41 days in Europe Itinerary

41 days in Europe Itinerary

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41 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Athens, Greece
Drive:  14​h 30​min
1
Yaremche, Ukraine
— 3 nights
+4
Train + Taxi + Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  8​h 45​min
2
Kiev, Ukraine
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Dnipro, Ukraine
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Kharkiv, Ukraine
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
5
Omsk, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
6
Samara, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
Train:  4​h 15​min
8
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
9
Narva, Estonia
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
10
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Parnu, Estonia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Tartu, Estonia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
Cesis, Latvia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
14
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
15
Jelgava, Latvia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
16
Daugavpils, Latvia
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Chicago, United States

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Yaremche, Ukraine

Yaremche ©
Yaremche is a city in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast of west Ukraine. On the 17th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Bukovel, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hoverla, and then admire the sheer force of Probiy Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Bridge - Viaduct, then admire the sheer force of Waterfall Guk, then explore the striking landscape at Rocks Dovbusha, and finally examine the collection at Pysanka Easter Egg Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Yaremche trip planner .

Athens, Greece to Yaremche is an approximately 21.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Athens in September, you will find days in Yaremche are slightly colder (70°F), and nights are colder (48°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Kiev.

Things to do in Yaremche

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Pysanka Easter Egg Museum, Mount Bukovel
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Hoverla ©
Hoverla
Mount Bukovel ©
Mount Bukovel
Rocks Dovbusha ©
Rocks Dovbusha

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Kiev, Ukraine

The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kiev is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours, make a trip to Khreshchatyk, contemplate the long history of Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra, and examine the collection at Pirogovo Open-Air Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kiev trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Yaremche to Kiev takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Kiev can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Dnipro.

Things to do in Kiev

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Photography Tours
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
Saint Sophia Cathedral ©
Saint Sophia Cathedral

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Dnipro, Ukraine

Dnipro ©
Dnipro, until May 2016 Dnipropetrovsk or Dnepropetrovsk, is Ukraine's fourth largest city, with about one million inhabitants. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): stroll around Taras Shevchenko Park, then see the interesting displays at Dnipropetrovsk National History Museum, then make a trip to Menorah Center, and finally get outside with Dnipropetrovsk Quay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Karl Marx Prospect, then admire the sheer force of Waterfall, and then stroll around Lazar Globa Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Dnipro road trip planning site .

Getting from Kiev to Dnipro by combination of flight, taxi, and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September in Dnipro, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kharkiv.

Things to do in Dnipro

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Taras Shevchenko Park ©
Taras Shevchenko Park
Menorah Center ©
Menorah Center

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Kharkiv, Ukraine

Kharkiv ©
Kharkiv hosts numerous Soviet monuments from its stint as the capital in the 1920s and is considered the industrial and educational heart of Ukraine.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): stroll around Shevchenko Park, then admire the local landmark of Mirror Stream fountain, and then stroll around Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Freedom Square, identify plant and animal life at Kharkov Dolphinarium, then make a trip to YermilovCentre of Modern Art, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kharkiv trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Dnipro to Kharkiv takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Dnipro in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kharkiv: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Omsk.

Things to do in Kharkiv

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Mirror Stream fountain ©
Mirror Stream fountain
Annunciation Cathedral ©
Annunciation Cathedral

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Omsk, Russia

Omsk ©
As a cultural center of Siberia, the industrial city of Omsk is home to many theaters, concert halls, libraries, museums, and other enticing attractions.
On the 27th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Fire-Observation Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Assumption Cathedral (Uspenskij sobor), then steep yourself in history at Tara gates, then admire the local landmark of Fountain at Tarskaya Street, and finally make a trip to Achairsky Holy Cross Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): make a trip to Omsk Fortress Historical and Cultural Complex and then explore the world behind art at The Omsk Regional Museum of The Fine Arts.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Omsk trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kharkiv to Omsk. Traveling from Kharkiv to Omsk, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Kharkiv in September; daily highs in Omsk reach 60°F and lows reach 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Samara.

Things to do in Omsk

Historic Sites Museums
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Samara, Russia

Samara ©
A city rich in cultural and architectural heritage, Samara sits at the confluence of the Volga and Samara Rivers, its backdrop the wooded Zhiguli Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Municipal Museum Cosmic Samara, examine the collection at Stalin's Bunker, make a trip to Samara Embankment, then appreciate the history behind Monument to the invention of the heating battery, and finally appreciate the history behind Sculpture the Owl. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind the Rook (Ladya), make a trip to Sculptural Composition Barge Haulers on the Volga, examine the collection at Modernist Style Museum, then make a trip to Kubychev Square, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Observation Point.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Samara planner .

Fly from Omsk to Samara in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Omsk to Samara. Traveling from Omsk in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Samara, with lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Samara

Museums
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Stalin's Bunker ©
Stalin's Bunker

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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.
Moscow is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Red Square, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml), and learn about all things military at Armoury Chamber.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Moscow travel route planner.

You can fly from Samara to Moscow in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Samara to Moscow due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Moscow can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Faberge Museum and then explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Palace Square, then pause for some serene contemplation at Savior on the Spilled Blood, then see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kazan Cathedral.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read St. Petersburg itinerary maker .

