15 days in Europe Itinerary

15 days in Europe Itinerary

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15 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  18​h
1
Iasi, Romania
— Few hours
+3
Fly + shuttle + subway + train:  5​h
2
Constanta, Romania
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Varna, Bulgaria
— 1 night
4
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
5
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Bucharest, Romania
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  3​h
7
Chisinau, Moldova
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Bender, Moldova
— 1 night
bus:  15​min
9
Tiraspol, Moldova
— Few hours
10
Odessa, Ukraine
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
11
Kiev, Ukraine
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
12
Chernobyl, Ukraine
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
13
Mazyr, Belarus
— 1 night
14
Lida, Belarus
— 1 night
15
Minsk, Belarus
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h
End: Los Angeles, United States

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Iasi, Romania

Iasi ©
Iași is the largest city in eastern Romania and the seat of Iași County. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Armenian Church in Iasi.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Iasi trip itinerary planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Iasi is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Iasi is 10 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, things will get little chillier in Iasi: highs are around 64°F and lows about 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Constanta.

Things to do in Iasi

Historic Sites
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Armenian Church in Iasi ©
Armenian Church in Iasi

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Constanta, Romania

Constanta
Constanta is a relaxed seaside town on the coast of the Black Sea.
On the 3rd (Fri), enjoy some diversion at Zip Escort and then take in the dramatic natural features at Dobrogea Gorges Reserve.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Constanta journey app .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Iasi to Constanta in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Iasi in April, you will find days in Constanta are a bit cooler (55°F), and nights are about the same (40°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Varna.

Things to do in Constanta

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Varna, Bulgaria

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at INHOM Art Glass Gallery, do a tasting at Prisoe Winery, examine the collection at Museum of National Revival, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church St. Nicholas the Thaumaturge, then pause for some serene contemplation at Assumption of Holy Virgin Church, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Tina Art Gallery.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Varna trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Constanta to Varna takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from Constanta, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Varna, ranging from highs of 61°F to lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Varna

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Tina Art Gallery ©
Tina Art Gallery
Church St. Nicholas the Thaumaturge ©

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Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
On the 5th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Vitosha Mountain, then admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sofia itinerary planner .

You can fly from Varna to Sofia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Sofia, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sofia

Nature Outdoors Parks
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St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Room Escape Games
Vitosha Mountain ©
Vitosha Mountain

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Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv ©
Though it is often seen as merely a stopover city, Plovdiv is actually a lively university town with bohemian cafes, a thriving art scene, and exciting nightlife.
On the 6th (Mon), get your game on at Karting Track Lauta, contemplate the long history of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, then get your game on at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Level Up.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Plovdiv travel planner .

Drive from Sofia to Plovdiv in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Plovdiv, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bucharest.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre

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Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
On the 7th (Tue), walk around Herăstrău Park, admire the landmark architecture of Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", then contemplate the long history of Stavropoleos Monastery, and finally ponder the world of politics at Palace of Parliament.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Bucharest trip planner .

You can drive from Plovdiv to Bucharest in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Bucharest sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Chisinau.

Things to do in Bucharest

Parks Historic Sites
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Herăstrău Park ©
Herăstrău Park
Palace of Parliament ©
Palace of Parliament

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Chisinau, Moldova

Chisinau ©
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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History, appreciate the history behind Stephen the Great Monument, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Metropolitan Cathedral “Nativity of the Lord”, then admire the landmark architecture of Triumphal Arch, and finally walk around Stefan cel Mare Park.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chisinau day trip planner.

Getting from Bucharest to Chisinau by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Bender.

Things to do in Chisinau

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Stefan cel Mare Park ©
Stefan cel Mare Park
Triumphal Arch ©
Triumphal Arch

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Bender, Moldova

Bender ©
Bender is a city within the internationally recognized borders of Moldova under de facto control of the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic since 1992. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Tighina Military Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Bendery Fortress, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Joachim and Anna, and finally appreciate the history behind The Memorial of Military Glory.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bender trip planning tool .

Drive from Chisinau to Bender in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Bender, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Tiraspol.

Things to do in Bender

Historic Sites
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Bendery Fortress ©
Bendery Fortress
Tighina Military Cemetery ©
Tighina Military Cemetery

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Tiraspol, Moldova

Tiraspol
Tiraspol is internationally recognised as the second largest city in Moldova, but is effectively the capital and administrative centre of the unrecognised Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Transnistria). Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the history at Chitcani Bridgehead.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tiraspol trip builder site .

Tiraspol is very close to Bender. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Odessa.

Things to do in Tiraspol

Historic Sites
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Odessa, Ukraine

Odessa ©
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 10th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of 10 Apryelya Square, engage your brain at Paleontologic Museum, then don't miss a visit to Deribasovskaya Street, and finally examine the collection at Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Odessa attractions planner .

Drive from Tiraspol to Odessa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Odessa, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Odessa

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum ©
Deribasovskaya Street ©
Deribasovskaya Street

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Kiev, Ukraine

The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Sophia Cathedral, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then see the interesting displays at Mykola Syadristy Microminiatures Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kiev online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Odessa to Kiev takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Kiev can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Chernobyl.

Things to do in Kiev

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Photography Tours
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
Saint Sophia Cathedral ©
Saint Sophia Cathedral

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Chernobyl, Ukraine

Chernobyl ©
Chernobyl or Chornobyl is a city in the restricted Chernobyl Exclusion Zone situated in the Ivankiv Raion of northern Kiev Oblast, near Ukraine's border with Belarus. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Chernobyl Go, make a trip to Reactor No 4, and then expand your understanding of the military at Duga Radar Russian Woodpecker.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Chernobyl day trip website .

Drive from Kiev to Chernobyl in 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mazyr.

Things to do in Chernobyl

Historic Sites
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Duga Radar Russian Woodpecker ©
Duga Radar Russian Woodpecker

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Mazyr, Belarus

Mazyr
Mazyr is a city in Gomel Region of Belarus on the Pripyat River about 210km east of Pinsk and 100km northwest of Chernobyl and is located at approximately. On the 13th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Zamkovaya Mountain and then pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael Cathedral.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Mazyr trip planner .

Drive from Chernobyl to Mazyr in 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a 1 hour difference. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lida.

Things to do in Mazyr

Historic Sites
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Lida, Belarus

Lida ©
Lida is a city in western Belarus in Hrodna Voblast, situated 160km west of Minsk.EtymologyThe name Lida is derived from the name of the river Lidzeya. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): walk around Culture and Leisure Park, pause for some photo ops at Monument Bronze Town Arms, pause for some photo ops at Sculpture of Bathers Vasya, appreciate the history behind Sun Clock, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and finally explore the historical opulence of Lida Castle.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lida trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Mazyr to Lida in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Mazyr to Lida, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Lida are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Minsk.

Things to do in Lida

Parks Historic Sites
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Lida Castle ©
Lida Castle

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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.
On the 15th (Wed), browse the collection at National Library of Belarus and then brush up on your military savvy at Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Minsk holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Lida to Minsk takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lida to Minsk. In April in Minsk, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Minsk

Museums
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