60 days in Latvia Itinerary

60 days in Latvia Itinerary

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60 days in Latvia Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Riga
— 13 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Salacgriva
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Cesis
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Jekabpils
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Daugavpils
— 7 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Ventspils
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Liepaja
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Tervete
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Lisbon

13
nights
Riga

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vermanes Garden and JJugenda Stila Nami, Riga. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Riga: Salaspils Memorial Ensemble (in Salaspils) and Kemeri National Park (in Jurmala). On the 23rd (Mon), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Jurmala Beach. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take a peaceful walk through Dzintari Forest Park, and see the interesting displays at Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Riga driving holiday planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Riga is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Lisbon to Riga, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in September, expect Riga to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Salacgriva.

Things to do in Riga

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jurmala, Salaspils Memorial Ensemble
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Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Dzintari Forest Park ©
Dzintari Forest Park
JJugenda Stila Nami, Riga ©
JJugenda Stila Nami, Riga

6
nights
Salacgriva

Salacgriva ©
Salacgrīva TourismAfter restoration of Latvian independence Salacgriva municipality Tourism Information Centre was the first tourism information center in Latvia. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Veczemju Mantinu Cliffs and The Ainazi North Pier. Explore Salacgriva's surroundings by going to Saulkrasti (Saulkrasti Bicycle Museum, White Dune, & more) and Skanakalna Dabas Parks (in Mazsalaca). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Randu Meadows, see the interesting displays at Ainazi Firefighting Museum, take in the views from Lamprey Weirs, and visit a coastal fixture at Salacgriva Lighthouse.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Salacgriva day trip planner.

You can drive from Riga to Salacgriva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Salacgriva are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Cesis.

Things to do in Salacgriva

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Saulkrasti, Ainazi, Skanakalna Dabas Parks
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Veczemju Klintis ©
Veczemju Klintis
Ainazi Firefighting Museum ©
Ainazi Firefighting Museum
Lamprey Weirs ©
Lamprey Weirs

7
nights
Cesis

Cesis ©
Cēsis, is a town in Latvia located in the northern part of the Central Vidzeme Upland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cesis Medieval Castle and Gauja National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cesis: Birini Castle (in Birini), Stameriena Castle (in Stameriena) and Sigulda (Gutman's Cave, Turaida Castle, & more).

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cesis tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Salacgriva to Cesis in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in October, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Jekabpils.

Things to do in Cesis

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigulda, Ligatne, Ungurmuiza Manor, Birini Castle, Silver Museum
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Gauja National Park ©
Gauja National Park
Cesis Medieval Castle ©
Cesis Medieval Castle
Sigulda Adventure Park Tarzan ©
Sigulda Adventure Park Tarzan

6
nights
Jekabpils

Jekabpils ©
Jēkabpils is a city in southeastern Latvia roughly halfway between Riga and Daugavpils and spanning the Daugava River. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Krustpils castle and Cesvaines Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Jekabpils: ViLanu Sv. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church (in Vilani), Latgale Art and Craft Centre (in Livani) and Mura lokas tilts par Kujas upi (in Bebri). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Koknese Ruins, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Holy Ghost, see human ingenuity at work at Aiviekste Hydroelectric Power Station, and step into the grandiose world of Odzienas Manor.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Jekabpils vacation planning tool .

Traveling by car from Cesis to Jekabpils takes 2 hours. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll travel to Daugavpils.

Things to do in Jekabpils

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Madona, Koknese, Cesvaines Castle, Aizkraukle St. Therese of the Child Jesus Church, Latgale Art and Craft Centre
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Liktendarzs - Garden of Destiny ©
Liktendarzs - Garden of Destiny
Krustpils castle ©
Krustpils castle

7
nights
Daugavpils

Daugavpils ©
Daugavpils is a city in southeastern Latvia, located on the banks of the Daugava River, from which the city gets its name. Explore hidden gems such as Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre and Daugavpils Fortress. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Daugavpils: Rezekne (Luznavas Muiza, Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, & more), Pilskalnes Siguldina (in Ilukste) and Aglona (Aglona Basilica, Devil's Lake, & more). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Dubrovin Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saints Boris and Gleb Cathedral, take in nature's colorful creations at Latgale Zoological Garden, and make a trip to Center of Russian Culture/ Russian House.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Daugavpils trip planner .

Traveling by car from Jekabpils to Daugavpils takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ventspils.

Things to do in Daugavpils

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rezekne, Aglona, Pilskalnes Siguldina, Castle of Earls Platery, Preili Museum of Dolls
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Dubrovin Park ©
Dubrovin Park
Daugavpils Fortress ©
Daugavpils Fortress
Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre ©
Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre

6
nights
Ventspils

Ventspils ©
Ventspils is a town in northwestern Latvia in the historical Courland region of Latvia, and is the sixth largest city in the country. Step off the beaten path and head to Ventspils Beach and The Castle of the Livonian order. Explore Ventspils' surroundings by going to Kuldiga (Jaunstuci Murksku Audzetava, Kuldigas Sv. Katrinas Baznica, & more), Edole Castle (in Edole) and Kolka (Slitere National Park & Kolkas Baka). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Daba Laba - Day Adventures, see the sky in a new way at Irbene Radio Astronomy Center, step into the grandiose world of Dundaga Castle, and examine the collection at Ventspils Creativity House Planetarium and Observatory.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ventspils trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Daugavpils to Ventspils takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Daugavpils in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Ventspils, with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Liepaja.

Things to do in Ventspils

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuldiga, Kolkas Baka, Jaunstuci Murksku Audzetava, Slitere Light, Slitere National Park
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Ventspils Beach ©
Ventspils Beach
Venta Rapid Waterfall ©
Venta Rapid Waterfall
The Castle of the Livonian order ©
The Castle of the Livonian order

7
nights
Liepaja

Liepaja ©
Liepāja, is a city in western Latvia, located on the Baltic Sea directly at 21°E. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Northern Forts and St. Nicholas Orthodox Sea Cathedral. Explore Liepaja's surroundings by going to Pape Nature Park (in Pape), Jurmalciems beach (in Jurmalciems) and Wetland Pathway Dunika (in Rucava). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Karosta Prison, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jurmalas Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph's Cathedral.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Liepaja trip site .

You can drive from Ventspils to Liepaja in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tervete.

Things to do in Liepaja

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Aizpute, Wetland Pathway Dunika, Jurmalciems beach, Bernati Lighthouse, Lighthouse Akmensrags
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Jurmalas Park ©
Jurmalas Park
Northern Forts ©
Northern Forts
Karosta Prison ©
Karosta Prison

6
nights
Tervete

Tervete ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tervete Nature Park and Bauska Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Mezotne Palace (in Mezotne), Dobele Evangelical Lutheran Church (in Dobele) and Bauska (Bauskas Muzejs, The Bauska Branch of the Riga Motor Museum, & more).

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tervete trip planner .

Drive from Liepaja to Tervete in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In November in Tervete, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 1°C at night. On the 18th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tervete

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Jelgava, Bauska, Dobele, Rundale Palace, Mezotne Palace
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Bauska Castle ©
Bauska Castle
Rundāle Palace ©
Rundāle Palace
Tervete Nature Park ©
Tervete Nature Park

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