12 days in Latvia & Estonia Itinerary

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Riga, Latvia
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Cesis, Latvia
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Tallinn, Estonia
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Riga, Latvia — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Freedom Monument, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, then take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga), then admire the landmark architecture of Alberta Iela, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Art Nouveau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Riga Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Riga Town Hall Square, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, then examine the collection at House Of The Black Heads, then enjoy breathtaking views from View of Riga from St Peter's Church Tower, and finally don't miss a visit to Cat House.

Before you visit Riga, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Chennai, India to Riga is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Chennai to Riga due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Chennai in January: high temperatures in Riga hover around -1°C and lows are around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cesis.
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Cesis, Latvia — 2 nights

Cēsis, is a town in Latvia located in the northern part of the Central Vidzeme Upland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Araisi Lake Dwelling Site, stroll around May Park, explore the historical opulence of Cesis Medieval Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John’s Church, and finally pause for some photo ops at Old man of time. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: deepen your knowledge of military history at The Secret Soviet Bunker, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sigulda Evangelic Lutheran Church, then explore the historical opulence of Turaida Castle, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Turaida Lutheran Church.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cesis trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Riga to Cesis by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around -2°C in January, and nighttime lows around -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Tallinn.
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Tallinn, Estonia — 6 nights

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.
Tallinn is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill, and take an in-depth tour of Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tallinn trip builder.

Traveling by car from Cesis to Tallinn takes 4 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to -2°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Latvia travel guide

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Landmarks · Specialty Museums · History Museums
Nestled between Estonia and Lithuania, Latvia has a small but developing tourist industry and the country is authentic and welcoming. The Baltic coast stretches 500 km (310 mi) along Latvia's northern border, and lush green forests cover nearly half of the country. Founded in 1918, Latvia was occupied by both the Nazis and the Soviet Union, who incorporated the country and did not restore independence until 1991. Due to centuries of foreign rule, the country boasts a mix of ethnic backgrounds, while maintaining the Latvian language. With cosmopolitan Riga as the capital, Latvia offers a mix of urban excitement and rural nature.
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Estonia travel guide

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Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
Baltic Tiger
Small in size but big in character, the proud nation of Estonia manages to pack historical cities, swathes of charming countryside, a picturesque coastline, and rugged islands into a relatively small amount of space. Thanks to its compactness, visitors can easily travel between the many tourist attractions the country has to offer. Although just a stone's throw away from Finland, Latvia, and Russia, Estonia boasts its own distinct culture, evident in the country's cuisine, music, and traditions. This vibrant nation emerged from over 40 years of Soviet rule to be one of the most economically successful of the European Union's eastern members and is leading the way in tech industries.
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