57 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

57 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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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
bus:
3​h 15​min
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 6 nights
Drive:
1​h 30​min
Kotor, Montenegro
— 4 nights
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 Vyšehrad. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Prague Astronomical Clock and Stare Miasto. Go for a jaunt from Prague to Terezin to see Terezin Memorial about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral, stroll the grounds of Old Jewish Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spanish Synagogue, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Prague Castle.

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

Toronto, Canada to Prague is an approximately 16-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 flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and shuttle. 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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Sightseeing Historic Sites Museums
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Bascarsija
Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque
Gallery 11/07/95

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 Postojna Caves will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ljubljana Castle and Lake Bohinj. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bled: Predjama Castle (in Postojna) and Tromostovje (in Ljubljana). 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

Postojna, Ljubljana, Lake Bohinj
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Lake Bled
Postojna Caves
Bled Castle (Blejski Grad)

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 Sastavci 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.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

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 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 Podvrske 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 Nature

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 Old Split. Your inner history buff will appreciate Trogir Historic Site and Franciscan Monastery. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Diocletian's Palace, take in the awesome beauty at Marjan, and explore the world behind art at Ivan Mestrovic Gallery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Split tour planner.

Traveling by car from Zadar to Split takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Zadar in September since evenings lows in Split dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Sightseeing Nature

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Gradske Zidine and Fort Lovrijenac. Get a sense of the local culture at Cavtat Old Town and Stradun. Change things up with a short trip to Srebreno Beach in Srebreno (about 34 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Old Town, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lapad, examine the collection at War Photo Limited, and enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Kupari.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik trip builder.

You can take a bus from Split to Dubrovnik in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Sightseeing Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Srebreno Beach, Cavtat Old Town
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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 Citadel for their historical value. Step out of Kotor with an excursion to The Old Town in Ulcinj--about 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Bay of Kotor, make a trip to Stari Grad Kotor, steep yourself in history at Altstadt (Old Town) Budva, 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, Plavi Horizonti Beach, Milocher Park, St. Mary's Church, 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 Lahemaa rahvuspark. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Occupations, steep yourself in history at Town Wall, and don't miss a visit to Town Hall Square.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tallinn travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kotor to Tallinn takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kotor to Tallinn due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Kotor, expect colder days and little chillier nights in Tallinn, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 3°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 Gediminas Tower. Get a sense of the local culture at St. Anne's Church 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.

To see reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Vilnius holiday planner.

You can fly from Tallinn to Vilnius in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in October, and nighttime lows around 3°C. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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 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. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace, appreciate the history behind Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, take a stroll through Nevsky Prospekt, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale navale Saint-Nicolas de Kronstadt.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our St. Petersburg itinerary maker.

Getting from Vilnius to St. Petersburg by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vilnius to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Budapest.

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Museums Historic Sites Sightseeing
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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 (Margitsziget) and Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden. Popular historic sites such as Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), get to know the fascinating history of Castle Hill, see the interesting displays at House of Terror, and steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest holiday planner.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Budapest in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Budapest, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from St. Petersburg in October, with highs in Budapest at 18°C and lows at 7°C. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Krakow.

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Sightseeing Historic Sites Parks
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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 much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Main Market Square, browse the different shops at The Cloth Hall, see the interesting displays at Oskar Schindler's Factory, and wander the streets of Jewish District (Kazimierz).

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Traveling by car from Budapest to Krakow takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. You will leave for home on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Krakow

Sightseeing Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Wawel Cathedral
Main Market Square

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