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
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Oslo, Norway
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Tallinn, Estonia
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Riga, Latvia
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Warsaw, Poland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take a stroll through Katajanokka, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, then look for gifts at Liopro Finland - Handmade Souvenir, and finally learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki holiday website .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Helsinki. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Dubai in August: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Head to Ostermalm Saluhall and Kulturhusetfor plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Vasa Museum and Skansen. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Royal Palace, take in the exciting artwork at Fargfabriken, examine the collection at ABBA The Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Storkyrkan.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Stockholm road trip planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Stockholm by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Helsinki to Stockholm. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Skansen ©
Skansen
Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Stockholm Old Town ©
Stockholm Old Town

3
nights
Oslo, Norway

Oslo ©
Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Visit Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning) and Rådhuset for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Vigeland Museum and Munch Museum. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Viking Ship Museum, take a stroll through Karl Johans gate, get in on the family fun at Norsk Folkemuseum, and get engrossed in the history at Kon-Tiki Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Oslo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Oslo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Stockholm in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Oslo, with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Vigeland Museum ©
Vigeland Museum
Viking Ship Museum ©
Viking Ship Museum

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.
On the 16th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church, then look for gifts at Town Hall Pharmacy, and finally take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tallinn trip planner .

You can fly from Oslo to Tallinn in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Oslo to Tallinn due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Oslo in August since evenings lows in Tallinn dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Tallinn

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

1
night
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 17th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Nativity of Christ Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, then take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga), and finally hunt for treasures at Central Market (Centraltirgus).

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Riga trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Tallinn to Riga by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August in Riga, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Riga

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum ©
Nativity of Christ Cathedral ©
Nativity of Christ Cathedral

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 18th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Gediminas Castle Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika), steep yourself in history at Bell Tower of Vilnius Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gate of Dawn, and finally take a stroll through Vilnius Old Town.

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

You can fly from Riga to Vilnius in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Vilnius are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Vilnius

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
St. Anne's Church ©
St. Anne's Church
Vilnius Old Town ©
Vilnius Old Town
Gate of Dawn ©
Gate of Dawn

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take a stroll through Memorial at Mila 18, then get to know the fascinating history of Rynek Starego Miasta, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Warsaw visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Vilnius to Warsaw takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. In August in Warsaw, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the train to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

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

3
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.
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square and Wieliczka Salt Mine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wawel Royal Castle. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Wawel Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Corpus Christi Church (Kosciol Bozego Ciala), take a stroll through Stare Miasto, and examine the collection at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Krakow online travel route planner .

You can take a train from Warsaw to Krakow in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August in Krakow, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mine
Highlights from your plan
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

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