12 days in Riga & Lithuania Itinerary

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Riga, Latvia
— 1 night
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 4 nights
Kaunas, Lithuania
— 3 nights
Palanga, Lithuania
— 1 night


Riga, Latvia — 1 night

Paris of the North

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.
On the 11th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Riga Zoo, then stop by Art Nouveau Riga, and finally look for gifts at De'Zavu Vintage Boutique. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: boost your wellbeing at ESPA Riga.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Riga road trip planner.

Valletta, Malta to Riga is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Valletta to Riga is 1 hour. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Valletta in January, with highs in Riga at -1°C and lows at -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Vilnius.
Spas · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
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Vilnius, Lithuania — 4 nights

Jerusalem of Lithuania

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vilnius Old Town and Uzupis Smithery Museum - Gallery. Step out of Vilnius with an excursion to Kernave Mounds in Kernave--about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, indulge in some personalized pampering at UFF, and take a stroll through Uzupis.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Vilnius online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Riga to Vilnius in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Riga in January since evenings lows in Vilnius dip to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kaunas.
Spas · Neighborhoods · Baths · Nature
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Kaunas, Lithuania — 3 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at National M. K. Ciurlionis Art Museum and Atomic KGB Bunker. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at kARTu and Gintaro-Sidabro Galerijos. The adventure continues: stop by Art Gallery Paveikslai.lt, take an in-depth tour of Rumsiskes Open-Air Museum, explore the world behind art at Mykolas Zilinskas Art Museum, and steep yourself in history at Sugihara House.

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You can drive from Vilnius to Kaunas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -2°C, and evening lows to -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Palanga.
Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Nightlife
Side Trip
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Palanga, Lithuania — 1 night

Palanga is a seaside resort town in western Lithuania, on the shore of the Baltic Sea. On the 20th (Fri), examine the collection at Palanga Amber Museum, see the interesting displays at Antanas Moncys House, then stroll around The Sculpture Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Birute's Hill, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Palanga Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Palanga trip planning app.

You can drive from Kaunas to Palanga in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in January, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
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Lithuania travel guide

Characterized by the majestic Baltic coastline and adjacent white sands, Lithuania boasts lush green forests, hidden lakes, and coastal wetlands. A nation with a turbulent history, Lithuania houses the remains of a former nuclear site and the remnants of defenses used to strengthen the frontier of the Tsarist empire. At the same time, it pays homage to its national heroes, honored in sculpture parks and museums throughout the country. Today, Lithuania boasts a thriving musical, cultural, and visual arts scene, hosting a range of festivals and concerts year-round.