31 days in Europe Itinerary

31 days in Europe Itinerary

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Krakow, Poland
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Warsaw, Poland
— 3 nights
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Lviv, Ukraine
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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
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Minsk, Belarus
— 1 night
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Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
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Riga, Latvia
— 3 nights
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Tallinn, Estonia
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Sevastopol, Crimea
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Moscow, Russia
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Krakow, Poland

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.
Let the collections at Wieliczka Salt Mine and Lost Souls Alley capture your imagination. Visit Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square and Wawel Cathedral for their historical value. The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at Rynek (Old Square) Underground, step into the grandiose world of Wawel Royal Castle, see the interesting displays at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, and admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Krakow day trip planner.

Boston, USA to Krakow is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Boston to Krakow. In May, daytime highs in Krakow are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can take a train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 1 — 4:

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Warsaw, Poland

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Explore hidden gems such as POLIN Muzeum Historii Zydow Polskich and Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow. Appreciate the collections at Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum and Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego. Next up on the itinerary: get into the urban bustle at Rynek Starego Miasta, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, stroll the grounds of Mausoleum of the Soviet Soldiers Cemetery, and admire the natural beauty at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Warsaw trip maker site.

Getting from Krakow to Warsaw by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Lviv.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks
Find places to stay May 4 — 7:

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Lviv, Ukraine

City of Lions

Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): make a trip to Rynok Square, then wander the streets of Old Town, then explore the galleries of Insomnia - The Haunted House, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Lychakiv Cemetery.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lviv online trip planner.

Fly from Warsaw to Lviv in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Warsaw to Lviv, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May in Lviv, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kyiv (Kiev).

Things to do in Lviv

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 7 — 8:

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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine

The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
On the 9th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Sophia's Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Andriyivski Uzviz, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kyiv (Kiev) visit planner.

You can fly from Lviv to Kyiv (Kiev) in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Kyiv (Kiev) are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Minsk.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 8 — 9:

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Minsk, Belarus

As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Museum Strana Mini, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saints Simon and Helena, then brush up on your military savvy at Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War, and finally pause for some photo ops at Island of Tears.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Minsk trip planner.

You can fly from Kyiv (Kiev) to Minsk in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Kyiv (Kiev) in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Minsk, with lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Vilnius.

Things to do in Minsk

Museums · Historic Sites
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Vilnius, Lithuania

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hill of Three Crosses and then admire the landmark architecture of Trakai Island Castle Museum. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at St John's church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church Of St Peter And St Paul, then take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gate of Dawn, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Vilnius tour itinerary tool.

You can drive from Minsk to Vilnius in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minsk to Vilnius due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Vilnius can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Riga.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Riga, Latvia

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rundāle Palace and Nativity of Christ Cathedral. Get a sense of the local culture at Musee Art Nouveau and Riga Cathedral. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Jurmala Beach, have some family-friendly fun at OldTown Archery Riga, make a trip to Old City Riga (Vecriga), and pause for some photo ops at Freedom Monument.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Riga trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vilnius to Riga takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. May in Riga sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

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Tallinn, Estonia

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 Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour and Toompea Hill. Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum and Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Kumu Art Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from St. Olaf’s Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, and walk around Kadriorg Park.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tallinn travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Riga to Tallinn in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Riga in May since evenings lows in Tallinn dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sevastopol.

Things to do in Tallinn

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 15 — 18:

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Sevastopol, Crimea

Situated between Ukraine and Russia, Sevastopol represents a laid-back coastal city with impressive naval history and a desirable microclimate for vacationers.
Get some cultural insight at Vorontsov Palace and Park complex and The State Museum-Preserve Tauric Chersonese. Discover out-of-the-way places like Panorama Museum on the Siege of Sevastopol and Bronebashennaya beregovaya batareya №35. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Cape Fiolent, appreciate the history behind Monument to the Flooded Ships in Sevastopol, don't miss a visit to Admiral Nakhimov Monument, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chersonesus St.Volodymyr Cathedral.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sevastopol day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Tallinn to Sevastopol takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Sevastopol

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 18 — 21:

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Moscow, Russia

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Moscow Kremlin and The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. Get some historical perspective at Red Square and Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, admire the striking features of Kremlin Walls and Towers, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and make a trip to Lenin's Mausoleum.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Moscow road trip planning website.

You can fly from Sevastopol to Moscow in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sevastopol to Moscow is 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 21 — 24:

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St. Petersburg, Russia

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Peter and Paul Fortress and Faberge Museum. Appreciate the collections at The State Hermitage Museum and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Russian Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Kazan Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens, and don't miss a visit to Sobor Petra I Pavla.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg holiday planner.

You can take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. May in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 24 — 28:

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Helsinki, Finland

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) and The Esplanadi Park. Let the collections at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, hunt for treasures at Old Market Hall, and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from St. Petersburg to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Helsinki, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay May 28 — 31:

Poland travel guide

4.5
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 · Monuments
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.

Belarus travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Monuments · Churches
Explore the idyllic cornflower fields, vast forests, and charming villages of , a country that blends modern progress with its rich history. Tour the financially prosperous and socially progressive capital city, traipse through national parks, and catch sight of the continent's largest mammal, the European bison. Visit ancient castles, and view demonstrations of ceramic making and blacksmithing. Learn how World War II impacted this Eastern European nation by visiting one of the many monuments and memorials that pay homage to those who served. Because of its isolation from the rest of the region, visitors to the country are often approached with curiosity, but warmly greeted by the locals. Known for its rich cultural heritage, the nation hosts a plethora of festivals throughout the year, allowing visitors and locals alike to enjoy the arts.

Lithuania travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings
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.

Latvia travel guide

4.2
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.

Estonia travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
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.

Crimea travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · History Museums
The diamond-shaped Crimean Peninsula clings to the mainland by two small strips of land, with the rest of the region entirely surrounded by sea. Towering mountains, lush forest, picturesque beaches, curious cave cities, and vast vineyards populate the almost-island, providing a long, rich list of things to do. The scenic and varied landscape makes it an ideal vacation destination for adventurous hikers and keen cyclists. However, be warned that there is little signposting along routes. Those interested in the history and culture of the region will relish the opportunity to observe the legacy of Crimea's many Imperial rulers from over the centuries, evident in its architecture, cuisine, culture, and ethnic diversity. After the Ukranian revolution of 2014, Russia annexed the majority of the peninsula, thrusting it into the center of international attention.

Russia travel guide

4.6
Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Finland travel guide

4.1
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."