17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h 45​min
2
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Riga, Latvia
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h
4
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Warsaw, Poland
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

3
nights
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, stroll through The Esplanadi Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

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

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Dubai in July, with highs in Helsinki at 25°C and lows at 15°C. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tallinn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
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.
Tallinn is known for museums, historic sites, parks, shopping, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town, enjoy breathtaking views from Oleviste Church, stroll through Kadriorg Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tallinn sightseeing planner.

Traveling by ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. July in Tallinn sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Tallinn

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

3
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.
On the 20th (Sat), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Jurmala Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga), appreciate the history behind Freedom Monument (Brivibas Piemineklis), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, and get engrossed in the history at Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Riga trip builder app .

You can fly from Tallinn to Riga in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Riga can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Riga

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Jurmala Beach
Highlights from your plan
Jurmala Beach ©
Jurmala Beach
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Freedom Monument ©
Freedom Monument

3
nights
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.
Step out of Vilnius with an excursion to Trakai Island Castle Museum in Trakai--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Vilnius Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sts. Peter & Paul's Church (Sv. Apastalu Petro ir Povilo Baznycia), don't miss a visit to Hill of Three Crosses, and examine the collection at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus).

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Vilnius itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Riga to Vilnius in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Trakai Island Castle Museum
Highlights from your plan
Trakai Island Castle Museum ©
Trakai Island Castle Museum
Vilnius Old Town ©
Vilnius Old Town
Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower

4
nights
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Warsaw is known for museums, historic sites, parks, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, see the interesting displays at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, explore the galleries of The Royal Castle in Warsaw - Museum, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Warsaw day trip planning website .

Fly from Vilnius to Warsaw in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Warsaw can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie
Walking tours

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