16 days in Moscow, St. Petersburg & Taipei Itinerary

16 days in Moscow, St. Petersburg & Taipei Itinerary

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16 days in Moscow, St. Petersburg & Taipei Itinerary

Start: Phuket Town, Thailand
bus + Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Moscow, Russia
— 5 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h
3
Taipei, Taiwan
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  12​h 30​min
End: Phuket Town, Thailand

5
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.
Step out of Moscow with an excursion to The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra in Sergiyev Posad--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad), explore the world behind art at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and walk around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory).

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Moscow trip planning app .

Phuket Town, Thailand to Moscow is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Phuket Town to Moscow due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Phuket Town in October, things will get colder in Moscow: highs are around 7°C and lows about 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
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Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) ©
Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad)
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)

5
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.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, parks, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, take in nature's colorful creations at Catherine Palace and Park, and browse the exhibits of Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

For reviews and other tourist information, read our St. Petersburg trip planner.

Traveling by train from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

3
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei ©
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, take an in-depth tour of National Palace Museum, and then take a stroll through Ximending. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Taipei Zoo, and then shop like a local with Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street).

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Taipei day trip planning site .

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Taipei in 17 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Taipei. In October, Taipei is warmer than St. Petersburg - with highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
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Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall ©
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

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