26 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

26 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Toowoomba, Australia
Fly:  35​h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
7
Rovinj, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
9
Belgrade, Serbia
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  1​h 45​min
10
Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Fly:  32​h
End: Toowoomba, Australia

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Kazan Cathedral. Get some cultural insight at The State Hermitage Museum and Palace Square. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, explore the galleries of Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Khram Svyatykh Apostolov Petra I Pavla.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our St. Petersburg trip itinerary planning website .

Toowoomba, Australia to St. Petersburg is an approximately 35-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Toowoomba in December, expect St. Petersburg to be cooler, temps between 1°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©

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 19th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Kumu Art Museum, examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, then make a trip to Toompea Hill, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali. On your second day here, make a trip to Tallinna Raekoja Plats, then stop by Tallinn Old Town, then explore the historical opulence of Toompea Castle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Peapiiskopi Kirik.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tallinn tour itinerary planning site .

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 changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Tallinn can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali
Kumu Art Museum ©
Kumu Art Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): browse the exhibits of Trakai Island Castle Museum and then wander the streets of Vilnius Old Town. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gate of Dawn, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church Of St Peter And St Paul, then take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hill of Three Crosses.

To find where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Vilnius vacation planner.

Fly from Tallinn to Vilnius in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Vilnius are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Trakai Island Castle Museum
Highlights from your plan
Trakai Island Castle Museum ©
Trakai Island Castle Museum
Vilnius Old Town ©
Vilnius Old Town
St. Anne's Church ©
St. Anne's Church

4
nights
Krakow, Poland

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and St. Mary's Basilica. Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wawel Royal Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, and take a stroll through Kazmierz The Former Jewish District.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Krakow online tour itinerary builder .

You can fly from Vilnius to Krakow in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Vilnius to Krakow. In December, daily temperatures in Krakow can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can 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
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hradcany and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Staromestske namesti and St. Vitus Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the landmark architecture of Prague Astronomical Clock, and stop by Lesser Town.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Prague trip app .

Fly from Krakow to Prague in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Prague are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

1
night
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Cesky Krumlov ©
Known around the world for its medieval castle, Cesky Krumlov offers the chance to experience the charm of a small European city seemingly frozen in time several centuries ago.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Christi and Our Lady of Sorrows Church, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, then contemplate the long history of Former Fink Cafe, and finally step into the grandiose world of Cesky Krumlov Castle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cesky Krumlov sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Prague to Cesky Krumlov takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Cesky Krumlov are 4°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rovinj.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov ©
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov Castle ©
Cesky Krumlov Castle
Former Fink Cafe ©
Former Fink Cafe

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 31st (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Port of Rovinj, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Martin Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Euphemia, and finally stop by Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Pula, contemplate the long history of Porec Old Town, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Euphrasius Basilica, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Eufrazijeva Street.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rovinj trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Cesky Krumlov to Rovinj takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Cesky Krumlov in December, things will get a bit warmer in Rovinj: highs are around 13°C and lows about 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Porec, Amphitheatre de Pula
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Port of Rovinj ©
Port of Rovinj

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.
Get some cultural insight at Halaszbastya and Matthias Church. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) and Hősök tere. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and don't miss a visit to Shoes on the Danube Bank.

To find more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Budapest travel route builder app .

Drive from Rovinj to Budapest in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. Traveling from Rovinj in January, expect Budapest to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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.
On the 5th (Tue), take a stroll through Skadarlija, then contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, then make a trip to Knez Mihailova, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save).

To see photos and more tourist information, use the Belgrade trip maker site .

You can fly from Budapest to Belgrade in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January in Belgrade, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Kotor.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
St. Sava Temple ©
St. Sava Temple
Skadarlija ©
Skadarlija

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): don't miss a visit to City Walls, then contemplate the long history of Stari Grad Kotor, and then step into the grandiose world of Castle Of San Giovanni.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Kotor route planner.

Getting from Belgrade to Kotor by combination of bus and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Belgrade in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Kotor: highs are around 13°C and lows about 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Castle Of San Giovanni
Highlights from your plan
Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor
Castle Of San Giovanni ©
Castle Of San Giovanni
City Walls ©
City Walls

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