52 days in Russia & Poland Itinerary

52 days in Russia & Poland Itinerary

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52 days in Russia & Poland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  22​h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 15 nights
train:  1​h
2
Moscow, Russia
— 15 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Warsaw, Poland
— 10 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Krakow, Poland
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Warsaw, Poland
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
End: Lviv, Ukraine


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15
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.
You've added Bar Degustator, Self-Cost, Pub Crawl Tour, and other attractions to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The State Hermitage Museum and Savior on the Spilled Blood. Head to Tretyakov's Gallery and Photogallery Rachmaninov Gardenfor some retail therapy. Change things up with a short trip to WindTunnel FlyStation in Kuzmolovsky (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at MARS Center, don't miss a visit to Palace Square, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Church of St. Aleksander Nevsky.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read St. Petersburg trip planning app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to St. Petersburg is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in April, with highs in St. Petersburg at 9°C and lows at 0°C. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Nightlife Parks

Side Trip

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

15
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.
Get some cultural insight at Red Square and Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml). Museum-lovers will appreciate State Tretyakov Gallery and Kournikova Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Moscow side-trips: The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra (in Sergiyev Posad), Orekhovo Zuevsky City Exhibition Hall (in Orekhovo-Zuevo) and Kolomna (Soap Museum, Tram Museum, & more). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral, head outdoors with Lavra Trail, stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of The Holy Virgin.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Moscow trip planner .

You can take a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. April in Moscow sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for Warsaw.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kolomna, Arkhangelskoye, Krasnogorsk, Orekhovo Zuevsky City Exhibition Hall, Lobnya Art Gallery
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Church of The Holy Virgin ©
Church of The Holy Virgin
Red Square ©
Red Square
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

10
nights
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Town and Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego. Head to Nowy Swiat and Zlote Tarasyfor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum in Warsaw, get outside with Bubble Football Warszawa by Gmoods, and play a few rounds at Olympic Golf Club.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Warsaw road trip website .

Getting from Moscow to Warsaw by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Moscow to Warsaw is minus 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Warsaw are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kampinos National Park
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum ©

5
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Auschwitz-Krakow Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Gubalowka. Shop till you drop at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) and Ulica Florianska. When in Krakow, make a side trip to see Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, approximately 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawel Royal Castle, take an in-depth tour of Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego Collegium Maius, and steep yourself in history at Wawel Cathedral.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Krakow trip planner .

Getting from Warsaw to Krakow by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. May in Krakow sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Gubalowka, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©

5
nights
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Do your shopping at Rynek Starego Miasta and Aficionado Room Cigar Shop & Lounge. Get outdoors at Gorka Szczesliwicka and Ursus - Rope Park. Step out of Warsaw with an excursion to Manufaktura in Lodz--about 1h 35 min away. See even more of Warsaw: admire the natural beauty at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, look and learn at Copernicus Science Centre, examine the collection at Pinball Station - Pinball & Arcade Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Krakowskie Przedmiescie.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Warsaw trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Krakow to Warsaw by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

WWII cemetery in Laski, Manufaktura, Masurian Lakes
Highlights from your plan
Atrakcja ©
Atrakcja
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie
Krakowskie Przedmiescie ©
Krakowskie Przedmiescie

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