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itinerary ideas: 12 days, vilnius-poland-? (eastern europe)

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1. Posted by jhybe (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!


my partner & i going to eastern europe for the first time and we have about 10-12 days in sept. very excited, but also having a lot of trouble plotting our route - can't decide!

we're starting in vilnius, then plan to move south through poland (krakow is a must), then probably end up with prague as the last stop. what we're really looking for is a few days somewhere outside of the city, maybe by a lake or river or mountain... any ideas? how about great masurian lakes? the photos online haven't been very inspiring so far, but nothing beats experience & stories

tips on lgbt-friendly accommodation & spaces most appreciated too.


2. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Not an awful lot of time - twelve days, but I think you'll have enough breathing space while in Poland - to get across to Prague for 48-60 hours or so. It's a must for the Eastern Europe fan.
The LGBT request I can't help you with - sorry.

3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I was in the Mazurian lake district, came from Kaunus Lithuania. Theres only a bus you can get, leaves Vilnius at around9pm, stops in Olsztyn at 3:30AM. You can use Olsztyn as good base for visiting the lakes. Its also a nice small town.
Reszel is a really nice place too, about an hour drive from Olsztyn, Tuetonic castle and a small village/town center.

4. Posted by jhybe (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!


coldwarspy, thanks for advice about the bus. do you have an idea of a cottage/cabin by the lake that we can stay in for a few days? and i heard that sept is off season for the lakes - what do you think?

flyingbob, definitely making time to spend at least 2 days in prague. any advice on location and accommodation?

thanks much again!

5. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I've been to Prague quite a few times, for both work and play - and always found a room on arrival.
However, if that's not your thing - then a good website for rooms of all shapes, sizes and prices is..
It's more of a tourist info website, covering everything from concerts to restaurants - and tours to places to see.

6. Posted by jhybe (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

thanks much!

one last question, anyone knows how to get from vilnius to the hill of crosses in siauliai? we only put aside 2 days for lithuania, but feel that maybe this is something not to be missed?

any thoughts appreciated :)

7. Posted by vanessa (Travel Guru 257 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

If you r in Lithuania - then Kaunus is must!
Vilnus is nice I like it, but Kaunus is more authentic, it's real Lithuania . If you r there - dont miss bell-music and museum of artist and a composer Churlenis. The city is beautiful, there are plenty of things to do, but u can make a daily trip from Vilnus.
Another point of interest is Trakai Castle - also possible daily trip from Vilnus. Between Trakai and Kaunas I would choose Kaunas, with no doubt.
When in Lithuania, drink their light beer and eat zeppelins! They product good black bread and interesting cheeses as well.
I would stay in Lithuania at least 3 days, 1 day for Vilnus, 1 day for Kaunas, the last/first day probably for Trakai or completing other places, it also can be 1/2 of day of your arriving (if morning) or leaving (if evening)

8. Posted by Lavaflow (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Torun, Wroclaw and Olomouc: all awesome towns. 2 days torun, 2 days warsaw, 3 days krakow, 2 days olomouc or Wroclaw, 3 days prague. Or with 4 days in prague you could go see the weird church of bones at sedlec (one hour away)