43 days in Eastern Europe & Central Europe Itinerary

43 days in Eastern Europe & Central Europe Itinerary

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Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
Fly to Helsinki, Train to St. Petersburg
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly
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Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bled, Slovenia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Split, Croatia
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Bol, Croatia
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Hvar, Croatia
— 4 nights
Taxi to Stari Grad, Ferry to Korcula Town
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Korcula Town, Croatia
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Tallinn, Estonia

— 2 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour and Toompea Hill. Escape the urban bustle at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum and Traveller Tours. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peapiiskopi Kirik, stop by Tallinn Old Town, and make a trip to Tallinna Raekoja Plats.

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Manchester, UK to Tallinn is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Tallinn can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Tallinn

Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Peter and Paul Fortress and Palace Square. Get some cultural insight at The State Hermitage Museum and Sobor Petra I Pavla. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Kazan Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, see the interesting displays at Faberge Museum, and steep yourself in history at Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read St. Petersburg driving holiday planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Tallinn to St. Petersburg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tallinn to St. Petersburg. August in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Prague, Czech Republic

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Staromestske namesti and Lesser Town. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hradcany and Sedlec Ossuary. Change things up with these side-trips from Prague: Kutna Hora (St Barbara's Church & Bohemian Museum of Silver). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Prague travel planner.

Fly from St. Petersburg to Prague in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Prague, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Prague are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Krakow, Poland

— 2 nights

Slavic Rome

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 8th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Wieliczka Salt Mine, get engrossed in the history at Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego Collegium Maius, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, don't miss a visit to St. Mary's Basilica, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, shop like a local with Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), learn more about the world around you at Rynek (Old Square) Underground, then get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, then take a stroll through Ulica Florianska, and finally see the interesting displays at Muzeum Krakowa - Barbakan.

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

Traveling by flight from Prague to Krakow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Budapest, Hungary

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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 10th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid, contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue, take an in-depth tour of Hospital in the Rock Nuclear Bunker Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally make a trip to Fisherman's Bastion. Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then steep yourself in history at Heroes' Square, and finally examine the collection at House of Terror Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Budapest are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas
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Vienna, Austria

— 3 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Schonbrunn Palace and Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Peterskirche. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Belvedere Palace, explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, wander the streets of Historic Center of Vienna, and see the interesting displays at The Hofburg.

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Traveling by car from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours

Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace, contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Eisriesenwelt, see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, steep yourself in history at Salzburger Altstadt, then admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter).

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Salzburg online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Vienna to Salzburg by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bled.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Bled, Slovenia

— 3 nights
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Get a sense of the local culture at Bled Island and Bled Castle. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vintgar Gorge and Zipline. Explore Bled's surroundings by going to Bohinjsko Jezero (Vogel & Lake Bohinj). Spend the 19th (Fri) exploring nature at Triglav National Park. And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get great views at Mala Osojnica, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Straža Bled.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Bled tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Bled in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Bled are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Bled

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Split, Croatia

— 4 nights

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Take a break from the city and head to Marjan Park and Off-Road Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Historic City of Trogir and Old Split. Explore Split's surroundings by going to The St. Lawrence Cathedral and Bell Tower (in Trogir), Sokolarski Raptor Centre (in Sibenik) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Omis). Dedicate the 22nd (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Riva Harbor, make a trip to Sea Organ (Morske Orgulje), explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, and contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Split online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bled to Split takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bled in August, with highs in Split at 36°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Bol.

Things to do in Split

Tours · Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

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Bol, Croatia

— 2 nights
An hour boat ride from Split on the island of Brac, Bol boasts a charming old town, pebble beach, and great windsurfing conditions. Historical charm abounds here in the form of stone houses, narrow pedestrian streets, and historical attractions marked with panels.
On the 24th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Paklina Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Murvica Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn), and finally do a tasting at Stina. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Wine Tasting Brac & Olive Oil Brac, take in the awesome beauty at Vidova Gora, then take in the exciting artwork at Jaksic Gallery, then do a tasting at Senjkovic Winery, and finally kick back and relax at Sumartin Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bol travel tool.

Ride a ferry from Split to Bol in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bol can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Hvar.

Things to do in Bol

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wineries

Side Trips

Hvar, Croatia

— 4 nights

Croatian St. Tropez

The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mlini Beach and Mekicevica Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spanish Fortress and Jerolim. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Pakleni Otoci, take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Monastery, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Massage Studio Pharos.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Hvar road trip planning website.

Traveling by ferry from Bol to Hvar takes an hour. In August in Hvar, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Hvar

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Korcula Town, Croatia

— 4 nights
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Explore hidden gems such as Korcula Old City and Pupnatska Luka Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Korcula Explorer and Kocje. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Vela Przina Beach, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, take an in-depth tour of Korcula Town Museum, and examine the collection at House of Marco Polo.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Korcula Town vacation planning website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Hvar to Korcula Town takes 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors · Wineries · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kayaking & Canoeing and Wine Tours & Tastings. Get a sense of the local culture at Dubrovnik City Walls and War Photo Limited. Explore Dubrovnik's surroundings by going to Cavtat (Cavtat Old Town & Cavtat Seaside Promenade). The adventure continues: visit Old Town, head off the coast to Lokrum Island, get to know the fascinating history of Lapad, and go for a stroll along the water at City Harbor.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Dubrovnik trip builder website.

You can ride a ferry from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. September in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours · Neighborhoods · Wineries · Parks

Side Trip

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 4 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mt Pilatus and Trümmelbachfälle. Step out of the city life by going to Titlis and Jungfraujoch. Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Reichenbach Falls (in Meiringen), Grindelwald (Grindelwald-First & Maennlichen) and Interlaken (Harderkulm & Parasailing & Paragliding). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, take in the awesome beauty at The Eiger, and snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucerne trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Dubrovnik to Lucerne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in September, things will get a bit cooler in Lucerne: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips