31 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

31 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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Belgrade, Serbia
— 4 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
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Rila, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Bucharest, Romania
— 3 nights
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Bran, Romania
— 1 night
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Chisinau, Moldova
— 4 nights
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Odessa, Ukraine
— 1 night
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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
— 4 nights
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Lviv, Ukraine
— 1 day
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Minsk, Belarus
— 4 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia

— 4 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Step out of the city life by going to Ada Ciganlija and Special Nature Reserve Obedska Bara. Get some cultural insight at Skadarlija and Oplenac. Explore Belgrade's surroundings by going to Petrovaradin Fortress (in Petrovaradin) and Podrum Probus (in Sremski Karlovci). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, take a stroll through Knez Mihailova, brush up on your military savvy at Military Museum, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Belgrade tour itinerary planner.

Kozhikode, India to Belgrade is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 4.5 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Kozhikode in October; daily highs in Belgrade reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Sofia.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

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Sofia, Bulgaria

— 3 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Step out of the city life by going to Go Borovets and Vitosha Mountain. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vitosha Boulevard and Church St. George Rotunda. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Sveti Nikolay.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sofia trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Belgrade to Sofia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Belgrade to Sofia due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:

Rila, Bulgaria

— 2 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Rila Monastery, then take in the awesome beauty at Rila, and then stroll through Dancing Bears Park. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rila trip planner.

Drive from Sofia to Rila in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Rila are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Rila

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:

Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

— 2 nights
Famous for its nightlife, the town of Sunny Beach along the Black Sea coast is the most popular summer vacation spot in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Sunny Beach Luna Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Irakli Beach, then savor the flavors at Wine Shop and Bar Region, then do a tasting at Wine tasting Messembria, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Nessebar, then delve into the distant past at Church of Saint Sophia, then get a taste of the local shopping with Ji'votnoto and Gallery - TA, and finally experience the excitement of Erma Spa Turkish Bath.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sunny Beach travel route planner.

You can drive from Rila to Sunny Beach in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from Rila in October, Sunny Beach is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can take a shuttle to Bucharest.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Historic Sites · Wineries · Spas · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:

Bucharest, Romania

— 3 nights
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti" and Coral Temple. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Green Adventure. There's much more to do: ponder the world of politics at Palace of Parliament, admire the masterpieces at Rotenberg-Uzunov, get engrossed in the history at Museum of History of the Jewish Community, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bucharest online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by shuttle from Sunny Beach to Bucharest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Bucharest when traveling from Sunny Beach in October, with lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bran.

Things to do in Bucharest

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Adventure
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:

Bran, Romania

— 1 night
Bran is a commune in Brașov County, Romania. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): stroll through Poiana Brasov, get a dose of the wild on Transylvanian Wolf, and then step into the grandiose world of Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle).

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Bran trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Bucharest to Bran in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Chisinau.

Things to do in Bran

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:

Chisinau, Moldova

— 4 nights
Chișinău Etymology and namesThe origin of the city's name is unclear, but in one version, the name comes from the archaic Romanian word chișla (meaning "spring", "source of water") and nouă ("new"), because it was built around a small spring, at the corner of Pușkin and Albișoara streets.The other version, formulated by Ștefan Ciobanu, Romanian historian and academician, holds that the name was formed the same way as the name of Chișineu (alternative spelling: Chișinău) in Western Romania, near the border with Hungary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cricova Winery and Bendery Fortress. Get out of town with these interesting Chisinau side-trips: Asconi Winery (in Puhoi), Curchi Monastery (in Orhei) and The Suvorov Monument (in Tiraspol). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History, take in nature's colorful creations at Valea Morilor, pause for some photo ops at Stephen the Great Monument, and make a trip to Victory Memorial and Eternal Flame.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Chisinau trip planner.

You can drive from Bran to Chisinau in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Odessa.

Things to do in Chisinau

Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 20:

Odessa, Ukraine

— 1 night

Pearl of the Black Sea

Though most famous for the Potemkin Steps leading down the Black Sea coast, Odessa welcomes visitors with several other attractions, including beaches and an ornate opera house.
On the 21st (Thu), surround yourself with nature on Ukraine by Locals, make a trip to Passage, then see the interesting displays at Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Lanzheron Beach.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Odessa trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Chisinau to Odessa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can fly to Kyiv (Kiev).

Things to do in Odessa

Outdoors · Museums · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:

Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine

— 4 nights
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Holy Dormition Kyiv Caves Lavra and St. Sophia's Cathedral. Step out of the city life by going to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Zverinets Caves and Archangel Mykhail Monastery. The adventure continues: do sightseeing your way with Private Tours, learn about all things military at National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, make a trip to Khreshchatyk, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyiv (Kiev) travel tool.

