22 days in Ukraine, Belarus & Russia Itinerary

22 days in Ukraine, Belarus & Russia Itinerary

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Odessa, Ukraine
— 1 night
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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
— 3 nights
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Lviv, Ukraine
— 1 night
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Brest, Belarus
— 2 nights
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Minsk, Belarus
— 4 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 4 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 6 nights

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Odessa, Ukraine

Odessa ©

Pearl of the Black Sea

Though most famous for the Potemkin Steps leading down the Black Sea coast, Odessa welcomes visitors with several other attractions, including beaches and an ornate opera house.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): make a trip to Teatralnaya Square and then examine the collection at Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Potemkin Stairs, walk around City Garden, then get outside with Ukraine by Locals, and finally don't miss a visit to Deribasovskaya Street.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Odessa trip planning website.

Rome, Italy to Odessa is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Rome in July, you will find days in Odessa are little chillier (32°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kyiv (Kiev).

Things to do in Odessa

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ukraine by Locals ©
Ukraine by Locals
Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum ©
Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum
Deribasovskaya Street ©
Deribasovskaya Street

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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine

The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kyiv (Kiev) is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, see Adventure Tours in Ukraine, appreciate the history behind Rodina Mat (Motherland), and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Kyiv (Kiev) planner.

Fly from Odessa to Kyiv (Kiev) in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Odessa in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kyiv (Kiev), with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lviv.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
St. Sophia's Cathedral ©
St. Sophia's Cathedral
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra

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Lviv, Ukraine

Lviv ©

City of Lions

Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from Lviv High Castle, explore the galleries of Lychakiv Cemetery, examine the collection at Insomnia - The Haunted House, then pause for some serene contemplation at Svyatogo Yura Cathedral, then stop by Old Town, and finally make a trip to Rynok Square.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Lviv online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kyiv (Kiev) to Lviv takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Kyiv (Kiev) in July since evenings lows in Lviv dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Brest.

Things to do in Lviv

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Lychakiv Cemetery ©
Lychakiv Cemetery
Rynok Square ©
Rynok Square
Svyatogo Yura Cathedral ©
Svyatogo Yura Cathedral

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Brest, Belarus

Brest ©
A sharp contrast to the capital of Minsk, Brest is a city filled with fortress ruins, old culture, and medieval history.
On the 22nd (Thu), stroll through Bielaviežskaja pušča National Park. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Gogolya Street, make a trip to Lights Alley, take in nature's colorful creations at Zimniy Sad, then get engrossed in the history at Memorial Complex Brest Hero-Fortress, and finally admire the striking features of St. Nicholas Church.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Brest attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Lviv to Brest takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lviv to Brest is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Minsk.

Things to do in Brest

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Bielaviežskaja pušča National Park ©
Bielaviežskaja pušča National Park
Memorial Complex Brest Hero-Fortress ©
Memorial Complex Brest Hero-Fortress
Gogolya Street
Gogolya Street

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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 Mound of Glory (in Slabada), Nesvizh Castle (in Nesvizh) and Church of the Assumption (in Novy Svierzan). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War, get outside with Trinity Hill, make a trip to Minsk City Hall, and take in nature's colorful creations at Central Botanical Garden of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Minsk trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Brest to Minsk in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Minsk, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Minsk

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Nesvizh Castle ©
Nesvizh Castle
Mound of Glory ©
Mound of Glory

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Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©

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 nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Red Square, see the interesting displays at Moscow Kremlin, pause for some serene contemplation at Uspensky Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Moscow trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Minsk to Moscow takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July in Moscow, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Highlights from your plan
Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

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St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©

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 nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, get engrossed in the history at Peter and Paul Fortress, pause for some serene contemplation at Kazan Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Russian Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our St. Petersburg holiday maker tool.

Take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Highlights from your plan
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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