29 days in Russia Itinerary

29 days in Russia Itinerary

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29 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem
Fly:  9​h
1
St. Petersburg
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Nizhny Novgorod
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
3
Vladimir
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Rostov
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
5
Sergiyev Posad
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
6
Moscow
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Jerusalem

8
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.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, browse the exhibits of Peter and Paul Fortress, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior on the Spilled Blood, and examine the collection at The Bath Block.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read St. Petersburg trip planner .

Jerusalem, Israel to St. Petersburg is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, St. Petersburg is colder than Jerusalem - with highs of 1°C and lows of -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nizhny 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

4
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: step into the grandiose world of The Kremlin, go for a walk through Rozhdestvenskaya Street, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevskiy, and examine the collection at Museum-house of the writer Maxim Gorky.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Nizhny Novgorod day trip planning app .

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Nizhny Novgorod in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from St. Petersburg in December, things will get slightly colder in Nizhny Novgorod: highs are around -2°C and lows about -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Vladimir.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Limpopo Zoo ©
Limpopo Zoo
The Kremlin ©
The Kremlin

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Vladimir side-trips: Suzdal (Transfiguration Cathedral, Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex, & more). And it doesn't end there: have fun and explore at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, have some family-friendly fun at VR Play, examine the collection at Chambers Cultural and Educational Center, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Vladimir journey planner .

You can take a train from Nizhny Novgorod to Vladimir in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rostov.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums Fun & Games Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Suzdal
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Holy Assumption Cathedral ©
Holy Assumption Cathedral
Spoon Museum ©
Spoon Museum

3
nights
Rostov

Rostov ©
Rostov is a town in Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, one of the oldest in the country and a tourist center of the Golden Ring. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rostov: Uglich (Museum Svistulki, Church of the Assumption, & more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin, look for gifts at Monomakh, take an in-depth tour of Museum Rostovskoye Podvorye, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Rostov journey planner.

You can drive from Vladimir to Rostov in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. December in Rostov sees daily highs of -1°C and lows of -5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Sergiyev Posad.

Things to do in Rostov

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Uglich
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State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin ©
Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery ©
Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery
Church of St. John the Evangelist ©
Church of St. John the Evangelist

3
nights
Sergiyev Posad

Sergiyev Posad ©
Sergiyev Posad is a city and the administrative center of Sergiyevo-Posadsky District in Moscow Oblast, Russia. Change things up with these side-trips from Sergiyev Posad: Spaso Vlaherna Convent (in Dedenevo), Dmitrov (House-Museum of Kropotkin & Earth Mound) and Holy Trinity Stefano Mahrischskogo Stavropigialny Convent (in Karabanovo). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra and pause for some serene contemplation at Temple St. Nikolaya Chudotvortsa.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sergiyev Posad road trip app .

Traveling by train from Rostov to Sergiyev Posad takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Sergiyev Posad are -2°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Moscow.

Things to do in Sergiyev Posad

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Dmitrov, Khotkovo, Spaso Vlaherna Convent, Holy Trinity Stefano Mahrischskogo Stavropigialny Convent
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The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra ©
Cathedral of the Assumption
Cathedral of the Assumption
Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent) ©

6
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 Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy) and FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex (in Sharapovo). The adventure continues: make a trip to Red Square, stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, admire the masterpieces at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Moscow tour itinerary builder site .

Getting from Sergiyev Posad to Moscow by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Church of The Holy Virgin, FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

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