60 days in Eastern Europe & The Balkans Itinerary

60 days in Eastern Europe & The Balkans Itinerary

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Krakow, Poland
— 5 nights
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Warsaw, Poland
— 4 nights
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Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
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Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 6 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 6 nights
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Nafplio, Greece
— 5 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
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Bratislava, Slovakia
— 4 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Krakow, Poland

— 5 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.
Step out of Krakow with an excursion to Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, take a stroll through Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, and contemplate the long history of Wieliczka Salt Mine.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Krakow road trip planner.

New York City, USA to Krakow is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to fly to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 6:

Warsaw, Poland

— 4 nights

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Warsaw is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, stroll through Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and enjoy breathtaking views from Palace of Culture and Science.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Warsaw trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Warsaw takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Warsaw are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can fly to Riga.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 10:

Riga, Latvia

— 2 nights

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 11th (Fri), visit Old City Riga (Vecriga), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, then steep yourself in history at Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Riga Motormuseum. On the next day, delve into the lush surroundings at Dzintari Forest Park, then get engrossed in the history at Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, then appreciate the history behind Freedom Monument, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Riga road trip site.

You can fly from Warsaw to Riga in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Warsaw to Riga is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in March, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 10 — 12:

Tallinn, Estonia

— 3 nights
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.
Tallinn is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: visit Tallinn Old Town, see the interesting displays at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, don't miss a visit to Tallinna Raekoja Plats, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tallinn trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Riga to Tallinn in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Riga in March, Tallinn is little chillier at night with lows of 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 15:

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 4 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.
St. Petersburg is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Great Mosque of St. Petersburg.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read St. Petersburg online route maker.

Traveling by car from Tallinn to St. Petersburg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Tallinn to St. Petersburg is 1 hour. In March, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 36°F, while at night they dip to 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Find places to stay Mar 15 — 19:

Moscow, Russia

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, then explore the world behind art at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, and then explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral and then contemplate the long history of Red Square.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Moscow trip planner.

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Moscow takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°F, and evening lows to 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Goreme.

Things to do in Moscow

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 21:

Goreme, Turkey

— 5 nights
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. There's much more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and appreciate the views at Red Valley.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Goreme tour planning website.

Fly from Moscow to Goreme in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Moscow in March, you will find days in Goreme are much warmer (57°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (35°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 21 — 26:

Pamukkale, Turkey

— 2 nights

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Pamukkale online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Pamukkale takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 28:

Istanbul, Turkey

— 6 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 3:

Athens, Greece

— 6 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, explore the world behind art at National Archaeological Museum, and wander the streets of Monastiraki.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Athens trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Athens takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul to Athens, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Istanbul in April, with highs in Athens at 70°F and lows at 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Nafplio.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 9:

Nafplio, Greece

— 5 nights
Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
Step out of Nafplio to go to Sparta and see Mystras, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Archaeological Site Mycenae, admire the masterpieces at Nafplio National Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, and explore the historical opulence of Fortress Palamidi.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nafplio tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Athens to Nafplio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Athens in April, expect little chillier with lows of 40°F in Nafplio. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Nafplio

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 14:

Budapest, Hungary

— 5 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: admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building, steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip itinerary app.

Getting from Nafplio to Budapest by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nafplio to Budapest due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Budapest

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 19:

Bratislava, Slovakia

— 4 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.
Bratislava is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Devin Castle, make a trip to Michalska Brana, take in the views from New Bridge (Novy Most), and steep yourself in history at Old Town Hall.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bratislava trip site.

You can drive from Budapest to Bratislava in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. April in Bratislava sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 23:

Prague, Czech Republic

— 6 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: appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, admire the landmark architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral, and snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Bratislava to Prague in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Prague

Find places to stay Apr 23 — 29: