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:  8​h 45​min
1
Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 45​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

3
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Do your shopping at Kuznetsky Most Street and GUM. Appreciate the collections at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml) and Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad), explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, learn about all things military at Armoury Chamber, and admire the striking features of Kremlin Walls and Towers.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Moscow online road trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Moscow is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dubai to Moscow. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in August; daily highs in Moscow reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) ©
Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral

3
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
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.
Let the collections at Russian Museum and Saint Isaac's Cathedral capture your imagination. Nevsky Prospekt and Savior on the Spilled Blood will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, get engrossed in the history at Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost), contemplate the long history of Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), and examine the collection at The Anna Akhmatova Museum.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg tour itinerary planning app .

Take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Russian Museum ©
Russian Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

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 14th (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, then wander the streets of Katajanokka, then brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Okra, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, then shop like a local with Galerie Forsblom, and finally pause for some photo ops at Unexpected Visitor Sculpture (Odottamaton Vieras).

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Traveling by train from St. Petersburg to Helsinki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Tallinn.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, make a trip to 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 wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tallinn trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August in Tallinn, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums 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.
On the 17th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, steep yourself in history at Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, make a trip to Old City Riga (Vecriga), then take an in-depth tour of Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, and finally hunt for treasures at Central Market (Centraltirgus).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Riga tour site .

Traveling by flight from Tallinn to Riga takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up 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 ©
Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs ©
Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): examine the collection at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), take a stroll through Vilnius Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gate of Dawn, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, then steep yourself in history at Bell Tower of Vilnius Cathedral, and finally appreciate the history behind Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika).

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Vilnius trip itinerary builder .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus) ©
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.
Old Town and Memorial at Mila 18 will appeal to history buffs. Do your shopping at Rynek Starego Miasta and Nowy Swiat. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, explore the world behind art at Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, take an in-depth tour of Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, and admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Culture and Science.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Warsaw trip simple and quick.

Traveling by flight from Vilnius to Warsaw takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vilnius to Warsaw, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

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

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera and Lost Souls Alley. Wawel Cathedral and Kazmierz The Former Jewish District will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, explore the different monuments and memorials at New Jewish Cemetery, steep yourself in history at The Barbican (Barbakan), and take a stroll through Stare Miasto.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Krakow road trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Warsaw to Krakow takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Krakow are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

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