30 days in Russia & Crimea Itinerary

30 days in Russia & Crimea Itinerary

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Fly
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Sevastopol, Crimea
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yalta, Crimea
— 3 nights
Bus to Simferopol, Fly to Sochi
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Sochi, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Moscow, Russia
— 6 nights
Train
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 8 nights
Drive
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Vyborg, Russia
— 4 nights
Drive to Pulkovo Airport, Fly to London Heathrow Airport

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Sevastopol, Crimea

Situated between Ukraine and Russia, Sevastopol represents a laid-back coastal city with impressive naval history and a desirable microclimate for vacationers.
Explore Sevastopol's surroundings by going to Bakhchisaray (Bakhchisaray Historical, Cultural and Archaeological Museum-Reserve & Bakhchisaryi Holy Dormition Monastery) and Bashtanovka (Kachi-Kalyon & Beaded Temple of Anastasia the Obscenitelnitsy). There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Flooded Ships in Sevastopol, examine the collection at Bronebashennaya beregovaya batareya №35, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Michael the Archangel, and take in the pleasant sights at Hakhimova Square.

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London, UK to Sevastopol is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Yalta.

Things to do in Sevastopol

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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Yalta, Crimea

A popular resort town on the Crimea peninsula, Yalta reveals a striking Neo-Gothic châteaux nestled high atop a steep sea cliff.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yalta: Foros Church of the Resurrection of Christ (in Foros), Ayu-Dag (Medved-Gora) (in Partenit) and Nikita Botanical Gardens (in Nikita). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Ai-Petri, admire the striking features of Livadia Palace and Park Museum-Reserve, step into the grandiose world of Vorontsov Palace and Park complex, and enjoy breathtaking views from Swallow's Nest.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yalta trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Sevastopol to Yalta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sochi.

Things to do in Yalta

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:

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Sochi, Russia

Russia's Summer Capital

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). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Rosa Khutor Ski Resort, let little ones run wild at Anticafe Dom Kultury, enjoy some diversion at Fun-bob, and go for a walk through Navaginskaya Street.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sochi trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Yalta to Sochi in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January, daytime highs in Sochi are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trip

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Moscow, Russia

Third Rome

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Moscow side-trips: FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex (in Sharapovo), Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy) and Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery (in Zvenigorod). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Red Square, explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, browse the exhibits of Moscow Kremlin, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Moscow itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Sochi to Moscow takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sochi in January: high temperatures in Moscow hover around -7°C and lows are around -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 19:

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St. Petersburg, Russia

Venice of the North

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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, get engrossed in the history at Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens, examine the collection at Russian Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg trip maker.

Traveling by train from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. January in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Vyborg.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 27:

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Vyborg, Russia

Vyborg, a town and the administrative center of Vyborgsky District in Leningrad Oblast, Russia, lies on the Karelian Isthmus near the head of the Vyborg Bay, 130km to the northwest of St. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vyborg: Temple of Konevskaya Icon of Our Lady (in Sapernoye), Orthodox Shrine of the Nativity of Mary (in Primorsk) and All Saints Church (in Priozersk). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Alvar Aalto Library, take in the pleasant sights at Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Monument to Elk, and contemplate the long history of Historical-Cultural Center Varyazhskiy Dvor.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Vyborg trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from St. Petersburg to Vyborg in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vyborg

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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Crimea travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · History Museums
The diamond-shaped Crimean Peninsula clings to the mainland by two small strips of land, with the rest of the region entirely surrounded by sea. Towering mountains, lush forest, picturesque beaches, curious cave cities, and vast vineyards populate the almost-island, providing a long, rich list of things to do. The scenic and varied landscape makes it an ideal vacation destination for adventurous hikers and keen cyclists. However, be warned that there is little signposting along routes. Those interested in the history and culture of the region will relish the opportunity to observe the legacy of Crimea's many Imperial rulers from over the centuries, evident in its architecture, cuisine, culture, and ethnic diversity. After the Ukranian revolution of 2014, Russia annexed the majority of the peninsula, thrusting it into the center of international attention.

Russia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.