15 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

15 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bratislava, Slovakia
— 2 nights
Bus to Vienna, Fly to Kosice
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Kosice, Slovakia
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chernobyl, Ukraine
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
— 2 nights

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Budapest, Hungary

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church and then steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), don't miss a visit to Heroes' Square, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, and finally contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest day trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites

Bratislava, Slovakia

— 2 nights

Beauty on the Danube

Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Bratislava Castle, don't miss a visit to Svatopluk, and then contemplate the long history of Devin Castle. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Cumil, take in the spiritual surroundings of Blue Church of St. Elizabeth, take a stroll through Bratislava Old Town, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), then steep yourself in history at Michalska Brana, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from UFO Observation Deck.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Bratislava tour itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Budapest to Bratislava in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September in Bratislava, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kosice.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Kosice, Slovakia

— 5 nights

City of Tolerance

Kosice has long been a hidden medieval gem.
Get some historical perspective at Kosice Historical Centre and Kaplnka svateho Michala. Explore Kosice's surroundings by going to Ski Museum (in Tatranska Lomnica), Vazecka Cave (in Vazec) and Strbske Pleso (Monument to victims of SNP, Strbske Pleso Lake, &more). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Slovak Paradise, pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Soviet Soldiers, the Liberators, get to know the resident critters at ZOO Košice, and savor a hot drink at Knihkupectvo Artforum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kosice travel route builder app.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Bratislava to Kosice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Kosice can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Chernobyl.

Things to do in Kosice

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Chernobyl, Ukraine

— 2 nights
Chernobyl or Chornobyl is a city in the restricted Chernobyl Exclusion Zone situated in the Ivankiv Raion of northern Kiev Oblast, near Ukraine's border with Belarus. On the 12th (Sun), expand your understanding of the military at Duga Radar Russian Woodpecker, make a trip to Reactor No 4, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Elijah Church.

To see maps and other tourist information, use the Chernobyl trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kosice to Chernobyl takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kosice to Chernobyl due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kyiv (Kiev).

Things to do in Chernobyl

Historic Sites

Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine

— 2 nights
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
On the 13th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Pedagogical Museum - The Teacher's House, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Volodymyr's Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sophia's Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Maidan Nezalezhnosti. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery, make a trip to Andreyevskiy Spusk, pause for some photo ops at Za Dvumya Zaitsami Monument, examine the collection at Software and Computer Museum, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument to Lesya Ukrainka.

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You can drive from Chernobyl to Kyiv (Kiev) in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Kyiv (Kiev) are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums