28 days in Europe Itinerary

28 days in Europe Itinerary

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28 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Mexico City, Mexico
Fly:  18 h 15 min
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Riga, Latvia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
4
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
Shuttle:  2 h
5
Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Pec, Kosovo
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
7
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Warsaw, Poland
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
9
Krakow, Poland
— 5 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Mexico City, Mexico

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, museums, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Helsinki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Mexico City to Helsinki. In December, Helsinki is cooler than Mexico City - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

3
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.
Riga is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Old City Riga (Vecriga), get engrossed in the history at Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, admire the striking features of House of the Black Heads, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Riga trip planner .

You can fly from Helsinki to Riga in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Riga

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Jurmala Beach
Highlights from your plan
Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs ©
Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Freedom Monument ©
Freedom Monument

3
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.
When in Vilnius, make a side trip to see Trakai Island Castle Museum in Trakai, approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hill of Three Crosses.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Vilnius online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Riga to Vilnius takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Vilnius can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Ohrid.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Trakai Island Castle Museum
Highlights from your plan
Trakai Island Castle Museum ©
Trakai Island Castle Museum
Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus) ©
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus)

3
nights
Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia

Ohrid ©
Located on Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid earned the nickname Jerusalem of the Balkans because it was once home to 365 churches.
Step out of Ohrid with an excursion to National Park Pelister in Bitola--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Ohrid, get engrossed in the history at Memorial House of Hristo Uzunov, don't miss a visit to Samoil's Fortress, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Sophia.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ohrid trip builder site .

Fly from Vilnius to Ohrid in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Vilnius to Ohrid. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vilnius in December: highs in Ohrid hover around 9°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the shuttle to Tirana.

Things to do in Ohrid

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

National Park Pelister
Highlights from your plan
Lake Ohrid ©
Lake Ohrid
St. Jovan Kaneo ©
St. Jovan Kaneo
Monastery Saint Naum ©
Monastery Saint Naum

1
night
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
On the 28th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar and then take in the awesome beauty at Dajti.

Planning Tirana trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can take a shuttle from Ohrid to Tirana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Ohrid in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Tirana, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Pec.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Dajti
Highlights from your plan
Dajti ©
Dajti
Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar

2
nights
Pec, Kosovo

Pec ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Ethnological Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Bazaar of Peja, then explore the stunning scenery at Rugova Canyon, then steep yourself in history at Patriarchate of Pec, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Visoki Decani Monastery. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at White Drin Waterfall, then Head underground at Sleeping beauty Cave, and then admire the sheer force of Mirusha Waterfalls.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Pec travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Tirana to Pec takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Pec

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Visoki Decani Monastery, Mirusha Waterfalls
Highlights from your plan
Rugova Canyon ©
Rugova Canyon
Visoki Decani Monastery ©
Visoki Decani Monastery
Patriarchate of Pec ©
Patriarchate of Pec

3
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sofia: Borovets (Borovets Ski Resort & Horseback Riding Tours). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Sveti Nikolay, take in the awesome beauty at Vitosha Mountain, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sofia journey maker website .

Traveling by car from Pec to Sofia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Pec to Sofia is 1 hour. In December in Sofia, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Sofia

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Borovets
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Room Escape Games

4
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, explore the world behind art at The National Museum in Warsaw, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Warsaw online trip builder .

You can fly from Sofia to Warsaw in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Sofia in January, expect nights in Warsaw to be about the same, around -5°C, while days are slightly colder, around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Warszawa ©
Room Escape Warszawa
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie

5
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.
Step out of Krakow to go to Oswiecim and see Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Wawel Royal Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, and take a stroll through Stare Miasto.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Krakow travel planner.

Traveling by train from Warsaw to Krakow takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in January, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

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 Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

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