22 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

22 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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22 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  17​h
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
5
Bol, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Hvar, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Korcula Town, Croatia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Halaszbastya and Andrassy Avenue. St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika) and Matthias Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, ponder the world of politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, take a stroll through Vaci Street, and contemplate the long history of Liberty Statue.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Budapest road trip website .

Cape Town, South Africa to Budapest is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in August: high temperatures in Budapest hover around 32°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Krakow.

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Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya

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.
On the 28th (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at New Jewish Cemetery and then take an in-depth tour of Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, then get a taste of the local shopping with Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), then steep yourself in history at Wawel Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Wieliczka Salt Mine.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Krakow trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Budapest to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in August, things will get little chillier in Krakow: highs are around 29°C and lows about 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Krakow

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Side Trips

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The State Hermitage Museum and Nevsky Prospekt. Museum-lovers will appreciate Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Russian Museum. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Savior on the Spilled Blood, don't miss a visit to Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), view the masterpieces at Dolls Gallery, and look for gifts at Magazin Kuptsov Yeliseyevykh.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our St. Petersburg road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Krakow to St. Petersburg takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Krakow to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Krakow in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in St. Petersburg: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Prague.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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

2
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Katedrala Svateho Vita, then don't miss a visit to StaromEstske namEsti, and finally steep yourself in history at Prasna brana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Kunstkomora, wander the streets of Lesser Town, take in the exciting artwork at Lobkowicz Palace, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Prague online day trip planner .

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Prague in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bol.

Things to do in Prague

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Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
StaromEstske namEsti ©
StaromEstske namEsti
St. Vitus Cathedral ©
St. Vitus Cathedral

2
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Bol, Croatia

Bol ©
An hour boat ride from Split on the island of Brac, Bol boasts a charming old town, pebble beach, and great windsurfing conditions. Historical charm abounds here in the form of stone houses, narrow pedestrian streets, and historical attractions marked with panels.
Get outdoors at Sumartin Beach and Paklina Beach. You'll explore and learn at Dominican Monastery and Museum uja. Step out of Bol with an excursion to Lovrecina Bay in Postira--about 42 minutes away. It doesn't end there: stroll through Murvica Beach and enjoy the sand and surf at Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn).

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bol online trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Prague to Bol. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Prague in September, with highs in Bol at 31°C and lows at 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hvar.

Things to do in Bol

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lovrecina Bay, Murvica Beach, Sumartin Beach
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Murvica Beach ©
Murvica Beach
Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn) ©
Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn)
Lovrecina Bay ©
Lovrecina Bay

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Hvar, Croatia

Hvar ©
The Croatian island of Hvar serves as a picturesque location for a Mediterranean holiday, with a range of offerings from quiet coves to a lively medieval town.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): stroll through Dubovica, then contemplate the long history of Spanjola, and then admire the striking features of Franciscan Monastery. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Cathedral, then kick back and relax at Mlini Beach, and then head outdoors with Milna.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hvar trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Bol to Hvar takes 4.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Hvar are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Korcula Town.

Things to do in Hvar

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Dubovica ©
Dubovica
Spanjola ©
Spanjola
Milna ©
Milna

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Korcula Town, Croatia

Korcula Town ©
Korcula Town perches on the edge of the island's eastern coastline.
On the 10th (Thu), stop by Bags by Kristina, then get to know the fascinating history of Kula Svih Svetih, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vela Przina Beach, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Zitna Beach and then stroll through Pupnatska Luca Beach.

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Traveling by car from Hvar to Korcula Town takes 5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Korcula Town can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Korcula Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Vela Przina Beach, Zitna Beach
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Vela Przina Beach ©
Vela Przina Beach
Bags by Kristina ©
Bags by Kristina
Kula Svih Svetih ©
Kula Svih Svetih

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nights
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.
On the 12th (Sat), take a stroll through Old Town and then steep yourself in history at Dubrovnik City Walls. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at War Photo Limited, take an in-depth tour of Franciscan Monastery, then take an in-depth tour of Rector's Palace, and finally head off the coast to Island of Lokrum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik online trip maker .

Getting from Korcula Town to Dubrovnik by car takes about 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

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Old Town ©
Old Town
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Rector's Palace ©
Rector's Palace

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