8 days in Sri Lanka & Russia Itinerary

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Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights


Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka — 1 night

On the 12th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, browse the exhibits of Tsunami Photo Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Akurala Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Made In Ceylon, then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa online route builder.

Colombo to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February in Hikkaduwa, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Kandy.
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Kandy, Sri Lanka — 2 nights

On the 14th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy route website.

Fly from Hikkaduwa to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. On the 15th (Wed), you'll travel to St. Petersburg.
Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature
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St. Petersburg, Russia — 2 nights

Venice of the North

On the 16th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, then examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and then explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at 4DOTS, shop like a local with Nevsky Prospekt, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and finally contemplate the long history of Palace Square.

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Traveling by flight from Kandy to St. Petersburg takes 13.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Kandy to St. Petersburg. In February, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can fly to Moscow.
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Moscow, Russia — 2 nights

Third Rome

Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and then steep yourself in history at Red Square.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Moscow itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Moscow takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Moscow are -2°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Sri Lanka travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.

Russia travel guide

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.