17 days in Zurich & Eastern Europe Itinerary

17 days in Zurich & Eastern Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Zurich & Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Tallinn, Estonia
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
6
Rovinj, Croatia
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 45​min
7
Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  15​h 45​min
End: Washington DC, United States

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore hidden gems such as Seebad Eich and Lake Zurich. Museum-lovers will appreciate Swiss National Museum and Musee Visionnaire Zurich. When in Zurich, make a side trip to see Mt Pilatus in Lucerne, approximately 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Old Town (Altstadt), stroll through Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip builder website .

Washington DC, USA to Zurich is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in July, expect Zurich to be little chillier, temps between 78°F and 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mt Pilatus, Seebad Eich
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Seebad Eich ©
Seebad Eich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Kadriorg Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Viewing Point Kohtuotsa, then kick back and relax at Stroomi Beach, and finally wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dome Church / St. Mary's Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Toompea Hill.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Tallinn online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Tallinn takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Tallinn. Traveling from Zurich in July, expect Tallinn to be little chillier, temps between 70°F and 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour ©
Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost) and Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad). Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Kazan Cathedral will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, examine the collection at Russian Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and get engrossed in the history at Peterhof Grand Palace.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Tallinn to St. Petersburg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tallinn to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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 23rd (Tue), don't miss a visit to Old Town Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle. On the next day, take a stroll through Mala strana, view the masterpieces at Lobkowicz Palace, and then get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague.

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Fly from St. Petersburg to Prague in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Prague, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from St. Petersburg in July: highs in Prague hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita

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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.
On the 25th (Thu), boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hospital in the Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): take in the pleasant sights at Roman Beach, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip planner .

Getting from Prague to Budapest by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Budapest sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Rovinj.

Things to do in Budapest

Museums Historic Sites Spas
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
On the 27th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Port of Rovinj, explore the ancient world of Dvigrad, contemplate the long history of Round Tower, then contemplate the long history of Porec Old Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Euphrasius Basilica, and finally don't miss a visit to Eufrazijeva Street. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through STARI GRAD, get to know the fascinating history of Main Street, look for gifts at Artrovinj, don't miss a visit to Town Clock, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Euphemia, and finally go for a walk through Fontera Street.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovinj route planner.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Rovinj takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tirana.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Porec, Dvigrad
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Port of Rovinj ©
Port of Rovinj
STARI GRAD ©
STARI GRAD
Porec Old Town ©
Porec Old Town

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night
Tirana, Albania

Tirana ©
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque, get engrossed in the history at National History Museum, soak away your stress at local Arab baths, then take an in-depth tour of Bektashi World Center, and finally brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 1.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Tirana using our trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Rovinj to Tirana in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Tirana can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums Baths Spas
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Muzeu Historik Kombetar ©
Muzeu Historik Kombetar
BunkArt 1 ©
BunkArt 1
Arab Baths

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