17 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

17 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  17 h
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
3
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
4
Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 45 min
5
Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 4 nights
Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

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.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Hungarian Parliament Building, appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Palatinus Strandfürdő.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Budapest online day trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Budapest is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Budapest is minus 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in August: high temperatures in Budapest hover around 32°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks
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Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stroll the grounds of New Jewish Cemetery, get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, then get a taste of the local shopping with Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), then take in panoramic vistas at Museum of Krakow Town Hall Tower, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then steep yourself in history at Wawel Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Basilica, and finally steep yourself in history at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Krakow trip planner.

Fly from Budapest to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Budapest in August, things will get slightly colder in Krakow: highs are around 29°C and lows about 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Krakow

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

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: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, ponder the design of Fountain Samson, Tearing the Lion's Jaws, steep yourself in history at Palace Square, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg trip maker site.

You can fly from Krakow to St. Petersburg in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Krakow to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Krakow in August, expect nights in St. Petersburg to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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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
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.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Prague Castle, don't miss a visit to Staromestske namesti, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and snap pictures at Charles Bridge.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Prague trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Prague takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Prague due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Prague

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Staromestske namesti ©
Staromestske namesti
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

4
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.
Dubrovnik is known for historic sites, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Dubrovnik City Walls, look for all kinds of wild species at Zarkovica Animal Shelter, make a trip to Pile Gate, and enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Dubrovnik trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Prague to Dubrovnik takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Prague in August, with highs in Dubrovnik at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

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Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum ©
Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum
Dubrovnik City Walls ©
Dubrovnik City Walls
Old Town ©
Old Town

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