15 days in Russia, Switzerland & Poland Itinerary

15 days in Russia, Switzerland & Poland Itinerary

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Moscow, Russia
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Krakow, Poland
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Warsaw, Poland
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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): make a trip to Lenin's Mausoleum, admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Red Square. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Moscow Kremlin and then stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Moscow day trip planning app.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Moscow is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Dammam in December, with highs in Moscow at -1°C and lows at -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to fly to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Palace Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and then browse the exhibits of Saint Isaac's Cathedral. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Russian Museum and then admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg tour planner.

Getting from Moscow to St. Petersburg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Zurich.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Zurich is known for nature, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stop by Old Town, wander the streets of Niederdorf, admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, and get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum.

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You can fly from St. Petersburg to Zurich in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Zurich. While traveling from St. Petersburg, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Zurich, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Krakow.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites
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Krakow, Poland

— 4 nights

Slavic Rome

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.
Go for a jaunt from Krakow to Oswiecim to see Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, contemplate the long history of Wawel Royal Castle, examine the collection at Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera, and visit Kazmierz The Former Jewish District.

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You can fly from Zurich to Krakow in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Krakow sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

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Warsaw, Poland

— 3 nights

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
On the 20th (Mon), learn about all things military at Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow, then make a trip to Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy), and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum, browse the exhibits of Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, and then steep yourself in history at Palace on the Island.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Warsaw trip planner.

You can fly from Krakow to Warsaw in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Warsaw

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Russia travel guide

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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.

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Poland travel guide

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A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.