11 days in Europe Itinerary

11 days in Europe Itinerary

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Vilnius, Lithuania
— 1 night
Riga, Latvia
— 3 nights
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Rovaniemi, Finland
— 1 night


Vilnius, Lithuania

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gate of Dawn, then stop by Vilnius Old Town, and then examine the collection at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hill of Three Crosses, take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Vilnius Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Vilnius trip builder website.

London, UK to Vilnius is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Vilnius. Traveling from London in January, expect nights in Vilnius to be little chillier, around -9°C, while days are cooler, around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Riga.

Things to do in Vilnius

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Riga, Latvia

— 3 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.
Riga is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga), browse the exhibits of Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, see the interesting displays at Riga Motormuseum, and appreciate the history behind Freedom Monument.

Make your Riga itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Vilnius to Riga in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Riga are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trip

Tallinn, Estonia

— 3 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 historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stop by Tallinn Old Town, admire the masterpieces at Kumu Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, and don't miss a visit to Tallinna Raekoja Plats.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tallinn trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Riga to Tallinn in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -2°C in January, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Helsinki, Finland

— 2 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then make a trip to Senate Square, and finally look for gifts at Marttiini Senaatintori.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner.

You can fly from Tallinn to Helsinki in 3 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In January, daytime highs in Helsinki are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Rovaniemi, Finland

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 30th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi attractions planner.

Fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in January: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -10°C and lows are around -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Nature · Fun & Games

Lithuania travel guide

Specialty Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings
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.

Latvia travel guide

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.

Estonia travel guide

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.

Finland travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."