21 days in Russia, Kiev & Chernobyl Itinerary

21 days in Russia, Kiev & Chernobyl Itinerary

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21 days in Russia, Kiev & Chernobyl Itinerary

Start: Vladivostok, Russia
1
Vladivostok, Russia
— 1 night
train:  75​h
2
Irkutsk, Russia
— 5 nights
train:  72​h
3
Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
4
Kiev, Ukraine
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Chernobyl, Ukraine
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Kiev, Ukraine

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes S-56 Submarine Museum, Golden Bridge, Arseniev State Museum of Primorskiy Region, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): make a trip to Central Square, get engrossed in the history at Arseniev State Museum of Primorskiy Region, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vladivostok Fortress. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): browse the exhibits of S-56 Submarine Museum, don't miss a visit to Svetlanskaya Street, then snap pictures at Golden Bridge, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Railroad Terminal.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Vladivostok trip itinerary planning tool .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Vladivostok International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -19°C. 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, nightlife, parks, and fun & games. 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 Founders of Irkutsk, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of The Epiphany, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Irkutsk online journey planner .

You can fly from Vladivostok to Irkutsk in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Vladivostok Time to Irkutsk Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Vladivostok in December, you will find days in Irkutsk are a bit cooler (-11°C), and nights are about the same (-22°C). On the 26th (Thu), you're off toMoscow.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Historic Sites
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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.
Moscow is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad), explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, stroll around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory), and learn about all things military at Armoury Chamber.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Moscow road trip site .

You can fly from Irkutsk to Moscow in 7.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Irkutsk to Moscow, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Irkutsk, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Moscow, ranging from highs of -1°C to lows of -5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Wed) before leaving for Kiev.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Red Square ©
Red Square
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)

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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, nightlife, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra, examine the collection at Pirogovo Open-Air Museum, don't miss a visit to Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), and learn about all things military at Great Patriotic War Museum.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kiev tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Kiev takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Moscow in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Kiev: highs are around -1°C and lows about -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chernobyl.

Things to do in Kiev

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
Andriyivski Uzviz ©
Andriyivski Uzviz
Saint Sophia Cathedral ©
Saint Sophia 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): find something for the whole family at Pripyat Amusement Park, then make a trip to Reactor No 4, and then deepen your knowledge of military history at Duga Radar Russian Woodpecker.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Chernobyl travel route app .

You can drive from Kiev to Chernobyl in 2 hours. In January in Chernobyl, expect temperatures between -2°C during the day and -8°C at night. 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
Duga Radar Russian Woodpecker ©
Duga Radar Russian Woodpecker
St. Elijah Church ©
St. Elijah Church