21 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

21 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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21 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Muscat, Oman
Fly:  9​h
1
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h 30​min
2
Bratislava, Slovakia
— 2 nights
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
4
Lviv, Ukraine
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Kiev, Ukraine
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h 15​min
6
Poiana Brasov, Romania
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
7
Bucharest, Romania
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Warsaw, Poland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
9
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Muscat, Oman

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Wieliczka Salt Mine, then steep yourself in history at Wawel Royal Castle, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Krakow trip planner .

Muscat, Oman to Krakow is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Muscat to Krakow. Traveling from Muscat in September, things will get colder in Krakow: highs are around 22°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bratislava.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
St. Mary's Basilica ©
St. Mary's Basilica

2
nights
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.
Bratislava is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Devin Castle, don't miss a visit to Hlavne Namestie, take in the views from New Bridge (Novy Most), and contemplate the long history of Michalska Brana.

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Drive from Krakow to Bratislava in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Bratislava are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Bratislava

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Devin Castle ©
Devin Castle
Bratislava Old Town ©
Bratislava Old Town
Bratislava Castle ©
Bratislava Castle

2
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.
On the 19th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dohány Street Synagogue, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, then see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Budapest tour website .

Traveling by car from Bratislava to Budapest takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lviv.

Things to do in Budapest

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

1
night
Lviv, Ukraine

Lviv ©
Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
On the 21st (Sat), explore the different monuments and memorials at Lychakiv Cemetery, take in panoramic vistas at Lviv High Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Svyatogo Yura Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Lviv City Hall, then wander the streets of Old Town, and finally don't miss a visit to Rynok Square. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, examine the collection at Insomnia - The Haunted House, then admire the landmark architecture of Armenian Virgin Mary's Dormition Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Pharmacy Museum.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lviv trip planning site .

Fly from Budapest to Lviv in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Budapest to Lviv. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Lviv

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Lychakiv Cemetery ©
Lychakiv Cemetery
Rynok Square ©
Rynok Square
Old Town ©
Old Town

2
nights
Kiev, Ukraine

The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
On the 23rd (Mon), capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, contemplate the long history of Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra, then examine the collection at Mykola Syadristy Microminiatures Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Sophia Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Great Patriotic War Museum, appreciate the history behind Rodina Mat (Motherland), don't miss a visit to Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery, then make a trip to Andriyivski Uzviz, and finally make a trip to Khreshchatyk.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kiev holiday maker site .

Fly from Lviv to Kiev in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Poiana Brasov.

Things to do in Kiev

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Photography Tours
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
Saint Sophia Cathedral ©
Saint Sophia Cathedral

2
nights
Poiana Brasov, Romania

Poiana Brasov ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Rasnov Citadel, then step into the grandiose world of Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), and then hit the slopes at Poiana Brasov. On your second day here, get a new perspective on nature at Dino Parc, identify plant and animal life at Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti, and then Head underground at Valea Cetatii Cave.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Poiana Brasov trip planner .

Getting from Kiev to Poiana Brasov by car takes about 14.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bucharest.

Things to do in Poiana Brasov

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Rasnov, Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti
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Poiana Brasov ©
Poiana Brasov
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) ©
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
Rasnov Citadel ©
Rasnov Citadel

1
night
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
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 27th (Fri): stroll around Herăstrău Park, admire the landmark architecture of Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", then contemplate the long history of Stavropoleos Monastery, and finally ponder the world of politics at Palace of Parliament. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Cismigiu Gardens, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then wander the streets of Old Town.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bucharest online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Poiana Brasov to Bucharest in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Bucharest

Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Herăstrău Park ©
Herăstrău Park
Palace of Parliament ©
Palace of Parliament

2
nights
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
On the 29th (Sun), pause for some photo ops at Statue of John III Sobieski, admire the natural beauty at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, then brush up on your military savvy at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, and then take in panoramic vistas at Palace of Culture and Science.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Warsaw trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Bucharest to Warsaw takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bucharest to Warsaw. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Bucharest in September: highs in Warsaw hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can take a train to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie
Old Town ©
Old Town
Walking tours

3
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
Step out of Krakow with an excursion to Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim--about 1h 30 min away. Enjoy Krakow some more: contemplate the long history of Wawel Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Avenue of Stars, wander the streets of Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, and examine the collection at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Krakow road trip planner .

You can take a train from Warsaw to Krakow in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

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