36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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36 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Ankara, Turkey
bus + Fly:  8​h
1
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Klaipeda, Lithuania
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Riga, Latvia
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Gdansk, Poland
— 5 nights
train:  3​h
6
Warsaw, Poland
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Krakow, Poland
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Oswiecim, Poland
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
9
Eger, Hungary
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
10
Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h
End: Ankara, Turkey

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.
Go for a jaunt from Vilnius to Trakai to see Trakai Island Castle Museum about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower, wander the streets of Uzupis, see the interesting displays at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika).

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Vilnius travel planning app .

Ankara, Turkey to Vilnius is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ankara to Vilnius. When traveling from Ankara in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Vilnius, with highs around 26°C, while nights are colder with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Klaipeda.

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) ©

1
night
Klaipeda, Lithuania

Klaipeda ©
Lithuania's third-largest city, Klaipeda, sits as a seaport and cruise stop with a wealth of museums and medieval sites.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Curonian Spit National Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Klaipeda road trip website .

Traveling by car from Vilnius to Klaipeda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Klaipeda

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Curonian Spit National Park ©
Curonian Spit National Park

4
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 8th (Mon), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Jurmala Beach. Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Gauja National Park. There's much more to do: make a trip to Old City Riga (Vecriga), pause for some photo ops at Freedom Monument (Brivibas Piemineklis), get engrossed in the history at Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, and admire the striking features of Alberta Iela.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Riga trip tool .

Getting from Klaipeda to Riga by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Riga

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Jurmala, Gauja National Park
Highlights from your plan
OldTown Archery Riga ©
OldTown Archery Riga
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Freedom Monument ©
Freedom Monument

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): admire the striking features of Temppeliaukion Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, make a trip to Senate Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Nuuksio National Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki day trip planner .

Getting from Riga to Helsinki by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Gdansk.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
Highlights from your plan
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

5
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.
Gdansk is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, spas, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church, take in the pleasant sights at Motlawa River Embankment (Dlugie Pobrzeze), stroll around Ronald Reagan Park, and get your game on at Room of Plenty.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Gdansk trip itinerary site .

Fly from Helsinki to Gdansk in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki to Gdansk, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July in Gdansk, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Gdansk

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ronald Reagan Park ©
Ronald Reagan Park
St. Mary's Church ©
St. Mary's Church
Old Town ©
Old Town

5
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 museums, historic sites, parks, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, go for a walk through Culture Park in Powsin, walk around Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, and putt your heart out at Time Machine Minigolf.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Warsaw trip planner .

You can take a train from Gdansk to Warsaw in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Gdansk in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Warsaw: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can take a train to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie
Old Town ©
Old Town
Walking tours

6
nights
Krakow, Poland

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.
Spend the 24th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Wawel Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, examine the collection at Wieliczka Salt Mine, and wander the streets of Kazmierz The Former Jewish District.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Krakow trip planner .

Getting from Warsaw to Krakow by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Krakow are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Oswiecim.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

1
night
Oswiecim, Poland

Oswiecim ©
Known to most by its German name Auschwitz, the modestly sized city of Oswiecim sits at the foot of the Jura Mountains, just 50 km (30 mi) west of Krakow.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Oswiecim trip planner .

Traveling by car from Krakow to Oswiecim takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Oswiecim are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Eger.

Things to do in Oswiecim

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©

3
nights
Eger, Hungary

Eger ©
Nestled between the Matra and Bukk Mountains in northern Hungary, Eger represents a mixture of historical discovery and relaxing pleasures.
Eger is known for historic sites, nature, museums, wineries, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Eger Castle, Head underground at Valley of the Beautiful Women, examine the collection at Egri Road Beatles Museum, and don't miss a visit to Dobo Square.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Eger day trip planning app .

Drive from Oswiecim to Eger in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Oswiecim in July: highs in Eger hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Budapest.

Things to do in Eger

Wineries Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kovacs Nimrod Winery ©
Kovacs Nimrod Winery
Eger Castle ©
Eger Castle
Dobo Square ©
Dobo Square

5
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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, make a trip to Hősök tere, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Budapest trip itinerary maker website .

You can take a bus from Eger to Budapest in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In July in Budapest, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 18°C at night. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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