16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chennai, India
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 45​min
2
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
3
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 1 night
5
Warsaw, Poland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
7
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Chennai, India

1
night
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Senate Square.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip planning site .

Chennai, India to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Chennai to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chennai in September, things will get cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 19°C and lows about 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Tallinn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki 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, parks, fun & games, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town, take in panoramic vistas at St. Olaf’s Church, step into the grandiose world of Toompea Castle, and admire the masterpieces at Kumu Art Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Tallinn road trip app .

Ride a ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September, daytime highs in Tallinn are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Freedom Monument (Brivibas Piemineklis), have some family-friendly fun at OldTown Archery Riga, and then don't miss a visit to Old City Riga (Vecriga). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): examine the collection at Riga Motormuseum, contemplate the long history of Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Riga road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Tallinn to Riga takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Riga are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Riga

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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OldTown Archery Riga ©
OldTown Archery Riga
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Sun), examine the collection at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), take in the spiritual surroundings of Gate of Dawn, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, then get engrossed in the history at Gediminas Castle Tower, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hill of Three Crosses.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Vilnius itinerary planner.

You can fly from Riga to Vilnius in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Vilnius can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus) ©
Gate of Dawn ©
Gate of Dawn

2
nights
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): brush up on your military savvy at Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then brush up on your military savvy at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, admire the masterpieces at Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, admire the natural beauty at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, then contemplate the long history of Lazienki Palace (Palac Lazienkowski), then take in nature's colorful creations at Chinese Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Palace of Culture and Science.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Warsaw tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Vilnius to Warsaw takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Vilnius to Warsaw is minus 1 hour. September in Warsaw sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie
Old Town ©
Old Town
Walking tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Basilica, then steep yourself in history at Wawel Cathedral, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square. On the next day, take a stroll through Stare Miasto and then explore the galleries of Wieliczka Salt Mine.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Krakow trip planner .

Take a train from Warsaw to Krakow in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September in Krakow, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

4
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Copenhagen is known for theme parks, historic sites, museums, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Tivoli Gardens, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Denmark, and explore the historical opulence of Amalienborg.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Copenhagen trip planner .

You can fly from Krakow to Copenhagen in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Copenhagen can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Neighborhoods Theme Parks Parks
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Tivoli Gardens ©
Tivoli Gardens
Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Rosenborg Castle ©
Rosenborg Castle

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