15 days in Moscow, St. Petersburg & Sochi Itinerary

15 days in Moscow, St. Petersburg & Sochi Itinerary

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15 days in Moscow, St. Petersburg & Sochi Itinerary

Start: Tehran
Subway + Fly:  8​h
1
Moscow
— 2 nights
Train:  4​h 15​min
2
St. Petersburg
— 5 nights
Train:  4​h 15​min
3
Moscow
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Sochi
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Moscow
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  4​h
End: Tehran

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the wide array of goods at GUM Department Store, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, take a stroll through Old Arbat (Stary Arbat), then don't miss a visit to Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve, and finally see the interesting displays at Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Kuznetsky Most Street, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Moscow Zoo, then get engrossed in the history at The Armoury, and finally shop like a local with Central House of Artist.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Moscow itinerary planning site .

Tehran, Iran to Moscow is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Tehran in August, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Moscow: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

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Armoury Chamber ©
Armoury Chamber
Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve ©
Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve

5
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Russian Museum and Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost). Get some historical perspective at Nevsky Prospekt and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, explore the activities along Neva Embankments, enjoy the sand and surf at Beach of Peter and Paul Fortress, and delve into the lush surroundings at Eco Path.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the St. Petersburg trip builder site .

Traveling by train from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Grand Peterhof Palace ©
Grand Peterhof Palace

2
nights
Moscow

Moscow ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): browse the range of quality goods at GUM Department Store, then admire the masterpieces at The State Tretyakov Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Basil's Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad).

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Moscow trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from St. Petersburg to Moscow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sochi.

Things to do in Moscow

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Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery

4
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Godlik fortress and Church of the Trinity. Visiting Rosa Khutor Ski Resort and Imeretinskaya Embankment will get you outdoors. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 22nd (Thu) at Social and Cultural Center Galaxy. There's much more to do: glide through natural beauty at Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster, admire the verdant scenery at Svirsk Gorge, look for all kinds of wild species at Dagomysskiye Koryta, and examine the collection at Culture Ethnographic Center My Russia.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sochi trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Moscow to Sochi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Moscow in August, things will get a bit warmer in Sochi: highs are around 34°C and lows about 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Sochi

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Rosa Khutor Ski Resort ©
Rosa Khutor Ski Resort
Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster ©
Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster
Svirsk Gorge ©
Svirsk Gorge

1
night
Moscow

Moscow
To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Moscow journey planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Sochi to Moscow in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sochi in August: high temperatures in Moscow hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. You will leave for home on the 23rd (Fri).

Things to do in Moscow

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