16 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

16 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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Riga, Latvia
— 4 nights
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Tallinn, Estonia
— 4 nights
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Minsk, Belarus
— 2 nights
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Brest, Belarus
— 1 night
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Lviv, Ukraine
— 1 night
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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
— 3 nights
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Riga, Latvia

— 4 nights

Paris of the North

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.
Riga is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga), see the interesting displays at Riga Motormuseum, hunt for treasures at Central Market (Centraltirgus), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Riga Cathedral.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Riga online holiday planner.

Toronto, Canada to Riga is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Riga is 7 hours. In September, Riga is a bit cooler than Toronto - with highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 7:

Tallinn, Estonia

— 4 nights
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.
Tallinn is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, see the interesting displays at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, don't miss a visit to Tallinna Teletorn, and contemplate the long history of Toompea Hill.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tallinn day trip planner.

Fly from Riga to Tallinn in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Tallinn, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Minsk.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 11:

Minsk, Belarus

— 2 nights
As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
On the 12th (Sun), make a trip to Minsk City Hall, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saints Simon and Helena, then take an in-depth tour of Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War, then take an in-depth tour of Museum Strana Mini, and finally get in on the family fun at Gorky Central Park. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Mound of Glory, stroll around Chelyuskinites Park, see the interesting displays at Iron Museum, then get outside with Trinity Hill, then appreciate the history behind Island of Tears, and finally wander the streets of Upper City.

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Getting from Tallinn to Minsk by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tallinn to Minsk. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Brest.

Things to do in Minsk

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:

Brest, Belarus

— 1 night
A sharp contrast to the capital of Minsk, Brest is a city filled with fortress ruins, old culture, and medieval history.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Sovetskaya Street, make a trip to Lights Alley, then admire the natural beauty at Zimniy Sad, then brush up on your military savvy at Memorial Complex Brest Hero-Fortress, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Brest road trip planner.

Getting from Minsk to Brest by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Brest, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lviv.

Things to do in Brest

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:

Lviv, Ukraine

— 1 night

City of Lions

Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): make a trip to Rynok Square, wander the streets of Old Town, appreciate the history behind Monument of Nikifor Epifaniy Drovnyak, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Svyatogo Yura Cathedral, then stroll the grounds of Lychakiv Cemetery, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Lviv High Castle.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lviv trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Brest to Lviv in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Brest to Lviv due to the time zone difference. September in Lviv sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kyiv (Kiev).

Things to do in Lviv

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine

— 3 nights
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kyiv (Kiev) is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of The Holy Dormition Kyiv Caves Lavra, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sophia's Cathedral, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and don't miss a visit to Maidan Nezalezhnosti.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kyiv (Kiev) planning website.

You can fly from Lviv to Kyiv (Kiev) in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. September in Kyiv (Kiev) sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:

Latvia travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · History Museums
Nestled between Estonia and Lithuania, Latvia has a small but developing tourist industry and the country is authentic and welcoming. The Baltic coast stretches 500 km (310 mi) along Latvia's northern border, and lush green forests cover nearly half of the country. Founded in 1918, Latvia was occupied by both the Nazis and the Soviet Union, who incorporated the country and did not restore independence until 1991. Due to centuries of foreign rule, the country boasts a mix of ethnic backgrounds, while maintaining the Latvian language. With cosmopolitan Riga as the capital, Latvia offers a mix of urban excitement and rural nature.

Estonia travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
Baltic Tiger
Small in size but big in character, the proud nation of Estonia manages to pack historical cities, swathes of charming countryside, a picturesque coastline, and rugged islands into a relatively small amount of space. Thanks to its compactness, visitors can easily travel between the many tourist attractions the country has to offer. Although just a stone's throw away from Finland, Latvia, and Russia, Estonia boasts its own distinct culture, evident in the country's cuisine, music, and traditions. This vibrant nation emerged from over 40 years of Soviet rule to be one of the most economically successful of the European Union's eastern members and is leading the way in tech industries.

Belarus travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Monuments · Churches
Explore the idyllic cornflower fields, vast forests, and charming villages of , a country that blends modern progress with its rich history. Tour the financially prosperous and socially progressive capital city, traipse through national parks, and catch sight of the continent's largest mammal, the European bison. Visit ancient castles, and view demonstrations of ceramic making and blacksmithing. Learn how World War II impacted this Eastern European nation by visiting one of the many monuments and memorials that pay homage to those who served. Because of its isolation from the rest of the region, visitors to the country are often approached with curiosity, but warmly greeted by the locals. Known for its rich cultural heritage, the nation hosts a plethora of festivals throughout the year, allowing visitors and locals alike to enjoy the arts.

Ukraine travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Monuments
Bread Basket of Europe
As the largest country entirely within Europe, it comes as no surprise that Ukraine is a hugely diverse nation. Despite its varied and vibrant tourist attractions, it is a relatively under-visited part of the world. This is mostly good news for those who do decide to vacation here because they can enjoy an authentic and unusual experience. Sip coffee in city cafes, hike the Carpathians, unwind by the beach, and explore picturesque forests. Those interested in architecture will be delighted by the massive array on offer, including grand Gothic towers, wooden churches, and looming Stalinist constructions.