8 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

8 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Budapest, Hungary
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Krakow, Poland
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Prague, Czech Republic
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St. Petersburg, Russia

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): expand your understanding of the military at Cruiser Aurora and then admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Palace Square, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

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London, UK to St. Petersburg is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Moscow Standard Time is 3 hours. May in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to fly to Budapest.

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Budapest, Hungary

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), test the waters at a local thermal spa, then steep yourself in history at Shoes on the Danube Bank, and finally admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), make a trip to Heroes' Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, snap pictures at Szechenyi Lanchid, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion.

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You can fly from St. Petersburg to Budapest in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Budapest, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from St. Petersburg in May, expect nights in Budapest to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Spas
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Krakow, Poland

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, appreciate the history behind Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), and finally get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square. On the next day, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, then admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, and finally explore the galleries of Muzeum Krakowa - Barbakan.

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You can fly from Budapest to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Budapest in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Krakow: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Prague.

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Prague, Czech Republic

— 2 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 27th (Fri), take a stroll through Lesser Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, then admire the striking features of Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Stary zidovsky Hrbitov. On your second day here, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Prague Zoo, then take in panoramic vistas at Petrin Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral, and finally get great views at Petřín.

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Getting from Krakow to Prague by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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