35 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

35 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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35 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Brasilia, Brazil
Fly:  18​h
1
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Rovinj, Croatia
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  7​h
4
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  1​h 45​min
6
Belgrade, Serbia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  5​h 15​min
9
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Kaliningrad, Russia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Gdansk, Poland
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
12
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Brasilia, Brazil

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.
Popular historic sites such as The Vrtba Garden and Památník Terezín - Národní hřbitov are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Czech Repubrick and Muzeum Smyslů capture your imagination. Explore Prague's surroundings by going to Castle Loket (in Loket), Cesky Sternberk Castle (in Cesky Sternberk) and Lidice Memorial (in Lidice). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Musee Grévin s.r.o. Prague, explore the engaging exhibits at Gallery of Steel Figures, appreciate the history behind Loreta Praha, and stroll through Park Průhonice.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Prague holiday maker .

Brasilia, Brazil to Prague is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Brasilia to Prague due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Brasilia in May, with highs in Prague at 20°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cesky Sternberk Castle, Památník Terezín - Národní hřbitov, Castle Loket, Park Průhonice, Lidice Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Czech Repubrick ©
Czech Repubrick
Lidice Memorial ©
Lidice Memorial
Castle Loket ©
Castle Loket

1
night
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Cesky Krumlov ©
Known around the world for its medieval castle, Cesky Krumlov offers the chance to experience the charm of a small European city seemingly frozen in time several centuries ago.
On the 5th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Michael Archangel, get to know the fascinating history of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, and then explore the historical opulence of Cesky Krumlov Castle.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cesky Krumlov day trip planning site .

Getting from Prague to Cesky Krumlov by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. May in Cesky Krumlov sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rovinj.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Church of St. Michael Archangel
Highlights from your plan
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov ©
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov Castle ©
Cesky Krumlov Castle

2
nights
Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
On the 6th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Pula, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Port of Rovinj, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Euphemia, and finally wander the streets of Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Porec Old Town and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Euphrasius Basilica.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rovinj trip tool .

Getting from Cesky Krumlov to Rovinj by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, flight, and shuttle; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Rovinj are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Porec, Amphitheatre de Pula
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Port of Rovinj ©
Port of Rovinj
Porec Old Town ©
Porec Old Town

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lapad and Cavtat Seaside Promenade. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fort Lovrijenac and War Photo Limited. Go for a jaunt from Dubrovnik to Cavtat to see Cavtat Old Town about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, go for a stroll along the water at City Harbor, and make a trip to Pile Gate.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik visit planning app .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Rovinj to Dubrovnik in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Dubrovnik when traveling from Rovinj in May, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Cavtat
Highlights from your plan
Lapad ©
Lapad
Cavtat Seaside Promenade ©
Cavtat Seaside Promenade
Fort Lovrijenac ©
Fort Lovrijenac

2
nights
Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor ©
Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
On the 11th (Mon), take a leisurely stroll along Porto Montenegro, then don't miss a visit to Martinovic Palace, then explore the activities along Bay of Kotor, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of City Walls, contemplate the long history of Stari Grad Kotor, and then explore the historical opulence of Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kotor day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Kotor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kotor, with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Perast, Porto Montenegro, Castle Of San Giovanni
Highlights from your plan
Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor
Castle Of San Giovanni ©
Castle Of San Giovanni
City Walls ©
City Walls

2
nights
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
On the 13th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save), wander the streets of Knez Mihailova, get engrossed in the history at Jewish Historical Museum, then contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, and finally take a stroll through Skadarlija. Here are some ideas for day two: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ada Ciganlija.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Belgrade tour itinerary website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kotor to Belgrade in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Belgrade

