16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Minsk, Belarus
— 1 night
2
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 1 night
3
Riga, Latvia
— 1 night
4
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 45​min
5
Helsinki, Finland
— 1 night
6
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
7
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
8
Chisinau, Moldova
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: London, United Kingdom

1
night
Minsk, Belarus

Minsk ©
As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War, head outdoors with Trinity Hill, and then get lost in a book at National Library of Belarus.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Minsk travel route app .

London, UK to Minsk is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from London to Minsk due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Minsk can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Vilnius.

Things to do in Minsk

Outdoors Museums
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Trinity Hill ©
Trinity Hill
National Library of Belarus ©
National Library of Belarus

1
night
Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): see the interesting displays at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), then wander the streets of Vilnius Old Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gate of Dawn, and finally get engrossed in the history at Gediminas Castle Tower.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Vilnius trip planner .

You can drive from Minsk to Vilnius in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minsk to Vilnius. In August, daily temperatures in Vilnius can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Gediminas Castle Tower ©
Gediminas Castle Tower
Vilnius Old Town ©
Vilnius Old Town
KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus) ©

1
night
Riga, Latvia

Riga ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Freedom Monument (Brivibas Piemineklis), get your game on at OldTown Archery Riga, and then make a trip to Old City Riga (Vecriga).

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Riga online route planner .

Getting from Vilnius to Riga by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

Neighborhoods Fun & Games
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OldTown Archery Riga ©
OldTown Archery Riga
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Freedom Monument ©
Freedom Monument

2
nights
Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn ©
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 11th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Olaf’s Church, and finally stroll around Kadriorg Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum, make a trip to Tallinna Raekoja Plats, and then wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tallinn online road trip planner .

Fly from Riga to Tallinn in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Tallinn, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali ©
Aleksander Nevski Katedraali

1
night
Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire the striking features of Temppeliaukion Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Helsinki attractions site .

Ride a ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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, parks, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, steep yourself in history at Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), take an in-depth tour of Kazan Cathedral, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg trip planner .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to St. Petersburg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Helsinki to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. August in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

2
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): admire the striking features of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, get engrossed in the history at Armoury Chamber, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): examine the collection at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml) and then admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Moscow trip planning website .

Getting from St. Petersburg to Moscow by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Chisinau.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites
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Red Square ©
Red Square
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)

4
nights
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Hancu Monastery (in Nisporeni), Saharna Monastery (in Rezina) and Curchi Monastery (in Orhei). There's lots more to do: walk around Stefan cel Mare Park, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, appreciate the history behind Stephen the Great Monument, and admire the striking features of Triumphal Arch.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Chisinau trip builder website .

Fly from Moscow to Chisinau in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Moscow to Chisinau is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chisinau

Parks Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Saharna Monastery, Cricova Winery, Curchi Monastery
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Stefan cel Mare Park ©
Stefan cel Mare Park
Cricova Winery ©
Cricova Winery
Saharna Monastery ©
Saharna Monastery

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