30 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

30 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bucharest, Romania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brasov, Romania
— 3 nights
Drive
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Alba Iulia, Romania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 3 nights
Fly
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Zagreb, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bratislava, Slovakia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly
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Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Train
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Warsaw, Poland
— 1 night

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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine

— 2 nights
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Sophia's Cathedral and Adventure Tours in Ukraine. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Andreyevskiy Spusk, admire the masterpieces at National Art Museum of Ukraine, shop like a local with Narodniy Dim Ukraine, and take an in-depth tour of Victoria Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kyiv (Kiev) day trip planning site.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Kiev Zhuliany International Airport and Boryspil International Airport. January in Kyiv (Kiev) sees daily highs of -1°C and lows of -7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Bucharest.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Bucharest, Romania

— 2 nights
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
On the 7th (Thu), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On your second day here, buy something for everyone on your list at Baneasa Shopping City, browse the different shops at AFI Cotroceni, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, then stop by Romanian Boutique, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Biserica Sfantul Anton - Curtea Veche.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bucharest attractions planner.

You can fly from Kyiv (Kiev) to Bucharest in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kyiv (Kiev) in January, you will find days in Bucharest are somewhat warmer (1°C), and nights are about the same (-7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Brasov.

Things to do in Bucharest

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

Brasov, Romania

— 3 nights
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): let the river carry you with Marino Romania, browse the different shops at Coresi Shopping Mall, then stop by Barrique M, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Church (Biserica Neagra). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your team's savvy at Rasnov Escape, stroll through Poiana Brasov, then steep yourself in history at Turnul Alb, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Brasov road trip website.

You can drive from Bucharest to Brasov in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Alba Iulia.

Things to do in Brasov

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping

Side Trips

Alba Iulia, Romania

— 2 nights
Alba Iulia is a city located on the Mureş River in Alba County, Transylvania, Romania, with a population of 63,536. Head to Shopping City Deva and Museikonfor plenty of shopping. Get in touch with nature at Rapa Rosie and Szekelyko. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Alba Iulia: Clocota Waterfalls (in Geoagiu Bai), Aqualand Deva (in Deva) and Coltesti Castle Ruins (in Coltesti). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Traseul Celor Trei Fortificatii, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sebes Evangelical Lutheran Church, and test your team's savvy at Escape Room Alba Iulia.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Alba Iulia holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Brasov to Alba Iulia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Alba Iulia can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Alba Iulia

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Belgrade, Serbia

— 2 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Sava, learn about all things military at Military Museum, and then head off the coast to Great War Island. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Skadarlija, wander the streets of Knez Mihailova, then explore the engaging exhibits at Museum of Illusions, and finally add some adventure to your tour with Belgrade Kayak Trip.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Belgrade trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Alba Iulia to Belgrade by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Alba Iulia to Belgrade is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Alba Iulia in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Belgrade, with lows of -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Belgrade

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 2 nights

Jerusalem of Europe

Nearly destroyed by war during the 1990s, the riverside city of Sarajevo now serves as one of the region's major educational, cultural, and commercial hubs.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): stroll through Olympic Center Jahorina and then shop like a local with DiVina. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Morica Han, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sarajevo online trip builder.

You can fly from Belgrade to Sarajevo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and car. In January, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mostar.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Shopping · Tours · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 3 nights
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Visiting Apparition Hill and Canoe Safari will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Piramida Shopping Center and Mepas Mall. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Bazaar In Mostar, browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Bazar Kujundziluk, browse the exhibits of Old Bridge Museum, and do a tasting at Andrija Wine Cellars.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mostar trip site.

You can drive from Sarajevo to Mostar in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sarajevo in January: high temperatures in Mostar hover around 11°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Zagreb.

Things to do in Mostar

Shopping · Tours · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Zagreb, Croatia

— 3 nights

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Arena Centar and Image of War - War Photography Museum. Visiting Medvednica and Active Tours will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Tehnicki Muzej, walk around Medvednica Nature Park, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Zagreb Orthodox Cathedral.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Zagreb itinerary maker app.

Getting from Mostar to Zagreb by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Mostar in January; daily highs in Zagreb reach 5°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Zagreb

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Budapest, Hungary

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
On the 24th (Sun), get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, examine the collection at Budapest Pinball Museum, then make a trip to 3d Gallery Budapest, and finally snap pictures at Liberty Bridge (Szabadsag hid). Here are some ideas for day two: test the waters at a local thermal spa, have fun at Celeritas Shooting Club, then get a taste of the local shopping with Central Market Hall, and finally contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Budapest takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January in Budapest, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bratislava.

