12 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

12 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
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Tallinn, Estonia
— 1 night
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Vilnius, Lithuania
— 1 night
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Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia — 2 nights

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 Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Kazan Cathedral. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The State Hermitage Museum and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Palace Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Great Mosque of St. Petersburg, and see the interesting displays at Russian Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read St. Petersburg tour planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to St. Petersburg is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Jose to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from San Jose in September: highs in St. Petersburg hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tallinn.
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Tallinn, Estonia — 1 night

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 27th (Tue): visit Tallinn Old Town, then see the interesting displays at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, then don't miss a visit to Toompea Hill, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Tallinn visit planner.

Traveling by car from St. Petersburg to Tallinn takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Tallinn. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to fly to Vilnius.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Vilnius, Lithuania — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): examine the collection at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), stop by Vilnius Old Town, then pause for some serene contemplation at Vilnius Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Vilnius trip builder tool.

Getting from Tallinn to Vilnius by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Vilnius sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Krakow.
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Krakow, Poland — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take a stroll through Ulica Florianska, steep yourself in history at Muzeum Krakowa - Barbakan, admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, then shop like a local with Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Wawel Royal Castle, contemplate the long history of Wieliczka Salt Mine, then contemplate the long history of Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, and finally see the interesting displays at Lost Souls Alley.

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Traveling by flight from Vilnius to Krakow takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Vilnius to Krakow. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Budapest.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Budapest, Hungary — 2 nights

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.
On the 1st (Sat), admire the striking features of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar), appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, contemplate the long history of Fisherman's Bastion, then ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, and finally contemplate the long history of Shoes on the Danube Bank. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Krakow to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Prague.
Historic Sites · Museums
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Prague, Czech Republic — 2 nights

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.
On the 3rd (Mon), contemplate the long history of Lobkowicz Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vitus Cathedral, then snap pictures at Charles Bridge, then admire the landmark architecture of Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally make a trip to Staromestske namesti.

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Traveling by flight from Budapest to Prague takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Budapest in October, you will find days in Prague are slightly colder (15°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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