18 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

18 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  18​h
1
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
3
Tallinn, Estonia
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Krakow, Poland
— 1 night
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Kotor, Montenegro
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
8
Rovinj, Croatia
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, and finally don't miss a visit to Old Town Square. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Charles Bridge, admire the landmark architecture of Prague Astronomical Clock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kostel sv. Mikuláše, then take a stroll through Mala strana, and finally contemplate the long history of The Powder Tower.

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

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Prague is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Prague. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July, plan for little chillier nights in Prague, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Old Town Square ©
Old Town Square

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.
Kazan Cathedral and Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost) and Saint Isaac's Cathedral for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Russian Museum, explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Great Mosque of St. Petersburg, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Prague to St. Petersburg takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Prague in July: highs in St. Petersburg hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough 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
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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 21st (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Toompea Hill, then explore the historical opulence of Toompea Castle, and finally examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town, then make a trip to Town Hall Square, then pause for some serene contemplation at Oleviste Church, and finally stroll through Kadriorg Park.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tallinn trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Tallinn takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Tallinn, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral ©
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour ©
Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill

1
night
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 23rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Wawel Cathedral, admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, and finally make a trip to Main Market Square. On your second day here, wander the streets of Stare Miasto and then browse the exhibits of Wieliczka Salt Mine.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Krakow day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Tallinn to Krakow takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Tallinn to Krakow, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tallinn in July, expect nights in Krakow to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
Main Market Square ©
Main Market Square

2
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.
On the 25th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank, then get a sense of history and politics at Parliament, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Fisherman's Bastion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then contemplate the long history of Hősök tere, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

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You can fly from Krakow to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. July in Budapest sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Kotor.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion

1
day
Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor ©
Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of City Walls, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, then make a trip to Stari Grad Kotor, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kotor tour itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Kotor takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Budapest in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kotor: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites

Side Trip

R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
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Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor
City Walls ©
City Walls
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela ©
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela

2
nights
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 28th (Sun): take a stroll through Old Town and then delve into the distant past at Walls of Dubrovnik. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, wander the streets of Cavtat Old Town, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cavtat Cemetery, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik road trip planning site .

You can drive from Kotor to Dubrovnik in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kotor in July, expect nights in Dubrovnik to be about the same, around 24°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Rovinj.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cavtat
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Walls of Dubrovnik ©
Walls of Dubrovnik
War Photo Limited ©
War Photo Limited

1
night
Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
On the 30th (Tue), explore the ancient world of National Park Brijuni (Nacionalni Park Brijuni), delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Pula, see the interesting displays at Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum, then get to know the fascinating history of Port of Rovinj, and finally take a stroll through STARI GRAD. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Euphemia, get to know the fascinating history of Main Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Euphrasius Basilica, don't miss a visit to Round Tower, then steep yourself in history at Porec Old Town, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Eufrazijeva Street.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovinj online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Dubrovnik to Rovinj in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Rovinj sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Porec, Amphitheatre de Pula, Istrian de Dignan - Ecomuseum, National Park Brijuni (Nacionalni Park Brijuni)
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Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Porec Old Town ©
Porec Old Town
Port of Rovinj ©
Port of Rovinj

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