14 days in Russia Itinerary

14 days in Russia Itinerary

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14 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17 h
1
Sochi
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Moscow
— 4 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
3
St. Petersburg
— 6 nights
Fly:  22 h
End: Johannesburg

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.
On the 22nd (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Rosa Khutor Ski Resort. Next up on the itinerary: catch a live event at Iceberg Skating Palace, glide through natural beauty at Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and enjoy some diversion at Fun-bob.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sochi trip builder site .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sochi is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Johannesburg to Sochi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in December, with highs in Sochi at 13°C and lows at 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Sochi

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Babushkina Khata Museum
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Rosa Khutor Ski Resort ©
Rosa Khutor Ski Resort
Iceberg Skating Palace ©
Iceberg Skating Palace
Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster ©
Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster

4
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Perlov Tea House and Zurab Tseretelli's Art Gallery. Red Square and Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex (in Sharapovo), Ski Stadium Zorkiy (in Krasnogorsk) and I Fly Trampoline Park (in Borovsky). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral, explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, have some family-friendly fun at Walk in the Dark, and browse the range of quality goods at GUM.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Moscow road trip planning app .

You can fly from Sochi to Moscow in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Sochi in December: highs in Moscow hover around -1°C, while lows dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo, I Fly Trampoline Park, FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex, Ski Stadium Zorkiy
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral

6
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.
Get some cultural insight at The State Hermitage Museum and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nevsky Prospekt and MARS Center. Step out of St. Petersburg to go to Kuzmolovsky and see WindTunnel FlyStation, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Naryshkin Bastion, shop like a local with Photogallery Rachmaninov Garden, take in the exciting artwork at Tretyakov's Gallery, and learn about all things military at Military Historical Artillery Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg trip builder app .

You can take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trip

WindTunnel FlyStation
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©

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