21 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

21 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h
5
Rovinj, Croatia
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  7​h
6
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  1​h 45​min
8
Belgrade, Serbia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Chicago, United States

2
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.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, parks, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior on the Spilled Blood, explore the galleries of Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Chasovnya Svyatoy Blazhennoy Ksenii Peterburgskoy.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg trip planner.

Chicago, USA to St. Petersburg is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Chicago to St. Petersburg. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Chicago in July, with highs in St. Petersburg at 72°F and lows at 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Toompea Hill and Aleksander Nevski Katedraali. Venture out of the city with trips to Lahemaa rahvuspark (in Vihula) and Rakvere Castle (in Rakvere). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town, don't miss a visit to Long Street (Pikk tanav), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church, and contemplate the long history of Viewing Point Kohtuotsa.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tallinn trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Tallinn takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; 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 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lahemaa rahvuspark, Rakvere Castle
Highlights from your plan
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali
Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): don't miss a visit to St John's church, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Bernardine Gardens. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Gediminas Castle Tower and then admire the striking features of Trakai Island Castle Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Vilnius trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Tallinn to Vilnius in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Vilnius can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Trakai Island Castle Museum
Highlights from your plan
Trakai Island Castle Museum ©
Trakai Island Castle Museum
Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
Bernardine Gardens ©
Bernardine Gardens

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and Spanish Synagogue. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, enjoy some diversion at Top Gun Prague Shooting Events, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Katedrala Svateho Vita.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Prague road trip planner.

You can fly from Vilnius to Prague in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Vilnius to Prague is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Rovinj.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

1
night
Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Port of Rovinj, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Street, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Euphemia, and finally take a stroll through Old Town.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Prague to Rovinj takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Prague in July: high temperatures in Rovinj hover around 86°F and lows are around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Port of Rovinj ©
Port of Rovinj
Old Town ©
Old Town
Church of St. Euphemia ©
Church of St. Euphemia

3
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Speed Boats Tours and Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Old Town, step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, admire the striking features of Franjevacki Crkva Male Brace, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sveti Jakov Beach.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik driving holiday app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Rovinj to Dubrovnik in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Old Town ©
Old Town
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

2
nights
Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor ©
Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
On the 26th (Sun), explore the activities along Bay of Kotor. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum, examine the collection at Cats Museum, then make a trip to Our Lady of Health, then don't miss a visit to Gurdich Gate, and finally catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kotor trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Dubrovnik to Kotor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Kotor, with lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Kotor

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Bay of Kotor ©
Bay of Kotor
River Rafting & Tubing
Maritime Museum ©
Maritime Museum

1
night
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, wander the streets of Skadarlija, and then don't miss a visit to Zemunski kej.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Belgrade online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kotor to Belgrade in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kotor in July, expect nights in Belgrade to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 85°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
Skadarlija ©
Skadarlija
Zemunski kej ©
Zemunski kej

2
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
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.
On the 29th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Hősök tere, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and then ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Belgrade to Budapest in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. July in Budapest sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Food Tours
Wine Tours & Tastings

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