18 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

18 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Eastern Europe trip planner

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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Tallinn
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Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
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Vilnius, Lithuania
— 1 night
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Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
You'll explore and learn at Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Dostoevsky Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Nikolo-Bogoyavlenskiy Morskoy Sobor. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Palace Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sobor Svyatoy Zhivonachal'noy Troitsy, admire the striking features of Summer Palace of Peter the Great, and examine the collection at The Anna Akhmatova Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read St. Petersburg sightseeing planner.

Seattle, USA to St. Petersburg is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a 11 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Seattle in May: high temperatures in St. Petersburg hover around 62°F and lows are around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites

Tallinn, Estonia

— 2 nights
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 5th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, contemplate the long history of Toompea Hill, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from St. Olaf’s Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Kumu Art Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peapiiskopi Kirik, then wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town, and finally don't miss a visit to Tallinna Raekoja Plats.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tallinn online itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from St. Petersburg to Tallinn takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Tallinn is minus 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Tallinn can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Vilnius, Lithuania

— 1 night

Jerusalem of Lithuania

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 7th (Sat): examine the collection at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower, then admire the striking features of Vilnius Cathedral, and finally wander the streets of Vilnius Old Town.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Vilnius journey planning website.

Getting from Tallinn to Vilnius by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tallinn in May, expect nights in Vilnius to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Krakow, Poland

— 2 nights

Slavic Rome

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, then admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, and finally steep yourself in history at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego Collegium Maius, steep yourself in history at Wieliczka Salt Mine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bazylika i Klasztor Franciszkanow, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Krakow sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Vilnius to Krakow takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Vilnius to Krakow is minus 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Prague, Czech Republic

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

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.
On the 10th (Tue), take in the views from Charles Bridge, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady before Tyn, admire the landmark architecture of Kostel sv. Mikuláše, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Vrtba Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally wander the streets of Hradcany.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Prague itinerary builder app.

Fly from Krakow to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. May in Prague sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Budapest, Hungary

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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 12th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank, take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Fisherman's Bastion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Dohány Street Synagogue, then appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, then examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Prague to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. While traveling from Prague, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Budapest, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kayaking & Canoeing and Fort Lovrijenac. Dubrovnik City Walls and Cavtat Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Dubrovnik to go to Cavtat and see Cavtat Old Town, which is approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, don't miss a visit to Pile Gate, go for a stroll along the water at City Harbor, and step off the mainland to explore Lokrum Island.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Dubrovnik online tour itinerary maker.

You can fly from Budapest to Dubrovnik in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in May, Dubrovnik is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Adventure

Side Trip

Split, Croatia

— 2 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Split Archaeological Museum, admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, enjoy the sand and surf at Kasuni Beach, then see the interesting displays at Froggyland, and finally get engrossed in the history at Etnografski muzej Split. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, don't miss a visit to Split Synagogue, and then steep yourself in history at Old Split.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Split online travel planner.

Getting from Dubrovnik to Split by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Split are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches