16 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

16 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Macapa, Brazil
Fly:  26​h
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Bucharest, Romania
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h
3
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Macapa, Brazil

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.
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, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, don't miss a visit to Hősök tere, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip planner .

Macapa, Brazil to Budapest is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Macapa to Budapest. Traveling from Macapa in September, expect Budapest to be much colder, temps between 25°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): stroll around Herăstrău Park, then admire the striking features of Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", then contemplate the long history of Stavropoleos Monastery, and finally ponder the world of politics at Palace of Parliament. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Peasant Museum (Muzeul Taranului Roman), take in nature's colorful creations at Cismigiu Gardens, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, and finally take a stroll through Lipscani.

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You can fly from Budapest to Bucharest in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Budapest to Bucharest due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Budapest in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bucharest: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cluj-Napoca.

Things to do in Bucharest

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Herăstrău Park ©
Herăstrău Park
Palace of Parliament ©
Palace of Parliament

2
nights
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Cluj-Napoca ©
The multicultural Cluj-Napoca is the capital of the historic region of Transylvania.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): appreciate the history behind King Matthias Corvin Statue, walk around Simion Bărnuțiu Central Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Cheile Turzii - Turda Gorge. Here are some ideas for day two: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael's Church, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Cetatuia Hill.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cluj-Napoca online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Bucharest to Cluj-Napoca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Bucharest in September: highs in Cluj-Napoca hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Cluj-Napoca

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cheile Turzii - Turda Gorge ©
Cheile Turzii - Turda Gorge
King Matthias Corvin Statue ©
King Matthias Corvin Statue
Simion Bărnuțiu Central Park ©
Simion Bărnuțiu Central Park

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Krakow to Oswiecim to see Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Wieliczka Salt Mine, see the interesting displays at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, and admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Krakow trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Cluj-Napoca to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cluj-Napoca in September: highs in Krakow hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

3
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, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, pause for some photo ops at Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, and admire the striking features of Katedrala Svateho Vita.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Prague trip maker .

You can fly from Krakow to Prague in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In September, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

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