Getting from Moscow to St. Petersburg by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. October in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Narva.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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

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Narva, Estonia

Narva ©
On the 7th (Wed), walk around Oru Park, grab your bike and head to Narva River Promenade, then contemplate the long history of Fama Centre, and finally explore the historical opulence of Narva Castle. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Wedding Tree, then don't miss a visit to Puhtitsa Stavropegial Holy Dormition Monastery, and then take advantage of the amenities at Narva Joesuu.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Narva trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from St. Petersburg to Narva takes 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Narva. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Tallinn.

Things to do in Narva

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Oru Park
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Oru Park ©
Oru Park
Narva Castle ©
Narva Castle
Narva River Promenade ©
Narva River Promenade

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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.
On the 9th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, then steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill, then examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, and finally make a trip to Tallinna Teletorn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): make a trip to Tallinna Raekoja Plats, then wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Olaf’s Church, and finally walk around Kadriorg Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tallinn trip maker site .

Getting from Narva to Tallinn by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Parnu.

Things to do in Tallinn

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

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Parnu, Estonia

Parnu ©
A holiday hotspot among Estonians and nearby nations, the coastal city of Parnu offers golden sandy beaches, an assortment of parks, and lively center.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Prison Escape, then relax in the rural setting at Alpakafarm, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally take in the waterfront at The Parnu Jetty. Here are some ideas for day two: cool off at Tervise Paradiis Water Park and then stroll through Parnu Beach Promenade.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Parnu online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Tallinn to Parnu in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in October, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tartu.

Things to do in Parnu

Theme Parks Historic Sites Beaches
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Parnu Beach Promenade ©
Parnu Beach Promenade
Room Escape Games
Alpakafarm ©
Alpakafarm

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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.
Tartu is known for museums, childrens museums, historic sites, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the sky in a new way at AHHAA Science Centre, contemplate the long history of Tartu Town Hall Square, gain insight at University of Tartu, and make a trip to Tagurpidi Maja.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tartu online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Parnu to Tartu in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Cesis.

Things to do in Tartu

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks
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AHHAA Science Centre ©
AHHAA Science Centre
Tartu Old City ©
Tartu Old City
Tartu Town Hall Square ©
Tartu Town Hall Square

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Cesis, Latvia

Cesis ©
Cēsis, is a town in Latvia located in the northern part of the Central Vidzeme Upland. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Cesis Medieval Castle. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Araisi Lake Dwelling Site, explore the historical opulence of Old Sigulda Castle, and then explore the striking landscape of Gauja National Park.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cesis vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Tartu to Cesis takes 2.5 hours. October in Cesis sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Riga.

Things to do in Cesis

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigulda, Gauja National Park
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Gauja National Park ©
Gauja National Park
Turaida Castle ©
Turaida Castle
Cesis Medieval Castle ©
Cesis Medieval Castle

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): look for gifts at Dzenis Amber, then wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga), then hunt for treasures at Central Market (Centraltirgus), and finally appreciate the history behind Freedom Monument. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Riga Stock Exchange Building, then don't miss a visit to Riga Town Hall Square, then get engrossed in the history at Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Jurmala Beach.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Riga road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Cesis to Riga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Riga can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Jelgava.

Things to do in Riga

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Jurmala Beach
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Jurmala Beach ©
Jurmala Beach
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Freedom Monument ©
Freedom Monument

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Jelgava, Latvia

Jelgava ©
Jelgava is a city in central Latvia about 41km southwest of Riga with about 63,000 inhabitants. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Bauska Town Hall, get engrossed in the history at Rundāle Palace, then don't miss a visit to Rundale Palace, and finally explore the historical opulence of Bauska Castle. On your second day here, take in the views from Pedestrian Bridge Mitava, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tervete Nature Park, then appreciate the history behind Monument to Janis Cakste, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Jelgava online trip builder .

You can take a train from Riga to Jelgava in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Jelgava sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Daugavpils.

Things to do in Jelgava

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Bauska, Tervete Nature Park, Rundale Palace, Rundāle Palace
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Bauska Castle ©
Bauska Castle
Rundāle Palace ©
Rundāle Palace
Tervete Nature Park ©
Tervete Nature Park

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Daugavpils, Latvia

Daugavpils ©
Daugavpils is a city in southeastern Latvia, located on the banks of the Daugava River, from which the city gets its name. Venture out of the city with trips to Preili Museum of Dolls (in Preili) and Aglona Basilica (in Aglona). There's much more to do: walk around Dubrovin Park, contemplate the long history of Daugavpils Fortress, view the masterpieces at Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Berkenelsk (Birkinelsk) Lutheran Church.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Daugavpils day trip website .

You can drive from Jelgava to Daugavpils in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Daugavpils can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Daugavpils

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Preili Museum of Dolls, Aglona Basilica
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Daugavpils Fortress ©
Daugavpils Fortress
Preili Museum of Dolls ©
Preili Museum of Dolls
Dubrovin Park ©
Dubrovin Park

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