53 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

53 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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53 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  25 h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  3 h
2
Tallinn, Estonia
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Haapsalu, Estonia
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  6 h 30 min
4
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Split, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
Krk Island, Croatia
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Pula, Croatia
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
11
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
12
Prague, Czech Republic
— 5 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost) and Russian Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nevsky Prospekt and Faberge Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from St. Petersburg: Sacred Spring (in Kalozhitsy) and Izhorskiy Ethnographic Museum (in Vistino). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Kazan Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, contemplate the waterfront views at Neva Embankments, and pause for some serene contemplation at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg trip tool .

Sydney, Australia to St. Petersburg is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to St. Petersburg, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sacred Spring, Izhorskiy Ethnographic Museum
Highlights from your plan
Neva Embankments
Neva Embankments
Pavlovsk State Museum ©
Pavlovsk State Museum
Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I ©

5
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 explore and learn at Seaplane Harbour and Navitrolla Galerii. Popular historic sites such as Toompea Hill and Kadriorg Art Museum are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Tallinn side-trips: Janeda Manor (in Tapa), Viinistu Art Museum (in Kuusalu) and Lighthouse Pakri (in Paldiski). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum, make a trip to Town Hall Square, and take in the exciting artwork at Oma Asi.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tallinn online sightseeing planner .

Getting from St. Petersburg to Tallinn by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Tallinn is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from St. Petersburg in June since evenings lows in Tallinn dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Haapsalu.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Lighthouse Pakri, Viinistu Art Museum, Janeda Manor
Highlights from your plan
Kumu Art Museum ©
Kumu Art Museum
Tallinn Town Wall ©
Tallinn Town Wall

5
nights
Haapsalu, Estonia

Haapsalu ©
Haapsalu is a seaside resort town located on the west coast of Estonia. Get a sense of the local culture at Saare Lighthouse and Ristna Lighthouse. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kopu Lighthouse and Haapsalu Old Town. Change things up with these side-trips from Haapsalu: Ruins of Maasi Fort-Castle (in Orissaare), Karja Catherine Church (in Leisi) and Tahkuna Lighthouse (in Korgessaare). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Kassari Chapel, examine the collection at Haapsalu Shawl Museum, take an in-depth tour of Ants Laikmaa Museum, and view the masterpieces at Ilon's World of Wonders.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Haapsalu trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Tallinn to Haapsalu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tallinn in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Haapsalu, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Haapsalu

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Korgessaare, Ungru Manor, Sorve Lighthouse, Vormsi Farm Museum, Kassari Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Sorve Lighthouse ©
Sorve Lighthouse
Ristna Lighthouse ©
Ristna Lighthouse
Karja Catherine Church ©
Karja Catherine Church

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.
Let the collections at Gediminas Castle Tower and Museum of Genocide Victims capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at St. Anne's Church and The Church of St Theresa. Step out of Vilnius to go to Trakai and see Trakai Castle, which is approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gates of Dawn, take a stroll through Vilnius Old Town, and appreciate the history behind Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika).

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Vilnius trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Haapsalu to Vilnius. When traveling from Haapsalu in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Vilnius: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 12°C at night. You'll set off for Dubrovnik on the 25th (Mon).

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Trakai Island Castle Museum
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika) ©
Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika)
Gate of Dawn ©
Gate of Dawn
Church of St. Theresa ©
Church of St. Theresa

5
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Srebreno Beach and Beach Kupari. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cavtat Old Town and Fort Lovrijenac. Explore Dubrovnik's surroundings by going to Cavtat Cemetery (in Cavtat) and Hercegovacka Gracanica (in Trebinje). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, view the masterpieces at STJEPKO ART, explore the world behind art at Vlaho Bukovac House, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Dubrovnik trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Vilnius to Dubrovnik in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Vilnius to Dubrovnik due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Vilnius in June, with highs in Dubrovnik at 31°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Cavtat, Srebreno Beach, Hercegovacka Gracanica
Highlights from your plan
Fort Lovrijenac ©
Fort Lovrijenac
Hercegovacka Gracanica ©
Hercegovacka Gracanica
Cavtat Cemetery ©
Cavtat Cemetery

4
nights
Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
For shopping fun, head to Bags by Kristina or Coral Shop Irena. Visit Korcula Town Walls and Revelin Tower for their historical value.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Korcula Town road trip planning app .

