16 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

16 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly:  14​h
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 15​min
2
Ternopil, Ukraine
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Mumbai, India

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, admire the striking features of Matthias Church, then take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at University Church, then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and finally examine the collection at House of Terror Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Budapest trip maker site .

Mumbai, India to Budapest is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Budapest is minus 4 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Mumbai in April: high temperatures in Budapest hover around 20°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Spas Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

4
nights
Ternopil, Ukraine

Ternopil ©
Ternopil is a city in western Ukraine, located on the banks of the Seret River. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ternopil: Pochayiv Lavra (in Pochayev), Dubno (Tarakanovskiy fort & Dubno Castle) and Olesko Castle (in Olesko). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museum of Political Prisoners and Victims of Communist Regime, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary's Immaculate Conception, explore the historical opulence of Pidhirtsi Castle, and walk around T. Shevchenko Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ternopil tour site .

Traveling by car from Budapest to Ternopil takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Budapest to Ternopil. April in Ternopil sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Ternopil

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Pidhirtsi, Dubno, Pochayiv Lavra, Olesko Castle, Zbarazh Castle
Highlights from your plan
Pochayiv Lavra ©
Pochayiv Lavra
T. Shevchenko Park ©
T. Shevchenko Park
Olesko Castle ©
Olesko Castle

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 14th (Tue): examine the collection at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera and then steep yourself in history at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Wawel Royal Castle, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Basilica, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Krakow vacation planner .

You can drive from Ternopil to Krakow in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Ternopil to Krakow, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Krakow are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
Highlights from your plan
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

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 16th (Thu): take in the views from Charles Bridge, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Katedrala Svateho Vita, and then take a stroll through Lesser Town.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Prague trip tool .

Fly from Krakow to Prague in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

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.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, parks, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, and contemplate the long history of Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad).

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our St. Petersburg trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Prague to St. Petersburg takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Prague to St. Petersburg. Traveling from Prague in April, expect St. Petersburg to be little chillier, temps between 9°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

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