12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly + Bus:  11​h 45​min
1
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Toronto, Canada

2
nights
Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
On the 28th (Mon), make a trip to St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), appreciate the extensive heritage of Bratislava Old Town, and then explore the historical opulence of Devin Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Blue Church of St. Elizabeth, appreciate the history behind Cumil, take in panoramic vistas at UFO Observation Deck, contemplate the long history of Michalska Brana, then make a trip to Slavin War Memorial, and finally explore the historical opulence of Bratislava Castle.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bratislava trip itinerary planning website .

Toronto, Canada to Bratislava is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Devin Castle ©
Devin Castle
Bratislava Old Town ©
Bratislava Old Town
Bratislava Castle ©
Bratislava Castle

2
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.
On the 30th (Wed), make a trip to Halaszbastya, steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, then take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building. On the next day, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Budapest holiday planner .

Getting from Bratislava to Budapest by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Spas Museums
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Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
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 1st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera and then contemplate the long history of Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Basilica.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Krakow trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Krakow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in October, expect nights in Krakow to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are slightly colder, around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

3
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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Prague road trip website .

Getting from Krakow to Prague by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. November in Prague sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

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