53 days in Russia Itinerary

53 days in Russia Itinerary

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53 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Sharm El Sheikh
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Moscow
— 10 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  6​h
2
Esto-Sadok
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
3
Krasnoyarsk
— 3 nights
+3
bus + Fly + taxi + ferry:  6​h 30​min
4
Listvyanka
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + taxi + Fly:  13​h 15​min
5
Kaliningrad
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
St. Petersburg
— 11 nights
train:  3​h
7
Veliky Novgorod
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h
8
Yaroslavl
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Vladimir
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
10
Nizhny Novgorod
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
11
Kazan
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
12
Volgograd
— 3 nights
+4
bus + Fly + train + subway + train:  6​h 45​min
13
Sergiyev Posad
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Sharm El Sheikh

10
nights
Moscow

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.
Explore Moscow's surroundings by going to FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex (in Sharapovo), Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery (in Zvenigorod) and Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad), see the interesting displays at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml), explore the world behind art at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, and make a trip to Lenin's Mausoleum.

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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt to Moscow is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in July, with highs in Moscow at 27°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Esto-Sadok.

Things to do in Moscow

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Church of The Holy Virgin, FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex, Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery
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Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad) ©
Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad)
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)

2
nights
Esto-Sadok

Esto-Sadok ©
Few may have heard of it outside of Russia, but Esto-Sadok is a popular ski resort with links to Sochi.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): examine the collection at Culture Ethnographic Center My Russia.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Esto-Sadok online travel planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and train from Moscow to Esto-Sadok takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Krasnoyarsk.

Things to do in Esto-Sadok

#Winter Sports, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Rosa Khutor Ski Resort ©
Rosa Khutor Ski Resort

3
nights
Krasnoyarsk

Krasnoyarsk ©
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.
When in Krasnoyarsk, make a side trip to see Sputnik in Divnogorsk, approximately 52 minutes away. Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring nature at Stolby National Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tatyshev Island, contemplate the waterfront views at Enisey River, explore and take pictures at Lokomotiv, and pause for some photo ops at V.I. Surikov Monument.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Krasnoyarsk day trip website .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Esto-Sadok to Krasnoyarsk takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Esto-Sadok to Krasnoyarsk is 4 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Listvyanka.

Things to do in Krasnoyarsk

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Tsar-Fish Statue, Sputnik
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Stolby National Park ©
Stolby National Park
Tatyshev Island ©
Tatyshev Island

2
nights
Listvyanka

Listvyanka ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): examine the collection at Taltsy Museum, meet the residents at Nerpinary, and then explore the activities along Lake Baikal.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Listvyanka online route builder .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry from Krasnoyarsk to Listvyanka in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Krasnoyarsk to Listvyanka is 1 hour. In July in Listvyanka, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Listvyanka

#Zoos & Aquariums, #Museums, #Nature

Side Trips

Lake Baikal, Taltsy Museum
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Nerpinary ©
Nerpinary
Lake Baikal ©
Lake Baikal
Taltsy Museum ©
Taltsy Museum

3
nights
Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Go for a jaunt from Kaliningrad to Yantarnyy to see Beach Promenade about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Curonian Spit, meet the residents at Kaliningrad Zoo, admire the landmark architecture of Fort #5 King Fredric-Wilhelm the Third, and pause for some photo ops at Immanuel Kant's Grave.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kaliningrad attractions planning website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Listvyanka to Kaliningrad takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Listvyanka to Kaliningrad due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Beach Promenade
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Beach Promenade ©
Beach Promenade
Curonian Spit ©
Curonian Spit
Konigsberg Cathedral
Konigsberg Cathedral

11
nights
St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg ©
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. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace, get engrossed in the history at Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost), admire the masterpieces at Peterhof Grand Palace, and admire the natural beauty at Catherine Palace and Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our St. Petersburg road trip planning site .

Fly from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can take a train to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©

3
nights
Veliky Novgorod

Veliky Novgorod ©
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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kremlevskiy Beach, then examine the collection at Vitoslavlitsy Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Church of Peter and Paul. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Millennium of Russia, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Virgin of the Sign (Znamensky), admire the striking features of Church of Spasa-na-Iliene, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Transfiguration, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tserkov' Spasa na Nereditse, and finally make a trip to Zverin Monastery.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Veliky Novgorod trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from St. Petersburg to Veliky Novgorod takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

#Historic Sites, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets) ©
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets)
St. Sophia Cathedral ©
St. Sophia Cathedral
Millennium of Russia
Millennium of Russia

4
nights
Yaroslavl

Yaroslavl ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yaroslavl: Rostov (Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery & State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Yaroslavl Embankment, have fun at Children's Park, ponder the design of Strelka Fountains, and explore and take pictures at Shinnik.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yaroslavl day trip planning website .

Do a combination of train and flight from Veliky Novgorod to Yaroslavl in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can 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) so you can drive to Vladimir.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Fun & Games

Side Trip

Rostov
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Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent ©
Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent
Yaroslavl Embankment ©
Yaroslavl Embankment
Church of Elijah the Prophet ©
Church of Elijah the Prophet

2
nights
Vladimir

Vladimir ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Monument to Prince Vladimir And Saint Fedor, examine the collection at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Vladimir Suzdal Museum Reserve, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, then examine the collection at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum Of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Vladimir driving holiday planning site .

You can drive from Yaroslavl to Vladimir in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Vladimir

#Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Suzdal, Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin
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Holy Assumption Cathedral ©
Holy Assumption Cathedral

3
nights
Nizhny Novgorod

Nizhny Novgorod ©
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, zoos & aquariums, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of The Kremlin, get to know the fascinating history of Fedorovsky Embankment, admire the striking features of State Bank, and enjoy some diversion at Dvorets Sporta Profsoyuzov.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Nizhny Novgorod itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Vladimir to Nizhny Novgorod in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Nizhny Novgorod are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Kazan.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Parks
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The Kremlin ©
The Kremlin
Monument to Minin and Pozharsky ©
Monument to Minin and Pozharsky
Chkalov Monument ©
Chkalov Monument

4
nights
Kazan

Kazan ©
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, theme parks, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kul Sharif Mosque, admire all the interesting features of Stadium Kazan Arena, wander the streets of Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat), and admire the landmark architecture of Leaning Suyumbike Tower.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kazan trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Nizhny Novgorod to Kazan takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sun) before leaving for Volgograd.

Things to do in Kazan

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Sviyazhsk
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Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque
Annunciation Cathedral ©
Annunciation Cathedral
Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat) ©
Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat)

3
nights
Volgograd

Volgograd ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the history at Mamayev Hill Monuments, then appreciate the history behind 'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture, then steep yourself in history at Flour mill ruins, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at "Tarzaniya" Verovochnyy Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through City Beach, perfect your strike at Sputnik, and then don't miss a visit to The Eternal Flame.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Volgograd road trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kazan to Volgograd in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. 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, #Beaches

Side Trip

Volzhsky
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'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture ©
'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture
City Beach ©
City Beach
Sputnik ©
Sputnik

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night
Sergiyev Posad

Sergiyev Posad ©
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 the long history of The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sergiyev Posad day trip site .

Getting from Volgograd to Sergiyev Posad by combination of bus, flight, and train takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Volgograd in August, with highs in Sergiyev Posad at 27°C and lows at 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
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The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra ©
The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent) ©

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