20 days in Europe Itinerary

20 days in Europe Itinerary

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20 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Riga, Latvia
Fly:  3​h
1
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Banska Stiavnica, Slovakia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Vysoke Tatry, Slovakia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Zakopane, Poland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Krakow, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
End: Riga, Latvia

4
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wine Tours & Tastings as well as Schonbrunner Gardens. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), hunt for treasures at Vienna Naschmarkt, and meet the residents at Schönbrunn Zoo.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Vienna vacation maker website .

Riga, Latvia to Vienna is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Riga to Vienna. In May, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bratislava.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Food Tours as well as Wine Tours & Tastings. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Devin Castle, wander the streets of Bratislava Old Town, steep yourself in history at Michalska Brana, and get your game on at Mackafe (cat cafe).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bratislava trip app .

Traveling by car from Vienna to Bratislava takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Bratislava

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

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wine Tours & Tastings as well as Buda Castle. There's much more to do: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and steep yourself in history at Dohány Street Synagogue.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Budapest trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Bratislava to Budapest in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May in Budapest, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Banska Stiavnica.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Tours Zoos & Aquariums
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Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
Banska Stiavnica, Slovakia

Banska Stiavnica ©
Banská Štiavnica is a town in central Slovakia, in the middle of an immense caldera created by the collapse of an ancient volcano. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes MUSEUM SNP as well as SNM - Bojnice Castle Museum. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of SNM - Bojnice Castle Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Open-Air Mining Museum (SMM), and then explore the historical opulence of Old Castle Banska Stiavnica. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at MUSEUM SNP and then make a trip to The Holy Trinity Square.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, read Banska Stiavnica online road trip planner .

Getting from Budapest to Banska Stiavnica by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Vysoke Tatry.

Things to do in Banska Stiavnica

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

MUSEUM SNP, SNM - Bojnice Castle Museum
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Open-Air Mining Museum (SMM) ©
Open-Air Mining Museum (SMM)
SNM - Bojnice Castle Museum ©
SNM - Bojnice Castle Museum
Old Castle Banska Stiavnica ©
Old Castle Banska Stiavnica

2
nights
Vysoke Tatry, Slovakia

Vysoke Tatry ©
You've added Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst, Demanovska Ice Cave, Aquapark Tatralandia, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 31st (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Demanovska Ice Cave, explore the fascinating underground world of Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst, make a splash at Aquapark Tatralandia, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tatras National Park, then get outside with Lomnicky Peak, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Krivan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Skalnate pleso.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Vysoke Tatry trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Banska Stiavnica to Vysoke Tatry takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Vysoke Tatry, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Zakopane.

Things to do in Vysoke Tatry

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Liptovsky Mikulas, Tatras National Park, Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst
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Gerlachovsky Stit ©
Gerlachovsky Stit
Tatras National Park ©
Tatras National Park
Lomnicky Peak ©
Lomnicky Peak

3
nights
Zakopane, Poland

Zakopane ©
Home to Poland's indigenous Goral people, Zakopane sits at the foothill of the Tatra Mountains, an area serving as one of the country's most fashionable year-round vacation getaways.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gubalowka, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Morskie Oko, and then admire the landmark architecture of Upside Down House (Dom Do Gory Nogami). On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Yam, examine the collection at Muzeum Oscypka Zakopane, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Giewont Mountain.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Zakopane road trip tool .

You can drive from Vysoke Tatry to Zakopane in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Krakow.

Things to do in Zakopane

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Lake Morskie Oko
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Muzeum Oscypka Zakopane ©
Muzeum Oscypka Zakopane
Lake Morskie Oko ©
Lake Morskie Oko
Gubalowka ©
Gubalowka

1
night
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.
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, then steep yourself in history at Wieliczka Salt Mine, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Krakow trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zakopane to Krakow takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

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