20 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

20 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Eastern Europe trip planner

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Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Tallinn
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Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
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Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
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Moscow, Russia

— 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Red Square and Lenin's Mausoleum. Museum-lovers will get to explore State Tretyakov Gallery and Kournikova Gallery. Explore Moscow's surroundings by going to Lobnya Art Gallery (in Lobnya) and Khimki Art Gallery (in Khimki). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, wander the streets of Kuznetsky Most Street, take in the exciting artwork at ARTSTORY gallery, and stop by Perlov Tea House.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Moscow trip itinerary builder website.

Chandigarh, India to Moscow is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Chandigarh to Moscow. In February in Moscow, expect temperatures between -2°C during the day and -7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): look for gifts at Souvenir Shop in Hotel Vedensky, shop like a local with Tretyakov's Gallery, then admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, then see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kazan Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Nevsky Prospekt, examine the collection at Russian Museum, steep yourself in history at Palace Square, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and finally see the interesting displays at The Kunstkamera.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg holiday website.

Traveling by train from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in February, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 6:

Tallinn, Estonia

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Kakumae Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Klooga, identify plant and animal life at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Stroomi Beach, then explore the galleries of Kadriorg Palace, and finally browse the exhibits of Kumu Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town, take in the exciting artwork at Asuur Keraamika Ceramics, look for gifts at Town Hall Pharmacy, view the masterpieces at Koopa Galerii, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, and finally make a trip to Toompea Hill.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tallinn vacation builder.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from St. Petersburg to Tallinn takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Tallinn. In February, daytime highs in Tallinn are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Tallinn

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 6 — 8:

Riga, Latvia

— 2 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.
On the 9th (Tue), take a peaceful walk through Dzintari Forest Park, get outside with Jurmala Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Centraltirgus). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Freedom Monument, explore the world behind art at Latvian National Museum Of Art, steep yourself in history at Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, then see the interesting displays at Riga Motormuseum, then shop like a local with Doma Antikvariats, and finally shop like a local with Live Silver Museum.

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Fly from Tallinn to Riga in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Riga, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Riga

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 10:

Budapest, Hungary

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Danube

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.
Shop till you drop at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria) and Herend Porcelain - Hadik Shop. Let the collections at Koller Gallery and House of Terror Museum capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fisherman's Bastion, test the waters at a local thermal spa, admire the landmark architecture of Matthias Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Budapest online vacation planner.

You can fly from Riga to Budapest in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Riga, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Budapest, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Spas
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 13:

Krakow, Poland

— 4 nights

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and HistoryLand. Shop till you drop at Kacper Ryx Historical Shop and Dystans Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Krakow: Katowice (District of Culture (Strefa Kultury) & Szyb Wilson Gallery). Spend the 16th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Wieliczka Salt Mine, enjoy some diversion at Cracow Shooting Academy, explore the galleries of Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, and get engrossed in the history at Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego Collegium Maius.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Krakow vacation planner.

Fly from Budapest to Krakow in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Krakow, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 17:

Prague, Czech Republic

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): view the masterpieces at GOF+FA/Gallery of Functional and Fine Art, appreciate the extensive heritage of Staromestske namesti, see the interesting displays at Gallery of Steel Figures, take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then look for gifts at Manufaktura, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge. On your second day here, wander the streets of Lesser Town, view the masterpieces at Schwarzenberg Palace, admire the striking features of St. Vitus Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Spanish Synagogue, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with DOX Centre for Contemporary Art.

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You can fly from Krakow to Prague in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. February in Prague sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 20: