. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga) and then admire the landmark architecture of House of the Black Heads. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): hob nob with the locals at Le Kiki, see the interesting displays at KGB Building, examine the collection at Riga Motormuseum, then pick up some local products at Medus Istaba, then contemplate the long history of Vermanes Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Riga Town Hall Square.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Riga route app.

Porto, Portugal to Riga is an approximately 9.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Porto in September, expect Riga to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Vilnius.

Things to do in Riga

Museums Nightlife Neighborhoods
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Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Riga Motormuseum ©
Riga Motormuseum
KGB Building ©
KGB Building

1
night
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.
Church of All Saints has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of All Saints, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Theresa, then pause for some serene contemplation at Vilniaus staciatikiu Sventosios Dvasios vienuolynas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bernardine Church (Bernardinu Baznycia).

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Vilnius online journey planner.

Getting from Riga to Vilnius by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Vilnius are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Vilnius

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Vilnius Old Town ©
Vilnius Old Town
Church of St. Theresa ©
Church of St. Theresa

1
night
Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
On the 21st (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Volodymyr's Cathedral, then make a trip to Maidan Nezalezhnosti, and then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kiev trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Vilnius to Kiev in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Vilnius in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Kiev, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chernobyl.

Things to do in Kiev

Museums Historic Sites
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St. Volodymyr's Cathedral ©
St. Volodymyr's Cathedral
Maidan Nezalezhnosti ©
Maidan Nezalezhnosti

1
night
Chernobyl, Ukraine

Chernobyl ©
Chernobyl or Chornobyl is a city in the restricted Chernobyl Exclusion Zone situated in the Ivankiv Raion of northern Kiev Oblast, near Ukraine's border with Belarus. Chernobyl Visit has been added to your itinerary. On the 22nd (Sun), push the limits with Chernobyl Visit.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Chernobyl day trip site.

You can drive from Kiev to Chernobyl in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Chernobyl are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Kiev.

Things to do in Chernobyl

Tours Outdoors
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Chernobyl Visit ©
Chernobyl Visit

2
nights
Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at The House with Chimeras and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kiev itinerary planner.

You can drive from Chernobyl to Kiev in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kiev

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Pirogovo Open-Air Museum ©
Pirogovo Open-Air Museum
St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery
St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery
The House with Chimeras ©
The House with Chimeras

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