36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
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Bratislava, Slovakia
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
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Warsaw, Poland
— 3 nights
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Vilnius, Lithuania
— 3 nights
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Sigulda, Latvia
— 2 nights
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Riga, Latvia
— 3 nights
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Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
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Helsinki, Finland
— 3 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Budapest, Hungary — 4 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fisherman's Bastion and Liberty Statue. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Citadel and Margaret Island. Venture out of the city with trips to Szekesfehervar - Our Lady - John of Nepomuk Parish Church (in Szekesfehervar), Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral (in Esztergom) and Balaton Uplands National Park (in Csopak). And it doesn't end there: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, see the interesting displays at Budapest Pinball Museum, appreciate the history behind Heroes' Square, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Budapest trip builder site.

Belgrade, Serbia to Budapest is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a shuttle. November in Budapest sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bratislava.
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Bratislava, Slovakia — 2 nights

Beauty on the Danube

Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): soothe aching muscles at Thermalpark Dunajska Streda, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Blue Church of St. Elizabeth, and then explore the galleries of Devin Castle. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. John the Baptist Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Cerveny Kamen Castle, then identify plant and animal life at Oasis Siberian tiger, and finally explore the historical opulence of Bratislava Castle.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bratislava trip planner.

Drive from Budapest to Bratislava in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 4 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Schonbrunn Palace and Melk Abbey. Get some cultural insight at St. Stephen's Cathedral and Hofburg. Change things up with these side-trips from Vienna: Wachau Valley (in Joching) and Burgruine Duernstein (in Durnstein). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Jesuits, get to know the fascinating history of Ringstrasse, and contemplate the long history of Chapel of St. Virgil.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Vienna online trip maker.

You can drive from Bratislava to Vienna in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. November in Vienna sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can fly to Krakow.
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Krakow, Poland — 4 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 off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Planty Park. Visit Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and St. Mary's Basilica for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Wieliczka Salt Mine, explore the world behind art at Stained Glass Museum (Muzeum Witrazu), steep yourself in history at Wawel Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuary of Divine Mercy.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Krakow online vacation planner.

Getting from Vienna to Krakow by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In November, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to fly to Warsaw.
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Warsaw, Poland — 3 nights

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum and Rynek Starego Miasta. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego and Treblinka Memorial. Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cmentarz Wojskowy na Powazkach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Anne's Church (Kosciol Swietej Anny), contemplate the long history of Holy Cross Church (Kosciol Swietego Krzyza), and get to know the fascinating history of Old Town.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Warsaw trip maker.

Fly from Krakow to Warsaw in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Vilnius.
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Vilnius, Lithuania — 3 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.
St. Anne's Church and Vilniaus staciatikiu Sventosios Dvasios vienuolynas will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ninth Fort and Church of St. Casimir. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vilnius: Kaunas (Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, Pazaislis Monastery, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bernardine Church (Bernardinu Baznycia), stroll the grounds of Rasu Cemetery (Rasu kapines), steep yourself in history at Ponary cmentarz, and walk around Vingis Park.

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You can fly from Warsaw to Vilnius in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Warsaw to Vilnius is 1 hour. Traveling from Warsaw in December, expect nights in Vilnius to be about the same, around -2°C, while days are little chillier, around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Sigulda.
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Sigulda, Latvia — 2 nights

Sigulda is a town in the Vidzeme Region of Latvia, 53km from the capital city Riga.OverviewSigulda is on a picturesque stretch of the primeval Gauja river valley. Explore hidden gems such as Turaida Castle and Sigulda New Castle. Get outdoors at Gutman's Cave and Tarzans. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Castle Of The Livonian Order In Sigulda, step into the grandiose world of Krimulda estate, identify plant and animal life at Velnalas klintis un Velna ala, and take in the dramatic natural features at Raganu katls.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sigulda online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Vilnius to Sigulda by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Sigulda can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Riga.
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Riga, Latvia — 3 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.
Old City Riga (Vecriga) and Holy Trinity Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Kemeri National Park and St. Peter's Church. Step out of Riga with an excursion to Salaspils Memorial Ensemble in Salaspils--about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Dzintari Forest Park, admire the masterpieces at Art Museum RIGA BOURSE, get your game on at Portals VR Arcade, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Church.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Riga driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Sigulda to Riga in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December in Riga, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Tallinn.
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Tallinn, Estonia — 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Toompea Hill and Aleksander Nevski Katedraali. Popular historic sites such as Rakvere Castle and Haapsalu Castle are in your itinerary. Explore Tallinn's surroundings by going to Lahemaa rahvuspark (in Vihasoo) and Haapsalu Old Town (in Haapsalu). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Tallinn Legends, take in panoramic vistas at Viewing Point Kohtuotsa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik.

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Traveling by flight from Riga to Tallinn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can fly to Helsinki.
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Helsinki, Finland — 3 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Helsinki Cathedral and Temppeliaukio Church will appeal to history buffs. The National Museum of Finland and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Cathedral of Porvoo in Porvoo, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, take in the spiritual surroundings of Johannes Church, admire the striking features of The National Library of Finland, and wander the streets of Katajanokka.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Tallinn to Helsinki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Sofia.
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Sofia, Bulgaria — 3 nights

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Get some historical perspective at Rila Monastery and Boyana Church. St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral and Ancient Serdica Archaeological Complex are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Sofia, make a side trip to see Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School in Borovets, approximately Borovets away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temple Sveti Nikolay, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Nikolai Sofiyski, make a trip to Saint Sofia Monument, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St Petka of the Saddlers.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sofia trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Sofia takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: highs in Sofia hover around 7°C, while lows dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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