Getting from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town by ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. In June, daytime highs in Korcula Town are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Split.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Lumbarda, Korcula Old City
Highlights from your plan
St. Mark's Cathedral ©
St. Mark's Cathedral
Sveti Mihovil ©
Sveti Mihovil
Korcula Town Walls ©
Korcula Town Walls

4
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Spanjola and Old Split are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Trogir Historic Site and Diocletian's Palace for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to The St. Lawrence Cathedral (in Trogir) and Franciscan Monastery (in Hvar). There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, look for gifts at Filigran Split, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Marjan.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Split trip itinerary builder website .

You can ride a ferry from Korcula Town to Split in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Krk Island.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Hvar, Trogir
Highlights from your plan
Riva Harbor ©
Riva Harbor
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery

5
nights
Krk Island, Croatia

Krk Island ©
A trip to Krk Island ensures you enjoy some Italian atmosphere and loads of Croatian culture.
Visit Magneli Beach and Baska for some beach relaxation. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lungo Mare and Trsat Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Krk Island side-trips: Lubenice Beach (in Cres Island), Cres (Orlec Beach & Mali Bok) and Saint Mary of the Assumption Church (in Rijeka).

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Krk Island itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Split to Krk Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. July in Krk Island sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pula.

Things to do in Krk Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cres Island, Rijeka, Lungo Mare
Highlights from your plan
Stara Baska (Old Baska) ©
Stara Baska (Old Baska)
Lungo Mare ©
Lungo Mare
Trsat Castle ©
Trsat Castle

5
nights
Pula, Croatia

Pula ©
It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
Head to OPG Vosten and Cadenela Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oilfor some retail therapy. Visit Porec Old Town and Euphrasius Basilica for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pula: Kap Kamenjak (in Premantura) and Rovinj (STARI GRAD & Saint Euphemia Cathedral). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Pula Arena, tour the pleasant surroundings at Njive Beach, kick back and relax at Fazana Beach, and stop by Wine And Souvenir Shop "Terraneo".

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Pula trip planning tool .

You can drive from Krk Island to Pula in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Krk Island in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Pula, with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Pula

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Premantura, Rovinj, Porec, OPG Vosten, Wine and Souvenir Shop Terraneo
Highlights from your plan
Euphrasius Basilica ©
Euphrasius Basilica
Church of St. Euphemia ©
Church of St. Euphemia
Kap Kamenjak ©
Kap Kamenjak

3
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.
Head to Atelje Skulj - Pottery Studio and Agent Panda concept storefor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at Predjama Castle and Bled Castle (Blejski Grad). Change things up with these side-trips from Ljubljana: Apartment Duplex Old Town (in Radovljica), Postojna Caves (in Postojna) and Vintgar Gorge (Soteska Vintgar) (in Bled). There's much more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, step into the grandiose world of Ljubljana Castle, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St John the Baptist.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ljubljana day trip site .

Traveling by bus from Pula to Ljubljana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Pula in July, expect Ljubljana to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Postojna, Vintgar Gorge, Atelje Skulj - Pottery Studio, Bled Castle, Church of St John the Baptist
Highlights from your plan
Radovljica Old Town ©
Radovljica Old Town
Church of St John the Baptist ©
Church of St John the Baptist
Atelje Skulj - Pottery Studio ©
Atelje Skulj - Pottery Studio

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.
On the 21st (Sat), admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Krakow attractions planner.

You can fly from Ljubljana to Krakow in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Krakow are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Planty Park ©
Planty Park
Rynek (Old Square) Underground ©
Rynek (Old Square) Underground
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at Ossuary / The Cemetery Church and Kostel sv. Mikuláše. Museum-lovers will appreciate Lobkowicz Palace and KGB Museum. Explore Prague's surroundings by going to Terezin Memorial (in Terezin), Cathedral of St. Barbara (in Kutna Hora) and Karlstejn Castle (in Karlstejn). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Mala strana, explore the historical opulence of Lichnice Castle, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Prague vacation planner .

Getting from Krakow to Prague by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Památník Terezín - Malá pevnost, Lichnice Castle, Karlstejn Castle
Highlights from your plan
Karlstejn Castle ©
Karlstejn Castle
Infant Jesus of Prague ©
Infant Jesus of Prague
Church of Our Lady before Tyn ©
Church of Our Lady before Tyn

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