17 days in Eastern Europe & Vienna Itinerary

17 days in Eastern Europe & Vienna Itinerary

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17 days in Eastern Europe & Vienna Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Warsaw, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: San Francisco, United States

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.
Prague Castle and Prague Astronomical Clock will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Vespa Story - Rental & Tours. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of St. Vitus Cathedral, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, steep yourself in history at Prasna brana, and don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Prague trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Prague is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Prague due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in April, things will get slightly colder in Prague: highs are around 58°F and lows about 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Prague

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

2
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
On the 22nd (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, make a trip to Peterskirche Wien, then wander the streets of Historic Center of Vienna, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Orangery at Schoenbrunn Palace, examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), and then browse the exhibits of Belvedere Palace.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Vienna trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in April, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

1
night
Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Devin Castle, take a stroll through Bratislava Old Town, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina).

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Bratislava trip planning website .

Drive from Vienna to Bratislava in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Bratislava can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Budapest.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Devin Castle ©
Devin Castle
Bratislava Old Town ©
Bratislava Old Town

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 25th (Sat): make a trip to Halaszbastya, contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at University Church, then head outdoors with Scooter Budapest, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with City Park Városliget, pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest trip planner .

You can drive from Bratislava to Budapest in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in April, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Outdoors Historic Sites Spas
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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.
Popular historic sites such as Wawel Cathedral and Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Wawel Royal Castle and Stare Miasto. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Wieliczka Salt Mine, see the interesting displays at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, take a stroll through Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Krakow road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Krakow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Budapest, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Krakow, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can take a train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
Highlights from your plan
Stare Miasto ©
Stare Miasto
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine

3
nights
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Popular historic sites such as Old Town and Memorial at Mila 18 are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Pole Mokotowskie and Olympic Golf Club. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, head outdoors with Bubble Football Warszawa by Gmoods, attend a concert at Warsaw Piano Concerts. Waclaex., and take a stroll through Nowy Swiat.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Warsaw online itinerary planner .

Take a train from Krakow to Warsaw in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. April in Warsaw sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Warsaw

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie

1
night
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take a stroll through Hradcany, then steep yourself in history at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, and finally take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Prague day trip app .

Getting from Warsaw to Prague by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Jewish Museum in Prague ©
Jewish Museum in Prague
Stary zidovsky Hrbitov
Stary zidovsky Hrbitov
Spanish Synagogue ©
Spanish Synagogue

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