15 days in Russia Itinerary

15 days in Russia Itinerary

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Sochi
— 2 nights
2
Gelendzhik
— 2 nights
3
Suzdal
— 3 nights
4
Veliky Novgorod
— 2 nights
5
St. Petersburg
— 5 nights

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Sochi

Sochi ©
Called the "Summer Capital of Russia," the busy resort town of Sochi is best known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Riviera Dolphinarium, head outdoors with Skypark Sochi, then take in panoramic vistas at The Observation Tower on Akhun Mountain, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Agura Waterfalls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): get outside with Gazprom Mountain-Tourist Centre, ski along the peaceful trails at Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster, then get outside with Gornaya Karusel Sport-Tourist Complex, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sochi holiday maker app.

Edinburgh, UK to Sochi is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Edinburgh in July, with highs in Sochi at 33°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gelendzhik.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster ©
Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster
Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove ©
Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove
Gornaya Karusel Sport-Tourist Complex ©
Gornaya Karusel Sport-Tourist Complex

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Gelendzhik

Gelendzhik ©
Situated along a Black Sea bay, the town of Gelendzhik is one of Russia's most popular summer destinations.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Safari Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Plyazh Sady Morey and then go for a walk through Gelendzhik Embankment.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the 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. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Suzdal.

Things to do in Gelendzhik

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Safari Park ©
Safari Park
Plyazh Sady Morey ©
Plyazh Sady Morey
Gelendzhik Embankment ©
Gelendzhik Embankment

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Suzdal

Suzdal ©
One of Russia's oldest settlements, the small town of Suzdal boasts nearly a thousand years of history.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin and Golden Gate. Change things up with these side-trips from Suzdal: Vladimir (Gingerbread Museum, Holy Assumption Cathedral, &more). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Convent of the Intercession (Pokrovsky Monastery) and take an in-depth tour of Suzdal Kremlin.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Suzdal trip maker app.

You can do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Gelendzhik to Suzdal in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in Suzdal

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vladimir, Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin
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Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin ©
Cathedral of Saint Demetrius ©
Cathedral of Saint Demetrius

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Veliky Novgorod

Veliky Novgorod ©
An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
On the 12th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tserkov' Spasa na Nereditse, examine the collection at Vitoslavlitsy Museum, then admire the striking features of St. George Monastery, then admire the striking features of Granovitaya Palata, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets). On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of St. Sophia Cathedral, then pause for some photo ops at Millennium of Russia, then take in the views from Pedestrian Bridge Across River Volkhov, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Yaroslav’s Courtyard.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Veliky Novgorod online vacation planner.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Suzdal to Veliky Novgorod in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Historic Sites · Museums
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Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets) ©
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets)
Millennium of Russia
Millennium of Russia
St. Sophia Cathedral ©
St. Sophia Cathedral

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St. Petersburg

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Aleksandrovskiy park and Erarta Museum. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, get engrossed in the history at Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and look for gifts at Magazin Kuptsov Yeliseyevykh.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our St. Petersburg itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Veliky Novgorod to St. Petersburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

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