11 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

11 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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Minsk, Belarus
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Warsaw, Poland
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Riga, Latvia
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Tallinn, Estonia
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Minsk, Belarus

— 2 nights
As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): learn about all things military at Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War, head outdoors with Trinity Hill, then examine the collection at Iron Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Central Botanical Garden of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, and finally find something for the whole family at Gorky Central Park. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Mound of Glory, walk around Chelyuskinites Park, take an in-depth tour of Museum Strana Mini, then pause for some photo ops at Island of Tears, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saints Simon and Helena, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Spirit Cathedral.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Minsk trip itinerary website.

New York City, USA to Minsk is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Minsk is 8 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New York City in May since evenings lows in Minsk dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Minsk

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

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Warsaw, Poland

— 2 nights

Phoenix City

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 17th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Pomnik Bohaterów Getta, then explore the galleries of Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, then admire the natural beauty at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Palace of Culture and Science, brush up on your military savvy at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, then make a trip to Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy), and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Town.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Warsaw trip planner.

Getting from Minsk to Warsaw by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
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Riga, Latvia

— 3 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.
Riga is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga), appreciate the history behind Freedom Monument, admire the striking features of Alberta Iela, and enjoy the sand and surf at Jurmala Beach.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Riga trip planner.

You can fly from Warsaw to Riga in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May in Riga, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 47°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

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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 22nd (Sun), explore the world behind art at Kumu Art Museum and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peapiiskopi Kirik. On the next day, stroll around Kadriorg Park, steep yourself in history at Viewing Point Kohtuotsa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, then contemplate the long history of Toompea Hill, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from St. Olaf’s Church.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tallinn trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Riga to Tallinn takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Riga in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Tallinn, with lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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