60 days in Southern District Itinerary

60 days in Southern District Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Southern District trip planner

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Sochi
— 8 nights
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Gelendzhik
— 5 nights
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Anapa
— 4 nights
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Krasnodar
— 8 nights
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Taganrog
— 6 nights
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Rostov-on-Don
— 8 nights
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Volgograd
— 8 nights
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Astrakhan
— 7 nights
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Elista
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Sochi

— 8 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nik Panuli auto museum and Electrical Museum of Nikola Tesla. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Historical Museum of Sochi and The Singing Fountains. Step out of Sochi with an excursion to 33 Waterfalls in Bolshoy Kichmay--about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Arboretum Park, hit the slopes at Rosa Khutor Ski Resort, take in panoramic vistas at The Observation Tower on Akhun Mountain, and take in the dramatic scenery at Agura Waterfalls.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sochi trip builder site.

Stockholm, Sweden to Sochi is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Stockholm to Sochi is 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Stockholm in June, with highs in Sochi at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Gelendzhik.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 9:

Gelendzhik

— 5 nights
Situated along a Black Sea bay, the town of Gelendzhik is one of Russia's most popular summer destinations.
Explore hidden gems such as Cruiser Mikhail Kutuzov Museum and Embankment of Admiral Serebryakov. Get a sense of the local culture at Gelendzhik Historical Local Lore Museum and Gelendzhik Casement Lighthouse. Change things up with these side-trips from Gelendzhik: Novorossiysk (Monument to the Unknown Sailor, Novorossiysk State Historical Museum Reserve, &more). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Dolmens, take in the exciting artwork at Glass Workshop, pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Sailors, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sail Rock.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Gelendzhik tour planner.

Drive from Sochi to Gelendzhik in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Anapa.

Things to do in Gelendzhik

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 9 — 14:

Anapa

— 4 nights
Like many other destinations in the Black Sea region, Anapa remains under the radar for most foreign travelers, despite its popularity among Russian families.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gorgippiya Anapa Archeological Museum and Abrau-Dyurso Zavod Shampanskikh Vin. Step off the beaten path and head to Historical Complex Abrau-Durso and Central Fountain. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Anapa: Lake Abrau (in Novorossiysk) and Abrau-Durso (Slavy Vinodelov Alley, Art-Dvor, &more). There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along The Lighthouse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Onuphrius, make a trip to Well Room of Mineral Water, and take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum and Preserve.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Anapa attractions planner.

Getting from Gelendzhik to Anapa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Krasnodar.

Things to do in Anapa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 14 — 18:

Krasnodar

— 8 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like St. Catherine's Cathedral and Voyskovoy sobor svyatogo blagovernogo knyazya Aleksandra Nevskogo. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Krasnodar state history and archeology culture preserve named after E.D. Felitsyn and The Krasnodar Regional Art Museum Of Kovalenko. Get out of town with these interesting Krasnodar side-trips: Goryachy Klyuch (Holy Trinity Church, Dante Gorge, &more). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Museum of military technologies Oruzhie Pobedy, admire the natural beauty at Park of the 30th anniversary of the Victory, pause for some photo ops at Monument Shurik and Lidochka, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Krasnodar road trip planner.

Drive from Anapa to Krasnodar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Taganrog.

Things to do in Krasnodar

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 18 — 26:

Taganrog

— 6 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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chekhov's Shop and Anatoly Durov Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Chekhov House Museum and Taganrog Museum of Local Lore. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Chekhov Literature Museum, get engrossed in the history at Taganrog State Literary, Historical and Architectural Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Ancient Sundial, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Cell of St. Pavel.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Taganrog journey planning website.

Traveling by car from Krasnodar to Taganrog takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In June in Taganrog, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Rostov-on-Don.

Things to do in Taganrog

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 26 — Jul 2:

Rostov-on-Don

— 8 nights

Gates to the Caucasus

The gateway to the northern Caucasus region, Rostov-on-Don serves as a stopover for travelers on their way to the country's celebrated Black Sea coast.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Azov Historical Archeological and Paleontological Museum-Reserve and Ascension Cathedral. Get a sense of the local culture at Open-Air Museum of Railway Equipment and Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin. Venture out of the city with trips to Post Station Museum Complex (in Aksay), Azov (Powder Cellar Museum, Aleksey Gates, &more) and Novocherkassk (Yermak Statue & Ataman Platov Monument). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at The Sculptural Composition Merchant-Peddler and his Cat, get in on the family fun at Ferris Wheel Odno Nebo, examine the collection at Museum of the Russian-Armenian Friendship, and stop by Underpass Art.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rostov-on-Don online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Taganrog to Rostov-on-Don takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Rostov-on-Don can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Volgograd.

Things to do in Rostov-on-Don

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 10:

Volgograd

— 8 nights
The setting of some of the bloodiest battles of World War II, the vast city of Volgograd sits on the banks of the Volga River in the southern section of the country.
State Historical and Memorial Preserve The Battle of Stalingrad and Museum Pamyat are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Ruins of the Mill Named after Grudinin// Gergardt and Alley of the Heroes. Explore Volgograd's surroundings by going to Volzhsky (Church of St. John the Theologian, Volzhskaya Hydroelectric Power Station, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Pavlov's House, don't miss a visit to Hall of Military Glory, look and learn at Volgograd Planetarium, and examine the collection at Muzey-Zapovednik "Staraya Sarepta".

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Volgograd online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Rostov-on-Don to Volgograd takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Volgograd can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can fly to Astrakhan.

Things to do in Volgograd

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 18:

Astrakhan

— 7 nights
Astrakhan is a city in southern Russia and the administrative center of Astrakhan Oblast. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedral of the Assumption and Peter The Great Monument. Get some cultural insight at G. Tetyushinova's Merchant House and Astrakhan Kremlin. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to City Embankment, see the interesting displays at Museum of Astrakhan Culture, pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Lady with the Dog, and explore the engaging exhibits at Mulyazh Museum of Frogs and Toads.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Astrakhan sightseeing website.

You can fly from Volgograd to Astrakhan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Elista.

Things to do in Astrakhan

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 25:

Elista

— 5 nights
Elista is the capital city of the Republic of Kalmykia, Russia. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pagoda Seven Days and Old Hurul/ Buddist Tample. Get some cultural insight at Palmov Kalmykia Republican Museum of Local Lore and Museum of Oirat-Mongolian Nomad Culture. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Buddha Shakyamuni Golden Abode, pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Ekho, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, and admire the local landmark of Fountain Three Lotuses.

Start your trip to Elista by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Astrakhan to Elista by car takes about 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Elista

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 30:

Southern District travel guide

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Parks · Landmarks · Monuments
Stretching mostly over the steppe bordering on the Black and the Caspian Sea, Southern District offers diverse tourist attractions. Choose from ancient ruins, picturesque Orthodox cathedrals, elegant mosques, and open-air museums, as well as grand monuments of the Bolshevik Revolution and Socialist Realism. Nature lovers can enjoy wildlife preserves, city gardens, and colorful arboretums. The "Russian Riviera" boasts seaside resorts with waters that are warm and swimmable well into October, while the Caucasus Mountains are home to ski resorts. World War II history buffs should not miss the city of Volgograd: the hill above the city once known as Stalingrad was the site of one of the bloodiest and deadliest battles in history--the Battle of Stalingrad. The colossal memorial complex and enormous panoramic painting of the battle commemorate this dramatic event.