15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  14​h
1
Tallinn, Estonia
— 1 day
2
Riga, Latvia
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Minsk, Belarus
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
5
Chisinau, Moldova
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  3​h
6
Bucharest, Romania
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Rome, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
10
Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Vienna, Austria
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
12
Bratislava, Slovakia
— Few hours
13
Budapest, Hungary
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
14
Krakow, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
15
Prague, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: New York City, United States

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik, take in panoramic vistas at Viewing Point Kohtuotsa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, and finally make a trip to Toompea Hill.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tallinn travel planner.

New York City, USA to Tallinn is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 7 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in August: high temperatures in Tallinn hover around 70°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Riga.

Things to do in Tallinn

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

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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.
On the 27th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Old City Riga (Vecriga) and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Centraltirgus).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Riga trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Tallinn to Riga takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Riga can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Riga

Neighborhoods Shopping
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Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Central Market (Centraltirgus) ©
Central Market (Centraltirgus)

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Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius ©
The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, boasts an impressive medieval quarter--one of the continent's largest and a World Heritage Site with almost 2,000 historical buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Ponary cmentarz, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Vilniaus staciatikiu Sventosios Dvasios vienuolynas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Theresa, and finally don't miss a visit to St John's church.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Vilnius trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Riga to Vilnius in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Minsk.

Things to do in Vilnius

Historic Sites
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Ponary cmentarz ©
Ponary cmentarz
Church of St. Theresa ©
Church of St. Theresa

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Minsk, Belarus

Minsk ©
As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Minsk trip maker site .

Drive from Vilnius to Minsk in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Vilnius to Minsk is 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Chisinau.

Things to do in Minsk

Historic Sites Parks
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Loshitskiy Park ©
Loshitskiy Park
Church of All Saints ©
Church of All Saints

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Chisinau, Moldova

Chisinau ©
Chișinău Etymology and namesThe origin of the city's name is unclear, but in one version, the name comes from the archaic Romanian word chișla (meaning "spring", "source of water") and nouă ("new"), because it was built around a small spring, at the corner of Pușkin and Albișoara streets.The other version, formulated by Ștefan Ciobanu, Romanian historian and academician, holds that the name was formed the same way as the name of Chișineu (alternative spelling: Chișinău) in Western Romania, near the border with Hungary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Sculpture of Skateboarders, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, and then learn about winemaking at Cricova Winery.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Chisinau tour planning website .

Traveling by flight from Minsk to Chisinau takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Minsk to Chisinau is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Chisinau

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cricova Winery
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Cricova Winery ©
Cricova Winery

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Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
On the 31st (Sat), buy something for everyone on your list at AFI Cotroceni, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Patriarchal Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Coral Temple, and finally wander the streets of Old Town.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bucharest online vacation maker .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Chisinau to Bucharest in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Rome.

Things to do in Bucharest

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Coral Temple ©
Coral Temple
Old Town ©
Old Town
Patriarchal Cathedral ©
Patriarchal Cathedral

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Rome, Italy

Rome ©
Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
On the 1st (Sun), explore the ancient world of Colosseum, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and then ponder the design of Trevi Fountain.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rome road trip planner .

Getting from Bucharest to Rome by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Bucharest to Rome is minus 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bucharest in August since evenings lows in Rome dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites
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Colosseum ©
Colosseum
Pantheon ©
Pantheon
Trevi Fountain ©
Trevi Fountain

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): shop like a local with Samostan Sv.klare, then steep yourself in history at Walls of Dubrovnik, then take in panoramic vistas at Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, and finally step off the mainland to explore Island of Lokrum.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Dubrovnik road trip app .

Fly from Rome to Dubrovnik in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Island of Lokrum ©
Island of Lokrum
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum ©
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo ©
Nearly destroyed by war during the 1990s, the riverside city of Sarajevo now serves as one of the region's major educational, cultural, and commercial hubs.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Museum Of Crimes Against Humanity And Genocide 1992-1995 and then contemplate the long history of Bascarsija.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sarajevo online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Sarajevo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Dubrovnik in September, with highs in Sarajevo at 72°F and lows at 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Ljubljana.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Historic Sites Museums
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Bascarsija ©
Bascarsija

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Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana ©
The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana melds German, Mediterranean, and Slovenian culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Zale Cemetery, then make a trip to Mestni Trg, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cankarjevo Nabrezje, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ljubljana road trip planning site .

You can fly from Sarajevo to Ljubljana in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. September in Ljubljana sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Historic Sites Shopping
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Zale Cemetery ©
Zale Cemetery
Cankarjevo Nabrezje ©
Cankarjevo Nabrezje
Central Market ©
Central Market

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral and then step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienna trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Ljubljana to Vienna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites
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St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace

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Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava ©
Slovakia's capital, Bratislava, attracts visitors for its natural beauty and rich culture, offering a plethora of landscapes, outdoor activities, historical monuments, and a stately old town.
On the 5th (Thu), snap pictures at Stary most and then step into the grandiose world of Bratislava Castle.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bratislava road trip planning site .

You can drive from Vienna to Bratislava in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites
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Bratislava Castle ©
Bratislava Castle
Stary most ©
Stary most

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): indulge your taste buds at Central Market Hall, then look for gifts at Book Cafe - Lotz Terem, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Budapest trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bratislava to Budapest takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Shopping Historic Sites
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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Central Market Hall ©
Central Market Hall

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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 (Sat), steep yourself in history at Wawel Cathedral and then steep yourself in history at Wawel Royal Castle.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Krakow online visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Budapest to Krakow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Budapest in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Krakow: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites
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Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take a stroll through StaromEstske namEsti, get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Katedrala Svateho Vita.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Prague trip maker app .

You can fly from Krakow to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. September in Prague sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita
Prague Astronomical Clock ©
Prague Astronomical Clock

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