21 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

21 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
3
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
4
Warsaw, Poland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Toronto, Canada

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 a sense of the local culture at Russian Museum and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Museum-lovers will get to explore Savior on the Spilled Blood and Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, take a stroll through Nevsky Prospekt, pause for some photo ops at Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, and admire the striking features of Summer Palace of Peter I.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg travel planner.

Toronto, Canada to St. Petersburg is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Toronto to St. Petersburg. Traveling from Toronto in July, things will get slightly colder in St. Petersburg: highs are around 26°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

2
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Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
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.
On the 27th (Sat), admire the striking features of Lenin's Mausoleum, then stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Basil's Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad). On your second day here, examine the collection at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml) and then see the interesting displays at Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Moscow trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from St. Petersburg to Moscow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July in Moscow, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Moscow

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Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) ©
Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral

2
nights
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.
On the 29th (Mon), walk around Kadriorg Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Telliskivi Loomelinnak, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church, and finally wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Town Hall Pharmacy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, then don't miss a visit to Toompea Hill, and finally explore the world behind art at Kumu Art Museum.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tallinn road trip website .

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Tallinn takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Moscow to Tallinn is minus 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Tallinn

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Town Hall Pharmacy ©
Town Hall Pharmacy
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Kumu Art Museum ©
Kumu Art Museum

2
nights
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): walk around Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, steep yourself in history at Lazienki Palace (Palac Lazienkowski), then brush up on your military savvy at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Anne's Church (Kosciol Swietej Anny), and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Town. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at The National Museum in Warsaw, pause for some photo ops at Pomnik Bohaterów Getta, then get into the urban bustle at Rynek Starego Miasta, and finally explore the historical opulence of Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Warsaw trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Tallinn to Warsaw takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Tallinn in July, expect nights in Warsaw to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

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Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum ©
Old Town ©
Old Town
The National Museum in Warsaw ©
The National Museum in Warsaw

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Wawel Cathedral and Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) are in your itinerary. Head to Wawel Royal Castle and Stare Miastofor plenty of shopping. Step out of Krakow with an excursion to Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim--about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, take a stroll through Ulica Florianska, make a trip to The Ghetto Heroes Square, and enjoy breathtaking views from Town Hall Tower.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Krakow online road trip planner .

Getting from Warsaw to Krakow by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Krakow are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

4
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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.
Matthias Church and House of Terror Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) or Dohány Street Synagogue. Take a break from Budapest with a short trip to Eger Castle in Eger, about 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, browse the fresh offerings at Central Market Hall, snap pictures at Liberty Bridge (Szabadsag hid), and contemplate the waterfront views at Danube River.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Budapest trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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 10th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Katedrala Svateho Vita, and then take in the views from Charles Bridge. On the next day, take some stellar pictures from Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, then admire the landmark architecture of Prague Astronomical Clock, then stroll the grounds of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, and finally take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Prague trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in August, expect nights in Prague to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

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