47 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

47 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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47 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Townsville, Australia
Fly + train:  32​h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
5
Rovinj, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
10
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
11
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
12
Krakow, Poland
— 8 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Townsville, Australia

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.
Head to Nevsky Prospekt and Magazin Kuptsov Yeliseyevykhfor some retail therapy. Popular historic sites such as Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad) are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior on the Spilled Blood, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Choral Synagogue, and explore the galleries of Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg trip itinerary planner.

Townsville, Australia to St. Petersburg is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Moscow Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Townsville in September, you will find days in St. Petersburg are cooler (19°C), and nights are a bit cooler (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Kumu Art Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Town Hall Pharmacy and Koopa Galerii. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Toompea Hill, explore the world behind art at Kadriorg Palace, explore the historical opulence of Toompea Castle, and contemplate the long history of Town Wall.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Tallinn trip builder site .

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Tallinn in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Tallinn due to the time zone difference. September in Tallinn sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Kumu Art Museum ©
Kumu Art Museum

3
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.
Head to Lobkowicz Palace and Schwarzenberg Palacefor some retail therapy. Explore hidden gems such as Ossuary / The Cemetery Church and Food Tours. Go for a jaunt from Prague to Kutna Hora to see Cathedral of St. Barbara about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Old Town Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kostel sv. Mikuláše, pause for some serene contemplation at Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem, and take in the views from Charles Bridge.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Prague trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Tallinn to Prague takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Tallinn to Prague is minus 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Ossuary / The Cemetery Church
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Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

1
night
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Cesky Krumlov ©
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 4th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Cesky Krumlov Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Siroka Ulice Cesky Krumlov, admire the masterpieces at Egon Schiele Art Centre, then get to know the fascinating history of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, then steep yourself in history at Former Fink Cafe, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christi and Our Lady of Sorrows Church.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cesky Krumlov online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Prague to Cesky Krumlov in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Cesky Krumlov can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rovinj.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites Museums
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Cesky Krumlov Castle ©
Cesky Krumlov Castle
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov ©
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov
Former Fink Cafe ©
Former Fink Cafe

1
night
Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
On the 5th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Pula, delve into the distant past at National Park Brijuni (Nacionalni Park Brijuni), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Benedict, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Euphemia, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of STARI GRAD. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Port of Rovinj, steep yourself in history at Porec Old Town, get to know the fascinating history of Eufrazijeva Street, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Euphrasius Basilica, and finally pick up some local products at OPG Vosten.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovinj driving holiday planning tool .

Drive from Cesky Krumlov to Rovinj in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, flight, and shuttle; or take a bus. In October, Rovinj is a bit warmer than Cesky Krumlov - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Rovinj

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Porec, OPG Vosten, Amphitheatre de Pula, National Park Brijuni (Nacionalni Park Brijuni)
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Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
STARI GRAD ©
STARI GRAD
Porec Old Town ©
Porec Old Town

3
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Head to Riva Harbor and Filigran Splitfor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at The St. Lawrence Cathedral and Trogir Historic Site. Get out of town with these interesting Split side-trips: Hvar (Franciscan Monastery & Spanjola). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Diocletian's Palace, contemplate the long history of Old Split, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral and Bell Tower of St. Domnius, and look for all kinds of wild species at Marjan Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Split trip itinerary site .

Drive from Rovinj to Split in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Split can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Trogir, Hvar
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Diocletian's Palace ©
Diocletian's Palace
Historic City of Trogir ©
Historic City of Trogir
Old Split ©
Old Split

4
nights
Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Popular historic sites such as Kula Svih Svetih and Sveti Mihovil are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Korcula Town Walls and Revelin Tower. Step out of Korcula Town with an excursion to Korta Katarina Winery in Orebic--about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Korcula Old City, get outside with Freestyle, pause for some serene contemplation at Church Gospojina, and kick back and relax at Vela Przina Beach.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Korcula Town trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Split to Korcula Town takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Lumbarda, Korcula Island, Korta Katarina Winery
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Vela Przina Beach ©
Vela Przina Beach
Korcula Town Walls ©
Korcula Town Walls
Sveti Mihovil ©
Sveti Mihovil

4
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
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.
Shop till you drop at Art by Stjepko and Dubrovnik Heritage - Handmade Croatian Products. Cavtat Cemetery and Lapad will appeal to history buffs. When in Dubrovnik, make a side trip to see Cavtat Old Town in Cavtat, approximately 34 minutes away. On the 18th (Fri), spend a thrilling day on the water with a speed boat tour. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Old Town, contemplate the long history of Fort Lovrijenac, see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, and examine the collection at War Photo Limited.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Dubrovnik journey website .

Drive from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Cavtat
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Walls of Dubrovnik ©
Walls of Dubrovnik
Cavtat Old Town ©
Cavtat Old Town

2
nights
Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor ©
Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni, then get to know the fascinating history of City Walls, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Stari Grad Kotor, take a leisurely stroll along Porto Montenegro, and then contemplate the long history of Altstadt (Old Town) Budva.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotor trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Kotor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kotor when traveling from Dubrovnik in October, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Porto Montenegro, Altstadt (Old Town) Budva, R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
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Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni ©
Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni
Stari Grad Kotor ©
Stari Grad Kotor
City Walls ©
City Walls

3
nights
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo ©
Nearly destroyed by war during the 1990s, the riverside city of Sarajevo now serves as one of the region's major educational, cultural, and commercial hubs.
Visit Bascarsija and Katedrala Srca Isusova for their historical value. Shop till you drop at Ferhadija Pedestrian Street and W Market Epicerie Fine. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Galerija 11/07/95, take in the spiritual surroundings of Emperor's Mosque, steep yourself in history at Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain), and take an in-depth tour of Museum Of Crimes Against Humanity And Genocide 1992-1995.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sarajevo journey planning website .

You can drive from Kotor to Sarajevo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Kotor in October, expect Sarajevo to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Tours Historic Sites Museums
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Galerija 11/07/95 ©
Galerija 11/07/95
Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque ©
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar) and Hospital in the Rock. Visit Matthias Church and Liberty Statue for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, don't miss a visit to Andrassy Avenue, admire the landmark architecture of Dohány Street Synagogue, and pause for some photo ops at Shoes on the Danube Bank.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Budapest trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Sarajevo to Budapest in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Wawel Cathedral and Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau. Visit Wieliczka Salt Mine and Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Krakow to Suloszowa to see Zamek Królewski about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, examine the collection at Lost Souls Alley, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, and take a stroll through Kazmierz The Former Jewish District.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Krakow road trip planner .

Getting from Budapest to Krakow by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Budapest in October, plan for little chillier days in Krakow, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. On the 4th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Zamek Królewski
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

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