32 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

32 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
— 3 nights
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Lviv, Ukraine
— 2 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
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Poznan, Poland
— 1 night
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Gdansk, Poland
— 1 night
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Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
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Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
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Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
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Narva, Estonia
— 1 night
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 9 nights
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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine

— 3 nights
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kyiv (Kiev) is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to The Holy Dormition Kyiv Caves Lavra, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Sophia's Cathedral, and pause for some photo ops at Rodina Mat (Motherland).

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kyiv (Kiev) vacation planning website.

Melbourne, Australia to Kyiv (Kiev) is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Kyiv (Kiev), you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect Kyiv (Kiev) to be a bit warmer, temps between 25°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Lviv.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 18 — 21:

Lviv, Ukraine

— 2 nights

City of Lions

Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Lviv is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Rynok Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Svyatogo Yura Cathedral, stroll around Stryisky Park, and admire the striking features of Armenian Virgin Mary's Dormition Church.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lviv online day trip planner.

Getting from Kyiv (Kiev) to Lviv by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Lviv when traveling from Kyiv (Kiev) in May, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Lviv

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 21 — 24:

Krakow, Poland

— 3 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.
Krakow is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Corpus Christi Church (Kosciol Bozego Ciala), and take an in-depth tour of Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego Collegium Maius.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Krakow travel route builder website.

Traveling by flight from Lviv to Krakow takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lviv to Krakow, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Poznan.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 24 — 27:

Poznan, Poland

— 1 night
Poland's original capital, Poznan boasts centuries of rich history and culture, as well as a modern town center drawing a growing number of weekend revelers with its vibrant nightlife and diverse restaurant scene.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): stroll around Park Cytadela, don't miss a visit to Malta Lake, then make a trip to Croissant Museum, then make a trip to Stary Rynek, and finally pause for some photo ops at Studzienka Bamberki.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Poznan trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Krakow to Poznan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May in Poznan, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gdansk.

Things to do in Poznan

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 27 — 28:

Gdansk, Poland

— 1 night

World Capital of Amber

Although its history goes back a thousand years, Gdansk represents one of Poland's most modern urban centers, its thriving economy boosted by a lively tourism sector.
On the 29th (Sat), stop by Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, then make a trip to Dluga Street (ul. Dluga), and finally don't miss a visit to Golden House.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gdansk online journey maker.

You can drive from Poznan to Gdansk in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. May in Gdansk sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Gdansk

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 28 — 29:

Vilnius, Lithuania

— 2 nights

Jerusalem of 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.
On the 30th (Sun), see the interesting displays at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus) and then admire the landmark architecture of Trakai Island Castle Museum. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Vilnius Old Town, take in the awesome beauty at Hill of Three Crosses, get engrossed in the history at Gediminas Castle Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church Of St Peter And St Paul, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Vilnius itinerary tool.

Getting from Gdansk to Vilnius by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. May in Vilnius sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Riga.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 29 — 31:

Riga, Latvia

— 2 nights

Paris of the North

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 1st (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Riga Cathedral, make a trip to Riga Town Hall Square, then wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga), then admire the striking features of Alberta Iela, and finally appreciate the history behind Freedom Monument.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Riga holiday planning app.

You can drive from Vilnius to Riga in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May in Riga, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 2:

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.
On the 2nd (Wed), examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, don't miss a visit to Toompea Hill, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peapiiskopi Kirik, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Viewing Point Kohtuotsa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on Traveller Tours, wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town, and then take in panoramic vistas at St. Olaf’s Church.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tallinn online holiday builder.

Traveling by flight from Riga to Tallinn takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Tallinn sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Narva.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 4:

Narva, Estonia

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): make a trip to Puhtitsa Stavropegial Holy Dormition Monastery, walk around Oru Park, ponder the world of politics at Narva Town Hall, then grab your bike and head to Narva River Promenade, and finally appreciate the history behind Wedding Tree. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Fama Centre, then enjoy breathtaking views from Narva Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Lords Resurrection Cathedral, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Narva Joesuu.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Narva day trip planning app.

Drive from Tallinn to Narva in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Narva

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 4 — 5:

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and then don't miss a visit to Palace Square. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Kazan Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, and finally examine the collection at Russian Museum.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg trip planning app.

You can drive from Narva to St. Petersburg in 3 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Narva to St. Petersburg. In June, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 8:

Moscow, Russia

— 9 nights

Third Rome

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.
Moscow is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Red Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, stroll around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory), and contemplate the long history of Moscow Kremlin.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Moscow online vacation planner.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Moscow by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 17:

Ukraine travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Monuments
Bread Basket of Europe
As the largest country entirely within Europe, it comes as no surprise that Ukraine is a hugely diverse nation. Despite its varied and vibrant tourist attractions, it is a relatively under-visited part of the world. This is mostly good news for those who do decide to vacation here because they can enjoy an authentic and unusual experience. Sip coffee in city cafes, hike the Carpathians, unwind by the beach, and explore picturesque forests. Those interested in architecture will be delighted by the massive array on offer, including grand Gothic towers, wooden churches, and looming Stalinist constructions.

Poland travel guide

4.6
Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Landmarks
A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.

Lithuania travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings
Characterized by the majestic Baltic coastline and adjacent white sands, Lithuania boasts lush green forests, hidden lakes, and coastal wetlands. A nation with a turbulent history, Lithuania houses the remains of a former nuclear site and the remnants of defenses used to strengthen the frontier of the Tsarist empire. At the same time, it pays homage to its national heroes, honored in sculpture parks and museums throughout the country. Today, Lithuania boasts a thriving musical, cultural, and visual arts scene, hosting a range of festivals and concerts year-round.

Latvia travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · History Museums
Nestled between Estonia and Lithuania, Latvia has a small but developing tourist industry and the country is authentic and welcoming. The Baltic coast stretches 500 km (310 mi) along Latvia's northern border, and lush green forests cover nearly half of the country. Founded in 1918, Latvia was occupied by both the Nazis and the Soviet Union, who incorporated the country and did not restore independence until 1991. Due to centuries of foreign rule, the country boasts a mix of ethnic backgrounds, while maintaining the Latvian language. With cosmopolitan Riga as the capital, Latvia offers a mix of urban excitement and rural nature.

Estonia travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
Baltic Tiger
Small in size but big in character, the proud nation of Estonia manages to pack historical cities, swathes of charming countryside, a picturesque coastline, and rugged islands into a relatively small amount of space. Thanks to its compactness, visitors can easily travel between the many tourist attractions the country has to offer. Although just a stone's throw away from Finland, Latvia, and Russia, Estonia boasts its own distinct culture, evident in the country's cuisine, music, and traditions. This vibrant nation emerged from over 40 years of Soviet rule to be one of the most economically successful of the European Union's eastern members and is leading the way in tech industries.

Russia travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.