15 days in Russia & Lake Baikal Itinerary

15 days in Russia & Lake Baikal Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
+2
Train + Fly + Bus:  10 h 30 min
1
Sochi
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  8 h 15 min
2
Volgograd
— 1 night
Fly:  10 h 15 min
3
Irkutsk
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 15 min
4
Vladivostok
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  12 h
5
Moscow
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
6
St. Petersburg
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  7 h
End: London

2
nights
Sochi

Sochi ©
Called the "Summer Capital of Russia," the busy resort town of Sochi is best known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove, ski along the peaceful trails at Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster, admire the local landmark of The Singing Fountains, then enjoy some diversion at Iceberg Skating Palace, then take in the dramatic scenery at Agura Waterfalls, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Riviera Dolphinarium, get around town with Marine Passenger Terminal, then have fun at Fisht Olympic Stadium, then see the interesting displays at Dinosaur Park Zateryanny Mir, and finally make a trip to The Observation Tower on Akhun Mountain.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sochi online vacation planner.

London, UK to Sochi is an approximately 11- hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Sochi, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Sochi: highs are around 33°C and lows about 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Volgograd.

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Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster ©
Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster
Fisht Olympic Stadium ©
Fisht Olympic Stadium
The Observation Tower on Akhun Mountain ©
The Observation Tower on Akhun Mountain

1
night
Volgograd

Volgograd ©
The setting of some of the bloodiest battles of World War II, the vast city of Volgograd sits on the banks of the Volga River in the southern section of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Mamayev Kurgan, don't miss a visit to 'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture, then make a trip to The Eternal Flame, and finally brush up on your military savvy at State Historical and Memorial Preserve The Battle of Stalingrad. On the next day, head outdoors with River Don, don't miss a visit to Hall of Military Glory, then enjoy the sand and surf at Volgograd City Beach, and finally steep yourself in history at The Ruins of the Mill Named after Grudinin// Gergardt.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Volgograd road trip tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Sochi to Volgograd takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sochi to Volgograd. Traveling from Sochi in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Volgograd, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Volgograd

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'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture ©
'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture
Mamayev Kurgan ©
Mamayev Kurgan

1
night
Irkutsk

The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
On the 12th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Irkutsk Regional Historical and Memorial Museum of Decembrists, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of The Epiphany, appreciate the history behind Monument to the Founders of Irkutsk, then pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Babr, and finally don't miss a visit to 130 Kvartal. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Taltsy Museum and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

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

Getting from Volgograd to Irkutsk by flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Volgograd to Irkutsk is 4 hours. Traveling from Volgograd in July, expect Irkutsk to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vladivostok.

Things to do in Irkutsk

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Side Trip

Taltsy Museum
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Taltsy Museum ©
Taltsy Museum
Monument to the Founders of Irkutsk ©
Monument to the Founders of Irkutsk

1
night
Vladivostok

Vladivostok ©
Often compared to San Francisco and Naples, the sprawling eastern city of Vladivostok serves as the largest Russian port on the Pacific Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Tsesarevich Embankment, don't miss a visit to Svetlanskaya Street, snap pictures at Golden Bridge, then snap pictures at Russky Bridge, and finally head off the coast to Russian Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Vladivostok Fortress, enjoy breathtaking views from Eagle's Nest Mount, enjoy the sand and surf at Lost Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Tokarevskiy mayak, then admire the landmark architecture of Railroad Terminal, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Golden Horn Bay.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Vladivostok online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Irkutsk to Vladivostok in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Irkutsk to Vladivostok, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. July in Vladivostok sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Vladivostok

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Russian Island ©
Russian Island
Russky Bridge ©
Russky Bridge
Golden Bridge ©
Golden Bridge

3
nights
Moscow

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Armoury Chamber and Muzeon Art Park. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve, walk around Neskuchny sad, steep yourself in history at Red Square, and get curious at The Museum of Cosmonautics.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Moscow trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Vladivostok to Moscow by combination of train and flight takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Vladivostok Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. July in Moscow sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

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Red Square ©
Red Square
Armoury Chamber ©
Armoury Chamber
Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve ©
Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve

3
nights
St. Petersburg

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Park And Gardens of Peterhof and Pavlovsk State Museum. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Bath Block, don't miss a visit to Memorial Sign Strelka Of Vasilievskiy Island, explore the activities along Neva Embankments, and take in the views from Palace Bridge.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the St. Petersburg trip planner.

Getting from Moscow to St. Petersburg by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Park And Gardens of Peterhof
Park And Gardens of Peterhof
The Bath Block ©
The Bath Block
Pavlovsk State Museum ©
Pavlovsk State Museum

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