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 (Sun): contemplate the long history of Lenin's Mausoleum, then admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at Red Square. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Moscow Kremlin and then see the interesting displays at Bulgakov's House Museum-Theater.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Moscow tour planner.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Moscow is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Dammam in January, things will get colder in Moscow: highs are around -7°C and lows about -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to fly to St. Petersburg.

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St. Petersburg, Russia

— 3 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: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, admire the striking features of Peter and Paul Fortress, make a trip to Palace Square, and examine the collection at Russian Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the St. Petersburg tour itinerary builder.

Fly from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Zurich.

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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: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Zurich trip planner.

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. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Zurich is minus 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from St. Petersburg in January: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Krakow.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nature
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Krakow, Poland

— 3 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: have fun and explore at HistoryLand, get to know the fascinating history of Krakow's Rynek Glowny Central Square, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and examine the collection at Apteka pod Orłem. Oddział Muzeum Historycznego Miasta Krakowa.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Krakow trip planner.

You can fly from Zurich to Krakow in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Zurich in January; daily highs in Krakow reach 1°C and lows reach -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to fly to Warsaw.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Childrens Museums

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, then pause for some photo ops at Pomnik Bohaterów Getta, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Culture and Science, stroll around Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, and then contemplate the long history of Palace on the Island.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Warsaw trip planner.

Getting from Krakow to Warsaw by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January in Warsaw, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough 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.