16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
Fly:  14​h 30​min
Riga, Latvia
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
ferry:  1​h 45​min
Helsinki, Finland
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
Stockholm, Sweden
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Newark, United States

5
days
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 28th (Thu), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Jurmala Beach. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga), see the interesting displays at Riga Motormuseum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, and appreciate the history behind Freedom Monument (Brivibas Piemineklis).

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Riga trip planner .

Newark, USA to Riga is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Riga is 7 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Newark in June, with highs in Riga at 69°F and lows at 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

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Jurmala Beach
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Jurmala Beach ©
Jurmala Beach
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Toompea Hill, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On your second day here, examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town, and then don't miss a visit to Town Hall Square.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tallinn trip planner .

Fly from Riga to Tallinn in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tallinn

#Historic Sites, #Tours, #Museums
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Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Town Hall Square ©
Town Hall Square

2
days
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 4th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church, contemplate the long history of Fortress of Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then make a trip to Senate Square, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Linnanmaki Amusement Park.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki in 2 hours. Another option is to fly. July in Helsinki sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Stockholm.

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#Theme Parks, #Historic Sites, #Museums
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Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna

2
days
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Skansen, then take an in-depth tour of Vasa Museum, and then hunt for treasures at Ostermalm Saluhall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Fotografiska, take an in-depth tour of Royal Palace, then step off the mainland to explore Stockholm Old Town, and finally see the interesting displays at ABBA The Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Stockholm vacation site .

You can fly from Helsinki to Stockholm in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Traveling from Helsinki to Stockholm, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Stockholm can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Krakow.

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#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Nature
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Vasa Museum ©
Vasa Museum
Skansen ©
Skansen
Stockholm Old Town ©
Stockholm Old Town

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Main Market Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Franciscan Church (Kosciol Franciszkanow), then take an in-depth tour of Jagiellonian University - Collegium Maius, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Krakow visit planner.

You can fly from Stockholm to Krakow in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July in Krakow, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

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#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Tours
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Main Market Square ©
Main Market Square
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

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