26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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26 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Oberkotzau, Germany
Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Warsaw, Poland
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Kaliningrad, Russia
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Lappeenranta, Finland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Nokia, Finland
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 45​min
9
Pello, Finland
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
10
Hammerfest, Norway
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Nordkapp Municipality, Norway
— 2 nights
Drive:  14​h 30​min
12
Leknes, Norway
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
13
Reine, Norway
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  20​h 15​min
End: Oberkotzau, Germany

5
nights
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Warsaw is known for historic sites, museums, parks, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, browse the exhibits of Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, and brush up on your military savvy at Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Warsaw trip maker app .

Oberkotzau, Germany to Warsaw is an approximately 7-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. In May in Warsaw, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie
Walking tours

1
night
Kaliningrad, Russia

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): get curious at Museum of the World Ocean and then see the interesting displays at B-413 Submarine Museum.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kaliningrad day trip planning site .

You can fly from Warsaw to Kaliningrad in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. June in Kaliningrad sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum
Museum of the World Ocean ©
Museum of the World Ocean

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): stop by Dzenis Amber, then take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga), then browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Centraltirgus), and finally appreciate the history behind Freedom Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Jurmala Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, and then make a trip to Riga Town Hall Square.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Riga online tour planner .

You can fly from Kaliningrad to Riga in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill, then see the interesting displays at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, and finally take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peapiiskopi Kirik, stroll around Kadriorg Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from St. Olaf’s Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Tallinna Raekoja Plats.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tallinn online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Riga to Tallinn takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Tallinn are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Tallinn

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

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, nightlife, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, contemplate the long history of Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, pause for some serene contemplation at Savior on the Spilled Blood, and get engrossed in the history at Peterhof Grand Palace.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Tallinn to St. Petersburg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Tallinn to St. Petersburg is 1 hour. In June in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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

1
night
Lappeenranta, Finland

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeenrannan kirkko, then contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta travel route builder app .

Traveling by car from St. Petersburg to Lappeenranta takes 3 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Lappeenranta due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Imatra Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress

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 (Sun): don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. On your second day here, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, then admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Getting from Lappeenranta to Helsinki by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nokia.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

1
night
Nokia, Finland

Nokia ©
Nokia is a town and a municipality on the banks of the Nokianvirta River (Kokemäenjoki) in the region of Pirkanmaa, some 15km west of Tampere. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Laukko Manor and then look for gifts at Ideapark.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Nokia online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Nokia takes 2.5 hours. June in Nokia sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Pello.

Things to do in Nokia

Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Laukko Manor, Ideapark
Highlights from your plan
Ideapark ©
Ideapark
Laukko Manor ©
Laukko Manor

1
night
Pello, Finland

Pello
Pello is a municipality of Finland.It is located approximately north of the Arctic Circle in the western part of the province of Lapland, and is part of the Lapland region. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): hike along Eeron Polku Trail and then steep yourself in history at Maupertuis Memorial.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Pello online journey planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nokia to Pello. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in June, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hammerfest.

Things to do in Pello

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

1
night
Hammerfest, Norway

Hammerfest ©
Hammerfest is a municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Salen Lookout, pause for some serene contemplation at Hammerfest Church, then examine the collection at Museum of Reconstruction for Finnmark and Northern Troms, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Polar Bear Society.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hammerfest trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Pello to Hammerfest takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pello to Hammerfest. Traveling from Pello in June, you will find days in Hammerfest are little chillier (12°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Nordkapp Municipality.

Things to do in Hammerfest

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Polar Bear Society ©
The Polar Bear Society
Hammerfest Church ©
Hammerfest Church

2
nights
Nordkapp Municipality, Norway

Nordkapp Municipality ©
Some 200,000 visitors take a trip to Nordkapp Municipality every year, drawn by its two main attractions--North Cape and Knivskjellodden, considered by many the northernmost point of Europe.
On the 19th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Nordkapphallen, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kirkeporten in Skarsvag, then view the masterpieces at The Gallery - East of the Sun, and finally stroll through North Cape.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nordkapp Municipality day trip planner.

Drive from Hammerfest to Nordkapp Municipality in 3.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Leknes.

Things to do in Nordkapp Municipality

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kirkeporten in Skarsvag, North Cape
Highlights from your plan
North Cape ©
North Cape
Kirkeporten in Skarsvag ©
Kirkeporten in Skarsvag
The Gallery - East of the Sun ©
The Gallery - East of the Sun

1
night
Leknes, Norway

Leknes ©
Leknes is a town in Nordland county, Norway. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Flakstad Church, step off the mainland to explore Lofoten Island, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Haukland Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Uttakleiv Beach.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Leknes sightseeing planner .

Fly from Nordkapp Municipality to Leknes in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In June, daily temperatures in Leknes can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Reine.

Things to do in Leknes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lofoten Island, Flakstad Church
Highlights from your plan
Lofoten Island ©
Lofoten Island
Haukland Beach ©
Haukland Beach
Flakstad Church ©
Flakstad Church

2
nights
Reine, Norway

Reine ©
The locals came to Reine to catch cod; visitors come to catch the views.
On the 22nd (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kvalvika Beach, examine the collection at Norwegian Fishing Village Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reinebringen.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Reine trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Leknes to Reine by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Reine can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Reine

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Norwegian Fishing Village Museum, Kvalvika Beach
Highlights from your plan
Reinebringen ©
Reinebringen
Norwegian Fishing Village Museum ©
Norwegian Fishing Village Museum

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