9 days in St. Petersburg, Sochi & Moscow Itinerary

9 days in St. Petersburg, Sochi & Moscow Itinerary

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St. Petersburg — 3 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The State Hermitage Museum and Neva Embankments. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I and Palace Bridge. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, take an in-depth tour of Yusupov Palace, and wander the streets of Nevsky Prospekt.

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Adelaide, Australia to St. Petersburg is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. September in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Adler.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Adler — 2 nights

On the 4th (Mon), have fun at Iceberg Skating Palace, then get in on the excitement at Fisht Olympic Stadium, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Adler Dolphinarium.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Adler online trip planner.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Adler in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. While traveling from St. Petersburg, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Adler, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Moscow.
Fun & Games · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Moscow — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Kremlin Walls and Towers, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and then steep yourself in history at Red Square.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Moscow travel website.

Traveling by flight from Adler to Moscow takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Adler in October, you will find days in Moscow are colder (7°C), and nights are little chillier (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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Sochi travel guide

Ski Areas · Theme Parks · Parks
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. Located on the Black Sea coastline, the city entices nearly four million visitors annually with its subtropical climate, sandy beaches, lively nightlife, and proximity to a network of ski slopes and hiking trails. Long the favorite haunt of Russia's political elite, Sochi advertises itself as the hub of the "Russian Riviera," offering warm summers and mild winters. Venture farther away from the coastline to discover the city's sprawling parks, tranquil places that offer shady canopies of old magnolia and cypress trees.