28 days in Europe Itinerary

28 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  18 h
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Rovaniemi, Finland
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
5
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
7
Warsaw, Poland
— 2 nights
Train:  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
Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
— 5 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Mannerheim Museum will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, take in the spiritual surroundings of The German Church (Saksalainen kirkko), and steep yourself in history at The Aalto House.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Helsinki vacation planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, things will get colder in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

2
nights
Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, take an in-depth tour of Rovaniemi Local History Museum, thentry your luck at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi, thenmake a trip to Lordi's Square, and finally look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, thenenjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, thenexamine the collection at Christmas House Santa, and finally get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, Rovaniemi is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Rovaniemi Local History Museum ©
Rovaniemi Local History Museum
Christmas House Santa ©
Christmas House Santa

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Saint Isaac's Cathedral and The Marly Palace. Shop till you drop at Nevsky Prospekt and Art of Foto Gallery. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Memorial Sign Strelka Of Vasilievskiy Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, see the interesting displays at The Shadow Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Grand Peterhof Palace.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg vacation builder website.

You can fly from Rovaniemi to St. Petersburg in 7 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Rovaniemi in December, with highs in St. Petersburg at 1°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Russian Museum ©
Russian Museum
The Bath Block ©
The Bath Block
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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 18th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Kadriorg Palace, take an in-depth tour of Peter the Great House Museum, thensteep yourself in history at Toompea Hill, thenget great views at Viewing Point Kohtuotsa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood, contemplate the long history of Tallinn Legends, see the interesting displays at Fat Margaret (Paks Margareeta), thensteep yourself in history at Town Hall Pharmacy, and finally take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tallinn sightseeing planning tool.

You can do a combination of train and flight from St. Petersburg to Tallinn in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Tallinn is minus 1 hour. December in Tallinn sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali
Kadriorg Palace ©
Kadriorg Palace

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 20th (Sun), stop by Art Nouveau Riga, thenadmire the masterpieces at Latvian National Museum Of Art, thentake an in-depth tour of Zanis Lipke Memorial, and finally wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Art Museum RIGA BOURSE, examine the collection at Fashion Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Centraltirgus), thentake an in-depth tour of Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Livu Square.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Riga online tour planner.

Getting from Tallinn to Riga by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Riga are 3°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Vilnius.

Things to do in Riga

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
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.
On the 22nd (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St John's church, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Vilniaus staciatikiu Sventosios Dvasios vienuolynas, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Theresa, and finally see the interesting displays at Toy museum. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Gediminas Avenue, examine the collection at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), see the interesting displays at Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Casimir, and finally stop by Hales Turgus.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Vilnius travel planning app.

Traveling by car from Riga to Vilnius takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus) ©
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus)
Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania ©
Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania

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 24th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakowskie Przedmiescie, brush up on your military savvy at Muzeum Wojska Polskiego, thensteep yourself in history at Lazienki Palace (Palac Lazienkowski), thentake in nature's colorful creations at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, and finally contemplate the long history of Warsaw Barbican (Barbakan Warszawski). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, thenexamine the collection at Horror House - Interactive Fear Museum, thentake an in-depth tour of Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, and finally see the interesting displays at Pinball Station - Pinball & Arcade Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Warsaw trip app.

Fly from Vilnius to Warsaw in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Warsaw can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pinball Station - Pinball & Arcade Museum ©
Warsaw Barbican (Barbakan Warszawski) ©
Warsaw Barbican (Barbakan Warszawski)
Old Town ©
Old Town

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.
Shop till you drop at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) and Ulica Florianska. Get a sense of the local culture at Lost Souls Alley and Stained Glass Museum (Muzeum Witrazu). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Krakow Pinball Museum, wander the streets of Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, contemplate the long history of Muzeum Krakowa - Barbakan, and get to know the fascinating history of Planty Park.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Krakow trip planner.

Take a train from Warsaw to Krakow in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Krakow can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Lviv.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Krakow Pinball Museum ©
Krakow Pinball Museum
Stained Glass Museum (Muzeum Witrazu) ©
Stained Glass Museum (Muzeum Witrazu)
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Transfiguration, view the masterpieces at Pravda B Gallery, look for gifts at Lviv Candles Manufactory, thenadmire the masterpieces at Johann Georg Pinzel museum of Lviv Sacral Baroque Sculpture, and finally take a stroll through Old Town.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lviv visit planner.

You can fly from Krakow to Lviv in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Krakow to Lviv, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December in Lviv, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyiv (Kiev).

Things to do in Lviv

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Pravda B Gallery ©
Pravda B Gallery

5
nights
Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine

Kyiv (Kiev) ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Ethnographical complex Ukrainian Village and Memorial House Museum of S.P. Korolyova. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra and Al-Rahma Mosque. Change things up with a short trip to Sergiy Korolyov Astronautics Museum in Zhytomyr (about 1h 45 min away). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of St. Sophia's Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicolas Cathedral, admire the ancient design of Roman baths, and get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Natural History.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kyiv (Kiev) road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Lviv to Kyiv (Kiev) takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Museums Historic Sites Spas

Side Trips

Zhytomyr, Ethnographical complex Ukrainian Village
Highlights from your plan
Ethnographical complex Ukrainian Village ©
Ethnographical complex Ukrainian Village
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
St. Sophia's Cathedral ©
St. Sophia's Cathedral

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