24 days in Russia Itinerary

24 days in Russia Itinerary

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24 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Playa del Carmen
Fly:  20 h 15 min
1
St. Petersburg
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Kaliningrad
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
Kazan
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
4
Nizhny Novgorod
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Vladimir
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Yaroslavl
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
7
Tula
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
8
Moscow
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Playa del Carmen

5
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.
Appreciate the collections at The State Hermitage Museum and Catherine Palace and Park. Savior on the Spilled Blood and Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, steep yourself in history at The Marly Palace, make a trip to Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), and get engrossed in the history at Kazan Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg trip maker site .

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to St. Petersburg is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time is 8 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Playa del Carmen in July; daily highs in St. Petersburg reach 26°C and lows reach 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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

3
nights
Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kurshskaya Kosa and Cathedral of Christ the Savior. B-413 Submarine Museum and Museum of Russian Superstitions will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Kaliningrad's surroundings by going to Beach Promenade (in Yantarnyy) and Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Zelenogradsk). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Konigsberg Cathedral and steep yourself in history at Fort XI Donhoff.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kaliningrad road trip planning site .

Fly from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad. July in Kaliningrad sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Historic Sites Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Museum of Russian Superstitions, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Beach Promenade
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Kurshskaya Kosa ©
Kurshskaya Kosa
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum
Fort XI Donhoff ©
Fort XI Donhoff

2
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Kazan Kremlin and Museum of Cannon Yard. Visit Kul Sharif Mosque and Church of the Holy Martyr Paraskeva for their historical value. Step out of Kazan to go to Lenino-Kokushkino and see Lenino-Kokushkino, State Historical and Cultural Museum Preserve, which is approximately 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Martyr Barbara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qolsarif Mosque, and examine the collection at E. Boratynskiy's Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kazan trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Kaliningrad to Kazan takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kaliningrad to Kazan due to the time zone difference. August in Kazan sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Lenino-Kokushkino, State Historical and Cultural Museum Preserve
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Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Voznesenskiy Pechyorskiy muzhskoy monastyr', then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God, and finally step into the grandiose world of The Kremlin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Limpopo Zoo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevskiy, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Fedorovsky Embankment, and finally engage your brain at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nizhny Novgorod road trip planner.

You can fly from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Nizhny Novgorod can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Vladimir.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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The Kremlin ©
The Kremlin

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 8th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral, and finally see the interesting displays at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of The Transfiguration, see the interesting displays at Museum Of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life, then examine the collection at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nikolsky Women's Monastery.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Vladimir visit planner.

Take a train from Nizhny Novgorod to Vladimir in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Suzdal, Nikolsky Women's Monastery, Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, Church of The Transfiguration
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Holy Assumption Cathedral ©
Holy Assumption Cathedral

2
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.
On the 10th (Mon), examine the collection at State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin, examine the collection at Museum of Gramophones and Phonorecords, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John the Baptist Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): make a trip to Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent, take in the spiritual surroundings of Velikoselskiy Kremlin, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yaroslavl Embankment, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Elijah the Prophet.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yaroslavl vacation maker site .

You can drive from Vladimir to Yaroslavl in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Yaroslavl are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tula.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Museum of Gramophones and Phonorecords, State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin, Velikoselskiy Kremlin
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Yaroslavl Embankment ©
Yaroslavl Embankment
State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin ©
State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin
St. John the Baptist Church ©
St. John the Baptist Church

1
night
Tula

Tula ©
Though Tula is best known for Leo Tolstoy's country estate, the city has plenty of additional cultural and historical intrigue.
On the 12th (Wed), walk around P. Belousov Central Park of Culture and Recreation, examine the collection at Tula State Museum of Weapons, then see the interesting displays at Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy, and finally learn about all things military at Kulikovo field.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tula trip planning site .

You can drive from Yaroslavl to Tula in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Moscow.

Things to do in Tula

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yasnaya Polyana, Kulikovo field
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Kulikovo field ©
Kulikovo field
Yasnaya Polyana ©
Yasnaya Polyana

4
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 get to explore Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml) and Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) and Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre. Change things up with a short trip to Church of The Holy Virgin in Dubrovitsy (about 1h 10 min away). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Basil's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, admire the striking features of Kremlin Walls and Towers, and get engrossed in the history at Armoury Chamber.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Moscow trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tula to Moscow in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Church of The Holy Virgin
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral

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