You can fly from Odessa to Kyiv (Kiev) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kyiv (Kiev) when traveling from Odessa in October, with lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can fly to Lviv.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:

Lviv, Ukraine

— 1 day

City of Lions

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 26th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Lychakiv Cemetery, examine the collection at Pharmacy Museum, don't miss a visit to Rynok Square, take a stroll through Old Town, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Armenian Virgin Mary's Dormition Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Svyatogo Yura Cathedral.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lviv trip planner.

Getting from Kyiv (Kiev) to Lviv by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Lviv are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Minsk.

Things to do in Lviv

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:

Minsk, Belarus

— 4 nights
As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
Take a break from the city and head to Berezina Biosphere Reserve and Trinity Hill. Get some cultural insight at National Historical and Cultural Museum and Reserve Niasvizh and Museum Strana Mini. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Minsk: Corpus Christi Church in Nesvizh (in Nesvizh) and Mir Castle (in Mir). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Upper City, sample the tasty concoctions at Alivaria Brewery Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saints Simon and Helena, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Minsk travel route planner.

Getting from Lviv to Minsk by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lviv to Minsk is 1 hour. When traveling from Lviv in October, plan for slightly colder days in Minsk, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Minsk

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31:

Serbia travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Room Escape Games · Churches
A country of wild landscapes and wilder nights, Serbia is renowned for its diversity and hospitality. It's a land of rich history with an abundance of monuments dating back to prehistory, ancient times, and the Middle Ages. Some of the country's most famous attractions are the medieval monasteries, many of which are still active and open to visitors. Major cities like Belgrade, Novi Sad, and Niš, are bustling hubs where you can immerse yourself in the arts, cafe culture, and all-night partying. Take a trip into the countryside crisscrossed with rivers and explore the lush plains, untouched forests, clear lakes, and rugged mountains. Welcoming villages offer an abundance of hospitality, and numerous spa resorts give you the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate in a tranquil atmosphere. Serbian cuisine is very diverse, so whichever region you visit, make sure to try some of the local specialties.

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Ruins · Nightlife
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.

Romania travel guide

4.4
Castles · Churches · Historic Walking Areas
An image of ancient architecture contrasted against a backdrop of vivdly green landscape represents the country of Romania, which features a diversity of landscape that has been largely undeveloped. With numerous mountain, valley, and lakeside resorts, an abundance of activities await outdoor enthusiasts. The other side of Romanian tourism is its impressive collection of ancient ruins, prehistoric fortresses, and medieval castles. Many of these date back to prehistoric times, the Ottoman Empire, and Austro-Hungarian rule, the influences of which are still apparent in preserved details. Tourism in Romania is not as prevalent as other countries, which this makes the travel experience here feel more authentic and awe-inspiring. Check out this simple but captivating country and discover its natural and historic beauty.

Moldova travel guide

3.8
Wineries & Vineyards · Nature & Parks · Monuments
As one of the smallest countries in Europe, Moldova earned its independence in 1991 and remains quite unknown to most of the world. As Moldova is located between Romania and the Ukraine, much of its culture borrows elements, such as language and traditional food, from its two neighbors. Moldova sports a rugged countryside with a mild and sunny climate thanks to the neighboring Black Sea. This region's outdoor activities--biking, hiking, horseback riding, and exploring caves--are its main attractions. While Moldova doesn't attract much tourism, it is one of the last places in Europe where you can get a completely authentic local experience.

Ukraine travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Churches
Bread Basket of Europe
As the largest country entirely within Europe, it comes as no surprise that Ukraine is a hugely diverse nation. Despite its varied and vibrant tourist attractions, it is a relatively under-visited part of the world. This is mostly good news for those who do decide to vacation here because they can enjoy an authentic and unusual experience. Sip coffee in city cafes, hike the Carpathians, unwind by the beach, and explore picturesque forests. Those interested in architecture will be delighted by the massive array on offer, including grand Gothic towers, wooden churches, and looming Stalinist constructions.

Belarus travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Churches · History Museums
Explore the idyllic cornflower fields, vast forests, and charming villages of , a country that blends modern progress with its rich history. Tour the financially prosperous and socially progressive capital city, traipse through national parks, and catch sight of the continent's largest mammal, the European bison. Visit ancient castles, and view demonstrations of ceramic making and blacksmithing. Learn how World War II impacted this Eastern European nation by visiting one of the many monuments and memorials that pay homage to those who served. Because of its isolation from the rest of the region, visitors to the country are often approached with curiosity, but warmly greeted by the locals. Known for its rich cultural heritage, the nation hosts a plethora of festivals throughout the year, allowing visitors and locals alike to enjoy the arts.