It’s almost unheard of, seeing three countries in three days. Sure it’s possible when those countries are maybe Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. But it’s even more wild when those countries are Ukraine, Lithuania, and Norway.
I know what some of you are thinking: ‘that’s not nearly enough time to see any of those countries!’ Well before you get your panties in a bunch, let me explain to you how this itinerary came to be.
When studying abroad, you try to maximize your time. You never know when you’re going to make it back, so waste no weekend. JP, my roommate, and I had a free weekend April 15-17. Our go to tool is Google Flights when looking for random trips to anywhere. Just plug in Prague as the departure, and Europe as the destination, set the dates and the price limit, and boom, there ya go!
We had an idea of where we wanted to go; somewhere more off the beaten path. Not London, not Berlin, not Paris. Although they were cheap to get to, we figured it was for another time.
At the time of the search, Vilnius popped up at $158 round trip. We thought ‘Hell yea! That’s exactly where we should go.’ But upon further inspection, we saw it was something ridiculous like a 28hr flight with a 23 hour layover in Kiev.
At first we were disappointed, but when we came back to the idea, and inspected a bit further, we realized the layover wasn’t half bad. Land in Kiev at 2:3opm and depart the next day for Vilnius at 9:45am. That was perfect, giving us the whole day to see Kiev, a destination we had been interested in for awhile.
When we were checking out the return flights, it was also something crazy like a 13hr flight through Oslo, completely out of the way. But again, the layover was favorable! Land in Oslo at 11:30am and depart at 19:45. That’s plenty of time to go in a rummage around, maybe get some lunch. We said screw it, let’s make some memories.
Our final itinerary ended as such:
In terms of travel savviness, I’d venture to say that this is up there. Three completely unrelated and not-close countries (all of which neither of us have ever been to) for $158. That’s a steal!
This itinerary is easy to book if you’re interested. Search Google flights for your dates, from Prague to Vilnius. The cheapest option to Vilnius will be Ukraine Airways, and the cheapest option back will be Norwegian. Unfortunately, if you go to Ukraine Airways website, the route with this layover will not appear, and I have no idea why. The booking was done through cheap0air.com, and frankly, their website seems more legitimate than Ukraine’s anyway.
The other leg will have to be booked separately through Norwegian, and Google Flights will redirect you to their website.
I hope to hear from you all, saying you took this route! Let me know 🙂