7 days in Russia & New Athos Itinerary

7 days in Russia & New Athos Itinerary

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Ufa, Russia
— 1 night
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Samara, Russia
— 1 night
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Volgograd, Russia
— 1 night
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Krasnodar, Russia
— 1 night
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Sochi, Russia
— 1 night
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New Athos, Georgia
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Ufa, Russia — 1 night

Widely considered one of Russia's loveliest cities, Ufa is home to many sites dedicated to the country's nature and history.
On the 1st (Mon), admire the local landmark of Fountain Seven Girls.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ufa trip site.

Yekaterinburg to Ufa is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Ufa are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 2nd (Tue), you're off to Samara.
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Samara, Russia — 1 night

A city rich in cultural and architectural heritage, Samara sits at the confluence of the Volga and Samara Rivers, its backdrop the wooded Zhiguli Mountains.
For traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Samara online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Ufa to Samara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Yekaterinburg Standard Time to Samara Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. August in Samara sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll travel to Volgograd.
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Volgograd, Russia — 1 night

The setting of some of the bloodiest battles of World War II, the vast city of Volgograd sits on the banks of the Volga River in the southern section of the country.
To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Volgograd online journey planner.

Getting from Samara to Volgograd by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Samara Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In August, Volgograd is somewhat warmer than Samara - with highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C. On the 4th (Thu), you're off to Krasnodar.
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Krasnodar, Russia — 1 night

Founded as one of Catherine the Great's southern border outposts, Krasnodar is now a modern urban center, known locally as "Little Paris" because of its elegant European appearance.
On the 4th (Thu), get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Krasnodar trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Volgograd to Krasnodar takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sochi.
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Sochi, Russia — 1 night

Called the "Summer Capital of Russia," the busy resort town of Sochi is best known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Svyato-Troitsky Temple.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sochi trip planner.

Getting from Krasnodar to Sochi by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. August in Sochi sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to New Athos.
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New Athos, Georgia — 1 night

New Athos or Akhali Atoni is a town in the Gudauta raion of Abkhazia, situated some 22km from Sukhumi by the shores of the Black Sea. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): make a trip to New Athos Simoneau-Kananitsky Monastery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read New Athos online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sochi to New Athos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in New Athos sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night.
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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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Abkhazia travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Landmarks · Waterfalls
Abkhazia is a separatist region and Russian ally along the Georgian Black Sea coast, with sub-tropical conditions and beautiful beaches. The coastline of this area is dotted with pine trees and majestic, snow-capped mountains. Following a war in 2008 against Russia, the country of Georgia lost territory in its defeat, and Abkhazia was among the those regions diplomatically recognized by Russia as a result. Volcanoes and botanical gardens are among the places to visit on a trip to this seaside area. The capital, Sukhumi, revels in the mild climate with its many beach resorts.
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