57 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

57 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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57 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Toronto, Canada
Fly:  15​h 45​min
Prague, Czech Republic
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
Bled, Slovenia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
Zadar, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Split, Croatia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Kotor, Montenegro
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
Tallinn, Estonia
— 5 nights
bus + Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 5 nights
+3
bus + Fly + bus + subway:  7​h 15​min
Budapest, Hungary
— 6 nights
Drive:  6​h
Krakow, Poland
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
Toronto, Canada

6
days
Prague, Czech Republic

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mala strana and Spanish Synagogue. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Prague Astronomical Clock and St. Vitus Cathedral. Go for a jaunt from Prague to Terezin to see Terezin Memorial about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Old Town Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem, get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague, and take a stroll through Old Town (Stare Mesto).

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Prague sightseeing planner.

Toronto, Canada to Prague is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Prague. Traveling from Toronto in September, expect Prague to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sarajevo.

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Terezin Memorial
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St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague Castle
Prague Astronomical Clock

2
days
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Sarajevo War Tunnel, get engrossed in the history at Gallery 11/07/95, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katedrala Srca Isusova, then steep yourself in history at Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain), and finally contemplate the long history of Bascarsija. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Sarajevo, then take an in-depth tour of Svrzo House, and then steep yourself in history at Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sarajevo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Prague to Sarajevo by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and train. When traveling from Prague in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Sarajevo, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bled.

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Bascarsija
Gallery 11/07/95
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque

4
days
Bled, Slovenia

The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Visiting Vintgar Gorge (Soteska Vintgar) and Lake Bohinj will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Postojna Caves and Ljubljana Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bled: Tromostovje (in Ljubljana) and Predjama Castle (in Postojna). Spend the 13th (Wed) exploring at Lake Bled. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Bled Castle (Blejski Grad).

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bled itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Sarajevo to Bled takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Sarajevo in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Bled: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Bled

Parks Nature Sightseeing

Side Trips

Ljubljana, Postojna, Lake Bohinj
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Lake Bled
Postojna Caves
Vintgar Gorge (Soteska Vintgar)

3
days
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cascades and Sastavci. Visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park and Veliki Slap will get you outdoors. It doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of The Lower Lakes.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Plitvice Lakes National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bled to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bled in September: high temperatures in Plitvice Lakes National Park hover around 30°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Zadar.

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Parks Nature
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Plitvice Lakes National Park
Cascades
The Lower Lakes

3
days
Zadar, Croatia

Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Get in touch with nature at Podvrske Beach and Paklenica National Park. Morske Orgulje (Sea Organ) and Church of St. Donat are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Zadar to go to Murter and see Cigrada Beach, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to The Greeting to the Sun.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Zadar trip generator.

Traveling by bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Zadar can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Split.

Things to do in Zadar

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Murter
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Paklenica National Park
Morske Orgulje (Sea Organ)
Church of St. Donat

4
days
Split, Croatia

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Spanjola and Trogir Historic Site. Your inner history buff will appreciate Diocletian's Palace and Franciscan Monastery. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Old Split, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Marjan, and explore the world behind art at Ivan Mestrovic Gallery.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Split trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Zadar to Split takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Split when traveling from Zadar in September, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Sightseeing Parks

Side Trips

Hvar, Trogir Historic Site
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Diocletian's Palace
Trogir Historic Site
Spanjola

6
days
Dubrovnik, Croatia

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.
Visit Gradske Zidine and Lapad for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Beach Kupari and Mljet. Change things up with these side-trips from Dubrovnik: Cavtat Old Town (in Cavtat) and Srebreno Beach (in Srebreno). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Old Town, admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery, head off the coast to Island of Lokrum, and contemplate the long history of Fort Lovrijenac.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Dubrovnik holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Split to Dubrovnik takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Sightseeing Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cavtat Old Town, Srebreno Beach
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Old Town
Gradske Zidine
Cavtat Old Town

3
days
Kotor, Montenegro

Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Visit Milocher Park and Plavi Horizonti Beach for some beach relaxation. Visit R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela and Altstadt (Old Town) Budva for their historical value. Step out of Kotor with an excursion to The Old Town in Ulcinj--about 2h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Bay of Kotor, make a trip to Stari Grad Kotor, get to know the fascinating history of City Walls, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kotor sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Dubrovnik to Kotor in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kotor, with lows around 12°C. On the 6th (Fri), you'll travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Kotor

Sightseeing Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Budva, The Old Town, St. Mary's Church, Milocher Park, R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
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Stari Grad Kotor
R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela
Milocher Park

5
days
Tallinn, Estonia

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 Toompea Hill and Tallinn Old Town. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour. Step out of Tallinn with an excursion to Lahemaa rahvuspark in Vihula--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Town Hall Square, admire the masterpieces at Kumu Art Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Oleviste Church, and step into the grandiose world of Kadriorg Palace.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tallinn itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Kotor to Tallinn in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kotor to Tallinn. Traveling from Kotor in October, expect nights in Tallinn to be slightly colder, around 3°C, while days are colder, around 11°C. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Tallinn

Sightseeing Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lahemaa rahvuspark
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Toompea Hill
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour

3
days
Vilnius, Lithuania

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vilnius Old Town and KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus). Get a sense of the local culture at Gediminas Tower and Vilniaus staciatikiu Sventosios Dvasios vienuolynas. Step out of Vilnius with an excursion to Trakai Castle in Trakai--about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, explore the different monuments and memorials at Rasu Cemetery (Rasu kapines), and contemplate the long history of Ponary cmentarz.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Vilnius tour planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Tallinn to Vilnius in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Vilnius can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Vilnius

Sightseeing Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Trakai Castle
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Vilnius Old Town
St. Anne's Church
Gediminas Tower

4
days
St. Petersburg, Russia

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Place du Palais (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad) and Kazan Cathedral. St. Isaac's Cathedral State Museum-Memorial and Cathedrale navale Saint-Nicolas de Kronstadt are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, examine the collection at Grand Maket Russia Interactive Museum, pause for some photo ops at Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, and get engrossed in the history at Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost).

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg sightseeing planner.

Fly from Vilnius to St. Petersburg in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Vilnius to St. Petersburg. In October, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Budapest.

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5
days
Budapest, Hungary

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Margaret Island and Spas & Wellness. Popular historic sites such as St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) and Fisherman's Bastion are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, ponder the world of politics at Residence Parliament, appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, and examine the collection at House of Terror.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Budapest vacation builder.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Budapest by combination of bus, flight, and subway takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Budapest is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from St. Petersburg in October; daily highs in Budapest reach 18°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Krakow.

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Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church

4
days
Krakow, Poland

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wawel Cathedral and St. Mary's Basilica. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Main Market Square. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Wawel Royal Castle, browse the different shops at The Cloth Hall, wander the streets of Jewish District (Kazimierz), and Head underground at Wieliczka Salt Mine.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Krakow online itinerary creator.

Getting from Budapest to Krakow by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Krakow can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Krakow

Sightseeing Historic Sites Museums

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Wieliczka Salt Mine, Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Wawel Cathedral
Wawel Royal Castle

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