15 days in Russia Itinerary

15 days in Russia Itinerary

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15 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
1
St. Petersburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Krasnodar
— 2 nights
train + taxi:  2​h 45​min
3
Gelendzhik
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Anapa
— 1 day
Fly:  7​h 15​min
5
Kaliningrad
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Moscow
— 3 nights
End: Moscow

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nights
St. Petersburg

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. On your second day here, stroll through Beach Laskovy, explore the activities along Neva Embankments, and then explore the galleries of Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg online tour planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Pulkovo Airport. In September in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Krasnodar.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Nature Parks
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Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum

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Krasnodar

Krasnodar ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of The Krasnodar state history and archeology culture preserve named after E.D. Felitsyn, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Voyskovoy sobor svyatogo blagovernogo knyazya Aleksandra Nevskogo, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Old Kuban City Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. George's Church, then admire the masterpieces at The Krasnodar Regional Art Museum Of Kovalenko, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Elijah Church, and finally head outdoors with Basket-Hall.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Krasnodar road trip planning app .

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Krasnodar in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from St. Petersburg in September: high temperatures in Krasnodar hover around 78°F and lows are around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gelendzhik.

Things to do in Krasnodar

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches
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Gelendzhik

Gelendzhik ©
Situated along a Black Sea bay, the town of Gelendzhik is one of Russia's most popular summer destinations.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sudzhukskaya Bay-Bar and The Storm Gates. Saint Springs Neberdzhai and Monument to the Founders of Novorossiysk will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gelendzhik: Arkhipo-Osipovka Delphinarium (in Arkhipo-Osipovka) and Upside Down House (in Abrau-Durso). There's more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Gallery Belaya Loshad and take an in-depth tour of Gelendzhik Historical Local Lore Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Gelendzhik travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Krasnodar to Gelendzhik in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Gelendzhik sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Anapa.

Things to do in Gelendzhik

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Novorossiysk, Arkhipo-Osipovka Delphinarium, The Storm Gates, Saint Springs Neberdzhai
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Gallery Belaya Loshad ©
Gallery Belaya Loshad

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Anapa

Anapa ©
Like many other destinations in the Black Sea region, Anapa remains under the radar for most foreign travelers, despite its popularity among Russian families.
On the 11th (Tue), get to know the fascinating history of Lermontov Arbour, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Onuphrius, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Zolotaya Bukha Beach.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Anapa trip site .

Traveling by car from Gelendzhik to Anapa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. September in Anapa sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Anapa

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Church of St. Onuphrius ©
Church of St. Onuphrius

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Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Your list of things to see and do now includes The Church of the Holy Family, Honey Bridge, Cathedral of Christ the Savior, and other attractions. On the 12th (Wed), make a trip to Curonian Spit, admire the landmark architecture of The Church of the Holy Family, stroll through Amaliyenau, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Christ the Savior, and finally kick back and relax at Beach Promenade. On the next day, visit a coastal fixture at Viewing Tower Lighthouse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Konigsberg Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at Alexander Nevskiy Cathedral, then take in the views from Honey Bridge, and finally steep yourself in history at Brandenburg Gate.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kaliningrad vacation maker site .

Traveling by flight from Anapa to Kaliningrad takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Anapa in September, with highs in Kaliningrad at 65°F and lows at 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Beach Promenade
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Beach Promenade ©
Beach Promenade
Konigsberg Cathedral ©
Konigsberg Cathedral
Kurshskaya Kosa ©
Kurshskaya Kosa

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Moscow

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.
Relax by the water at Meshherskoye and Lake Beloye (Vologda Oblast). Explore hidden gems such as The Armoury and European Bison Nursery. Step out of Moscow to go to Serpukhov and see Serpukhov History and Art Museum, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad), look for all kinds of wild species at Prioksko-Terrasny Nature Reserve, see the interesting displays at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml), and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Moscow online sightseeing planner .

Fly from Kaliningrad to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Kaliningrad to Moscow is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kaliningrad in September: highs in Moscow hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Serpukhovsky District, Serpukhov History and Art Museum
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Armoury Chamber ©
Armoury Chamber
Red Square ©
Red Square
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral

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