56 days in Russia, Poland & Belarus Itinerary

56 days in Russia, Poland & Belarus Itinerary

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56 days in Russia, Poland & Belarus Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg, Russia
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 15 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Moscow, Russia
— 15 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Warsaw, Poland
— 10 nights
Fly:  1​h
4
Krakow, Poland
— 5 nights
+3
train + foot + Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
5
Minsk, Belarus
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
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Brest, Belarus
— 5 nights
End: Brest, Belarus

15
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.
When in St. Petersburg, make a side trip to see WindTunnel FlyStation in Kuzmolovsky, approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, examine the collection at A.V. Suvorov State Memorial Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior on the Spilled Blood, and step off the mainland to explore Yelagin Island.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the St. Petersburg trip maker website .

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airport is Pulkovo Airport. In April, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

WindTunnel FlyStation
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

15
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex (in Sharapovo), The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra (in Sergiyev Posad) and Kolomna (Tram Museum, Kolomna Kremlin, & more). Pack the 10th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Etnomir Tourist Complex. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Red Square, explore the world behind art at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, walk around Patriarch's Pond, and let little ones run wild at Action Games Joyment.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Moscow online driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Moscow can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for Warsaw.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kolomna, Church of The Holy Virgin, FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex, Vysotskiy Monastyr', Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo
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FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex ©
FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex
Red Square ©
Red Square
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

10
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Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw ©
Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Warsaw is known for historic sites, museums, parks, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, step into the grandiose world of Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, get engrossed in the history at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and have fun at 3D Archery Path.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Warsaw road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Warsaw takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 25th (Mon), you'll travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie
Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego ©
Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego
Palace of Culture and Science ©
Palace of Culture and Science

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nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Step out of Krakow with an excursion to Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim--about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, examine the collection at Wieliczka Salt Mine, and browse the exhibits of Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Krakow trip planner .

You can take a train from Warsaw to Krakow in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May in Krakow, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Minsk.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square ©
Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau ©
Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral

5
nights
Minsk, Belarus

Minsk
As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Minsk route planner .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Krakow to Minsk takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Krakow to Minsk, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. You will leave for Brest on the 4th (Thu).

Things to do in Minsk

Fun & Games Museums Nightlife
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5
nights
Brest, Belarus

Brest ©
A sharp contrast to the capital of Minsk, Brest is a city filled with fortress ruins, old culture, and medieval history.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brest: Ruzhany (Ruzhany Palace, Lake Papernya, & more), Kosava Castle (in Kosava) and Bielaviežskaja pušča National Park (in Kamianiuki). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Memorial Complex Brest Hero-Fortress, admire the natural beauty at Zimniy Sad, take in the pleasant sights at Sovetskaya Street, and make a trip to Brest Railway Station Building.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Brest online trip planner .

Traveling by train from Minsk to Brest takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Brest can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brest

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Ruzhany, Bielaviežskaja pušča National Park, Kosava Castle
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Bielaviežskaja pušča National Park ©
Memorial Complex Brest Hero-Fortress ©
Ruzhany Palace ©
Ruzhany Palace

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