15 days in Eastern Europe & Central Europe Itinerary

15 days in Eastern Europe & Central Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Eastern Europe & Central Europe Itinerary

Start: New Delhi, India
Fly:  12​h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: New Delhi, India

3
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Popular historic sites such as Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Savior on the Spilled Blood are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Russian Museum and The State Hermitage Museum. The adventure continues: shop like a local with Tretyakov's Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Photogallery Rachmaninov Garden, take an in-depth tour of Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost), and examine the collection at MARS Center.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg route planner .

New Delhi, India to St. Petersburg is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New Delhi to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. In July, St. Petersburg is cooler than New Delhi - with highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Zoo Berlin, examine the collection at Topography of Terror, contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Klassenfeind Gallery, and finally explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, then make a trip to Brandenburg Gate, and finally step into the grandiose world of Charlottenburg Palace.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Berlin trip website .

Getting from St. Petersburg to Berlin by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Berlin is minus 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Topographie des Terrors ©
Topographie des Terrors
Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the views from Charles Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then stroll the grounds of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, then admire the landmark architecture of Katedrala Svateho Vita, and finally explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Lesser Town, get a taste of the local shopping with Lobkowicz Palace, make a trip to StaromEstske namEsti, then get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague, and finally steep yourself in history at Prasna brana.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Prague trip maker .

Drive from Berlin to Prague in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Prague are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at New Jewish Cemetery, explore the historical opulence of Wawel Royal Castle, then steep yourself in history at Wawel Cathedral, and finally take a stroll through Stare Miasto. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, steep yourself in history at Wieliczka Salt Mine, wander the streets of Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, then hunt for treasures at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), and finally make a trip to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Krakow tour planner.

You can fly from Prague to Krakow in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

2
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
On the 11th (Thu), wander the streets of Vaci Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, then contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Halaszbastya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): pick up some local products at Central Market Hall, admire the striking features of Dohány Street Synagogue, don't miss a visit to Andrassy Avenue, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, then test the waters at a local thermal spa, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Janoshegy.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Budapest, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Shopping Spas
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

3
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the galleries of Belvedere Palace, see the interesting displays at MuseumsQuartier Wien, then examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then contemplate the long history of Mozarthaus Vienna, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo, explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, then hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Vienna holiday planner .

You can take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Vienna are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

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