17 days in Russia, Ukraine & Minsk Itinerary

17 days in Russia, Ukraine & Minsk Itinerary

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17 days in Russia, Ukraine & Minsk Itinerary

Start: Jyvaskyla, Finland
Drive:  12​h 30​min
1
Rostov, Russia
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Moscow, Russia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
— 2 nights
4
Minsk, Belarus
— 1 day
5
Kiev, Ukraine
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Kharkiv, Ukraine
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
7
Krasnodar, Russia
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Ufa, Russia
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Yekaterinburg, Russia
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
10
Novosibirsk, Russia
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 45​min
11
Omsk, Russia
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
12
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
End: Jyvaskyla, Finland


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1
night
Rostov, Russia

Rostov ©
Rostov is a town in Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, one of the oldest in the country and a tourist center of the Golden Ring. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): examine the collection at State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin, take an in-depth tour of Museum Rostovskoye Podvorye, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Gregory the Theologian, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Church Antiquities, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Virgin Hodegetria, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Resurrection of Christ. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gate-Church of St John Divine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. John the Evangelist, examine the collection at Palaty, then stop by Monomakh, and finally explore and take pictures at Gymnasium of Kekin.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Rostov trip planner .

Jyvaskyla, Finland to Rostov is an approximately 15.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Jyvaskyla to Rostov due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Rostov can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Moscow.

Things to do in Rostov

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin ©
Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery ©
Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery
Palaty ©
Palaty

1
night
Moscow, Russia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure, admire the striking features of Kremlin Walls and Towers, take an in-depth tour of The Armoury, then examine the collection at Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond), and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Moscow online holiday maker .

Take a train from Rostov to Moscow in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Moscow, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Armoury Chamber ©
Armoury Chamber
Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond) ©
Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond)

2
nights
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Nizhny Novgorod ©
Founded eight centuries ago at the confluence of the Volga and the Oka rivers, Nizhny Novgorod boasts over 600 historical, cultural, and architectural monuments.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Fedorovsky Embankment, step into the grandiose world of The Kremlin, then make a trip to Chkalov Staircase, then make a trip to Bolshaia Pokrovskaia Street, and finally appreciate the history behind Sculpture the Funny Goat. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Ozero Svetloyar, make a trip to Verhnevolzhskaya Embankment, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Limpopo Zoo.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nizhny Novgorod trip app .

Fly from Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Minsk.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Ozero Svetloyar
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Ozero Svetloyar ©
Ozero Svetloyar
Room Escape Games
The Kremlin ©
The Kremlin

1
day
Minsk, Belarus

Minsk ©
As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
On the 8th (Tue), make a trip to Victory Square, get lost in a book at National Library of Belarus, pause for some photo ops at Island of Tears, then learn about all things military at Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saints Simon and Helena, and finally make a trip to Independence Square, Minsk.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Minsk tour itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Nizhny Novgorod to Minsk in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nizhny Novgorod in October, expect nights in Minsk to be about the same, around 2°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Minsk

Historic Sites Museums
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1
night
Kiev, Ukraine

The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Sophia Cathedral, then make a trip to Andriyivski Uzviz, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and finally appreciate the history behind Rodina Mat (Motherland).

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kiev road trip site .

Getting from Minsk to Kiev by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Minsk to Kiev, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in Kiev are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kharkiv.

Things to do in Kiev

Tours Historic Sites
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Photography Tours
Saint Sophia Cathedral ©
Saint Sophia Cathedral
Andriyivski Uzviz ©
Andriyivski Uzviz

1
night
Kharkiv, Ukraine

Kharkiv ©
Kharkiv hosts numerous Soviet monuments from its stint as the capital in the 1920s and is considered the industrial and educational heart of Ukraine.
On the 10th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church Kharkiv, explore the galleries of Museum of Coffee, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Pokrovsky Cathedral, then ponder the design of Mirror Stream fountain, and finally stroll through Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure.

