17 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

17 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  18​h
1
Moscow, Russia
— 1 night
train:  4​h
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Vysoko-Petrovsky Monastery, then admire the masterpieces at The State Tretyakov Gallery, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad).

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Moscow travel itinerary planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Moscow is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Traveling from Johannesburg to Moscow, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in April, expect nights in Moscow to be little chillier, around 1°C, while days are colder, around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

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Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) ©
Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad)
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral

3
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 shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Museum Complex The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral, admire the local landmark of Fountain Samson, Tearing the Lion's Jaws, and admire the masterpieces at Peterhof Grand Palace.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read St. Petersburg vacation planning site .

You can fly from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in April, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): examine the collection at Oskar Schindler's Factory, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, and then get to know the fascinating history of Main Market Square. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Krakow holiday planner.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Krakow in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Krakow, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from St. Petersburg in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Krakow: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

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

4
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: appreciate the extensive heritage of Prague Castle, take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum in Prague, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Prague day trip app .

Getting from Krakow to Prague by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Prague

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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti

4
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.
Spend the 26th (Fri) immersed in therapeutic waters at a local thermal spa. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Parliament, appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, and snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Budapest trip planner .

Getting from Prague to Budapest by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Budapest

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

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