38 days in Europe Itinerary

38 days in Europe Itinerary

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Moscow, Russia
— 5 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 6 nights
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Helsinki, Finland
— 6 nights
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Tallinn, Estonia
— 5 nights
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Riga, Latvia
— 5 nights
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Klaipeda, Lithuania
— 4 nights
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Vilnius, Lithuania
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Moscow, Russia — 5 nights

Third Rome

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.
Go for a jaunt from Moscow to Dubrovitsy to see Church of The Holy Virgin about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Red Square, see the interesting displays at Moscow Kremlin, admire the masterpieces at New Tretyakov Gallery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Moscow trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Moscow is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Moscow. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: high temperatures in Moscow hover around -1°C and lows are around -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to St. Petersburg.
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St. Petersburg, Russia — 6 nights

Venice of the North

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.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Palace Square, get engrossed in the history at Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens, and pause for some serene contemplation at Kazan Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg trip builder website.

You can fly from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Helsinki.
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Helsinki, Finland — 6 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 is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, make a trip to Senate Square, and get a taste of the local shopping with Market Square Kauppatori.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki route planner.

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Helsinki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In December in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Tallinn.
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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 sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town, examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, get engrossed in the history at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Tallinn using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Tallinn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Tallinn are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Riga.
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Riga: Rundāle Palace (in Pilsrundale) and Salaspils Memorial Ensemble (in Salaspils). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga), appreciate the history behind Freedom Monument, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, and take in nature's colorful creations at Vermanes Garden.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Riga trip website.

Fly from Tallinn to Riga in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Klaipeda.
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Klaipeda, Lithuania — 4 nights

Port City

Lithuania's third-largest city, Klaipeda, sits as a seaport and cruise stop with a wealth of museums and medieval sites.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Klaipeda: St. Jacob Apostle (in Sveksna), Ventes Rago Lighthouse (in Vente) and The Dead Dunes (in Pervalka). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Lithuanian Sea Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at KLaipeda Evangelical Baptist Church, pause for some photo ops at Vytauto Sliogerio atminimo plokste - peda, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Svyturys Brewery.

Plan trip to Klaipeda with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Riga to Klaipeda in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Vilnius.
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Vilnius, Lithuania — 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kaunas (Ninth Fort, Kaunas Castle, &more) and Trakai (Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God & Trakai Island Castle Museum). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), wander the streets of Uzupis, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, and take in the awesome beauty at Hill of Three Crosses.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Vilnius trip planner.

Traveling by car from Klaipeda to Vilnius takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Klaipeda in January, expect Vilnius to be a bit cooler, temps between -3°C and -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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