16 days in Russia Itinerary

16 days in Russia Itinerary

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16 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Pyatigorsk
bus:  1​h
1
Kislovodsk
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Pyatigorsk
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Volgograd
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Kazan
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Gelendzhik
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
End: Pyatigorsk

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Kislovodsk

Kislovodsk ©
Kislovodsk is a spa city in Stavropol Krai, Russia, in the North Caucasus region of Russia which is located between the Black and Caspian Seas. On the 8th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Kurortny Boulevard, make a trip to Narzannaya Gallery, make a trip to Cascade Stairs, then make a trip to Flower Calendar, and finally stroll around Kislovodsk National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from The cable car station, then take an in-depth tour of Yaroshenko Memorial House Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Mountain Ring, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castle of Love and Deceit.

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Pyatigorsk to Kislovodsk is an approximately 1-hour bus ride. You can also take a train; or drive. September in Kislovodsk sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Pyatigorsk.

Things to do in Kislovodsk

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Castle of Love and Deceit ©
Castle of Love and Deceit
Cascade Stairs ©
Cascade Stairs
The cable car station ©
The cable car station

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Pyatigorsk

Pyatigorsk ©
Pyatigorsk is a city in Stavropol Krai located on the Podkumok River, about 20km from the town of Mineralnye Vody where there is an international airport and about 45km from Kislovodsk. Change things up with these side-trips from Pyatigorsk: Nalchik Park (in Nalchik) and Sources of Mineral Water (in Essentuki). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Proval Lake, pause for some photo ops at The Eagle Mounument, stroll around Essentukskiy Park Resort, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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

Take a bus from Kislovodsk to Pyatigorsk in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. September in Pyatigorsk sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Volgograd.

Things to do in Pyatigorsk

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Essentuki, Zheleznovodsk, Nalchik Park
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Tsvetnik Park ©
Tsvetnik Park
Monument to Ostap Bender ©
Monument to Ostap Bender

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Volgograd

Volgograd ©
The setting of some of the bloodiest battles of World War II, the vast city of Volgograd sits on the banks of the Volga River in the southern section of the country.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): steep yourself in history at The Ruins of the Mill Named after Grudinin, make a trip to The Eternal Flame, brush up on your military savvy at State Historical and Memorial Preserve The Battle of Stalingrad, then pause for some photo ops at Mamayev Kurgan, and finally appreciate the history behind 'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Alley of the Heroes, take a leisurely stroll along Central embankment of Volgograd, then steep yourself in history at Pavlov's House, then don't miss a visit to Hall of Military Glory, and finally admire the striking features of Volgograd Railway Station.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Volgograd trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Pyatigorsk to Volgograd in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Volgograd can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Volgograd

Historic Sites Museums
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'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture ©
'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture
Mamayev Kurgan ©
Mamayev Kurgan
Volgograd Railway Station ©
Volgograd Railway Station

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Kazan

Kazan ©
The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kazan: Island Sviyazhsk Museum (in Sviyazhsk) and Raifa Monastery (in Raifa). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Kazan Kremlin, make a splash at Riviera Aquapark, pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral, and take in the pleasant sights at Kremlyovskaya Embankment.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kazan day trip planning site .

Getting from Volgograd to Kazan by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Volgograd in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kazan: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Gelendzhik.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Island Sviyazhsk Museum, Raifa Monastery
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Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque
Agricultural Palace ©
Agricultural Palace

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Gelendzhik

Gelendzhik ©
Situated along a Black Sea bay, the town of Gelendzhik is one of Russia's most popular summer destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of Ascension, then take in the pleasant sights at Gelendzhik Embankment, and then find something for the whole family at Safari Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): appreciate the history behind Monument Tourist, then walk around The Old Park Cultural Center, and then make a splash at Zolotaya Bukhta Water Park.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Gelendzhik trip itinerary app .

Fly from Kazan to Gelendzhik in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In September, Gelendzhik is somewhat warmer than Kazan - with highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Gelendzhik

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Old Park Cultural Center, The Storm Gates
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Gelendzhik Embankment ©
Gelendzhik Embankment
Safari Park ©
Safari Park
The Old  Park Cultural Center ©
The Old Park Cultural Center