31 days in Europe Itinerary

31 days in Europe Itinerary

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31 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Boston, United States
Fly:  13​h
1
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Warsaw, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Lviv, Ukraine
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Kiev, Ukraine
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Minsk, Belarus
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Riga, Latvia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  9​h 45​min
9
Sevastopol, Crimea
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
10
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
11
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
12
Helsinki, Finland
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Boston, United States

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square and Wawel Cathedral. Let the collections at Wieliczka Salt Mine and Rynek (Old Square) Underground capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Wawel Royal Castle, see the interesting displays at Lost Souls Alley, contemplate the long history of Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, and admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Krakow trip app .

Boston, USA to Krakow is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Boston to Krakow due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum. Visit Old Town and Rynek Starego Miasta for their historical value. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow, see the sky in a new way at Copernicus Science Centre, admire the natural beauty at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, and brush up on your military savvy at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Warsaw online driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Krakow to Warsaw in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Lviv.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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1
night
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 8th (Fri): make a trip to Rynok Square, take a stroll through Old Town, then examine the collection at Insomnia - The Haunted House, and finally browse the exhibits of Lychakiv Cemetery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lviv itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Warsaw to Lviv takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. In May in Lviv, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Lviv

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lychakiv Cemetery ©
Lychakiv Cemetery
Rynok Square ©
Rynok Square

1
night
Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Sophia Cathedral, make a trip to Andriyivski Uzviz, then learn more about the world around you at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery, and finally steep yourself in history at Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kiev itinerary planning site .

Fly from Lviv to Kiev in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In May in Kiev, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Minsk.

Things to do in Kiev

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

1
night
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 10th (Sun), examine the collection at Museum Strana Mini, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saints Simon and Helena, then brush up on your military savvy at Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War, and finally appreciate the history behind Island of Tears.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Minsk trip planner.

You can fly from Kiev to Minsk in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Moscow Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Minsk when traveling from Kiev in May, with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vilnius.

Things to do in Minsk

Museums Historic Sites
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2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Hill of Three Crosses and then admire the striking features of Trakai Island Castle Museum. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St John's church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church Of St Peter And St Paul, take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gate of Dawn, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika).

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Vilnius trip app .

You can drive from Minsk to Vilnius in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Vilnius can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Trakai Island Castle Museum
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Trakai Island Castle Museum ©
Trakai Island Castle Museum
Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
St. Anne's Church ©
St. Anne's Church

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Rundāle Palace and Musee Art Nouveau. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Riga Cathedral and Freedom Monument. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nativity of Christ Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Riga Town Hall Square, take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga), and get your game on at OldTown Archery Riga.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Riga holiday maker .

You can fly from Vilnius to Riga in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May in Riga, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour and Toompea Hill. Your inner history buff will appreciate Aleksander Nevski Katedraali and Peapiiskopi Kirik. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Kumu Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum, take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town, and enjoy breathtaking views from St. Olaf’s Church.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tallinn road trip app .

You can fly from Riga to Tallinn in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Riga in May, Tallinn is a bit cooler at night with lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Sevastopol.

Things to do in Tallinn

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

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nights
Sevastopol, Crimea

Sevastopol ©
Situated between Ukraine and Russia, Sevastopol represents a laid-back coastal city with impressive naval history and a desirable microclimate for vacationers.
Let the collections at Vorontsov Palace and Park complex and The State Museum-Preserve Tauric Chersonese capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Panorama Museum on the Siege of Sevastopol and Chersonesus St.Volodymyr Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Cape Fiolent, appreciate the history behind Monument to the Flooded Ships in Sevastopol, make a trip to Admiral Nakhimov Monument, and examine the collection at Bronebashennaya beregovaya batareya №35.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sevastopol day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Tallinn to Sevastopol takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Sevastopol

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vorontsov Palace and Park complex
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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 Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml) and Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre. Visit The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra and Cathedral of Christ the Saviour for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Red Square, admire the landmark architecture of Lenin's Mausoleum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Basil's Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of Bulgakov`s House Museum-Theatre.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Moscow road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Sevastopol to Moscow takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sevastopol to Moscow is 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Savior on the Spilled Blood and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Museum-lovers will get to explore The State Hermitage Museum and Faberge Museum. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Grand Maket Russia, walk around Peterhof State Museum Preserve, take an in-depth tour of Kazan Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Peterhof Grand Palace.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the St. Petersburg trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Sobor Petra I Pavla ©
Sobor Petra I Pavla
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Peter and Paul Fortress ©
Peter and Paul Fortress

3
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 get to explore Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Explore hidden gems such as Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) and Old Market Hall. And it doesn't end there: walk around The Esplanadi Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip maker app .

Take a train from St. Petersburg to Helsinki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Helsinki is minus 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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The Esplanadi Park ©
The Esplanadi Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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