Baltics Itinerary: Three Weeks from Helsinki to Vilnius

3 February, 2012 (18:21) | Travel Itineraries | By: darngooddigs

Windmill in Gauja National Park, Latvia

Windmill in Gauja National Park, Latvia

This past summer we spent three weeks traveling around the Baltics with our six year old boy.  We look for non-stop flights whenever possible, so we naturally appreciated Finn Air’s non-stop NYC-Helsinki flight – not to mention that it happened to be one of the cheapest flights to Europe at the time. After three nights in Helsinki, we took the ferry to Tallinn where we rented a car.

We loved our trip, but we’ll add that it was pretty fast-paced.  If we were to do it again, we might slow down a little bit.  Here’s what our three weeks in the Baltics look like.

Helsinki, Finland: Best Western Premier Hotel Katajanokka (3 nights)
Tallinn, Estonia: Classic Apartments Sugise Studio Apartment (2 nights)
Lehemaa National Park, Estonia: Palmse Manor (1 night)
Tartu, Estonia: Looming Hostel (1 night)
Cesis, Latvia: Hotel Katrina (1 night)
Sigulda, Latvia: Hotel Pils (1 night)
Riga, Latvia: Homestay Riga (3 nights)
Ventspils, Latvia: Hotel Juras Brizas (2 nights)
Palanga, Lithuania: ?? (1 night)
Juodkrante, Lithuania: Hotel Kurenas (2 nights)
Kaunas, Lithuania: Daugirdas Old City Hotel (1 night)
Druskininkai, Lithuania: Hotel Credo (1 night)
Vilnius, Lithuania: Skapo Apartments (3 nights)

We’ve added reviews for two hotels from our trip, Homestay in Riga, and Skapo Apartments in Vilnius, on Darn Good Digs.  If our six old had his say, he would’ve added the converted prison Hotel Katajanokka in Helsinki and the Hotel Pils in Sigulda with its suited knight in the stairwell.  The reason why we left Palanga blank is because we don’t remember where we stayed; the Info Hotel overbooked us and sent us to a pension further out from town center.

Stay tuned for more posts about our Baltics adventure.

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