17 days in Italy, St. Petersburg & Moscow Itinerary

17 days in Italy, St. Petersburg & Moscow Itinerary

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17 days in Italy, St. Petersburg & Moscow Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
3
Lecce, Italy
— 1 night
Fly + train:  6​h 15​min
4
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Cagliari, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Alghero, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h
End: Montreal, Canada

4
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: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, examine the collection at Russian Museum, get your game on at Maze of Fear, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg driving holiday planner.

Montreal, Canada to St. Petersburg is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Montreal to St. Petersburg. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Montreal in September: high temperatures in St. Petersburg hover around 19°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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

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.
On the 11th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Lenin's Mausoleum, admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Basil's Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad). Keep things going the next day: walk around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory), then contemplate the long history of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and then explore the world behind art at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Moscow trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from St. Petersburg to Moscow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Moscow are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lecce.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery
Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) ©
Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad)
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral

1
night
Lecce, Italy

Lecce ©
Known as the Florence of the South, Lecce is distinguished for its elaborate Baroque monuments.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Lecce, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di Lecce - La Cripta, then head outdoors with Circolo Ippico Malepezza, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Antichi Frantoi Ipogei, then make a trip to Centro Storico, Lecce, and then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di Santa Croce.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lecce trip planner .

Fly from Moscow to Lecce in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Moscow to Lecce due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Moscow in September: highs in Lecce hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Lecce

Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Circolo Ippico Malepezza, Basilica di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, Antichi Frantoi Ipogei
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Circolo Ippico Malepezza ©
Circolo Ippico Malepezza
Centro Storico, Lecce ©
Centro Storico, Lecce
Duomo di Lecce ©
Duomo di Lecce

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Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Get out of town with these interesting Cinque Terre side-trips: St Martin Cathedral (in Lucca), Genoa (Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova & Aquarium of Genoa) and Pisa (Duomo di Pisa & Leaning Tower of Pisa). There's much more to do: hike along Cinque Terre footpaths, stroll through Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, stop by Fannys Bazar, and step into the grandiose world of Castello Doria.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cinque Terre trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Lecce to Cinque Terre takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Cinque Terre are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cagliari.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Pisa, Genoa, St Martin Cathedral
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Leaning Tower of Pisa ©
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Aquarium of Genoa ©
Aquarium of Genoa
Cinque Terre footpaths ©
Cinque Terre footpaths

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nights
Cagliari, Italy

Cagliari ©
The capital of Sardinia, Cagliari is spread out over seven hills and still bears the marks of its past conquerors, including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Romans.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Baccu Mandara, explore by horseback at Ranch Paky Barroso, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria, and finally browse the collection at Biblioteca Universitaria di Cagliari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Michele, then pause for some serene contemplation at Parrocchia Collegiata Sant'Anna Cagliari, and then kick back and relax at Spiaggia delle Ginestre.

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Do a combination of train and flight from Cinque Terre to Cagliari in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Cagliari are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Alghero.

Things to do in Cagliari

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ranch Paky Barroso, Baccu Mandara, Spiaggia delle Ginestre
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Ranch Paky Barroso ©
Ranch Paky Barroso
Chiesa di San Michele ©
Chiesa di San Michele
Biblioteca Universitaria di Cagliari ©

1
night
Alghero, Italy

Built surrounding a 16th-century fortified port, Alghero remains one of Sardinia's most visited sites, rich in cultural and historical heritage.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): learn about winemaking at Azienda Agricola Leda' d'Ittiri and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Alghero trip planner .

Getting from Cagliari to Alghero by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Alghero

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

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