32 days in Europe Itinerary

32 days in Europe Itinerary

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32 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Larnaca, Cyprus
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Tallinn, Estonia
— 6 nights
ferry:  1​h 45​min
2
Helsinki, Finland
— 1 night
ferry:  11​h
3
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
ferry:  15​h
4
Tallinn, Estonia
— Few hours
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Tartu, Estonia
— 3 nights
bus:  4​h 15​min
6
Riga, Latvia
— 6 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
7
Kaunas, Lithuania
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
8
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 8 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Larnaca, Cyprus

6
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Toompea Hill and Kumu Art Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tallinn Old Town and Aleksander Nevski Katedraali. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, step into the grandiose world of Toompea Castle, explore the world behind art at Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Olaf’s Church.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tallinn trip builder .

Larnaca, Cyprus to Tallinn is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Larnaca in December: highs in Tallinn hover around 3°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tallinn

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). On the next day, stroll through The Esplanadi Park, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online journey planner .

Traveling by ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
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.
Russian Museum and The State Hermitage Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Faberge Museum. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Savior on the Spilled Blood, get engrossed in the history at Kazan Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), and explore the galleries of Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost).

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg road trip app .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to St. Petersburg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Helsinki to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

few
hours
Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn
To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tallinn road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Tallinn takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. You will leave for Tartu on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in Tallinn

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
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3
nights
Tartu, Estonia

Tartu ©
One of the oldest cities in the Baltic region, Tartu boasts heaps of cultural attractions, a quaint Old Town, and bustling main square.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like AHHAA Science Centre and St. John's Church. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alatskivi Castle (vald) and St Paul’s Church of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church. Change things up with a short trip to Ruins of the Viljandi Order Castle in Viljandi (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Tartu Town Hall Square, take a stroll through Tartu Old City, and make a trip to The Kissing Students fountain.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tartu trip maker app .

Take a train from Tallinn to Tartu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Riga.

Things to do in Tartu

Childrens Museums Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ruins of the Viljandi Order Castle, Alatskivi Castle (vald)
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AHHAA Science Centre ©
AHHAA Science Centre
Alatskivi Castle (vald) ©
Alatskivi Castle (vald)
Tartu Town Hall Square ©
Tartu Town Hall Square

6
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 Old City Riga (Vecriga) and Riga Motormuseum. Get some historical perspective at St. Peter's Church and Riga Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Cesis Medieval Castle (in Cesis), Rundāle Palace (in Pilsrundale) and Sigulda (Turaida Castle & Old Sigulda Castle). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, steep yourself in history at Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, make a trip to Riga Town Hall Square, and examine the collection at Kgb Building File No. 1914/2014.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Riga online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Tartu to Riga takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Riga, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Kaunas.

Things to do in Riga

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sigulda, Cesis Medieval Castle, Rundāle Palace, Salaspils Memorial Ensemble
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Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs ©
Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum ©

3
nights
Kaunas, Lithuania

Kaunas ©
Situated between the Neris and Nemunas rivers, Kaunas is known for its old town, which, though smaller than the capital's, is in much better condition.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Ninth Fort and Kaunas Castle. National M. K. Ciurlionis Art Museum and Atomic KGB Bunker will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pazaislis Monastery, wander the streets of Old Town Kaunas, examine the collection at Sugihara House, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kaunas trip planning site .

Traveling by bus from Riga to Kaunas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Vilnius.

Things to do in Kaunas

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Devil's Museum ©
Devil's Museum
Ninth Fort ©
Ninth Fort
Pazaislis Monastery ©
Pazaislis Monastery

8
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.
Trakai Island Castle Museum and Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Gate of Dawn and Vingis Park are in your itinerary. Explore Vilnius' surroundings by going to Church of Apostle Evangelist St. Matthew (in Anyksciai) and Trakai (Uzutrakis Manor Estate & Angelu Kalva). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower, wander the streets of Vilnius Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, and step into the grandiose world of Presidential Palace.

Plan a Vilnius trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Kaunas to Vilnius in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vilnius

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Trakai, Church of Apostle Evangelist St. Matthew
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St. Anne's Church ©
St. Anne's Church
Trakai Island Castle Museum ©
Trakai Island Castle Museum
Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower

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