26 days in Central Europe, Eastern Europe & Greece Itinerary

26 days in Central Europe, Eastern Europe & Greece Itinerary

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26 days in Central Europe, Eastern Europe & Greece Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
bus + Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Krakow, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
4
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
6
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
7
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
10
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: New York City, United States

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Zoo Berlin, explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, and don't miss a visit to East Side Gallery.

For ratings and more tourist information, go to the Berlin online tour planner .

New York City, USA to Berlin is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

1
night
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 5th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, then admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Krakow trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Berlin to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daytime highs in Krakow are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites
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Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

3
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: ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, steep yourself in history at Liberty Statue, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, and explore the world behind art at Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Budapest trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

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

3
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo, explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and examine the collection at Imperial Palace (Hofburg).

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Vienna trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Budapest to Vienna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Vienna are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, then get great views at Fortress Hohensalzburg, and finally contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirabell Palace, contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), take an in-depth tour of Mozarts Geburtshaus, then take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg, then see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter).

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Salzburg road trip website .

You can fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn

2
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the galleries of Nymphenburg Palace, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Marienplatz. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Munich Residenz, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, then take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Munich itinerary maker site .

Drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Munich sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
English Garden ©
English Garden

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: wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, don't miss a visit to Prague Astronomical Clock, step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katedrala Svateho Vita.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Prague route builder .

Traveling by flight from Munich to Prague takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Prague

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

2
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 19th (Sun): take a stroll through Old Town and then get to know the fascinating history of Walls of Dubrovnik. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at War Photo Limited, head off the coast to Island of Lokrum, and then get engrossed in the history at Rector's Palace.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik visit planner.

Getting from Prague to Dubrovnik by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Prague in September; daily highs in Dubrovnik reach 77°F and lows reach 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Athens.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Step out of Athens to go to Mycenae and see Archaeological Site Mycenae, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Athens trip planning tool .

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Athens in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. In September, Athens is somewhat warmer than Dubrovnik - with highs of 84°F and lows of 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Archaeological Site Mycenae
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Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Plaka ©
Plaka

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, parks, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, make a trip to Chasovnya Svyatoy Blazhennoy Ksenii Peterburgskoy, get your game on at Maze of Fear, and contemplate the long history of Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad).

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read St. Petersburg trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Athens to St. Petersburg takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Athens in September: high temperatures in St. Petersburg hover around 61°F and lows are around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

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