24 days in Russia Itinerary

24 days in Russia Itinerary

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24 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + Drive:  21​h 15​min
1
Adler
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
2
Makhachkala
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  6​h
3
Gelendzhik
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h
4
Chelyabinsk
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 45​min
5
Yaroslavl
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Tula
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Moscow
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg


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3
nights
Adler

Adler ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Soloniki Beach and Iceberg Skating Palace. Get some cultural insight at Stalin's Summer Residence (Museum Of USSR History) and Surb Sargis Armavir Apostle Church.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Adler tour itinerary planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Adler is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Adler due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Johannesburg in August, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Adler: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Makhachkala.

Things to do in Adler

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Sochi
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Iceberg Skating Palace ©
Iceberg Skating Palace
Moremall ©
Moremall
Fisht Olympic Stadium ©
Fisht Olympic Stadium

1
day
Makhachkala

Makhachkala ©
Makhachkala is the capital city of the Republic of Dagestan, Russia. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Dagestan Museum of Fine Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral, then identify plant and animal life at Tarki-Tau, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument to Russian Teacher.

To find out how to plan a trip to Makhachkala, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Adler to Makhachkala in 16 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daytime highs in Makhachkala are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Gelendzhik.

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Wildlife Trails Nature
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Dagestan Museum of Fine Art ©
Dagestan Museum of Fine Art

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nights
Gelendzhik

Gelendzhik ©
Situated along a Black Sea bay, the town of Gelendzhik is one of Russia's most popular summer destinations.
Cruiser Mikhail Kutuzov Museum and Glass Workshop will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Abrau-Dyurso Zavod Shampanskikh Vin and Gallery Belaya Loshad. When in Gelendzhik, make a side trip to see Durso Beach in Abrau-Durso, approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Stary Park Cultural Center, kick back and relax at Sady Morei Beach, make a trip to Monument Ensemble Line of Defense, and make a splash at Zolotaya Bukhta Water Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gelendzhik trip builder site .

Explore your travel options from Makhachkala to Gelendzhik with the Route module. August in Gelendzhik sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chelyabinsk.

Things to do in Gelendzhik

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Novorossiysk, Kabardinka
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Cruiser Mikhail Kutuzov Museum ©
Cruiser Mikhail Kutuzov Museum
Abrau-Dyurso Zavod Shampanskikh Vin ©
Gelendzhik Casement Lighthouse ©
Gelendzhik Casement Lighthouse

1
night
Chelyabinsk

Chelyabinsk
The industrial city of Chelyabinsk has a markedly Soviet feel, but is a great destination for exploring mountain life in Russia.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): examine the collection at Chelyabinsk Museum of Regional Studies, then enjoy the sand and surf at City Beach, and then go for a walk through Eternal Flame. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gagarin Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Focus, and then steep yourself in history at Alexander Nevsky Church.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Chelyabinsk vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Gelendzhik to Chelyabinsk takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Yekaterinburg Time (YEKT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Gelendzhik in August; daily highs in Chelyabinsk reach 27°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Chelyabinsk

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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3
nights
Yaroslavl

Yaroslavl ©
A World Heritage Site boasting hundreds of architectural monuments, Yaroslavl sits on the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl Rivers and is renowned for its historical town center.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Church of Elijah the Prophet and Cathedral of the Assumption. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Uglich Hydropower Engineering Museum and Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery. Change things up with these side-trips from Yaroslavl: Rostov (Assumption Cathedral, Rostov Finifti Museum, & more), Uglich (Uglich Kremlin, Museum Svistulki, & more) and Kostroma (Fire Tower and museum, Trade rows, & more). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. John the Baptist Church, examine the collection at Yaroslavl Architectural Historical and Art Museum Preserve, and admire the landmark architecture of Voznesenskiye Barracks.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yaroslavl trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Chelyabinsk to Yaroslavl in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chelyabinsk to Yaroslavl, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. August in Yaroslavl sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Tula.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uglich, Rostov, Kostroma
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St. John the Baptist Church ©
St. John the Baptist Church
Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery ©
Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery
Uglich Kremlin ©
Uglich Kremlin

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nights
Tula

Tula ©
Though Tula is best known for Leo Tolstoy's country estate, the city has plenty of additional cultural and historical intrigue.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Polenov Residence State Museum and Zaraysk Kremlin State Museum of History, Architecture, Art and Archaeology. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kulikovo field and Tula Museum of Samovars. Explore Tula's surroundings by going to Trinity Church (in Bekhovo), Kurs Shopping and Recreation Centre (in Stupino) and Church of the Resurrection (in Tarusa). The adventure continues: examine the collection at K. Tsiolkovskiy's House Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kaluga Holy Trinity Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Yasnaya Polyana, and pause for some photo ops at Monument to Tula Gingerbread.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tula itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Yaroslavl to Tula by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Moscow.

Things to do in Tula

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kaluga, Zaraysk Kremlin State Museum Reserve, Trinity Church, Polenov Residence State Museum, Kulikovo field
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Polenov Residence State Museum ©
Polenov Residence State Museum
Kulikovo field ©
Kulikovo field
Zaraysk Kremlin State Museum Reserve ©

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Moscow

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.
Let the collections at The State Tretyakov Gallery and Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml) and Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Basil's Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond), learn about all things military at The Armoury, and admire the striking features of Lenin's Mausoleum.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Moscow travel route builder site .

You can take a train from Tula to Moscow in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Moscow, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Red Square ©
Red Square
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery

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