60 days in Europe Itinerary

60 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe sightseeing planner

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 1 day
Drive
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Bled, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bratislava, Slovakia
— 1 night
Drive
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Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Oswiecim, Poland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wroclaw, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly
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Warsaw, Poland
— 4 nights
Fly
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Gdansk, Poland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kaliningrad, Russia
— 1 night
Drive
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Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Drive
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Riga, Latvia
— 1 night
Fly
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Tallinn, Estonia
— 1 night
Fly
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Moscow, Russia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tula, Russia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pushkino, Russia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sergiyev Posad, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kazan, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
— 2 nights
Train
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Vladimir, Russia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Suzdal, Russia
Drive
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Kostroma, Russia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yaroslavl, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly to Pulkovo, Bus to Veliky Novgorod
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Veliky Novgorod, Russia
— 2 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 6 nights

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Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 1 day
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
On the 1st (Sun), have fun and explore at House of Illusions, contemplate the waterfront views at Ljubljanica River, explore the historical opulence of Ljubljana Castle, get a sense of history and politics at Town Hall, then get to know the fascinating history of Cankarjevo Nabrežje, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Nicholas.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ljubljana online tour builder.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. January in Ljubljana sees daily highs of 40°F and lows of 26°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bled.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums · Parks

Bled, Slovenia

— 2 nights
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
On the 2nd (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Bled Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, identify plant and animal life at Zelenci Nature Reserve, then stroll through Smučarska Šola ASK Kranjska Gora, and finally explore the historical opulence of Bled Castle. On the next day, get a dose of the wild on Great Emerald Adventure and then browse for gifts or souvenirs at Galerija Mikame.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bled trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Ljubljana to Bled by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 39°F, and evening lows to 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Bled

Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Budapest, Hungary

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Sas Hill Nature Reserve, Holocaust Memorial Center, Dob Street, and other attractions. Get a sense of the local culture at Fisherman's Bastion and Budapest Pinball Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral and Fajdalmas Szuz Chapel. Change things up with a short trip to Nagyvillam Ski Slope in Visegrad (about 58 minutes away). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank, take in the exciting artwork at Koller Gallery, and snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest tour planner.

Traveling by car from Bled to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In January, daytime highs in Budapest are 37°F, while nighttime lows are 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Bratislava, Slovakia

— 1 night

Beauty on the Danube

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.
On the 7th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), step into the grandiose world of Bratislava Castle, contemplate the long history of Primates' Palace (Primacialny palac), then explore the world behind art at Nedbalka Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Franciscan Church and Monastery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Blue Church of St. Elizabeth.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bratislava day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Bratislava takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Bratislava, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Krakow.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites · Museums

Krakow, Poland

— 3 nights

Slavic Rome

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.
Visit Wieliczka Salt Mine and Church of St. Peter and St. Paul for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Wawel Cathedral and Krakow Pinball Museum. Spend the 10th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Planty Park, examine the collection at Galeria Figur Stalowych, contemplate the long history of Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, and have fun and explore at HistoryLand.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Krakow trip planner.

You can drive from Bratislava to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. January in Krakow sees daily highs of 34°F and lows of 23°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Oswiecim.

Things to do in Krakow

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Oswiecim, Poland

— 2 nights
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 11th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with DIVING MARINA "KOPARKI", then examine the collection at Apilandia Interaktywne Centrum Pszczelarstwa, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Czarny Gron. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Zamek Museum, take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum and Synagogue, and then steep yourself in history at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Oswiecim day trip app.

Drive from Krakow to Oswiecim in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°F in January, and nighttime lows around 22°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Wroclaw.

Things to do in Oswiecim

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Wroclaw, Poland

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known for its relaxed and liberal atmosphere, the energetic city of Wroclaw lures visitors with its rich cultural heritage and pedestrian-friendly old town.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town- Historic Center and MovieGate. Visit Ostrow Tumski - (Cathedral Island) and Cathedral of St. Stanislaus and St. Vaclav for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Sobotka (Sleza Mountain & Sleza Landscape Park). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Centrum Historii Zajezdnia, have fun and explore at Museum of Games and Computers of the Past Era (Games Museum), examine the collection at Wroclaw City Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Odra River.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Wroclaw sightseeing app.

