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
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 45​min
3
Helsinki, Finland
— 3 nights
4
Turku, Finland
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Vyborg, Russia
— 1 day
6
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Kaliningrad, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
Volgograd, Russia
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
10
Sochi, Russia
— 1 day
+2
Fly + bus + train:  7​h 30​min
11
Sevastopol, Crimea
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
12
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
Minsk, Belarus
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
14
Kiev, Ukraine
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
15
Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Boston, United States

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga). On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Riga Cathedral, make a trip to Riga Town Hall Square, then steep yourself in history at Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Riga travel route planner.

Boston, USA to Riga is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum ©
Riga Cathedral
Riga Cathedral
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, contemplate the long history of Toompea Hill, and then examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Kumu Art Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Peapiiskopi Kirik, then take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Olaf’s Church.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tallinn trip planner .

You can fly from Riga to Tallinn in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Riga in May since evenings lows in Tallinn dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Helsinki.

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

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Appreciate the collections at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) and Kansallisgalleria. Change things up with a short trip to Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum in Janakkala (about 1h 25 min away). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki tour itinerary builder site .

You can ride a ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum
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The Esplanadi Park ©
The Esplanadi Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

2
nights
Turku, Finland

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 9th (Sat), examine the collection at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, then learn more about the world around you at Turku Biological Museum, and then visit a coastal fixture at Uto.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Turku vacation website .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Turku are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Vyborg.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Uto ©
Uto

1
day
Vyborg, Russia

Vyborg
Vyborg, a town and the administrative center of Vyborgsky District in Leningrad Oblast, Russia, lies on the Karelian Isthmus near the head of the Vyborg Bay, 130km to the northwest of St. To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Vyborg online trip planner .

Getting from Turku to Vyborg by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Turku to Vyborg. On the 11th (Mon), you're off toSt. Petersburg.

Things to do in Vyborg

Outdoors Parks Tours
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Peterhof Grand Palace and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Peter and Paul Fortress and Kazan Cathedral. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sobor Petra I Pavla, and stroll around Peterhof State Museum Preserve.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Vyborg to St. Petersburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Peter and Paul Fortress ©
Peter and Paul Fortress
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Faberge Museum ©
Faberge Museum

3
nights
Kaliningrad, Russia

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Kurshskaya Kosa and Amber Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore B-413 Submarine Museum and Museum of the World Ocean. Take a break from Kaliningrad with a short trip to Old Lighthouse Rinderort in Zalivino, about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Konigsberg Cathedral and pause for some photo ops at Immanuel Kant's Grave.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kaliningrad travel planner .

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums Nature Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Old Lighthouse Rinderort
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Kurshskaya Kosa ©
Kurshskaya Kosa
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum
Konigsberg Cathedral ©
Konigsberg Cathedral

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, admire the striking features of Kremlin Walls and Towers, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Basil's Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Red Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum, then examine the collection at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml), and then take an in-depth tour of Bulgakov`s House Museum-Theatre.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Moscow trip site .

You can fly from Kaliningrad to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kaliningrad to Moscow. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Volgograd.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums
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Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Red Square ©
Red Square
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral

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), pause for some photo ops at Mamayev Kurgan, pause for some photo ops at 'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture, and then get engrossed in the history at State Historical and Memorial Preserve The Battle of Stalingrad.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Volgograd road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Volgograd takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Moscow in May: highs in Volgograd hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sochi.

Things to do in Volgograd

Museums
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'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture ©
'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture
Mamayev Kurgan ©
Mamayev Kurgan

1
day
Sochi, Russia

Sochi ©
Called the "Summer Capital of Russia," the busy resort town of Sochi is best known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove, hit the slopes at Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Trinity.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sochi trip planner.

Getting from Volgograd to Sochi by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Sochi can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Sevastopol.

Things to do in Sochi

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster ©
Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster
Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove ©
Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Fri), examine the collection at Panorama Museum on the Siege of Sevastopol, get engrossed in the history at The State Museum-Preserve Tauric Chersonese, and then don't miss a visit to Chersonesus St.Volodymyr Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Cape Fiolent, then examine the collection at Bronebashennaya beregovaya batareya №35, and then pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Flooded Ships in Sevastopol.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Sevastopol trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Sochi to Sevastopol takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Sevastopol

Museums Nature Parks
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1
night
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 24th (Sun): see the interesting displays at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), take in the spiritual surroundings of Church Of St Peter And St Paul, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, and finally pause for some photo ops at Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower and then browse the exhibits of Trakai Island Castle Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Vilnius trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Sevastopol to Vilnius in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Minsk.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museum Strana Mini, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saints Simon and Helena, and then brush up on your military savvy at Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Minsk travel planner .

Traveling by car from Vilnius to Minsk takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Minsk

Museums Historic Sites
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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 27th (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, contemplate the long history of Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sophia Cathedral, and finally get a new perspective on nature at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kiev online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Minsk to Kiev in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minsk to Kiev. In May, daily temperatures in Kiev can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) 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 ©

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rynek (Old Square) Underground and Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. Your inner history buff will appreciate Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square and Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera. Change things up with these side-trips from Krakow: Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau (in Oswiecim) and Zamek Królewski (in Suloszowa). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Wawel Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Basilica, examine the collection at Wieliczka Salt Mine, and get a taste of the local shopping with Sukiennice (Cloth Hall).

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Krakow day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Kiev to Krakow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kiev in May, with highs in Krakow at 66°F and lows at 47°F. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

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

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