17 days in Lithuania, Helsinki & Tallinn Itinerary

17 days in Lithuania, Helsinki & Tallinn Itinerary

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Start: Hong Kong, China
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Kaunas, Lithuania
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
4
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Hong Kong, China

5
nights
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Kids will appreciate attractions like Sapokka Water Garden and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Heureka (in Vantaa), Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo) and Turku (Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo & Turku Castle). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki day trip planner.

Hong Kong, China to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Hong Kong to Helsinki is minus 6 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Hong Kong in July; daily highs in Helsinki reach 25°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tampere, Turku, Heureka, Sapokka Water Garden, Porvoo Old Town
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Heureka ©
Heureka
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Theresa, thenadmire the natural beauty at Bernardine Gardens, and then examine the collection at Toy museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St John's church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vilniaus staciatikiu Sventosios Dvasios vienuolynas, and then browse the exhibits of Trakai Island Castle Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Vilnius journey builder website.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Vilnius takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Vilnius are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kaunas.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Trakai Island Castle Museum
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 6:
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Toy museum ©
Toy museum
Energy and Technology Museum ©
Energy and Technology Museum
Bernardine Gardens ©
Bernardine Gardens

4
nights
Kaunas, Lithuania

Kaunas ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Grutas Park and Ninth Fort. Bring the kids along to Old Town Kaunas and Kaunas Castle. Explore Kaunas' surroundings by going to The Church of Saint Anthony of Padua (in Birstonas), White Rose Bridge (in Alytus) and Druskonis (in Druskininkai). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Sugihara House, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Gertrude's Church, stop by kARTu, and don't miss a visit to Kaunas Town Hall.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kaunas trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Vilnius to Kaunas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Kaunas sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Kaunas

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Druskininkai, The Church of Saint Anthony of Padua, White Rose Bridge
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Ninth Fort ©
Ninth Fort
Grutas Park ©
Grutas Park
Druskonis ©
Druskonis

3
nights
Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn ©
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tallinn Old Town and Toompea Hill. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lahemaa rahvuspark and Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tallinn: Haapsalu Castle (in Haapsalu) and Aqva Hotel & Spa Water Park and Sauna Complex (in Rakvere). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Long Street (Pikk tanav), admire the masterpieces at Marzipana Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, and walk around Kadriorg Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tallinn online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kaunas to Tallinn in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kaunas in August: highs in Tallinn hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tallinn

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Haapsalu Castle, Aqva Hotel & Spa Water Park and Sauna Complex, Lahemaa rahvuspark
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 14:
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Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Energy Discovery Centre ©
Energy Discovery Centre
Tallinn Zoo ©
Tallinn Zoo

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