26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly + Train:  18 h
1
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
4
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
5
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
Warsaw, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
7
Wroclaw, Poland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
9
Lviv, Ukraine
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
10
Kiev, Ukraine
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

2
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at State Tretyakov Gallery and Armoury Chamber. Appreciate the collections at Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve and Muzeon Art Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Red Square, admire the masterpieces at New Tretyakov Gallery, browse the range of quality goods at GUM, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Moscow online trip itinerary builder.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Moscow is an approximately 18.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and subway. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is 1 hour. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, things will get cooler in Moscow: highs are around -1°C and lows about -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Armoury Chamber ©
Armoury Chamber
Red Square ©
Red Square

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.
You'll explore and learn at Saint Isaac's Cathedral and PinkRabbit MusEros. For shopping fun, head to Nevsky Prospekt or Art of Foto Gallery. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, see the interesting displays at Sovereign's Fun, explore the galleries of Kazan Cathedral, and explore the engaging exhibits at The Shadow Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read St. Petersburg trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Kazan Cathedral ©
Kazan Cathedral
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Viewing Point Kohtuotsa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, make a trip to Toompea Hill, then contemplate the long history of Tallinn Legends, and finally examine the collection at Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Town Hall Pharmacy, wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kadriorg Palace.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Tallinn attractions app.

You can do a combination of train and flight from St. Petersburg to Tallinn in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Tallinn due to the time zone difference. In December in Tallinn, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town

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.
On the 18th (Fri), wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga), hunt for treasures at Central Market (Centraltirgus), then get engrossed in the history at Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Livu Square. On your second day here, deepen your understanding at Salaspils Memorial Ensemble, explore the world behind art at Latvian National Museum Of Art, look for gifts at Art Nouveau Riga, then don't miss a visit to The Duomo Square, and finally admire the masterpieces at Art Museum RIGA BOURSE.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Riga trip planner.

You can fly from Tallinn to Riga in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Riga sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Riga

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Salaspils Memorial Ensemble
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Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum ©
Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Central Market (Centraltirgus) ©
Central Market (Centraltirgus)

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 20th (Sun): wander the streets of Gediminas Avenue, take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church (Sv. Mykolo Baznycia), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Vilniaus staciatikiu Sventosios Dvasios vienuolynas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Theresa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of All Saints, visit Vilnius Old Town, then get engrossed in the history at Holocaust Museum (The Green House), then look for gifts at Sarka daiktu keliones, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St John's church.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Vilnius online road trip planner.

Fly from Riga to Vilnius in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Vilnius are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Vilnius

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
Vilnius Old Town ©
Vilnius Old Town

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Lazienki Palace (Palac Lazienkowski), then admire the natural beauty at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, then see the interesting displays at Pinball Station - Pinball & Arcade Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Cross Church (Kosciol Swietego Krzyza). Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, view the masterpieces at Kordegarda, appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakowskie Przedmiescie, then contemplate the long history of Warsaw Barbican (Barbakan Warszawski), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Warsaw trip planner.

You can fly from Vilnius to Warsaw in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Vilnius to Warsaw. December in Warsaw sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Wroclaw.

Things to do in Warsaw

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Krakowskie Przedmiescie ©
Krakowskie Przedmiescie
Old Town ©
Old Town
Warsaw Barbican (Barbakan Warszawski) ©
Warsaw Barbican (Barbakan Warszawski)

2
nights
Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw ©
Known for its relaxed and liberal atmosphere, the energetic city of Wroclaw lures visitors with its rich cultural heritage and pedestrian-friendly old town.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): examine the collection at Muzeum Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego, pause for some serene contemplation at University Church of the Blessed Name of Jesus, then examine the collection at National Museum, then view the masterpieces at Musuem of Modern Art, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Cross. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary Magdalene Church, enjoy breathtaking views from Most Pokutnic, then see the interesting displays at MovieGate, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally engage your brain at Museum of Games and Computers of the Past Era (Games Museum).

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Wroclaw trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Warsaw to Wroclaw takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Wroclaw sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Krakow.

Things to do in Wroclaw

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Muzeum Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego ©
Muzeum Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego
National Museum ©
National Museum

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square and Stained Glass Museum (Muzeum Witrazu). Museum-lovers will appreciate Lost Souls Alley and Krakow Pinball Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, engage your brain at HistoryLand, and pause for some serene contemplation at Dominican Church.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Krakow journey planner.

Traveling by car from Wroclaw to Krakow takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lviv.

Things to do in Krakow

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Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square
Krakow Pinball Museum ©
Krakow Pinball Museum
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

1
night
Lviv, Ukraine

Lviv ©
Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Bandinelli Palace, take in the exciting artwork at Glass Museum In Lviv, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Wooden Church of St. Trinity, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilian Monastery and the Heart of Christ Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Transfiguration, browse for treasures at Pravda B Gallery, then look for gifts at Lviv Candles Manufactory, then admire the masterpieces at Johann Georg Pinzel museum of Lviv Sacral Baroque Sculpture, and finally take a stroll through Old Town.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lviv route planner.

Getting from Krakow to Lviv by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Lviv can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Lviv

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Zhovkva
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Old Town ©
Old Town
St. Lawrence Catholic Church ©
St. Lawrence Catholic Church
Wooden Church of St. Trinity ©
Wooden Church of St. Trinity

3
nights
Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Let the collections at Ethnographical complex Ukrainian Village and Software and Computer Museum capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Sophia's Cathedral and St. Nicolas Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Andrew's Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vydubychi Monastery, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kiev itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lviv to Kiev in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 2°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kiev

Historic Sites Museums Baths

Side Trip

Ethnographical complex Ukrainian Village
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Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
St. Sophia's Cathedral ©
St. Sophia's Cathedral
Ethnographical complex Ukrainian Village ©
Ethnographical complex Ukrainian Village

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