32 days in Europe Itinerary

32 days in Europe Itinerary

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Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
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Bucharest, Romania
— 1 day
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly to Rhodes, Bus to Lindos
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Lindos, Greece
— 2 nights
Bus to Rhodes, Fly to Istanbul Ataturk
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
— 1 night
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
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Warsaw, Poland
— 1 night
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Kamianiuki, Belarus
— 1 night
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Kaunas, Lithuania
— 1 night
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Riga, Latvia
— 1 night
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Tallinn, Estonia
— 1 night
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Prague, Czech Republic

— 2 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.
You've now added Mysterium Tours to your itinerary. Your inner history buff will appreciate Staromestske namesti and St. Vitus Cathedral. Get some cultural insight at Prague Castle and DOX Centre for Contemporary Art. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, contemplate the long history of Lobkowicz Palace, get engrossed in the history at Jewish Museum in Prague, and see the interesting displays at Powder Tower.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Prague vacation planner.

Toronto, Canada to Prague is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nightlife
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Bucharest, Romania

— 1 day
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, then get a taste of the local shopping with Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", then admire the masterpieces at Peasant Museum (Muzeul Taranului Roman), and finally steep yourself in history at Stavropoleos Monastery.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bucharest trip builder app.

Fly from Prague to Bucharest in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Prague in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of -3°C in Bucharest. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Bucharest

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take a stroll through Vitosha Boulevard, then admire the striking features of Boyana Church, and then admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral.

Discover how to plan a Sofia trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Bucharest to Sofia by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Sofia can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

Athens, Greece

— 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Take a break from the city and head to Glyfada Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Your inner history buff will appreciate Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Olympian Zeus. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, take a stroll through Plaka, view the masterpieces at Technohoros Art Gallery, and look for gifts at Ermou Spirits Cava Pittaras Trade Beverages.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Athens road trip planner.

You can fly from Sofia to Athens in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Sofia in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Athens, with highs around 17°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Athens

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Lindos, Greece

— 2 nights
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Village of Lindos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Agios Pavlos Beach, get into the urban bustle at Kallithea Springs, then contemplate the long history of The Church of the Panagia, and finally explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Lindos.

Discover how to plan a Lindos trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Athens to Lindos in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daytime highs in Lindos are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Lindos

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

Istanbul, Turkey

— 4 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hagia Sophia and Sultanahmet District. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Ortakoy. There's lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, take a stroll through Istiklal Caddesi, admire the landmark architecture of Rustem Pasha Mosque, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul travel route site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lindos to Istanbul takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Lindos to Istanbul is 1 hour. When traveling from Lindos in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kyiv (Kiev).

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:

Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine

— 1 night
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): learn about all things military at National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, contemplate the long history of The Holy Dormition Kyiv Caves Lavra, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sophia's Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Golden Gate, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kyiv (Kiev) visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Kyiv (Kiev) takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Istanbul to Kyiv (Kiev), you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Istanbul in January, plan for slightly colder days in Kyiv (Kiev), with highs around -1°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

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.
Get in touch with nature at Danube River and Sas Hill Nature Reserve. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. Next up on the itinerary: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at University Church, examine the collection at House of Terror Museum, and wander the streets of Andrassy Avenue.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Kyiv (Kiev) to Budapest takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kyiv (Kiev) in January: highs in Budapest hover around 3°C, while lows dip to -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:

Krakow, Poland

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): examine the collection at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Basilica, then steep yourself in history at Wawel Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bazylika i Klasztor Franciszkanow, and then explore the galleries of Wieliczka Salt Mine.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Krakow travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Budapest to Krakow in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Krakow sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

Warsaw, Poland

— 1 night

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): stroll around Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, contemplate the long history of Lazienki Palace (Palac Lazienkowski), then look and learn at Copernicus Science Centre, then get to know the fascinating history of Rynek Starego Miasta, and finally explore the historical opulence of Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Nowy Swiat, then take an in-depth tour of Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, then see the interesting displays at POLIN Muzeum Historii Zydow Polskich, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Town.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Warsaw travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Krakow to Warsaw takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in January, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kamianiuki.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:

Kamianiuki, Belarus

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bielaviežskaja pušča National Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kamianiuki driving holiday planning app.

Getting from Warsaw to Kamianiuki by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Warsaw to Kamianiuki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, daily temperatures in Kamianiuki can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kaunas.

