Eastern Europe Itinerary - Two weeks

Eastern Europe Itinerary - Two weeks

Travelers usually skip Eastern Europe in favor of Italy, France, Greece, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Norway, and Spain. However, if you want to visit Europe without crowds and on a budget, consider Eastern Europe. The region is a treasure trove of unspoiled landscapes, rugged mountains, fairytale castles, medieval architecture, rich history, and friendly people.

When you begin planning a trip to Eastern Europe, you’ll realize how much ground you have to cover. It’s challenging to figure out a two-week itinerary when you have options like Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Montenegro, and Austria. The suggested itinerary only includes the most popular towns, as two weeks is insufficient time to explore lesser-known destinations of this picturesque region. It is geared primarily for first-time visitors to the area. I saved the countries further south, like Croatia and Montenegro, for another visit. Click here for tips on how to visit Croatia.

Why Should You Visit Eastern Europe?

Eastern Europe is a destination that appeals to all types of tourists, from backpackers to luxury travelers. There is something for everyone in this spectacular region.

    • Breathtaking landscapes
    • Incredible architecture
    • Engrossing history
    • Warm hospitality
    • Delicious food
    • Buzzing nightlife
    • Less crowded
    • Surprisingly Affordable

When to visit Eastern Europe:

The tourist season lasts from May to September, however, the majority of people arrive around July and August. Peak season has longer days and better weather, but the crowds can be overwhelming, and prices are higher. May, June, and September are great shoulder months since there is more elbow room and rates are competitive.

Getting Around in Eastern Europe:

Trains and buses run frequently and you can organize your trip according to how long you want to spend in a place. The optimal means of transport in Eastern Europe differs by region. Some countries have faster and cheaper trains, whilst others have a more efficient bus system. As a result, it is recommended that you obtain as much information on public transport as possible. Rome2rio.com is a good resource for evaluating the time and cost of different forms of transit. Traveling by night train or bus can help you save money on hotel rooms.

Eastern Europe Itinerary for Two Weeks:-

Our journey through Eastern Europe will begin in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Due to its central location in Europe, Prague is easily accessible by air and train. Prague Ruzyne Airport is roughly 9 miles from the city center, and the Airport Express Bus will get you there in about 30 minutes. You can also hail a taxi or arrange for a private transfer. Prague is very well-connected to the rest of Europe via Eurail and Rail Europe. Prague’s principal train station is Praha Hlavni Nadrazi.

Eastern Europe Itinerary: Day 1-3 - Prague, Czech Republic

Eastern Europe Itinerary - Two weeks
Prague       Wikemedia.org

Prague, perched on the banks of the Vitava River, is breathtaking everywhere you look. It’s tough not to fall in love with the charming medieval town with its colorful buildings, scenic riverbank, cobblestone lanes, secret courtyards, and quirky boutiques. The city exudes storybook enchantment with its Art Nouveau structures, Gothic Cathedrals, hilltop Castle, and countless church spires. The Vltava River, which is traversed by over thirty footbridges and bridges, is one of the most scenic rivers in the world. The city is also famous for its lively, cultural atmosphere. Despite being one of the most famous tourist attractions, Prague remains affordable. It features one of Europe’s best public transport networks, consisting of an integrated tram, bus, and Metro network.

What to do in Prague, Czech Republic :

      • Climb all the way to see the 19th century Prague Castle, the oldest known ancient castle in the world.
      • Cross the Charles Bridge that links the Old Town with Prague Castle and admire the beautiful statues.
      • Walk around the Old Town Square
      • Go cruising on River Vltava
      • Have a look at the Astronomical Clock and Dancing Building
      • Check out quirky museums like the Czech Beer Museum, Karel Zaman Museum, Speculum Alchemiae Museum, & Apple Museum
      • Taste the amazing Czech cuisine and the famed Czech beer
      • Enjoy the buzzing nightlife and the best beer in Europe.

The itinerary continues with Krakow. The cheapest choice is to take the night train (EuroNight) from Prague to Krakow, which leaves at 22:05 and arrives at 5:45 a.m. If you have no financial restraints, take a one-hour flight. A private car will take around 6 hours.

