12 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

12 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
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Oswiecim, Poland
— 1 night
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Gdansk, Poland
— 1 night
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Warsaw, Poland
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Tallinn, Estonia
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Riga, Latvia
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Vilnius, Lithuania
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Krakow, Poland — 2 nights

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.
Krakow is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Wieliczka Salt Mine, examine the collection at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, shop like a local with Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), and admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Krakow tour planner.

Jerusalem, Israel to Krakow is an approximately 7-hour flight. Traveling from Jerusalem to Krakow, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Krakow are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Oswiecim.
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Oswiecim, Poland — 1 night

Known to most by its German name Auschwitz, the modestly sized city of Oswiecim sits at the foot of the Jura Mountains, just 50 km (30 mi) west of Krakow.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and then stroll around Planty Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Oswiecim online day trip planner.

Getting from Krakow to Oswiecim by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Oswiecim can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Gdansk.
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Gdansk, Poland — 1 night

Although its history goes back a thousand years, Gdansk represents one of Poland's most modern urban centers, its thriving economy boosted by a lively tourism sector.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, visit Old Town, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church, and finally go for a walk through Piwna Street (Ulica Piwna).

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Gdansk trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Oswiecim to Gdansk takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Oswiecim in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Gdansk: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Warsaw.
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Warsaw, Poland — 2 nights

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Culture and Science, then stroll around Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, step into the grandiose world of Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, and then get curious at Copernicus Science Centre.

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Traveling by flight from Gdansk to Warsaw takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Gdansk in July, expect nights in Warsaw to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Tallinn.
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Tallinn, Estonia — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, get a dose of the wild on Traveller Tours, and then take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peapiiskopi Kirik, then enjoy breathtaking views from St. Olaf’s Church, and finally stroll around Kadriorg Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tallinn travel app.

You can fly from Warsaw to Tallinn in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Warsaw to Tallinn. Traveling from Warsaw in July, expect nights in Tallinn to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Riga.
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Riga, Latvia — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): head outdoors with Jurmala Beach, hunt for treasures at Central Market (Centraltirgus), and then see the interesting displays at Riga Motormuseum. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Freedom Monument, wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga), then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, then take an in-depth tour of The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, and finally don't miss a visit to Riga Town Hall Square.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Riga online trip maker.

Getting from Tallinn to Riga by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Vilnius.
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Vilnius, Lithuania — 1 night

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 31st (Sun): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hill of Three Crosses, and then get engrossed in the history at Gediminas Castle Tower.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Vilnius road trip planner.

You can drive from Riga to Vilnius in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Vilnius are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Poland travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Landmarks
A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.
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