53 days in Russia Itinerary

53 days in Russia Itinerary

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Moscow
— 10 nights
Fly
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Esto-Sadok
— 2 nights
Fly
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Krasnoyarsk
— 3 nights
Fly to Irkutsk, Ferry to Listvyanka
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Listvyanka
— 2 nights
Ferry to Irkutsk embankment, Fly to Kaliningrad
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Kaliningrad
— 3 nights
Fly
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St. Petersburg
— 11 nights
Drive
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Veliky Novgorod
— 3 nights
Bus to Pulkovo, Fly to Yaroslavl
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Yaroslavl
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vladimir
— 2 nights
Train
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Nizhny Novgorod
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kazan
— 4 nights
Fly
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Volgograd
— 3 nights
Fly
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Sergiyev Posad
— 1 night
Drive to Sheremetyevo International Airport, Fly to Sharm El Sheikh

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Moscow

— 10 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 find plenty of places to visit near Moscow: FREEZONE (in Sharapovo), Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery (in Zvenigorod) and Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Red Square, explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and learn about all things military at Armoury Chamber.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Moscow road trip planner.

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt to Moscow is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh to Moscow, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in July, expect Moscow to be cooler, temps between 27°C and 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Esto-Sadok.

Things to do in Moscow

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 12:

Esto-Sadok

— 2 nights
Few may have heard of it outside of Russia, but Esto-Sadok is a popular ski resort with links to Sochi.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Culture Ethnographic Center My Russia.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Esto-Sadok travel route planning app.

Getting from Moscow to Esto-Sadok by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Krasnoyarsk.

Things to do in Esto-Sadok

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 14:
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Krasnoyarsk

— 3 nights
Famed for its scenic location, Krasnoyarsk so impressed author Anton Chekhov that he considered it Siberia's most appealing city, describing it as a "picturesque, cultured town." A convenient pit stop for passengers making the trans-Siberian journey, the city serves as the country's major railway junction halfway between Moscow and Vladivostok.
Explore Krasnoyarsk's surroundings by going to Sputnik (in Divnogorsk) and Tsar-Fish Statue (in Ovsyanka). Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring nature at Stolby National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Enisey River, pause for some photo ops at V.I. Surikov Monument, walk around Central Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Cathedral of the Transfiguration.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Krasnoyarsk road trip website.

Fly from Esto-Sadok to Krasnoyarsk in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Esto-Sadok to Krasnoyarsk due to the time zone difference. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Wed) before leaving for Listvyanka.

Things to do in Krasnoyarsk

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 18:

Listvyanka

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Taltsy Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Nerpinary, and then explore the activities along Lake Baikal.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Listvyanka trip maker tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Krasnoyarsk to Listvyanka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Krasnoyarsk to Listvyanka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Listvyanka

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:

Kaliningrad

— 3 nights

Amber City

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Step out of Kaliningrad to go to Yantarnyy and see Beach Promenade, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kurshskaya Kosa, don't miss a visit to Fishing Village, pause for some photo ops at Immanuel Kant's Grave, and admire the landmark architecture of Brandenburg Gate.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kaliningrad tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Listvyanka to Kaliningrad takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and train. The time zone difference moving from Irkutsk Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 6 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:

St. Petersburg

— 11 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.
Pack the 30th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Divo Ostrov. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, take an in-depth tour of Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens, and stroll around Catherine Palace and Park.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read St. Petersburg online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg is 1 hour. July in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jul 23 — Aug 3:

Veliky Novgorod

— 3 nights
An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the striking features of St. Sophia Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Kremlevskiy Beach, then examine the collection at Vitoslavlitsy Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Church of Peter and Paul. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Millennium of Russia, admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Virgin of the Sign (Znamensky), admire the landmark architecture of Church of the Savior's Transfiguration on Ilin Street, pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Transfiguration, then pause for some serene contemplation at Tserkov' Spasa na Nereditse, and finally make a trip to Zverin Monastery.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Veliky Novgorod trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from St. Petersburg to Veliky Novgorod in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:

Yaroslavl

— 4 nights
A World Heritage Site boasting hundreds of architectural monuments, Yaroslavl sits on the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl Rivers and is renowned for its historical town center.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rostov (Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery & State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent, appreciate the extensive heritage of Yaroslavl Embankment, pause for some serene contemplation at St. John the Baptist Church, and catch a live event at Shinnik.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Yaroslavl road trip website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Veliky Novgorod to Yaroslavl in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Yaroslavl are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vladimir.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 10:

Vladimir

— 2 nights
The most visited destination in the Golden Ring circuit, the city of Vladimir is known for its remarkably preserved white-stone monuments, which have World Heritage status.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Monument to Prince Vladimir And Saint Fedor, then examine the collection at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Assumption Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Vladimir Suzdal Museum Reserve, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, then see the interesting displays at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Wooden Architecture.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Vladimir online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Yaroslavl to Vladimir takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 12:

Nizhny Novgorod

— 3 nights

Russia's Pocket

Founded eight centuries ago at the confluence of the Volga and the Oka rivers, Nizhny Novgorod boasts over 600 historical, cultural, and architectural monuments.
Nizhny Novgorod is known for historic sites, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of The Kremlin, admire the landmark architecture of State Bank, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Minin and Pozharsky, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nizhny Novgorod, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Vladimir to Nizhny Novgorod takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Nizhny Novgorod can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Kazan.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 15:

Kazan

— 4 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.
Kazan is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, catch a live performance at Tatneft Arena Ice Palace, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, and gain insight at Kazan Federal University.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kazan journey maker website.

You can fly from Nizhny Novgorod to Kazan in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. August in Kazan sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 19th (Sun), you'll travel to Volgograd.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 19:

Volgograd

— 3 nights
The setting of some of the bloodiest battles of World War II, the vast city of Volgograd sits on the banks of the Volga River in the southern section of the country.
On the 20th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Mamayev Kurgan, pause for some photo ops at The Motherland Calls Sculpture, then steep yourself in history at The Ruins of the Mill Named after Grudinin// Gergardt, and finally enjoy some diversion at "Tarzaniya" Verovochnyy Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at City Beach, enjoy some friendly competition at Sputnik, and then don't miss a visit to The Eternal Flame.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Volgograd trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kazan to Volgograd in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Kazan in August; daily highs in Volgograd reach 36°C and lows reach 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Sergiyev Posad.

Things to do in Volgograd

Parks · Fun & Games · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:

Sergiyev Posad

— 1 night
Sergiyev Posad is a city and the administrative center of Sergiyevo-Posadsky District in Moscow Oblast, Russia. On the 23rd (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent) and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sergiyev Posad road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Volgograd to Sergiyev Posad takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, Sergiyev Posad is little chillier than Volgograd - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sergiyev Posad

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 23:

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.