8 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

8 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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8 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  18​h
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Krakow, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 1 night
train + Fly:  9​h 30​min
4
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, then ponder the world of politics at Parliament, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion.

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

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Budapest is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in March, with highs in Budapest at 14°C and lows at 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Krakow.

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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Main Market Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Basilica.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Krakow journey builder site .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Krakow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Budapest in March, plan for little chillier days in Krakow, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

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St. Mary's Basilica ©
St. Mary's Basilica
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Russian Museum of Ethnography and then explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, then see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and then contemplate the long history of The General Staff Building.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Krakow to St. Petersburg in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Krakow in March, with highs in St. Petersburg at 2°C and lows at -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Russian Museum ©
Russian Museum

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): deepen your understanding of the past and present with a heritage tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Old Town and then steep yourself in history at Walls of Dubrovnik.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik journey planner.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Dubrovnik by combination of train and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from St. Petersburg in March; daily highs in Dubrovnik reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Walls of Dubrovnik ©
Walls of Dubrovnik

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