15 days in Russia, Turkey & Baku Itinerary

15 days in Russia, Turkey & Baku Itinerary

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Moscow, Russia
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Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
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Kazan, Russia
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Irkutsk, Russia
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Yekaterinburg, Russia
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Baku, Azerbaijan
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Goreme, Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey
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St. Petersburg, Russia — 2 nights

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 sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Palace Square, and admire the landmark architecture of New Peterhof Railway Station.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg route app.

London, UK to St. Petersburg is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Moscow Standard Time is 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Moscow.
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Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 26:

Moscow, Russia — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): admire the striking features of Commercial House of Tretyakovy, steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Uspensky Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Red Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Moscow Kremlin and then stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Moscow online route maker.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Moscow can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Nizhny Novgorod.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Nizhny Novgorod, Russia — 1 night

Russia's Pocket

Founded eight centuries ago at the confluence of the Volga and the Oka rivers, Nizhny Novgorod boasts over 600 historical, cultural, and architectural monuments.
On the 29th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevskiy and then explore the historical opulence of The Kremlin.

For other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Nizhny Novgorod trip maker site.

Fly from Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to fly to Kazan.
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Historic Sites
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Kazan, Russia — 1 night

Sports Capital of Russia

The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
On the 30th (Sun), ponder the design of Monument Fountain Kazan, see the interesting displays at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kul Sharif Mosque, then contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Water Canal Bulak.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kazan tour planning website.

Traveling by flight from Nizhny Novgorod to Kazan takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Irkutsk.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Irkutsk, Russia — 1 night

Paris of Siberia

The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
On the 31st (Mon), walk around Kaiskaya Forest, then take in nature's colorful creations at Volkonskikh Park, and then ponder the design of Fountain Near The Wedding Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Pribaikalskiy National Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Irkutsk trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Kazan to Irkutsk takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Irkutsk Standard Time is 5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Irkutsk can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Yekaterinburg.
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Yekaterinburg, Russia — 1 night

Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Embankment of Working Youth, make a trip to Defence Square, then don't miss a visit to Sevastyanov's House, and finally don't miss a visit to Voznesenskoye Bishop's Yard.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yekaterinburg trip planner.

Getting from Irkutsk to Yekaterinburg by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Irkutsk to Yekaterinburg. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Baku.
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Baku, Azerbaijan — 1 night

The City of Eternal Flames, the City of Winds

A truly contemporary city criss-crossed by history, Baku offers everything from the modern elegance of the Flame Towers to the medieval UNESCO-listed Old City at its core.
On the 3rd (Thu), go for a walk through Baku Boulevard.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Baku day trip site.

Fly from Yekaterinburg to Baku in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Yekaterinburg to Baku due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yekaterinburg in August, with highs in Baku at 38°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Goreme.
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Goreme, Turkey — 2 nights

Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
On the 4th (Fri), soak in style at Turkish baths, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme travel route planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Baku to Goreme takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Azerbaijan Standard Time (AZT) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Goreme when traveling from Baku in August, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Istanbul.
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Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites
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Istanbul, Turkey — 2 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
On the 6th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, then admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami . On the next day, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, stroll the grounds of Sinan Pasa Turbesi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then admire the landmark architecture of Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, and finally take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower.

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You can fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Goreme in August: highs in Istanbul hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
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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.
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Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
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