36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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36 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Adelaide, Australia
Fly:  25 h
1
Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
3
Helsinki, Finland
— 3 nights
Ferry:  2 h
4
Tallinn, Estonia
— 3 nights
Bus:  4 h 30 min
5
Riga, Latvia
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  2 h 30 min
6
Minsk, Belarus
— 3 nights
Bus:  13 h 30 min
7
Lviv, Ukraine
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
8
Bucharest, Romania
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
9
Belgrade, Serbia
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
10
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
Bus:  5 h 15 min
11
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  23 h
End: Adelaide, Australia

3
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Moscow is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Red Square, stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Marshal Zhukov, and learn about all things military at Armoury Chamber.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Moscow online trip maker.

Adelaide, Australia to Moscow is an approximately 25- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Adelaide to Moscow due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Adelaide in December: high temperatures in Moscow hover around -1°C and lows are around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:
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State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery
Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's 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.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, get engrossed in the history at Kazan Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, and walk around Peterhof State Museum Preserve.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our St. Petersburg vacation app.

Traveling by train from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

3
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.
Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from St. Petersburg to Helsinki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Helsinki is minus 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Tallinn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:
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Labyrinth Games Room Escape ©
Labyrinth Games Room Escape
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

3
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.
Tallinn is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town, enjoy breathtaking views from Tallinna Teletorn, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, and contemplate the long history of St. Olaf’s Church.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tallinn trip builder website.

Ride a ferry from Helsinki to Tallinn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:
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Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali

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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.
Riga is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga), appreciate the history behind Freedom Monument, admire the striking features of House of the Black Heads, and kick back and relax at Jurmala Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Riga day trip site.

You can fly from Tallinn to Riga in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Riga sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Minsk.

Things to do in Riga

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Jurmala Beach
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:
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Jurmala Beach ©
Jurmala Beach
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Freedom Monument ©
Freedom Monument

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nights
Minsk, Belarus

Minsk ©
As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel and Burial Vault Svyatopolk-Mirskikh, then step into the grandiose world of Mir Castle, then appreciate the history behind Archangel Mikhail, and finally get lost in a book at National Library of Belarus. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Victory Square, learn about all things military at Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War, make a trip to Independence Square, Minsk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saints Simon and Helena, then pause for some photo ops at Crying Guardian Angel, and finally pause for some photo ops at Island of Tears.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Minsk trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Riga to Minsk takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Riga to Minsk. In December, Minsk is a bit cooler than Riga - with highs of 0°C and lows of -3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Mon) before leaving for Lviv.

Things to do in Minsk

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Mir
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Mir Castle ©
Mir Castle
National Library of Belarus ©
National Library of Belarus

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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.
Lviv is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Rynok Square, take a stroll through Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Jesuits, and take an in-depth tour of Lychakiv Cemetery.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lviv trip builder app.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Minsk to Lviv in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Lviv can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Lviv

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Lychakiv Cemetery ©
Lychakiv Cemetery
Rynok Square ©
Rynok Square
Old Town ©
Old Town

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nights
Bucharest, Romania

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Bucharest is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, admire the landmark architecture of Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", have some family-friendly fun at Piscina Urbana, and stroll around Herăstrău Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bucharest itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Lviv to Bucharest takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Bucharest can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Belgrade.

Things to do in Bucharest

Tours Museums Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Palace of Parliament ©
Palace of Parliament

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nights
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Venture out of the city with trips to Petrovaradin Fortress (in Petrovaradin) and Upper Church (in Sremski Karlovci). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Crkva Svetog Marka, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sava Temple, and don't miss a visit to Skadarlija.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Belgrade day trip planning app.

You can fly from Bucharest to Belgrade in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bucharest to Belgrade. In December, daily temperatures in Belgrade can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Belgrade

Parks Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Petrovaradin Fortress, Upper Church
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Ada Ciganlija ©
Ada Ciganlija
Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
Petrovaradin Fortress ©
Petrovaradin Fortress

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nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Step out of Sofia to go to Rila and see Rila Monastery, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, admire the striking features of Church St. George Rotunda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Sveti Nikolay, and look for gifts at Chilli Hills.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sofia day trip app.

Drive from Belgrade to Sofia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Belgrade to Sofia due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Rila Monastery
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral

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nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and wander the streets of Ortakoy.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul holiday maker.

Fly from Sofia to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Sofia in December, Istanbul is a bit warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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