10 days in Cesis, Tartu & Trakai Itinerary

10 days in Cesis, Tartu & Trakai Itinerary

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Fly to Riga International Airport, Drive to Cesis
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Cesis, Latvia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tartu, Estonia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Trakai, Lithuania
— 3 nights
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Cesis, Latvia — 3 nights

Cēsis, is a town in Latvia located in the northern part of the Central Vidzeme Upland. Your day by day itinerary now includes Cesis Medieval Castle as well as Ancient Jewellery Smithy. Popular historic sites such as Turaida Castle and Castle Of The Livonian Order In Sigulda are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Araishi wind mill, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christ Transfiguration Orthodox Church, and don't miss a visit to Araisi Lake Dwelling Site.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Cesis online visit planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Cesis is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. May in Cesis sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Tartu.
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Tartu, Estonia — 3 nights

City of Good Thoughts

One of the oldest cities in the Baltic region, Tartu boasts heaps of cultural attractions, a quaint Old Town, and bustling main square.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Poltsamaa Castle, Alatskivi Castle (vald) and Ruins of the Viljandi Order Castle. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tartu Town Hall Square and St. John's Church. The adventure continues: stop by Tartu Old City, take in nature's colorful creations at Tartu University Botanical Garden, and admire the local landmark of 'The Kissing Students' sculpture and fountain.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tartu journey site.

Traveling by car from Cesis to Tartu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Trakai.
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Trakai, Lithuania — 3 nights

Lake Town

Just west of Vilnius lies the lake resort and historical city of Trakai, famed for its fairy tale-like cityscape and the eclectic mix of communities that built it.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kaunas Castle as well as Medininkai Castle. Your inner history buff will appreciate Trakai Orthodox Church and Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Trakai Island Castle Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Trakai driving holiday planner.

Drive from Tartu to Trakai in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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