26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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1
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
3
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
4
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
5
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
6
Warsaw, Poland
— 2 nights
7
Wroclaw, Poland
— 2 nights
8
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
9
Lviv, Ukraine
— 1 night
10
Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
— 3 nights

2
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at State Tretyakov Gallery and Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve. Appreciate the collections at Armoury Chamber and New Tretyakov Gallery. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Red Square, see the interesting displays at Muzeon Art Park, admire the masterpieces at Art Center. Moscow, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Moscow trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Moscow is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Moscow due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, things will get colder in Moscow: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Armoury Chamber ©
Armoury Chamber
Red Square ©
Red Square

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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.
You'll explore and learn at Kazan Cathedral and The Shadow Museum. For shopping fun, head to Nevsky Prospekt or Art of Foto Gallery. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of The State Museum of the Political History of Russia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and explore the world behind art at PinkRabbit Muzeros.

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Getting from Moscow to St. Petersburg by train takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. December in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Kazan Cathedral ©
Kazan Cathedral
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Viewing Point Kohtuotsa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, make a trip to Toompea Hill, thencontemplate the long history of Tallinn Legends, and finally examine the collection at Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Town Hall Pharmacy, wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kadriorg Palace.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Tallinn attractions app.

You can do a combination of train and flight from St. Petersburg to Tallinn in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Tallinn due to the time zone difference. In December in Tallinn, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali
Kadriorg Palace ©
Kadriorg Palace

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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.
On the 18th (Fri), wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga), hunt for treasures at Central Market (Centraltirgus), thenget engrossed in the history at Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Livu Square. On your second day here, deepen your understanding at Salaspils Memorial Ensemble, explore the world behind art at Latvian National Museum Of Art, look for gifts at Art Nouveau Riga, thendon't miss a visit to The Duomo Square, and finally admire the masterpieces at Art Museum RIGA BOURSE.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Riga trip planner.

You can fly from Tallinn to Riga in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Riga sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vilnius.

Things to do in Riga

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Salaspils Memorial Ensemble
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Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum ©
Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Central Market (Centraltirgus) ©
Central Market (Centraltirgus)

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): wander the streets of Gediminas Avenue, take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church (Sv. Mykolo Baznycia), thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Vilniaus staciatikiu Sventosios Dvasios vienuolynas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Theresa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of All Saints, visit Vilnius Old Town, thenget engrossed in the history at Holocaust Museum (The Green House), thenlook for gifts at Sarka daiktu keliones, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St John's church.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Vilnius online road trip planner.

Drive from Riga to Vilnius in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Vilnius are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Vilnius

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
Vilnius Old Town ©
Vilnius Old Town

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Lazienki Palace (Palac Lazienkowski), thenadmire the natural beauty at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, thensee the interesting displays at Pinball Station - Pinball & Arcade Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Cross Church (Kosciol Swietego Krzyza). Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, view the masterpieces at Kordegarda, appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakowskie Przedmiescie, thencontemplate the long history of Warsaw Barbican (Barbakan Warszawski), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town.

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

You can fly from Vilnius to Warsaw in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Vilnius to Warsaw. December in Warsaw sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Wroclaw.

Things to do in Warsaw

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Pinball Station - Pinball & Arcade Museum ©
Warsaw Barbican (Barbakan Warszawski) ©
Warsaw Barbican (Barbakan Warszawski)
Old Town ©
Old Town

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Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw ©
Known for its relaxed and liberal atmosphere, the energetic city of Wroclaw lures visitors with its rich cultural heritage and pedestrian-friendly old town.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): examine the collection at Muzeum Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego, pause for some serene contemplation at University Church of the Blessed Name of Jesus, thenexamine the collection at National Museum, thenview the masterpieces at Musuem of Modern Art, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Cross. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary Magdalene Church, enjoy breathtaking views from Most Pokutnic, thensee the interesting displays at MovieGate, thenindulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Museum of Games and Computers of the Past Era (Games Museum).

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Wroclaw trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Warsaw to Wroclaw takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Wroclaw sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Krakow.

Things to do in Wroclaw

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Muzeum Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego ©
Muzeum Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego
National Museum ©
National Museum

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lost Souls Alley and Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square. Museum-lovers will appreciate Krakow Pinball Museum and Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego Collegium Maius. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Stained Glass Museum (Muzeum Witrazu), browse the eclectic array of goods at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), and see the interesting displays at Glass and Ceramics Centre.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Krakow journey planner.

Traveling by car from Wroclaw to Krakow takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lviv.

Things to do in Krakow

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Lost Souls Alley ©
Lost Souls Alley
Krakow Pinball Museum ©
Krakow Pinball Museum
Stained Glass Museum (Muzeum Witrazu) ©
Stained Glass Museum (Muzeum Witrazu)

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Lviv, Ukraine

Lviv ©
Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Bandinelli Palace, take in the exciting artwork at Glass Museum In Lviv, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Wooden Church of St. Trinity, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilian Monastery and the Heart of Christ Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Transfiguration, browse for treasures at Pravda B Gallery, thenlook for gifts at Lviv Candles Manufactory, thenadmire the masterpieces at Johann Georg Pinzel museum of Lviv Sacral Baroque Sculpture, and finally take a stroll through Old Town.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lviv route planner.

Getting from Krakow to Lviv by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Lviv can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kyiv (Kiev).

Things to do in Lviv

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Zhovkva
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Old Town ©
Old Town
St. Lawrence Catholic Church ©
St. Lawrence Catholic Church
Wooden Church of St. Trinity ©
Wooden Church of St. Trinity

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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine

Kyiv (Kiev) ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Let the collections at Ethnographical complex Ukrainian Village and Victoria Museum capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra and Roman Baths. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Sophia's Cathedral, examine the collection at Software and Computer Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Cyril's Monastery, and shop like a local with Narodniy Dim Ukraine.

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You can fly from Lviv to Kyiv (Kiev) in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Kyiv (Kiev) sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trip

Ethnographical complex Ukrainian Village
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Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
St. Sophia's Cathedral ©
St. Sophia's Cathedral
Ethnographical complex Ukrainian Village ©

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