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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Riga Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Musee Art Nouveau, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nativity of Christ Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Dzintari Forest Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Livu Square, and then explore the historical opulence of Turaida Castle.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Riga trip itinerary maker website .

Boston, USA to Riga is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Riga is 7 hours. In May, daytime highs in Riga are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Riga

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Dzintari Forest Park, Turaida Castle
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Dzintari Forest Park ©
Dzintari Forest Park
Turaida Castle ©
Turaida Castle
Riga Cathedral
Riga Cathedral

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.
On the 4th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Gate of Dawn, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Vilniaus staciatikiu Sventosios Dvasios vienuolynas, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Theresa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hill of Three Crosses, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church Of St Peter And St Paul, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, steep yourself in history at Bell Tower of Vilnius Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika), and finally examine the collection at Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Vilnius trip planning website .

Fly from Riga to Vilnius in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Vilnius can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Minsk.

Things to do in Vilnius

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Gate of Dawn ©
Gate of Dawn
St. Anne's Church ©
St. Anne's Church

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Spirit Cathedral, wander the streets of Upper City, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saints Simon and Helena, then make a trip to Victory Square, and finally examine the collection at Museum Strana Mini. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the collection at National Library of Belarus, then appreciate the history behind Island of Tears, then learn about all things military at Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War, and finally admire the masterpieces at The National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Minsk online road trip planner .

You can drive from Vilnius to Minsk in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Minsk

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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2
nights
Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Volodymyr's Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Sophia Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at State Aviation Museum and then admire the striking features of Mezhyhirya Residence Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kiev online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Minsk to Kiev in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minsk to Kiev. May in Kiev sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Kiev

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mezhyhirya Residence Museum
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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 Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum and Warsaw Barbican (Barbakan Warszawski). Get some cultural insight at Old Town and Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow. There's much more to do: make a trip to Krakowskie Przedmiescie, stroll the grounds of Jewish Cemetery (Cmentarz Zydowski), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cmentarz Wojskowy na Powazkach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Warsaw route app .

Fly from Kiev to Warsaw in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. May in Warsaw sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sevastopol.

Things to do in Warsaw

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Krakowskie Przedmiescie ©
Krakowskie Przedmiescie
Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum ©
Old Town ©
Old Town

2
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Vorontsov Palace and Park complex and The State Museum-Preserve Tauric Chersonese. Panorama Museum on the Siege of Sevastopol and Bakhchisaryi Holy Dormition Monastery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Sevastopol with a short trip to Mangup Mountain Annunciation Monastery in Khodzha Sala, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Cape Fiolent and examine the collection at Bronebashennaya beregovaya batareya №35.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sevastopol route planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Warsaw to Sevastopol in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Warsaw to Sevastopol. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Sevastopol

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Vorontsov Palace and Park complex, Bakhchisaryi Holy Dormition Monastery, Mangup Mountain Annunciation Monastery
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve and Kolomna Kremlin. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve and Armoury Chamber. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Moscow: Kolomna (Kolomenskiy Patefon Museum, Kalachnaya, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Krutitskoe Podvorye, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries, and examine the collection at Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond).

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Moscow online trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of train and flight from Sevastopol to Moscow in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Volgograd.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kolomna
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Krutitskoe Podvorye ©
Krutitskoe Podvorye
Kolomna Kremlin ©
Kolomna Kremlin

1
night
Volgograd, Russia

Volgograd
The setting of some of the bloodiest battles of World War II, the vast city of Volgograd sits on the banks of the Volga River in the southern section of the country.
On the 20th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at State Historical and Memorial Preserve The Battle of Stalingrad, contemplate the long history of The Ruins of the Mill Named after Grudinin// Gergardt, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Russian Orthodox Church of All Saints.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Volgograd trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Volgograd takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Moscow in May, you will find days in Volgograd are somewhat warmer (75°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Volgograd

Museums Historic Sites
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3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Peterhof State Museum Preserve and Sobor Petra I Pavla. Let the collections at Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Russian Museum capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines, walk around Aleksandrovskiy park, steep yourself in history at Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, and get to know the fascinating history of Hall Turkish Bath.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Volgograd to St. Petersburg takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Volgograd in May: high temperatures in St. Petersburg hover around 62°F and lows are around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Russian Museum ©
Russian Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
The Bath Block ©
The Bath Block

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Olaf’s Church and Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum and Kumu Art Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Rakvere Castle in Rakvere (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Tallinn Town Wall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik, wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peapiiskopi Kirik.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tallinn day trip planning app .

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Tallinn in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Tallinn are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rakvere Castle
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Kumu Art Museum ©
Kumu Art Museum
Rakvere Castle ©
Rakvere Castle

2
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Turku, Finland

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): step aboard Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Turku online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tallinn to Turku takes 6 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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.
You'll explore and learn at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Mannerheim Museum. Get some cultural insight at Kansallisgalleria and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Fagervik Museum (in Inkoo). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, and examine the collection at Design Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip maker .

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Fagervik Museum, Nuuksio National Park
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Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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