15 days in Russia Itinerary

15 days in Russia Itinerary

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15 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  7​h
1
St. Petersburg
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Moscow
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
3
Vladivostok
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Ulan-Ude
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Irkutsk
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 45​min
6
Sochi
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 15​min
7
Yakutsk
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: London

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.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, stroll around Peterhof State Museum Preserve, get engrossed in the history at Peterhof Grand Palace, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior on the Spilled Blood.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg trip itinerary website .

London, UK to St. Petersburg is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a 3 hour difference. July in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

2
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.
On the 11th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Lenin's Mausoleum, then see the interesting displays at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml), and then make a trip to Red Square.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Moscow sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from St. Petersburg to Moscow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Moscow can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Vladivostok.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums
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Red Square ©
Red Square
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): snap pictures at Golden Bridge, then snap pictures at Russky Bridge, then step off the mainland to explore Russian Island, and finally enjoy the sea views from Tokarevskiy mayak. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind The Memorial Complex on the Korabelnaya Embankment, enjoy breathtaking views from Eagle's Nest Mount, examine the collection at Amber Museum, then admire the striking features of Railroad Terminal, then get engrossed in the history at S-56 Submarine Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Memorial to Vasiliy Oshhepkov and His Japanese Teachers.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Vladivostok day trip planning site .

Getting from Moscow to Vladivostok by flight takes about 12 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Moscow to Vladivostok, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ulan-Ude.

Things to do in Vladivostok

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Russian Island ©
Russian Island
Russky Bridge ©
Russky Bridge
Golden Bridge ©
Golden Bridge

1
night
Ulan-Ude

Ulan-Ude ©
Ulan-Ude is the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia; it is located about 100km southeast of Lake Baikal on the Uda River at its confluence with the Selenga. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire the local landmark of Music Fountain, appreciate the history behind Monument to the Verkhneudinskiy Kupets, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha, then appreciate the history behind Monument to Lenin, and finally see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum of the People of Transbaikalia Culture Gau.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ulan-Ude trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Vladivostok to Ulan-Ude takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Vladivostok to Ulan-Ude is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Vladivostok in July, expect nights in Ulan-Ude to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Ulan-Ude

Historic Sites Museums
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Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha ©
Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha

1
night
Irkutsk

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 16th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Monument to The Dog, don't miss a visit to 130 Kvartal, pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Babr, then pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Founders of Irkutsk, and finally get engrossed in the history at Irkutsk Regional Historical and Memorial Museum of Decembrists.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Irkutsk vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ulan-Ude to Irkutsk takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July in Irkutsk, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sochi.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Museums
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Monument to the Founders of Irkutsk ©
130 Kvartal ©
130 Kvartal

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Arboretum Botanical Garden Dendrariy, walk around Olimpiyskiy Park Adler, and then explore the striking landscape of Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sochi visit planning website .

Fly from Irkutsk to Sochi in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Irkutsk to Sochi. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sochi when traveling from Irkutsk in July, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Yakutsk.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks Nature
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Olimpiyskiy Park Adler ©
Olimpiyskiy Park Adler
Arboretum Botanical Garden Dendrariy ©
Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove ©
Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove

2
nights
Yakutsk

Yakutsk ©
Yakutsk is the capital city of the Sakha Republic, Russia, located about 450km south of the Arctic Circle. Yakutsk is known for museums, outdoors, nightlife, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Kingdom Permafrost, take some stellar pictures from View Point Chuchor Muran, take an in-depth tour of The Museum of History and Culture of The People of The North, and pause for some serene contemplation at Gradoyakutskiy Transfiguration Cathedral.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Yakutsk tour itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Sochi to Yakutsk with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Sochi to Yakutsk. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sochi in July, with highs in Yakutsk at 29°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yakutsk

Museums Historic Sites
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Kingdom Permafrost ©
Kingdom Permafrost
Mammoth Museum ©
Mammoth Museum

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