36 days in Russia & Seoul Itinerary

36 days in Russia & Seoul Itinerary

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Seoul, South Korea
— 10 nights
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Vladivostok, Russia
— 8 nights
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Novosibirsk, Russia
— 7 nights
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Yekaterinburg, Russia
— 5 nights
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Kazan, Russia
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Seoul, South Korea

One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Get out of town with these interesting Seoul side-trips: DMZ Haemaru Village (in Paju), Korea National Arboretum (in Pocheon) and Nami Island (in Chuncheon). Pack the 10th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Gyeongbokgung Palace, take a stroll through Bukchon Hanok Village, get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, and make a trip to Jongmyo Shrine.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Seoul trip itinerary maker site.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiports are Gimpo International Airport, Incheon International Airport and Osan Air Base. June in Seoul sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Vladivostok.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

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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.
Vladivostok is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Russky Bridge, admire the striking features of Railroad Terminal, stroll around Park of Faith and Hope, and take in panoramic vistas at Eagle's Nest Mount.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Vladivostok trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Seoul to Vladivostok by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Seoul to Vladivostok is 1 hour. Traveling from Seoul in June, things will get a bit cooler in Vladivostok: highs are around 22°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Novosibirsk.

Things to do in Vladivostok

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

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Novosibirsk, Russia

Siberian Chicago

Situated in Siberia's southwestern portion, Novosibirsk developed into a major urban center in the last decade of the 19th century, when it became a convenient pit stop for railway travelers making the epic trans-Siberian journey.
Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 27th (Sun) at Aquapark Akvamir. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Novosibirsk Zoo, stroll around Berezovaya Roshha Park, examine the collection at Children and Youth Centre Planetarium, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Novosibirsk online travel planner.

Getting from Vladivostok to Novosibirsk by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Vladivostok to Novosibirsk due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Vladivostok in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Novosibirsk: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Novosibirsk

Parks · Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

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Yekaterinburg, Russia

Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
Yekaterinburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Visotsky Business Center Lookout, surround yourself with nature on Ekaterinburg Guide Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Alexander of the Neva, and don't miss a visit to Defence Square.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yekaterinburg road trip planning app.

Fly from Novosibirsk to Yekaterinburg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Novosibirsk to Yekaterinburg, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. July in Yekaterinburg sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

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Kazan, Russia

Sports Capital of Russia

The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kazan: Raifa (Church in Honor of the Holy Fathers in Sinai and Raifa, Trinity Cathedral, &more). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Kazan Kremlin, examine the collection at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Annunciation Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kazan trip planner.

Getting from Yekaterinburg to Kazan by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Yekaterinburg Standard Time (YEKT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Kazan when traveling from Yekaterinburg in July, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Russia travel guide

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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.