32 days in Russia, Minsk & Kiev Itinerary

32 days in Russia, Minsk & Kiev Itinerary

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32 days in Russia, Minsk & Kiev Itinerary

Start: Canberra, Australia
Fly:  28​h
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 7 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Moscow, Russia
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Minsk, Belarus
— 7 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Kiev, Ukraine
— 7 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  28​h
End: Canberra, Australia

7
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

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.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, steep yourself in history at Palace Square, get engrossed in the history at Peter and Paul Fortress, and admire the striking features of Catherine Palace and Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg trip planner .

Canberra, Australia to St. Petersburg is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Canberra to St. Petersburg is minus 7 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Canberra in June: high temperatures in St. Petersburg hover around 23°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Moscow.

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
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

7
nights
Moscow, Russia

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Moscow side-trips: The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra (in Sergiyev Posad), Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy) and FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex (in Sharapovo). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Red Square, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, contemplate the long history of Lenin's Mausoleum, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral.

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You can take a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In June in Moscow, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Minsk.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex, Church of The Holy Virgin
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Red Square ©
Red Square
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)

7
nights
Minsk, Belarus

Minsk ©
As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
Get out of town with these interesting Minsk side-trips: Holy Spring of St. Nicholas (in Lahojsk), Nesvizh (Nesvizh Castle & Zamkovaya Tower) and Mound of Glory (in Slabada). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Mir Castle, find something for the whole family at Gorky Central Park, browse the collection at National Library of Belarus, and learn about all things military at Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Minsk trip planning website .

You can fly from Moscow to Minsk in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. June in Minsk sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Minsk

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nesvizh, Mound of Glory, Mir Castle, Holy Spring of St. Nicholas, Khatyn Memorial
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Khatyn Memorial ©
Khatyn Memorial
Nesvizh Castle ©
Nesvizh Castle
Mir Castle ©
Mir Castle

7
nights
Kiev, Ukraine

The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kiev is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Sophia Cathedral, make a trip to Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Andrew's Church.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kiev day trip planning tool .

Getting from Minsk to Kiev by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Minsk to Kiev is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Minsk in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Kiev, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kiev

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
Saint Sophia Cathedral ©
Saint Sophia Cathedral

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