Getting from Oswiecim to Wroclaw by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. January in Wroclaw sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 26°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Warsaw.

Things to do in Wroclaw

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Warsaw, Poland

— 4 nights

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Palace on the Island and Pomnik Bohaterów Getta are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Krakowskie Przedmiescie and Umschlagplatz. Change things up with these side-trips from Warsaw: The Lublin Castle (in Lublin) and Zrodla Krolewskie (in Kozienice). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, contemplate the long history of Holy Cross Church (Kosciol Swietego Krzyza), make a trip to Fragment of Ghetto Wall, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Anne's Church (Kosciol Swietej Anny).

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Warsaw online tour builder.

Getting from Wroclaw to Warsaw by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Wroclaw in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Warsaw, with highs around 32°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Gdansk.

Things to do in Warsaw

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Gdansk, Poland

— 3 nights

World Capital of Amber

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku and Dominikanie Gdańsk - Bazylika pw. Świętego Mikołaja | St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church. Get some historical perspective at St. Mary's Church and St. Catherine's Church (Kosciol Sw. Katarzyny). Get out of town with these interesting Gdansk side-trips: Gniew Castle (in Gniew) and Stutthof Concentration Camp (in Sztutowo). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, discover the deep blue sea with Tryton Diving Center, take a stroll through Dlugi Targ Square, and take in the pleasant sights at Piwna Street (Ulica Piwna).

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Gdansk online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Warsaw to Gdansk takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Gdansk can reach 32°F, while at night they dip to 24°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Gdansk

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kaliningrad, Russia

— 1 night

Amber City

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Holy Cross Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Konigsberg Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Brandenburg Gate, and finally see the interesting displays at Marzipan museum.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Kaliningrad online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Gdansk to Kaliningrad takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Gdansk to Kaliningrad. In January in Kaliningrad, expect temperatures between 31°F during the day and 23°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Vilnius.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Historic Sites · Museums

Vilnius, Lithuania

— 2 nights

Jerusalem of Lithuania

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.
On the 24th (Tue), examine the collection at Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bernardine Church (Bernardinu Baznycia), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Orthodox Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Ponary cmentarz, and finally get all the equipment you need at Liepkalnis. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hill of Three Crosses, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church (Sv. Mykolo Baznycia), pause for some serene contemplation at Vilniaus staciatikiu Sventosios Dvasios vienuolynas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Theresa, and finally examine the collection at Toy museum.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Vilnius day trip app.

Traveling by car from Kaliningrad to Vilnius takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In January, Vilnius is slightly colder than Kaliningrad - with highs of 26°F and lows of 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Riga.

Things to do in Vilnius

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Riga, Latvia

— 1 night

Paris of the North

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 26th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Livu Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Holy Prince Alexander Nevskiy, then explore the world behind art at Latvian National Museum Of Art, then explore the activities along Pilsetas kanals, and finally explore the world behind art at Art Museum RIGA BOURSE. On your second day here, stroll around Ragakapa Nature Park, take a peaceful walk through Dzintari Forest Park, contemplate the long history of House of the Black Heads, then get engrossed in the history at Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, and finally wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga).

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Riga vacation maker app.

Drive from Vilnius to Riga in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 29°F, and evening lows to 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Tallinn, Estonia

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill, contemplate the long history of Tallinn Legends, then examine the collection at Estonian Health Museum, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Marzipana Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Keila Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum, examine the collection at Fat Margaret (Paks Margareeta), then explore the galleries of Kadriorg Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tallinn road trip tool.

You can fly from Riga to Tallinn in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Tallinn can reach 28°F, while at night they dip to 20°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Moscow.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Moscow, Russia

— 4 nights

Third Rome

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Saint Basil's Cathedral and State Tretyakov Gallery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Red Square and Pokrovskiy stavropigialnyy zhenskiy monastyr' u Pokrovskoy zastavy goroda Moskvy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moscow: New Jerusalem Monastery of Resurrection (in Istra) and Nikolo-Ugreshskiy Monastery (in Dzerzhinsky). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum, see the interesting displays at Tropinin Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Krutitskoe Podvorye, and engage your brain at State Darwin Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Moscow trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tallinn to Moscow takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Tallinn to Moscow, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tallinn in January, expect Moscow to be little chillier, temps between 21°F and 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Tula.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tula, Russia

— 2 nights
Though Tula is best known for Leo Tolstoy's country estate, the city has plenty of additional cultural and historical intrigue.
On the 3rd (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Transfiguration Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum Garmoni Deda Filimona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Yasnaya Polyana, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church in Honor of St. Alexander Nevskiy, then pause for some photo ops at Monument to Defenders of Hero-Town Tula, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Sergius of Radonezh.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Tula online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Moscow to Tula takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Pushkino.

