11 days in Irkutsk, Moscow & St. Petersburg Itinerary

11 days in Irkutsk, Moscow & St. Petersburg Itinerary

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Irkutsk
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Irkutsk

— 2 nights

Paris of Siberia

The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
On the 23rd (Sun), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then walk around Kaiskaya Forest, and then head off the coast to Konny Island. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Church of the Savior of the Holy Face and then view the masterpieces at Gallery of V. Bronshteyn.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Irkutsk trip site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Irkutsk is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Irkutsk is 7 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in January; daily highs in Irkutsk reach -15°C and lows reach -27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can fly to Moscow.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Museums · Nature · Parks · Spas
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Moscow

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo (in Arkhangelskoye) and Ski Stadium Zorkiy (in Krasnogorsk). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Red Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Bulgakov's House Museum-Theater, and explore the galleries of Moscow Kremlin.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Moscow trip builder app.

Getting from Irkutsk to Moscow by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Irkutsk to Moscow. When traveling from Irkutsk in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Moscow: temperatures range from -7°C by day to -12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to fly to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Winter Sports

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St. Petersburg

— 4 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 historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and admire the striking features of Peter and Paul Fortress.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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