24 days in Europe Itinerary

24 days in Europe Itinerary

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24 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Fly:  8​h
1
Minsk, Belarus
— 4 nights
2
Brest, Belarus
— 3 nights
3
Lviv, Ukraine
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Kiev, Ukraine
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Chisinau, Moldova
— 2 nights
6
Odessa, Ukraine
— 3 nights
7
Sevastopol, Crimea
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Cluj-Napoca, Romania

4
nights
Minsk, Belarus

Minsk ©
As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Archcathedral Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Monument to Fallen Jewish People on March 2, 1942, The National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, and other attractions. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Minsk: Nesvizh Castle (in Nesvizh) and Mir Castle (in Mir). Next up on the itinerary: get lost in a book at National Library of Belarus, take in nature's colorful creations at Central Botanical Garden of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, don't miss a visit to Independence Square, Minsk, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saints Simon and Helena.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Minsk route planning tool .

Cluj-Napoca, Romania to Minsk is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cluj-Napoca to Minsk. While traveling from Cluj-Napoca, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Minsk, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Brest.

Things to do in Minsk

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Mir Castle, Nesvizh Castle, Khatyn Memorial
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Khatyn Memorial ©
Khatyn Memorial
Nesvizh Castle ©
Nesvizh Castle
National Library of Belarus ©
National Library of Belarus

3
nights
Brest, Belarus

Brest ©
A sharp contrast to the capital of Minsk, Brest is a city filled with fortress ruins, old culture, and medieval history.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ruzhany Palace, Tower of Kamyanyets and Brest Railway Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Bielaviežskaja pušča National Park in Kamianiuki (about 54 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Memorial Complex Brest Hero-Fortress, don't miss a visit to Brest Railway Station Building, and examine the collection at Berestye Archeological Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Brest trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Minsk to Brest by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Brest sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lviv.

Things to do in Brest

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bielaviežskaja pušča National Park, Tower of Kamyanyets, Ruzhany Palace
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Bielaviežskaja pušča National Park ©
Memorial Complex Brest Hero-Fortress ©
Sovetskaya Street ©
Sovetskaya Street

2
nights
Lviv, Ukraine

Lviv ©
Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Prospekt Svobody, Armenian street and Church of Sts. Olha and Elizabeth. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sts. Olha and Elizabeth, explore the different monuments and memorials at Lychakiv Cemetery, take in panoramic vistas at Lviv High Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Svyatogo Yura Cathedral, then take a stroll through Old Town, and finally don't miss a visit to Rynok Square. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Armenian Virgin Mary's Dormition Church, don't miss a visit to Chapel of the Boim Family, take an in-depth tour of Armenian street, then don't miss a visit to Prospekt Svobody, and finally make a trip to Lviv City Hall.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lviv trip planner.

Getting from Brest to Lviv by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Lviv are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Lviv

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

4
nights
Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chernobyl National Museum as well as Kiev Funicular. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Sophia Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Rodina Mat (Motherland), don't miss a visit to Andriyivski Uzviz, and get engrossed in the history at Golden Gate.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kiev online tour planner .

You can fly from Lviv to Kiev in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In September in Kiev, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Chisinau.

Things to do in Kiev

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Saint Sophia Cathedral ©
Saint Sophia Cathedral
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
Andriyivski Uzviz ©
Andriyivski Uzviz

2
nights
Chisinau, Moldova

Chisinau ©
Chișinău Etymology and namesThe origin of the city's name is unclear, but in one version, the name comes from the archaic Romanian word chișla (meaning "spring", "source of water") and nouă ("new"), because it was built around a small spring, at the corner of Pușkin and Albișoara streets.The other version, formulated by Ștefan Ciobanu, Romanian historian and academician, holds that the name was formed the same way as the name of Chișineu (alternative spelling: Chișinău) in Western Romania, near the border with Hungary. You've now added Old Orhei Archeological Complex to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History, walk around Dendrarium Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Metropolitan Cathedral “Nativity of the Lord”, and finally walk around Stefan cel Mare Park. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Old Orhei Archeological Complex and then examine the collection at Muzeul National de Arheologie si Istorie a Moldovei.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Chisinau trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Kiev to Chisinau takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Odessa.

Things to do in Chisinau

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Old Orhei Archeological Complex
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Stefan cel Mare Park ©
Stefan cel Mare Park
Dendrarium Park ©
Dendrarium Park

3
nights
Odessa, Ukraine

Odessa ©
Though most famous for the Potemkin Steps leading down the Black Sea coast, Odessa welcomes visitors with several other attractions, including beaches and an ornate opera house.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Belvedere of Vorontsov's Palace, Arcadia district, Arcadia Beach, and other attractions. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Deribasovskaya Street, stroll around City Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at The Odessa Port, and examine the collection at Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Odessa road trip planning tool .

Drive from Chisinau to Odessa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Odessa can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sevastopol.

Things to do in Odessa

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Catacombs of Odessa
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Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum ©
Deribasovskaya Street ©
Deribasovskaya Street
Potemkin Steps ©
Potemkin Steps

3
nights
Sevastopol, Crimea

Sevastopol ©
Situated between Ukraine and Russia, Sevastopol represents a laid-back coastal city with impressive naval history and a desirable microclimate for vacationers.
You've added Cave Town of Chufut-Kale, Bakhchisaray Historical, Cultural and Archaeological Museum-Reserve, Balaklava Bay, and other attractions to your itinerary. Take a break from Sevastopol with a short trip to Vorontsov Palace and Park complex in Alupka, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of The State Museum-Preserve Tauric Chersonese, see the interesting displays at Panorama Museum on the Siege of Sevastopol, and explore the striking landscape at Cape Fiolent.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sevastopol online trip maker .

You can drive from Odessa to Sevastopol in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sevastopol

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bakhchisaray, Balaklava Bay, Livadia Palace and Park Museum-Reserve, Vorontsov Palace and Park complex, Swallow's Nest
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Vorontsov Palace and Park complex ©
Vorontsov Palace and Park complex
Swallow's Nest ©
Swallow's Nest
Livadia Palace and Park Museum-Reserve ©

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