Eastern Europe Itinerary: Day 4-5 - Krakow, Poland

Krakow, Eastern Europe Itinerary - Two weeks

Krakow is not Poland’s capital, but it is the country’s most popular city. The old town, with its colorful streets, majestic main square, quaint churches, and grand historic architecture, is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site. For history buffs, a visit to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp is a must.

What to do in Krakow, Poland :

      • A day trip to Wieliczka Salt Mine is highly recommended and it can be combined with Auschwitz.
      • Visit the Auschwitz Concentration Camp for an unforgettable and humbling experience
      • Explore Krakow’s main square
      • Take a tour of the vibrant Jagiellonian University
      • Admire the St Francis’ Basilica and Wawel Castle

You can take a night train from Krakow to Budapest as it saves time and night accommodation. It leaves around 10 pm and takes roughly 10 hours. Other options include taking a day train, a flight (one hour), or a private car. Traveling by car takes 6.5 hours, and you can stop for sightseeing along the way.

Eastern Europe Itinerary: Day 6-8 - Budapest, Hungary

Eastern Europe Itinerary - Two weeks
Budapest         Maxpixel.net

Budapest is without a doubt one of the most spectacular and romantic cities in the world. The Danube divides the city into two parts: Buda and Pest. The two historic towns are linked by the iconic Chain Bridge. The grandeur of the city, with its Neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau architecture, wide boulevards, and majestic castles and churches, must be seen to be believed. The vibrant theatre scene, steamy thermal baths, never-ending eating establishments, and thriving nightlife make you realize why everyone adores this spectacular city. Budapest may be steeped in history, but it is also a fun city with a laid-back vibe.

What to do in Budapest, Hungary –

      • Take a tour of Hungarian Parliament House (if you want to go inside, book tickets in advance)
      • Take a dip at Gellert Baths – you cannot leave Budapest without experiencing the famed thermal bath
      • Climb up to the spectacular Buda Castle and Castle Hill
      • Wander on the Danube Promenade and take the Danube River Cruise
      • Visit the State Opera House, National Museum, and St. Stephen’s Basilica
      • Shop at Central Market Hall and Esceri Flea Market.
      • Take a day trip to Lake Balaton
      • Have a look at the Dohany Street Synagogue, Hero’s Square, and Fisherman’s Bastion
      • Party at the famous ‘ruin pubs’ and quirky cafes

Our next destination is Vienna, and the best way to get there from Budapest is to take an early morning train on the ninth day. It will take approximately 3 hours. At roughly the same time, one can also travel by bus or car.

Eastern Europe Itinerary: Day 9-10 - Vienna, Austria

Eastern Europe Itinerary - Two weeks
Vienna.        Pixabay.com

Technically, Vienna is not in Eastern Europe, but you can’t pass up this beautiful city after coming this close. Vienna is a must-see for its stunning modern and traditional architecture and is not as overrun as other ‘popular’ Western European cities. World-class museums, imperial gardens/palaces, State operas, rich cultural vibes, classical music, and old-world charm abound in Europe’s most walkable city. Is it any surprise that Vienna is known as the City of Music, given the presence of names like Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, and Schubert? Walking down the cobblestone streets of Austria’s artistic capital will recharge your batteries.

What to do in Vienna, Austria –

      • Explore the National History Museum and Belvedere Museum
      • Take a tour of the Schonbrunn Palace and its majestic gardens
      • Admire the Hofburg Palace and the Vienna Town Hall
      • Shop at Naschmarkt, Vienna’s best-known market
      • Visit the Stephansdom, Vienna’s Gothic Cathedral
      • Attend a show at the Vienna Opera House
      • Have fun at Prater – the biggest theme park in Austria

If you’ve already been to Vienna, you can go to Salzburg and the Werfen Caves instead. They are definitely worth a visit. Our next stop is Lake Bled, which can be reached by train, car, or bus. A car is the quickest option, as the trip from Vienna takes four hours. Both the train and the bus will take approximately 6 hours. Leave early on the 11th day to give yourself enough time in Lake Bled.

