16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
2
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
Kiev, Ukraine
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Toronto, Canada

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.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Palace Square, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg vacation planner .

Toronto, Canada to St. Petersburg is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 19:
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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.
On the 20th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Lenin's Mausoleum, then admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at Red Square. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre and then steep yourself in history at Moscow Kremlin.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Moscow road trip planning website .

Traveling by train from St. Petersburg to Moscow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Moscow can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 21:
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Red Square ©
Red Square
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral

2
nights
Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
On the 22nd (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Saint Sophia Cathedral, make a trip to Andriyivski Uzviz, then don't miss a visit to Khreshchatyk, and finally contemplate the long history of Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery and then examine the collection at Pirogovo Open-Air Museum.

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

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Kiev takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Moscow to Kiev. Traveling from Moscow in February, you will find days in Kiev are somewhat warmer (2°C), and nights are about the same (-4°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Kiev

Museums Historic Sites
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Pirogovo Open-Air Museum ©
Pirogovo Open-Air Museum
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
Saint Sophia Cathedral ©
Saint Sophia Cathedral

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, and admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace.

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Getting from Kiev to Istanbul by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Kiev in February, expect nights in Istanbul to be much warmer, around 11°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 27:
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

3
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, appreciate the history behind Erechtheion, wander the streets of Plaka, and take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Athens visit planner .

You can fly from Istanbul to Athens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in February, you will find days in Athens are somewhat warmer (18°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 1:
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Plaka ©
Plaka

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