11 days in Europe Itinerary

11 days in Europe Itinerary

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11 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h 45​min
2
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
3
Riga, Latvia
— 1 night
4
Kaunas, Lithuania
— 1 night
train + Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
6
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: New York City, United States

1
night
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukion Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at The Esplanadi Park.

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New York City, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from New York City to Helsinki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in May, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between 60°F and 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Tallinn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn ©
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 3rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, then steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill, then see the interesting displays at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kumu Art Museum. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum, look for gifts at Town Hall Pharmacy, then take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from St. Olaf’s Church.

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You can ride a ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May in Tallinn, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Riga.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali

1
night
Riga, Latvia

Riga ©
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 5th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, and then take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga).

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Riga tour planning site .

You can fly from Tallinn to Riga in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tallinn in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Riga, with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Kaunas.

Things to do in Riga

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs ©
Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs

1
night
Kaunas, Lithuania

Kaunas ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Pazaislis Monastery, contemplate the long history of Ninth Fort, and then explore the historical opulence of Kaunas Castle.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kaunas tour planning site .

Getting from Riga to Kaunas by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Kaunas

Historic Sites
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Ninth Fort ©
Ninth Fort
Pazaislis Monastery ©
Pazaislis Monastery
Kaunas Castle ©
Kaunas Castle

2
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum, then explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Basil's Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad). Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml), then explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of The Holy Virgin.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Moscow planning site .

Do a combination of train and flight from Kaunas to Moscow in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kaunas to Moscow. In May, daytime highs in Moscow are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Church of The Holy Virgin
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Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) ©
Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad)
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): examine the collection at Russian Museum, see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior on the Spilled Blood, and finally pause for some photo ops at Site of Pushkin s Duel. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Yakornaya Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, and then contemplate the long history of Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg trip itinerary site .

Traveling by train from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Historic Sites Museums
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Russian Museum ©
Russian Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

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