15 days in Cape Town & Russia Itinerary

15 days in Cape Town & Russia Itinerary

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15 days in Cape Town & Russia Itinerary

Start: George, South Africa
Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
3
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
train + taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Suzdal, Russia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Kolomna, Russia
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: George, South Africa

4
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Heart of Cape Town Museum and The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Vergelegen Estate and District Six Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, enjoy the sand and surf at Fish Hoek Beach, examine the collection at Cape Town Diamond Museum, and stroll through Bloubergstrand Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cape Town trip planner .

George to Cape Town is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. March in Cape Town sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Cape Town

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Beau Constantia ©
Beau Constantia
Vergelegen Estate ©
Vergelegen Estate

4
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Pavlovsk State Museum and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Appreciate the collections at Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines and Erarta Museum. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior on the Spilled Blood, get engrossed in the history at Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost), examine the collection at Russian Museum, and walk around Peterhof State Museum Preserve.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg trip maker website .

Getting from Cape Town to St. Petersburg by flight takes about 20 hours. Traveling from Cape Town to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, St. Petersburg is much colder than Cape Town - with highs of 2°C and lows of -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Erarta Museum ©
Erarta Museum
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

2
nights
Moscow, Russia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum, admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Basil's Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad). On your second day here, examine the collection at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml), explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and then examine the collection at Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Moscow trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from St. Petersburg to Moscow by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Moscow can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Suzdal.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Red Square ©
Red Square
Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve ©
Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral

2
nights
Suzdal, Russia

Suzdal ©
One of Russia's oldest settlements, the small town of Suzdal boasts nearly a thousand years of history.
On the 26th (Thu), examine the collection at Suzdal Kremlin, examine the collection at Museum Of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral, and finally browse the exhibits of Golden Gate. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, see the interesting displays at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Convent of the Intercession (Pokrovsky Monastery), and finally examine the collection at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Suzdal online travel planner .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Moscow to Suzdal in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kolomna.

Things to do in Suzdal

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vladimir, Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin
Highlights from your plan
Suzdal Kremlin ©
Suzdal Kremlin

1
night
Kolomna, Russia

Kolomna ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at Museum of Russian Marshmallow, then examine the collection at Kalachnaya, then see the interesting displays at Kolomna Kremlin, and finally examine the collection at Museum Pastila Factory.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kolomna trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Suzdal to Kolomna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kolomna

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Muzeynaya Fabrika Kolomenskoy Pastily ©
Kolomna Kremlin ©
Kolomna Kremlin
Museum Pastila Factory ©
Museum Pastila Factory

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