60 days in Russia, Vietnam & Japan Itinerary

60 days in Russia, Vietnam & Japan Itinerary

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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 6 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 7 nights
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Hanoi, Vietnam
— 4 nights
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Hue, Vietnam
— 2 nights
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Hoi An, Vietnam
— 7 nights
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Ishigaki, Japan
— 5 nights
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Miyakojima, Japan
— 4 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
— 5 nights
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Tokyo, Japan
— 6 nights
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Vladivostok, Russia
— 2 nights
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Kazan, Russia
— 3 nights
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Sochi, Russia
— 4 nights
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Kaliningrad, Russia
— 4 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia

— 6 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kazan Cathedral and Peter and Paul Fortress. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The State Hermitage Museum and Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, steep yourself in history at Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve, examine the collection at Faberge Museum, and make a trip to Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our St. Petersburg online travel route planner.

Bristol, UK to St. Petersburg is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Bristol to St. Petersburg. In September, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 28:

Moscow, Russia

— 7 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Moscow Kremlin and The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve and Red Square are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Moscow side-trips: Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy), Kolomna (Pyatnitskiye Vorota, Kalachnaya, &more) and Sergiyev Posad (Trinity Cathedral & Church of St. John Chrysostom Nativity). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Uspensky Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Lenin's Mausoleum, and browse the range of quality goods at GUM.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Moscow road trip planning app.

Take a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Moscow can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hanoi.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 5:

Hanoi, Vietnam

— 4 nights
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and Old Quarter are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Ninh Binh (about 1h 45 min away). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of Literature & National University, explore the activities along West Lake, see Off-Road Tours, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hanoi trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Moscow to Hanoi in 13.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Hue.

Things to do in Hanoi

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 9:

Hue, Vietnam

— 2 nights
Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
On the 10th (Sun), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Imperial City, admire the striking features of Thien Mu Pagoda, and then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Minh Mang.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hue road trip planner.

Getting from Hanoi to Hue by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. October in Hue sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hoi An.

Things to do in Hue

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

Hoi An, Vietnam

— 7 nights
Indisputably one of Vietnam's most atmospheric destinations, Hoi An contains a World Heritage-listed old town boasting over 2,000 years of culture and history.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at My Khe Beach and Phuoc My Beach. Precious Heritage by Rehahn and Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Hoi An to go to Da Nang and see Lady Buddha, which is approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Non Nuoc Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Marble Mountains.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Hoi An trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Hue to Hoi An takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Hoi An

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 18:

Ishigaki, Japan

— 5 nights
Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yonehara Beach and Cape Hirakubozaki. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kondoi Beach and Shiraho Beach. Step out of Ishigaki to go to Iriomote-jima and see Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. Spend 20th (Wed) immersed in the deep blue with Prime Scuba Ishigaki Diving Center - Day Tour. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Sukuji Beach, see the vivid underwater world at Kabira Ishizaki Manta Scramble, enjoy breathtaking views from Tamatorizaki Observatory, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sunset Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ishigaki day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Hoi An to Ishigaki takes 12 hours. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 2 hours. In October in Ishigaki, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 23:

Miyakojima, Japan

— 4 nights
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Step off the beaten path and head to Aragusuku Beach and Yonaha Maehama Beach. Relax by the water at Sunayama Beach and Hora Gyoko no Hama Beach. There's still lots to do: make a trip to East Henna Cape, head outdoors with Turiba Sunset Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Nagamahama Beach Coast, and walk around Tako Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Miyakojima trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Ishigaki to Miyakojima by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 27:

Kyoto, Japan

— 5 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nara Park and Gion. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Todai-ji Temple and Nijo Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple & Japan Tour Adventure in Nara). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, see the interesting displays at Kyoto International Manga Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and take a stroll through Arashiyama.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel route builder site.

Fly from Miyakojima to Kyoto in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Miyakojima in October, things will get a bit cooler in Kyoto: highs are around 27°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 27 — Nov 1:

Tokyo, Japan

— 6 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tokyo Central Railway Station and The Hakone Open-Air Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Asakusa and Ghibli Museum Mitaka. Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Hakone-machi (Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu & Lake Ashi (Ashinoko)). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zojo-ji Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo tour itinerary builder site.

Take a train from Kyoto to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. November in Tokyo sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Vladivostok.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 7:

Vladivostok, Russia

— 2 nights
Often compared to San Francisco and Naples, the sprawling eastern city of Vladivostok serves as the largest Russian port on the Pacific Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): enjoy the sea views from Tokarevskiy mayak, then head off the coast to Russian Island, then take in the views from Russky Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Golden Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Eagle's Nest Mount, then admire the landmark architecture of Railroad Terminal, and then take an in-depth tour of S-56 Submarine Museum.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Vladivostok trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Vladivostok takes 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Tokyo to Vladivostok is 1 hour. Traveling from Tokyo in November, things will get cooler in Vladivostok: highs are around 2°C and lows about -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Vladivostok

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:

Kazan, Russia

— 3 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kazan Kremlin and Museum of Soviet Life. Get some cultural insight at Kul Sharif Mosque and Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, see the interesting displays at Museum "Tatarskaya Sloboda", take in the architecture and atmosphere at Annunciation Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Kazan Family Center/ Viewpoint.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Kazan trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Vladivostok to Kazan takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Vladivostok to Kazan is minus 7 hours. In November in Kazan, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sochi.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 12:

Sochi, Russia

— 4 nights

Russia's Summer Capital

Called the "Summer Capital of Russia," the busy resort town of Sochi is best known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sochi Auto Sport Museum and Babushkina Khata Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Rosa Khutor Ski Resort and Arboretum Botanical Garden Dendrariy. The adventure continues: stroll around Olimpiyskiy Park Adler, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove, see some colorful creatures with Black Sea Diving College Day Classes, and head outdoors with Adler Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sochi holiday planning website.

You can fly from Kazan to Sochi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Kazan in November: highs in Sochi hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 16:

Kaliningrad, Russia

— 4 nights

Amber City

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Get some cultural insight at Kurshskaya Kosa and Amber Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Konigsberg Cathedral and B-413 Submarine Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kaliningrad: Yantarnyy (Beach Shakhta Anna & Beach Promenade) and Zelenogradsk Promenade (in Zelenogradsk). Next up on the itinerary: engage your brain at Museum of the World Ocean and appreciate the history behind Immanuel Kant's Grave.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kaliningrad trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Sochi to Kaliningrad by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sochi to Kaliningrad is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sochi in November, with highs in Kaliningrad at 7°C and lows at 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums · Nature · Wildlife · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 20:

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.

Vietnam travel guide

4.3
Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.