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
1
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
2
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Warsaw, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h 45​min
7
Helsinki, Finland
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

1
night
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Boyana Church, stop by Chilli Hills, get to know the fascinating history of Vitosha Boulevard, then steep yourself in history at The Rotunda Church of St George, and finally admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sofia trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Sofia is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Sofia is minus 2 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Dubai in August: high temperatures in Sofia hover around 34°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church
Vitosha Boulevard ©
Vitosha Boulevard

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.
Do your shopping at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) and Ulica Florianska. Let the collections at Wieliczka Salt Mine and Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau capture your imagination. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, examine the collection at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, and take a stroll through Kazmierz The Former Jewish District.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Krakow online tour planner .

Fly from Sofia to Krakow in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Sofia, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Krakow, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Warsaw.

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 ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

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.
On the 13th (Tue), take a stroll through Nowy Swiat, brush up on your military savvy at Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow, contemplate the long history of Lazienki Palace (Palac Lazienkowski), explore the world behind art at Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, then get into the urban bustle at Rynek Starego Miasta, and finally look for gifts at Polart. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Chinese Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, explore the world behind art at The National Museum in Warsaw, get engrossed in the history at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, then get engrossed in the history at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, and finally pick up some local products at Fish Market.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Warsaw day trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Krakow to Warsaw takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Warsaw are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Warsaw

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

2
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.
On the 15th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Trakai Island Castle Museum, then take a stroll through Uzupis, then take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower, and finally examine the collection at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika), see the interesting displays at Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gate of Dawn, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church Of St Peter And St Paul, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Tsekh Vilnius.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Vilnius visit website .

Getting from Warsaw to Vilnius by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Warsaw to Vilnius is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Trakai Island Castle Museum
Highlights from your plan
Trakai Island Castle Museum ©
Trakai Island Castle Museum
Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus) ©

2
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 17th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Riga Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, examine the collection at Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, then take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Jurmala Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Riga road trip planning tool .

Getting from Vilnius 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 up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Jurmala Beach
Highlights from your plan
Jurmala Beach ©
Jurmala Beach
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum ©

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.
Get some cultural insight at Tallinn Old Town and Kumu Art Museum. For shopping fun, head to Town Hall Pharmacy or Koopa Galerii. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Toompea Hill, view the masterpieces at Telliskivi Loomelinnak, see the interesting displays at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Defence Force Cemetery.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Tallinn visit planning site .

Getting from Riga to Tallinn by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. August in Tallinn sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tallinn

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, make a trip to Senate Square, then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori. On your second day here, browse the different shops at Kamppi Shopping Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip app .

Ride a ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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