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ada Ciganlija ©
Ada Ciganlija
Jewish Historical Museum ©
Jewish Historical Museum
Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Church Of St Peter And St Paul and Old Town Kaunas. Get some cultural insight at Trakai Island Castle Museum and Vilnius Old Town. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), take in the spiritual surroundings of Gate of Dawn, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, and get engrossed in the history at Gediminas Castle Tower.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Vilnius itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Belgrade to Vilnius in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Belgrade in May, with highs in Vilnius at 22°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Old Town Kaunas, Trakai Island Castle Museum
Highlights from your plan
Trakai Island Castle Museum ©
Trakai Island Castle Museum
Church Of St Peter And St Paul ©
Church Of St Peter And St Paul
Old Town Kaunas ©
Old Town Kaunas

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum and Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Peapiiskopi Kirik and Aleksander Nevski Katedraali. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Tallinna Raekoda, don't miss a visit to St. Catherine's Passage, contemplate the long history of St. Olaf’s Church, and enjoy breathtaking views from Tallinna Teletorn.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tallinn trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Vilnius to Tallinn takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Vilnius in May, with highs in Tallinn at 18°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Peapiiskopi Kirik ©
Peapiiskopi Kirik

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Pavlovsk State Museum and Peter and Paul Fortress. Grand Maket Russia and Kazan Cathedral will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: make a trip to Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, tour the pleasant surroundings at Peterhof State Museum Preserve, take in the views from Palace Bridge, and examine the collection at Faberge Museum.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg day trip planning site .

Getting from Tallinn to St. Petersburg by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Tallinn to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Peter and Paul Fortress ©
Peter and Paul Fortress
Pavlovsk State Museum ©
Pavlovsk State Museum
Kazan Cathedral ©
Kazan Cathedral

2
nights
Kaliningrad, Russia

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Old Lighthouse Rinderort and then explore the striking landscape of Kurshskaya Kosa. On the next day, see the interesting displays at B-413 Submarine Museum, then see the interesting displays at Amber Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Konigsberg Cathedral, and finally appreciate the history behind Immanuel Kant's Grave.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kaliningrad trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gdansk.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Nature Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Old Lighthouse Rinderort
Highlights from your plan
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum
Amber Museum ©
Amber Museum
Kurshskaya Kosa ©
Kurshskaya Kosa

6
nights
Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk ©
Although its history goes back a thousand years, Gdansk represents one of Poland's most modern urban centers, its thriving economy boosted by a lively tourism sector.
Step off the beaten path and head to Slowinski National Park and Stilo Lighthouse. Visit Gniew Castle and St. Nicholas Cathedral (Katedra Sw. Mikolaja) for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Carthusian Church Monastery (in Kartuzy), Kashubian Ethnographic Park (in Waglikowice) and Water Tower of Frombork (in Frombork). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Stutthof Concentration Camp, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dominikanie Gdańsk - Bazylika pw. Świętego Mikołaja | St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, take an in-depth tour of Gdansk Historical Museum, and take in the pleasant sights at Piwna Street (Ulica Piwna).

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gdansk trip planner .

You can drive from Kaliningrad to Gdansk in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, daily temperatures in Gdansk can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Gdansk

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

St. Nicholas Cathedral (Katedra Sw. Mikolaja), Carthusian Church Monastery, Stilo Lighthouse, Slowinski National Park, Kashubian Ethnographic Park
Highlights from your plan

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.
Let the collections at Polonia Wax Museum and Gestapo Headquarters capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Bobolice Castle and Bazylika św. Floriana w Krakowie. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Krakow: Muzeum Zamkowe w Pszczynie (in Pszczyna), Osiedle Giszowiec (in Katowice) and Jewish Museum and Synagogue (in Oswiecim). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Mirow Castle - ruins, see the interesting displays at Muzeum Krakowa, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Andrew (Kosciol Swietogo Andrzeja).

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Krakow attractions tool .

Fly from Gdansk to Krakow in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. May in Krakow sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Osiedle Giszowiec, Muzeum Zamkowe w Pszczynie, Bobolice Castle, Jewish Museum and Synagogue, Mirow Castle - ruins
Highlights from your plan
Jewish Museum and Synagogue ©
Jewish Museum and Synagogue
Bobolice Castle ©
Bobolice Castle
Muzeum Krakowa - Ulica Pomorska ©
Muzeum Krakowa - Ulica Pomorska

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