17 days in Europe Itinerary

17 days in Europe Itinerary

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17 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
2
Prague, Czech Republic
— 4 nights
3
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
4
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
5
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Newark, United States

3
nights
Krakow, Poland

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.
On the 12th (Sat), examine the collection at Polish Aviation Museum, examine the collection at Lost Souls Alley, then get to know the fascinating history of Planty Park, then don't miss a visit to Ulica Florianska, and finally make a trip to St. Florian's Gate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Bazylika i Klasztor Franciszkanow, then get to know the fascinating history of Wawel Royal Castle, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Krakow trip planner .

Chicago, USA to Krakow is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Krakow. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chicago in August, with highs in Krakow at 77°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Prague.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Polish Aviation Museum ©
Polish Aviation Museum
Planty Park ©
Planty Park

4
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument and Spanish Synagogue. Step out of Prague with an excursion to Ossuary / The Cemetery Church in Kutna Hora--about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Prague Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Katedrala Svateho Vita, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral, and take in panoramic vistas at Petrinska rozhledna.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Prague trip builder app .

You can fly from Krakow to Prague in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Prague can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Ossuary / The Cemetery Church
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Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Katedrala Svateho Vita ©
Katedrala Svateho Vita

1
night
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Cesky Krumlov ©
Known around the world for its medieval castle, Cesky Krumlov offers the chance to experience the charm of a small European city seemingly frozen in time several centuries ago.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Cesky Krumlov Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Jost Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Moldavite Museum - Muzeum vltavinu.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cesky Krumlov day trip planning app .

You can drive from Prague to Cesky Krumlov in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Cesky Krumlov sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vienna.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites Museums
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Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov ©
Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov Castle ©
Cesky Krumlov Castle
St. Jost Church ©
St. Jost Church

4
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Explore hidden gems such as Melk Abbey and Albertina. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Schonbrunn Palace, examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, make a trip to Rathausplatz, and take a stroll through Historic Center of Vienna.

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Drive from Cesky Krumlov to Vienna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. August in Vienna sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 60°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Budapest.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Melk Abbey
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Melk Abbey ©
Melk Abbey
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral

3
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Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
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 discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Celeritas Shooting Club. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Hungarian Parliament Building, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), snap pictures at Liberty Bridge (Szabadsag hid), and explore the historical opulence of Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar).

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Budapest tour planner.

Traveling by train from Vienna to Budapest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 60°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Budapest

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Hungarian Parliament Building ©
Hungarian Parliament Building
Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Wine Tours & Tastings

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