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
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Lviv, Ukraine
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
4
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Minsk, Belarus
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Moscow, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Volgograd, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
8
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Kaliningrad, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
10
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
11
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
Ferry:  1​h 45​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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square and Wawel Cathedral. Get a sense of the local culture at Wieliczka Salt Mine and St. Mary's Basilica. Step out of Krakow with an excursion to Zamek Królewski in Suloszowa--about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Wawel Royal Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Corpus Christi Church (Kosciol Bozego Ciala), examine the collection at Lost Souls Alley, and explore the galleries of Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Krakow trip planner .

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. In May in Krakow, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can take a train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Zamek Królewski
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Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

2
nights
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Mausoleum of the Soviet Soldiers Cemetery, take in nature's colorful creations at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, then contemplate the long history of Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, brush up on your military savvy at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Warsaw online travel route planner .

Getting from Krakow to Warsaw by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Warsaw can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Lviv.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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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.
On the 7th (Thu), don't miss a visit 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 reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lviv trip planner .

You can fly from Warsaw to Lviv in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Warsaw to Lviv, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Lviv can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Lviv

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower and then get engrossed in the history at Trakai Island Castle Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), take in the spiritual surroundings of Church Of St Peter And St Paul, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gate of Dawn, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, and finally pause for some photo ops at Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika).

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Vilnius vacation builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Lviv to Vilnius takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Vilnius, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Minsk.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): 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, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saints Simon and Helena, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum Strana Mini.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Minsk day trip planning tool .

Getting from Vilnius to Minsk by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Moscow Standard Time is 1 hour. May in Minsk sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Minsk

Museums Historic Sites
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Church of Saints Simon and Helena ©
Church of Saints Simon and Helena
Island of Tears ©
Island of Tears

4
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 and learn at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml) and Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Armoury Chamber and Kolomna Kremlin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moscow: Kolomna (Museum-Navigator: Recent Antiquity of Kolomna, Kalachnaya, & more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve, admire the striking features of Kremlin Walls and Towers, explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Moscow tour builder app .

Traveling by flight from Minsk to Moscow takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Moscow, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Volgograd.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kolomna
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Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin
Kolomna Kremlin ©
Kolomna Kremlin

2
nights
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 15th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Mamayev Kurgan, then pause for some photo ops at 'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture, and then take an in-depth tour of State Historical and Memorial Preserve The Battle of Stalingrad. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of The Ruins of the Mill Named after Grudinin// Gergardt, then get outside with Beach, Krasnoslobodsk, and then examine the collection at Museum of Russian Fairytale.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Volgograd tour itinerary planning website .

Fly from Moscow to Volgograd in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Moscow in May, expect nights in Volgograd to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Volgograd

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Museum of Russian Fairytale, Beach, Krasnoslobodsk
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'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture ©
'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture
Mamayev Kurgan ©
Mamayev Kurgan

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Peter and Paul Fortress and Faberge Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at The State Hermitage Museum and Russian Museum. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Grand Maket Russia, pause for some serene contemplation at Sobor Petra I Pavla, explore the galleries of Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and walk around Peterhof State Museum Preserve.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg journey planner.

You can fly from Volgograd to St. Petersburg in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Volgograd in May, expect St. Petersburg to be a bit cooler, temps between 62°F and 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Kazan Cathedral ©
Kazan Cathedral
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

3
nights
Kaliningrad, Russia

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kurshskaya Kosa and B-413 Submarine Museum. Konigsberg Cathedral and Old Lighthouse Rinderort will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Kaliningrad to Gurevsk to see Church of Ascension about 36 minutes away. There's more to do: examine the collection at Museum of the World Ocean.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kaliningrad journey planner.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums Nature Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Old Lighthouse Rinderort, Church of Ascension
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Kurshskaya Kosa ©
Kurshskaya Kosa
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum
Konigsberg Cathedral ©
Konigsberg Cathedral

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga), steep yourself in history at Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Riga Town Hall Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Riga Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Nativity of Christ Cathedral, and then kick back and relax at Jurmala Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Riga trip itinerary planning website .

Fly from Kaliningrad to Riga in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Riga, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Jurmala Beach
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Jurmala Beach ©
Jurmala Beach
Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum ©
Riga Cathedral
Riga Cathedral

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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.
Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour and Toompea Hill are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kumu Art Museum and Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, get engrossed in the history at Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Olaf’s Church, and take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town.

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You can fly from Riga to Tallinn in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Riga in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Tallinn, with lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can ride a ferry to Helsinki.

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
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) and Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Esplanadi Park and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Helsinki online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May, daytime highs in Helsinki are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can 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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