15 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

15 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  17​h
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
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:  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, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, and examine the collection at House of Terror Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Budapest trip itinerary 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. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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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.
On the 7th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral and then get engrossed in the history at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Bubble Football by Bumper Ball Experiences, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Basilica, then contemplate the long history of Wawel Royal Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Krakow trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Budapest to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in May, expect nights in Krakow to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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 ©
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

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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, nightlife, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, steep yourself in history at Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, get engrossed in the history at Peterhof Grand Palace, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read St. Petersburg trip planning app .

Getting from Krakow to St. Petersburg by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to 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
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, admire the striking features of Prague Astronomical Clock, take in the views from Charles Bridge, and stroll the grounds of Stary zidovsky Hrbitov.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Prague visit planner.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Prague in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Prague. In May, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): wander the streets of Old Town and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Dubrovnik City Walls. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, then step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum, and finally explore the galleries of Rector's Palace.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik trip itinerary maker site .

Fly from Prague to Dubrovnik in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Prague in May, expect Dubrovnik to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough 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
Old Town ©
Old Town

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