28 days in Russia Itinerary

28 days in Russia Itinerary

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28 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Khabarovsk
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Irkutsk
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Krasnoyarsk
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
3
Sochi
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
4
Kaliningrad
— 4 nights
5
St. Petersburg
— 7 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
6
Moscow
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h
7
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Khabarovsk

2
nights
Irkutsk

Irkutsk ©
The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
Spend the 6th (Sat) on horseback at Pribaikalskiy National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Baikal, explore the fascinating underground world of Cape Skriper, step off the mainland to explore Konny Island, and have some family-friendly fun at Time to Fly Aerodynamic Complex.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Irkutsk day trip planning app .

Khabarovsk to Irkutsk is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Vladivostok Time (VLAT) to Irkutsk Time (IRKT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Khabarovsk in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Irkutsk, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Krasnoyarsk.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Baikal, Cape Skriper
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Lake Baikal ©
Lake Baikal
Pribaikalskiy National Park ©
Pribaikalskiy National Park

3
nights
Krasnoyarsk

Krasnoyarsk ©
Famed for its scenic location, Krasnoyarsk so impressed author Anton Chekhov that he considered it Siberia's most appealing city, describing it as a "picturesque, cultured town." A convenient pit stop for passengers making the trans-Siberian journey, the city serves as the country's major railway junction halfway between Moscow and Vladivostok.
Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Stolby National Park. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Enisey River, get your game on at Science and Entertainment Centre Gravitatsiya, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tatyshev Island, and trek along Cave Karaulnaya.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Krasnoyarsk online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Irkutsk to Krasnoyarsk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Irkutsk to Krasnoyarsk. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sochi.

Things to do in Krasnoyarsk

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Stolby National Park ©
Stolby National Park
Enisey River ©
Enisey River
Tatyshev Island ©
Tatyshev Island

4
nights
Sochi

Sochi ©
Called the "Summer Capital of Russia," the busy resort town of Sochi is best known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Change things up with a short trip to Wet Canyon of River Psakho in Galitsino (about 34 minutes away). On the 10th (Wed), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Rosa Khutor Ski Resort. Pack the 12th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Sochi Park. There's still lots to do: see where the action happens at Iceberg Skating Palace, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and take in the dramatic scenery at Zmeykovskiye Waterfalls.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Sochi online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Krasnoyarsk to Sochi takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Krasnoyarsk to Sochi is minus 4 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Sochi can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Wet Canyon of River Psakho
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Rosa Khutor Ski Resort ©
Rosa Khutor Ski Resort
Sochi Park ©
Sochi Park
Room Escape Games

4
nights
Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kaliningrad: Zelenogradsk (Tortilin Pond, Fringilla, & more), o. Lebed' (in Morskoye) and Yantarnyy (Beach Shakhta Anna & Beach Promenade). Spend the 14th (Sun) exploring nature at Curonian Spit National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Tikhoye Lake and explore and take pictures at Research vessel "Vityaz".

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kaliningrad online trip builder .

You can fly from Sochi to Kaliningrad in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sochi in July; daily highs in Kaliningrad reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Zelenogradsk, Yantarnyy, o. Lebed', Tikhoye Lake
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Beach Promenade ©
Beach Promenade
Kurshskaya Kosa ©
Kurshskaya Kosa
o. Lebed' ©
o. Lebed'

7
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.
Pack the 19th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Divo Ostrov. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Natural Sanctuary Komarovskiy Bereg, and explore the activities along Neva Embankments.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read St. Petersburg trip planner.

You can fly from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg. In July in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Parks Museums Outdoors
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Divo Ostrov ©
Divo Ostrov
Eco Path ©
Eco Path

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Moscow: FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex (in Sharapovo) and Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo (in Arkhangelskoye). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral, and examine the collection at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml).

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Moscow road trip website .

Traveling by train from St. Petersburg to Moscow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Moscow can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex, Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo
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Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) ©
Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad)
FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex ©
FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex
Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo ©

2
nights
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky: Paratunskiye Hot Spring (in Paratunka) and Kozelskiy Volcano (in Yelizovo).

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Moscow to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in 11 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Moscow to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is 9 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Moscow in July; daily highs in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kamchatka Peninsula, Paratunskiye Hot Spring, Kozelskiy Volcano
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Volcano Mutnovsky ©
Volcano Mutnovsky
Kamchatka Peninsula ©
Kamchatka Peninsula
Avachinsky ©
Avachinsky

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