11 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

11 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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11 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Belgrade, Serbia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

1
night
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Belgrade driving holiday planning app .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Belgrade is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In December, Belgrade is colder than Dubai - with highs of 7°C and lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites Fun & Games Neighborhoods
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Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save) ©
Knez Mihailova ©
Knez Mihailova

3
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
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.
Get some historical perspective at Halaszbastya and Matthias Church. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), steep yourself in history at Dohány Street Synagogue, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Budapest online trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Belgrade to Budapest in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Spas Museums
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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, then admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, and then see the interesting displays at Wieliczka Salt Mine. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and then see the interesting displays at Lost Souls Alley.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Krakow online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Krakow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Krakow, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

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nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hradcany and Prasna brana. Prague Castle and Spanish Synagogue will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague, admire the landmark architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral, and make a trip to Prague Astronomical Clock.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Prague sightseeing app .

You can fly from Krakow to Prague in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Prague are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Prague

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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

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