Eastern Europe Itinerary: Day 11-12 - Lake Bled, Slovenia 

Eastern Europe Itinerary - Two weeks
Lake Bled

The picturesque town of Bled draws visitors from all over the world. A cliffside castle and the majestic Julian Alps flank the enchanting town. Bled, with its alpine lake, church-topped little island, secluded coves, medieval castle, and numerous hiking trails, is one of Europe’s most popular resort towns, attracting everyone from backpackers to honeymooners. Bled is famous for more than just its breathtaking beauty. People come here to enjoy the adrenaline-pumping adventure activities and the mouth-watering Bled Cake.

What to do in Bled, Slovenia –

      • Take a stroll around Lake Bled
      • Enjoy a ride in the traditional ‘Pletna’ boat on the glacial lake.
      • Visit Bled Island and ring the church bell to get your wish fulfilled
      • Climb up to Osojnica for the breathtaking view of Lake Bled
      • Explore Lake Bled Castle
      • Enjoy adventure sports like canyoning, ballooning, rafting, skydiving, and paragliding
      • Take a tour of the Vintgar Gorge with its stunning waterfalls and pools.
      • Gorge on the famous Bled Cream cake – it is a must.

Ljubljana is the final destination. The distance between Lake Bled and Ljubljana is only 52 kilometers, and it is easily accessible by any mode of transportation. On the 13th day, leave Lake Bled in the morning.

Eastern Europe Itinerary: Day 13-14 - Ljubljana, Slovenia

Eastern Europe Itinerary - Two weeks

Ljubljana is definitely the hidden gem of Europe.  Thanks to its student population, the charming old town is always in high spirits. Cars are restricted in the center, leaving the narrow cobblestone streets open to pedestrians and cyclists. The entire town comes alive in the summer with festivals, events, street performances, and open-air kiosks. The town has impressive structures such as the Ljubljana Castle, the Old Town, and the Triple Bridges. However, Ljubljana isn’t about ‘must-see attractions.’ People come to Ljubljana to enjoy the lively atmosphere and delightful experiences.

What to do in Ljubljana, Slovenia :

      • Explore the Old Town with its medieval buildings and narrow alleys.
      • Visit the Ljubljana Castle
      • Taste the yummy street food and the mouthwatering gelato
      • Shop at the quaint central market
      • Have a look at the art galleries and museums
      • Try the local wine
      • Admire the Triple Bridges

We’ve finished our two-week vacation exploring the beautiful countries of Eastern Europe, and it’s time to fly back from Ljubljana International Airport. I hope this two-week itinerary helps you plan an unforgettable trip to Eastern Europe.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Riana Ang-Canning

    Great itinerary! I’ve been living in Prague for the last 9 months and have been to all of these spots, except Krakow. Love this itinerary! Lots of fun spots. If you have time, I would suggest adding in Salzburg too, as it’s on the way to Slovenia. I would also add Lake Bohinj to the Slovenia itinerary and in Prague, don’t miss out on Vysehrad and a beer garden! Hope we can all travel more soon!

    1. Takeoffwithme

      I had gove to Salzburg twice and it is really charming. Was contemplating between Salzburg and Vienna but added the later as it was more popular. I haven’t been to Lake Bohinj and Vysehrad, but I am sure they are also as beautiful as the rest of Eastern Europe. Trying to fit everything in two weeks. Hope this crisis ends soon.

  2. JamieAdStories

    Wow! I want to visit all of these places. Great pics too!

  3. What an amazing array of places to experience — this gave me some serious travel vibes. I’d love to spend some time exploring!

  4. Prof. D. K. Dey

    What will be the minimum total cost in INR for a 14- 16 days guided tour with group to East European countries like Poland, Check,Slovania, Hungary( may be in September, 2023) from Kolkata, India and back including air, train, bus fare, sightseeing, hotel accommodation, taxes, visa etc.?

    1. Takeoffwithme

      Hi, I am just a travel blogger. Not organising trips for others. Thanks for gong through the post

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