17 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

17 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Atlanta, United States
Fly:  16​h
1
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Gierloz, Poland
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
3
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Atlanta, United States

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, get engrossed in the history at Zanis Lipke Memorial, then identify plant and animal life at Ragakapa Nature Park, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Dzintari Forest Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, examine the collection at Riga Motormuseum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Vermanes Garden.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Riga trip planner .

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Riga is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Riga, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in May; daily highs in Riga reach 64°F and lows reach 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Gierloz.

Things to do in Riga

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Jurmala
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Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs ©
Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs
Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum ©
Riga Motormuseum ©
Riga Motormuseum

2
nights
Gierloz, Poland

Gierloz ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): examine the collection at Masuria Museum - Owczarnia, explore the historical opulence of Zamek W Ketrzynie, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. Here are some ideas for day two: see the sights from the river with Perkun Kurtynia - Boat Tours, then identify plant and animal life at Wild Animals Park (Park Dzikich Zwierzat Kadzidlowo), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Swieta Lipka Sanctuary.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Gierloz trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Riga to Gierloz in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In June in Gierloz, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Gierloz

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ketrzyn, Wild Animals Park (Park Dzikich Zwierzat Kadzidlowo), Swieta Lipka Sanctuary, Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Perkun Kurtynia - Boat Tours
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Swieta Lipka Sanctuary ©
Swieta Lipka Sanctuary
Zamek W Ketrzynie ©
Zamek W Ketrzynie

2
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.
On the 4th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Church (Kosciol Franciszkanow), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Market Square.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Krakow road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Gierloz to Krakow takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gierloz to Krakow. In June, daytime highs in Krakow are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

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

2
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.
On the 6th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral, look for all kinds of wild species at Kralovska Obora-Stromovka, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Devil's Channel. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Prague Astronomical Clock, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, then take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, and finally contemplate the long history of The Powder Tower.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Prague trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Krakow to Prague in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Devil's Channel ©
Devil's Channel
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

2
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, then don't miss a visit to Shoes on the Danube Bank, and then head off the coast to Margaret Island. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, stroll through Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden, and then immerse yourself in nature at Nemzeti Botanikus Kert.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Budapest online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Budapest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Prague, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Budapest, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Budapest

#Parks, #Nature, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Nemzeti Botanikus Kert
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Margaret Island ©
Margaret Island
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Hősök tere ©
Hősök tere

1
night
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo ©
Nearly destroyed by war during the 1990s, the riverside city of Sarajevo now serves as one of the region's major educational, cultural, and commercial hubs.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katedrala Srca Isusova, then engage your brain at Museum of crimes against humanity and genocide 1992-1995, then steep yourself in history at Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain), and finally take an in-depth tour of War Childhood Museum.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sarajevo trip planner .

You can fly from Budapest to Sarajevo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Sarajevo

#Wildlife, #Tours, #Outdoors
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War Childhood Museum ©
War Childhood Museum
Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain) ©
Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain)

1
night
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): examine the collection at War Photo Limited, get engrossed in the history at Memorial Room of the Defenders of Dubrovnik, then steep yourself in history at Dominican Monastery, and finally explore the ancient world of Gradske Zidine.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

#Museums, #Historic Sites
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Gradske Zidine ©
Gradske Zidine
War Photo Limited ©
War Photo Limited

2
nights
Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor ©
Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Namfleg Workshop, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Blazena Ozana, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Tryphon Cathedral, and finally admire the striking features of Palace Zmajevic. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Eustachius, brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Heritage Museum, stroll through Tivat Solila, then admire the striking features of Sea Gate, then steep yourself in history at Grubonja Palace, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Drago Palace.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotor planner .

Getting from Dubrovnik to Kotor by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in June, expect little chillier with lows of 60°F in Kotor. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotor

#Historic Sites, #Wildlife, #Museums

Side Trips

Tivat Municipality, Church of St. Eustachius, Palace Zmajevic
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Church of Blazena Ozana ©
Church of Blazena Ozana
Palace Zmajevic ©
Palace Zmajevic
Church of St. Eustachius ©
Church of St. Eustachius

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