21 days in Russia Itinerary

21 days in Russia Itinerary

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21 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Sochi
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Moscow
— 4 nights
train + taxi:  2​h 15​min
3
Suzdal
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
4
Veliky Novgorod
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
5
St. Petersburg
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Kaliningrad
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
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.
Get outdoors at Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster and Gornaya Karusel Sport-Tourist Complex. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gazprom Mountain-Tourist Centre and Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove. Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at "Laura" Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, enjoy some diversion at Iceberg Skating Palace, and take in the dramatic scenery at Agura Waterfalls.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sochi trip itinerary builder tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sochi is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Sochi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect Sochi to be colder, temps between 13°C and 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster ©
Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster
Gornaya Karusel Sport-Tourist Complex ©
Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove ©
Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve and Kalachnaya. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Armoury Chamber and Muzeynaya Fabrika Kolomenskoy Pastily. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moscow: The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra (in Sergiyev Posad) and Kolomna Kremlin (in Kolomna). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Red Square, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Kremlin Walls and Towers, and stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Moscow route planner.

You can fly from Sochi to Moscow in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Sochi in December: highs in Moscow hover around -1°C, while lows dip to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Suzdal.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kolomna, The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
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Red Square ©
Red Square
The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra ©
Kolomna Kremlin ©
Kolomna Kremlin

2
nights
Suzdal

Suzdal ©
One of Russia's oldest settlements, the small town of Suzdal boasts nearly a thousand years of history.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Suzdal Kremlin, then examine the collection at Museum Of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life, then examine the collection at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Assumption Cathedral, then explore the galleries of Golden Gate, and finally examine the collection at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum.

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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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in Suzdal

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Vladimir, Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin
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Suzdal Kremlin ©
Suzdal Kremlin

1
night
Veliky Novgorod

Veliky Novgorod ©
An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of St. Sophia Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Millennium of Russia, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Pedestrian Bridge Across River Volkhov, appreciate the extensive heritage of Yaroslav’s Courtyard, see the interesting displays at Vitoslavlitsy Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Perynskiy Skete, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. George Monastery.

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Getting from Suzdal to Veliky Novgorod by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Perynskiy Skete
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Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets) ©
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets)
Vitoslavlitsy Museum ©
Vitoslavlitsy Museum
Yaroslav’s Courtyard ©
Yaroslav’s Courtyard

5
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.
The State Hermitage Museum and Peterhof Grand Palace will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Savior on the Spilled Blood and Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Erarta Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Tretyakov's Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Palace Square.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg online visit planner .

Traveling by train from Veliky Novgorod to St. Petersburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Peterhof Grand Palace ©
Peterhof Grand Palace

4
nights
Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
B-413 Submarine Museum and Amber Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Konigsberg Cathedral and Museum of the World Ocean. Step out of Kaliningrad with an excursion to Dancing Forest in Rybachy--about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring nature at Kurshskaya Kosa. It doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Immanuel Kant's Grave.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kaliningrad trip planner.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad is minus 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Kaliningrad are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Dancing Forest
Highlights from your plan
Konigsberg Cathedral ©
Konigsberg Cathedral
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum
Amber Museum ©
Amber Museum

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