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Gdansk, Poland
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Warsaw, Poland
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Krakow, Poland
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Lviv, Ukraine
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Kyiv, Ukraine
— 3 nights
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Minsk, Belarus
— 4 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 6 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 5 nights
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Bucharest, Romania
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Brasov, Romania
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Eger, Hungary
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Budapest, Hungary
— 6 nights
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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Gdansk, Poland — 2 nights

World Capital of Amber

Although its history goes back a thousand years, Gdansk represents one of Poland's most modern urban centers, its thriving economy boosted by a lively tourism sector.
Gdansk is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, don't miss a visit to Dluga Street (ul. Dluga), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stop by Old Town.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Gdansk trip itinerary builder tool.

Belfast, UK to Gdansk is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Belfast to Gdansk due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Belfast in December: high temperatures in Gdansk hover around 3°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can fly to Warsaw.
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Warsaw, Poland — 5 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 sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, admire the masterpieces at The National Museum in Warsaw, enjoy breathtaking views from Palace of Culture and Science, and see the interesting displays at POLIN Muzeum Historii Zydow Polskich.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Warsaw trip tool.

Fly from Gdansk to Warsaw in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Warsaw can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Krakow.
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Krakow, Poland — 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Krakow: Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau (in Oswiecim) and Lokalna Kolej Drezynowa (in Regulice). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, steep yourself in history at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, take a stroll through Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, and see the interesting displays at Womai.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Krakow driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Warsaw to Krakow in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Krakow can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can fly to Lviv.
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Lviv, Ukraine — 1 night

City of Lions

Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Lychakiv Cemetery, take in panoramic vistas at Lviv High Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Svyatogo Yura Cathedral, then wander the streets of Old Town, and finally make a trip to Rynok Square.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lviv trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Krakow to Lviv in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Lviv are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Kyiv.
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Kyiv, Ukraine — 3 nights

The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kyiv is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, don't miss a visit to Andriivskyi Descent, examine the collection at Insomnia Haunted House Kyiv, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyiv online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lviv to Kyiv in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December in Kyiv, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Minsk.
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Minsk, Belarus — 4 nights

As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
Go for a jaunt from Minsk to Zaslawye to see Stalin's Line about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Museum Strana Mini, contemplate the long history of Trinity Hill, make a trip to Minsk City Hall, and examine the collection at Money Museum Groshi.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Minsk trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kyiv to Minsk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kyiv to Minsk due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to St. Petersburg.
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St. Petersburg, Russia — 6 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 museums, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, see the interesting displays at The Anna Akhmatova Museum, ponder the design of Neptune Fountain, and make a trip to Grottoes of the Grand Cascade.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read St. Petersburg day trip app.

Getting from Minsk to St. Petersburg by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Moscow.
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Moscow, Russia — 5 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.
Moscow is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Red Square, explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, walk around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory), and stop by Yeliseyevskiy.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Moscow day trip app.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Moscow are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can fly to Bucharest.
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Bucharest, Romania — 3 nights

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Take a break from Bucharest with a short trip to Lotus Spa Otopeni in Otopeni, about 32 minutes away. On the 10th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, get engrossed in the history at Museum of History of the Jewish Community, look for gifts at Humanitas bookstore, and browse the exhibits of Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti".

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bucharest itinerary planner.

You can fly from Moscow to Bucharest in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Moscow in January: high temperatures in Bucharest hover around 1°C and lows are around -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Brasov.
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Brasov, Romania — 2 nights

With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Church (Biserica Neagra), then step into the grandiose world of Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), then step into the grandiose world of Rasnov Citadel, and finally step into the grandiose world of Peles Castle. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at Sport Wellness Spa, then fly down the slopes at Poiana Brasov, and then take in the awesome beauty at Muntele Tampa.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Brasov planner.

You can drive from Bucharest to Brasov in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Eger.
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Eger, Hungary — 4 nights

Hungarian Rome

Nestled between the Matra and Bukk Mountains in northern Hungary, Eger represents a mixture of historical discovery and relaxing pleasures.
Step out of Eger with an excursion to Dog sled tour Matrafured in Matrafured--about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Eger Castle, see the interesting displays at Egri Road Beatles Museum, soothe aching muscles at Torok Furdo, and browse the different shops at Agria Park Shopping Center.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Eger route builder site.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Brasov to Eger takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brasov to Eger. January in Eger sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary — 6 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, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and steep yourself in history at Heroes' Square.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner.

