57 days in Europe Itinerary

57 days in Europe Itinerary

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Gdansk, Poland
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Warsaw, Poland
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Krakow, Poland
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Lviv, Ukraine
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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
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Chisinau, Moldova
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Bucharest, Romania
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Thessaloniki, Greece
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Athens, Greece
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Rhodes Town, Greece
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Riga, Latvia
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Vilnius, Lithuania
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Tallinn, Estonia
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Gdansk, Poland

— 5 nights

World Capital of Amber

Although its history goes back a thousand years, Gdansk represents one of Poland's most modern urban centers, its thriving economy boosted by a lively tourism sector.
Gdansk is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church, make a trip to Neptune's Fountain (Fontanna Neptuna), see the interesting displays at Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci, and contemplate the long history of Westerplatte.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Gdansk trip planner.

Newark, USA to Gdansk is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Traveling from Newark in September, expect Gdansk to be little chillier, temps between 63°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to fly to Warsaw.

Things to do in Gdansk

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 6:

Warsaw, Poland

— 4 nights

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Warsaw is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, take in nature's colorful creations at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, appreciate the history behind Pomnik Bohaterów Getta, and steep yourself in history at Warsaw Barbican (Barbakan Warszawski).

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Warsaw trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Gdansk to Warsaw in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 10:

Krakow, Poland

— 5 nights

Slavic Rome

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.
Step out of Krakow with an excursion to Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, steep yourself in history at Wieliczka Salt Mine, hunt for treasures at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), and step into the grandiose world of Wawel Royal Castle.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Krakow road trip tool.

You can fly from Warsaw to Krakow in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Krakow can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can fly to Lviv.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 15:

Lviv, Ukraine

— 2 nights

City of Lions

Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
On the 16th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Svyatogo Yura Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Monument of Nikifor Epifaniy Drovnyak, then wander the streets of Old Town, and finally make a trip to Rynok Square. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Lviv High Castle and then stroll the grounds of Lychakiv Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lviv online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Lviv takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Krakow to Lviv due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Kyiv (Kiev).

Things to do in Lviv

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine

— 3 nights
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kyiv (Kiev) is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of The Holy Dormition Kyiv Caves Lavra, make a trip to Khreshchatyk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery, and appreciate the history behind Rodina Mat (Motherland).

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You can fly from Lviv to Kyiv (Kiev) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can fly to Chisinau.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:

Chisinau, Moldova

— 4 nights
Chișinău Etymology and namesThe origin of the city's name is unclear, but in one version, the name comes from the archaic Romanian word chișla (meaning "spring", "source of water") and nouă ("new"), because it was built around a small spring, at the corner of Pușkin and Albișoara streets.The other version, formulated by Ștefan Ciobanu, Romanian historian and academician, holds that the name was formed the same way as the name of Chișineu (alternative spelling: Chișinău) in Western Romania, near the border with Hungary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chisinau: Curchi Monastery (in Orhei), Capriana Monastery (in Capriana) and Hancu Monastery (in Nisporeni). There's still lots to do: stroll through Stefan cel Mare Park, do a tasting at Cricova Winery, take in nature's colorful creations at Valea Morilor, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Metropolitan Cathedral “Nativity of the Lord”.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Chisinau road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Kyiv (Kiev) to Chisinau takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Bucharest.

Things to do in Chisinau

Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 24:

Bucharest, Romania

— 3 nights
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Bucharest is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, take in the exciting artwork at Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", take in nature's colorful creations at Cismigiu Parc, and pause for some serene contemplation at Stavropoleos Monastery.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bucharest online road trip planner.

You can fly from Chisinau to Bucharest in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. September in Bucharest sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Sofia.

Things to do in Bucharest

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

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Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 4 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Step out of Sofia with an excursion to Go Borovets in Borovets--about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Boyana Church, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church St. George Rotunda.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sofia trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bucharest to Sofia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Sofia can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

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Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 1:

Thessaloniki, Greece

— 3 nights

Mother of Israel

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Step out of Thessaloniki with an excursion to Ktima Gerovassiliou in Epanomi--about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, steep yourself in history at Church of Agios Nikolaos Orphanos, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rotunda, and make a trip to White Tower of Thessaloniki.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Thessaloniki trip planner.

You can drive from Sofia to Thessaloniki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sofia in October; daily highs in Thessaloniki reach 70°F and lows reach 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to fly to Athens.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:

Athens, Greece

— 6 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Change things up with these side-trips from Athens: Nauplion Promenade (in Nafplio) and Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, and admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Thessaloniki to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Thessaloniki in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Athens, with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 10:

Rhodes Town, Greece

— 2 nights
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
On the 11th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Village of Lindos. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Faliraki Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Rhodes Town day trip planner.

