26 days in Europe Itinerary

26 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  18 h
1
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
3
Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
4
Rovaniemi, Finland
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Tallinn, Estonia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
6
Stockholm, Sweden
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
7
Oslo, Norway
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
8
Copenhagen, Denmark
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
9
Hamburg, Germany
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
10
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate State Tretyakov Gallery and Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography. Explore hidden gems such as Saint Basil's Cathedral and Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries. Change things up with these side-trips from Moscow: Sergiyev Posad (Refectory Church of St Sergius, Cathedral of the Assumption, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Red Square, get a taste of the local shopping with Ilya Glazunov Gallery, examine the collection at Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, and pause for some serene contemplation at Kazan Cathedral.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Moscow trip itinerary builder app.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Moscow is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Moscow, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in December; daily highs in Moscow reach -1°C and lows reach -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Sergiyev Posad
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Cathedral of the Assumption
Cathedral of the Assumption
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral
Red Square ©
Red Square

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.
Visit Kazan Cathedral and Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I for their historical value. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Dolls Gallery and Artefice Gallery. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Faberge Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, explore the galleries of Catherine's Body, and make a trip to Sobor Petra I Pavla.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read St. Petersburg travel route tool.

Traveling by train from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. December in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Faberge Museum ©
Faberge Museum
Kazan Cathedral ©
Kazan Cathedral
The Bath Block ©
The Bath Block

2
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.
On the 16th (Wed), shop like a local with Old Market Hall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), thenstroll around The Esplanadi Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, thenview the masterpieces at Okra, and finally take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki driving holiday tool.

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. In December, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) ©
Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali)
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum

2
nights
Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Sampokeskus Shopping Centre, admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture, thenget engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally get curious at Pilke Science Centre. On your second day here, see Santa Claus Office, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, take an in-depth tour of Forestry Museum of Lapland, thenget engrossed in the history at Rovaniemi Local History Museum, and finally look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi route builder.

Fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tallinn.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Rovaniemi Local History Museum ©
Rovaniemi Local History Museum
Forestry Museum of Lapland ©
Forestry Museum of Lapland

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 20th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Aleksander Nevski Katedraali, steep yourself in history at Toompea Hill, thenexamine the collection at Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, and finally contemplate the long history of Kumu Art Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Tallinn Town Wall, thenget engrossed in the history at Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Peapiiskopi Kirik, and finally see the interesting displays at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tallinn vacation planner.

Fly from Rovaniemi to Tallinn in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or drive. In December, Tallinn is somewhat warmer than Rovaniemi - with highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Stockholm.

Things to do in Tallinn

Museums Historic Sites
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Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour ©
Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour
Toompea Hill ©
Toompea Hill
Kumu Art Museum ©
Kumu Art Museum

2
nights
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm ©
One of Europe's most culturally diverse cities, Stockholm extends over 14 islands, united by a series of tunnels and bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Skansen, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of The Great Synagogue of Stockholm, thenexplore the world behind art at Fotografiska Stockholm, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Monteliusvagen. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Ostermalm Saluhall, get engrossed in the history at The Swedish History Museum, get engrossed in the history at Hallwyl Museum (Hallwylska Museet), brush up on your military savvy at Royal Armory, thentake an in-depth tour of Royal Palace, and finally contemplate the long history of Storkyrkan.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Stockholm journey app.

Fly from Tallinn to Stockholm in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Stockholm can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Oslo.

Things to do in Stockholm

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Skansen ©
Skansen
Fotografiska Stockholm ©
Fotografiska Stockholm
Royal Palace ©
Royal Palace

2
nights
Oslo, Norway

Oslo ©
Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet, get in on the family fun at Norsk Folkemuseum, thenget engrossed in the history at Fram Museum, and finally examine the collection at Kon-Tiki Museum. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Norges Hjemmefrontmuseum, thenshop like a local with Galleri Fineart, thenexplore the world behind art at Astrup Fearnley Museet, and finally examine the collection at Holmenkollen Ski Museum.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Oslo vacation site.

You can fly from Stockholm to Oslo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Stockholm in December, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Oslo: temperatures range from 8°C by day to -5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Oslo

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Fram Museum ©
Fram Museum
Holmenkollen Ski Museum ©
Holmenkollen Ski Museum
National Gallery of Norway Nasjonalgalleriet ©

3
nights
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen ©
Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Popular historic sites such as Nyhavn and Frederiksborg Castle are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Christiansborg Slot and Rosenborg Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Copenhagen: Frederiksborg Slotskirke (in Hillerod) and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (in Humlebaek). There's lots more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Torvehallerne, pause for some serene contemplation at Frederiks Kirke (Marmorkirken), look for gifts at National Gallery of Denmark, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Saviour's Church.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Copenhagen trip planner.

Getting from Oslo to Copenhagen by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Copenhagen when traveling from Oslo in December, with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Hillerod, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
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Nyhavn ©
Nyhavn
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art ©
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Frederiksborg Castle ©
Frederiksborg Castle

3
nights
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Holstentor and Red Gallery. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Michael's Church and Speicherstadt. Venture out of the city with trips to Bremen (St. Peter's Cathedral (St. Petri Dom), Bremer Rathaus, &more) and Lubeck (Lubecker Weihnachtsmarkt, Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown), &more). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Rathausmarkt, wander the streets of Alster, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Alter Elbtunnel.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hamburg trip builder tool.

Getting from Copenhagen to Hamburg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Bremen, Lubeck
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Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown) ©
Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown)
Holstentor ©
Holstentor
St. Michael's Church ©
St. Michael's Church

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nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
On the 1st (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Palace of Tears, thenbuy something for everyone on your list at Mall of Berlin, thenstop by Mitte, and finally wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, get a taste of the local shopping with Klassenfeind Gallery, thenview the masterpieces at Haus Schwarzenberg, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Die Hackeschen Hoefe.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Berlin trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by train from Hamburg to Berlin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
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Mall of Berlin ©
Mall of Berlin
Palace of Tears ©
Palace of Tears
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum

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