Before you visit Kharkiv, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Kiev to Kharkiv in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in October, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Krasnodar.

Things to do in Kharkiv

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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The Pokrovsky Cathedral ©
The Pokrovsky Cathedral
Mirror Stream fountain ©
Mirror Stream fountain

1
day
Krasnodar, Russia

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 11th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at The Solnechny Ostrov (Sunny Island) Park, then don't miss a visit to Monument to Catherine the Great, then don't miss a visit to Krasnaya ulitsa, and finally head outdoors with Guam Gorge.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Krasnodar sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Kharkiv to Krasnodar takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kharkiv to Krasnodar. Traveling from Kharkiv in October, expect Krasnodar to be a bit warmer, temps between 20°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ufa.

Things to do in Krasnodar

Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Guam Gorge
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Guam Gorge ©
Guam Gorge

1
day
Ufa, Russia

Ufa ©
Widely considered one of Russia's loveliest cities, Ufa is home to many sites dedicated to the country's nature and history.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Salavat Yulaev Monument, appreciate the history behind Eternal Flame in Yakutov's Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Culture and Recreation Garden of S. Yulaev, then admire the majestic nature at Ufa Botanical Garden, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Ufa trip maker website .

Fly from Krasnodar to Ufa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Yekaterinburg Time is 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Krasnodar in October; daily highs in Ufa reach 7°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Ufa

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Salavat Yulaev Monument ©
Salavat Yulaev Monument

1
night
Yekaterinburg, Russia

Yekaterinburg ©
Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Church on the Blood, contemplate the waterfront views at Weir on river Iset, make a trip to Monument to Mamin-Sibiryak, then take in panoramic vistas at Visotsky Business Center Lookout, then examine the collection at Museum-Exhibition Center Dom Poklevskikh-Kozell, and finally don't miss a visit to The Time Capsule.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Yekaterinburg online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Ufa to Yekaterinburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Ufa in October, plan for little chillier days in Yekaterinburg, with highs around 3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Novosibirsk.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Weir on river Iset ©
Weir on river Iset
The Time Capsule ©
The Time Capsule

1
day
Novosibirsk, Russia

Novosibirsk ©
Situated in Siberia's southwestern portion, Novosibirsk developed into a major urban center in the last decade of the 19th century, when it became a convenient pit stop for railway travelers making the epic trans-Siberian journey.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Monument to Architect Kryachkov, admire the landmark architecture of Houses of the Merchants Surikov and Molchanov, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Alexandre Nevsky Cathedral (Sobor Alexandra Nevskogo), meet the residents at Novosibirsk Zoo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Ascension (Voznesensky Sobor), and finally pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Buying Scene.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Novosibirsk route planner.

Traveling by flight from Yekaterinburg to Novosibirsk takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Yekaterinburg to Novosibirsk, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. October in Novosibirsk sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Omsk.

Things to do in Novosibirsk

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Novosibirsk Zoo ©
Novosibirsk Zoo

1
night
Omsk, Russia

Omsk
As a cultural center of Siberia, the industrial city of Omsk is home to many theaters, concert halls, libraries, museums, and other enticing attractions.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Deers, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Kazan Cathedral, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Park Ptichya Gavan, and finally glide through natural beauty at Sportservice Ski Lodge.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Omsk attractions tool .

You can fly from Novosibirsk to Omsk in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Omsk can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Omsk

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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St. Petersburg, Russia

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Walking tours and Palace Bridge. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Park And Gardens of Peterhof, appreciate the history behind Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Peter and Paul Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of Winter Palace of Peter I.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg trip planner .

You can fly from Omsk to St. Petersburg in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Novosibirsk Time (NOVT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is minus 4 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Omsk in October: high temperatures in St. Petersburg hover around 9°C and lows are around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Historic Sites Parks Tours
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Pavlovsk State Museum ©
Pavlovsk State Museum
Winter Palace of Peter I ©
Winter Palace of Peter I
Palace Bridge ©
Palace Bridge

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