16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia

Venice of the North

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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, step off the mainland to explore Yelagin Island, and see the interesting displays at A.V. Suvorov State Memorial Museum.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our St. Petersburg trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to St. Petersburg is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

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Moscow, Russia

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Lenin's Mausoleum, then admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Red Square. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre and then steep yourself in history at Moscow Kremlin.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Moscow trip planner.

You can take a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. February in Moscow sees daily highs of -2°C and lows of -7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Kyiv (Kiev).

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums

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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine

The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
On the 22nd (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Sophia's Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Andriyivski Uzviz, then don't miss a visit to Khreshchatyk, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery and then see the interesting displays at Pirogovo Open-Air Museum.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyiv (Kiev) route planner.

Getting from Moscow to Kyiv (Kiev) by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Moscow to Kyiv (Kiev). While traveling from Moscow, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kyiv (Kiev), ranging from highs of 2°C to lows of -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Museums · Historic Sites

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Istanbul, Turkey

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, visit Sultanahmet District, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Kyiv (Kiev) to Istanbul takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Kyiv (Kiev) to Istanbul is 1 hour. While traveling from Kyiv (Kiev), expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

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Athens, Greece

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, and appreciate the history behind Erechtheion.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Athens trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Istanbul to Athens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Athens. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in February: highs in Athens hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks

Russia travel guide

4.6
Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Ukraine travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Monuments
Bread Basket of Europe
As the largest country entirely within Europe, it comes as no surprise that Ukraine is a hugely diverse nation. Despite its varied and vibrant tourist attractions, it is a relatively under-visited part of the world. This is mostly good news for those who do decide to vacation here because they can enjoy an authentic and unusual experience. Sip coffee in city cafes, hike the Carpathians, unwind by the beach, and explore picturesque forests. Those interested in architecture will be delighted by the massive array on offer, including grand Gothic towers, wooden churches, and looming Stalinist constructions.

Turkey travel guide

4.5
Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.