17 days in Eastern Europe & Helsinki Itinerary

17 days in Eastern Europe & Helsinki Itinerary

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17 days in Eastern Europe & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Nis, Serbia
Fly:  7​h
1
Kiev, Ukraine
— 2 nights
2
Minsk, Belarus
— 1 night
3
Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
4
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 45​min
6
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
7
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Nis, Serbia

2
nights
Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): make a trip to Khreshchatyk. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery, take an in-depth tour of Golden Gate, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sophia Cathedral, then explore the fascinating underground world of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra - Caves Monastery, and finally pause for some photo ops at Rodina Mat (Motherland).

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kiev day trip planning app .

Nis, Serbia to Kiev is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nis to Kiev. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Minsk.

Things to do in Kiev

Museums Historic Sites
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St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
Saint Sophia Cathedral ©
Saint Sophia Cathedral

1
night
Minsk, Belarus

Minsk ©
As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Spirit Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saints Simon and Helena, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Archangel Mikhail, then get outside with Trinity Hill, and finally learn about all things military at Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Minsk online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Kiev to Minsk takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kiev to Minsk, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kiev in June, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Minsk. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Minsk

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums
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Trinity Hill ©
Trinity Hill
Church of Saints Simon and Helena ©
Church of Saints Simon and Helena

3
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Get some historical perspective at Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad) and Lenin's Mausoleum. Take a break from the city and head to Moscow Zoo and Bird Park Vorobyi. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml), contemplate the long history of Novodevichy Convent, admire the landmark architecture of Kremlin Walls and Towers, and explore the world behind art at The Armoury.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Moscow tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Minsk to Moscow takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June in Moscow, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Bird Park Vorobyi
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Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) ©
Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad)
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)

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.
On the 3rd (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Peterhof Grand Palace and then admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Peter and Paul Cathedral Петропавловский собор, examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and finally see the interesting displays at Russian Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg tour itinerary planner .

Take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Helsinki.

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
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

2
nights
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): admire the striking features of Rock Church, make a trip to Market Square Kauppatori, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner .

Take a train from St. Petersburg to Helsinki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Tallinn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town, then admire the masterpieces at Kadriorg Palace, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kumu Art Museum. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Town Hall Pharmacy, enjoy breathtaking views from Oleviste Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Toompea Hill.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tallinn travel route builder tool .

Traveling by ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali

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nights
Riga, Latvia

Riga ©
Often referred to as "The Paris of the North," Riga offers thriving nightlife and some of the best collections of Art Nouveau architecture in Europe.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nativity of Christ Cathedral, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Centraltirgus), then get engrossed in the history at Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, and finally don't miss a visit to Old City Riga (Vecriga). Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Riga Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, then steep yourself in history at Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Riga Motormuseum.

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Traveling by flight from Tallinn to Riga takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Riga can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Riga

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs ©
Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum ©

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