Things to do in Budapest

Spas · Museums · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Bratislava, Slovakia

— 2 nights

Beauty on the Danube

Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get the adrenaline pumping with Enjoy Bratislava, see Mystery Dinner, and then snap pictures at Stary most. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Aupark Shopping Center, buy something for everyone on your list at Eurovea Galleria, admire the masterpieces at Nedbalka Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), then take a stroll through Bratislava Old Town, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Blue Church of St. Elizabeth.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bratislava day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Bratislava takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Bratislava

Shopping · Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games

Prague, Czech Republic

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): shop like a local with Narodni Galerie Praha, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then take in the exciting artwork at Gallery of Steel Figures, and finally take a stroll through Lesser Town. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Prague trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bratislava to Prague takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Prague are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can fly to Krakow.

Things to do in Prague

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Krakow, Poland

— 3 nights

Slavic Rome

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.
On the 30th (Sat), delve into the lush surroundings at Wolski Forest, examine the collection at Zywe Muzeum Obwarzanka, stop by Kacper Ryx Historical Shop, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then explore the engaging exhibits at HistoryLand, and finally examine the collection at Galeria Figur Stalowych. On your second day here, get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Krakow trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Prague to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Krakow can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Warsaw, Poland

— 1 night

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
On the 1st (Mon), get the adrenaline pumping with Flyspot - Warsaw Indoor Skydiving, get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery of Steel Figures, then tee off at Park Rozrywki Julinek, then listen to music at Warsaw Piano Concerts. Waclaex., and finally see where the ancients bathed at Enel Sport Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Zlote Tarasy, buy something for everyone on your list at Hala Koszyki, and then look for gifts at Aficionado Room Cigar Shop & Lounge.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Warsaw day trip planner.

Getting from Krakow to Warsaw by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. February in Warsaw sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night.

Things to do in Warsaw

Shopping · Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife

Side Trips

Central Romania travel guide

4.3
Castles · Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas

Serbia travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Room Escape Games · Churches
A country of wild landscapes and wilder nights, Serbia is renowned for its diversity and hospitality. It's a land of rich history with an abundance of monuments dating back to prehistory, ancient times, and the Middle Ages. Some of the country's most famous attractions are the medieval monasteries, many of which are still active and open to visitors. Major cities like Belgrade, Novi Sad, and Niš, are bustling hubs where you can immerse yourself in the arts, cafe culture, and all-night partying. Take a trip into the countryside crisscrossed with rivers and explore the lush plains, untouched forests, clear lakes, and rugged mountains. Welcoming villages offer an abundance of hospitality, and numerous spa resorts give you the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate in a tranquil atmosphere. Serbian cuisine is very diverse, so whichever region you visit, make sure to try some of the local specialties.

Bosnia and Herzegovina travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Bridges · Historic Sites
Heart-Shaped Land
With the legacy of war still fresh on the streets of Bosnia and Herzegovina, this Balkan gem is often overlooked as a holiday destination. Part of the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina endured a bloody and destructive war for independence in the 1990s, which ripped apart its capital and other important cities. Since then, Bosnians have moved on, and as the rest of the world does too, tourism in the country is slowly growing. You’ll be welcomed by locals with open arms, eager to share their country and culture with those who include Bosnia and Herzegovina in their itineraries. Sarajevo and Mostar top most visitors' list of places to visit for their rich history and charming streets. Make sure to indulge in some local specialities such as burek.

Central Croatia travel guide

4.4
National Parks · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
The forested hills of Central Croatia support vineyards along its slopes, which fall gently into river valleys. The region features hiking, cycling, hunting, and sightseeing in the mainland dotted with romantic castles, Baroque churches, and monasteries. This area offers more than 350 registered cultural sites, as well as ethnographic villages and several places of religious pilgrimage. Join some of the well thought-out tours focused on folklore, naïve art, and old trades and traditions, such as gold panning. For a weekend trip, many visitors combine tasting local cuisine and premium wines with a visit to one of the countryside manor houses showcasing the region's wooden architecture. The lakes and rivers provide the chance to try rowing, rafting, and fishing. This region teems with stories and myths, such as the legend of dancing witches, but it also boasts modern amenities like ski resorts, health spas, and natural thermal springs.