9 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

9 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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9 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Porto, Portugal
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
3
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Krakow, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Porto, Portugal

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matthias Church, then take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Janoshegy, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, then pause for some photo ops at Hősök tere, and finally examine the collection at House of Terror Museum.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Budapest trip planner.

Porto, Portugal to Budapest is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Porto in October; daily highs in Budapest reach 19°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Budapest

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Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

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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 fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, get your game on at Maze of Fear, pause for some serene contemplation at Savior on the Spilled Blood, and contemplate the long history of Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad).

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our St. Petersburg trip planning tool .

Fly from Budapest to St. Petersburg in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Budapest in October: high temperatures in St. Petersburg hover around 9°C and lows are around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Prague.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): snap pictures at Charles Bridge, then take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock, then wander the streets of StaromEstske namEsti, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Katedrala Svateho Vita, and then take a stroll through Lesser Town.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Prague trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Prague takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Prague due to the time zone difference. In October, Prague is a bit warmer than St. Petersburg - with highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Krakow.

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

1
night
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 10th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, enjoy breathtaking views from Town Hall Tower, then shop like a local with Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), then steep yourself in history at Wawel Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Basilica.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Krakow trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Prague to Krakow in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October in Krakow, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Shopping
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Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
St. Mary's Basilica ©
St. Mary's Basilica

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