17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Doha, Qatar
Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
Helsinki, Finland
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Riga, Latvia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Vilnius, Lithuania
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
6
Warsaw, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h
End: Doha, Qatar

3
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum. You'll explore and learn at Kansallisgalleria and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), view the masterpieces at Okra, steep yourself in history at The Aalto House, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Helsinki itinerary planner .

Doha, Qatar to Helsinki is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Doha in May, things will get much colder in Helsinki: highs are around 18°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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.
Saint Isaac's Cathedral and The Bath Block will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and The Marly Palace. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikolo-Bogoyavlenskiy Morskoy Sobor, see the interesting displays at Oranienbaum State Museum Reserve, get engrossed in the history at Memorial Lyceum Museum, and make a trip to Memorial Sign Strelka Of Vasilievskiy Island.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the St. Petersburg trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to St. Petersburg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Helsinki to St. Petersburg is 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites
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Russian Museum of Ethnography ©
Russian Museum of Ethnography
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©

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.
On the 31st (Sun), stop by Tallinn Old Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Holy Spirit Puhavaimu Kirik, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, and finally make a trip to Toompea Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Pakri, take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Pakri, kick back and relax at Beach Klooga, take some stellar pictures from Viewing Point Kohtuotsa, then explore the historical opulence of Kadriorg Palace, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Town Hall Pharmacy.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tallinn visit planner.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Tallinn by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Tallinn due to the time zone difference. May in Tallinn sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Riga.

Things to do in Tallinn

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Paldiski, Beach Klooga
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Tallinn Old Town ©
Tallinn Old Town
Kadriorg Palace ©
Kadriorg Palace

2
nights
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 2nd (Tue), contemplate the long history of Salaspils Memorial Ensemble, stop by Old City Riga (Vecriga), then browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Centraltirgus), and finally take a peaceful walk through Dzintari Forest Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): head outdoors with Jurmala Beach and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Riga online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Tallinn to Riga takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Riga, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Vilnius.

Things to do in Riga

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Jurmala, Salaspils Memorial Ensemble, Holy Trinity Church
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Dzintari Forest Park ©
Dzintari Forest Park
Jurmala Beach ©
Jurmala Beach
Old City Riga (Vecriga) ©
Old City Riga (Vecriga)

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nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ninth Fort and Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Church of St. Theresa and Vilnius Old Town. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vilnius: Kaunas (Atomic KGB Bunker & Museum of History of Lithuanian Medicine and Pharmacy). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Vilniaus staciatikiu Sventosios Dvasios vienuolynas, examine the collection at Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, and get engrossed in the history at Gediminas Castle Tower.

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Traveling by flight from Riga to Vilnius takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Vilnius sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Vilnius

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kaunas
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Ninth Fort ©
Ninth Fort
Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania ©

3
nights
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): brush up on your military savvy at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, make a trip to Krakowskie Przedmiescie, shop like a local with Kordegarda, then take a stroll around Rynek Starego Miasta, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town. On the next day, take a stroll through Industrial settlement in Zyrardow, play a few rounds at Park Rozrywki Julinek, and then examine the collection at Pinball Station - Pinball & Arcade Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Warsaw trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Vilnius to Warsaw takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vilnius to Warsaw, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Warsaw are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Warsaw

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Industrial settlement in Zyrardow, Park Rozrywki Julinek
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Krakowskie Przedmiescie ©
Krakowskie Przedmiescie
Old Town ©
Old Town
Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego
Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego

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