25 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

25 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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25 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Hvar, Croatia
— 3 nights
ferry:  3​h 45​min
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: New York City, United States

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.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, parks, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, examine the collection at Russian Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Peterhof Grand Palace.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the St. Petersburg trip planner.

New York City, USA to St. Petersburg is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from New York City to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in September, things will get a bit cooler in St. Petersburg: highs are around 61°F and lows about 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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

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 6th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, then contemplate the long history of Toompea Hill, then enjoy breathtaking views from St. Olaf’s Church, and finally take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Kadriorg Palace, admire the masterpieces at Kumu Art Museum, then see the interesting displays at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Toompea Castle.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tallinn online attractions planner .

Fly from St. Petersburg to Tallinn in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. September in Tallinn sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Split.

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
Split, Croatia

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, then don't miss a visit to Fruit's Square (Trg Brace Radic), and then explore the ancient world of Diocletian's Palace. On the next day, walk around Marjan Park, then admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Split online trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Tallinn to Split takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tallinn to Split. In September, Split is somewhat warmer than Tallinn - with highs of 79°F and lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hvar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius

3
nights
Hvar, Croatia

Hvar ©
The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
Hvar is known for nightlife, nature, adventure, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Spanjola, admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery, kick back and relax at Hvar Beach, and head off the coast to Pakleni Otoci.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hvar trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Split to Hvar by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Hvar can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

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.
Dubrovnik is known for historic sites, nature, museums, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, get engrossed in the history at Rector's Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Monastery, and don't miss a visit to Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Dubrovnik journey builder site .

Traveling by ferry from Hvar to Dubrovnik takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in September, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town

3
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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, don't miss a visit to Halaszbastya, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Budapest sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Budapest in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Dubrovnik in September, expect Budapest to be little chillier, temps between 71°F and 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Spas
Highlights from your plan
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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.
Take a break from Krakow with a short trip to Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, make a trip to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, contemplate the long history of Wawel Royal Castle, and see the interesting displays at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Krakow journey site .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Krakow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in September, expect nights in Krakow to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are slightly colder, around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
Highlights from your plan
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

4
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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get to know the resident critters at Prague Zoo, and take in the views from Charles Bridge.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Prague trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Krakow to Prague in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

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

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