39 days in Istanbul & Eastern Europe Itinerary

39 days in Istanbul & Eastern Europe Itinerary

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39 days in Istanbul & Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  23​h
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
3
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Bucharest, Romania
— 4 nights
5
Brasov, Romania
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Prague, Czech Republic
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
9
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
10
Warsaw, Poland
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
11
Gdansk, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Melbourne, Australia


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4
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Let the collections at Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Suleymaniye Cami and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, explore the galleries of Rumeli Fortress, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Istanbul planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Istanbul, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in March, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Göynük Köyü Mer. Cami
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul

2
nights
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv ©
Though it is often seen as merely a stopover city, Plovdiv is actually a lively university town with bohemian cafes, a thriving art scene, and exciting nightlife.
On the 10th (Tue), examine the collection at Art Gallery Philippopolis, get engrossed in the history at Small Basilica, pause for some serene contemplation at Sveta Marina church, then appreciate the history behind Statue of Milyo the Crazy, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Bogoroditsa Petrichka Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Hisarja, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Red Church, contemplate the long history of Bachkovo Monastery, then examine the collection at Cultural Center-Museum Trakart, then steep yourself in history at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, and finally get engrossed in the history at Plovdiv Regional Historical Museum - Bulgarian National Revival Exposition.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Plovdiv holiday builder site .

You can drive from Istanbul to Plovdiv in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Istanbul in March since evenings lows in Plovdiv dip to 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Sofia.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trips

St. Bogoroditsa Petrichka Church, Red Church, Bachkovo Monastery
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St. Bogoroditsa Petrichka Church ©
St. Bogoroditsa Petrichka Church
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre
Red Church ©
Red Church

3
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Get some historical perspective at Rila Monastery and Temple Sveti Nikolay. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral and Boyana Church. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at The Rotunda Church of St George, wander the streets of Vitosha Boulevard, delve into the distant past at Ancient Orthodox Church Saint Parascheva - the Old "St. Petka", and look and learn at Muzeiko.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sofia sightseeing planning tool .

Drive from Plovdiv to Sofia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. You will leave for Bucharest on the 16th (Mon).

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Rila Monastery
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St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church

4
nights
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Librairie Kyralina as well as Bellu Cemetery. Get some historical perspective at Stavropoleos Monastery and Biserica Sf. Nicolae. Discover out-of-the-way places like Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti" and Bellu Manor. Take a break from Bucharest with a short trip to Chindiei Tower (Sunset Tower) in Targoviste, about 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lady Balasa Church, admire the striking features of Coltea Hospital, and contemplate the long history of Radu Voda Monastery.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bucharest travel planning app .

Fly from Sofia to Bucharest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Bucharest, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 1°C at night. You'll set off for Brasov on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Bucharest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Chindiei Tower (Sunset Tower), Bellu Manor
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Bellu Cemetery ©
Bellu Cemetery
Stavropoleos Monastery ©
Stavropoleos Monastery
Chindiei Tower (Sunset Tower) ©
Chindiei Tower (Sunset Tower)

3
nights
Brasov, Romania

Brasov ©
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Brasov Historical Center and Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Peles Castle and George Enescu Memorial House. Venture out of the city with trips to Sinaia Monastery (in Sinaia) and Museum Medieval Bran (in Bran). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Fortified Church of Harman, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sinagoga Neologa, contemplate the long history of Villages with Fortified Churches, and explore the historical opulence of Citadel of The Guard.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Brasov road trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Bucharest to Brasov takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll set off for Budapest on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Brasov

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sinaia, Bran, Fortified Church of Harman, Villages with Fortified Churches, Rasnov Citadel
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Peles Castle ©
Peles Castle
Sinaia Monastery ©
Sinaia Monastery
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) ©
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Széchenyi Thermal Bath, Central Market Hall and Szimpla Kert. Popular historic sites such as Liberty Statue and Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore House of Terror Museum and Hospital in the Rock. Go for a jaunt from Budapest to Tiszakecske to see Beach about 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, make a trip to New York Palace, and pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Brasov to Budapest in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, car, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brasov to Budapest. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Beach, Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

2
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Cesky Krumlov Castle and Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rozmberk Castle and Ptaci Hradek. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cesky Krumlov: Trebon (Trebon Chateau & Regent Brewery), Alsova jihoceska galerie (in Hluboka nad Vltavou) and Schwarzenberska Hrobka (in Domanin). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Klášter Zlatá Koruna, explore the historical opulence of Zamek Cervena Lhota, steep yourself in history at Areal sv. Klary, and examine the collection at Regional Museum in Cesky Krumlov.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Cesky Krumlov trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Budapest to Cesky Krumlov takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trips

Ceske Budejovice, Trebon, Alsova jihoceska galerie, Schwarzenberska Hrobka, Zamek Cervena Lhota
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Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov ©
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov Castle ©
Cesky Krumlov Castle
Egon Schiele Art Centrum ©
Egon Schiele Art Centrum

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Absintherie, Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, AnonymouS Bar, and other attractions you added. Do some cultural sightseeing at St Barbara's Church and StaromEstske namEsti. Appreciate the collections at National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror and Musee Grévin s.r.o. Prague. When in Prague, make a side trip to see Ossuary / The Cemetery Church in Kutna Hora, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, admire the landmark architecture of Katedrala Svateho Vita, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Prague online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Cesky Krumlov to Prague in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trip

Kutna Hora
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes C.K. Browar as well as Auschwitz Tour - Krakow Trip. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wieliczka Salt Mine and Wawel Cathedral. Get a sense of the local culture at Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square and Stare Miasto. Step out of Krakow with an excursion to Ogrodzieniec Castle in Ogrodzieniec--about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, see the interesting displays at Lost Souls Alley, admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, and take a stroll through Kazmierz The Former Jewish District.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Krakow trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Krakow takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In April in Krakow, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Transportation

Side Trips

Ogrodzieniec Castle, Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Ogrodzieniec Castle ©
Ogrodzieniec Castle
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

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.
On your second day here, wander the streets of Osiedle Przyjazn, learn about all things military at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, stroll the grounds of Jewish Cemetery (Cmentarz Zydowski), get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, then admire the masterpieces at Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, and finally take a stroll through Nowy Swiat.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Warsaw online visit planner .

Traveling by train from Krakow to Warsaw takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. April in Warsaw sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Gdansk.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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2
nights
Gdansk, Poland

Gdansk ©
Although its history goes back a thousand years, Gdansk represents one of Poland's most modern urban centers, its thriving economy boosted by a lively tourism sector.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from North Harbor Lighthouse and then get great views at Archcathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Andrew. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Stutthof Concentration Camp, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jurata Beach, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, then get engrossed in the history at Abbots Granary, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carthusian Church Monastery.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Gdansk day trip site .

You can take a train from Warsaw to Gdansk in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In April in Gdansk, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gdansk

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Archcathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Andrew, Carthusian Church Monastery, Jurata Beach, Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku, Stutthof Concentration Camp
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Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku ©
Muzeum Zamkowe w Malborku
St. Mary's Church ©
St. Mary's Church

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