21 days in Kazakhstan, Russia & Ukraine Itinerary

21 days in Kazakhstan, Russia & Ukraine Itinerary

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Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
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Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
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Kazan, Russia
— 2 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
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Lviv, Ukraine
— 1 night
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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
— 3 nights
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Odessa, Ukraine
— 1 night

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Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take an exotic tour of Abdi Travel and then walk around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Kok-Tobe Hill, then hit the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort, and then appreciate the history behind Monument to Zhambyl Zhabayev.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Almaty attractions planner.

Doha, Qatar to Almaty is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Doha to Almaty. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Doha in March; daily highs in Almaty reach 12°C and lows reach 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Karaganda.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake

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Karaganda, Kazakhstan

Karaganda ©
Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Vvedenskiy Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Regional Central Mosque, pause for some photo ops at Monument Mining Glory, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, then appreciate the history behind Monument to Expression Gde-Gde? V Karagande!, and finally see the interesting displays at Karaganda Regional Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Church, appreciate the history behind Monument to Victims of Political Repression, then appreciate the history behind A.S. Pushkin Monument, then pause for some photo ops at Independence Stele, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument Nurken Abdirov.

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Fly from Almaty to Karaganda in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Almaty in March, with highs in Karaganda at 0°C and lows at -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Karaganda

Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church
Monument to Victims of Political Repression ©

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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan ©
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Kazakhstan, appreciate the history behind Bayterek Tower, and then browse the different shops at Khan Shatyr.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Nur-Sultan trip planner.

You can drive from Karaganda to Nur-Sultan in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in March, and nighttime lows around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
National Museum of Kazakhstan ©
National Museum of Kazakhstan

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Kazan, Russia

Kazan ©
The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Natural History of Tatarstan Museum, contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, then pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument Philanthropist. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Monument Carriage of Catherine II, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, examine the collection at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat), then explore the world behind art at Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio, and finally appreciate the history behind Monument to the Horse Petrushka.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kazan driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Nur-Sultan to Kazan in 15.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from East Kazakhstan Time (ALMT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is minus 3 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio ©
Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio
Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque

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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.
Moscow is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Red Square, steep yourself in history at Old English Court, walk around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory), and explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Moscow trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kazan to Moscow takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kazan in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Moscow, with lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery

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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.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, take a stroll through Nevsky Prospekt, and examine the collection at Faberge Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg day trip planner.

Take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lviv.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Russian Museum ©
Russian Museum

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Lviv, Ukraine

Lviv ©
Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Lychakiv Cemetery, pause for some serene contemplation at Svyatogo Yura Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Armenian Virgin Mary's Dormition Church, then pause for some photo ops at Column of St. Christopher, then examine the collection at Insomnia - The Haunted House, and finally stop by Old Town.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lviv vacation planner.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Lviv in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from St. Petersburg in March, expect Lviv to be a bit warmer, temps between 9°C and -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kyiv (Kiev).

Things to do in Lviv

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Lychakiv Cemetery ©
Lychakiv Cemetery
Rynok Square ©
Rynok Square
Old Town ©
Old Town

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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine

The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kyiv (Kiev) is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra, make a trip to Maidan Nezalezhnosti, admire the striking features of St. Sophia's Cathedral, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Andrew's Church.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kyiv (Kiev) day trip planning app.

You can fly from Lviv to Kyiv (Kiev) in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Kyiv (Kiev) can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Odessa.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Historic Sites · Tours · Spas
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
St. Sophia's Cathedral ©
St. Sophia's Cathedral

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Odessa, Ukraine

Odessa ©
Though most famous for the Potemkin Steps leading down the Black Sea coast, Odessa welcomes visitors with several other attractions, including beaches and an ornate opera house.
On the 30th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum, make a trip to Deribasovskaya Street, then examine the collection at Insomnia- The Haunted House, then make a trip to Potemkin Stairs, and finally make a trip to Primorsky Boulevard.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Odessa day trip planner.

You can fly from Kyiv (Kiev) to Odessa in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Odessa are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C.

Things to do in Odessa

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum ©
Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum
Deribasovskaya Street ©
Deribasovskaya Street
Insomnia- The Haunted House ©
Insomnia- The Haunted House

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