12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  18​h
1
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Warsaw, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

2
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Step out of Krakow to go to Oswiecim and see Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, make a trip to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, see the interesting displays at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, and take in panoramic vistas at Town Hall Tower.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Krakow online route maker .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Krakow is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Krakow when traveling from Johannesburg in August, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

2
nights
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Chinese Garden, then admire the natural beauty at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow, admire the masterpieces at Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, appreciate the history behind Pomnik Bohaterów Getta, then brush up on your military savvy at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Palace of Culture and Science.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Warsaw trip itinerary planning app .

Take a train from Krakow to Warsaw in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Warsaw are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie
Old Town ©
Old Town
Walking tours

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): examine the collection at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), then wander the streets of Vilnius Old Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gate of Dawn, and finally get engrossed in the history at Gediminas Castle Tower.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Vilnius trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Warsaw to Vilnius takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Warsaw to Vilnius, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. August in Vilnius sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus) ©
Vilnius Old Town ©
Vilnius Old Town

2
nights
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 14th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Freedom Monument (Brivibas Piemineklis), then have some family-friendly fun at OldTown Archery Riga, and then make a trip to Old City Riga (Vecriga). Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Riga Motormuseum, browse the exhibits of Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Riga road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Vilnius to Riga takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Riga are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
OldTown Archery Riga ©
OldTown Archery Riga
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Freedom Monument ©
Freedom Monument

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill, then take in panoramic vistas at St. Olaf’s Church, and finally wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum, then appreciate the history behind Teekond & Koduaed - memorial for communism victims of Estonia, and then make a trip to Tallinna Raekoja Plats.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tallinn tour builder website .

Traveling by flight from Riga to Tallinn takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tallinn can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali

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