18 days in Eastern Europe & Helsinki Itinerary

18 days in Eastern Europe & Helsinki Itinerary

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18 days in Eastern Europe & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru, India
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Warsaw, Poland
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 45​min
6
Helsinki, Finland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Warsaw, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Bengaluru, India

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum and Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego. Visit Old Town and Cmentarz Wojskowy na Powazkach for their historical value. When in Warsaw, make a side trip to see Treblinka Memorial in Treblinka, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Polish Army Museum (Muzeum Wojska Polskiego), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Cross Church (Kosciol Swietego Krzyza), and have fun and explore at Dollhouse Museum.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Warsaw online driving holiday planner .

Bengaluru, India to Warsaw is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 4 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Bengaluru in October, with highs in Warsaw at 15°C and lows at 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Historic Sites Spas

Side Trip

Treblinka Memorial
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Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum ©
Old Town ©
Old Town

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Planty Park and Sanctuary of Divine Mercy. Get some historical perspective at Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square and Wawel Cathedral. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Lost Souls Alley, step into the grandiose world of Wawel Royal Castle, explore the world behind art at Stained Glass Museum (Muzeum Witrazu), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Corpus Christi Church (Kosciol Bozego Ciala).

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Krakow trip maker website .

Traveling by train from Warsaw to Krakow takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Wed) before leaving for Vilnius.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania, contemplate the long history of Ponary cmentarz, and then get engrossed in the history at Trakai Island Castle Museum. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at St John's church, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Theresa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vilniaus staciatikiu Sventosios Dvasios vienuolynas, and finally get engrossed in the history at Gediminas Castle Tower.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Vilnius trip planner.

Getting from Krakow to Vilnius by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Krakow, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Vilnius, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Trakai Island Castle Museum
Highlights from your plan

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): make a trip to Statue of Roland, then take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga), then explore the world behind art at Latvian National Museum Of Art, and finally admire the masterpieces at Art Museum RIGA BOURSE. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Riga day trip planner .

You can fly from Vilnius to Riga in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Riga can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Holy Trinity Church
Highlights from your plan
Latvian National Museum Of Art ©
Latvian National Museum Of Art
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Toompea Hill, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, take some stellar pictures from Viewing Point Kohtuotsa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik, and finally take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, see the interesting displays at Niguliste Museum, then have fun and explore at Marzipana Gallery, and finally examine the collection at Great Guild Hall.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tallinn online route builder .

Getting from Riga to Tallinn by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tallinn

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Great Guild Hall ©
Great Guild Hall

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 30th (Wed): admire the striking features of Temppeliaukion Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, steep yourself in history at The Aalto House, then take a stroll through Katajanokka, and finally learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), then get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Johannes Church, and finally admire the masterpieces at Design Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki attractions planning website .

Traveling by ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October, daytime highs in Helsinki are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

1
night
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
On the 1st (Fri), examine the collection at Pawiak Prison Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Pomnik Bohaterów Getta, then learn about all things military at Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow, and finally examine the collection at Pinball Station.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Warsaw itinerary website .

Fly from Helsinki to Warsaw in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Helsinki to Warsaw due to the time zone difference. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pomnik Bohaterów Getta ©
Pomnik Bohaterów Getta

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