Things to do in Kamianiuki

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:
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Kaunas, Lithuania

— 1 night
Situated between the Neris and Nemunas rivers, Kaunas is known for its old town, which, though smaller than the capital's, is in much better condition.
On the 14th (Mon), browse the different shops at Akropolis, then stop by Old Town Kaunas, then explore the historical opulence of Kaunas Castle, and finally wander the streets of Laisves aleja (Liberty Boulevard).

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kaunas online trip maker.

Drive from Kamianiuki to Kaunas in 5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Kamianiuki to Kaunas is minus 1 hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to -2°C, and evening lows to -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Riga.

Things to do in Kaunas

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:

Riga, Latvia

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, then wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Riga Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Riga trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Kaunas to Riga by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 16:

Tallinn, Estonia

— 1 night
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.
On the 16th (Wed), examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, then contemplate the long history of Toompea Hill, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peapiiskopi Kirik, and finally explore the world behind art at Kumu Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, then stroll through Stroomi Beach, then steep yourself in history at Town Hall Pharmacy, and finally wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tallinn trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Riga to Tallinn takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -2°C in January, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 17:

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Palace Square. Get a sense of the local culture at The State Hermitage Museum and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, wander the streets of Nevsky Prospekt, explore the activities along Neva Embankments, and contemplate the long history of Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read St. Petersburg road trip planning app.

Do a combination of flight and train from Tallinn to St. Petersburg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Tallinn to St. Petersburg is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around -5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:

Czech Republic travel guide

4.3
Bridges · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
From historical towns and cities, to a countryside speckled with castles and chateaus, the Czech Republic is a holiday destination that can satisfy everybody's taste. Even though it's modern and fully-developed, the country carefully preserves its traditions and heritage. The city of Prague, with its breathtaking architecture, vibrant art and culture scene, and bustling nightlife, is not only one of the country's main attractions, but also a top European tourist hub. The scenic countryside features numerous national parks and nature reserves perfect for hiking, cycling, golfing, and enjoying the natural beauty. In the wintertime ski buffs have their pick from a selection of resorts. If you're looking to unwind and rejuvenate in picturesque settings, visit the famous spa and wellness resorts that have been renowned in Europe for centuries.

Romania travel guide

4.4
Castles · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
An image of ancient architecture contrasted against a backdrop of vivdly green landscape represents the country of Romania, which features a diversity of landscape that has been largely undeveloped. With numerous mountain, valley, and lakeside resorts, an abundance of activities await outdoor enthusiasts. The other side of Romanian tourism is its impressive collection of ancient ruins, prehistoric fortresses, and medieval castles. Many of these date back to prehistoric times, the Ottoman Empire, and Austro-Hungarian rule, the influences of which are still apparent in preserved details. Tourism in Romania is not as prevalent as other countries, which this makes the travel experience here feel more authentic and awe-inspiring. Check out this simple but captivating country and discover its natural and historic beauty.

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Ruins · Landmarks
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Ukraine travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Monuments
Bread Basket of Europe
As the largest country entirely within Europe, it comes as no surprise that Ukraine is a hugely diverse nation. Despite its varied and vibrant tourist attractions, it is a relatively under-visited part of the world. This is mostly good news for those who do decide to vacation here because they can enjoy an authentic and unusual experience. Sip coffee in city cafes, hike the Carpathians, unwind by the beach, and explore picturesque forests. Those interested in architecture will be delighted by the massive array on offer, including grand Gothic towers, wooden churches, and looming Stalinist constructions.

Hungary travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · Thermal Spas · 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.

Belarus travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Monuments · Churches
Explore the idyllic cornflower fields, vast forests, and charming villages of , a country that blends modern progress with its rich history. Tour the financially prosperous and socially progressive capital city, traipse through national parks, and catch sight of the continent's largest mammal, the European bison. Visit ancient castles, and view demonstrations of ceramic making and blacksmithing. Learn how World War II impacted this Eastern European nation by visiting one of the many monuments and memorials that pay homage to those who served. Because of its isolation from the rest of the region, visitors to the country are often approached with curiosity, but warmly greeted by the locals. Known for its rich cultural heritage, the nation hosts a plethora of festivals throughout the year, allowing visitors and locals alike to enjoy the arts.

Lithuania travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings
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.

Latvia travel guide

4.3
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.

Estonia travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
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.

Russia travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
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.