15 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

15 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  17 h
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
3
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 15 min
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

2
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Heroes' Square.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest holiday planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Budapest is an approximately 17- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Cape Town to Budapest, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Budapest are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral and then browse the exhibits of Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Bubble Football & More by Bumper Ball Experiences, admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Basilica, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Krakow day trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Budapest to Krakow takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Budapest in May, plan for slightly colder days in Krakow, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

2
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
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 nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg itinerary planner.

You can fly from Krakow to St. Petersburg in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

3
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, stroll the grounds of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Vitus Cathedral.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Prague sightseeing planner.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Prague in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

3
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take a stroll through Old Town and then get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, then see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, then head off the coast to Lokrum Island, and finally steep yourself in history at Rector's Palace.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Dubrovnik travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Prague to Dubrovnik in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Prague in May; daily highs in Dubrovnik reach 26°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum ©
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Lokrum Island ©
Lokrum Island

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