38 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

38 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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38 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Split, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Rovinj, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Zagreb, Croatia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
12
Belgrade, Serbia
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Sydney, Australia

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.
You'll explore and learn at Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Catherine Palace and Park. Head to Nevsky Prospekt and Tretyakov's Galleryfor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace, admire the masterpieces at Peterhof Grand Palace, steep yourself in history at Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg driving holiday site .

Sydney, Australia to St. Petersburg is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Sydney to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in October, with highs in St. Petersburg at 9°C and lows at 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Shopping Parks
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Palace Square
Palace Square
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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.
Get some cultural insight at Toompea Hill and Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour. Shop till you drop at Uba Ja Humal and OM Bohem. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at BiiT Me Record Store, don't miss a visit to Town Hall Square, shop like a local with Town Hall Pharmacy, and take in the exciting artwork at The Little Red House Design Store.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tallinn vacation site .

Getting from St. Petersburg to Tallinn by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. In October in Tallinn, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Tallinn

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour ©
Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali

2
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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.
Shop till you drop at Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) and Ulica Florianska. Museum-lovers will get to explore Wieliczka Salt Mine and Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Basilica, don't miss a visit to Main Market Square, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Franciscan Church (Kosciol Franciszkanow).

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Krakow itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Tallinn to Krakow in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tallinn to Krakow. While traveling from Tallinn, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Krakow, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

3
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Explore hidden gems such as Castle District and Prague Zoo. Get some cultural insight at Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Old Town Square, get a taste of the local shopping with DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, stop by Artel, and take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Prague trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Prague takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In November, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock
Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle

2
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gradske Zidine and Cavtat Old Town. Appreciate the collections at War Photo Limited and Vlaho Bukovac House. Go for a jaunt from Dubrovnik to Cavtat to see Skatulica about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Island of Lokrum and look for gifts at Medusa Gift and Art Shop.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik online vacation maker .

You can fly from Prague to Dubrovnik in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, car, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Prague in November, things will get a bit warmer in Dubrovnik: highs are around 19°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Cavtat
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Cavtat Old Town ©
Cavtat Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Stradun ©
Stradun

3
nights
Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
Explore hidden gems such as Bags by Kristina and OPG Komparak. Step out of the city life by going to Freestyle and Przina Beach. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Coral Shop Irena, contemplate the long history of Korcula Town Walls, pause for some serene contemplation at Sveti Mihovil, and take in the exciting artwork at Vapor gallery.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Korcula Town trip itinerary planner .

You can ride a ferry from Dubrovnik to Korcula Town in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In November in Korcula Town, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Split.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Shopping Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Korcula Island, Lumbarda
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Bags by Kristina ©
Bags by Kristina
Freestyle ©
Freestyle
Korcula Town Walls ©
Korcula Town Walls

3
nights
Split, Croatia

Split ©
Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Visiting Dubovica and Ilirio's Hvar Tours will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Diocletian's Palace and Trogir Historic Site. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Old Split, look for gifts at Break Time - Nautical Bracelets, and explore the world behind art at Galerija Mestrovic.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Split itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Korcula Town to Split in 3 hours. In November in Split, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Rovinj.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Ilirio's Hvar Tours, Dubovica Beach, Historic City of Trogir
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Historic City of Trogir ©
Historic City of Trogir
Old Split ©
Old Split
Palazzo di Diocleziano ©
Palazzo di Diocleziano

3
nights
Rovinj, Croatia

Rovinj ©
Istria's most popular coastal city, Rovinj blends a traditional fishing port with a modern seaside getaway.
Head to OPG Vosten and Ribica Atelierfor plenty of shopping. Amphitheatre de Pula and Sveti Petar U Sumi will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Rovinj: Il Mercato di Pola (in Pula), Cadenela Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (in Vodnjan) and Porec (Break Time Porec & Porec Old Town). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through STARI GRAD, stop by Stella beer 2 Go, appreciate the extensive heritage of Port of Rovinj, and delve into the distant past at Dvigrad.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovinj holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Split to Rovinj in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Split in November, with highs in Rovinj at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Rovinj

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Pula, Porec, Medulin, Cadenela Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, OPG Vosten
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Porec Old Town ©
Porec Old Town

3
nights
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ljubljana Old Town and Ljubljana Castle. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Atelje Skulj - Pottery Studio and Gustarna. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ljubljana: Bled (Vintgar Gorge (Soteska Vintgar) & Galerija Mikame) and Postojna (Predjama Castle, Postojna Caves, & more). There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Galerija Fotografija and look for gifts at Skusek.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ljubljana itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Rovinj to Ljubljana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Rovinj in November, expect Ljubljana to be slightly colder, temps between 11°C and 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Zagreb.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Postojna, Galerija Mikame, Atelje Skulj - Pottery Studio, Vintgar Gorge
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Predjama Castle ©
Predjama Castle
Vintgar Gorge ©
Vintgar Gorge
Postojna Cave ©
Postojna Cave

3
nights
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb ©
Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Spicy Days and Jasmina i lutkice. Shop till you drop at Vinoteka Vintesa and Deliiicije. There's more to do: stop by Harissa Spice Store and buy something for everyone on your list at City Center One.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Zagreb journey maker app .

Traveling by car from Ljubljana to Zagreb takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Zagreb

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Upper Town (Gornji Grad) ©
Upper Town (Gornji Grad)
Ban Josip Jelačić Square ©
Ban Josip Jelačić Square
Vinoteka Vintesa ©
Vinoteka Vintesa

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Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fisherman's Bastion and St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Matthias Church and Liberty Statue. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Andrassy Avenue, look for gifts at Herend Porcelain - Hadik Shop, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dohány Street Synagogue.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Zagreb to Budapest takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. November in Budapest sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Buda Castle ©
Buda Castle

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Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save), browse the fresh offerings at Kalenic Pijaca, view the masterpieces at FAB Living by Una, view the masterpieces at Eugster || Belgrade, then wander the streets of Knez Mihailova, and finally look for gifts at Gallery 1250 Ceramics Made By Local Artists. On the next day, browse the different shops at Delta City, browse the eclectic array of goods at Zemunska Pijaca, then shop like a local with LEILA Records, and finally steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Belgrade day trip planner .

Fly from Budapest to Belgrade in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In November, daily temperatures in Belgrade can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save) ©
St. Sava Temple (Hram Svetog Save)
Knez Mihailova ©
Knez Mihailova

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