28 days in Europe Itinerary

28 days in Europe Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Fly
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Riga, Latvia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vilnius, Lithuania
— 3 nights
Fly to Tirana, Shuttle to Ohrid
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 3 nights
Shuttle
5
Tirana, Albania
— 1 night
Drive
6
Pec, Kosovo
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
Fly
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Warsaw, Poland
— 4 nights
Train
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Krakow, Poland
— 5 nights
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Helsinki, Finland

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Helsinki is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Mexico City to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Mexico City in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:

3
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Riga, Latvia

Paris of the North

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.
Riga is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga), contemplate the long history of Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Riga Cathedral, and examine the collection at Riga Motormuseum.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Riga trip maker.

You can fly from Helsinki to Riga in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Riga can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Vilnius.

Things to do in Riga

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:

3
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Vilnius, Lithuania

Jerusalem of Lithuania

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.
Step out of Vilnius with an excursion to Trakai Island Castle Museum in Trakai--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gate of Dawn, see the interesting displays at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Vilnius online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Riga to Vilnius in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. December in Vilnius sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ohrid.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:

3
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Jerusalem of the Balkans

Located on Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid earned the nickname Jerusalem of the Balkans because it was once home to 365 churches.
Take a break from Ohrid with a short trip to National Park Pelister in Bitola, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ohrid, take an in-depth tour of Memorial House of Hristo Uzunov, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Sophia, and steep yourself in history at Plaoshnik.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ohrid trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Vilnius to Ohrid takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Vilnius in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Ohrid: temperatures range from 9°C by day to -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a shuttle to Tirana.

Things to do in Ohrid

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:

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Tirana, Albania

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Muzeu Historik Kombetar and then take in the awesome beauty at Dajti.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tirana trip maker site.

You can take a shuttle from Ohrid to Tirana in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ohrid in December, expect nights in Tirana to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Pec.

Things to do in Tirana

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

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Pec, Kosovo

On the 29th (Sun), hunt for treasures at Old Bazaar of Peja, explore the stunning scenery at Rugova Canyon, then contemplate the long history of Patriarchate of Pec, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Visoki Decani Monastery. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at White Drin Waterfall, then Head underground at Sleeping beauty Cave, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Mirusha Waterfalls.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Pec travel route planning tool.

You can drive from Tirana to Pec in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Pec

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

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Sofia, Bulgaria

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sofia: Borovets (Borovets Ski Resort & Horseback Riding Tours). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vitosha Boulevard, and admire the landmark architecture of Temple Sveti Nikolay.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sofia vacation planning website.

You can drive from Pec to Sofia in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Pec to Sofia, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Sofia

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

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Warsaw, Poland

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Warsaw is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, admire the natural beauty at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, and learn about all things military at Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Warsaw online day trip planner.

Getting from Sofia to Warsaw by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sofia to Warsaw is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sofia in January: highs in Warsaw hover around 0°C, while lows dip to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:

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Krakow, Poland

Slavic Rome

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.
When in Krakow, make a side trip to see Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, approximately Oswiecim away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Wieliczka Salt Mine, admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica, examine the collection at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, and make a trip to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Krakow road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Warsaw to Krakow takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Krakow can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 11:

Latvia travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · History Museums
Nestled between Estonia and Lithuania, Latvia has a small but developing tourist industry and the country is authentic and welcoming. The Baltic coast stretches 500 km (310 mi) along Latvia's northern border, and lush green forests cover nearly half of the country. Founded in 1918, Latvia was occupied by both the Nazis and the Soviet Union, who incorporated the country and did not restore independence until 1991. Due to centuries of foreign rule, the country boasts a mix of ethnic backgrounds, while maintaining the Latvian language. With cosmopolitan Riga as the capital, Latvia offers a mix of urban excitement and rural nature.

Lithuania travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings
Characterized by the majestic Baltic coastline and adjacent white sands, Lithuania boasts lush green forests, hidden lakes, and coastal wetlands. A nation with a turbulent history, Lithuania houses the remains of a former nuclear site and the remnants of defenses used to strengthen the frontier of the Tsarist empire. At the same time, it pays homage to its national heroes, honored in sculpture parks and museums throughout the country. Today, Lithuania boasts a thriving musical, cultural, and visual arts scene, hosting a range of festivals and concerts year-round.

Republic of North Macedonia travel guide

4
Bodies of Water · Historic Sites · Landmarks
Despite its rich culture and outstanding natural beauty, the Republic of Macedonia remains relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists. Life continues at a slower pace in this natural setting of mountains, lakes, and rivers. Tradition and local customs rule the country's idyllic villages, tiny pockets of hospitality scattered across a rugged region. Start your Macedonian adventure at the capital city of Skopje, an easygoing urban center offering good dining, shopping, and entertainment options. The city also serves as a convenient base for hiking and biking trips through the surrounding countryside, which is noted for its ancient monasteries, mosques, and archaeological sites.

Albania travel guide

3.9
National Parks · Landmarks · Castles
Land of the Eagles
With its young bustling metropolis, networks of cobblestone pedestrianized streets, coastal beach towns, and cities of ancient ruins, Albania will continuously surprise you. As you reach each new major town and discover how completely different it is from the last, your appreciation will deepen for this tucked-away land steeped in history. Travel, eating, and accommodation here is very inexpensive, freeing you from budget concerns and allowing you to travel in the style that you want. Meanwhile, you may find yourself going days without spotting another tourist. While this means that many things will not be customized for visitors (non-English menus, sparse accommodation, and fewer international transportation options), you'll experience the feel of authentic Albania.

Kosovo travel guide

3.9
Monuments · History Museums · Churches
A disputed territory in the central Balkans, Kosovo is considered by many nations to be Europe's newest country. The independent state, once part of Serbia, has no shortage of colorful history. Tourism is still a small industry in the country, and visitors will witness the scars of war as recently as 1999, when Serbia revoked the territory's autonomy. Today, Kosovo is mainly ethnically Albanian, with a Serb majority in the north, as well as large numbers of ethnic minorities. Active UN troops still work in the country, guarding Serbian monasteries that date back to the 13th and 14th centuries. Despite this, Kosovo is a safe and stable country to visit to explore off-the-beaten path. The mix of World Heritage Sites, wild countryside, and welcoming hospitality will surely bring visitors in droves as the word gets out.

Bulgaria travel guide

4.3
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
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.

Poland travel guide

4.5
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.