51 days in Eastern Europe, Helsinki & Scandinavia Itinerary

51 days in Eastern Europe, Helsinki & Scandinavia Itinerary

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Vilnius, Lithuania
— 5 nights
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Kaunas, Lithuania
— 2 nights
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Riga, Latvia
— 6 nights
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Tallinn, Estonia
— 7 nights
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Helsinki, Finland
— 7 nights
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Stockholm, Sweden
— 7 nights
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Oslo, Norway
— 7 nights
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Vilnius, Lithuania

— 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to St. Anne's Church and Church of St. Theresa. Your inner history buff will appreciate Church Of St Peter And St Paul and Church of St. Catherine. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Vilniaus staciatikiu Sventosios Dvasios vienuolynas, steep yourself in history at Artillery Bastion (Basteja), examine the collection at Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Vilnius journey planning site.

Minneapolis, USA to Vilnius is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Minneapolis to Vilnius, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Kaunas.

Things to do in Vilnius

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Kaunas, Lithuania

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Aleksotas Hill, then see the interesting displays at Lithuanian Aviation Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Gertrude's Church. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Raudondvaris Dvaras, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint George the Martyr Church, get engrossed in the history at Kaunas City Museum Folk Music Branch, then step into the grandiose world of Kaunas Castle, then wander the streets of Old Town Kaunas, and finally don't miss a visit to Laisves aleja (Liberty Boulevard).

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kaunas trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Vilnius to Kaunas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Kaunas are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Riga.

Things to do in Kaunas

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trip

Riga, Latvia

— 6 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Riga Cathedral and Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Jurmala Beach and Nativity of Christ Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Riga: Bauska Castle (in Bauska), Holy Trinity Church (in Jelgava) and Rundāle Palace (in Pilsrundale). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of House of the Black Heads, explore the world behind art at Latvian National Museum Of Art, take an in-depth tour of Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Livu Square.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Riga trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Kaunas to Riga in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Riga are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tallinn, Estonia

— 7 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.
Get in touch with nature at Vosu Rand and Stroomi Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Olaf’s Church and Viewing Point Kohtuotsa. Explore Tallinn's surroundings by going to Rakvere Castle (in Rakvere), Palmse Manor and Open-Air Museum (in Palmse) and Beach Klooga (in Kloogaranna). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik, stop by Rotermann Quarter, don't miss a visit to Long Street (Pikk tanav), and contemplate the long history of Tallinn Legends.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Tallinn travel route builder website.

You can fly from Riga to Tallinn in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Riga in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Tallinn, with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Helsinki, Finland

— 7 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Esplanadi Park and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. We've included these beaches for you: Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Jarvenpaan ortodoksinen kirkko (in Jarvenpaa), Turku (Adventure Park, Turku Cathedral, &more) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and take a stroll through Katajanokka.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner.

You can fly from Tallinn to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June, daytime highs in Helsinki are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Stockholm, Sweden

— 7 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Explore hidden gems such as Uppsala Domkyrka and Gamla Uppsala. Popular historic sites such as Strandvagen and Storkyrkan are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Stockholm: S:t Olofs Church Ruins (in Sigtuna) and Linnaeus Garden (in Uppsala). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Skansen, get engrossed in the history at Vasa Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Monteliusvagen, and admire the landmark architecture of Tyska Kyrkan (Old German Church).

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Stockholm attractions planning site.

Getting from Helsinki to Stockholm by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Helsinki to Stockholm. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in June, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Oslo, Norway

— 7 nights

Tiger City

Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Escape the urban bustle at Sognsvann Lake and Oslomarka. Relax by the water at Ingierstrand Beach and Huk. Change things up with a short trip to Semsvannet in Asker (about 34 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: ponder the world of politics at Rådhuset, see the interesting displays at Botanical Gardens (Botanisk Hage og Museum), admire the striking features of Ostbanehallen, and explore the historical opulence of Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning).

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Oslo trip builder website.

You can fly from Stockholm to Oslo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. June in Oslo sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Oslo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 6 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Amager Strandpark and Kastellet. Get a sense of the local culture at Nyhavn and Grundtvig Church (Grundtvigs Kirke). Change things up with a short trip to The Karen Blixen Museum in Rungsted (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Rosenborg Castle, explore the galleries of National Museum of Denmark, pause for some photo ops at The Little Mermaid, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Alban's Church.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Oslo to Copenhagen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Copenhagen can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Latvia travel guide

4.3
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.

Finland travel guide

4.2
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."