16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: London, United Kingdom
+2
Train + Fly + Bus:  6 h 30 min
1
Minsk, Belarus
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Riga, Latvia
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h 45 min
5
Helsinki, Finland
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 30 min
6
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
7
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Chisinau, Moldova
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): learn about all things military at Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War, then head outdoors with Trinity Hill, and then get lost in a book at National Library of Belarus.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Minsk trip itinerary planning website.

London, UK to Minsk is an approximately 7- hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Minsk can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can 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.
On the 9th (Sun), see the interesting displays at KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), then take a stroll through Vilnius Old Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gate of Dawn, and finally take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Vilnius tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Minsk to Vilnius takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Vilnius are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 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) ©
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.
On the 10th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Freedom Monument, get your game on at OldTown Archery Riga, and then wander the streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga).

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Riga tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Vilnius to Riga in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Riga, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up 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 architecture and atmosphere at Peapiiskopi Kirik, then take in panoramic vistas at St. Olaf’s Church, and finally stroll around Kadriorg Park. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum, then make a trip to Tallinna Raekoja Plats, and then take a stroll through Tallinn Old Town.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tallinn trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Riga to Tallinn takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tallinn can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the 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 landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, make a trip to Senate Square, then explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki day trip website.

Traveling by ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and admire the local landmark of Fountain Samson, Tearing the Lion's Jaws.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a St. Petersburg trip simple and quick.

Getting from Helsinki to St. Petersburg by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Helsinki to St. Petersburg is 1 hour. 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) to allow time 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
Grand Peterhof Palace ©
Grand Peterhof Palace

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, learn about all things military at Armoury Chamber, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at Red Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Moscow Kremlin and then admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Moscow trip itinerary maker website.

You can take a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August in Moscow, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Chisinau.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chisinau: Curchi Monastery (in Orhei), Hancu Monastery (in Nisporeni) and Saharna Monastery (in Rezina). There's much more to do: stroll around Stefan cel Mare Park, do a tasting at Cricova Winery, don't miss a visit to Victory Memorial and Eternal Flame, and contemplate the long history of Stephen the Great Monument.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Chisinau trip itinerary website.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Moscow to Chisinau in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Moscow to Chisinau due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Chisinau

Parks Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Curchi Monastery, Hancu Monastery, Cricova Winery, Saharna Monastery
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Dendrarium Park ©
Dendrarium Park
Cricova Winery ©
Cricova Winery

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