Drive from Eger to Budapest in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Budapest sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cesky Krumlov.
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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic — 5 nights

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace Vcela in Ceske Budejovice (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: see the top attractions with Wiseman Free Tour, see the interesting displays at Muzeum obchodu Cesky Krumlov, explore the world behind art at Egon Schiele Art Centrum, and don't miss a visit to NamEsti Premysla Otakara II.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cesky Krumlov trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Budapest to Cesky Krumlov in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Cesky Krumlov sees daily highs of 2°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Prague.
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Prague, Czech Republic — 7 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.
On the 1st (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, take a stroll through Lesser Town, admire the striking features of St. Vitus Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Prague Astronomical Clock.

Discover how to plan a Prague trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Cesky Krumlov to Prague takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 2°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Poland travel guide

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A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.
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Ukraine travel guide

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Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Monuments
Bread Basket of Europe
As the largest country entirely within Europe, it comes as no surprise that Ukraine is a hugely diverse nation. Despite its varied and vibrant tourist attractions, it is a relatively under-visited part of the world. This is mostly good news for those who do decide to vacation here because they can enjoy an authentic and unusual experience. Sip coffee in city cafes, hike the Carpathians, unwind by the beach, and explore picturesque forests. Those interested in architecture will be delighted by the massive array on offer, including grand Gothic towers, wooden churches, and looming Stalinist constructions.
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Belarus travel guide

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Landmarks · Monuments · Churches
Explore the idyllic cornflower fields, vast forests, and charming villages of , a country that blends modern progress with its rich history. Tour the financially prosperous and socially progressive capital city, traipse through national parks, and catch sight of the continent's largest mammal, the European bison. Visit ancient castles, and view demonstrations of ceramic making and blacksmithing. Learn how World War II impacted this Eastern European nation by visiting one of the many monuments and memorials that pay homage to those who served. Because of its isolation from the rest of the region, visitors to the country are often approached with curiosity, but warmly greeted by the locals. Known for its rich cultural heritage, the nation hosts a plethora of festivals throughout the year, allowing visitors and locals alike to enjoy the arts.
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Russia travel guide

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Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
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Romania travel guide

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Castles · Historic Walking Areas · Government Buildings
An image of ancient architecture contrasted against a backdrop of vivdly green landscape represents the country of Romania, which features a diversity of landscape that has been largely undeveloped. With numerous mountain, valley, and lakeside resorts, an abundance of activities await outdoor enthusiasts. The other side of Romanian tourism is its impressive collection of ancient ruins, prehistoric fortresses, and medieval castles. Many of these date back to prehistoric times, the Ottoman Empire, and Austro-Hungarian rule, the influences of which are still apparent in preserved details. Tourism in Romania is not as prevalent as other countries, which this makes the travel experience here feel more authentic and awe-inspiring. Check out this simple but captivating country and discover its natural and historic beauty.
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Hungary travel guide

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Historic Sites · Government Buildings · Nightlife
Breadbasket of Europe
Because tourism throughout the whole country is not as popular as in other European countries, much of the natural beauty of Hungary has not been developed or exploited. Visitors today are drawn to the unspoiled picturesque landscape, the capital metropolis surrounded by charming small towns and villages, and the plethora of thermal baths. The country's number of well-preserved archaeological ruins, castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns provide opportunities to those wanting a taste of European history. With the opportunity to explore both time-worn architecture and notable natural surroundings in every region, Hungary provides sightseeing opportunities with the amenities of traditional tourist destinations. 
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Czech Republic travel guide

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From historical towns and cities, to a countryside speckled with castles and chateaus, the Czech Republic is a holiday destination that can satisfy everybody's taste. Even though it's modern and fully-developed, the country carefully preserves its traditions and heritage. The city of Prague, with its breathtaking architecture, vibrant art and culture scene, and bustling nightlife, is not only one of the country's main attractions, but also a top European tourist hub. The scenic countryside features numerous national parks and nature reserves perfect for hiking, cycling, golfing, and enjoying the natural beauty. In the wintertime ski buffs have their pick from a selection of resorts. If you're looking to unwind and rejuvenate in picturesque settings, visit the famous spa and wellness resorts that have been renowned in Europe for centuries.
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