60 days in Moscow, Minsk & Kiev Itinerary

60 days in Moscow, Minsk & Kiev Itinerary

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60 days in Moscow, Minsk & Kiev Itinerary

Start: Canberra, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Moscow, Russia
— 19 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
2
Minsk, Belarus
— 20 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Kiev, Ukraine
— 18 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  32​h
End: Canberra, Australia

19
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo (in Arkhangelskoye), Trinity Temple (in Oznobishino) and Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad), see the interesting displays at Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve, admire the masterpieces at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, and take an in-depth tour of Armoury Chamber.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Moscow day trip website .

Canberra, Australia to Moscow is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is minus 7 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Canberra in November: high temperatures in Moscow hover around 1°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Minsk.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kolomna, Borovsk, Sergiyev Posad, Church of St. Nicholas, Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery

20
nights
Minsk, Belarus

Minsk ©
As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
Explore Minsk's surroundings by going to Nesvizh (Corpus Christi Church in Nesvizh, Nesvizh Castle, & more), Pobedy Park (in Maladzyechna) and National Sanctuary of the Mother of God of Budslau (in Budslaw). There's still lots to do: browse the collection at National Library of Belarus, steep yourself in history at Khatyn Memorial, don't miss a visit to Minsk City Hall, and step into the grandiose world of Mir Castle.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Minsk trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Minsk takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Minsk are 4°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Minsk

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Navahradak, Nesvizh, Barysaw, Zaslawye, Mir
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Khatyn Memorial ©
Khatyn Memorial
National Library of Belarus ©
National Library of Belarus
Nesvizh Castle ©
Nesvizh Castle

18
nights
Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kiev: Novi Petrivtsi (Mezhigorye National Park & Battle for Kyiv 1943 National Museum), Bila Tserkva (House of Organ and Chamber Music & Oleksandriya Park) and Manufactura (in Khodosovka). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra, make a trip to Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), admire the striking features of Saint Sophia Cathedral, and examine the collection at Pirogovo Open-Air Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kiev online travel route planner .

You can fly from Minsk to Kiev in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minsk to Kiev. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kiev

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Novi Petrivtsi, Bila Tserkva, Zhytomyr, Manufactura, Nativity of the Virgin Cathedral
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Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
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Saint Sophia Cathedral ©
Saint Sophia Cathedral

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