28 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

28 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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28 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Tirana, Albania
Drive:  3 h 15 min
1
Budva, Montenegro
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Ferry:  4 h
3
Hvar, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  30 min
4
Bol, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
8
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
9
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Tirana, Albania

3
nights
Budva, Montenegro

Budva ©
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
Get outdoors at Bay of Kotor and Kamenovo Beach. Visit Altstadt (Old Town) Budva and R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela for their historical value. The adventure continues: make a trip to Stari Grad Kotor, contemplate the long history of Citadela Fortress, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kamenovo Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Budva trip planner.

Tirana, Albania to Budva is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. June in Budva sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Budva

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kotor, R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
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R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
Bay of Kotor
Bay of Kotor
Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor

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 get in some beach time at Srebreno Beach and Beach Kupari. Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Island of Lokrum. Step out of Dubrovnik to go to Cavtat and see Cavtat Old Town, which is approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Gradske Zidine, contemplate the long history of Stradun, and don't miss a visit to Pile Gate.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik online trip builder .

You can drive from Budva to Dubrovnik in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cavtat Old Town, Srebreno Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Stradun ©
Stradun

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Spanjola and Franciscan Monastery. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sveta Nedilja and Exotic Beach. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Pakleni Otoci, enjoy the sand and surf at Zavala, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St John, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dubovica.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hvar holiday planner .

Getting from Dubrovnik to Hvar by ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. June in Hvar sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Bol.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sveta Nedilja, Zavala Beach, Dubovica Beach, Church of St John
Highlights from your plan
Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci
Sveta Nedilja ©
Sveta Nedilja
Zavala Beach ©
Zavala Beach

2
nights
Bol, Croatia

Bol ©
An hour boat ride from Split on the island of Brac, Bol boasts a charming old town, pebble beach, and great windsurfing conditions. Historical charm abounds here in the form of stone houses, narrow pedestrian streets, and historical attractions marked with panels.
Family-friendly places like Sumartin Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling will thrill your kids. Visit Zlatni Rat Beach and Paklina Beach for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Murvica Beach and appreciate the extensive heritage of Golden horn from above.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bol sightseeing planner.

Bol is just a stone's throw from Hvar. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Split.

Things to do in Bol

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Murvica Beach, Sumartin Beach
Highlights from your plan
Murvica Beach ©
Murvica Beach
Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn) ©
Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn)
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
On the 1st (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Marjan and then steep yourself in history at Trogir Historic Site.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Split trip builder website .

Traveling by ferry from Bol to Split takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. June in Split sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Historic City of Trogir
Highlights from your plan
Marjan Park ©
Marjan Park
Historic City of Trogir ©
Historic City of Trogir
Old Split ©
Old Split

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.
You'll explore and learn at Jewish Museum in Prague and Lobkowicz Palace. Visit Prague Astronomical Clock and St. Vitus Cathedral for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Prague Castle, wander the streets of Mala strana, contemplate the long history of Old Town Square, and don't miss a visit to Charles Bridge.

Plan a Prague trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Fly from Split to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Split in July: high temperatures in Prague hover around 30°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Lobkowicz Palace ©
Lobkowicz Palace

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Church (Kosciol Franciszkanow), then Head underground at Wieliczka Salt Mine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Krakow online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Prague to Krakow by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. On the 7th (Sat), you'll travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
Highlights from your plan
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
St. Mary's Basilica ©
St. Mary's Basilica

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at St. Isaac's Cathedral State Museum-Memorial and Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad) and Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace, admire the striking features of Peter and Paul Cathedral Петропавловский собор, get engrossed in the history at Kazan Cathedral, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Krakow to St. Petersburg in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Krakow to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Krakow in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in St. Petersburg: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Faberge Museum ©
Faberge Museum
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas

4
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.
Visit Fisherman's Bastion and Dohány Street Synagogue for their historical value. Bring the kids along to Thermal Spas and Hősök tere. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, take in the natural beauty of Palatinus Strandfürdő, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Egyetemi Templom, and ponder the world of politics at Parliament Pc.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner.

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Budapest takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Budapest, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from St. Petersburg, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Budapest, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Spas Parks
Highlights from your plan
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Liberty Statue ©
Liberty Statue
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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