18 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

18 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
2
Split, Croatia
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Tallinn, Estonia
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Warsaw, Poland
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): wander the streets of Old Town and then get to know the fascinating history of Walls of Dubrovnik. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, then take an in-depth tour of Franciscan Monastery, then take an in-depth tour of Rector's Palace, and finally step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum.

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Sao Paulo, Brazil to Dubrovnik is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Central European Time is 4 hours. Traveling from Sao Paulo in July, things will get a bit warmer in Dubrovnik: highs are around 34°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Split.

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Old Town ©
Old Town
Walls of Dubrovnik ©
Walls of Dubrovnik
Rector's Palace ©
Rector's Palace

1
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Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): examine the collection at Froggyland, appreciate the history behind Cathedral of Saint Domnius, and then delve into the distant past at Diocletian's Palace.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Split trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by bus from Dubrovnik to Split takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. July in Split sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Museums
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Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Cathedral of Saint Domnius ©
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Froggyland ©
Froggyland

2
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.
On the 6th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita, then take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, and finally contemplate the long history of Prasna brana. On your second day here, take in the views from Charles Bridge, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, and finally take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Prague trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Split to Prague takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Split in July, things will get little chillier in Prague: highs are around 30°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Prague

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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Russian Museum and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Museum-lovers will appreciate The State Hermitage Museum and Oranienbaum State Museum Reserve. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior on the Spilled Blood, steep yourself in history at Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), see the interesting displays at The Anna Akhmatova Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Great Mosque of St. Petersburg.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our St. Petersburg trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Prague to St. Petersburg takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Prague to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Prague in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in St. Petersburg: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, then steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill, then explore the world behind art at Kadriorg Palace, and finally explore the world behind art at Kumu Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Toompea Castle, then wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town, and finally take in panoramic vistas at St. Olaf’s Church.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tallinn tour website .

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Tallinn in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Tallinn is minus 1 hour. July in Tallinn sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Tallinn

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Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Kumu Art Museum ©
Kumu Art Museum
Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town

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night
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
On the 13th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Lazienki Palace (Palac Lazienkowski), stroll around Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, then explore the world behind art at Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, then take an in-depth tour of Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Warsaw sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Tallinn to Warsaw takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tallinn to Warsaw is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Tallinn in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Warsaw, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

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Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum ©
Old Town ©
Old Town
Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego ©
Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego

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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 14th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, steep yourself in history at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Wieliczka Salt Mine. On your second day here, wander the streets of Stare Miasto, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Basilica, then explore the different monuments and memorials at New Jewish Cemetery, and finally admire the masterpieces at Zamek Królewski.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Krakow online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Warsaw to Krakow takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Krakow are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Zamek Królewski
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Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Matthias Church and Liberty Statue. Popular historic sites such as St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) and Halaszbastya are in your itinerary. Step out of Budapest with an excursion to Eger Castle in Eger--about 2 hours away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube, and admire the masterpieces at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Budapest trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 18°C. You'll set off for home on the 19th (Fri).

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Eger Castle
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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