8 days in Europe Itinerary

8 days in Europe Itinerary

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8 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Nassau, Bahamas
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Minsk, Belarus
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Riga, Latvia
— 1 night
5
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Nassau, Bahamas

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church, then admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), make a trip to Senate Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki journey planning app .

Nassau, Bahamas to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Nassau to Helsinki. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Nassau in August, with highs in Helsinki at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Minsk.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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Minsk, Belarus

Minsk ©
As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War, get outside with Trinity Hill, and then browse the collection at National Library of Belarus.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Minsk vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Minsk takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Helsinki to Minsk due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Helsinki in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Minsk, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Vilnius.

Things to do in Minsk

Outdoors Museums
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Trinity Hill ©
Trinity Hill
National Library of Belarus ©
National Library of Belarus

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): examine the collection at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), wander the streets of Vilnius Old Town, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gate of Dawn, and finally take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Vilnius trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Minsk to Vilnius by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
Vilnius Old Town ©
Vilnius Old Town
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus) ©

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): appreciate the history behind Freedom Monument (Brivibas Piemineklis), then make a trip to Old City Riga (Vecriga), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church.

Plan trip to Riga with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Vilnius to Riga in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Riga, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

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Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Freedom Monument ©
Freedom Monument
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

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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.
On the 22nd (Sat), make a trip to Toompea Hill, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Olaf’s Church, and finally wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tallinn road trip planner.

You can fly from Riga to Tallinn in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali

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