31 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

31 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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1
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 2 nights
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
3
Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
4
Warsaw, Poland
— 3 nights
5
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
6
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
7
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
8
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
9
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
10
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
11
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 3 nights

2
nights
Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
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 2nd (Sat), steep yourself in history at Michalska Brana, take in panoramic vistas at UFO Observation Deck, appreciate the extensive heritage of Bratislava Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), then step into the grandiose world of Bratislava Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Blue Church of St. Elizabeth. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Slavin War Memorial, browse the different shops at Eurovea Galleria, then steep yourself in history at Primates' Palace (Primacialny palac), and finally contemplate the long history of Old Town Hall.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bratislava road trip app.

Cape Town, South Africa to Bratislava is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. Traveling from Cape Town to Bratislava, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in January, things will get cooler in Bratislava: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Bratislava Castle ©
Bratislava Castle
Bratislava Old Town ©
Bratislava Old Town
Michalska Brana ©
Michalska Brana

4
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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest planning app.

You can drive from Bratislava to Budapest in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Budapest sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours
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Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion

4
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.
When in Krakow, make a side trip to see Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, approximately Oswiecim away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, wander the streets of Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, and steep yourself in history at Wawel Royal Castle.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Krakow trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Krakow takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Krakow can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can take a train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Cracow Shooting Academy ©
Cracow Shooting Academy
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

3
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 historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, steep yourself in history at Lazienki Palace (Palac Lazienkowski), get engrossed in the history at POLIN Muzeum Historii Zydow Polskich, and don't miss a visit to Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy).

Before you visit Warsaw, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a train from Krakow to Warsaw in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January in Warsaw, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
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Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow ©
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie

2
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
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.
On the 15th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Moscow Kremlin, contemplate the long history of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and then stop by Perlov Tea House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Lenin's Mausoleum, then admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Red Square.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Moscow holiday planner.

You can fly from Warsaw to Moscow in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Warsaw to Moscow. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Warsaw in January; daily highs in Moscow reach -7°C and lows reach -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and then contemplate the long history of Palace Square. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Anichkov Bridge, examine the collection at Russian Museum, pause for some photo ops at Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, then explore the galleries of Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and finally admire the striking features of Vitebskiy Railway Station.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg trip tool.

You can take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are -5°C, while nighttime lows are -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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.
Tallinn is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town, take in panoramic vistas at Tallinna Teletorn, pause for some serene contemplation at Peapiiskopi Kirik, and contemplate the long history of Town Hall Pharmacy.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tallinn day trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from St. Petersburg to Tallinn takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Tallinn, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Tallinn can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
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Traveller Tours ©
Traveller Tours
Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Riga Cathedral, wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, then see the interesting displays at House of the Black Heads, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Centraltirgus). On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Freedom Monument, take an in-depth tour of Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, then make a trip to Riga Town Hall Square, then contemplate the long history of Salaspils Memorial Ensemble, and finally see the interesting displays at Riga Motormuseum.

Make your Riga itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Fly from Tallinn to Riga in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Riga can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Riga

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Salaspils Memorial Ensemble
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Riga Motormuseum ©
Riga Motormuseum
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Freedom Monument ©
Freedom Monument

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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Staromestske namesti, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take some stellar pictures from Petřín, and wander the streets of Lesser Town.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Prague trip planner.

Getting from Riga to Prague by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Riga in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Prague: temperatures range from 2°C by day to -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Prague

Tours · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, admire the masterpieces at Egon Schiele Art Centrum, sample some tasty brews at Wiseman Free Tour, then examine the collection at Regionalni Muzeum v Ceskem Krumlove, and finally steep yourself in history at Cesky Krumlov Castle.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cesky Krumlov trip planner.

Traveling by car from Prague to Cesky Krumlov takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours
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Wiseman Free Tour ©
Wiseman Free Tour
Egon Schiele Art Centrum ©
Egon Schiele Art Centrum
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov ©
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov

3
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Nicholas, take in the views from Triple Bridge, then snap pictures at Dragon Bridge, then explore the activities along Ljubljanica River, and finally don't miss a visit to Ljubljana Castle.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ljubljana road trip planning site.

You can drive from Cesky Krumlov to Ljubljana in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus, train, flight, and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ljubljanica River ©
Ljubljanica River
Triple Bridge ©
Triple Bridge

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