14 days in Ukraine & Russia Itinerary

14 days in Ukraine & Russia Itinerary

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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
— 4 nights
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 5 nights
Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights


Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine — 4 nights

The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kyiv (Kiev) is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of The Holy Dormition Kyiv Caves Lavra, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Andrew's Church, examine the collection at Pyrohovo Open-Air Museum, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kyiv (Kiev) trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Kyiv (Kiev) is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 8 hours. While traveling from Melbourne, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Kyiv (Kiev), ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to St. Petersburg.
Museums · Historic Sites · Tours
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St. Petersburg, Russia — 5 nights

Venice of the North

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.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, explore the galleries of Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Catherine Palace and Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Kazan Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the St. Petersburg online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kyiv (Kiev) to St. Petersburg in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kyiv (Kiev) to St. Petersburg. Traveling from Kyiv (Kiev) in August, you will find days in St. Petersburg are a bit cooler (25°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Moscow.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Moscow, Russia — 3 nights

Third Rome

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.
Moscow is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Red Square, explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and examine the collection at Moscow Kremlin.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Moscow sightseeing site.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Moscow by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Ukraine travel guide

Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Monuments
Bread Basket of Europe
As the largest country entirely within Europe, it comes as no surprise that Ukraine is a hugely diverse nation. Despite its varied and vibrant tourist attractions, it is a relatively under-visited part of the world. This is mostly good news for those who do decide to vacation here because they can enjoy an authentic and unusual experience. Sip coffee in city cafes, hike the Carpathians, unwind by the beach, and explore picturesque forests. Those interested in architecture will be delighted by the massive array on offer, including grand Gothic towers, wooden churches, and looming Stalinist constructions.

Russia travel guide

Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.