19 days in Russia & Stepantsminda Itinerary

19 days in Russia & Stepantsminda Itinerary

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Sochi, Russia
— 6 nights
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Gelendzhik, Russia
— 5 nights
Drive
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Taganrog, Russia
— 3 nights
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Stepantsminda, Georgia
— 3 nights
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Sochi, Russia

— 6 nights

Russia's Summer Capital

Called the "Summer Capital of Russia," the busy resort town of Sochi is best known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Head to Adler Market and Mall City Plazafor some retail therapy. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Moremall and Mall Novy Vek. Step out of Sochi to go to Bolshoy Kichmay and see 33 Waterfalls, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Spend the 1st (Tue) exploring nature at Sochi National Park. There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Gorky Mall, admire the sheer force of Agura Waterfalls, make a trip to Svyato-Troitsky Temple, and fly down the slopes at Tirol Club.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sochi trip planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Sochi is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Stockholm in June, things will get a bit warmer in Sochi: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gelendzhik.

Things to do in Sochi

Shopping · Parks · Nature · Museums

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Gelendzhik, Russia

— 5 nights
Situated along a Black Sea bay, the town of Gelendzhik is one of Russia's most popular summer destinations.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glass Workshop and Dolmens. Pack the 9th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Safari Park. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Gallery Belaya Loshad, kick back and relax at Plyazh Sady Morey, go for a walk through Gelendzhik Embankment, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of Ascension.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Gelendzhik trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sochi to Gelendzhik takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Gelendzhik can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Taganrog.

Things to do in Gelendzhik

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 12:

Taganrog, Russia

— 3 nights
Taganrog is a port city in Rostov Oblast, Russia, located on the north shore of the Taganrog Bay in the Sea of Azov, several kilometers west of the mouth of the Don River. Shop till you drop at Central Market and Mall Marmelad. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chekhov House Museum and Depaldo Stone Steps. And it doesn't end there: walk around Gorky Park, take an in-depth tour of Taganrog State Literary, Historical and Architectural Museum, pause for some photo ops at The Man in a Case Sculpture, and don't miss a visit to Grecheskaya Street.

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Traveling by car from Gelendzhik to Taganrog takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Taganrog, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Wed) before leaving for Stepantsminda.

Things to do in Taganrog

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Stepantsminda, Georgia

— 3 nights
Whatever you decide to do on your trip to Stepantsminda, you'll remember it by the unsurpassed beauty of its alpine landscapes.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gergeti Trinity Church and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gergeti Glacier. Keep things going the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Juta Valley.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Stepantsminda vacation planning site.

Traveling by car from Taganrog to Stepantsminda takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Taganrog to Stepantsminda is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Stepantsminda

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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.