20 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

20 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Eastern Europe trip planner

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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
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Bratislava, Slovakia
— 2 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 1 night
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
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Tallinn, Estonia
— 1 night
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Riga, Latvia
— 1 night
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

— 1 night
Known around the world for its medieval castle, Cesky Krumlov offers the chance to experience the charm of a small European city seemingly frozen in time several centuries ago.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Cesky Krumlov Castle, then examine the collection at Regionalni Muzeum v Ceskem Krumlove, and then steep yourself in history at Minorite Monastery. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Museum Fotoatelier Seidel, explore the world behind art at Egon Schiele Art Centrum, deepen your understanding of the past and present with Wiseman Free Tour, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, and finally examine the collection at Moldavite Museum - Muzeum vltavinu.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cesky Krumlov online travel planner.

Memmingen, Germany to Cesky Krumlov is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. December in Cesky Krumlov sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bratislava.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 15:

Bratislava, Slovakia

— 2 nights

Beauty on the Danube

Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Bratislava Castle, contemplate the long history of Primates' Palace (Primacialny palac), admire the striking features of St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), then visit Bratislava Old Town, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Blue Church of St. Elizabeth. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Michalska Brana, then don't miss a visit to UFO Observation Deck, and then step into the grandiose world of Devin Castle.

To find out how to plan a trip to Bratislava, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Cesky Krumlov to Bratislava in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

Budapest, Hungary

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and don't miss a visit to Shoes on the Danube Bank.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Budapest tour planner.

Getting from Bratislava to Budapest by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:

Krakow, Poland

— 3 nights

Slavic Rome

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.
Krakow is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, explore the historical opulence of Wawel Royal Castle, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall).

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Krakow trip planner.

You can fly from Budapest to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for the flight to Moscow.

Things to do in Krakow

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:

Moscow, Russia

— 1 night

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and then contemplate the long history of Red Square.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Moscow journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Moscow takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Krakow in December, things will get little chillier in Moscow: highs are around -1°C and lows about -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to fly to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): examine the collection at Russian Museum and then admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Palace Square, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

To find ratings and other tourist information, use the St. Petersburg trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tallinn.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Tallinn, Estonia

— 1 night
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 28th (Tue): don't miss a visit to St. Catherine's Passage, wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town, then pause for some serene contemplation at Peapiiskopi Kirik, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, and finally steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill.

Make your Tallinn itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from St. Petersburg to Tallinn in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. December in Tallinn sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can fly to Riga.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

Riga, Latvia

— 1 night

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.
On the 29th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Freedom Monument, get engrossed in the history at Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, then make a trip to Riga Town Hall Square, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, and finally make a trip to Old City Riga (Vecriga).

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Riga visit app.

You can fly from Tallinn to Riga in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to fly to Prague.

Things to do in Riga

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

Prague, Czech Republic

— 4 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

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, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Staromestske namesti, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral, wander the streets of Lesser Town, and admire the landmark architecture of Kostel sv. Mikuláše.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Prague road trip website.

You can fly from Riga to Prague in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2: