7 days in Estonia, Riga & Helsinki Itinerary

7 days in Estonia, Riga & Helsinki Itinerary

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7 days in Estonia, Riga & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
Fly:  3 h
1
Riga, Latvia
— 1 night
Bus:  4 h 30 min
2
Tallinn, Estonia
— 1 night
Ferry:  1 h 45 min
3
Helsinki, Finland
— 1 day
Ferry:  1 h 45 min
4
Tallinn, Estonia
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h 30 min
5
Tartu, Estonia
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h
6
Parnu, Estonia
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Riga, Latvia
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: Brussels, Belgium

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Riga, Latvia

Riga ©
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 15th (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Galerija Centrs, then buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping mall Spice, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, and finally take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga).

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

Brussels, Belgium to Riga is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brussels to Riga, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church
Shopping mall Spice ©
Shopping mall Spice

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Toompea Hill, take in the spiritual surroundings of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and then wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tallinn route builder website .

Getting from Riga to Tallinn by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tallinn

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali

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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.
On the 17th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, then kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, then get a taste of the local shopping with Old Market Hall, and finally stop by Marimekko.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Helsinki travel itinerary planner.

Ride a ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Tallinn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Old Market Hall ©
Old Market Hall
Hietaranta Beach ©
Hietaranta Beach

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Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn
To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tallinn visit planner.

Traveling by ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You will leave for Tartu on the 18th (Sat).

Things to do in Tallinn

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
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Tartu, Estonia

Tartu ©
One of the oldest cities in the Baltic region, Tartu boasts heaps of cultural attractions, a quaint Old Town, and bustling main square.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): engage your brain at AHHAA Science Centre, contemplate the long history of Tartu Town Hall Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Church, then take a stroll through Tartu Old City, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Toome Hill (Toomemagi).

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tartu trip planner .

You can take a train from Tallinn to Tartu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Parnu.

Things to do in Tartu

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Toome Hill (Toomemagi) ©
Toome Hill (Toomemagi)
Tartu Town Hall Square ©
Tartu Town Hall Square
Tartu Old City ©
Tartu Old City

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Parnu, Estonia

Parnu ©
A holiday hotspot among Estonians and nearby nations, the coastal city of Parnu offers golden sandy beaches, an assortment of parks, and lively center.
On the 19th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Red Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Eliisabet's Church, steep yourself in history at Prison Escape, then buy something for everyone on your list at Kaubamajakas Shopping Centre, and finally kick back and relax at Parnu Beach Promenade.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Parnu trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Tartu to Parnu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Riga.

Things to do in Parnu

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
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Eliisabet's Church ©
Eliisabet's Church
Parnu Beach Promenade ©
Parnu Beach Promenade
Kaubamajakas Shopping Centre ©
Kaubamajakas Shopping Centre

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Riga, Latvia

Riga ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): examine the collection at Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Centraltirgus), and then pause for some photo ops at Freedom Monument (Brivibas Piemineklis).

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Riga trip planning tool .

Getting from Parnu to Riga by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Riga

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum ©
Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum
Central Market (Centraltirgus) ©
Central Market (Centraltirgus)
Freedom Monument ©
Freedom Monument

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