Things to do in Tula

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Pushkino, Russia

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): hit the slopes at Sports and Entertaining Park Yakhroma, then hit the slopes at Ski Resort Sorochany, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Nicholas Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Temple of The Annunciation, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Tserkov' Spasa Nerukotvornogo Obraza.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pushkino travel planner.

Traveling by car from Tula to Pushkino takes 3.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Pushkino can reach 28°F, while at night they dip to 19°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sergiyev Posad.

Things to do in Pushkino

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Sergiyev Posad, Russia

— 3 nights
Sergiyev Posad is a city and the administrative center of Sergiyevo-Posadsky District in Moscow Oblast, Russia. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kolokolnya and St. Spring of Savva Storozhevsky. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vvedenskiy and Pyatnitskiy Churches and Earth Mound. Venture out of the city with trips to Dmitrov (Boris and Gleb Monastery & Church of Saint Elizabeth). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Dukhovskaya church, examine the collection at Sergiyevskaya Kukhmisterskaya, and steep yourself in history at Church of St. John Chrysostom Nativity.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sergiyev Posad online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pushkino to Sergiyev Posad takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 28°F in February, and nighttime lows around 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can fly to Kazan.

Things to do in Sergiyev Posad

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Kazan, Russia

— 3 nights

Sports Capital of Russia

The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Annunciation Cathedral and Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Ski Complex Kazan and Tramplin Ski Complex. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The bell tower of the Cathedral of the Epiphany, pause for some photo ops at Monument of Musa Jalil, see the interesting displays at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum, and stroll through Blue Lakes.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kazan trip planning tool.

You can fly from Sergiyev Posad to Kazan in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sergiyev Posad in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kazan, with lows of 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Kazan

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

— 2 nights

Russia's Pocket

Founded eight centuries ago at the confluence of the Volga and the Oka rivers, Nizhny Novgorod boasts over 600 historical, cultural, and architectural monuments.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): glide through natural beauty at Strigino Ski Lodge, then stroll through Nizhny Novgorod Ekzotarium Exhibition Center, and then engage your brain at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools. Keep things going the next day: ski along the peaceful trails at Na Slude Ski lodge, examine the collection at Galileo Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Voznesenskiy Pechyorskiy muzhskoy monastyr', and finally explore the world behind art at Arsenal. Centre of Contemporary Arts.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nizhny Novgorod trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kazan in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 16°F in Nizhny Novgorod. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Vladimir.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Museums · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

Vladimir, Russia

— 2 nights
The most visited destination in the Golden Ring circuit, the city of Vladimir is known for its remarkably preserved white-stone monuments, which have World Heritage status.
On the 15th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Bolshaya Moskovskaya Street, then see the interesting displays at Chamber Official Place, then get a taste of the local shopping with Vladimir Art gallery, and finally hit the slopes at Vs Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church Museum, then glide through natural beauty at Studenaya Gora, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Roman Catholic Church/ Parish of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Saint Rosary, and finally admire the striking features of St. Nikita Church.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Vladimir trip planner.

Getting from Nizhny Novgorod to Vladimir by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Suzdal.

Things to do in Vladimir

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Suzdal, Russia

One of Russia's oldest settlements, the small town of Suzdal boasts nearly a thousand years of history.
To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Suzdal vacation site.

You can drive from Vladimir to Suzdal in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. On the 17th (Fri), you're off to Kostroma.

Things to do in Suzdal

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Fun & Games

Kostroma, Russia

— 2 nights
As part of Russia's Golden Ring of historical towns, the city of Kostroma is something of an open-air museum with ties to the Romanov dynasty.
On the 17th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Dvoryanskoye Sobraniye and then examine the collection at Theatrical Costume Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): see the interesting displays at M. Malyshev's House Museum, then examine the collection at Museum of Wooden Architecture, and then see the interesting displays at Museum Petrovskaya Igrushka.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kostroma route builder site.