Getting from Athens to Rhodes Town by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Athens in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 66°F in Rhodes Town. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Riga.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:

Riga, Latvia

— 5 nights

Paris of the North

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.
Spend the 17th (Sun) exploring nature at Gauja National Park. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga), examine the collection at Riga Motormuseum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Riga Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Alberta Iela.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Riga trip planning app.

You can fly from Rhodes Town to Riga in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In October, Riga is cooler than Rhodes Town - with highs of 50°F and lows of 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Vilnius.

Things to do in Riga

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 17:

Vilnius, Lithuania

— 5 nights

Jerusalem of Lithuania

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Trakai Island Castle Museum in Trakai (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower, examine the collection at Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gate of Dawn.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Vilnius online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Riga to Vilnius by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in October, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can fly to Tallinn.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 22:

Tallinn, Estonia

— 5 nights
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.
Tallinn is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town, get a dose of the wild on Traveller Tours, contemplate the long history of Tallinn Town Wall, and stroll through Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tallinn journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Vilnius to Tallinn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Tallinn are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 27:

Poland travel guide

4.6
Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Landmarks
A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.

Ukraine travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Churches
Bread Basket of Europe
As the largest country entirely within Europe, it comes as no surprise that Ukraine is a hugely diverse nation. Despite its varied and vibrant tourist attractions, it is a relatively under-visited part of the world. This is mostly good news for those who do decide to vacation here because they can enjoy an authentic and unusual experience. Sip coffee in city cafes, hike the Carpathians, unwind by the beach, and explore picturesque forests. Those interested in architecture will be delighted by the massive array on offer, including grand Gothic towers, wooden churches, and looming Stalinist constructions.

Moldova travel guide

3.9
Wineries & Vineyards · Nature & Parks · Monuments
As one of the smallest countries in Europe, Moldova earned its independence in 1991 and remains quite unknown to most of the world. As Moldova is located between Romania and the Ukraine, much of its culture borrows elements, such as language and traditional food, from its two neighbors. Moldova sports a rugged countryside with a mild and sunny climate thanks to the neighboring Black Sea. This region's outdoor activities--biking, hiking, horseback riding, and exploring caves--are its main attractions. While Moldova doesn't attract much tourism, it is one of the last places in Europe where you can get a completely authentic local experience.

Romania travel guide

4.4
Castles · Churches · Historic Walking Areas
An image of ancient architecture contrasted against a backdrop of vivdly green landscape represents the country of Romania, which features a diversity of landscape that has been largely undeveloped. With numerous mountain, valley, and lakeside resorts, an abundance of activities await outdoor enthusiasts. The other side of Romanian tourism is its impressive collection of ancient ruins, prehistoric fortresses, and medieval castles. Many of these date back to prehistoric times, the Ottoman Empire, and Austro-Hungarian rule, the influences of which are still apparent in preserved details. Tourism in Romania is not as prevalent as other countries, which this makes the travel experience here feel more authentic and awe-inspiring. Check out this simple but captivating country and discover its natural and historic beauty.

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Ruins · Nightlife
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Latvia travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · History Museums
Nestled between Estonia and Lithuania, Latvia has a small but developing tourist industry and the country is authentic and welcoming. The Baltic coast stretches 500 km (310 mi) along Latvia's northern border, and lush green forests cover nearly half of the country. Founded in 1918, Latvia was occupied by both the Nazis and the Soviet Union, who incorporated the country and did not restore independence until 1991. Due to centuries of foreign rule, the country boasts a mix of ethnic backgrounds, while maintaining the Latvian language. With cosmopolitan Riga as the capital, Latvia offers a mix of urban excitement and rural nature.

Lithuania travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Churches · Sacred & Religious Sites
Characterized by the majestic Baltic coastline and adjacent white sands, Lithuania boasts lush green forests, hidden lakes, and coastal wetlands. A nation with a turbulent history, Lithuania houses the remains of a former nuclear site and the remnants of defenses used to strengthen the frontier of the Tsarist empire. At the same time, it pays homage to its national heroes, honored in sculpture parks and museums throughout the country. Today, Lithuania boasts a thriving musical, cultural, and visual arts scene, hosting a range of festivals and concerts year-round.

Estonia travel guide

4.5
Historic Sites · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Baltic Tiger
Small in size but big in character, the proud nation of Estonia manages to pack historical cities, swathes of charming countryside, a picturesque coastline, and rugged islands into a relatively small amount of space. Thanks to its compactness, visitors can easily travel between the many tourist attractions the country has to offer. Although just a stone's throw away from Finland, Latvia, and Russia, Estonia boasts its own distinct culture, evident in the country's cuisine, music, and traditions. This vibrant nation emerged from over 40 years of Soviet rule to be one of the most economically successful of the European Union's eastern members and is leading the way in tech industries.