44 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

44 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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44 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Durban, South Africa
Fly:  17​h
1
Belgrade, Serbia
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Split, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Rovinj, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Bled, Slovenia
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
9
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
11
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
12
Gdansk, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
13
Krakow, Poland
— 7 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Durban, South Africa

1
night
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 2nd (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from The Millenary Monument, then contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Skadarlija, get a taste of the local shopping with Knez Mihailova, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save), and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ada Ciganlija.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Belgrade online trip itinerary builder .

Durban, South Africa to Belgrade is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. In June in Belgrade, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Kotor.

Things to do in Belgrade

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Ada Ciganlija ©
Ada Ciganlija
Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
Room Escape Games

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 4th (Thu), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then contemplate the long history of Stari Grad Kotor. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor, then pause for some serene contemplation at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, then appreciate the extensive heritage of City Walls, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kotor day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Belgrade to Kotor takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Kotor, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, 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

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Speed Boats Tours and Fort Lovrijenac. Go for a jaunt from Dubrovnik to Cavtat to see Cavtat Old Town about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, take a stroll through Lapad, get engrossed in the history at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kotor to Dubrovnik takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Kotor in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Dubrovnik: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Split.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Cavtat Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum ©
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum
Speed Boats Tours
Wine Tours & Tastings

4
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Marjan Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Hvar (Spanjola & Franciscan Monastery), Historic City of Trogir (in Trogir) and Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje) (in Zadar). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Old Split, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and do a tasting at Putalj Winery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Split sightseeing planning website .

Getting from Dubrovnik to Split by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rovinj.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Tours Wineries

Side Trips

Hvar, Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje), Historic City of Trogir
Highlights from your plan
Putalj Winery ©
Putalj Winery
Wine Tours & Tastings
Historic City of Trogir ©
Historic City of Trogir

1
night
Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): make a trip to Port of Rovinj, stroll around Punta Corrente, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Euphemia, and finally wander the streets of Old Town.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Rovinj road trip app .

Traveling by car from Split to Rovinj takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bled.

Things to do in Rovinj

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Port of Rovinj ©
Port of Rovinj
Church of St. Euphemia ©
Church of St. Euphemia

3
nights
Bled, Slovenia

The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Lake Bohinj. And it doesn't end there: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vintgar Gorge, step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle, and explore the activities along Lake Bled.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bled trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Rovinj to Bled in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rovinj in June since evenings lows in Bled dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Budapest.

Things to do in Bled

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Lake Bohinj, Vintgar Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Lake Bohinj ©
Lake Bohinj
Vintgar Gorge ©
Vintgar Gorge

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Liberty Statue and Hospital in the Rock. Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and contemplate the long history of Shoes on the Danube.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Bled to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or fly. In June in Budapest, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Spas
Highlights from your plan
Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Liberty Statue ©
Liberty Statue

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Food Tours and Spas. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, wander the streets of Lesser Town, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Katedrala Svateho Vita.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Prague holiday planner .

Getting from Budapest to Prague by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in June, you will find days in Prague are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Prague

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Kazan Cathedral. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, head off the coast to Yelagin Island, steep yourself in history at Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior on the Spilled Blood.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read St. Petersburg trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Prague to St. Petersburg in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Prague to St. Petersburg. In June in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tallinna Raekoja Plats and Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Toompea Hill, don't miss a visit to St. Catherine's Passage, take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town, and walk around Kadriorg Park.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tallinn trip tool .

Fly from St. Petersburg to Tallinn in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Tallinn can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Tallinna Raekoja Plats ©
Tallinna Raekoja Plats
Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour ©
Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Trakai Island Castle Museum and then see the interesting displays at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus). On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hill of Three Crosses, get engrossed in the history at Gediminas Castle Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church Of St Peter And St Paul, wander the streets of Vilnius Old Town, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika).

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Vilnius sightseeing planner .

Fly from Tallinn to Vilnius in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Gdansk.

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
Vilnius Old Town ©
Vilnius Old Town
Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Town and Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci. Step out of Gdansk with an excursion to Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku in Malbork--about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej), steep yourself in history at Westerplatte, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Mariacka Street (ulica Mariacka).

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Gdansk itinerary website .

Fly from Vilnius to Gdansk in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Gdansk are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Gdansk

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Sopot, Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku
Highlights from your plan
Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku ©
Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku
Old Town ©
Old Town
Dluga Street (ul. Dluga) ©
Dluga Street (ul. Dluga)

7
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Shooting in Krakow - Cracow Shooting Academy - Strzelnica Krakow. Take a break from Krakow with a short trip to Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Wieliczka Salt Mine, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and step into the grandiose world of Wawel Royal Castle.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Krakow online trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Gdansk to Krakow in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Gdansk in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Krakow: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mine
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cracow Shooting Academy ©
Cracow Shooting Academy
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©

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