Drive from Suzdal to Kostroma in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Kostroma can reach 30°F, while at night they dip to 21°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Kostroma

Museums · Historic Sites

Yaroslavl, Russia

— 2 nights
A World Heritage Site boasting hundreds of architectural monuments, Yaroslavl sits on the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl Rivers and is renowned for its historical town center.
On the 19th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Znamenskaya Tower With The Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. John Chrysostom, then pause for some serene contemplation at Epiphany Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Kazansky Monastery. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Saviour on Anteroom, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. John the Evangelist, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Virgin Hodegetria.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yaroslavl tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Kostroma to Yaroslavl takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. February in Yaroslavl sees daily highs of 30°F and lows of 21°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Veliky Novgorod, Russia

— 2 nights
An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets) has been added to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Perynskiy Skete and Vorotnaya Bashnya Gostinogo Dvora Museum. Vitoslavlitsy Museum and Children's Museum Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin Monastery of St. Anthony and examine the collection at Likhudov Building Museum.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Veliky Novgorod online holiday maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Yaroslavl to Veliky Novgorod takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You will leave for St. Petersburg on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 6 nights

Venice of the North

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.
You've now added The State Hermitage Museum to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Krasnoye Ozero Ski Resort and Okhta Park Ski Complex. Get some historical perspective at Palace Square and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Petersburg: Snezhny Resort (in Korobitsyno) and Tuutari-Park (in Karvala). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Sheremetevskiy Palace in Museum of Music, see the interesting displays at The Shadow Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Russian State Museum of Arctic and Antarctic.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg road trip planner.

Drive from Veliky Novgorod to St. Petersburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 30°F, while at night they dip to 22°F. You'll set off for home on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Slovenia travel guide

4.2
Castles · Bodies of Water · Caves
Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.

Hungary travel guide

4.1
Thermal Spas · Historic Sites · Government Buildings
Breadbasket of Europe
Because tourism throughout the whole country is not as popular as in other European countries, much of the natural beauty of Hungary has not been developed or exploited. Visitors today are drawn to the unspoiled picturesque landscape, the capital metropolis surrounded by charming small towns and villages, and the plethora of thermal baths. The country's number of well-preserved archaeological ruins, castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns provide opportunities to those wanting a taste of European history. With the opportunity to explore both time-worn architecture and notable natural surroundings in every region, Hungary provides sightseeing opportunities with the amenities of traditional tourist destinations. 

Poland travel guide

4.6
Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Landmarks
A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.

Russia travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Churches · Historic Sites
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Lithuania travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Churches · Sacred & Religious Sites
Characterized by the majestic Baltic coastline and adjacent white sands, Lithuania boasts lush green forests, hidden lakes, and coastal wetlands. A nation with a turbulent history, Lithuania houses the remains of a former nuclear site and the remnants of defenses used to strengthen the frontier of the Tsarist empire. At the same time, it pays homage to its national heroes, honored in sculpture parks and museums throughout the country. Today, Lithuania boasts a thriving musical, cultural, and visual arts scene, hosting a range of festivals and concerts year-round.

Latvia travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · History Museums
Nestled between Estonia and Lithuania, Latvia has a small but developing tourist industry and the country is authentic and welcoming. The Baltic coast stretches 500 km (310 mi) along Latvia's northern border, and lush green forests cover nearly half of the country. Founded in 1918, Latvia was occupied by both the Nazis and the Soviet Union, who incorporated the country and did not restore independence until 1991. Due to centuries of foreign rule, the country boasts a mix of ethnic backgrounds, while maintaining the Latvian language. With cosmopolitan Riga as the capital, Latvia offers a mix of urban excitement and rural nature.

Estonia travel guide

4.5
Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Baltic Tiger
Small in size but big in character, the proud nation of Estonia manages to pack historical cities, swathes of charming countryside, a picturesque coastline, and rugged islands into a relatively small amount of space. Thanks to its compactness, visitors can easily travel between the many tourist attractions the country has to offer. Although just a stone's throw away from Finland, Latvia, and Russia, Estonia boasts its own distinct culture, evident in the country's cuisine, music, and traditions. This vibrant nation emerged from over 40 years of Soviet rule to be one of the most economically successful of the European Union's eastern members and is leading the way in tech industries.