16 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

16 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Pune, India
Fly:  13​h 30​min
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Pune, India

4
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, meet the residents at Prague Zoo, take a stroll through Old Town Square, and steep yourself in history at Prague Astronomical Clock.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Prague online travel route planner .

Pune, India to Prague is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -4 hour difference. In April in Prague, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Prague

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

4
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.
Step out of Krakow to go to Oswiecim and see Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Wawel Cathedral, examine the collection at Oskar Schindler's Factory, explore the historical opulence of Wawel Royal Castle, and stroll through Wieliczka Salt Mine.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Krakow vacation builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Krakow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. April in Krakow sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 3°C at night. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Nature

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
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Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum ©
Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

4
nights
Budapest, Hungary

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Spend the 24th (Tue) immersed in therapeutic waters at a local thermal spa. Next up on the itinerary: ponder the world of politics at Parliament, pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank, steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, and don't miss a visit to Hősök tere.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest day trip planning site .

You can drive from Krakow to Budapest in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to St. Petersburg.

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Thermal Spas
Parliament ©
Parliament
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Peter and Paul Cathedral Петропавловский собор and then see the interesting displays at State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, make a trip to Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), appreciate the history behind Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, then examine the collection at St. Isaac's Cathedral State Museum-Memorial, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the St. Petersburg travel route website .

Getting from Budapest to St. Petersburg by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Budapest in April; daily highs in St. Petersburg reach 9°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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Russian Museum ©
Russian Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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