35 days in Europe Itinerary

35 days in Europe Itinerary

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35 days in Europe Itinerary

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

5
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Trakai Island Castle Museum and Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania. Your inner history buff will appreciate Gate of Dawn and Church Of St Peter And St Paul. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Vilnius Old Town, see the interesting displays at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral (Arkikatedra Bazilika), and get engrossed in the history at National musem of Lithuania.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Vilnius journey maker site .

Larnaca, Cyprus to Vilnius is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. In December, Vilnius is cooler than Larnaca - with highs of 1°C and lows of -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kaunas.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Trakai Island Castle Museum
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Trakai Island Castle Museum ©
Trakai Island Castle Museum
Vilnius Old Town ©
Vilnius Old Town
Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower

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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Ninth Fort and Museum of History of Lithuanian Medicine and Pharmacy. Museum-lovers will get to explore National M. K. Ciurlionis Art Museum and Sugihara House. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Kaunas Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Michael the Archangel, get engrossed in the history at Rumsiskes Open-Air Museum, and see the interesting displays at Atomic KGB Bunker.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kaunas holiday planner.

Getting from Vilnius to Kaunas by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Kaunas are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Riga.

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

5
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. Let the collections at Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs and Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum capture your imagination. Take a break from Riga with a short trip to Turaida Castle in Sigulda, about 1h 10 min away. On the 15th (Sun), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Jurmala Beach. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, take an in-depth tour of Latvian War Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Live Silver Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Powder Tower.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Riga trip builder website .

You can take a bus from Kaunas to Riga in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Bauska.

Things to do in Riga

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Salaspils Memorial Ensemble, Jurmala Beach, Turaida Castle
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Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs ©
Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum ©

1
night
Bauska, Latvia

Bauska ©
Bauska is a town in Bauska Municipality, in the Zemgale region of southern Latvia. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Palazzo di Rundale, take an in-depth tour of Rundāle Palace, then steep yourself in history at Bauska Town Hall, then step into the grandiose world of Bauska Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at The branch of the Riga Motor Museum in Bauska.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bauska visit planning site .

You can take a bus from Riga to Bauska in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Bauska

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rundale Palace, Rundāle Palace
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Rundāle Palace ©
Rundāle Palace
Bauska Castle ©
Bauska Castle

7
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 and learn at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour and Niguliste Museum. Visit Toompea Hill and Tallinn Town Wall for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town, admire the masterpieces at Kumu Art Museum, explore the historical opulence of Kadriorg Palace, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tallinn road trip website .

Explore your travel options from Bauska to Tallinn with the Route module. In December, daily temperatures in Tallinn can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tallinn

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

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) are in your itinerary. Temppeliaukion Church and The Esplanadi Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Bellevue Beach in Hanko--about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

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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 29th (Sun) early enough to take a train to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Bellevue Beach
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

8
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.
Let the collections at Russian Museum and Saint Isaac's Cathedral capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Savior on the Spilled Blood and Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, see the interesting displays at A.V. Suvorov State Memorial Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, and get engrossed in the history at Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost).

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg road trip planning app .

Take a train from Helsinki to St. Petersburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Moscow Standard Time is 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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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

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