28 days in Europe Itinerary

28 days in Europe Itinerary

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28 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  18 h
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
2
Rovaniemi, Finland
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
5
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
6
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
7
Warsaw, Poland
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
8
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
9
Lviv, Ukraine
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
10
Kiev, Ukraine
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

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.
Popular historic sites such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) and Kansallisgalleria. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, stop by Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa), take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, and explore the galleries of Mannerheim Museum.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 18- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

2
nights
Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, take an in-depth tour of Rovaniemi Local History Museum, try to win big at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi, then make a trip to Lordi's Square, and finally stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, then examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, and finally get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi journey builder.

Getting from Helsinki to Rovaniemi by combination of flight and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Rovaniemi Local History Museum ©
Rovaniemi Local History Museum
Christmas House Santa ©
Christmas House Santa

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to Nevsky Prospekt or Art of Foto Gallery. Visit Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Memorial Sign Strelka Of Vasilievskiy Island for their historical value. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, stroll through Peterhof State Museum Preserve, admire the landmark architecture of Grand Peterhof Palace, and browse the exhibits of The Marly Palace.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg trip planner.

You can fly from Rovaniemi to St. Petersburg in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, expect St. Petersburg to be somewhat warmer, temps between 1°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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Nevsky Prospekt ©
Nevsky Prospekt
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©

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.
On the 18th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Kadriorg Palace, get engrossed in the history at Peter the Great House Museum, contemplate the long history of Toompea Hill, then get great views at Viewing Point Kohtuotsa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood, steep yourself in history at Tallinn Legends, then make a trip to Fat Margaret (Paks Margareeta), then steep yourself in history at Town Hall Pharmacy, and finally wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tallinn day trip planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from St. Petersburg to Tallinn in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Tallinn is minus 1 hour. In December in Tallinn, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Tallinn

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Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali
Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town

2
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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.
On the 20th (Sun), stop by Art Nouveau Riga, admire the masterpieces at Latvian National Museum Of Art, then take an in-depth tour of Zanis Lipke Memorial, and finally wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Art Museum RIGA BOURSE, see the interesting displays at Fashion Museum, then hunt for treasures at Central Market (Centraltirgus), then take an in-depth tour of Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Livu Square.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Riga itinerary planner.

You can fly from Tallinn to Riga in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Riga, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Riga

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Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Central Market (Centraltirgus) ©
Central Market (Centraltirgus)

2
nights
Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius ©
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.
On the 22nd (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Gediminas Castle Tower, make a trip to St John's church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vilniaus staciatikiu Sventosios Dvasios vienuolynas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Theresa, and finally see the interesting displays at Toy museum. On the next day, wander the streets of Gediminas Avenue, see the interesting displays at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), then see the interesting displays at Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Casimir, and finally stop by Hales Turgus.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Vilnius trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Riga to Vilnius takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Vilnius are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Vilnius

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Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus) ©
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus)
Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania ©

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nights
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Krakowskie Przedmiescie, brush up on your military savvy at Muzeum Wojska Polskiego, then steep yourself in history at Lazienki Palace (Palac Lazienkowski), then stroll around Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, and finally don't miss a visit to Warsaw Barbican (Barbakan Warszawski). Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, then get your game on at Horror House - Interactive Fear Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, and finally see the interesting displays at Pinball Station - Pinball & Arcade Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Warsaw trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Vilnius to Warsaw takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vilnius to Warsaw, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December in Warsaw, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

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Krakowskie Przedmiescie ©
Krakowskie Przedmiescie
Old Town ©
Old Town

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lost Souls Alley and Stained Glass Museum (Muzeum Witrazu). Get some historical perspective at Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square and Planty Park. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Krakow Pinball Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, and engage your brain at HistoryLand.

You can plan Krakow trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by train from Warsaw to Krakow takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Krakow are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lviv.

Things to do in Krakow

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Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Krakow Pinball Museum ©
Krakow Pinball Museum
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

1
night
Lviv, Ukraine

Lviv ©
Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
On the 29th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Transfiguration, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Pravda B Gallery, look for gifts at Lviv Candles Manufactory, then admire the masterpieces at Johann Georg Pinzel museum of Lviv Sacral Baroque Sculpture, and finally take a stroll through Old Town.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lviv vacation builder site.

Drive from Krakow to Lviv in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Krakow to Lviv, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Lviv

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Old Town ©
Old Town
Pravda B Gallery ©
Pravda B Gallery

5
nights
Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra and Vydubychi Monastery. Let the collections at Sergiy Korolyov Astronautics Museum and Ethnographical complex Ukrainian Village capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kiev: Zhytomyr (Memorial House Museum of S.P. Korolyova & St. Michael's Cathedral). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Sophia Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicolas Cathedral, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Natural History, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kiev journey maker site.

Traveling by flight from Lviv to Kiev takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kiev

Museums Historic Sites Baths

Side Trips

Zhytomyr, Ethnographical complex Ukrainian Village
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Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
Saint Sophia Cathedral ©
Saint Sophia Cathedral

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