28 days in Europe Itinerary

28 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  18 h
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
2
Rovaniemi, Finland
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
5
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
6
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
7
Warsaw, Poland
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
8
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
9
Lviv, Ukraine
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
10
Kiev, Ukraine
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

2
nights
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) and Hakaniemi Market. Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The German Church (Saksalainen kirkko) will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, steep yourself in history at The Aalto House, and examine the collection at Mannerheim Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki travel route planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 18- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

2
nights
Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, take an in-depth tour of Rovaniemi Local History Museum, then try your luck at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi, then make a trip to Lordi's Square, and finally look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, then examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, and finally get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, Rovaniemi is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Rovaniemi Local History Museum ©
Rovaniemi Local History Museum
Christmas House Santa ©
Christmas House Santa

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Peterhof State Museum Preserve. Shop till you drop at Nevsky Prospekt and Art of Foto Gallery. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, see the interesting displays at The Bath Block, contemplate the long history of Peter I House, and explore the galleries of The Marly Palace.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to St. Petersburg takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, St. Petersburg is a bit warmer than Rovaniemi - with highs of 1°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
The Bath Block ©
The Bath Block

2
nights
Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Kadriorg Palace, take an in-depth tour of Peter the Great House Museum, then steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill, then get great views at Viewing Point Kohtuotsa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood, contemplate the long history of Tallinn Legends, see the interesting displays at Fat Margaret (Paks Margareeta), then steep yourself in history at Town Hall Pharmacy, and finally take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tallinn sightseeing planning tool.

You can do a combination of train and flight from St. Petersburg to Tallinn in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Tallinn is minus 1 hour. December in Tallinn sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Tallinn

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Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali
Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town

2
nights
Riga, Latvia

Riga ©
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.
On the 20th (Sun), stop by Art Nouveau Riga, then admire the masterpieces at Latvian National Museum Of Art, then take an in-depth tour of Zanis Lipke Memorial, and finally wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Art Museum RIGA BOURSE, examine the collection at Fashion Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Centraltirgus), then take an in-depth tour of Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Livu Square.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Riga online tour planner.

Getting from Tallinn to Riga by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Riga are 3°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Riga

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum ©
Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Central Market (Centraltirgus) ©
Central Market (Centraltirgus)

2
nights
Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius ©
The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, boasts an impressive medieval quarter--one of the continent's largest and a World Heritage Site with almost 2,000 historical buildings.
On the 22nd (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St John's church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vilniaus staciatikiu Sventosios Dvasios vienuolynas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Theresa, and finally see the interesting displays at Toy museum. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Gediminas Avenue, examine the collection at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), see the interesting displays at Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Casimir, and finally stop by Hales Turgus.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Vilnius travel planning app.

Traveling by flight from Riga to Vilnius takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Vilnius

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Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus) ©
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus)
Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania ©
Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakowskie Przedmiescie, brush up on your military savvy at Muzeum Wojska Polskiego, then steep yourself in history at Lazienki Palace (Palac Lazienkowski), then take in nature's colorful creations at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, and finally contemplate the long history of Warsaw Barbican (Barbakan Warszawski). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, then examine the collection at Horror House - Interactive Fear Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, and finally see the interesting displays at Pinball Station - Pinball & Arcade Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Warsaw trip app.

Fly from Vilnius to Warsaw in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Warsaw can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

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Krakowskie Przedmiescie ©
Krakowskie Przedmiescie
Old Town ©
Old Town
Warsaw Barbican (Barbakan Warszawski) ©
Warsaw Barbican (Barbakan Warszawski)

3
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.
Shop till you drop at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) and Ulica Florianska. Get a sense of the local culture at Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square and Lost Souls Alley. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Planty Park, steep yourself in history at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bazylika i Klasztor Franciszkanow, and examine the collection at Muzeum Krakowa - Barbakan.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Krakow trip planner.

Getting from Warsaw to Krakow by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. December in Krakow sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Lviv.

Things to do in Krakow

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Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square
Krakow Pinball Museum ©
Krakow Pinball Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Transfiguration, view the masterpieces at Pravda B Gallery, look for gifts at Lviv Candles Manufactory, then admire the masterpieces at Johann Georg Pinzel museum of Lviv Sacral Baroque Sculpture, and finally take a stroll through Old Town.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lviv visit planner.

You can fly from Krakow to Lviv in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Krakow to Lviv, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December in Lviv, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Lviv

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Pravda B Gallery ©
Pravda B Gallery

5
nights
Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Sophia's Cathedral and Sergiy Korolyov Astronautics Museum. You'll explore and learn at Ethnographical complex Ukrainian Village and National Museum of Natural History. Venture out of the city with trips to Zhytomyr (Memorial House Museum of S.P. Korolyova & St. Michael's Cathedral). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra, take an in-depth tour of Victoria Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Cyril's Monastery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kiev trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Lviv to Kiev in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kiev

Museums Historic Sites Spas

Side Trips

Zhytomyr, Ethnographical complex Ukrainian Village
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Ethnographical complex Ukrainian Village ©
Ethnographical complex Ukrainian Village
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
St. Sophia's Cathedral ©
St. Sophia's Cathedral

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