32 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

32 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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32 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Bus:  4 h 15 min
2
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Belgrade, Serbia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Split, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  7 h
7
Moscow, Russia
— 1 night
Train:  4 h
8
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  3 h
9
Tallinn, Estonia
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
10
Riga, Latvia
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
11
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
12
Warsaw, Poland
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
13
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
14
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  17 h 45 min
End: Playa del Carmen, Mexico

2
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
On the 4th (Tue), Head underground at Postojna Caves, then explore the historical opulence of Predjama Castle, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the next day, make a trip to Preseren Square, then explore the historical opulence of Ljubljana Castle, then trek along Vintgar Gorge (Soteska Vintgar), and finally step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle (Blejski Grad).

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ljubljana trip maker tool .

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Ljubljana is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Playa del Carmen in December, with highs in Ljubljana at 5°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bratislava.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Postojna, Vintgar Gorge, Bled Castle
Highlights from your plan
Postojna Cave ©
Postojna Cave
Predjama Castle ©
Predjama Castle
Vintgar Gorge ©
Vintgar Gorge

1
night
Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Primates' Palace (Primacialny palac), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Elizabeth's / Blue Church, and then explore the historical opulence of Bratislava Castle (Hrad).

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bratislava online travel planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Ljubljana to Bratislava takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bratislava Castle ©
Bratislava Castle
Blue Church of St. Elizabeth ©
Blue Church of St. Elizabeth
Primates' Palace (Primacialny palac) ©

2
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate House of Terror and Hungarian National Gallery. Get a sense of the local culture at Fisherman's Bastion and Liberty Statue. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, don't miss a visit to Shoes on the Danube Bank, appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, and admire the landmark architecture of Parliament Pc.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest tour site .

Getting from Bratislava to Budapest by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Buda Castle ©
Buda Castle

3
nights
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
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 10th (Mon): stroll through Ada Ciganlija, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take a stroll through Knez Mihailova, then take a stroll through Skadarlija, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate the long history of The National Assembly, then explore the striking landscape of National Park Tara, and finally see the interesting displays at Muzej Nikole Tesle (Nikola Tesla Museum).

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Belgrade road trip website .

Fly from Budapest to Belgrade in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December in Belgrade, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Split.

Things to do in Belgrade

Parks Beaches Tours

Side Trip

National Park Tara
Highlights from your plan
Ada Ciganlija ©
Ada Ciganlija
St. Sava Temple ©
St. Sava Temple
National Park Tara ©
National Park Tara

1
night
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius and then explore the ancient world of Diocletian's Palace.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Split trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Belgrade to Split in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Belgrade in December: high temperatures in Split hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Historic City of Trogir
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano
Historic City of Trogir ©
Historic City of Trogir
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius

2
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): wander the streets of Old Town, steep yourself in history at Stradun, and then explore the ancient world of Gradske Zidine.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a bus from Split to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or ride a ferry. December in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Stradun ©
Stradun

1
night
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.
For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Moscow vacation planner .

Getting from Dubrovnik to Moscow by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, car, and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Dubrovnik to Moscow due to the time zone difference. In December, Moscow is cooler than Dubrovnik - with highs of -2°C and lows of -7°C. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore St. Isaac's Cathedral State Museum-Memorial and Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost). Step off the beaten path 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 landmark architecture of Peter and Paul Cathedral Петропавловский собор, get engrossed in the history at Kazan Cathedral, and appreciate the history behind Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read St. Petersburg travel planning site .

Traveling by flight from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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

4
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.
Seaplane Harbour and Oleviste Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kadriorg Art Museum and Kadriorg Palace. The adventure continues: make a trip to Toompea Hill, contemplate the long history of Town Wall, take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tallinn online tour planner .

Getting from St. Petersburg to Tallinn by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Tallinn, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Riga.

Things to do in Tallinn

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour ©
Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Kumu Art Museum ©
Kumu Art Museum

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Jurmala Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Riga trip maker tool .

You can fly from Tallinn to Riga in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Riga can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Riga

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Jurmala Beach
Highlights from your plan
Jurmala Beach ©
Jurmala Beach
Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum ©
Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum
Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs ©
Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, then take a stroll through Vilnius Old Town, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gates of Dawn. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Museum of Genocide Victims.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Vilnius trip planner .

Fly from Riga to Vilnius in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Riga in December; daily highs in Vilnius reach 0°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Vilnius

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
St. Anne's Church ©
St. Anne's Church
Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus) ©
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus)

1
night
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): learn about all things military at Warsaw Uprising Museum, then explore the world behind art at The Royal Castle in Warsaw -Museum, and then steep yourself in history at The National Museum in Warsaw.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Warsaw trip planning tool .

You can fly from Vilnius to Warsaw in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Vilnius to Warsaw is minus 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego
Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego
Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum ©
Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum
The National Museum in Warsaw ©
The National Museum in Warsaw

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Church (Kosciol Franciszkanow), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, then see the interesting displays at Lost souls alley, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Main Market Square, see the interesting displays at Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory, then explore the fascinating underground world of Wieliczka Salt Mine, then see the interesting displays at Cracow Historical Museum - Old Market Underground, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with The Cloth Hall.

Plan a Krakow trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Warsaw to Krakow takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
Highlights from your plan
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Prague Astronomical Clock and Jewish Museum in Prague. Explore hidden gems such as Mala strana and Lobkowicz Palace. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Prague Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem, and make a trip to Old Town (Stare Mesto).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Prague trip planner .

You can fly from Krakow to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. December in Prague sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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