12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Moscow, Russia
1
Moscow, Russia
— 1 night
Drive:  14​h
2
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Minsk, Belarus
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
End: Moscow, Russia

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night
Moscow, Russia

Moscow
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Moscow trip itinerary builder app .

If you are flying in from Russia, the closest major airports are Sheremetyevo International Airport, Domodedovo International Airport, Vnukovo International Airport and Zhukovsky International Airport. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. On the 28th (Sat), you'll travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
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3
nights
Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Balti Jaam Market as well as Rotermann Quarter. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Long Street (Pikk tanav), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, make a trip to Toompea Hill, browse the eclectic array of goods at Balti Jaam Market, then take some stellar pictures from Patkuli Viewing Platform, and finally take a stroll through Rotermann Quarter.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Tallinn route builder site .

Fly from Moscow to Tallinn in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Moscow in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Tallinn: highs are around 3°C and lows about -1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Riga.

Things to do in Tallinn

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Patkuli Viewing Platform ©
Patkuli Viewing Platform
Long Street (Pikk tanav) ©
Long Street (Pikk tanav)

2
nights
Riga, Latvia

Riga ©
Often referred to as "The Paris of the North," Riga offers thriving nightlife and some of the best collections of Art Nouveau architecture in Europe.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church and then wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga). On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the collection at National Library of Latvia, walk around Dzintari Forest Park, pause for some photo ops at Freedom Monument, then admire the striking features of JJugenda Stila Nami, Riga, then walk around Bastejkalna Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Livu Square.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Riga sightseeing planner.

Fly from Tallinn to Riga in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Riga can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Vilnius.

Things to do in Riga

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dzintari Forest Park
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Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Dzintari Forest Park ©
Dzintari Forest Park
JJugenda Stila Nami, Riga ©
JJugenda Stila Nami, Riga

2
nights
Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius ©
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.
On the 2nd (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, see the interesting displays at Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Bernardine Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Bell Tower of Vilnius Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower, then see the interesting displays at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), and finally explore the galleries of Trakai Island Castle Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Vilnius travel itinerary planner .

You can fly from Riga to Vilnius in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Riga in January since evenings lows in Vilnius dip to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Minsk.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Trakai Island Castle Museum
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Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania ©
Bernardine Gardens ©
Bernardine Gardens

3
nights
Minsk, Belarus

Minsk ©
As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Mir Castle, browse the collection at National Library of Belarus, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of All Saints, and finally stroll around Chelyuskinites Park.

Discover how to plan a Minsk trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Vilnius to Minsk takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Vilnius to Minsk, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. January in Minsk sees daily highs of -4°C and lows of -10°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Minsk

Historic Sites Spas Parks

Side Trip

Mir Castle
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Mir Castle ©
Mir Castle
Church of Saints Simon and Helena ©

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