16 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

16 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Muscat, Oman
Fly:  9​h
1
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
4
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 1 night
bus:  4​h
5
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
6
Tallinn, Estonia
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Warsaw, Poland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Krakow, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
End: Muscat, Oman


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2
nights
Krakow, Poland

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Lost Souls Alley. Change things up with a short trip to Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim (about 1 hour away). The adventure continues: explore the engaging exhibits at HistoryLand, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica, appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, and contemplate the long history of Wawel Royal Castle.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Krakow online trip builder .

Muscat, Oman to Krakow is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Muscat to Krakow. Traveling from Muscat in September, expect Krakow to be much colder, temps between 22°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
HistoryLand ©
HistoryLand
Lost Souls Alley ©
Lost Souls Alley

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and Wine Tours & Tastings. When in Budapest, make a side trip to see Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral in Esztergom, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, examine the collection at Budapest Pinball Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Budapest route maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Budapest

Tours Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Food Tours
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
Bratislava, Slovakia

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 20th (Fri): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then get your game on at Mackafe (cat cafe), and then step into the grandiose world of Devin Castle.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bratislava trip planner .

You can drive from Budapest to Bratislava in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Bratislava sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Bratislava

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Devin Castle ©
Devin Castle
Mackafe (cat cafe) ©
Mackafe (cat cafe)

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.
On the 21st (Sat), get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, see the interesting displays at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), get engrossed in the history at Gediminas Castle Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Bernardine Gardens, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Vilniaus staciatikiu Sventosios Dvasios vienuolynas.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Vilnius vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Bratislava to Vilnius by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bratislava to Vilnius. In September, Vilnius is a bit cooler than Bratislava - with highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus) ©
St. Anne's Church ©
St. Anne's Church

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 22nd (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Pilsetas kanals, admire the striking features of JJugenda Stila Nami, Riga, then have some family-friendly fun at OldTown Archery Riga, then take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga), and finally walk around Dzintari Forest Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Kemeri National Park, then walk around Bastejkalna Park, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Livu Square.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Riga trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Vilnius to Riga takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Riga can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Jurmala
Highlights from your plan
OldTown Archery Riga ©
OldTown Archery Riga
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Dzintari Forest Park ©
Dzintari Forest Park

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Toompea Hill, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, don't miss a visit to Long Street (Pikk tanav), then don't miss a visit to Rataskaevu Street, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik, and finally take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tallinn visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Riga to Tallinn takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Tallinn

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

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Walking tours and Palace of Culture and Science. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, brush up on your military savvy at Polish Army Museum (Muzeum Wojska Polskiego), take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Cross Church (Kosciol Swietego Krzyza), and admire the natural beauty at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Warsaw road trip app .

Getting from Tallinn to Warsaw by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tallinn to Warsaw is minus 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in Warsaw are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie
Walking tours
Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego ©
Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego

1
night
Krakow, Poland

Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Krakow travel itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Warsaw to Krakow in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Lost Souls Alley ©
Lost Souls Alley
St. Mary's Basilica ©
St. Mary's Basilica

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