22 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

22 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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Drive
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly
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Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bled, Slovenia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
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Drive to Split, Ferry to Supetar, Drive to Bol
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Bol, Croatia
— 3 nights
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Drive to Sumartin, Ferry to Makarska, Drive to Dubrovnik
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 1 night
Fly
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia — 3 nights

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.
Attractions like The State Hermitage Museum and Russian Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Cruiser Aurora, and find something for the whole family at Divo Ostrov.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg online itinerary planner.

Egilsstadir, Iceland to St. Petersburg is an approximately 89.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Egilsstadir to St. Petersburg is 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Egilsstadir in May: high temperatures in St. Petersburg hover around 19°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can fly to Krakow.
Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay May 14 — 17:

Krakow, Poland — 3 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.
Kids will enjoy Wawel Cathedral and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of Krakow to go to Oswiecim and see Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, have some family-friendly fun at Axe Nation - Axe Throwing Club, contemplate the long history of Wawel Royal Castle, and admire the striking features of St. Mary's Basilica.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Krakow trip maker website.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Krakow in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Krakow. In May in Krakow, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can fly to Budapest.
Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 17 — 20:

Budapest, Hungary — 3 nights

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hungarian Parliament Building and Fisherman's Bastion. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthias Church, get to know the fascinating history of Janoshegy, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Budapest trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Krakow to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bled.
Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:

Bled, Slovenia — 2 nights

The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then stroll through Vintgar Gorge, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Bohinj, get great views at Mala Osojnica, then admire the striking features of Bled Island, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Straža Bled.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bled road trip site.

You can drive from Budapest to Bled in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Bled are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 23 — 25:

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia — 1 night

Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Milanovac Lake, contemplate the waterfront views at Gavanovac Lake, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Plitvice Lakes National Park.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Plitvice Lakes National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Bled to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bol.
Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 25 — 26:

Bol, Croatia — 3 nights

An hour boat ride from Split on the island of Brac, Bol boasts a charming old town, pebble beach, and great windsurfing conditions. Historical charm abounds here in the form of stone houses, narrow pedestrian streets, and historical attractions marked with panels.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Zoo Station Bol and Vidova Gora. Explore Bol's surroundings by going to Sumartin Beach (in Sumartin) and Jaksic Gallery (in Donji Humac). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Zmajeva špilja, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Zlatni Rat Beach (Golden Horn), and tour the pleasant surroundings at Murvica Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Bol trip app.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Bol in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Bol are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Dubrovnik.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 26 — 29:

Dubrovnik, Croatia — 1 night

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): hit the best photo ops around with War Photo Limited, head off the coast to Lokrum Island, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Walls of Dubrovnik.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubrovnik trip planning tool.

Getting from Bol to Dubrovnik by combination of car and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. May in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can fly to Prague.
Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay May 29 — 30:

Prague, Czech Republic — 4 nights

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Kids will enjoy Staromestske namesti and Prague Castle. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Charles Bridge, get in on the family fun at Thrill Park - Prague's Horror Theme Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vitus Cathedral, and take in panoramic vistas at Petrin Tower.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Prague trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Prague in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Dubrovnik in May: high temperatures in Prague hover around 20°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 3: