15 days in Russia & Lake Baikal Itinerary

15 days in Russia & Lake Baikal Itinerary

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15 days in Russia & Lake Baikal Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Sochi
— 2 nights
Fly:  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
Fly:  12​h
5
Moscow
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
6
St. Petersburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: London


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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove, ski along the peaceful trails at Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster, ponder the design of The Singing Fountains, then have fun at Iceberg Skating Palace, then admire the sheer force of Agura Waterfalls, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Riviera Dolphinarium, go from sight to sight with Marine Passenger Terminal, catch a live event at Fisht Olympic Stadium, then see the interesting displays at Dinosaur Park Zateryanny Mir, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from The Observation Tower on Akhun Mountain.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sochi driving holiday planner .

London, UK to Sochi is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from London to Sochi, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, expect Sochi to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Volgograd.

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Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster ©
Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster
Iceberg Skating Palace ©
Iceberg Skating Palace

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.
Start 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 get engrossed in the history at State Historical and Memorial Preserve The Battle of Stalingrad. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with River Don, make a trip to Hall of Military Glory, then kick back and relax at Volgograd City Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of The Ruins of the Mill Named after Grudinin// Gergardt.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Volgograd road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Sochi to Volgograd takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sochi in July, Volgograd is a bit cooler at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Irkutsk Regional Historical and Memorial Museum of Decembrists, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of The Epiphany, then pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Founders of Irkutsk, then make a trip to Sculpture Babr, and finally don't miss a visit to 130 Kvartal. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Taltsy Museum and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Irkutsk road trip site .

Fly from Volgograd to Irkutsk in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Irkutsk Time (IRKT) is 5 hours. Traveling from Volgograd in July, expect Irkutsk to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vladivostok.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

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Taltsy Museum
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Taltsy Museum ©
Taltsy Museum
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.
On the 14th (Tue), make a trip to Tsesarevich Embankment, make a trip to Svetlanskaya Street, then snap pictures at Golden Bridge, then snap pictures at Russky Bridge, and finally step off the mainland to explore Russian Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): deepen your knowledge of military history at Vladivostok Fortress, take in panoramic vistas at Eagle's Nest Mount, kick back and relax at Lost Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Tokarevskiy mayak, then admire the striking features of Railroad Terminal, and finally explore the activities along Golden Horn Bay.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Vladivostok tour planning tool .

You can fly from Irkutsk to Vladivostok in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Irkutsk Time (IRKT) to Vladivostok Time (VLAT) is 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Vladivostok are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Moscow.

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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 Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve, engage your brain at The Museum of Cosmonautics, explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries, and admire the natural beauty at Aleksandrovskiy Sad.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Moscow travel planner.

Fly from Vladivostok to Moscow in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Vladivostok to Moscow is minus 7 hours. In July in Moscow, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Park And Gardens of Peterhof and Pavlovsk State Museum. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, snap pictures at Palace Bridge, make a trip to Chasovnya Svyatoy Blazhennoy Ksenii Peterburgskoy, and examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our St. Petersburg itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Park And Gardens of Peterhof
Park And Gardens of Peterhof
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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