15 days in Russia, Switzerland & The Netherlands Itinerary

15 days in Russia, Switzerland & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Moscow, Russia
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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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.
On the 9th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum, explore the world behind art 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. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Moscow Kremlin and then see the interesting displays at Bulgakov's House Museum-Theater.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Moscow attractions planner.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Moscow is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Dammam in January; daily highs in Moscow reach -7°C and lows reach -12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

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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: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, contemplate the long history of Palace Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Kazan Cathedral, and make a trip to Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg online trip itinerary builder.

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

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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Zurich, Switzerland

— 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Lion Monument, Lake Lucerne, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and see the interesting displays at FIFA World Football Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Zurich online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Zurich takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from St. Petersburg in January, with highs in Zurich at 5°C and lows at -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 5 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam, walk around Vondelpark, and take a stroll through The Jordaan.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip tool.

You can fly from Zurich to Amsterdam in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
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Russia travel guide

4.7
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

4.7
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.

The Netherlands travel guide

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Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.