16 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

16 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Durban, South Africa
Fly:  17​h
1
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Durban, 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.
Go for a jaunt from Krakow to Oswiecim to see Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, make a trip to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Basilica, and take a stroll through Stare Miasto.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Krakow trip planner .

Durban, South Africa to Krakow is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Durban to Krakow due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durban in September, things will get slightly colder in Krakow: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, and see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Budapest online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Budapest, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Budapest

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

2
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: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, make a trip to Chasovnya Svyatoy Blazhennoy Ksenii Peterburgskoy, and pause for some serene contemplation at Savior on the Spilled Blood.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the St. Petersburg day trip planning tool .

Fly from Budapest to St. Petersburg in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Budapest to St. Petersburg. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Budapest in September: high temperatures in St. Petersburg hover around 19°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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 15th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then admire the striking features of Katedrala Svateho Vita, then take some stellar pictures from Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, and finally admire the striking features of Dancing House.

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Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Prague takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Prague due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Prague

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

4
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Dubrovnik is known for historic sites, nature, museums, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Walls of Dubrovnik, see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and get engrossed in the history at Rector's Palace.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik route builder site .

Getting from Prague to Dubrovnik by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Prague in September, expect Dubrovnik to be somewhat warmer, temps between 29°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Neighborhoods Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum ©
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town

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