60 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

60 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 4 nights
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Bratislava, Slovakia
— 4 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 5 nights
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Eger, Hungary
— 2 nights
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Zakopane, Poland
— 3 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 5 nights
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Warsaw, Poland
— 4 nights
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Gdansk, Poland
— 3 nights
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Kaliningrad, Russia
— 1 night
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Riga, Latvia
— 5 nights
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Vilnius, Lithuania
— 4 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 5 nights
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Kazan, Russia
— 2 nights
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Kostroma, Russia
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Tallinn, Estonia
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Ljubljana, Slovenia — 4 nights

Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
Bled Island and Cathedral of St. Nicholas will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Mala Osojnica and Great Emerald Adventure. Explore Ljubljana's surroundings by going to Postojna Cave (in Postojna), Škocjan Caves (in Škocjan) and Bled (Bled Castle, Triglav National Park, &more). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Ljubljana Old Town, explore the activities along Ljubljanica River, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Church of the Annunciation, and stop by Metelkova.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ljubljana trip itinerary planning website.

San Francisco, USA to Ljubljana is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. When traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for slightly colder days in Ljubljana, with highs around 40°F, while nights are colder with lows around 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bratislava.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
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Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:

Bratislava, Slovakia — 4 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bratislava Old Town and Bratislava Castle. Popular historic sites such as Michalska Brana and Devin Castle are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Bratislava: Trnava (VINO MRVA & STANKO & St. John the Baptist Cathedral), Plavecky hrad a podhradie (in Plavecke Podhradie) and Dolna Krupa Castle (in Dolna Krupa). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Primates' Palace (Primacialny palac), take in the exciting artwork at Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Martin's Cathedral (Dom svateho Martina), and pedal to the sights with Lubos Tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bratislava journey planner.

You can drive from Ljubljana to Bratislava in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Budapest.
Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Tours
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Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:

Budapest, Hungary — 5 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.
Get some cultural insight at Fisherman's Bastion and Dohány Street Synagogue. Get some historical perspective at Matthias Church and Shoes on the Danube Bank. There's much more to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, take in the views from Szechenyi Lanchid, get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, and pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Budapest trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Bratislava to Budapest takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Budapest sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 25°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Eger.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:

Eger, Hungary — 2 nights

Nestled between the Matra and Bukk Mountains in northern Hungary, Eger represents a mixture of historical discovery and relaxing pleasures.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Dobo Square, then explore the fascinating underground world of Valley of the Beautiful Women, then get a taste of local nightlife at Szepasszonyvolgy 46., and finally surround yourself with nature on Dog sled tour Matrafured. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Kovacs Nimrod Winery, contemplate the long history of Varos a Varos Alatt, then see the interesting displays at Egri Road Beatles Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Eger Castle, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Torok Furdo.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read our Eger day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Budapest to Eger takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Eger can reach 34°F, while at night they dip to 24°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Zakopane.
Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:

Zakopane, Poland — 3 nights

Home to Poland's indigenous Goral people, Zakopane sits at the foothill of the Tatra Mountains, an area serving as one of the country's most fashionable year-round vacation getaways.
Step out of the city life by going to Gubalowka and Dolina Pieciu Stawow Polskich. Venture out of the city with trips to Tatra National Park (Szczyt Mnich & Rysy Peak). The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Suche Ski Area, take a peaceful walk through Olczyska Valley, appreciate the views at Dolina Koscieliska, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Orla Perc Trail.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Zakopane attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Eger to Zakopane takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Eger in January, plan for little chillier nights in Zakopane, with lows around 16°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Krakow.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:

Krakow, Poland — 5 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.
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wawel Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Wieliczka Salt Mine and Kazmierz The Former Jewish District. Spend the 23rd (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: explore the engaging exhibits at HistoryLand, browse the exhibits of Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, pause for some photo ops at Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Joseph.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Krakow route maker website.

Traveling by car from Zakopane to Krakow takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Zakopane in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Krakow, with lows of 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can fly to Warsaw.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors
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Find places to stay Jan 20 — 25:

Warsaw, Poland — 4 nights

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town and Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum. Get some cultural insight at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego and Nowy Swiat. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get curious at Copernicus Science Centre, get to know the fascinating history of Krakowskie Przedmiescie, and pause for some photo ops at Pomnik Bohaterów Getta.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Warsaw trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Warsaw takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January in Warsaw, expect temperatures between 32°F during the day and 23°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Gdansk.
Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:

Gdansk, Poland — 3 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as St. Mary's Church and Archikatedra Oliwska are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town and Mariacka Street (ulica Mariacka). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with Tryton Diving Center, learn about all things military at Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej), don't miss a visit to Neptune's Fountain (Fontanna Neptuna), and see the interesting displays at Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci.

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

You can fly from Warsaw to Gdansk in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in Gdansk sees daily highs of 32°F and lows of 24°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kaliningrad.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 1:

Kaliningrad, Russia — 1 night

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kurshskaya Kosa.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kaliningrad attractions planner.

You can drive from Gdansk to Kaliningrad in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Gdansk to Kaliningrad. In February, plan for daily highs up to 36°F, and evening lows to 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Riga.
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Riga, Latvia — 5 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as St. Peter's Church and Riga Cathedral are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Old City Riga (Vecriga) and Tour Point. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Riga: Saulkrasti Beach (in Saulkrasti) and Sigulda (Turaida Castle & Mezakakis Adventure Park). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, kick back and relax at Jurmala Beach, examine the collection at Riga Motormuseum, and appreciate the history behind Freedom Monument.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Riga day trip planning website.

