15 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

15 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Prague, Czech Republic
1
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Warsaw, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Train:  4​h 15​min
5
Moscow, Russia
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Prague, Czech Republic

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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: step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, get great views at Petřín, contemplate the long history of Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, and take a stroll through Lesser Town.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Prague trip itinerary tool .

If you are flying in from Czech Republic, the closest major airports are Václav Havel Airport Prague, Brno-Tuřany Airport and Ostrava Leos Janáček Airport. In March, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Prague

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

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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.
Take a break from Krakow with a short trip to Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Wawel Cathedral, take a stroll through Stare Miasto, admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Basilica, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Krakow trip planner .

Getting from Prague to Krakow by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In March, daily temperatures in Krakow can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
On the 15th (Sun), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire the natural beauty at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, and then explore the historical opulence of Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, then learn about all things military at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, then hit the slopes at Gorka Szczesliwicka, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Enigma RoomR - Escape room game.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Warsaw vacation app .

You can take a train from Krakow to Warsaw in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Warsaw are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Tours Parks
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Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie
Old Town ©
Old Town
Walking tours

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St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
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.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of Vitebskiy Railway Station.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our St. Petersburg online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Warsaw to St. Petersburg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Warsaw to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Warsaw in March: high temperatures in St. Petersburg hover around 2°C and lows are around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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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.
On the 20th (Fri), explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Basil's Cathedral, and then steep yourself in history at Red Square.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Moscow visit app .

Take a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 2°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery

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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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building, take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Budapest trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Budapest takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Moscow in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Budapest: highs are around 14°C and lows about 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

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

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