18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
1
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
3
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Riga, Latvia
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h
5
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
6
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

4
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), get a sense of history and politics at Rathaus, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Cathedral.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip planning tool .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Vienna is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Dubai to Vienna, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in August, things will get much colder in Vienna: highs are around 31°C and lows about 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

3
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
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.
Keep things going the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then take in the views from Charles Bridge, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Prague online journey maker .

You can fly from Vienna to Prague in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Fri) before leaving for Berlin.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
Highlights from your plan
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): examine the collection at Topography of Terror and then get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Berlin travel planner.

Getting from Prague to Berlin by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Riga.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Freedom Monument, admire the striking features of Alberta Iela, and then make a trip to Old City Riga (Vecriga).

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Riga vacation planner .

You can fly from Berlin to Riga in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. In August in Riga, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

Beaches Parks 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

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.
On the 14th (Wed), take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town, then make a trip to Toompea Hill, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Olaf’s Church, make a trip to Tallinna Raekoja Plats, and then examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tallinn attractions planner.

You can fly from Riga to Tallinn in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tallinn

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Linnanmaki Amusement Park, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Helsinki travel planner .

You can ride a ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki in 2 hours. Another option is to fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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