18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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18 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Bamberg, Germany
Drive + Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
Oslo, Norway
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Ferry:  2 h
4
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
5
Riga, Latvia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
6
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  8 h 15 min
End: Bamberg, Germany

3
nights
Oslo, Norway

Oslo ©
Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Viking Ship Museum and Fram Museum. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Larkollen Beach and Sjobadet. When in Oslo, make a side trip to see The Fortified Town in Fredrikstad, approximately Fredrikstad away. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Oslomarka, explore the world behind art at Vigeland Museum, get engrossed in the history at Kon-Tiki Museum, and trek along Nordmarka.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Oslo road trip planner.

Bamberg, Germany to Oslo is an approximately 8.5- hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Bamberg in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of -5°C in Oslo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

The Fortified Town, Larkollen Beach, Sjobadet
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Oslomarka ©
Oslomarka
Viking Ship Museum ©
Viking Ship Museum
Vigeland Museum ©
Vigeland Museum

3
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Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Vasa Museum and The Swedish History Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Botanical Gardens and Godsmagasinet. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Skansen, don't miss a visit to The Great Synagogue of Stockholm, get engrossed in the history at Hallwyl Museum (Hallwylska Museet), and browse the exhibits of Royal Palace.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Stockholm road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Oslo to Stockholm takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Oslo in December, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Stockholm: temperatures range from 3°C by day to -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Uppsala
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Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
The Swedish History Museum ©
The Swedish History Museum

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 22nd (Tue): browse the collection at The National Library of Finland, then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and finally take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland. On your second day here, wander the streets of Katajanokka, get your game on at Labyrinth Games Room Escape, see the interesting displays at The Helsinki Fire Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Sinebrychoff Art Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Stockholm to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Stockholm to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Tallinn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Neighborhoods Fun & Games
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Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kumu Art Museum and Tallinn City Museum Linnamuuseum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum and Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town, view the masterpieces at The Little Red House Design Store, stop by Rotermann Quarter, and explore the world behind art at Kadriorg Palace.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tallinn online tour planner.

Ride a ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December, daytime highs in Tallinn are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) 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
Kumu Art Museum ©
Kumu Art Museum

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at KGB Building and Latvian National Museum Of Art. Explore hidden gems such as Jurmala Beach and Museum of Riga's History and Navigation. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Riga Cathedral, admire the striking features of Alberta Iela, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nativity of Christ Cathedral.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Riga online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tallinn to Riga by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Riga are 3°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Riga

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Jurmala Beach
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Jurmala Beach ©
Jurmala Beach
KGB Building ©
KGB Building
Musee Art Nouveau ©
Musee Art Nouveau

2
nights
Vilnius, Lithuania

The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, boasts an impressive medieval quarter--one of the continent's largest and a World Heritage Site with almost 2,000 historical buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Holocaust Museum (The Green House), contemplate the long history of Bell Tower of Vilnius Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika), then see the interesting displays at Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gate of Dawn, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church Of St Peter And St Paul. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, and then examine the collection at Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Vilnius route maker website.

Traveling by flight from Riga to Vilnius takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Vilnius, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vilnius

Spas Museums Historic Sites
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Spas
Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania ©
Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania ©

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