36 days in Europe Itinerary

36 days in Europe Itinerary

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Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 5 nights
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Helsinki, Finland
— 1 night
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Oslo, Norway
— 4 nights
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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 4 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
Drive
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Aero, Denmark
— 1 night
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Krakow, Poland
— 4 nights
Fly to Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Drive to Delphi
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Delphi, Greece
— 1 day
Bus to Αφετηρια-Στ.Λαρισησ, Fly to Istanbul Ataturk
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Moscow, Russia

Third Rome

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries, hike along Park Novodevichi Prudy, then take a stroll through Kuznetsky Most Street, then steep yourself in history at Red Square, and finally steep yourself in history at Kazan Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): take a stroll through Complex of Residential Houses at Oktyabrskoye Field, then see the interesting displays at Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo, then see the interesting displays at Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, and finally explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery.

To find out how to plan a trip to Moscow, use our trip itinerary maker.

New Delhi, India to Moscow is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New Delhi to Moscow is minus 2.5 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from New Delhi in May, with highs in Moscow at 22°C and lows at 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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St. Petersburg, Russia

Venice of the North

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.
You'll explore and learn at The State Hermitage Museum and Russian Museum. Visit Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Saint Isaac's Cathedral for their historical value. Explore St. Petersburg's surroundings by going to Historical-Cultural Center Varyazhskiy Dvor (in Vyborg) and Gatchina Palace and Estate Museum (in Gatchina). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Peter and Paul Fortress, make a trip to Alexander Nevsky Lavra, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum of Ethnography, and contemplate the long history of Palace Square.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg online tour planner.

Traveling by train from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. 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 10th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 5 — 10:

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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.
On the 11th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then visit Katajanokka, and finally explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Helsinki by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Helsinki is minus 1 hour. May in Helsinki sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 10 — 11:

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Oslo, Norway

Tiger City

Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Get in touch with nature at Nordmarka and Oslomarka. Get some cultural insight at National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet and Botanical Gardens (Botanisk Hage og Museum). Get out of town with these interesting Oslo side-trips: Marinemuseet (The Norwegian Naval Museum) (in Horten) and Eidsvoll 1814 Norwegian Center for Constitution (in Eidsvoll Verk). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Kon-Tiki Museum, steep yourself in history at 22 July Centre, wander the streets of Tjuvholmen Neighbourhood, and admire the masterpieces at Vigeland Museum.

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You can fly from Helsinki to Oslo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Helsinki in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 3°C in Oslo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hallgrimskirkja and Reykjavik Open Air Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Tales from Iceland and Gljufrabui Waterfalls. Explore Reykjavik's surroundings by going to Thermal Spas (in Grindavik), Faxi (Vatnsleysufoss) Waterfall (in Skalholt) and Bruarfoss Waterfall (in Brekkuskogur). Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Grotta Lighthouse, appreciate the history behind The Statue of Leif Eiriksson, stroll through Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach, and explore and take pictures at Einar Jonsson Museum (Listasafn Einars Jonssonar).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Reykjavik trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Oslo to Reykjavik in 6 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Oslo in May, plan for slightly colder days in Reykjavik, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Brussels.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 19:

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Brussels, Belgium

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Popular historic sites such as Historic Centre of Brugge and Grand Place are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rubens House (Rubenshuis) and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM). Take a break from Brussels with a short trip to Belfry and Cloth Hall (Belfort en Lakenhalle) in Ghent, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), see the interesting displays at Horta Museum (Musee Horta), don't miss a visit to Belgian Comic Strip Center, and explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Brussels trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Reykjavik to Brussels in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. In May, Brussels is a bit warmer than Reykjavik - with highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Aero.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 24:

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Aero, Denmark

Most visitors remember their trip to Aero by a unique blend of scenery, culture, history, and food.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): examine the collection at Marstal Sofartsmuseum, view the masterpieces at Galleri Rita Lund Malerier, take a stroll through AEroskobing Torv, then pause for some serene contemplation at Soby Kirke, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Bregninge Kirke. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Skjoldnaes Fyr, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Rise Bryggeri, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marstal Kirke, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Aeroskobing Kirke.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Aero trip planning tool.

Getting from Brussels to Aero by car takes about 10 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Aero

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:

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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. Appreciate the collections at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine. There's much more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the world behind art at Stained Glass Museum (Muzeum Witrazu), see the interesting displays at Lost Souls Alley, and don't miss a visit to St. Mary's Basilica.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Krakow trip planner.

You can drive from Aero to Krakow in 13 hours. May in Krakow sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Delphi.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 31:

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Delphi, Greece

Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Ieros Naos Agiou Georgiou, take an in-depth tour of Delphi Archaeological Museum, then contemplate the long history of Delphi, and finally steep yourself in history at Temple of Apollo In Delphi.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Delphi trip website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Krakow to Delphi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Krakow to Delphi. Traveling from Krakow in June, expect Delphi to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Istanbul, Turkey

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Hagia Sophia and Ulu Cami are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Sapanca Lake and Balloon Rides. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and explore the world behind art at Chora Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Delphi to Istanbul takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Delphi to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Delphi in June, plan for slightly colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Russia travel guide

4.6
Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Finland travel guide

4.1
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."

Norway travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Nightlife · Specialty Museums
Land of the Midnight Sun
Take a trip up north and visit Norway, the land of fjords, northern lights, unspoiled nature, and friendly communities. Norway is a haven for holidaymakers who enjoy the outdoors, with numerous resorts for downhill skiing and snowboarding, as well as countless trails for hiking in the summer or dog sledding and cross-country skiing in the winter. Norway's cities combine historical and modern architecture and feature a selection of museums, art galleries, and performance venues. Meanwhile, traditional ways of life, local customs, and crafts are celebrated in many open-air and ethnological museums across the land. Even though the country has a modern and elaborate system of roads, Norway continues to foster its ancient connection with the sea. Take to the waters yourself with tours of the scenic coast, fjords, or whale watching.

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

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.

Central Greece travel guide

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Ruins · History Museums · Churches
Central Greece became a major travel destination thousands of years ago, known around the ancient world as the home of the famous oracle of Apollo. Today, the small town of Delphi and its eponymous archaeological site top the itinerary of most visitors to Central Greece. Sightseers visit this site by the thousands to admire the mastery of ancient Greek builders, who constructed a vast complex of buildings to mark what they thought of as the center of the universe. The rest of the region remains a less-trodden land of pristine mountains, rivers, forests, ravines, and caves. Central Greece also contains a long coastline and boasts some of the finest beaches in the Mediterranean.

Turkey travel guide

4.5
Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.