17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
3
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h
4
Tallinn, Estonia
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
5
Riga, Latvia
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
End: London, United Kingdom

2
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.
On the 20th (Fri), stroll around Patriarch's Pond. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Lenin's Mausoleum, then explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Red Square.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Moscow online driving holiday planner .

London, UK to Moscow is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from London in March: high temperatures in Moscow hover around 2°C and lows are around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery

4
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.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, examine the collection at The Kunstkamera, don't miss a visit to Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, and get engrossed in the history at Vladimir Nabokov Museum.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read St. Petersburg vacation builder site .

Traveling by train from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 2°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Church of the Savior on 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Senate Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Labyrinth Games Room Escape. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, look for gifts at Pien Shop & Bar, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Helsinki vacation planner.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Helsinki by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in March, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Tallinn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Labyrinth Games Room Escape ©
Labyrinth Games Room Escape
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

4
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.
Tallinn is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town, steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill, examine the collection at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tallinn day trip app .

Getting from Helsinki to Tallinn by ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly. In March, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Tallinn

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour ©
Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour

4
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.
Riga is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga), pause for some photo ops at Freedom Monument, admire the landmark architecture of House of the Black Heads, and contemplate the long history of Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Riga road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Tallinn to Riga takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Riga sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 2°C at night. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Riga

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Salaspils Memorial Ensemble, Dzintari Forest Park
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 5:
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OldTown Archery Riga ©
OldTown Archery Riga
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Freedom Monument ©
Freedom Monument

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