21 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

21 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
3
Hvar, Croatia
— 3 nights
ferry:  30​min
4
Bol, Croatia
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
5
Split, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
8
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
On the 17th (Fri), admire the striking features of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), admire the striking features of Dohány Street Synagogue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), then contemplate the long history of Matthias Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Fisherman's Bastion. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Parliament, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest visit planner .

Sydney, Australia to Budapest is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Budapest due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Budapest are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sun) before leaving for Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Budapest

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Dohány Street Synagogue ©
Dohány Street Synagogue

2
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): head off the coast to Island of Lokrum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Gornji Ugao Tower, then explore the ancient world of Gradske Zidine, and finally paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Dubrovnik trip app .

Getting from Budapest to Dubrovnik by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Budapest in May since evenings lows in Dubrovnik dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Hvar.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

#Tours, #Adventure, #Outdoors
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Gradske Zidine ©
Gradske Zidine
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

3
nights
Hvar, Croatia

Hvar ©
The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
Get outdoors at Sveta Nedilja and Island Galesnik. Franciscan Monastery and Fortress Church of St. Mary of Mercy will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Tomic Winery in Jelsa (about 36 minutes away). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Pakleni Otoci and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St John.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Hvar trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Hvar are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can ride a ferry to Bol.

Things to do in Hvar

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trips

Tomic Winery, Church of St John, Fortress Church of St. Mary of Mercy
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Sveta Nedilja ©
Sveta Nedilja
Franciscan Monastery ©
Franciscan Monastery
Pakleni Otoci ©
Pakleni Otoci

1
night
Bol, Croatia

An hour boat ride from Split on the island of Brac, Bol boasts a charming old town, pebble beach, and great windsurfing conditions. Historical charm abounds here in the form of stone houses, narrow pedestrian streets, and historical attractions marked with panels.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paklina Beach, step into the grandiose world of Museum of Brac, and then stroll through Murvica Beach.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bol online day trip planner .

Bol is just a short distance from Hvar. In May, daytime highs in Bol are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Split.

Things to do in Bol

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Museum of Brac, Murvica Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius, and then delve into the distant past at Diocletian's Palace.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Split trip itinerary app .

You can ride a ferry from Bol to Split in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Split can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Split

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius ©
Galerija Mestrovic ©
Galerija Mestrovic

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Prague Astronomical Clock, then take in the views from Charles Bridge, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Infant Jesus of Prague. On your second day here, wander the streets of Old Town Square, admire the landmark architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral, and then get to know the fascinating history of Prague Castle.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Prague trip website .

Fly from Split to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and train. Traveling from Split in May, expect Prague to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Prague

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral
Old Town Square ©
Old Town Square

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): examine the collection at Oskar Schindler's Factory, explore the fascinating underground world of Wieliczka Salt Mine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Church (Kosciol Franciszkanow), and finally get to know the fascinating history of Main Market Square. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of The Barbican (Barbakan).

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Krakow travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Prague to Krakow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Krakow can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Krakow

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Nature

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

3
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace and Russian Museum. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at St. Isaac's Cathedral State Museum-Memorial, don't miss a visit to Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), contemplate the long history of Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, and step off the mainland to explore Yelagin Island.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, read St. Petersburg online holiday planner .

You can fly from Krakow to St. Petersburg in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Krakow in June, plan for slightly colder days in St. Petersburg, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Nature
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Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas

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