15 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

15 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  7​h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Krakow, Poland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
+4
Shuttle + Fly + Bus + Foot + Ferry:  8​h 45​min
5
Bol, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Orebic, Croatia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: London, United Kingdom

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Beach Laskovy and Kronshtadt City Beach. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, get outside with Beach of Peter and Paul Fortress, kick back and relax at Dyuny Beach, and steep yourself in history at Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg day trip planning tool .

London, UK to St. Petersburg is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to St. Petersburg is 3 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in St. Petersburg hover around 1°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Parks Outdoors
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Beach Laskovy ©
Beach Laskovy
Dyuny Beach ©
Dyuny Beach

2
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Vitus Cathedral, then get great views at Prague Astronomical Clock, and finally take in the views from Charles Bridge. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then get to know the fascinating history of Staromestske namesti, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Prague trip planner .

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Prague takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Prague. Traveling from St. Petersburg in December, expect nights in Prague to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Tours Fun & Games
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Krakow online itinerary planner .

Getting from Prague to Krakow by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In December in Krakow, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites
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Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

2
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Halaszbastya, steep yourself in history at Matthias Church, take in the views from Szechenyi Chain Bridge, then admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika). On the next day, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, then contemplate the long history of Hősök tere, then test the waters at a local thermal spa, and finally admire the striking features of Dohány Street Synagogue.

Before you visit Budapest, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Krakow to Budapest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Bol.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Spas Museums
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Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

1
night
Bol, Croatia

Bol ©
An hour boat ride from Split on the island of Brac, Bol boasts a charming old town, pebble beach, and great windsurfing conditions. Historical charm abounds here in the form of stone houses, narrow pedestrian streets, and historical attractions marked with panels.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): kick back and relax at Sumartin Beach and then do a tasting at Senjkovic Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn), enjoy the sand and surf at Murvica Beach, and then admire the landmark architecture of Kastil Gospodnetic Dol.

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

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Budapest to Bol takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Budapest in December, with highs in Bol at 17°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Orebic.

Things to do in Bol

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sumartin Beach, Kastil Gospodnetic Dol, Senjkovic Winery, Murvica Beach
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Murvica Beach ©
Murvica Beach
Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn) ©
Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn)
Kastil Gospodnetic Dol ©
Kastil Gospodnetic Dol

1
night
Orebic, Croatia

Orebic ©
Orebić is a port town and municipality in the Dubrovnik-Neretva county in Croatia. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): do a tasting at Korta Katarina Winery, do a tasting at Vino Spaleta, kick back and relax at Plaza Divna, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Natura Antunovic, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Monastery of Our Lady of Andela.

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

Getting from Bol to Orebic by car takes about 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Orebic

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Vino Spaleta, Plaza Divna
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Korta Katarina Winery ©
Korta Katarina Winery
Vino Spaleta ©
Vino Spaleta
Natura Antunovic ©
Natura Antunovic

3
nights
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik ©
Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Visit Sunj Beach and Pasjaca Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Dubrovnik to go to Lopud and see Your black horizon Art Pavilion, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Dubrovnik City Walls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Srebreno Beach, take an in-depth tour of Rector's Palace, and take a stroll through Old Town.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Orebic to Dubrovnik takes 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Dubrovnik are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lopud, Pasjaca Beach, Srebreno Beach
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Sunj Beach ©
Sunj Beach
Pasjaca Beach ©
Pasjaca Beach
Srebreno Beach ©
Srebreno Beach

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