16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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Oswiecim, Poland
— 1 day
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Zakopane, Poland
— 2 nights
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Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
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Gdansk, Poland
— 1 night
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Warsaw, Poland
— 2 nights
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Vilnius, Lithuania
— 1 night
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Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
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Tallinn, Estonia
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Oswiecim, Poland

Known to most by its German name Auschwitz, the modestly sized city of Oswiecim sits at the foot of the Jura Mountains, just 50 km (30 mi) west of Krakow.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Muzeum Zamek w Oswiecimiu, take an in-depth tour of Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, and then take an in-depth tour of Jewish Museum and Synagogue.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Oswiecim journey maker tool.

Boise, USA to Oswiecim is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Boise in October, you will find days in Oswiecim are slightly colder (56°F), and nights are about the same (40°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Zakopane.

Things to do in Oswiecim

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:

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Zakopane, Poland

Winter Capital of Poland

Home to Poland's indigenous Goral people, Zakopane sits at the foothill of the Tatra Mountains, an area serving as one of the country's most fashionable year-round vacation getaways.
On the 4th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at The Black Pond, explore the activities along Lake Morskie Oko, then take in the awesome beauty at Rysy Peak, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rysy, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Wodogrzmoty Mickiewicza - Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Dolina Pieciu Stawow Polskich, then hike along Orla Perc Trail, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gubalowka, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of Czestochowa.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Zakopane route planner.

Drive from Oswiecim to Zakopane in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Zakopane, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Krakow.

Things to do in Zakopane

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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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.
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square and Wawel Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wieliczka Salt Mine and St. Mary's Basilica. Spend the 8th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Wawel Royal Castle, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), and examine the collection at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Krakow visit planner.

You can drive from Zakopane to Krakow in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Gdansk.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:

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Gdansk, Poland

World Capital of Amber

Although its history goes back a thousand years, Gdansk represents one of Poland's most modern urban centers, its thriving economy boosted by a lively tourism sector.
On the 9th (Sat), stop by Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church, brush up on your military savvy at Museum of the Second World War (Muzeum II Wojny Swiatowej), see the interesting displays at Europejskie Centrum SolidarnoSci, then steep yourself in history at Westerplatte, and finally examine the collection at Sala BHP.

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You can fly from Krakow to Gdansk in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Gdansk

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:

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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.
On the 10th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, contemplate the long history of Warsaw Barbican (Barbakan Warszawski), get engrossed in the history at Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakowskie Przedmiescie, and finally don't miss a visit to Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie. Here are some ideas for day two: see the sky in a new way at Copernicus Science Centre, admire the masterpieces at Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow, enjoy breathtaking views from Palace of Culture and Science, learn about all things military at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, then contemplate the long history of Pomnik Bohaterów Getta, and finally see the interesting displays at POLIN Muzeum Historii Zydow Polskich.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Warsaw sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Gdansk to Warsaw in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in October, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Hill of Three Crosses, take an in-depth tour of Gediminas Castle Tower, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Lithuania, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gate of Dawn, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church Of St Peter And St Paul.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Vilnius day trip planner.

You can fly from Warsaw to Vilnius in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Warsaw to Vilnius, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Warsaw in October, you will find days in Vilnius are little chillier (49°F), and nights are about the same (37°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Riga.

Things to do in Vilnius

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:

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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.
On the 13th (Wed), take a stroll through Old City Riga (Vecriga), steep yourself in history at House of the Black Heads, see the interesting displays at Latvijas Okupācijas muzejs, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, then contemplate the long history of Salaspils Memorial Ensemble, and finally see the interesting displays at Riga Motormuseum. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Nativity of Christ Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, pause for some photo ops at Freedom Monument, then admire the masterpieces at Latvian National Museum Of Art, then take an in-depth tour of Latvian War Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Live Silver Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Riga tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vilnius to Riga in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Riga are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Riga

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:

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Tallinn, Estonia

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 15th (Fri): wander the streets of Tallinn Old Town, then look for all kinds of wild species at Traveller Tours, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, and finally contemplate the long history of Toompea Hill. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at KGB Museum, examine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, steep yourself in history at Tallinn Town Wall, then take an in-depth tour of Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum, then explore the world behind art at Kumu Art Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from St. Olaf’s Church.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Tallinn trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Riga to Tallinn takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Tallinn, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:

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.

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.

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.

Estonia travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
Baltic Tiger
Small in size but big in character, the proud nation of Estonia manages to pack historical cities, swathes of charming countryside, a picturesque coastline, and rugged islands into a relatively small amount of space. Thanks to its compactness, visitors can easily travel between the many tourist attractions the country has to offer. Although just a stone's throw away from Finland, Latvia, and Russia, Estonia boasts its own distinct culture, evident in the country's cuisine, music, and traditions. This vibrant nation emerged from over 40 years of Soviet rule to be one of the most economically successful of the European Union's eastern members and is leading the way in tech industries.