31 days in Russia, Ukraine & Belarus Itinerary

31 days in Russia, Ukraine & Belarus Itinerary

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Odessa, Ukraine
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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
— 4 nights
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Chernobyl, Ukraine
— 2 nights
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Brest, Belarus
— 1 night
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Mir, Belarus
— 2 nights
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Minsk, Belarus
— 3 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 4 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 4 nights
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Irkutsk, Russia
— 3 nights
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Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia
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Vladivostok, Russia
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Odessa, Ukraine

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.
Odessa is known for museums, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: surround yourself with nature on Ukraine by Locals, see the interesting displays at Shustov Cognac Museum, work some fitness into your day at Path of Health, and don't miss a visit to Deribasovskaya Street.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Odessa sightseeing tool.

Adelaide, Australia to Odessa is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 7.5 hours. When traveling from Adelaide in November, plan for colder days in Odessa, with highs around 10°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kyiv (Kiev).

Things to do in Odessa

Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

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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, learn about all things military at National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sophia's Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Maidan Nezalezhnosti.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kyiv (Kiev) trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Odessa to Kyiv (Kiev) in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Odessa in November; daily highs in Kyiv (Kiev) reach 6°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Chernobyl.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Baths

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Chernobyl, Ukraine

Chernobyl or Chornobyl is a city in the restricted Chernobyl Exclusion Zone situated in the Ivankiv Raion of northern Kiev Oblast, near Ukraine's border with Belarus. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): deepen your knowledge of military history at Duga Radar Russian Woodpecker, then don't miss a visit to Reactor No 4, and then see a world frozen in time at Chernobyl Go.

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Traveling by car from Kyiv (Kiev) to Chernobyl takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Brest.

Things to do in Chernobyl

Historic Sites

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Brest, Belarus

A sharp contrast to the capital of Minsk, Brest is a city filled with fortress ruins, old culture, and medieval history.
On the 17th (Tue), examine the collection at The 5th Fort Museum, don't miss a visit to Lights Alley, take in nature's colorful creations at Zimniy Sad, then see the interesting displays at War Museum - Territory of the World, then admire the striking features of St. Nicholas Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nicholas Cathedral.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Brest trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Chernobyl to Brest takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chernobyl to Brest due to the time zone difference. November in Brest sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Mir.

Things to do in Brest

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

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Mir, Belarus

Mir is a town in Kareličy raion, Hrodna Voblast, Belarus on the banks of Miranka River, about 85 kilometers southwest of the national capital, Minsk.Prior to 1939 the town was in Poland.HistoryMir village was founded sometime prior to 1345. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): don't miss a visit to City Hall in Nesvizh, explore the historical opulence of Nesvizh Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Corpus Christi Church in Nesvizh, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Mir Castle, then see the interesting displays at House Museum of Adam Mitskevich, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevskiy.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mir travel route planner.

Drive from Brest to Mir in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In November in Mir, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Minsk.

Things to do in Mir

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Minsk, Belarus

As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Minsk: Stalin's Line (in Zaslawye) and Mound of Glory (in Slabada). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saints Simon and Helena, head outdoors with Trinity Hill, walk around Chelyuskinites Park, and appreciate the history behind Island of Tears.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Minsk trip planner.

You can drive from Mir to Minsk in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Minsk are 4°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Minsk

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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St. Petersburg, Russia

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: examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Peter and Paul Fortress, admire the landmark architecture of Smolny Cathedral, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.

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You can fly from Minsk to St. Petersburg in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites

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Moscow, Russia

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: don't miss a visit to Red Square, contemplate the long history of Lenin's Mausoleum, stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery.

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You can take a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November in Moscow, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

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Irkutsk, Russia

Paris of Siberia

The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
Get out of town with these interesting Irkutsk side-trips: Listvyanka (Nerpinary & Memorable Sign A.V. Vampilov). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Baikal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of The Epiphany, don't miss a visit to Sts. Nicholas and Innocent Temple, and take an in-depth tour of Irkutsk Regional Historical and Memorial Museum of Decembrists.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Irkutsk travel route planner.

Getting from Moscow to Irkutsk by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Moscow to Irkutsk. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Moscow in December: highs in Irkutsk hover around -11°C, while lows dip to -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia

Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Monument to Peter and Paul, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Kamchatka Peninsula.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky trip planner.

Getting from Irkutsk to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Irkutsk to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. In December, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is a bit warmer than Irkutsk - with highs of -3°C and lows of -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Vladivostok.

Things to do in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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Vladivostok, Russia

Often compared to San Francisco and Naples, the sprawling eastern city of Vladivostok serves as the largest Russian port on the Pacific Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): examine the collection at Museum of Frontier Troops, then take in the views from Golden Bridge, then look for gifts at Amber Museum, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Vladivostok travel site.

Fly from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Vladivostok in 6 hours. The time zone changes from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski Standard Time to Vladivostok Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in December; daily highs in Vladivostok reach -7°C and lows reach -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vladivostok

Spas · Museums · Shopping
Highlights from your trip

Ukraine travel guide

4.5
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.

Belarus travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Monuments · Churches
Explore the idyllic cornflower fields, vast forests, and charming villages of , a country that blends modern progress with its rich history. Tour the financially prosperous and socially progressive capital city, traipse through national parks, and catch sight of the continent's largest mammal, the European bison. Visit ancient castles, and view demonstrations of ceramic making and blacksmithing. Learn how World War II impacted this Eastern European nation by visiting one of the many monuments and memorials that pay homage to those who served. Because of its isolation from the rest of the region, visitors to the country are often approached with curiosity, but warmly greeted by the locals. Known for its rich cultural heritage, the nation hosts a plethora of festivals throughout the year, allowing visitors and locals alike to enjoy the arts.

Russia travel guide

4.6
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.

Kamchatka Krai travel guide

4.6
Volcanos · Hot Springs · Monuments
Known for its geysers, hot springs, and 19 World Heritage Site volcanoes, Kamchatka Krai makes a good vacation idea for travelers wishing to explore one of the world's most geologically active areas. Rich in arctic wildlife, the region encompasses a 1,250 km (780 mi) long peninsula in the Russian Far East. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, home to over half of the peninsula's population, is one of the world's largest cities accessible only by air. Despite its remote location, a growing number of tourists visit the city because of its bear hunting and paragliding opportunities. Other attractions include a series of sprawling nature reserves offering fishing, hiking, and skiing.