21 days in Russia, Kiev & Chernobyl Itinerary

21 days in Russia, Kiev & Chernobyl Itinerary

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Start: Vladivostok, Russia
1
Vladivostok, Russia
— 1 night
Train:  75 h
2
Irkutsk, Russia
— 5 nights
Train:  72 h
3
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Kiev, Ukraine
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Chernobyl, Ukraine
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
End: Kiev, Ukraine

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night
Vladivostok, Russia

Vladivostok ©
Often compared to San Francisco and Naples, the sprawling eastern city of Vladivostok serves as the largest Russian port on the Pacific Ocean.
You've added S-56 Submarine Museum, Golden Bridge, Arseniev State Museum of Primorskiy Region, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 17th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Central Square, then take an in-depth tour of Arseniev State Museum of Primorskiy Region, and then get to know the fascinating history of Vladivostok Fortress. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at S-56 Submarine Museum, make a trip to Svetlanskaya Street, then make a trip to Golden Bridge, and finally admire the striking features of Railroad Terminal.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Vladivostok trip itinerary maker tool.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Vladivostok International Airport. December in Vladivostok sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Vladivostok

Museums Historic Sites
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S-56 Submarine Museum ©
S-56 Submarine Museum
Golden Bridge ©
Golden Bridge
Railroad Terminal ©
Railroad Terminal

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Irkutsk, Russia

Irkutsk ©
The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
Irkutsk is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to 130 Kvartal, pause for some photo ops at Monument to The Dog, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of The Epiphany.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Irkutsk trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Vladivostok to Irkutsk takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Vladivostok to Irkutsk. While traveling from Vladivostok, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Irkutsk, ranging from highs of -11°C to lows of -22°C. You will leave for Moscow on the 26th (Thu).

Things to do in Irkutsk

Historic Sites
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Monument to the Founders of Irkutsk ©
Monument to the Founders of Irkutsk
130 Kvartal ©
130 Kvartal

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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.
On the 29th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve, learn about all things military at Armoury Chamber, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, and finally admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Moscow Kremlin, then contemplate the long history of Red Square, then contemplate the long history of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

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Traveling by combination of flight and train from Irkutsk to Moscow takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Irkutsk to Moscow. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Irkutsk in December: highs in Moscow hover around -1°C, while lows dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kiev.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery

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Kiev, Ukraine

Kiev ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kiev is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra, make a trip to Khreshchatyk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery, and brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kiev day trip planner.

You can fly from Moscow to Kiev in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Moscow in December: highs in Kiev hover around 2°C, while lows dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Chernobyl.

Things to do in Kiev

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
Photography Tours
St. Sophia's Cathedral ©
St. Sophia's Cathedral

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Chernobyl, Ukraine

Chernobyl ©
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 5th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Pripyat Amusement Park, don't miss a visit to Reactor No 4, and then deepen your knowledge of military history at Duga Radar Russian Woodpecker.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Chernobyl sightseeing site.

Getting from Kiev to Chernobyl by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to -2°C, and evening lows to -8°C. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Chernobyl

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pripyat Amusement Park
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Pripyat Amusement Park ©
Pripyat Amusement Park
Reactor No 4
Reactor No 4
Duga Radar Russian Woodpecker ©
Duga Radar Russian Woodpecker

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