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
Fly:  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
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 5 nights
Fly:  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 Lobkowicz Palace. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Prague Astronomical Clock and Prague Castle. Go for a jaunt from Prague to Terezin to see Terezin Memorial about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and get great views at Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument.

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Toronto, Canada to Prague is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Prague due to the time zone difference. In September, Prague is slightly colder than Toronto - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sarajevo.

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Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

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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, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sarajevo online holiday planner

You can fly from Prague to Sarajevo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Prague in September: highs in Sarajevo hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 12°C. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Predjama Castle and Ljubljana Castle. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vintgar Gorge (Soteska Vintgar) and Postojna Caves. Step out of Bled with an excursion to Tromostovje in Ljubljana--about 44 minutes away. Spend the 13th (Wed) exploring at Lake Bled. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle (Blejski Grad) and explore the activities along Lake Bohinj.

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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. While traveling from Sarajevo, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Bled, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 11°C. 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 Historic Sites

Side Trips

Postojna, Ljubljana, 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 Veliki Slap. Visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park and The Lower Lakes will get you outdoors. There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Sastavci.

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

Getting from Bled to Plitvice Lakes National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Bled in September, expect Plitvice Lakes National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Zadar.

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Nature Parks
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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 Cigrada Beach and Podvrske Beach. Morske Orgulje (Sea Organ) and Church of St. Donat are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 22nd (Fri) exploring nature at Paklenica National Park. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to The Greeting to the Sun.

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You can take a bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Split.

Things to do in Zadar

Parks Outdoors Beaches

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.

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Traveling by car from Zadar to Split takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Zadar in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Split, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Nature 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 Island of Lokrum. Change things up with these side-trips from Dubrovnik: Srebreno Beach (in Srebreno) and Cavtat Old Town (in Cavtat). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Old Town, admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery, explore the striking landscape of Mljet, and take in the waterfront activity at City Harbor.

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You can fly from Split to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Dubrovnik can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Srebreno Beach, Cavtat Old Town
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Mljet
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 Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotor: Citadela Fortress (in Budva) and The Old Town (in Ulcinj). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Kotor, get to know the fascinating history of City Walls, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, and make a trip to Stari Grad Kotor.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kotor vacation maker tool

Drive from Dubrovnik to Kotor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in October, Kotor is little chillier at night with lows of 12°C. You'll set off for Tallinn on the 6th (Fri).

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Budva, Milocher Park, R.K.C. Gospa od Škrpjela, The Old Town, St. Mary's Church
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Altstadt (Old Town) Budva
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 Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Town Wall. 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 see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tallinn trip itinerary planner

Getting from Kotor to Tallinn by combination of car and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and train. Traveling from Kotor to Tallinn, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kotor in October, expect nights in Tallinn to be a bit cooler, around 3°C, while days are colder, around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Tallinn

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Lahemaa rahvuspark
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Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour
Toompea Hill
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

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 St. Anne's Church. Get a sense of the local culture at Gediminas Tower and The Church of St Theresa. Step out of Vilnius with an excursion to Trakai Castle in Trakai--about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), explore the different monuments and memorials at Rasu Cemetery (Rasu kapines), pause for some serene contemplation at Vilniaus staciatikiu Sventosios Dvasios vienuolynas, and steep yourself in history at Ponary cmentarz.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Vilnius day trip planning website

Traveling by flight from Tallinn to Vilnius takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Vilnius sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Vilnius

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

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Trakai Castle
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St. Anne's Church
Vilnius Old Town
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 Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad) and Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost). St. Isaac's Cathedral State Museum-Memorial and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: examine the collection at State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace, admire the striking features of Peter and Paul Cathedral Петропавловский собор, get engrossed in the history at Yusupov Palace, and take a stroll through Nevsky Prospekt.

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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 in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 2°C at night. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Budapest.

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Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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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 Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden. Popular historic sites such as Fisherman's Bastion and Liberty Statue are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, admire the striking features of Matthias Church, and step into the grandiose world of Buda Castle.

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Getting from St. Petersburg to Budapest by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. 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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Historic Sites Parks Museums
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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 Planty Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wawel Royal Castle. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Main Market Square, buy something for everyone on your list at The Cloth Hall, examine the collection at Cracow Historical Museum - Old Market Underground, and wander the streets of Jewish District (Kazimierz).

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You can drive from Budapest to Krakow in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Krakow can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. On the 30th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Nature

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

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