31 days in Europe Itinerary

31 days in Europe Itinerary

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31 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Boston, United States
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 45​min
2
Tallinn, Estonia
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 15​min
3
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
4
Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
5
Minsk, Belarus
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Kiev, Ukraine
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
8
Warsaw, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
10
Riga, Latvia
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Boston, United States

2
nights
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Step off the beaten path and head to Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) and The Esplanadi Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, hunt for treasures at Old Market Hall, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki day trip planner.

Boston, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 7 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Boston in May, with highs in Helsinki at 60°F and lows at 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the ferry to Tallinn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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The Esplanadi Park ©
The Esplanadi Park

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour and Aleksander Nevski Katedraali. Appreciate the collections at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum and Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kumu Art Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Tallinna Teletorn, pause for some serene contemplation at Peapiiskopi Kirik, and make a trip to Toompea Hill.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tallinn vacation planning app .

Getting from Helsinki to Tallinn by ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly. In May in Tallinn, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali
Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour ©
Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill

4
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The State Hermitage Museum and Peter and Paul Fortress. Museum-lovers will get to explore Peterhof Grand Palace and Faberge Museum. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Grand Maket Russia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior on the Spilled Blood, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sobor Petra I Pavla, and take an in-depth tour of Kazan Cathedral.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our St. Petersburg road trip planning app .

Fly from Tallinn to St. Petersburg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Peter and Paul Fortress ©
Peter and Paul Fortress
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml) and Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like State Tretyakov Gallery and Kremlin Walls and Towers. When in Moscow, make a side trip to see The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra in Sergiyev Posad, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Red Square, admire the striking features of Lenin's Mausoleum, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Moscow trip planner .

You can take a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Minsk.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
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The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra ©
The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Red Square ©
Red Square

2
nights
Minsk, Belarus

Minsk ©
As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
On the 16th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Island of Tears, then learn about all things military at Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saints Simon and Helena, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum Strana Mini. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Dudutki Museum Complex, get lost in a book at National Library of Belarus, and then make a trip to Victory Square.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Minsk online trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Moscow to Minsk in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Minsk, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Minsk

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dudutki Museum Complex
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1
night
Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
On the 18th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Sophia Cathedral, then make a trip to Andriyivski Uzviz, and finally get a new perspective on nature at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kiev tour planner .

Getting from Minsk to Kiev by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Minsk to Kiev is minus 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Kiev

Historic Sites Museums
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Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
Saint Sophia Cathedral ©
Saint Sophia Cathedral
St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery ©

4
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Rynek (Old Square) Underground. Get some cultural insight at Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square and Wawel Royal Castle. Step out of Krakow to go to Suloszowa and see Zamek Królewski, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Wawel Cathedral, examine the collection at Wieliczka Salt Mine, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Basilica, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kazmierz The Former Jewish District.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Krakow trip website .

Getting from Kiev to Krakow by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kiev to Krakow. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kiev in May: high temperatures in Krakow hover around 66°F and lows are around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Zamek Królewski, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

3
nights
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Step off the beaten path and head to POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and Rynek Starego Miasta. Popular historic sites such as Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum and Old Town are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow, stroll the grounds of Cmentarz Wolski, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Anne's Church (Kosciol Swietej Anny), and brush up on your military savvy at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Warsaw trip planner .

Getting from Krakow to Warsaw by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Trakai Island Castle Museum and Vilnil. Museum of illusions. Gediminas Castle Tower and Gate of Dawn are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), take in the spiritual surroundings of Church Of St Peter And St Paul, take in the awesome beauty at Hill of Three Crosses, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Vilnius trip planner .

You can fly from Warsaw to Vilnius in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Warsaw to Vilnius, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Trakai Island Castle Museum
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Trakai Island Castle Museum ©
Trakai Island Castle Museum
Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus) ©

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Rundāle Palace and Musee Art Nouveau. Popular historic sites such as Riga Cathedral and Nativity of Christ Cathedral are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Jurmala Beach, don't miss a visit to Riga Town Hall Square, pause for some photo ops at Freedom Monument, and take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga).

To find ratings and other tourist information, read our Riga trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Vilnius to Riga takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Riga are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Riga

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Jurmala Beach, Rundāle Palace
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Rundāle Palace ©
Rundāle Palace
Musee Art Nouveau ©
Musee Art Nouveau
Riga Cathedral
Riga Cathedral

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