16 days in Russia Itinerary

16 days in Russia Itinerary

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16 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  18​h
1
Moscow
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Yekaterinburg
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Kazan
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
4
Nizhny Novgorod
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
St. Petersburg
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
6
Veliky Novgorod
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
Kaliningrad
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Moscow Kremlin and Bulgakov's House Museum-Theater. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Red Square and Saint Basil's Cathedral. Explore Moscow's surroundings by going to Art Museum of Garbage "MU MU" (in Zhukov), FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex (in Sharapovo) and Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo (in Arkhangelskoye). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, ski along the peaceful trails at Ski Stadium Zorkiy, get your game on at Walk in the Dark, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Moscow trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Moscow is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Moscow is 1 hour. Traveling from Johannesburg in January, things will get colder in Moscow: highs are around -7°C and lows about -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo, Art Museum of Garbage "MU MU", Ski Stadium Zorkiy, FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral

1
night
Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg ©
Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): examine the collection at Wonder Park Galileo and then brush up on your military savvy at Museum of military vehicles and other machinery, UMMC. On the next day, get your game on at Bolshe Shersti!, get your game on at Dom Strakhov, then have fun and explore at Newton BIO Park, and finally get your game on at MYAU.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yekaterinburg online vacation planner .

Getting from Moscow to Yekaterinburg by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Moscow to Yekaterinburg. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Moscow in January; daily highs in Yekaterinburg reach -13°C and lows reach -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Museums Fun & Games Theme Parks

Side Trip

Museum of military vehicles and other machinery, UMMC
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Newton BIO Park ©
Newton BIO Park
Wonder Park Galileo ©
Wonder Park Galileo

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, and finally shop like a local with Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kazan online route maker .

Traveling by flight from Yekaterinburg to Kazan takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Yekaterinburg Time (YEKT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kazan when traveling from Yekaterinburg in January, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): make a trip to The Temple in Honor of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Limpopo Zoo, and then explore the historical opulence of The Kremlin.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nizhny Novgorod trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Nizhny Novgorod are -8°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Limpopo Zoo ©
Limpopo Zoo
The Kremlin ©
The Kremlin

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I. Let the collections at The State Hermitage Museum and Russian Museum capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Naryshkin Bastion, tour the pleasant surroundings at Catherine Palace and Park, have some family-friendly fun at Ball Pit Bubble Dreams, and browse the exhibits of Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our St. Petersburg travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Nizhny Novgorod to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nizhny Novgorod in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in St. Petersburg, with lows around -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Grand Peterhof Palace ©
Grand Peterhof Palace

1
night
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 14th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin Monastery of St. Anthony, have some family-friendly fun at Chudo Ostrov, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George Monastery, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets).

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Veliky Novgorod tour itinerary maker app .

Getting from St. Petersburg to Veliky Novgorod by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums
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Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets) ©
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets)
St. George Monastery ©
St. George Monastery

2
nights
Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
On the 15th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Kurshskaya Kosa.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kaliningrad road trip planning app .

Getting from Veliky Novgorod to Kaliningrad by combination of bus and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Nature Wildlife
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Kurshskaya Kosa ©
Kurshskaya Kosa

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