18 days in Europe Itinerary

18 days in Europe Itinerary

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Drive
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Hamburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Train
2
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 2 nights
Train
3
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Ferry to Turku Satama, Train to Helsinki
4
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Ferry
5
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
Bus
6
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Kaunas, Lithuania
— 2 nights
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Hamburg, Germany — 2 nights

Gateway to the World

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): visit Deichstrasse. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Alter Elbtunnel, examine the collection at Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, examine the collection at CHOCOVERSUM by HACHEZ, examine the collection at International Maritime Museum, then see the interesting displays at Dialog in the Dark, and finally examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hamburg trip itinerary planner.

Brezno, Slovakia to Hamburg is an approximately 12-hour car ride. October in Hamburg sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to fly to Copenhagen.
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Copenhagen, Denmark — 2 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Escape the urban bustle at Stevns Klint and Jaegerborg Dyrehave. Get a sense of the local culture at Nyhavn and Rosenborg Castle. Explore Copenhagen's surroundings by going to Thorsvang - Danmarks Samlermuseum (in Stege) and Cold War Museum Stevnsfort (in Roedvig). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Davids Samling (The David Collection), take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Saviour's Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Alban's Church, and wander the streets of Christiania.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Copenhagen vacation planning app.

You can fly from Hamburg to Copenhagen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Stockholm.
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Stockholm, Sweden — 2 nights

Beauty by the Water

One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Skogskyrkogarden and Royal Armory. You'll explore and learn at Vasa Museum and Fotografiska Stockholm. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Stockholm: Uppsala (Museum Gustavianum, Uppsala Domkyrka, &more) and Sandhamn (in Varmdo). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Skansen, take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities (Medelhavsmuseet), savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and learn more about the world around you at Swedish Museum of Natural History.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Stockholm vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of train, taxi, and flight from Copenhagen to Stockholm takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Copenhagen in October, plan for little chillier nights in Stockholm, with lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Helsinki.
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Helsinki, Finland — 2 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
On the 24th (Mon), see some colorful creatures with Dive Finland Oy, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kallio Church, then brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally stop by Katajanokka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner.

Getting from Stockholm to Helsinki by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Stockholm to Helsinki. In October, daytime highs in Helsinki are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Tallinn.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): examine the collection at Fat Margaret (Paks Margareeta), explore the world behind art at Kadriorg Palace, then visit Rotermann Quarter, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Viewing Point Kohtuotsa. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Niguliste Museum, take an in-depth tour of Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood, steep yourself in history at Tallinn Legends, then get a dose of the wild on Traveller Tours, then see the interesting displays at Tallinn City Museum Linnamuuseum, and finally visit Tallinn Old Town.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tallinn road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Tallinn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to fly to Riga.
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Riga, Latvia — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Old City Riga (Vecriga). On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Livu Square, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, get engrossed in the history at Zanis Lipke Memorial, then admire the masterpieces at Latvian National Museum Of Art, then examine the collection at The World of Hat Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Riga's History and Navigation.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Riga road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Tallinn to Riga takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in October, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kaunas.
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Kaunas, Lithuania — 2 nights

Situated between the Neris and Nemunas rivers, Kaunas is known for its old town, which, though smaller than the capital's, is in much better condition.
To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kaunas online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Riga to Kaunas in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In October in Kaunas, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car back home.
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