31 days in Europe Itinerary

31 days in Europe Itinerary

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31 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Boston, United States
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 45​min
2
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Narva, Estonia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
5
Volgograd, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  7​h 15​min
7
Sevastopol, Crimea
— 1 day
+2
train + bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
8
Minsk, Belarus
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
10
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
11
Kaliningrad, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
12
Warsaw, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
13
Lviv, Ukraine
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
14
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Boston, United States

1
night
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
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 2nd (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and then stroll around The Esplanadi Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip site .

Boston, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Boston to Helsinki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Helsinki is a bit cooler than Boston - with highs of 60°F and lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Tallinn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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The Esplanadi Park ©
The Esplanadi Park

3
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.
Visit Toompea Hill and St. Olaf’s Church for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour and Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, contemplate the long history of Kumu Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peapiiskopi Kirik.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tallinn attractions planning website .

Traveling by ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May in Tallinn, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Narva.

Things to do in Tallinn

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

2
nights
Narva, Estonia

Narva ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Purtse Fortress Residence, then see the interesting displays at Estonia Mining Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Kukruse Polar Manor. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Crucifixion of Our Lord Church, get engrossed in the history at Sillamae Museum of History and Culture, then get engrossed in the history at Kulturzentrum Sillamae, and finally appreciate the history behind Wedding Tree.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Narva trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Tallinn to Narva in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Narva

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sillamae, Estonia Mining Museum, Purtse Fortress Residence, Kukruse Polar Manor, Crucifixion of Our Lord Church
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Estonia Mining Museum ©
Estonia Mining Museum
Purtse Fortress Residence ©
Purtse Fortress Residence

4
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.
Visit Peterhof Grand Palace and Sobor Petra I Pavla for their historical value. Let the collections at The State Hermitage Museum and Kazan Cathedral capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Faberge Museum, steep yourself in history at Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peter and Paul Fortress, and explore the galleries of Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg online journey builder .

Drive from Narva to St. Petersburg in 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Volgograd.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Peter and Paul Fortress ©
Peter and Paul Fortress
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

2
nights
Volgograd, Russia

Volgograd ©
The setting of some of the bloodiest battles of World War II, the vast city of Volgograd sits on the banks of the Volga River in the southern section of the country.
On the 13th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Mamayev Kurgan, then don't miss a visit to 'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture, and then brush up on your military savvy at State Historical and Memorial Preserve The Battle of Stalingrad. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at The Ruins of the Mill Named after Grudinin// Gergardt, see the interesting displays at Gorodishhe Historical Local Lore Museum, then kick back and relax at Beach, Krasnoslobodsk, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Russian Fairytale.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Volgograd trip maker tool .

Fly from St. Petersburg to Volgograd in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from St. Petersburg in May, with highs in Volgograd at 75°F and lows at 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Volgograd

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Museum of Russian Fairytale, Gorodishhe Historical Local Lore Museum, Beach, Krasnoslobodsk
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'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture ©
'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture
Mamayev Kurgan ©
Mamayev Kurgan

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve and Armoury Chamber. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve and Red Square. Step out of Moscow with an excursion to Church of Ilya the Prophet in Dydyldino--about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, examine the collection at Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond), admire the landmark architecture of Kremlin Walls and Towers, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Moscow trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Volgograd to Moscow in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Volgograd in May, things will get a bit cooler in Moscow: highs are around 66°F and lows about 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Sevastopol.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Church of Ilya the Prophet
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Armoury Chamber ©
Armoury Chamber
Red Square ©
Red Square

1
day
Sevastopol, Crimea

Sevastopol ©
Situated between Ukraine and Russia, Sevastopol represents a laid-back coastal city with impressive naval history and a desirable microclimate for vacationers.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Panorama Museum on the Siege of Sevastopol, get engrossed in the history at The State Museum-Preserve Tauric Chersonese, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chersonesus St.Volodymyr Cathedral.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sevastopol trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Moscow to Sevastopol takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Moscow to Sevastopol due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Minsk.

Things to do in Sevastopol

Museums Historic Sites
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1
day
Minsk, Belarus

Minsk ©
As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saints Simon and Helena, and then appreciate the history behind Island of Tears.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Minsk trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Sevastopol to Minsk in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sevastopol to Minsk due to the time zone difference. May in Minsk sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Vilnius.

Things to do in Minsk

Museums Historic Sites
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2
nights
Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius ©
The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, boasts an impressive medieval quarter--one of the continent's largest and a World Heritage Site with almost 2,000 historical buildings.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Gediminas Castle Tower and then browse the exhibits of Trakai Island Castle Museum. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), take in the spiritual surroundings of Church Of St Peter And St Paul, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gate of Dawn, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, and finally appreciate the history behind Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika).

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Vilnius road trip planner.

You can drive from Minsk to Vilnius in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Vilnius can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Trakai Island Castle Museum
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:
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Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
Trakai Island Castle Museum ©
Trakai Island Castle Museum
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus) ©

2
nights
Riga, Latvia

Riga ©
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 22nd (Fri): take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga), then contemplate the long history of Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Riga Town Hall Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Riga Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Nativity of Christ Cathedral, and then kick back and relax at Jurmala Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Riga online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Vilnius to Riga takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Riga are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Riga

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Jurmala Beach
Find places to stay May 21 — 23:
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Jurmala Beach ©
Jurmala Beach
Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum ©
Riga Cathedral
Riga Cathedral

2
nights
Kaliningrad, Russia

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Old Lighthouse Rinderort and then explore the striking landscape of Kurshskaya Kosa. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at B-413 Submarine Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Konigsberg Cathedral, and then examine the collection at Amber Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kaliningrad route site .

Traveling by flight from Riga to Kaliningrad takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Kaliningrad are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Nature Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Old Lighthouse Rinderort
Find places to stay May 23 — 25:
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Kurshskaya Kosa ©
Kurshskaya Kosa
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum
Konigsberg Cathedral ©
Konigsberg Cathedral

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 26th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Mausoleum of the Soviet Soldiers Cemetery, admire the natural beauty at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, then explore the historical opulence of Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town. On the next day, examine the collection at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, brush up on your military savvy at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, and then brush up on your military savvy at Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Warsaw tour builder site .

You can fly from Kaliningrad to Warsaw in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. May in Warsaw sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lviv.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay May 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Lviv, Ukraine

Lviv ©
Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): make a trip to Rynok Square, take a stroll through Old Town, then browse the exhibits of Insomnia - The Haunted House, and finally stroll the grounds of Lychakiv Cemetery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lviv online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Warsaw to Lviv in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Warsaw to Lviv. In May in Lviv, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Krakow.

Things to do in Lviv

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Lychakiv Cemetery ©
Lychakiv Cemetery
Old Town ©
Old Town
Rynok Square ©
Rynok 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.
Appreciate the collections at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Lost Souls Alley. Your inner history buff will appreciate Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square and Wawel Royal Castle. When in Krakow, make a side trip to see Zamek Królewski in Suloszowa, approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Basilica, and steep yourself in history at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Krakow trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Lviv to Krakow in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Zamek Królewski
Find places to stay May 28 — 31:
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Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

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