Getting from Kaliningrad to Riga by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°F in February, and nighttime lows around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Vilnius.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Find places to stay Feb 2 — 7:

Vilnius, Lithuania — 4 nights

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.
Vilnius Old Town and Gate of Dawn are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Liepkalnis and PuckoriU Atodanga. Change things up with these side-trips from Vilnius: Kaunas (Kaunas Castle, Laisves aleja (Liberty Boulevard), &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, sample the fine beverages at Grapperia, take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower, and examine the collection at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus).

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Vilnius trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Riga to Vilnius in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°F in February, and nighttime lows around 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can fly to Moscow.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Find places to stay Feb 7 — 11:

Moscow, Russia — 5 nights

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Red Square and Saint Basil's Cathedral. Get some cultural insight at Moscow Kremlin and Lenin's Mausoleum. Get out of town with these interesting Moscow side-trips: Ski Stadium Zorkiy (in Krasnogorsk), Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo (in Arkhangelskoye) and Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, steep yourself in history at Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve, stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Moscow trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Vilnius to Moscow in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time is 1 hour. In February, Moscow is slightly colder than Vilnius - with highs of 28°F and lows of 20°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Kazan.
Historic Sites · Museums · Winter Sports · Parks
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Find places to stay Feb 11 — 16:

Kazan, Russia — 2 nights

The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museum "Tatarskaya Sloboda", contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery-Workshop of Zaitsev. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, and then see the interesting displays at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kazan trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Moscow to Kazan in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Moscow in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of 10°F in Kazan. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Kostroma.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 18:

Kostroma, Russia — 2 nights

As part of Russia's Golden Ring of historical towns, the city of Kostroma is something of an open-air museum with ties to the Romanov dynasty.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): examine the collection at Bread Museum, examine the collection at Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum, and then admire the striking features of The Resurrection Church on the Debra. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Peter Toy Museum, then experience rural life at Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm, and then examine the collection at Museum Istoricheskaya Syrovarnya.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kostroma travel website.

You can fly from Kazan to Kostroma in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kazan in February: high temperatures in Kostroma hover around 30°F and lows are around 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to fly to St. Petersburg.
Museums · Historic Sites
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Find places to stay Feb 18 — 20:

St. Petersburg, Russia — 5 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.
Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Russian Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, examine the collection at The Kunstkamera, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Khram Svyatykh Apostolov Petra I Pavla, and take a stroll through Nevsky Prospekt.

Plan a St. Petersburg trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Kostroma to St. Petersburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 30°F, while at night they dip to 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Tallinn.
Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 25:

Tallinn, Estonia — 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tallinn Old Town and Kumu Art Museum. Get in touch with nature at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum and Stroomi Beach. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Kadriorg Palace, contemplate the long history of Tallinn Town Wall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peapiiskopi Kirik.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tallinn day trip planner.

Drive from St. Petersburg to Tallinn in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to 33°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 25 — Mar 1:

Slovenia travel guide

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Castles · Bodies of Water · Caves
Sunny Side of the Alps
From snowcapped Alpine peaks to sandy Adriatic beaches, a trip to Slovenia is like taking several vacations at once. Whatever the season, the country offers enticing natural attractions, all close at hand, including thick forests, scenic valleys, cave systems, waterfalls, lakes, and the Adriatic coast. For those seeking an active holiday, you'll fine an abundance of ski slopes, trails to hike, roads to bike, and rocks to climb. Pay a visit to some of Slovenia's spa resorts and take advantage of the fresh mountain air and thermal waters. Various castles, churches, and historical towns--many of which are fully preserved--tell stories of the country's past. In Slovenia's major cities, admire the architecture, explore the local arts, visit museums, and chat with the locals over a cup of coffee. Slovenian cuisine offers a blend of Alpine and Mediterranean tastes and is definitely worth trying, along with the country's wines.

Slovakia travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Monuments
Heart of Europe
A land of magnificent castles, untouched nature, and rich cultural heritage, Slovakia is a jewel in the heart of Europe that's waiting to be discovered. Larger cities such as Bratislava and Kosice feature historic architecture and offer numerous sightseeing opportunities and exciting art scenes, while the traditional villages are the perfect place to get acquainted with local customs. Some of the country's most popular tourist destinations are its numerous spa resorts, famous for their therapeutic properties, and a selection of wooden churches, many of which are World Heritage Sites. Those looking for nature's attractions can enjoy everything from the thick forests and snowy peaks of the Tatra Mountains, to one of Europe's largest concentrations of subterranean caves. The country's cuisine reflects its multi-cultural history and is a definite must-try.

Hungary travel guide

4.1
Thermal Spas · Historic Sites · Government Buildings
Breadbasket of Europe
Because tourism throughout the whole country is not as popular as in other European countries, much of the natural beauty of Hungary has not been developed or exploited. Visitors today are drawn to the unspoiled picturesque landscape, the capital metropolis surrounded by charming small towns and villages, and the plethora of thermal baths. The country's number of well-preserved archaeological ruins, castles, cathedrals, and medieval towns provide opportunities to those wanting a taste of European history. With the opportunity to explore both time-worn architecture and notable natural surroundings in every region, Hungary provides sightseeing opportunities with the amenities of traditional tourist destinations. 

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.

Russia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Churches · Historic Sites
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.

Latvia travel guide

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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

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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

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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.