19 days in Russia Itinerary

19 days in Russia Itinerary

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19 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  20​h
1
St. Petersburg
— 2 nights
plane:  9​h
2
Kazan
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Moscow
— 6 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
4
St. Petersburg
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Cape Town

2
nights
St. Petersburg

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.
On the 10th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, then see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, and then examine the collection at Faberge Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Neva Embankments, then steep yourself in history at Memorial Sign Strelka Of Vasilievskiy Island, then get engrossed in the history at Kazan Cathedral, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Nevsky Prospekt.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the St. Petersburg travel route planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to St. Petersburg is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Cape Town to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, St. Petersburg is a bit warmer than Cape Town - with highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Russian Museum ©
Russian Museum
Neva Embankments
Neva Embankments

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): examine the collection at Mardzhani Museum. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Island Sviyazhsk Museum, take a stroll through Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, and finally examine the collection at Hermitage - Kazan Center.

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Take a train from St. Petersburg to Kazan in 22 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Island Sviyazhsk Museum
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Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat) ©
Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat)
Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque

6
nights
Moscow

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.
The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra and The State Tretyakov Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml) and The Armoury. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Moscow: Bolshoi Gorodskoi Prud (in Zelenograd) and Sergiyev Posad (Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent), Cathedral of the Assumption, & more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad), don't miss a visit to Lenin's Mausoleum, get to know the fascinating history of Cathedral Square, and wander the streets of Complex of Residential Houses at Oktyabrskoye Field.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Moscow tour itinerary builder app .

Getting from Kazan to Moscow by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In July in Moscow, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Sergiyev Posad, Bolshoi Gorodskoi Prud
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Cathedral Square ©
Cathedral Square
The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra ©
Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) ©
Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad)

5
nights
St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg
Appreciate the collections at Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost) and The State Hermitage Museum. Popular historic sites such as Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas and Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad) are in your itinerary. Pack the 21st (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Divo Ostrov. See even more of St. Petersburg: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, tour the pleasant surroundings at Catherine Palace and Park, examine the collection at Russian Museum of Ethnography, and admire the landmark architecture of Nicholas Naval Cathedral of The Epiphany.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg road trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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