23 days in China & Russia Itinerary

23 days in China & Russia Itinerary

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23 days in China & Russia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Beijing, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
2
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Vladimir, Russia
— 2 nights
+4
Train + Subway + Foot + Bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Kazan, Russia
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
5
Sochi, Russia
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
6
Kaliningrad, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 6 nights
Fly + Bus:  17​h
8
Lhasa, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Melbourne, Australia


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3
nights
Beijing, China

Beijing ©
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Popular historic sites such as Mutianyu Great Wall and Temple of Heaven are in your itinerary. The Palace Museum and Lama Temple (Yonghegong) will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and stroll around Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan).

For other places to visit, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Beijing day trip planning tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Beijing is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to China Standard Time (CST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in June, things will get much hotter in Beijing: highs are around 36°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

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 2nd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Moscow Kremlin, steep yourself in history at Kremlin Walls and Towers, and then steep yourself in history at Red Square. On the next day, stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum, admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and finally see the interesting displays at Bulgakov's House Museum-Theater.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Moscow trip builder tool .

You can fly from Beijing to Moscow in 11 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from China Standard Time (CST) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Beijing in July, expect Moscow to be slightly colder, temps between 27°C and 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Vladimir.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Red Square ©
Red Square
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral

2
nights
Vladimir, Russia

Vladimir ©
The most visited destination in the Golden Ring circuit, the city of Vladimir is known for its remarkably preserved white-stone monuments, which have World Heritage status.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Suzdal Kremlin, then see the interesting displays at Museum Of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life, and then see the interesting displays at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex. 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 pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Assumption Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Demetrius.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Vladimir trip builder site .

Getting from Moscow to Vladimir by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museum of Soviet Life, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, then admire the landmark architecture of Kazan Kremlin, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Leaning Suyumbike Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Agricultural Palace, then examine the collection at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum, then take a stroll through Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat), and finally explore the world behind art at Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kazan trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Vladimir to Kazan takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sochi.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat) ©
Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat)
Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin

1
night
Sochi, Russia

Sochi ©
Called the "Summer Capital of Russia," the busy resort town of Sochi is best known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): ski along the peaceful trails at Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster and then stroll around Olimpiyskiy Park Adler.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sochi vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Kazan to Sochi takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kazan in July, expect Sochi to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster ©
Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster
Olimpiyskiy Park Adler ©
Olimpiyskiy Park Adler

3
nights
Kaliningrad, Russia

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Escape the urban bustle at Kurshskaya Kosa and Beach Promenade. Let the collections at Amber Museum and Museum of the World Ocean capture your imagination. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Konigsberg Cathedral, see the interesting displays at B-413 Submarine Museum, and appreciate the history behind Immanuel Kant's Grave.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kaliningrad travel planner.

You can fly from Sochi to Kaliningrad in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 1 hour. In July, Kaliningrad is a bit cooler than Sochi - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Beach Promenade
Highlights from your plan
Kurshskaya Kosa ©
Kurshskaya Kosa
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum
Konigsberg Cathedral ©
Konigsberg Cathedral

6
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.
Let the collections at The State Hermitage Museum and Russian Museum capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Catherine Palace and Park. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Anna Akhmatova Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, explore the galleries of Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and appreciate the history behind Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I.

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Traveling by flight from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg. July in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lhasa.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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

3
nights
Lhasa, China

Lhasa ©
The capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Lhasa possesses a wealth of Tibetan Buddhist sites of historical and cultural importance.
On the 18th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Potala Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jokhang Temple, and then get to know the fascinating history of Barkhor Street. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sera Monastery and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lhasa route maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from St. Petersburg to Lhasa in 17 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to China Standard Time (CST) is 5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Lhasa are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lhasa

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Jokhang Temple ©
Jokhang Temple
Barkhor Street ©
Barkhor Street
Sera Monastery ©
Sera Monastery

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